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May Day in Greensboro!

May Day 2012

May Day 2012

Come to the May Day rally in downtown Greensboro, today at 5pm.  There will be a play about May Day history, a potluck, a march, and a rally with speakers about the issues that connect all of us.  Our General Assembly this evening will be held in Governmental Plaza, following the rally.

What: May Day in Greensboro: An Injury to One is an Injury to All (March/Rally/Potluck)

When: Tuesday, May 1st, 5pm

Where: Governmental Plaza in Downtown Greensboro, West February 1 Place

Sponsoring Organizations include:  Farm Labor Organizing Committee, International Socialist Organization, NC Defend Education Coalition, Occupy Greensboro

Details: We are currently on the defensive; from attacks on workers’ rights, to the criminalization of people of color, to the persecution of undocumented immigrants, to draconian proposals such as Amendment One. They originate as part of the same system that seeks to divide and conquer, to oppress, disenfranchise, and abuse the working class. We say enough is enough, we need to unite our various movements and work together, in solidarity, to create a new, a better world.

  • Good jobs for ALL. // Buenos trabajos para TODOS.
  • Amnistia por TODOS inmigrantes. // Amnesty for ALL immigrants.
  • JUSTICE for Trayvon. // Justicia para Trayvon.
  • Educacion es un derecho. // Education is a RIGHT.
  • VOTE AGAINST Amendment 1. // Voten contra Enmienda Uno.
  • Terminen la guerra contra las mujeres. // END the war on women.

Una injusticia contra uno es una injusticia contr todos! Actualmente estamos a la defensiva, de los ataques a los derechos de los trabajadores, a la criminalización de las personas de color, a la persecución de los inmigrantes indocumentados, a las propuestas draconianas como la Enmienda Uno. Todos estos se originan en el marco del mismo sistema que busca dividir y conquistar, oprimir, marginalisar, y abusar de la clase obrera. Es tiempo que digamos que ya basta, tenemos que unir nuestros diversos movimientos y trabajar juntos, en solidaridad, para crear un mundo nueve, un mundo mejor.

Ven Habla, escucha, marcha, baila, come y celebra la solidaridad entre todos los pueblos!!

Come talk, listen, march, dance, eat, and celebrate the solidarity among all!

May Day Working Group: April 9, 2012

[Note: There were two sets of notes.]


  • Recap what was talked about on the previous meeting
  • Come up with concrete ways people can prepare
  • Come up with a narrowly-focused statement for why we want people in the community to come
  • Specify the exact route of the march
  • Start coordinating outreach efforts

A march with 5 different Focuses:

  • Workers rights
  • The Racist Justice System
  • Immigrant Rights
  • Amendment 1
  • Students/Education?

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General Assembly: February 21, 2012

Note: General Assembly started at 7:10 to give any stragglers from the City Council Meeting who wanted to come a chance to show up.

Facilitator: Thom
Stack: Donya
Notes: John K.

This was a very intimate group with a couple new faces, so we spent a little time before building the agenda with introductions and a brief word or two on why we were each drawn to OGSO/Occupy.


Ground Rules

  • Assume good intent of everyone;
    We don’t talk over each other;
    Try not to restate what others have said if you agree with it;
    If someone experiences oppressive language or behavior, please bring it up so we can deal with it then;
    Keeping a sense of humor;
    Step Up/Step Up;
    At this time Hand Signals were gone over in detail

Working Group Report Backs

  • Civil Liberties WG: Meets Thursdays at 5:30pm at Glenwood Coffee and Books but has experienced low attendance lately. All are welcome to attend, but it might be smart if you live far from Glenwood to call the bookstore before heading in.
  • May Day WG: Plans to meet at 11AM on Saturday at Glenwood Coffee and Books, this will be the first planning meeting for this action. Note: John K. learned post meeting that this event may be moved due to the number of folks who want to be in the WG who are also going to the Statewide GA.


  • Beloved Community Center is hosting a program realitng to the Militarization of the Police from 11am to 1pm on Saturday.
  • The ISO is hosting a program/conversation on LGBT Rights at 7:30pm March 1st in Graham Building on UNCG’s Campus.

There were no proposals tonight.

Discussion Topics

  • The protests at the ’68 DNC and lessons from that event that we can draw on as we begin to think about the 2012 DNC.
  • Social Currency/Gift Culture
  • Tuesday Meeting time, what works about it, what doesn’t

Reflection Time