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May Day 2011:Re-enactment of Haymarket on the 125th Anniversary (photo: chicagogeek/flickr)

On September 17th, 2011, in the financial district of New York City, a movement was born to restore democracy, the the rule of law, and the possibility for a future in the United States of America. This protest would become known as Occupy Wall Street, lead by the slogan We are the 99% referring to the massive and growing income and wealth inequality in America between the richest 1% and the rest of the population.

Why did this happen? Because America is in decline: few deny this. Even the cocooned elite recognize the sentiment if not the realities. The American people have lost faith that their institutions can fix their problems or that politicians can lead them to a better future. Therefore some American citizens believed the best course of action, rather than waiting for public officials with dubious affiliations and motives to lead them, was to lead themselves.

The small group in Zuccotti Park was first ignored then mocked then begrudgingly covered by the American corporate media as the protests spread all over the country. Struggling first with police brutality then a nationwide campaign of eradication coordinated by public officials, the various Occupy encampments were under constant assault and many were removed. The original camp in Zuccotti Park would face a legally questionable eviction at one in the morning where the press was barred from seeing the event and protesters were barred from reentry despite a court order and now are ordered to no longer Occupy the park. Similar scenes have played out throughout that country but although many of the Occupy camps have been destroyed for the moment, the spirit of the movement goes on.

In the United States of America May 1st is, by official proclamation, Loyalty Day. A day officially proclaimed to recognize the heritage of American freedom. The freedom to speak and assemble well deserves its own holiday.

Therefore, holding these truths to be self-evident, I call on all who are loyal to America and its heritage of freedom to Occupy the financial district of New York City on May 1st, 2012. To demonstrate your commitment to liberty and justice for all. To stand up to the criminality on Wall Street and corruption in Washington, so freedom may once again reign in America.

See you there.

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Dan Wright

Dan Wright

Daniel Wright is a longtime blogger and currently writes for Shadowproof. He lives in New Jersey, by choice.