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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-29-05 06:14 PM
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Antiwar & Labor Activists Win Permit to March on May Day (NY)
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WASHINGTON -- April 28 -- The Troops Out Now Coalition and the Million Worker March have won a significant victory in obtaining permits for the march and rally for May Day, Sunday, May 1st.

Last week, the NYPD told organizers that they could not march on May Day. In a meeting with march organizers, NYPD Asst. Chief Bruce Smolka said that the city would not allow a march "anywhere, on any route, to any destination." This refusal to grant a permit is part of a pattern of obstruction, denial, and violations of civil liberties on the part of the Bloomberg Administration in an attempt to marginalize dissent and silence the voices of working people who oppose the Bush-Bloomberg policies of endless war and corporate greed.

"Working people have an absolute right to rally and march on May Day. The organizers of the May Day march felt that it was an obligation to roll back this assault on our most basic rights, and with the help of thousands of supporters, we have won a significant victory," said Larry Holmes of the Troops Out Now Coalition.

Thousands of people have called, emailed, and faxed the Bloomberg Administration, demanding that the mayor not stand in the way of working people on May Day. Dozens turned out for an emergency demonstration at City Hall last week and again this Wednesday, when they were joined by New York City Council members Charles Barron, Margarita Lopez, and Bill Perkins, who called on the Mayor to grant a permit. <snip>

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