May 1: Welcome to the Paradigm Shift
Evolver Call to Action!
This is a call out to the Evolver/Reality Sandwich community to activate on May 1st in Solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement to kick off the Spring Awakening!
The Occupy movement will resurrect "May Day" as a day of general strikes and art displays envisioning what a new world could look like. Everyone is invited to participate. We are supporting local Spore groups and all Evolvers with tools and resources to engage in visionary ways during this day of actions and represent our tribe of artists, crafters, healers and visionaries. It is important that we, who can envision a different world, come together and share it with the world!! A new paradigm is waiting for us, to shift the collective consciousness towards envisioning what we would rather see more of in the world as we continue to disengage from the things that we would rather not see continue.
May Day, also known as International Workers' Day, commemorates the 1886 Haymarket Massacre in Chicago, when Chicago police fired on workers during a General Strike for the eight-hour workday. In many countries May 1st is observed as a holiday according to occupywallst.org, however the holiday is not officially recognized in the United States.
The idea behind May Day is not to shop, do chores, go to work, go to school or bank, but simply take to the streets doing something that you would rather be doing. In a recent interview with a NYC May Day organizer, he explains how to participate in the day's events if you are an artist or would like to be one. He states, "if you don't like your job, don't go! Spend this day doing whatever it is that you would rather be doing with your time or represent some form of it and offer it to the public. If you always wanted to do something more creative...do it! If you love what you do, take it to the streets and...do it for free!"
Here are some tools and resources for Spores and the broader Evolver network to access and participate in May Day and future actions as a community. It is both within and through community that we will make the greatest impact and inspire change. Welcome to the New Paradigm!!
Invitation from OWS to the Evolver Community
OWS Sustainability invites Evolvers to join in on the Promotional Video for the Environmental Color Block Action happening on May Day. Please read the color block guidelines here.
If you cannot make the 'Promo Video' event, feel free to take on a color as a spore or adopt this action as a spore on May Day. Please forward the facebook invite widely! If anyone wishes to attend the planning meeting, it will be happening on April 17th, at 60 Wall st, at 5:30pm.
Tools and Resources
1) Spread the Word On Social Media and Follow:
RSVP on facebook.
2) Sign up for Text Message Notifications:
For May Day organizing meetings text: "@OWSMay Day" to 23559
For "day of " action and emergency updates on May 1st text: "@MayDayAction" to 23559
3) Start an Evolver Affinity Group:
You can take action on your own and create a group around our existing
network of Spores and Evolvers to come together autonomously for a
Down load free May Day poster images here.
4) Make Art:
The theme revolves around creating a world that we would rather see. If
we had to re-imagine society, collectively, what would it look like?
What would you like to see? What would you add to it?
Submit a May 1st public art project or idea: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dGw3YXlJeE1ibkdSaEV...
Donate materials (art supplies, workspace, etc) for existing art projects: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dGpIREw2NmhIS0l3alZ...
-NYC May Day public art projects:
-Email for all inquiries about art projects:
-Join the May Day Mailing List:
5) Work with your local occupation:
Click here to see if there is an occupation near you on an interactive map of the global occupy community:
If there isn't an occupation in your town start your own: http://www.howtooccupy.org/
6) Join the May Day conference calls:
InterOccupy.com hosts regular calls to organizw May 1st activities as well as connecting occupiers with shared interests across Working Groups, General Assemblies and Occupations.
-Check out the schedule for conference calls here: http://interoccupy.org/io-conference-calls/
7) Organize your workplace, campus or community:
Encourage co-workers to take a sick day on May 1st. If you must go to work, please note there will be plenty of celebrations, marches, and direct actions throughout all hours of the day. Invite your community to attend. If you're a unionized worker, encourage your union to support the General Strike. If you're a student at a high school or college, spread the word to walk-out of class on May 1st. If you're not a worker or student, organize your friends and family!
NYC Schedule of Events for May 1st:
8am-4pm: Midtown action staging zone in Bryant Park.
Family friendly, free food, a really, REALLY free market,
skill-shares, workshops, lectures, art, fun and more!
4:00pm: March to Union Square for solidarity march
5:30pm: Solidarity march from Union Square to Wall St.
7:00pm: March to staging area for evening actions
For More information go here.