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TODAY 5/21: Union Sq as Public "Commons"- Creative Assembly Union Sq North; 5 p.m.

From: Robyn
Sent on: Wednesday, May 21, 2008 11:04 AM
Hi all - spreading the word about this...

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Today, Wednesday, May 21st, a group of creative activists has called for a 5 p.m. gathering to protect our public commons - specifically Union Square where plans to place a private restaurant in the historic Pavilion have been held off - for now. The plans however call for a reduction of the public space. There is also the issue of the cutting down of trees to put in (potentially) that restaurant and expand the playground.

Much of the control and privatization of Union Square Park has been handed over to the local Business Improvement District(BID) , Union Square Partnership. The co-chair of this BID is influential restaurateur Danny Meyer.

The announcement for today's event states:

Our critique, without community space or public space, there can be no democracy.

So we are meeting to attempt to find space to assemble with images of icons of Union Square's past - Emma Goldman, Paul Robeson - to claim a space to speak, meet, built community, share space, and recite the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Is there still a space in NYC where we can assemble to read the First Amendment?

Come help us find out Wednesday at 5 P.M. at Union Square North.

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http://washingtonsquarepark.wordpress. com

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