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Live Coverage: May Day Protests Nationwide
Journalists from over 25 leading independent media outlets report on May Day actions nationwide. Welcome to media for the 99%.
Storified by The Media Consortium · Tue, May 01 2012 12:19:32
Labor, immigration, and Occupy activists have gathered across the across the country today for a #MayDay of protest and action. Our reporters are covering the latest developments nationwide. What actions are happening today, and where? We’ve got it covered.
A May Day Like No OtherWhat to expect from Occupy’s next big action. An Occupy Wall Street organizer I know-one of the original ones, from the planning meetings…
How the #GeneralStrike can reshape our ideas about how society is built: http://ow.ly/avVvg #MayDay #M1GS #OWSThe Nation
Marina Sitrin: Imagining a New General Strikevideonation
In New York:
Picketers marching outside #Chase on 6th ave. “pay your taxes!” reminder they paid NONE last year. #M1GSSarah Leonard
A scene from the front of Chase’s headquarters. #m1r #m1gs http://lockerz.com/s/205616392bhaskar sunkara
Dozens gather at bryant park #ows #m1r http://yfrog.com/kf38fsyjjJaisal Noor
Walking down 45th, suits I pass are talking about our cruel, unfair society. and then I hear drums & whistles… #99pkts #m1gsSarah Jaffe
Gregory something just slammed into glass on 5th ave, arrested, not sure what he did: #m1gs http://twitpic.com/9g12wbSarah Jaffe
#m1gs kicking off in Williamsburg ahead of the bridge march. http://pic.twitter.com/DCwyMThDJames West
@tmorello guitarist from RATM to host impromptu #MayDay jam session in #NYC’s Bryant Park in 1 hour. Any live feeds there? #OWS #M1GSAnthony Verias
Arrest at 44th and Madison. Guy was straight tackled by NYPD. He only seemed to have run across the street. #m1gsAndrew Katz
Made a few photos of the arrest before an officer grabbed my bag, pulled me back and told me “you’re not press.” #m1gsAndrew Katz
Protester arrested for jaywalking. NLG says 2nd arrest of the day #ows #m1nyc #mayday http://twitpic.com/9g1r2wallisonkilkenny
#M1 #MayDay #m1r taking e40th over completely. http://pic.twitter.com/ErGTagNaZach D Roberts
Reports of at least four arrests on WBurg bridge this morning. Police confiscated makeshift plastic shields. #m1gsJames West
In San Francisco:
Earlier plans to shut down the Golden Gate Bridge this morning in solidarity with striking union workers there were later called off…Gavin Aronsen
San Francisco ferry operators have shut down service this morning in anticipation of a strike: http://bit.ly/JDdwQU #m1gs #m1sfJosh Harkinson
60 picketers marching (with band) from SF ferry terminal to Embarcadero. “What do we want? Contracts!” Passing cars honking support. #M1GSSean Maher
A photo of the obligatory giant inflatable fat cat, at ferry strike #m1gs http://twitpic.com/9g231tJosh Harkinson
Oakland is quiet now but for the circling helicopters and whistling security guards. #baym1gsSusie Cagle
Heading to the #oo #m1gs anti-capitalist strike station now, with press pass and MoJo”in case of arrest” info card. #owsGavin Aronsen
I’m waiting for the anti-capitalist march to take off. An elderly woman is handing out maps with corps, banks, and government bldgs marked.Gavin Aronsen
This march aims to shut down banks and the Chamber of Commerce. Other 2 are targeting Child Protective Services and biz associations, resp.Gavin Aronsen
Do these ladies look like rabble-rousers to you? Labor takes a stand in Oakland, smiles included:
Nurses on strike at Sutter- Summit hospital, Oakland today #labor #union #M1 http://yfrog.com/h82obxdyj http://yfrog.com/nvqivmsojProtest in the USA
In Los Angeles, #OccupyLA activists have planned a “4 Winds” approach that will start at the north, south, east and west corners and will culminate in and around Downtown Los Angeles’ Financial District.
May Day! Massive Occupy L.A. Caravan To Paralyze DowntownTomorrow, May 1, the Occupy movement will strike in over 125 American cities, an event organizers claim is the first truly nationwide Gen…
Right now in LA, airport workers, labor supporters, and @OccupyLA are picketing terminals at LAX + more! http://occupywallst.org/article/live-may-day-coverage/ #OWS #M1GSOccupy Wall Street
Join @thesoundstrike at #occupyLA for #MayDay as Janitors & Airport Workers walk off job in Los Angeles today at 4pm Pershing Sq DTLA.Mike de la Rocha
Bank of America bldg in Downtown LA surrounded by barricades, just in case it is targeted by #MayDay protests. http://yfrog.com/nxcglezsjeric spillman
#OccupyLA northwind distracted w/ drug use rant “that I choose to grow, because I love marijuana” embarrassing. Hope #occupyla stops banks?Magnus Ramachandra
No School, No Work… But in Chicago, No General Strike | Occupied Chicago TribuneBefore there was the NATO summit or the Occupy movement, there was May Day, born and bred in Chicago. This year, with leftists across the…
Protesters in Chicago can expect to see armed federal security out patrolling “Red Zone” today http://bit.ly/ICZ6mp #M1GSKevin Gosztola
It’s #MAYday, #May1 & in #Chicago we #march for workers & immigrant rights, for #liberation & in #solidarity… #ChicagoSpring #NATOG8 RTJhonathan F. Gómez
Block Party at BoA #M1Bos #occupyboston http://pic.twitter.com/BhaE5edQLook What I Can Do
Just arrived at 38th & market. @OccupyPhilly fighting to keep people in their homes #M1GS #M1NYC #MayDay #Occupy #OPHLRuss Robinson
May Day rallies at Georgia Capitol: Immigrant rights and civil liberties groups are planning a May Day… http://q.gs/1CVAm #Atlanta #GAAtlanta News
Since #BankOfAmerica wants to kick Pamela Flores out of her home, we moved in! #occupyatlanta #OccupyOurHomes http://pic.twitter.com/W17V5OqLOccupy Atlanta
Daytona Beach, FL knows what’s up. Who wouldn’t want to occupy the beach?
Walk out! Of your class, your office or wherever you are. Get in the streets and join us! #ISB&Beach #M1 #OccupyTheBeachOccupy Daytona Beach
More updates from around the country constantly coming as actions occur…
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