Occupy the Farm has asked for a Monday meeting with UC-Berekeley to resolve ongoing issues concerning development at “Gill Tract.” The occupiers want the farm used for sustainable urban farming, and the university wants a Whole Foods there, among other things. The University had given the occupiers until midnight Saturday to leave. Berkeley.patch.com
Occupy Cleveland is still attempting to distance itself from the alleged plotters to blow up a Cleveland area bridge. Various news reports reveal that one of those named signed a lease for the warehouse that now houses approximately a dozen occupiers. Cleveland Plain Dealer
May Day fall out as media focuses on acts of violence in largely peaceful protests. Hannity beats up on Occupy organizer. Increased surveillance from cops.
Occupy Wall Street organizer Harrison Schultz goes toe-to-toe with the notorious Sean Hannity who takes the offensive from the get go, keeping Schultz off-balance the whole time with a rant on the advantages of the current system, cloaked as always as the “just get-a-job” spiel. Link to the interview is here
May Day is over, the pundits and politicos do the post-game analysis, and we are no exception. Except we do the post-game on the politicos and pundits...
MSM outlets like Christian Science Monitor call it a mixed affair, citing heavy turn-out in the cities of Chicago and New York and turning to experts like Drexel prof George Ciccariello-Maher who “gives it overall a B.” Other outlets note that endless confrontations with police and disruptions of the worker-bee commute spook the public and do not do Occupy any favors, PR-wise.
Submitted by M-Bed, UWS Correspondent
“You know what this is? A funeral march for capitalism. I just figured that out.” OWS Demonstrator
For all its shapes and nuances, and there were many, seen and unseen, as wave upon wave of protesters made their way down Broadway during the early evening hours of May 1, 2012 toward Wall Street, let it never be said that Occupy does not know how to throw a party.
The May 1st shindig, a seemingly endless march from Midtown Manhattan to Union Square, down Wall Street toward the Battery, celebrated diversity from every conceivable angle, a spectacle for curious onlookers, and a unified, rallying point for the now battle-hardened activists who make up Occupy Wall Street, calling themselves “the 99%.”
Live Updates from occupywallst.org
(all times Eastern, all locations in NYC unless otherwise noted)
- 10:45am: Police in riot gear seen in the streets in NYC. Cops with dogs at Grand Central. At least one person (a veteran) has been arrested so far. Other reports of arrests for ¨standing too close to the curb¨ on sidewalk, protesters have been hit by batons. March headed toward Madison & E 47th. Also, food is still available at Bryant Park! Internationally, massive demonstrations against austerity are underway in Turkey, Spain, Portugal, Italy, and elsewhere.
- 10:35am: Occupy Chicago tweets: ¨Get to Jackson and Lasalle by 10 [Central]. Let's get this party started.¨
- 10:20am: Band playing