Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Celebrate May Day in Crown Heights by "Building Community Alternatives to Capitalism"

 It's May Day! New Yorkers will be taking part in actions, demonstrations, teach-ins, and other events all over the city today, in the spirit of calling attention to the grievous inequalities perpetuated by the status quo and - and to ILFA, this is the far greater challenge - envisioning a more just and equitable city. Here in Crown Heights, a community where the diversity of challenges facing New Yorkers is all to easy to see, Brooklyn Skillshare is hosting an all-day event, "Building Community Alternatives to Capitalism," at LaunchPad. Read on below for more information from their site:

May 1st: Building Community Alternatives to Capitalism!

What: Mutual Aid Help on May Day: A day without the 99% Day of Action in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street. While you don’t have to have an opinion on the movement, you can come
out and learn!
When: Tuesday, May 1st, 2012
Where: LaunchPad (map)


Schedule break-down:
11:00AM-12:00PM: NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund presents “Know Your Rights - a discussion designed for a facilitated dialogue with participants on what their rights are with regards to interaction with law enforcement”
12:15PM-1:15PM: Brooklyn Yoga Cooperative presents “Starting a Worker Cooperative”
1:30PM-2:30PM: 596 Acres presents “A Vacant Public Land Visioning Session” 
2:45PM-3:45PM: Bags for the People Reusable Bag Sewing Workshop
4:00PM-5:00PM: **JUST ADDED!** Bicycle Roots “Bicycle Mechanics 101”
5:15PM-6:15PM: Brooklyn Cooperative Federal Credit Union presents “Moving Your Money to a Credit Union - the how’s and why’s”
6:30PM-7:30PM: Crown Heights CSA presents “Breaking free from the food industry ~ Know what it means to own your food and how you can do that in Brooklyn!”
8:00PM-9:45PM: Screening of documentary Battle for Brooklyn which follows the very public and passionate fight waged by residents and business owners of Brooklyn’s historic Prospect Heights neighborhood facing condemnation of their property to make way for the polarizing Atlantic Yards project (the densest real estate development in U.S. history).


  1. I'm looking forward to hearing some sound alternatives to capitalism. The previous 5000 years of recorded human history have failed to find one, but I'm sure this event will get it done.

  2. Apparently Adam never heard of things like cooperatives...or considered little things like learning how to fix your own bike instead of paying someone to do it...I totally should have gone to this instead of getting my wallet stolen by Occupiers at Bryant Park

  3. Hey Jonah, where did you get the materials to fix your own bike?

    A cooperative is not anti-capitalist; it is just a bunch of people who have valued their time and decided they are better off paying less money and working a little, than working none and paying more.

    I actually think coops are cool Jonah, I just really hate the bad reputation that capitalism has received over the past few years. Capitalism is freedom.