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APR 23, 2012 - A group of New York area musician activists have formed "Occupy Guitarmy", and seek to gather 1000 guitarists, from beginner to shredder, in a massive May Day Music March on May 1, 2012 in Bryant Park. It is the brainchild of Occupy Wall Street Music Group, and they have put together the songs they want to play that day all on a website, chords and all, for everyone to practice and learn before the march. There will be 1000 guitarists all playing and singing "One Guitar", "We Shall Not Be Moved", "Worldwide Rebel Songs""El Pueblo Unido" and of course the classic "This Land is Your Land".
They have people there willing to help you learn guitar, and they also encourage others to form their Occupy Guitarmy in their hometown. Check out their website here.
Here is their Press Release:
"New York, NY (Occupy Wall Street)—Legions of guitarists, string players, singers, and DIY-shaker makers will converge on Bryant Park May 1, 2012 for Occupy Guitarmy, part of the Occupy Wall Street May Day actions for social and economic justice.
Occupy Guitarmy is a large gathering of New York-area guitarists and string players from complete beginner to master shredder, from bedroom artist to legend. All are equal in this guitarmy. We play and march to support Occupy, to raise our voices, to recognize each other was musicians, music workers, community. We ask all New York City-area guitarists and string players to join us on this day."
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Almost overnight, a group of non-violent protesters launched "#OccupyKST" to show solidarity with the protesters at Wall Street, and for what many of them have said has been a lack of media covering the event up in New York.
They chose McPherson Square first because under 500 people you do not need a permit, and secondly it is in the middle of the "K Street Corridor" that are the offices of the thousands of for-profit lobbyists that many protesters believe are the biggest reasons why are political system is so corrupt and paralyzed right now, and why people are suffering.
We will keep you updated on what we hear and see from down there, and JTMP will be down there on Thursday, October 6th for the launching of the Freedom Plaza Occupy DC event, and will post pics and video as the "occupation" unfolds so check back. Also, there is an Occupy DC website.
(Photo credit: Reuters/uPolitic)