Live Blog: May Day Protesters Take to the Streets for a Day Without the 99%, Arrests Begin
Happy MayDay, readers! A full schedule of event in New York City can be found here. Keep this page open for the very latest, up-to-the-minute reports, images and tweets from the streets of New York, Oakland and more.
Read from the bottom up for updates from Twitter and on the ground.
6:00pm. Some crowd estimates and other observation as OWS marches in NYC and Oakland:
5:15pm. Some updates from the Twitters:
The revolution will not be punctual.— Joshua Holland (@JoshuaHol) May 1, 2012
4:45pm. In NYC, speakers and musicians taking the stage in Union Square. And in DC? So far, nada (march scheduled for this evening).
3:30pm. Uh oh, looks like the police action is heating up, both in NYC and in Oakland:
RT @garonsen: Things got out of hand for a minute. Plenty of tear has deployed as occupiers advanced on OPD with a shield...— Joshua Holland (@JoshuaHol) May 1, 2012
3:15pm. Some pictures from on the ground near Union Square:
2:45pm. Marchers are on the move in NYC. We're hearing that the crowd is impressive. Meanwhile:
Literally, they are now our streets. On 5th ave, heading to Union, and no one is on sidewalk yfrog.com/h7ev2cpj— Alex Kane (@alexbkane) May 1, 2012
2:35pm. A dispatch from the "guitarmy," and AlterNet's Josh Holland checks in from the actions in Oakland:
Maybe 100 ppl at frank ogawa/Oscar grant. Headed to 22nd and telegraph. #M1GS— Joshua Holland (@JoshuaHol) May 1, 2012
2:20pm. Some updates from AlterNet staffers and friends, as the sun comes out for protesters in NYC:
Student march just rolled through Madison Square Park. #m1gs— Sarah Jaffe (@seasonothebitch) May 1, 2012
1:50pm. And a helpful, very official crowd estimate from Bryant Park:
1:45pm. AlterNet's Anna Lekas Miller reports from the "wildcat strike":
White cuffs out #wildcatstrike— Anna Lekas Miller (@agoodcuppa) May 1, 2012
Wild cat action takes Chinatown— Anna Lekas Miller (@agoodcuppa) May 1, 2012
Some cops are in full riot gear in broad daylight. Silly. #wildcatstrike— Anna Lekas Miller (@agoodcuppa) May 1, 2012
1:15 pm. A bunch of actions are going down all over NYC:
A "wildcat strike" is beginning down at Houston Street, a "guitarmy" is amassing at Bryant Park, and an immigrants rights march is heading to Chipotle in Midtown.
1pm. Philly represents:
12:46 pm. A huge number of police are showing up for every protester:
It legitimately looks like the police are demonstrating...about fifty police for 10 protestors so...#wildcatsrike— Anna Lekas Miller (@agoodcuppa) May 1, 2012
Sarah Jaffe's report from the morning's actions is here.
12:20pm. Uneasiness, kettling, reported. Clashes with NYPD beginning?
Noon. The Midwest is in the house. Some tweets from Joe Macare of Occupy Chicago and Truthout, including a livestream link.
11:30 am.Molly Knefel reports calm, growing crowds at Bryant Park:
Arrest count, approximately 11 a.m: According to the livestreams above, at least five people have been arrested so far, but that's unconfirmed. Others on Twitter say only two arrests.
AlterNet's Sarah Jaffe witnessed one arrest in midtown at the 99 pickets event.
Testy encounters with the police at the 99 Pickets Events:
But all is calm at the "pop-up occupation" at Bryant Park and a the start of a march in Brooklyn, heading to Manhattan:
Bryant Park. Calm, quaint dancing, coffeecake and conversations #M1— Anna Lekas Miller (@agoodcuppa) May 1, 2012
Good morning LA! Things are taking off on the West Coast:
AlterNet's Sarah Jaffe is tweeting from the "99 Pickets" actions in Midtown New York:
Gregory Alan Walker, dob august21, 1987 man arrested.crowd sings Solidarity Forever as he is driven off #m1gs— Sarah Jaffe (@seasonothebitch) May 1, 2012
Picture the Homeless, SEIU,VOCAL-NY and more picketing atNews Corp instagr.am/p/KFfglvjl2T/— Sarah Jaffe (@seasonothebitch) May 1, 2012
The day begins:
And updates from readers on Twitter: