Socialist Equality Party 2012 US Presidential Election Campaign

SEP campaign team speaks with students and workers at Milwaukee Area colleges

By Eric London, 26 July 2012

The Socialist Equality Party continued to gather signatures to gain ballot access in the general election as it campaigned in the Milwaukee area.

The SEP campaigns at Master Lock: The reality behind Obama’s “insourcing”

By Eric London, 25 July 2012

Presidential candidate Jerry White and vice presidential candidate Phyllis Scherrer spoke with Master Lock workers and neighborhood residents about conditions in the factory.

SEP candidates speak to workers at Caterpillar plant in South Milwaukee

By Eric London, 24 July 2012

After just three days of campaigning, volunteers for the Socialist Equality Party have collected over half of the required 2,000 signatures for ballot-access in Wisconsin.

SEP kicks off Wisconsin campaign

By Eric London, 23 July 2012

The SEP presidential and vice-presidential candidates campaigned in Milwaukee and Madison this weekend, as supporters gathered hundreds of signatures to place them on the Wisconsin ballot.

Defend the right to vote! Down with photo ID laws!

Statement by Phyllis Scherrer, SEP candidate for vice president

Phyllis Scherrer and SEP candidate for vice president, 21 July 2012

The Socialist Equality Party condemns the efforts to use restrictive voter ID laws to inhibit voting, and the collaboration of the Obama administration and the federal courts with this anti-democratic campaign.

SEP presidential and vice presidential candidates speak to teachers at Detroit rally

By a WSWS reporting team, 20 July 2012

Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate Jerry White and vice presidential candidate Phyllis Scherrer spoke to teachers at a rally of teachers in Downtown Detroit held Wednesday.

Con Ed workers rally against lockout

By Philip Guelpa, 19 July 2012

On Tuesday afternoon, a large rally was held at Union Square in Manhattan in support of 8,500 Consolidated Edison (Con Ed) workers who have been locked out by the company since July 1.

SEP launches drive to place candidates on Wisconsin ballot

18 July 2012

Supporters of the Socialist Equality Party are gearing up for a petition drive to place the party’s candidates for US president and vice president, Jerry White and Phyllis Scherrer, on the ballot in Wisconsin.

The Con Ed struggle and fight for public ownership

By Jerry White and Socialist Equality Party’s candidate for US president, 17 July 2012

More than 8,500 utility workers are engaged in a bitter battle with the energy giant Con Ed.

“It’s like they want to go back to the slavery days”

Workers speak on budget cuts and the social crisis in Detroit

By an SEP campaign team, 16 July 2012

Campaigners for the Socialist Equality Party spoke with shoppers at Eastern Market, a large farmers market in Detroit.

Stop the assault on public employees and social services!

Jerry White and SEP presidential candidate, 13 July 2012

The drastic wage-slashing in Scranton, Pennsylvania and the bankruptcy of San Bernardino, California should be taken as a warning, not only by municipal workers but by the working class as a whole.

SEP speaks to Detroit workers and youth about power outages, heat wave

By our reporters, 9 July 2012

SEP supporters spoke to workers in metropolitan Detroit Friday about the continuing heat wave and power outages across the area.

The heat wave in the US and the decay of infrastructure

Statement by Phyllis Scherrer, SEP candidate for US vice president

Phyllis Scherrer and Socialist Equality Party candidate for US vice president, 6 July 2012

It is only the beginning of July and already 23 deaths are attributed to violent storms and an unprecedented heat wave throughout much of the US, following one of the warmest winters on record.

The Fourth of July

Jerry White and SEP candidate for US president, 4 July 2012

The official marking of the Fourth of July will be the usual celebration of militarism and jingoism long used to undermine an understanding of the historical and contemporary significance of the beginning of the American Revolution 236 years ago.

Detroit workers speak with SEP vice presidential candidate about heat wave

By David Brown, 3 July 2012

SEP vice presidential candidate Phyllis Scherrer spoke with workers in Detroit about the heat wave, their utility bills, and the decaying social infrastructure.

SEP vice presidential candidate campaigns in Highland Park, Michigan

By Shannon Jones, 2 July 2012

SEP vice presidential candidate Phyllis Scherrer spoke to residents of Detroit and Highland Park about the recent decision to turn the operation of Highland Park schools over to for-profit charter operators.

