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Occupy Guitarmy

Here's their press release in full:

Occupy Guitarmy Rocks May Day 2013 for Immigrant Worker Justice
First Anniversary of the Popular Ensemble that "Turns the Revolution up to 11"

This Wednesday, May 1st, the Occupy Guitarmy will gather in Bryant Park to celebrate their one-year anniversary and kickoff May Day with the Immigrant Worker Justice Tour that will wind its way through midtown stopping at corporations that are exploiting their workers.

The Guitarmy will continue their march to Union Square for a May Pole dance at 3PM, join the 99% rally at Union Square at 4PM, and then march down Broadway with the Fair Pay Ensemble: a group set to inspire and educate musicians and audiences about the deplorable working conditions in New York City live music venues. They will end their celebrations by singing the opening song with Occupy at the People's Assembly in Foley Square.
Schedule of Occupy Guitarmy Events:

12 PM Bryant Park, Immigrant Worker Justice Tour
3 PM Union Square, May Pole Dance for Justice
5:30 PM Union Square to Foley Square, Solidarity March down Broadway
7 PM Foley Square Opening Occupy Wall Street People's Assembly
7:30 Zuccotti Park Kimani Gray Memorial Assembly opening

The Occupy Guitarmy is an open, participatory musical group that was born out of Occupy Wall Street music working group. Last year, hundreds joined the Guitarmy in their May Day march and hundreds more participated in the 99 Mile March from Philadelphia to New York for economic justice.

We last heard from the Guitarmy in September.

Guitarmy marches (photo by Danny Villa)

There was an OWS concert in Foley Square yesterday. Today this is happening:

Occupy Guitarmy is part of the music working group of occupy wall street. We will be taking part in September 17, Occupy one year anniversary actions in downtown New York City. We invite musicians, noisemakers, and everyone else to come join us on the streets for a day of action. We will be meeting at each of these spots at these times. Come meet us and spend an hour or two with us, pop in and out, and enjoy a day of talking and acting with like-minded people concerned about the economic, cultural, social, and environmental future of our world.

9am Liberty Park @ Liberty (150 Broadway, Bank of America)

10am Morris and Broadway (The Bull)

11am Broadway and Beaver Street (Bowling Green)

2pm Whitehall Street and South Street Staten Island Ferry Terminal - THE PEOPLE'S YACHT - ride to Staten Island and back.

3:30pm Water Street and Coenties Slip (Chase)

4pm Liberty and Nassau Street (The Federal Reserve)

5pm Broadway and Murray Street (City Hall)

6pm Assembly (either Liberty or Foley)

Occupy Guitarmy will also be on hand outside the Jay-Z concert at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Sept. 28.

Lee Ranaldo @ Foley Square for Occupy Wall Street - 9/16 (photo by jessierocks)
Lee Ranaldo

Jello Biafra @ Foley Square for Occupy Wall Street - 9/16 (photo by zacharylipez)
Jello Biafra

Today (9/17,Rosh Hashanah for many), protestors have taken to the streets around Wall Street on the one-year anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movment. The anniversary celebration kicked off yesterday, on Sunday, in Foley Square near City Hall where a stage was setup for a five-hour concert featuring familiar, OWS-supporting names like Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine, Lee Ranaldo (and Steve Shelley) of Sonic Youth, Michelle Shocked, Jello Biafra of Dead Kennedys, and Jimmy McMillan, who as we pointed out last week, will be running for mayor again because the rent is still too damn high! Watch videos from the show, below...

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UPDATE: This happened.

Occupy Wall Street

In recognition of Occupy Wall Street's first anniversary there will be a concert, from the Occupy Guitarmy folks who are looking to educate Jay-Z to the OWS cause outside his first show at the Barclays Center, will be held in New York's Foley Square today (9/16) featuring Tom Morello, Jello Biafra, Michelle Shocked, Lee Ranaldo, Das Racist's Kool A.D., My Brightest Diamond, and more.

The concert starts at 1 PM, following at march from the West Village and will be an open jam, playing classic protest songs like Woodie Gutherie's "This Land Is Your Land," Florence Reece's "Which Side Are You On?" as well as more modern sing-a-longs like Cee lo Green's "Fuck You." More info at the OccupyGuitarmy website.

