Preparations underway for 2013 May Day rallies and march
Courtenay Brown Special to the AmNews | 6/6/2013, 4:20 p.m.
May 1 is less than a month away and plans for May Day, also known as International Worker's day, protests are well underway.
The May 1st Coalition for Worker & Immigrants Rights, the Labor Immigrant Alliance, and People's May Day Coaliton held an open coordinating meeting on Wednesday, April 3rd to plan the agenda for this year's protests. They will meet in Union Square at noon on May 1 to rally to demonstrate for worker's rights, to demand jobs and unions for all, and call for pro-worker immigration legislation, according to their website.
ImmigrantsOccupyNYC and 99 Picket Lines will host their People's Planning Meeting on April 10th at 6:30 PM at 310 West 43rd Street. The groups seek to unite immigrants, students, labor unions, workers centers, social justice groups and community organizations to "build on powerful solidarity" for a successful May Day, according to nycga.net, the official website which comprises all of the working groups that set the vision for Occupy WallStreet called the New York General Assembly.
Occu-Evolve, a group that is committed to evolving the Occupy Wall Street movement and work with every community-based Occupy General Assemblies, has released their "day of action" schedule for May Day. The schedule includes several events leading up to the May Day Rally and March in Union Square.
One student activist group, Free University of NYC, which encourages communities to host gatherings of free education, announced on their website that they will too end their "May Day Call to Action" at Union Square Park at 3:30 PM.
Last year, thousands of protestors gathered across New York to rally for worker's rights and to spread the message of social and economic inequality.
For more information about May Day 2013 events, visit maydaynyc.org.