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On September 17th, 2011, in the financial district of New York City, a movement was born to restore democracy, the the rule of law, and the possibility for a future in the United States of America. This protest would become known as Occupy Wall Street, lead by the slogan We are the 99% referring to the massive and growing income and wealth inequality in America between the richest 1% and the rest of the population.

Why did this happen? Because America is in decline: few deny this. Even the cocooned elite recognize the sentiment if not the realities. The American people have lost faith that their institutions can fix their problems or that politicians can lead them to a better future. Therefore some American citizens believed the best course of action, rather than waiting for public officials with dubious affiliations and motives to lead them, was to lead themselves.

The small group in Zuccotti Park was first ignored then mocked then begrudgingly covered by the American corporate media as the protests spread all over the country. Struggling first with police brutality then a nationwide campaign of eradication coordinated by public officials, the various Occupy encampments were under constant assault and many were removed. The original camp in Zuccotti Park would face a legally questionable eviction at one in the morning where the press was barred from seeing the event and protesters were barred from reentry despite a court order and now are ordered to no longer Occupy the park. Similar scenes have played out throughout that country but although many of the Occupy camps have been destroyed for the moment, the spirit of the movement goes on.

In the United States of America May 1st is, by official proclamation, Loyalty Day. A day officially proclaimed to recognize the heritage of American freedom. The freedom to speak and assemble well deserves its own holiday.

Therefore, holding these truths to be self-evident, I call on all who are loyal to America and its heritage of freedom to Occupy the financial district of New York City on May 1st, 2012. To demonstrate your commitment to liberty and justice for all. To stand up to the criminality on Wall Street and corruption in Washington, so freedom may once again reign in America.

See you there.

Originally posted to DSWright on Sun Jan 01, 2012 at 06:44 PM PST.

Also republished by Occupy Wall Street, ClassWarfare Newsletter: WallStreet VS Working Class Global Occupy movement, Occupy May Day, and Progressive Hippie.

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  •  Anyone interested follow Occupy May Day (4+ / 0-)

    Kos Group

  •  OccupyMay1st (5+ / 0-)

    in an effort to save our country from its decline.

    Get the money out of politics.  Repeal Citizen's United.  Kill off the super pacs that can and will buy their puppet politicians.  A super pac that prefers Romney over Gingrich crippled Newt's campaign in Iowa. This is wrong.  Gingrich should go down b/c of his record and not b/c a bunch of scumbag billionaires want to hand pick our President.

    Impose more regulation on the banks and Wall. St.

    Implement a single payer health care system.  Get the profit out of health care.

    We have a lot of work to do.


    •  In other words, elect Democrats... (2+ / 0-)
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      joe wobblie, isabelle hayes

      ...especially the Better ones.


      Because NONE of that shit is going to happen as long as there are enough Republicans and Blue Dogs in the House and Senate to block it, I guarantee.

      As long as the Prez and the Party are hostage to the dictatorship of right wing majorities, the whole world is screwed.

      So, yeah, May Day is cool.

      But Nov. 12 will be the critical moment, in terms of material results.

      A massive electoral uprising, explicitly to purge and suppress the right, so we can surge forward into the 21 Century, for justice and peace, to save the planet...

      Could be the coup de gras for the counter-revolution, if we make it happen.

      Will it be socialist utopia yet?

      I think not, but with strong enough Democratic Majorities, NOT rotten with Blue Dogs, we could kick right wing ass all up and down both sides of the aisle, for a change.

      Some fairly modest electoral, campaign finance and media reforms could pave the way for a more viable democracy, going forward.

      Meanwhile, we could roll out the new green paradigm all the way, put everyone back to work, bring the troops home, have health care, tax the rich, and prosecute the many traitorous crimes against humanity, etc., etc. etc.

      Less plurality in the House and Senate, not so much, or worse, plain and simple.

      First, we have to seize the power, heh.

      Seize the time!

      Bring the Better Democrats!

      All Out for 2012!

      Democracy is the most fundamental revolutionary principle.

      by Radical def on Sun Jan 01, 2012 at 08:46:44 PM PST

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  •  Loyalty Day My Ass, It's May Day, Intl Workers Day (11+ / 0-)

    and it's high damned time we reclaim it.

