- Posted May 2, 2012 by
Washington, District of Columbia
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Occupy Wall Street
Occupy DC & other groups rally on May day
On May 1st, 2012 Occupy DC and other labor (and socialist groups) met at Meridian Hill Park at 3pm to commemorate May day. The event attempted to highlight the actions that took place on May 1st, 1886 in which Chicago unionists, reformers, socialists,anarchists, and ordinary workers combined to make the city the center of the national movement for an eight-hour day. As the crowd grew bigger, a series of teach-ins and activities were performed to highlight the importance of the 99% movement and the relevance of May day in present day. Games such as : inequality pong, in which the participant had to try to get the ball into the 1% cup were at sight. Additionally, they were a series of booths with socialist and communist propaganda and books which cohesively mixed with the event participants. By 5pm a series of speakers, recreating famous labor characters, started to make their way to the stage to engage the crowd and spread their message.
It wasn't until 6pm when the crowd, which at that time added to 150 people, started to make their way to 14th street with direction to the White House. The protesters originally blocked 2 lanes, heading south, on 14th street but as they made their way to U street gathered momentum and took over the 2 remaining lanes, heading northbound. Metro police was at hand monitoring the situation with a watchful eye. As they strolled 14th street the protesters chanted several anti-capitalist and pro-labor slogans while attempting to persuade the crowd to join them. The crowd certainly reacted, positively and negatively, to their presence.
By 7:30pm the protesters reached the White House; Once again, a series of speakers were at hand to say a few words remebering the importance of May day.