May Day Rally

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Date(s) - 1 May 2012
12:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Park Square,, Pittsfield

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Occupy Berkshires is hosting a May Day Rally in Pittsfield, in solidarity with other Occupy and activist groups all over the country. Come join us for speakers, discussions, food and activities!

Several other pertinent groups have been and will be invited to participate. Groups may come and go according to their own schedules, and are highly encouraged to offer a short talk and to participate in the discussion groups.

Demonstrators may display banners, signs (in accordance with Pittsfield no-stick ordnance) and offer informational literature to each other and to the public to promote their issues and causes. Sign-up sheets and donation receptacles will be available. Donations will be split between participating groups after expenses. Volunteers may offer homemade or locally purchased foods, snacks and drinks to the demonstrators.


12:15 Welcome and Opening Remarks Re OB and the Event … Arnold or TBN

12:30 – 12:50 Challenges Facing Workers at the Bottom of the Pay Scale; with an Intro Brief on the History of Labor Day … Thacher Kent and WMLA Spokesperson

12:50 – 1:30 Music by Robby Zucker

1:30 – 1:50 Multicultural BRIDGE Race Task Force Diversity of Voices in 99% … Gwendolyn Hampton VanSant

1:50 – 2:30 Talks by Manos Unidas Multicultural Educational Cooperative and Co-Participants to include American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) and MA Immigrants Referral Advocacy Group (MIRA) and not to the exclusion of others

2:30 – 2:50 Supreme Court Decision Coming – Is it Time for Single Payer Health Care to Emerge? … Michael Kaplan, MD

2:50 – 3:00 Networking

3:00 – 3:10 Key Environmental Issues Facing Us… Scott Laugenour, Berkshire Green

3:10 – 3:30 Music by Barbara & Graham Dean

3:30 – 3:50 How the PDA Works Inside and Outside the Democratic Party … Tim Carpenter

3:50 – 4:15 Why Corporate Control of our Government is an Environmental Issue, Too … Jane Winn, BEAT

4:15 – 4:35 Strategic Issues Facing Human People … Bill Shein

4:35 – 4:40 Introduction to Group Discussions

4:40 – 5:00 Group Singing … Thatcher Kent and WMLA Instrumentalists & Vocalists

Group Singing … We Shall Overcome in Three Languages, English, Spanish & Twi … Manos Unidas Multicultural Chorus

Between talks there will be opportunities for other invitee group spokespersons to give 5-minute talks, listen to music, network and distribute literature.

5:00 – 6:00 Sidewalk Rally … all Participants with their Signs

6:00 – 7:00 Break into Four Discussion Groups

The assembly will split into four groups during the last hour.

One will gather individual opinions and concerns on any subject.

The other three will focus on specified issues:

  • Income Inequality
  • Civil Liberties & Prejudice
  • Public Health & Environmental Justice

For these three groups we intend that the main purpose of this last hour be the formation of work groups composed of individuals (from various groups and backgrounds) who feel strongly about their chosen issue and are willing to continue to work on it as a group well beyond May 1st . The object of the work would be the development of actions aimed at (i) highlighting the issue and (ii) ameliorating it.

Restrooms made available at The MarketPlace Café, Ponchos Mexican Restaurant and the Crown Plaza

Pittsfield political leaders and State government representatives are invited to attend and participate.

The press will be notified of the event.