Union Square, Then & Now

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Date/Time: 23/10/2008 12:00 am

EVENT: Union Square, Then & Now
Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the designation of Union Square as a National
Landmark for its historical role in social movements especially labor and the
struggle for fair treatment of workers: South end of the park Thursday, October 23 from 4-7 pm
Open invitation to the general public – come by to draw!
Participants are also invited to submit drawings will be selected by a jury that
consists of:
Martha Wilson – Executive Director of Franklin Furnace
Dara Greenwald – artist, activist, and co-curator of ‘Signs of Change: Social
Movement Cultures from the 1960’s to Now’ currently on view at Exit Art
Amanda McDonald Crowley – Executive Director of Eyebeam
Drawings produced at the Oct 23rd at the temporary Drawing Station in Union
Square’s south end from 4-6 pm will be made into hand held signs to be carried at the rally at 6 pm.
Kevin Baker, Author of Dreamland, Strivers Row and Paradise Alley
Andrea Williams, New York Society for Acoustic Ecology
Joshua J. Freeman, Historian, CUNY Grad Center
Ed Ott, Executive Director, NYC Central Labor Council AFL-CIO
Denis Hughes, President, NY State AFL-CIO
Deborah Glick, NYS Assembly Member
Richard N. Gottfried, NYS Assembly Member
Donna Schaper, Senior Pastor, Judson Memorial Church
Geoffrey Croft, President, NYC Park Advocates
Reverend Billy & The Stop Shopping Gospel Choir
The Approaching Storm Marching Band
James Solomon Benn
UNION SQUARE Background:
September 12, 2008 marked the 10th anniversary of the dedication of Union Square Park as a National Historic Landmark. It is a designation that includes its
historical role as the site of the first Labor Day Parade on September 5, 1882, and the subsequent legislation for a national Labor Day holiday. Since this day, Union Square’s Pavilion and North Plaza have been primary sites for large public parades and rallies where the principles of freedom of assembly and freedom of speech are alive for us as they were for Sacco and Vanzetti, Norman Thomas, Cesar Chavez, Emma Goldman, Paul Robeson, and their like.
We invite you to join a wide spectrum of the public to celebrate this remarkable
legacy with a program at Union Square Park on Thursday, October 23, 2008, in the South Plaza, near the statue of George Washington. Activities will take place
between 4-7 pm with speakers and performers between 6 and 7 pm. Like the original commemoration in 1998, the program will include a number of stirring speakers from the ranks of labor unions and elected officials as well as a historical perspective by a keynote speaker, musical acts, walking tours, visual representations of historical events, and a Draw-a-Thon, where the public can imagine the future of the pavilion. It promises to be a memorable occasion.
NYC Central Labor Council AFL-CIO; NY State AFL-CIO; D.C. 37; United Federation of
Teachers/AFL-CIO; NY Labor History Association; Historic Districts Council; Assembly
Member Richard N. Gottfried, Assembly Member Deborah Glick; NYC Park Advocates;
Union Square Community Coalition; Workers Defense League; Rev. Billy & The Church of
Stop Shopping; Chelsea Midtown Democrats; A.R.T.I.S.T.; Billionaires for Bush;
Citizens for Union Square; Free103Point9; Judson Memorial Church; LaborArts.org; Not
an Alternative; The “Our” Labrynth Project; Pond: art, activism, and ideas;
Radical Homosexual Agenda; Restaurant Opportunity Center, Time’s UP; 250+ Friends
of New York City Parks; Union Square Not For Sale; and more.For information about
the Draw-A-Thon contact unionsquare23@gmail.com or 347-693-8857.
For general information contact unionsquare23@gmail.com or 212-987-0565
Union Square Park
1pm-2:30pm Shopocalypse Record Release Revival at the Highline Ballroom
$12.00 regular ticket or $25.00 benefit ticket price including our new CD!
4pm-6pm: Circling The Island! Boat Ride Benefit for The Church of Stop Shopping
Join us on a two hour cruise around Manhattan on the Half Moon party boat
Limited tickets, $100.00, $199.00 couples and up (includes entry to the record
release event and cd).
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/47357 or call 1-800-838-3006 and ask for
Event #47357.
Once a year we ask for YOUR contributions so we can continue our work on the streets
and in the airwaves. If you don’t live in NYC please consider buying a ticket for a
friend who does.

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