May Day Poster Depicts Decapitated Police Officer
Occupy Philadelphia protesters, and perhaps others, are making their case to join their in-progress May Day celebrations by email and on a website today, called MayDayPhilly.com. On that site is the schedule of operations and two images, one of the Monopoly guy being pulled down from a Wall St. statue ala a precious-metallic Saddam Hussein in Baghdad, circa 2003. The other depicts a unicorn decapitating University of California at Davis campus Police Lt. John Pike (labeled “work”), who became a point of controversy last year when he pepper sprayed peaceful protesters on the west coast campus.
Protests begin in just a few minutes, and protesters are making their case as to why you should join them. Which is here:
TODAY IS MAY DAY, AN END TO ALL WORK AND EXPLOITATIVE LABOR, INCLUDING THE EXPLOITATION OF INTEREST ON DEBT AND MORTGAGES. WE HAVE STRUCK SIX BANK BRANCHES IN PHILADELPHIA, KEEPING THEM FROM OPENING, MAYBE FOREVER.
BANK OF AMERICA, 932 CHESTNUT ST.
PNC BANK, 900 WALNUT
CITIBANK, 1211 WALNUT ST.
HSBC, 1027 ARCH ST.
WELLS FARGO, 3431 CHESTNUT ST.
CITIZENS BANK, 134 SOUTH 34TH ST. [INCLUDES STUFFED BEAR, UNLESS BEAR HAS FALLEN OFF OR BEEN REMOVED BY AGENTS OF CAPITAL]
“THIS IS SILLY,” YOU SAY. “KEEPING A BANK FROM OPENING FOR LIKE, 30 MINUTES? WHAT’S THAT ABOUT?” BUT LET US REMIND YOU HOW MUCH DAMAGE THESE BANKS DO TO OUR SOCIETY, OUR HOMES, OUR PSYCHES IN EVEN 30 MINUTES.
EVERY 30 MINUTES, BANK OF AMERICA ROBO-SIGNS 347 PREDATORY LOANS
EVERY 30 MINUTES, PNC BANK FUNDS THE REMOVAL OF 220 TONS OF EARTH FROM MOUNTAINTOPS
EVERY 30 MINUTES, CITIBANK’S CHIEF EXECUTIVE MAKES $16,000 WHILE THE AVERAGE CITIBANK EMPLOYEE MAKES $8
EVERY 30 MINUTES, HSBC TARGETS 45 ELDERLY RETIREES FOR MARKETING COMPLEX FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS
EVERY 30 MINUTES, WELLS FARGO TARGETS 118 AFRICAN-AMERICANS FOR SUB-PRIME LOANS
EVERY 30 MINUTES, CITIZENS BANK EARNS $352,287 IN UNFAIR OVERDRAFT FEES
IT IS TIME TO SAY: STOP
TODAY WE STRIKE BACK. TODAY WE JOIN THE GENERAL STRIKE. TODAY WE STOP THE BUSINESS OF EXPLOITATIVE CAPITAL, EVEN FOR 30 MINUTES. TODAY WE ESCALATE. TODAY WE BECOME BOLDER, MORE CUNNING, MORE FEARLESS. WON’T YOU JOIN US?
PW will have a report from May Day later on.