Occupy Wall Street Returns to Times Square With Community Groups, Rally for "Another NYC"
"Another NYC is possible" is the rallying cry for a week of actions that have been underway since Thursday. But Tuesday, May 15 (tomorrow) looks to be the biggest day of all, as it culminates with a 6pm return to Times Square. The website simply says "6pm, Times Square, Stand Up! 6:30pm, Times Square, Sit Down!"
The actions have been designed in solidarity with anti-austerity activists around the world, and here in NYC community groups and unions have joined Occupy activists in designing a final day of protest targeting, of course, Wall Street. The morning will start off with a group attending investment bank Morgan Stanley's shareholder meeting (I'll be covering that action for AlterNet) and then joining a rally at noon outside the bank's Midtown headquarters. If that's not enough for you, there'll be an "Economic Injustice Tour" of Midtown leaving from Bryant Park at 4pm, and then the convergence on Times Square in the evening.
As Occupy organizer (and AlterNet contributor) Yotam Marom wrote:
On one hand, the goals for the week are simple. It will be a fight to win back public schools so that our kids can stand a chance in this society, to keep shelters open for those people the system impoverishes so ruthlessly, to afford the public transportation we need to get to work and feed our families. It will be a fight over the very basics of a good society. But it will also challenge as a whole a system that allows the captains of capitalism to make record profits while we take pay cuts and cuts to services, a system whose very existence is based on exploitation and domination. The week will be diverse and autonomous, but unified and solidaristic. It will be grounded and real, but fierce and visionary. It will be safe and welcoming, but also daring and radical. We will fight about the issues, about the budget, about real human needs and about winning in the here and now, but those fights will become a way to dream another city, another world.
We will do our dreaming in the same place we do our fighting: together, in the streets.
Here's a little reminder of what it looked like last time Occupy took Times Square: