Editor’s Note: This story was originally published at Indig-nación.
NEW YORK, NY — My May Day was one full of hope and celebration. I saw immigrant rights groups, labor unions, students, activists and occupiers and take the streets in the tens of thousands. I saw hundreds of residents along our march from Union Square to 2 Broadway leaning out windows, taking videos, photos, waving and smiling. I saw my city wake up and rebel against the monied interests that have held our system hostage for so long, and gotten in the way of true democracy.
I marched in the 99 pickets at Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, the Capital Grill and Chipotle. At Chipotle, we demanded the company sign on to the Coalition of Immokalee Workers Campaign for Fair Food.
We also marched on John Paulson’s hedge fund, where we chanted “Paulson profits off our pain, he and Goldman rigged the game!” referring to the case where Goldman Sachs fraudulently allowed John Paulson to hand-select securities that he wanted to bet against, and then Goldman went out and found a sucker to buy them. The SEC charged Goldman $500 million for securities fraud, but Paulson got off scott-free.
I saw the Tax Dodgers sing about all the tax loopholes they exploit: http://twitvid.com/
I saw Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir sing the First Amendment: http://twitvid.com/
I watched construction workers film the march and dance along, waving and smiling:http://twitvid.com/AAEJ
I celebrated in Union Square as we excitedly awaited the march: http://www.twitvid.com/
I listened to the crowds roar in the streets! http://twitvid.com/
And I saw everyone from students, taxi workers, labor unions, immigrant workers rights groups and Street Vendors marching with us: http://twitvid.com/IH3K7
And I was reinvigorated by the new communities that were formed on this gorgeous day of action in the streets. Community is the best antidote to fear I know, and on May Day, we built community. I can’t wait for the summer.
- Alexis Goldstein -
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