[Marxism] May Day 2005 in NYC
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United for Peace and Justice and Abolition 2000/Abolition Now! applied
for a permit to hold the May 1st disarmament rally in Central Park.
Press coverage from Dec. 2nd press conference announcing our
application for the permit.
Also on http://www.abolition2000.org/now/press.html.
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Subject: Dec. 2 Press Conference Coverage
Date: Mon, 6 Dec 2004 15:41:41 -0500
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Below are some clips of the press coverage of the December 2nd press
conference to announce the Abolition Now rally on May 1, 2005. In
addition to these, the New York Sun did a story (text will be
available from Westlaw shortly) and several radio stations called
1. Associated Press
5. New York Times
December 1, 2004, 4:41 PM EST
Anti-war group tries again for Central Park rally
NEW YORK (AP) An anti-war group denied a city permit to rally in
Central Park last summer during the Republican National Convention is
going to try again.
United for Peace and Justice said it will apply for a permit on
Thursday to hold a May 2005 rally on Central Park's Great Lawn to
protest nuclear weapons.
In August, a State Supreme Court judge rejected the group's plea to
demonstrate on the same ground during the GOP convention. After
months of negotiations with the city, officials had denied the group
a permit out of concern the park's grass would be ruined.
United for Peace and Justice is sponsoring the May rally with Abolish
2000, an international nuclear disarmament campaign, to call for the
abolition of nuclear weapons and in part "to reclaim the right to
assemble in Central Park," Bill Dobbs, a spokesman with United for
Peace and Justice, said Wednesday.
"The fight over the Republican National Convention rally generated a
huge amount of discussion and the mayor made a very unpopular
decision," Dobbs said. "We're hoping to be on the Great Lawn May 1."
The anti-nuclear weapons rally is planned to coincide with the United
Nations meeting in May to discuss the Nuclear Nonproliferation
Treaty as well as what Dobbs called "a resurgence of interest in
disarmament" generated in part by the Iraq war.
In 1982 more than 750,000 people attended an anti-nuclear
demonstration on the Great Lawn.
"We expect this to draw a large crowd," said Dobbs. "Central Park is
not only a world famous crown jewel in our park system, it's the town
common and for some generations, the site of protest."
Warner Johnston, a Parks Department spokesman, said he could not
comment because he hadn't seen the application.
December 2, 2004 04:51 PM ET
Protestors Plan Big Anti-Nuclear Rally in New York
By Nicole Maestri
NEW YORK (Reuters) - With tensions rising over nuclear programs in
Iran and North Korea, peace activists on Thursday said they are
planning a rally of 60,000 people next year to call for the abolition
of nuclear weapons.
Organizers from United for Peace and Justice and Abolition Now said
they want to stage the demonstration in New York's Central Park on
May 1, before a United Nations meeting to review the nuclear
The rally also comes ahead of the 60th anniversary of the atomic
bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan by the United States, which
ended World War 2 in Asia.
The anti-nuclear weapons groups are working with the Mayors for Peace
to get representatives from around the world, including the mayors of
Hiroshima and Nagasaki, to come to the rally and the treaty review
"Survivors (of Hiroshima and Nagasaki) are growing increasingly
concerned, watching developments around the world, that nuclear
weapons will again be used and that nobody who will actually remember
hell on earth will be alive," said Jackie Cabasso, U.S. coordinator
for Abolition Now.
United for Peace and Justice is applying with New York City's parks
department to hold the rally at Central Park's Great Lawn -- the same
location the coalition was denied access to this summer ahead of the
Republican National Convention.
Instead, it held a rally in the streets that it estimated drew a
crowd of 400,000. The police declined to estimate the size of the
crowd, but it stretched out more than a mile along two main avenues
in central Manhattan.
Leslie Cagan, national coordinator for United for Peace and Justice,
said at a news conference she was "optimistic" they would get
permission to use the park this time.
"People's voices will be heard on May 1," Cagan said. "That is a
critical moment for people in this city and this country to speak out
for complete and total nuclear disarmament."
