[Marxism] No March on May Day in NYC?

Jon Flanders jonflanders at jflan.net
Thu Apr 21 15:16:44 MDT 2005

Message: 1         
   Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2005 16:04:06 -0000
   From: NYCLAW
Subject: Thurs., 4.21: Support the Right to March on May 1

Support the Right to March in New York City 

Emergency Demonstration Thursday, April 21 
1:00 pm City Hall 

The Bloomberg Administration has refused a permit for the May Day
March organized by the Troops Out Now Coalition and the Million Worker
March.  The march, which is expected to draw thousands of people from
all over the region, will begin with a 1:00 pm rally in Union Square.
In a Tuesday morning meeting between march organizers and police
officials at Manhattan South, Assistant Chief Bruce Smolka told
organizers that they would not allow a march anywhere, any distance,
on any route, on May Day. 

Last year, organizers with the Million Worker March issued a call for
a unified May Day demonstration in New York City.  Since that time,
both the Million Worker March and the Troops Out Now Coalition, a
group of labor, antiwar and community activists, have been planning
for a rally in Union Square, followed by a march.  Organizers applied
for a permit in November of last year, which gave the city ample time
to prepare. 

Now, less than two weeks before the march, the Bloomberg
Administration has said they will refuse to issue a permit for any
march from Union Square.  This is part of a pattern of illegal and
unconstitutional political repression directed at antiwar activists
and working people. 

Two years ago, when millions of people all over the world marched
against the war, the Mayor refused to allow a march in New York City.
During the Republican National Convention, he refused to allow a
peaceful rally in Central Park.  Throughout the week of the
Convention, the Bloomberg Administration and the NYPD engaged in
illegal mass arrests and detentions.  In prosecuting those arrested,
they used perjured testimony and altered videotape to press fabricated

Our basic rights--the right to free speech, the right to assemble, the
right to express dissenting political views--are under attack.  Please
join us to defend these rights.  Call, fax, or email Mayor Bloomberg
and tell him you support the right to march on May Day.  Then join us
for an emergency demonstration on Thursday at 1:00 pm at City Hall. 

Working people have the right to speak out and to march for better
wages, for education, for healthcare, and against the war--especially
on May Day, which is International Workers Day. 

The permitted rally in Union Square is scheduled to go ahead as
planned, and organizers are determined to exercise their right to

What you can do: 

Contact Mayor Bloomberg 

Phone:  (212) 788-3000
Fax: (212) 788-2460 
E-Mail: http://www.nyc.gov/html/mail/html/mayor.html 

Call the NYPD 

Nicolas Estavillo, Chief of Patrol for NYC 
Phone: 646-610-6734

Join us for an emergency demonstration at City Hall 
Thursday, April 21, 1:00 pm 

Donate to help with expenses 


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