No Work, No Shopping, Occupy Everywhere: May Day on OWS, Immigration, Labor Protests with Chris Hedges

with Chris Hedges
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Dandelion Salad
May 1, 2012

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May 1, 2012 by

DemocracyNow.org – As Occupy Wall Street plans nationwide protests marking International Workers Day, or May Day, we discuss the movement with Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, Chris Hedges; Amin Husain, editor of Tidal Magazine and a key facilitator of the Occupy movement; Marina Sitrin, author of “Horizontalism: Voices of Popular Power in Argentina” and a member of Occupy’s legal working group; and Teresa Gutierrez, of the May 1st Coalition for Worker and Immigrant Rights. We also get an update from protests on the streets of New York City from Ryan Devereaux, former Democracy Now! correspondent, now with The Guardian.

“People all over the country are talking about May Day as our day, whether you want to call it ‘workers’ holiday’ or ‘immigrant rights’ or ‘the 99 percent,” says Martina Sitrin, who notes Occupy activists hope to use May Day as a way to also build solidarity with the student movement and non-unionized workers as well. “This year is an important year to revive the struggle for immigrants in the wake of a million of our people being deported,” adds Teresa Guitierrez.

Meanwhile, a debate over tactics continues within the Occupy movement. Chris Hedges discusses his recent column titled, “The Cancer in Occupy,” which critiques Black Bloc anarchists who cover their faces during protests and sometimes destroy property. “The Occupy movement expresses what the majority feels. The goal of the security state is to sever the movement from the mainstream,” Hedges says. “The way they will do that is by using groups — and some of these people may be well-meaning, but by using groups that will frighten the mainstream away.” But “nothing is off the table,” responds Amin Husain, who says the Occupy movement needs to re-conceptualize how struggle works, how decisions get made through dialogue, and how to build power from within.

Husain and Hedges also discuss how they became involved in the Occupy protests. Husain is a former corporate lawyer who was working on Wall Street when he decided to leave his position of privilege. Hedges went from being a New York Times reporter to getting arrested in front of Goldman Sachs, and challenging the legality of the Authorization for Use of Military Force as embedded in the latest version of the National Defense Authorization Act signed by President Obama.

We end the roundtable discussion with an excerpt of poet Stuart Leonard reading his poem, “Taking Brooklyn Bridge,” which tells the story of the personal and political awakening he experienced while participating in an Occupy Wall Street march across the Brooklyn Bridge last fall. It is part of the Occupied Media Pamphlet Series published by Zuccotti Park Press.

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Chris Hedges spent two decades as a foreign reporter covering wars in Latin America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. His latest books are Death of the Liberal Class, and The World as It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress.

see

Welcome to the Asylum by Chris Hedges

Sam Gindin and Leo Panitch: May 1st and an Independent Workers Movement

Noam Chomsky on May Day, 2009: Labor History and Anarchism (repost) + May Day Started Here

Noam Chomsky talks with High School Students on Occupy, NDAA, Education, Syria and the Drug War

Chris Hedges: Black Bloc Could Kill OWS

The Cancer of Occupy by Chris Hedges

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