The Stockton, California bankruptcy: A warning to all workers

Statement by Jerry White and SEP candidate for US president, 30 June 2012

The bankruptcy of Stockton is a damning refutation of the Obama administration’s cynical claims about an economic recovery and a harbinger of a new wave of attacks on public workers throughout the country

Sacramento meeting reviews socialist perspective against California budget cuts

By Jack Hood, 29 June 2012

On Tuesday, June 26th, students gathered at Valley Hi-North Laguna Library in Sacramento, California to discuss the California budget crisis and the 2012 SEP election campaign.

No to school privatization!

Statement by Phyllis Scherrer, SEP candidate for US vice president

Phyllis Scherrer and SEP candidate for US vice president, 27 June 2012

In an unprecedented attack on public education the public schools in Muskegon Heights and Highland Park, Michigan are being turned over to for profit charter school operators.

SEP campaigns against budget cuts in California

By a WSWS reporting team, 26 June 2012

Campaigners for the Socialist Equality Party spoke with workers and students in Sacramento, California about the party’s presidential election campaign.

Jerry White speaks in New York on the crisis of American democracy

By Isaac Finn, 25 June 2012

SEP presidential candidate Jerry White spoke in Manhattan in a meeting called under the headline “Obama, drones and the crisis of American democracy.”

SEP candidate speaks at Quebec meeting on student strike

By Bryan Dyne, 23 June 2012

Jerry White, the SEP candidate for US president, spoke at a public meeting in Montreal on the international importance of the Quebec student strike.

“The banks don’t want human beings, they want indentured servants”

Jerry White talks to Montreal students and workers

By Bryan Dyne, 21 June 2012

On the eve of a public meeting in Montreal, Socialist Equality Party US presidential candidate Jerry White campaigned among workers and youth.

Jerry White campaigns in Montreal

By Bryan Dyne, 20 June 2012

Jerry White, US presidential candidate for the Social Equality Party (SEP-US), campaigned in Montreal on Tuesday, bringing the party’s fight for the international unity of the working class to Canada.

US SEP presidential candidate Jerry White to address Montreal meeting

20 June 2012

Jerry White, the Socialist Equality Party candidate in the US presidential election, will address a public meeting in Montreal this Thursday, June 21.

SEP campaigns in California

By a WSWS reporting team, 19 June 2012

In both Northern and Southern California, campaigners for the Socialist Equality Party spoke to workers and students about budget cuts in the state and Jerry White’s presidential campaign.

SEP campaigners win support in Chelsea, Massachusetts

By Kate Randall and J. James, 18 June 2012

The Socialist Equality Party campaigned Saturday in Chelsea, Massachusetts, a small, densely populated city just across the Mystic River from Boston.

SEP candidate Jerry White holds “meet and greet” in Detroit

By Shannon Jones, 16 June 2012

The gathering in Detroit, Michigan was attended by a cross-section of working people in Detroit including, auto workers, teachers, musicians and retirees.

SEP campaign wins strong support in western New York

By Samuel Davidson, 15 June 2012

A campaign team made up of SEP supporters and the party’s vice-presidential candidate, Phyllis Scherrer, won strong support this past weekend in Buffalo, New York.

For a struggle against the bankers’ dictatorship in Detroit

Jerry White and Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, 14 June 2012

Officials in Detroit and the state of Michigan are implementing a consent agreement that gives dictatorial powers to the banks to rip up labor agreements, slash services and sell off public assets.

SEP campaigns in Ypsilanti, Michigan for meeting on US elections

By our reporters, 12 June 2012

The small industrial city has lost 14,000 good-paying jobs in a decade.

New York City workers discuss American militarism and Obama’s role in drone attacks

By an SEP campaign team, 11 June 2012

On Saturday, campaigners for the Socialist Equality Party’s presidential candidate, Jerry White, distributed campaign literature in East Flatbush.

The Wisconsin election: The political lessons

Statement by Jerry White, Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president

Jerry White and Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, 9 June 2012

The victory of Republican Governor Scott Walker in the Wisconsin recall election is the predictable outcome of the sabotage by the trade unions and the Democratic Party of the mass protest movement that erupted in the Midwestern US state in February 2011.

Jerry White campaigns at Wayne State University in Detroit

By David Brown, 7 June 2012

On Wednesday, Jerry White worked with the International Students for Social Equality at Wayne State University to speak with students on campus.

Video: SEP candidate discusses experiences of election campaign

6 June 2012

In this interview with the World Socialist Web Site, Jerry White reviews some of the experiences of his presidential election campaign.

Obama’s “kill list” and the decay of democracy in America

Jerry White and SEP presidential candidate, 5 June 2012

The president and his national security advisors gather in the White House situation room for “Terror Tuesday” meetings where they review a list of potential targets.

