Occupy Binghamton Prepares for May Day

May 1st Global Strike

by Dina Bryn

Although Occupy Binghamton (OB) campers were evicted from Liberty Park (corner of State and Court Street) this winter the OB movement continues to inform of our current economic crisis, the reasons behind it, and the ways we can help. OB currently holds regular general assembly meetings, rallies and trainings and is preparing for the upcoming May Day – May 1st Global Strike.  May Day is a world-wide general strike, no work, housework, school, banking, shopping or trading for that day. OB will hold May Day events in downtown Binghamton such as free food and activities.

OB continues to provide facts and information to allow us to better understand what has been happening, and how we can change things for the better. OB sets up a People’s Library once a week in Binghamton’s Liberty Park during “May Day Trainings and Rallies”. The literature is free to read, take with, keep, bring back, and book donations are encouraged. OB participants hold signs, encourage people walking past to check out the library and engage in peaceful productive dialogue. All are welcomed to come down: bring signs, musical instruments, activities, anything fun and/or relaxing etc. to do while discussing challenges and solutions.  For OB event announcements keep watch on www.facebook.com/OccupyBinghamton.

OB began on October 15th, 2011 at Liberty Park in Binghamton in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street (OWS) and the worldwide occupy movement which empowers real people to create real change from the bottom up. Occupy is a leaderless resistance movement of people of many colors, genders and political persuasions. The 99% have awakened and will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%. Revolutionary Arab Spring tactics are being used and nonviolence is encouraged to maximize the safety of all participants and to facilitate the possibility of greatest success.

OB continues to work to inform its fellow citizens and to engage in peaceful discussions and actions to better the lives of current and future generations. Occupy is a call to action for peaceful demonstration against the greed of the top 1% of America. The economic crisis involves every aspect of every American citizen’s life, whether seen or unseen, we are all affected.

Occupy Binghamton can be reached at occupybinghamton@gmail.com and occupybinghamton2.0@gmail.com.




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