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Occupy Wall Street will celebrate its one year anniversary with three days of town squares, teach-ins, faith services, permitted concerts, dance parties, assemblies and last, but never the least, mass radical disobedience on #s17.
To participate, check out the events calender for september 15, 16 and 17.
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WORKERS PLAN “99 PICKET LINES” IN PREPARATION FOR MAY DAY
Workers across New York City are organizing “99 Picket Lines” building up to May Day, where New Yorkers will join a broad coalition of unions, immigrant rights groups, community- and faith-based organizations, worker centers, and the Occupy Wall Street movement in a mass mobilization against the economic, social, and political injustice wrought by the one percent.
Restaurant Opportunities Center—Wed April 25, 6-7 PM, at Capital Grille (155 42nd Street, b/w 3rd Ave and Lexington)
Workers are organizing against Darden Corporation, owner of Capital Grille, Red Lobster, Olive Garden, and LongHorn Steakhouse. Employees have documented company-wide practices of wage theft, racial discrimination, overwork, and intimidation.
New York Taxi Workers Alliance—Thurs April 26, 3:30 PM, March from Queens Medallion Leasing (21-03 44th Ave in Long Island City) to SLS Jet then Midtown Garage (just blocks away)
Taxi drivers are marching to demand an end to rampant lease overcharges and calling for the first fare raise in over eight years to ensure that taxi workers can earn a livable income and create a Health and Wellness Fund.
Teamsters Local 814—Wednesday May 2, 7 PM, at Sotheby’s Auction House (72nd and York)
Sotheby’s has locked out 43 art handlers to replace them with low-wage temporary workers with no benefits. Sotheby’s is expected to sell Edvard Munch’s iconic painting “The Scream” for $80 million dollars at this auction.
Most of the “99 pickets” will start from a convergence point at Bryant Park at 8am on the morning of May 1 and go to locations in midtown, including: Chase Bank, Standard and Poor’s, ABC, Wells Fargo, Blackrock, Fidelity, and Lazard.
The purpose of the pickets is to draw attention to the common struggles of workers across the city. Moises Cerezo, a line cook at the Capital Grille Chrysler Center says that at his workplace “…there is racial discrimination, wage theft, an abusive environment, retaliation for organizing, and more, and that’s why we fight; but we know that many other workers have a similar struggle against their bosses, against the 1%. That is why we not only have our campaign, but we will stand in solidarity with all workers on May Day.”
Mahoma Lopez, a worker at Hot and Crusty Bakery is participating because “…everywhere we look, immigrants and poorly paid people are going through these same struggles everywhere. People are being exploited all over this city, and we have a responsibility to help them organize for a better life and dignity at their jobs.”
Occupy Wall Street is part of an international people powered movement fighting for economic justice in the face of neoliberal economic practices, the crimes of Wall Street, and a government controlled by monied interests. #OWS is the 99% organizing to end the tyranny of the 1%. For more info www.occupywallst.org and www.nycga.net.
Scenes from the New School Occupation in this WU LYF music video.