UPDATE: This happened.

Jay-Z 'Made in America' (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

Occupy Guitarmy posted the following to their site:

The Occupy Guitarmy, a subset of the OWS Music Working group, offers a response to Jay-Z, who today said in the NY Times said in the Daily News that OWS’s actions are “un-American.”

"I think all those things need to really declare themselves a bit more clearly because when you just say that 'the 1 percent is that,' that's not true," he said.

"Yeah, the 1 percent that's robbing people, and deceiving people, these fixed mortgages and all these things, and then taking their home away from them, that's criminal, that's bad.

"Not being an entrepreneur. This is free enterprise. This is what America is built on."

Jay-Z “supported” Occupy earlier in its first, highly media-friendly moments through his entrepreneurial selling of “Occupy All Streets” t-shirts, although he refused to donate any of the profits of his sales to support the activists and received wide-spread negative publicity for his crass appropriation of the movement’s language.

Now Jay is rolling with even more powerful and popular friends, namely the LIBOR-scandal leading bankers at Barclays, who put their name on the controversial Brooklyn arena where Jay’s basketball team will play and where he will play eight nights to inaugurate the venue.

Jay asked in the article: “"I don't know what the fight is about. What do we want? Do you know?"

We have spent one year on the streets organizing for exactly the things Jay rapped about in his early days, ending urban poverty, ending Stop & Frisk and police use of lethal force, of returning dignity and hope to the everyday people of New York City. These are simple civil rights issues we know Jay-Z must support, and we would love to help open his heart and mind to the work Occupy has helped do in his own former communities.

On SEPTEMBER 28th we will arrive at his sold-out Barclays concert to lovingly show Jay-Z what we want and how he can help: by encouraging his fans to take action for social justice in their communities, schools, workplaces, and homes.

Join us September 28 at Barclays at 6pm for an Occupy Wall Street teach-in and musical performance. Let’s be a sincere answer to Jay’s question. In turn we will ask on of him, one Florence Reece wrote in the 1930s and still matters now, “Which Side Are You On?”

If your community organization / musical group / education group would like to join us, please email music at nycga dot net.

UPDATE: Here’s a tweet response from OWS supporter Russell Simmons

J. @occupywallstreet is not a blanket indictment of the rich its an indictment of a system that let’s the rich bribe R government, luv u

The September 28th Brooklyn show is Jay-Z's first of eight at the new arena which also just announced shows by Green Day, Rihanna, Bob Dylan, and more.

We last heard about Guitarmy on May Day when Tom Morello, Dan Deacon, and others hooked up with them for a NYC march.

On a related note, Tom Morello and Eddie Vedder recently joined Bruce Springsteen on stage in Chicago. Eddie Vedder also recently played with Jay-Z.

UPDATE: Russell Simmons also has way more to say about this.

#Guitarmy w Tom morello leaving the park (via)
May Day

"The Occupy movement that mobilized thousands of protestors last fall was mostly quiet through the winter in New York, as both the cold and the NYPD chased demonstrators out of their makeshift camp in Zuccotti Park. But the movement officially relaunched on May 1st in honor of International Workers' Day, with organized protests taking place throughout the U.S. and with Tom Morello, Das Racist and other musicians staging a May Day concert in downtown Manhattan.

"I traveled 3,000 miles to march with you today," Morello told a diverse crowd of Occupiers during a ceremonial "mic check" in Bryant Park. "It is an honor to march these streets with you, to sing these songs with you, letting the powers that be know that we will be heard."

Morello led a "guitarmy" of hundreds along Fifth Avenue from Bryant Park down to Union Square. An Occupy Tumblr had already supplied the setlist - including Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land" and tunes from Morello's own World Wide Rebel Songs LP - and many had cheat sheets taped to the sides of their guitars, as they strummed and sang protest songs along with the rocker. As the band of marches inched its way into Union Square, a much larger rally commenced featuring Das Racist, Dan Deacon, and Immortal Technique on stage...." [Rolling Stone]

How was your May Day? Pictures and videos of the May 1st party in Union Square, below...

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