Pictures from a demonstration, May 1, 2012
These images were taken in Union Square on May 1, 2012.
Malcolm Culleton and Kristin Greer. "The rights of labor are under attack in a way that we haven't seen before," said Culleton. "All these companies that made promises have proven to be dishonest and greedy."
Aro Velmet and Simon Glenn. The tulip in Velmet's hand is a symbol that was used in protests in 17th century Holland, where people couldn't buy houses. Velmet applies this to the current "housing bubble."
Jesse Swire and Laura Gruberg. Swire carries a work by Jan Peterson that his aunt gave him from the '60s that he says is "clever but irrelevant." He and Gruberg marched from Bryant park to Union Square. Gruberg says she was scared when she saw people running after the police arrived.
Nathan Leigh. He arrived with 20 other people representing the Puppetry Guild, or Peoples Puppets. "We use them interchangeably." They made this Statue of Liberty back in October and have taken it to several Occupy events. "We wanted something that was unobjectionable," said Leigh. "The things we stand for are the things America stands for ... It is actually kind of devastating when you read the poem Lady Liberty is holding and see how revolutionary the language is. This is what we can be, this is what we say we are. America is supposed to take care of the huddled masses."
Stephen Mauldin. "The new boss is just like the old boss," he said.