Here’s What North Brooklyn Has Planned For Tomorrow’s “May Day”


The national Occupy movement is planning a “May Day” general strike tomorrow. The Facebook event page has 25,000 attendees and while some locations are hosting specific events, the main plan is for “NO WORK – NO SCHOOL – NO SHOPPING – NO BANKING – NO TRADING.”

“The goal is to shut down commerce worldwide and show the 1% we will not be taken for granted, we will not be silenced, WE WILL NOT MOVE until our grievances are redressed,” organizers write on Facebook.

In Williamsburg and Bushwick – where we’ve seen Occupiers in action before – groups are joining forces in a march over the Williamsburg Bridge and into Wall Street. Occupy Bushwick invites participants to meet at Maria Hernandez Park at 8am. From there the group will march to Continental Army Plaza and meet up with Occupy Williamsburg, followed by a march over the bridge and into lower Manhattan.

Bushwick Is Occupied Too, You Know


While Occupy Williamsburg hogs most of the media attention – especially this week following Saturday night’s “Occu-Party” – the movement has an organized neighbor to the east that’s worth knowing about. Occupy Bushwick holds frequent General Assembly meetings and other events, with one happening tonight at KAVE in Shops at The Loom. According to the group’s official website, tonight’s event will start at 7 p.m. with a meet and greet and a technology teach-in, followed by the GA meeting at 8. The Loom is on Flushing and Knickerbocker.

Occupy Williamsburg and Occupy Bushwick are both busy preparing for the national “General Strike” on May 1st.

A Play-By-Play Of Saturday’s Occupy Williamsburg Protest

Event Poster, via Buzzfeed

Details are just now emerging about Saturday night’s Occupy Williamsburg “Occu-Party.” According to NY Daily News, fifty protesters set up camp at The Bedford, a vacant residential building on N. 8th and Driggs, where they threw garbage cans and spray painted anti-police slogans. When police arrived at 11 p.m., one protester pepper-sprayed an officer, while others threw bottles that injured five other officers. Police arrested four protesters and charged them with obstructing government administration, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, and inciting a riot.

Village Voice staff writer Nick Pinto was on the scene that night and tweeted continuously about the action as it unfolded. Here’s Pinto’s perspective of how things went down, in chronological order:

At 207 N 8th in Williamsburg, an “Occuparty” — squatting in a half-finished luxury apartment — is getting underway. #OWS

Maybe 50 people in the ground-floor apartment. Whole building seems vacant, 75% renovated. Many hope this lasts past tonight.

Police are here, with flashlights. “Guys drop all the beers, that’s it.” not clear they get the scope of the invasion.

Glass on the front door just got smashed. Cop has his nightstick out. “I swear to god, get out of here!”

First arrest, a young woman. Bottle thrown. Cops badly outnumbered. This is getting crazy fast.

Police calling in backup as they push the crowd down 8th. Two cruisers here now.

On Bedford, masked guy throws a trash bin in the middle of the street. Some of the crowd are marching in the street.

Scuffle on the middle of Bedford as plainclothes and uniformed cops get forceful with more arrests.

Another really rough arrest. Plainclothes with telescoping sticks. Police are on this now.

At 7th, a call to march down Bedford. More trash bins in the street.

Police have one woman up against a garage door. “I didn’t do anything!” “I saw you!

Consensus among the remaining ~40 is to head to the precinct. But many linger at the corner of 11th.

Time-out pending a phase two, waiting for things to cool down to maybe hit a second vacant spot.

OK. I think, for tonight at least, the Williamsburg front is quiet.

Occupy Williamsburg?

c/o Adam Clark EstesThe Atlantic Wire just reported on OWS’s newest offshoot, Occupy Williamsburg, putting Williamsburg in the line of fire for many jokes to come. Where was the first meeting held? Where do you think. Union Pool…shit let the hipster jokes commence. As reported, the group seemed to be an organized and legitimately concerned group of protesters, well aware of the jabs and stereotypes that Occupy Williamsburg will undoubtedly face. As Adam Clark Estes commented, “The group doesn’t plan to meet in Union Pool again, but it’s apparent that Occupy Williamsburg will spend a decent amount of time wrestling hipsterdom out of the picture.” In fact the meeting began with an acknowledgment to the (hipsters) elephant in the room, saying “I think hipsterdom is dead. I think Occupy marks the end of it.” Should this movement show that Williamsburg is still more than new condos and people who brunch, that is never a bad thing, even if it means dealing with an onslaught of hipster jokes. Read the full article here.