Western North Carolina affiliate Takes MTA Message Public in Spring of 2012

May 1, 2012

MAY 1, 2012 -- International May Day March Down Main Street and Education Event
• To bring to public awareness this more than century old [1886] tradition, Occupy WNC sponsored and procured a permit for a non-violent direct action rally.

• May Day festivities began Tuesday, May 1, 11:30 am at the Historic old Courthouse Fountain on Main, Sylva, NC. Bill's read his original union poem about the 1929 Loray Mill strike in Gastonia NC, followed by Allen's welcoming comments. Information included: in 1894, businesses and national Chamber of Commerce successfully lobbied  Congress to declare a national holiday— which co-opted and morphed the original, radical Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions May Day into what is now celebrated as the nation's Labor Day holiday. More info was related to the current situation in Corporate-controlled US. The march up the south side of Main and back down the north side began at noon.

As we marched we continually chanted, "Corporations are NOT People; Money is NOT Speech!"

• Prior to the march an invitational ad was placed in an area paper. Garrett had also approached businesses on Main Street, asking that they close for one hour at noon-- in solidarity with national strikers that day and to sign and post on their windows a "Statement of Solidarity:"
                We the undersigned affirm our belief that all people are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. We support, in principle, a General Strike on May 1, 2012:  for migrant rights, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights; for jobs for all, for a moratorium on foreclosures, for peace through justice—and to recognize housing, education  and health care as human rights. In appreciation, we posted their names to encourage citizens to shop accordingly.
• At 12:30 pm the event moved to the Community Room of the Jackson County Public Library. The showing of Wall Street crime thriller The Insider was followed by an audience discussion at 2:30 pm.

 

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