SEP campaigners in Michigan discuss Obama’s drone assassinations

By a WSWS reporting team, 4 June 2012

Campaign teams in Michigan talk to workers and students in Ypsilanti and Detroit.

Video: SEP candidate speaks to striking Caterpillar workers in Joliet, Illinois

2 June 2012

On Wednesday, 800 striking machinists in Joliet, Illinois overwhelmingly rejected a new contract offer by Caterpillar. Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate Jerry White traveled to Joliet to speak to workers.

Video: SEP candidate Jerry White speaks at site of Memorial Day massacre

1 June 2012

On May 30, 1937, 10 striking steal workers were gunned down by police in what became know as the Memorial Day massacre.

Jerry White speaks at Quad Cities election meeting

By our reporters, 31 May 2012

At the election meeting in the Quad Cities, located on the Iowa and Illinois banks of the Mississippi River, White reviewed the basic issues in his campaign.

California workers speak against budget cuts, unemployment

By a WSWS reporting team, 30 May 2012

Socialist Equality Party members spoke to workers and young people in Los Angeles and San Francisco over Memorial Day weekend about Brown’s budget cuts, social conditions, unemployment and the SEP presidential campaign.

Workers and youth speak on Chicago, Quebec and the attack on democratic rights

By our reporters, 29 May 2012

Over the weekend, supporters of the Socialist Equality Party distributed a statement from SEP presidential candidate Jerry White and talked to workers about the recent crackdown on dissent in Chicago and Quebec.

SEP campaigns for election meeting in Quad Cities

By our reporters, 28 May 2012

Supporters of the Socialist Equality Party and the International Students for Social Equality have been campaigning in the Quad Cities (Iowa and Illinois) in preparation for an upcoming public meeting with presidential candidate Jerry White on Tuesday, May 29.

Detroit workers speak out against budget cuts

By Shannon Jones, 28 May 2012

Socialist Equality Party campaign teams spoke to workers and young people in Detroit over the weekend about the campaign of its candidates, Jerry White for president and Phyllis Scherrer for vice president.

SEP candidate speaks with Detroit Chrysler workers

By a WSWS reporting team, 26 May 2012

Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president Jerry White campaigned at the Chrysler Jefferson North Assembly Plant on the east side of Detroit.

SEP presidential candidate Jerry White demands release of jailed Quebec students

25 May 2012

Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate Jerry White denounces Wednesday's mass arrests of students in Quebec and calls for the building of a socialist movement to defend the social and democratic rights of all working people.

The criminalization of dissent in Chicago and Quebec

Jerry White and SEP candidate for US president, 24 May 2012

In US and Canada, government intimidation and violence were employed against anti-NATO protesters and students fighting tuition increases.

SEP vice presidential candidate wins support in Pittsburgh

By Samuel Davidson, 23 May 2012

Phyllis Scherrer campaigned in the North Side neighborhood of Pittsburgh this week.

Oppose Brown’s cuts in California

Jerry White and SEP candidate for US President, 22 May 2012

This statement has been issued by SEP presidential candidate Jerry White.

SEP presidential candidate Jerry White speaks on Obama’s attack on auto workers

19 May 2012

In this video, Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate Jerry White visits the site of the General Motors Pontiac East Assembly Plant, which was closed in September 2009.

Hydraulic fracturing and the case for socialist planning

Statement by Phyllis Scherrer, SEP candidate for US vice president

Phyllis Scherrer and SEP candidate for US vice president, 18 May 2012

The Socialist Equality Party opposes the uncontrolled application of hydraulic fracturing by private corporations whose sole aim is the maximization of profits at any cost.

Obama, the UAW and the auto bailout

Statement by Jerry White, SEP candidate for US president

Jerry White and SEP candidate for US president, 17 May 2012

In its campaign for his reelection, the UAW is portraying President Obama—who oversaw an historic attack on auto workers’ jobs and living standards—as a champion of the working class.

SEP candidate Scherrer wins support at education protest in Pittsburgh

By Samuel Davidson, 16 May 2012

Phyllis Scherrer won strong support from teachers, parents and students who took part in a protest against the cuts in education this past Saturday. About 350 people gathered outside the Pittsburgh Opera to protest the Opera’s decision to grant Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett an award for his support for the arts and education.

“The only jobs out there are low wage jobs”

Bronx workers speak to SEP campaigners on the jobs crisis in America

By a reporting team, 15 May 2012

A Socialist Equality Party campaign team spoke to workers and youth in the Parkchester neighborhood in the Bronx, New York, about the economic situation and the party’s election campaign.