    Loyalty indeed.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sun Jan 01, 2012 at 07:01:20 PM PST

    •  Yes indeed! (6+ / 0-)

      reclaim it!
       Call it what it is: "International workers day"

      El pueblo unido jamás será vencido. The people united will never be defeated

      by mint julep on Sun Jan 01, 2012 at 07:17:22 PM PST

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    •  Where did this "loyalty" day BS start? (4+ / 0-)

      #1, the Mayday holiday was the commemoration of the Chicago marches to demand an 8 hour day, to cut the attempts of the stockyard moguls and the princes of darkness, the mineowners and many others "captains' of industry to demand unlimited hours from workers of all ages to slave away.

      The 1886 frameup of labor organizers where a plainclothes detective of the Chicago police was somehow shot dead during or following a peaceful march by workers, their organizations and families on a Sunday and 4 of them after the prosecutions were hanged by the dastardly Judge Altgeld of Illinois , including Albert Parsons sitting at home with his family at Sunday dinner. This outrage led to sympathy marches and strikes and to the the concession to workers in America for an 8 hour standard workday.

      Ever since that infamous event, Mayday, the first of May has been celebrated as a prize for labor, one that was earned in hard work, struggle and blood by American workers and saluted the world over.

              In the 1950's, with the Red scare and McCarthyism and some unions afraid of the right wing thugs of that era, the workers were urged not to picnic, not to march, not to celebrate their own holiday.  Not to show solidarity with others suffering and trying to win improvements in their situations.

           #2.     In 1957 the ultimate insult:  Eisenhauer signed a bill declaring May 1st "Justice through Law" day, which meant the court system and judges and clerks and secretaries could take and celebrate breakfasts or lunch and marvel at the American justice system, a veritable model of ethics and enlightened jurisprudence.   The model case  "Law "day is based on  being a travesty is of course never ever mentioned in those celebrations.

      Where does this "loyalty " day celebrations come into it?
      Why should we, as aware of the history as we are ever celebrate "loyalty" day or Law day in that way?

      Loyalty to the gangsters that murdered innocents using the justice system to do it?  Is that worth celebrating???
      I would think every decent lawyer, or every one in civil rights, labor law, criminal defense would not take part in such a shameful attempt to blot out the truth and hide the real story.

      Occupying everywhere on May 1st and ridiculing the way the legal system stacks up impediments and tricks to steal more and more from the 99%, yeah, that is worth doing.  Even telling the history would be a profoundly embarrassing act to these worthies that believe their law is so ethical and pure that it cannot possibly be used to remedy the great thefts ocurring in our time.

      If you think that you and a bunch of other people can just show up on Wall St, camp out and have any effect whatsoever.... well, you will be run off in 20 minutes., you will leave town having wasted your effort 6/18/11.

      by BeeDeeS on Sun Jan 01, 2012 at 07:31:31 PM PST

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      •  May dazed! (3+ / 0-)
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        DSWright, RanDomino, kestrel9000

        'May Day' is a quite ancient holiday and was a traditional summer holiday in many pre-christian pagan cultures.
        'International Workers Day' IS the commemoration of the 1886 Haymarket Massacre in Chicago.
                                     ! Power to The People !

        ! The swinistic greed of the American ruling elite is abysmal !

        by joe wobblie on Sun Jan 01, 2012 at 09:21:20 PM PST

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      •  may day was the workers day (2+ / 0-)
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        DSWright, BeeDeeS

        around the world, as was labor day

        the change to loyalty day is the political history of the usa written small, and which had its desired effect: the american worker has been corrupted

        unions were how my parents could make a living with dignity, so imagine how it was to watch the hardhats beat up the kids/hippies protesting the war in vietnam; many of us learned, only then, that not all working people were the same

        the owners had made good use of the workers' gains, against the workers in the long run, i.e. the present day;  being able to hold a small piece of real estate (home), and having money accruing in a pension (security for old age),  such benefits tempted many to see themselves in the capitalist system as capitalists

        for some having disposable income supplants their solidarity with people who work, and their investment in the marketplace of stocks and real estate becomes their badge of belonging to the owner class, and as such, give allegiance to the system willingly, gladly

        in the 50's, during the "red scare", was when this abomination of loyalty day on may 1 was begun; even labor day has become just the end of the summer, as solidarity of the working people eroded, because solidarity of the workers of any country is anathema to such a system

        it's time to take back may day, and the movement has been born that can do it

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