May Day Action Spokescouncil

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Date(s) - 04/19/2013
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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Think Coffee (basement)
248 Mercer St
New York
in the basement

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May Day is coming!

That means it’s time to get down to business and come together and coordinate actions for May 1st and Global May!

The first Action Spokes Council for May Day 2013 will be Friday, April 19th at 7:00pm at Think Coffee, 248 Mercer Street, in the basement. (Trains: R to 8th St, A/C/E/F/V/B/D to West 4th St – Mercer St is 1 block west of Broadway, and 2 blocks east of Washington Square Park).

The May Day Action Spokes Council is a space for groups that are planning direct actions (marches, blockades, pickets), creative disruptions, and tactical support for those actions for May 1st and beyond in format that allows for groups to coordinate on a horizontal playing field while maintaing their own autonomy and to determine their own actions and methods of organizing. It is open for all groups in solidarity with May Day planning to attend and participate.

The purpose of this meeting will be to identify currently planned initiatives for direct action and mutual aid on May Day, the groups bottomlining them and how to plug in, and most importantly, how we can communicate and collaborate effectively in an open and decentralized action framework.

Some possible roles for groups to plug into:
– Direct Actions; blockades, pickets, marches, etc.
– Tactical Comms
– Convergences around, parallel to, and after the Union Square/City Hall rally + march
– Medics
– Media Support + Tactical Media
– Legal Support
– Kitchen

If you aren’t part of an organization, affinity group, working group, or any other group, you are welcome to come start one or join one!! No one is a passive participant in the revolution.

Community Agreements will be introduced and opened up at the start of the meeting. Tentatively, a group has begun to draft a list of potential agreements, including:
– Creating an open and inclusive space where any group can participate as a spoke.
– Commitment to mutual respect, anti-oppression and non-violent communication
– Racism, sexism, oppression, violence or discrimination of any kind will NO be tolerated.
– Minutes will be taken, and speakers and groups asked for their consent on whether or not to be explicitly included or redacted.
– This meeting will not be audio or video recorded without explicit consent of the entire group.
– All journalists will be asked to identify themselves. Unless consent is given, all statements in the meeting, if used for press purposes, will be on background.
-All law enforcement officials will be asked to identify themselves, and then promptly asked to leave.

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