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May Day

Dear friends and readers,

Just finished watching Amy Goodman's newshour and reading and watching on line the news of this May Day. I listened to Chris Hedges, author; Amin Husain, editor of Tidal magazine and a key facilitator of the Occupy movement; Marina Sitrin, author of "Horizontalism: Voices of Popular Power in Argentina" and a member of Occupy’s legal working group; and Teresa Gutierrez of the May 1st Coalition for Worker and Immigrant Rights.

I  leant how drones work.  A drone is a precision missile sent by a flying object.  It cannot murder someone individually. What it is is a bomb sent to blow up a house where some targeted person lives. In his journalism Samuel Johnson said, that if people could learn to fly, they would soon be killing one another from the sky. That's what happened in WW1. And this is what we've come to. The US bombed huge areas of Vietnam, and now the US wipes out house by house.

I saw some heartening photos of the different demonstrations around the US and wished I were at one of them. A rare group of police marched alongside Occupiers in San Francisco. For the most part the police were roughing people where they could, menace, threaten, obstruct. I loved the sign "Fuck the Police". I saw nurses for patient care, people uptown for legalizing immigrants, demonstrations near Madison Square Garden, Bryant Park, up and down Wall Street, around the country. One for making the wealthy and corporations pay their taxes and a fair share too. Banks had barricades around their doors and huge cement buildings. Good to see.

I was sent these today:

How the Oakland, California poliice treated their fellow citizens who are trying to get better pay for all

A good moment in Meridian Park, DC -- a May pole dance

Bogota, Columbia --  man rescuing an injured boy

I so rejoice that all these people came out -- for decent living conditions for all, decent wages for every single person and/or family and friend group on this earth, for health care for all, for humane living spaces appropriate to human communities.  For liberty. For the right not to be murdered in your house. I'm with them heart and soul.



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May. 2nd, 2012 06:23 pm (UTC)
Read your blog last night so I thought of you when I saw this photo :)

May Day was marked once again around the globe with political protests and demonstrations by organized labor. The Occupy Wall Street movement, which formed last year in New York, used the day to spread its message of social and economic inequality. Also known as International Workers Day, May 1 is marked in different ways around the world, and in many countries May Day is observed as a national holiday. This celebration of the international labor movement stemmed from a deadly 1886 labor demonstration in Chicago calling for an eight-hour workday. -- Lloyd Young(39 photos total)

An Occupy demonstrator confronts a police officer during a rally in the streets as part of a nationwide May Day protest in Oakland, Calif. on May 1. (Jana Asenbrennerova/Reuters)
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