The non-proliferation treaty's objective is to prevent the spread of
nuclear weapons and weapons technology. The treaty, which went into
force in 1970, is reviewed every five years.
amNewYork [New York, NY]
December 2, 2003
Group aims for Park, again
By Chuck Bennett, amNewYork Staff Writer
Here we go again. Protesters have set their sights on Cetnral Park
for a massive anti-war and anti-nuke protest scheduled for this
"There might be another fight brewing with Bloomberg," William Dobbs,
a spokesman for the anti-war group United for Peace and Justice, told
amNewYork. UFPJ wants to attract thousands of people to a May 1
rally on the Great Lawn. As UFPJ learned over the summer, the city
Parks Department has ruled the Great Lawn off-limits for large
demonstrations. The city said protesters would damage the lawn's $16
Leaders of UFPJ and Mayor Bloomberg traded barbs in the media and
waged ourt battles over the park. Ultimately, UFPJ lost and staged a
street march during the Republican National Convention in August.
Today, UFPJ will announce its May Day plans at United Nations Plaza.
May 1 will mark the 60th anniversary of the Hiroshima atomic bombing,
and UFPJ expecdts to bring the mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to
call for total nuclear disarmament by 2020. Demonstrators will also
protest the war in Iraq. UFPJ said it submitted a permit application
to rally in the park yesterday.
Metro [New York, NY]
December 2, 2004
News in Brief
An anti-war group that was denied a city permit to rally in Central
Park last summer during the Republican National Convention is going
to try again. United for Peace and Justice was expected to apply for
a permit today to hold a May 2005 rally on Central Park's Great Lawn
to protest nuclear weapons.
New York Times [New York, NY]
December 3, 2004
MANHATTAN: MARCH AGAINST NUCLEAR ARMS
A coalition of groups opposed to nuclear weapons announced plans
yesterday for a march leading into a large demonstration May 1 on the
Great Lawn in Central Park. United for Peace and Justice, an antiwar
group, and Abolition 2000, which advocates the elimination of nuclear
weapons, said they expected 60,000 people to participate, including
the mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan. Next year is the 60th
anniversary of the atomic bombing of those cities during World War
II. The Parks Department denied a permit for an antiwar rally on the
Great Lawn on the eve of the Republican National Convention in
August, citing concerns over logistics and effects of large numbers
of people on the grass.
-Randal C. Archibold, New York Times
Newsday [Melville, NY]
December 3, 2004
Park central to protests
Group requests rally on the Great Lawn, questions future of political
marches in Central Park
BY DARYL KHAN. STAFF WRITER
An anti-war group is calling its latest effort to secure a rally
permit for the Great Lawn a true litmus test of whether the city has
shut Central Park off to political protests. United for Peace and
Justice, which unsuccessfully tried to organize a similar event on
the eve of the Republican National Convention in August, submitted an
application yesterday to the Parks Department for a rally for 60,000
anti-nuclear weapon protesters. The application includes requests for
four marches on May 1 that would feed into the Great Lawn.
The organization was denied a request for the Great Lawn during the
convention, but that permit was for 250,000 marchers, and the Parks
Department said that large of a crowd would damage the lawn.
"How they respond to this will give us some insight into what the
city thinks about the Great Lawn," said Leslie Cagan, national
coordinator for United for Peace and Justice. "Are they going to open
it up to protest, or just open it up to operas and rock concerts?"
Cagan said she hoped the success of the August march would influence
The city and the group engaged in protracted and often acrimonious
negotiations in the months leading up to the convention. The plans
for the march were nearly scuttled by a court decision until a
last-minute agreement that allowed the marchers to pass Madison
"We have a lot of demonstrations here," said Police Commissioner Ray
Kelly, "so we're certainly able to police them. The issue as far as a
permit in Central Park is concerned had to do with the capacity of
the park. That is something that has to be factored in."
A Parks Department official said the department would "carefully
consider the application."
During negotiations for the August march, two distinct visions of the
park surfaced. Mayor Michael Bloomberg expressed a view of the park
as a safe haven for New Yorkers, and more of a refuge for recreation
United for Peace and Justice, which is organizing the May event with
Abolition 2000, an international nuclear disarmament campaign, argued
that Central Park serves as a public square, with a rich tradition of
accommodating divergent political ideas.
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