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Fri Apr 27, 2012, 11:30 AM

Risk of Mass Solidarity On May 1st: SEVERE

http://www.occupywallst.org/article/ows-issues-solidarity-warning/

Risk of Mass Solidarity On May 1st: SEVERE

Posted 5 hours ago on April 27, 2012, 6:13 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt

severe solidarity

In a move reminiscent of Bush era fear-mongering, the Obama Administration has released to corporate media a vague bulletin warning of possible terrorist attacks on the anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death. While the actual date of bin Laden’s death is May 2nd, many media outlets (including the Huffington Post, Fox News, the New York Post, and Gothamist) have reported the date as May 1st. In reality, President Obama announced the successful mission just before midnight on May 1st EST, but bin Laden was killed on May 2nd Pakistan time. The Associated Press, who were the first to report the bulletin, correctly cite the date as May 2nd.

While both the FBI and Dept. of Homeland Security (who released the bulletin), as well as the White House and top NYPD officials, have said there are no “credible” or “specific” threats, New York Congressman Peter King told local media the public “might notice increased security” on May 1st. He went on to say, “Obviously if police or anyone questions you or asks you questions, understand why it’s being done.” The same day, DHS Secretary Napolitano told a Senate hearing that her agency was helping coordinate local policing efforts:

During a Senate hearing Wednesday morning, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said DHS efforts "to get information, tools and resources out of Washington, D.C., and into the hands of state and local officials and first responders" have "led to significant advances" in protecting the homeland.

Meanwhile in Chicago, the Sun Times reports the head of the NATO Host Committee was “blindsided by the federal government’s decision to create a militarized ’Red Zone’ in the Loop ” weeks before the NATO summit, which is expecting massive protests from a coalition of Occupy, peace, labor, and immigration activists. The paper goes on to say (emphasis added):

The image of federal agents on downtown streets far from McCormick Place — in battle gear, weapons slung — three weeks before the summit is certain to have a chilling effect on those who live and work in the Loop. It also calls into question Host Committee Executive Director Lori Healey’s oft-repeated message that Chicago will remain “open for business” during the summit.

The Federal Protective Service will deploy additional personnel beginning May 1, bringing in more people from out of town and outfitting them in “battle dress uniform.” They will be carrying “non-lethal” long guns — bean bag weapons — in a show of force that at the same time will allow people to move in and out of the zone freely, federal employees were told.

Just months after Obama signed the NDAA “indefinite detention” legislation into law, federal officials’ intentions to drastically increase security for May 1st conveniently coincide with the May Day General Strike in over 120 cities across the U.S. President Obama has already deported more immigrants than the Bush Administration; failed to close Guantanamo; continues to prosecute whistle-blower Pfc. Manning for taking an ethical stand by exposing horrendous U.S. war crimes; frequently invokes “state secrets” to carry out unaccountable, covert spying on U.S. residents; and continues the widespread use of unilateral drone strikes and targeted political assassinations. In response to the U.S. government’s escalating repression, thinly-veiled Islamophobia, and attempts to militarize our cities and borders while scapegoating immigrants, OccupyWallSt.org hereby issues our own warning: A Solidarity Warning to the 1% and their beneficiaries and bodyguards in government. The 99% will not be intimidated or divided. We will stand together and protect one another. We will not be terrorized. We will not be afraid.

Further, we reject any attempt to co-opt May Day -- an historic, international celebration of labor and immigrants rights -- by the government or media. For over a century, May Day has been a day of militant resistance against economic inequality. In the 19th and 20th centuries, the 1% used the imaginary threat of an immigrant-led Communist conspiracy to ensure May Day (which commemorates events in Chicago) would not become a federally-recognized holiday in the U.S., as it is in over 80 countries. Instead, they attempted to re-brand May 1st variously as Americanization Day, Loyalty Day, and Law Day. We must not let them do it again. Through the Red Scare to the War on Terror, we must honor the true history of May 1st. As we have seen countless times throughout history, we cannot rely on politicians from any political party to sincerely look out for our interests. They serve only the wealthy financial elite. We must stand together as the 99%.

However, we must also recognize that the State’s “anti-terrorism” efforts target particular communities within the 99%. This May Day, organizers are taking precautions to ensure the fullest protection possible for undocumented and/or criminalized communities who wish to exercise their right to free speech safely on May Day. See here for more information on ways everyone can take part in May Day festivities!
And remember: If you notice suspicious people in uniform carrying weapons or plotting to spread fear through well-coordinated violent attacks on civilians on May 1st, alert your local Occupy community. If you see something wrong with racism and vast income inequality defended by a militarized government in this country, say something with us in the streets this May Day!

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G_j Apr 2012 OP
Zorra Apr 2012 #1
pinboy3niner Apr 2012 #2
sabrina 1 Apr 2012 #3
G_j Apr 2012 #4
sabrina 1 Apr 2012 #5
G_j Apr 2012 #6
sabrina 1 Apr 2012 #9
Egalitarian Thug Apr 2012 #7
randome Apr 2012 #8
sabrina 1 Apr 2012 #10

Response to G_j (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 11:48 AM

1. Solidarity nt

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Response to G_j (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 12:06 PM

2. K&R

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Response to G_j (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 12:13 PM

3. Who will protect the people from the violence and brutality of the police? Maybe they need their

own security forces. Too many have been badly wounded, a few nearly killed for simply protesting peacefully. The UN Rappateur went so far as to condemn the brutality of the US Police Departments against peaceful US citizens. Maybe US Citizens should appeal for a UN Peace Keeping force to stand between them and they attempt to exercise their rights, and the so-called 'civil police' whose salaries they pay but who now clearly work for the 1%.

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Response to sabrina 1 (Reply #3)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 12:18 PM

4. seriously, a UN Peace Keeping force

would be very helpful!

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Response to G_j (Reply #4)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 12:26 PM

5. I suggested a few months ago, after the near murder of the two Iraq vets in Oakland and the public

condemnation by the UN Rappateur that OWS should formally make a request for protection. First it would get worldwide coverage and highlight the crimes being committed against US citizens, but most importantly I am seriously concerned that if somone does not intervent, innocent people are going to die, as some nearly have already. And it's clear who the government, both Federal and state and local, are protecting.

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Response to sabrina 1 (Reply #5)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 12:36 PM

6. an excellent suggestion, for now here

is a list of May Day hotline numbers given by the National Lawyers Guild,

http://www.nlg.org/mayday/

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Response to G_j (Reply #6)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 01:01 PM

9. Thank you, they are wonderful. n/t

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Response to G_j (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 12:38 PM

7. K&R. Want to watch this one. n/t

 

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Response to G_j (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 12:42 PM

8. I don't get it.

Obama is 'fear mongering' because media incorrectly reported the date of bin Laden's death as May 1st?

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Response to randome (Reply #8)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 04:09 PM

10. I don't think that's what it said. It points out that the same kind of 'terror' fear-mongering

we experienced under Bush is continuing under this administration and in this case, coincides with the General Strike planned for May 1st. That means the streets will be swarming with Robo Cops armed to the teeth, and armed with the excuse to arrest peaceful protestors, possibly on the pretext that they are 'terrorists'. If you think that is a stretch, it is not. Some OWS protestors were set up under the 'new' laws for prosecution.

There's nothing wrong with pointing out that protestors once again, will be in danger of being brutalized by the cops, as they have from the beginning of this movement. They need to know the dangers they are facing.

I am way more concerned, considering the brutality we have already seen so far, about their safety, than any political implications. The protestors deserve protection, it looks like they are not going to get it, unless they try to protect themselves, and they cannot do that without information.

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