Socialist Equality Party holds meeting on the crisis in Detroit and the 2012 elections

By Nancy Hanover, 14 May 2012

SEP presidential candidate Jerry White spoke about the national implications and context of the attack on workers throughout the Detroit-area.

Detroit workers and youth speak on the political issues in the US elections

By a WSWS reporting team, 14 May 2012

After the meeting Saturday in Detroit, reporters from the World Socialist Web Site spoke to many of those in attendance.

Jerry White campaigns on Detroit campus

By a reporter, 12 May 2012

SEP US presidential candidate Jerry White campaigned on the campus of Wayne State University in Detroit this week in preparation for a public meeting in Detroit.

A conversation with a Detroit firefighter

Jerry White campaigns for May 12 meeting in Detroit

By Shannon Jones, 11 May 2012

SEP presidential candidate Jerry White spoke with a Detroit firefighter about the impact of the proposed cuts on fire protection in the city.

Obama campaign underscores dead end of American political system

Statement by Jerry White, SEP candidate for US president

Jerry White and Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, 10 May 2012

With his appearances at college campuses over the last few days, President Obama officially launched his reelection campaign. The carefully crafted media events, complete with vetted audiences of cheering college students, were an exercise in empty demagogy.

“Detroit has been made an eyesore for the country”

Workers speak to SEP candidate Jerry White on the crisis in Detroit

By a WSWS reporting team, 9 May 2012

Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate Jerry White joined a team of supporters in downtown Detroit Tuesday to campaign for the upcoming public meeting, “The Crisis in Detroit and the 2012 elections.”

SEP campaigns at Eastern Market in Detroit

By a reporting team, 8 May 2012

A Socialist Equality Party campaign team spoke to hundreds of people, including auto workers, teachers, city workers, students, graduates, retirees and the unemployed.

Socialist candidate Jerry White campaigns in southwest Detroit

By Shannon Jones, 7 May 2012

Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate received a warm response form workers and young people while campaigning Saturday in southwest Detroit.

SEP presidential candidate Jerry White wins warm response from Chrysler autoworkers

By a WSWS reporting team, 5 May 2012

Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate Jerry White campaigned Friday at the Detroit-area Chrysler Warren Truck plant, where there is widespread opposition to the multiple tier wage structure imposed by the Obama administration.

Defend the Quebec students!

Statement by Jerry White, Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president

Jerry White and Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, 4 May 2012

For nearly three months, tens of thousands of students in Canada have been boycotting classes and staging demonstrations to oppose plans to raise university tuition fees by 75 percent over the next five years.

SEP presidential candidate speaks on Wisconsin public radio

3 May 2012

Socialist Equality Party president candidate Jerry White was interviewed by 89.7 WUWM, the Milwaukee Public Radio Station.

SEP campaigns at Detroit job fair

By a WSWS reporting team, 2 May 2012

A Socialist Equality Party campaign team spoke to job seekers at the Quicken Loan jobs fair in downtown Detroit on Saturday.

May Day 2012: Unite workers around the world against austerity and war

Statement by Jerry White, SEP candidate for US president

Jerry White and SEP candidate for US president, 1 May 2012

The following May Day statement was issued by Jerry White, the Socialist Equality Party’s candidate for US president in the 2012 elections.

SEP vice presidential candidate campaigns in former mill town near Pittsburgh

By Samuel Davidson, 30 April 2012

Socialist Equality Party members and Phyllis Scherrer campaigned in the former steel town of Duquesne, Pennsylvania.

SEP campaigns against cuts in Detroit

By a WSWS reporting team, 28 April 2012

A SEP campaign team spoke to workers and young people at a transit center in Detroit about the policies of SEP presidential candidate Jerry White.

SEP candidate Jerry White takes campaign to Milwaukee, Wisconsin

By our reporters, 27 April 2012

Jerry White, the Socialist Equality Party’s candidate for US president, spoke at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, reviewing the basis of his campaign and the experiences of the 2011 protests against budget cuts.

Withdraw US, NATO troops from Afghanistan!

Statement by Jerry White, SEP candidate for US president

SEP candidate for president Jerry White, 25 April 2012

The Obama administration and its Afghan puppet Hamid Karzai have codified the long-term presence of American forces in the country, until at least 2024.

SEP election supporters campaign in several Michigan cities

By a reporting team, 24 April 2012

Supporters of the SEP presidential campaign spoke to workers in Kalamazoo, Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor, Michigan about the issues in the 2012 elections.

SEP (US) election: Campaigners discuss social inequality with workers and youth

By our reporters, 23 April 2012

Supporters of the Socialist Equality Party election campaign, Jerry White for president and Phyllis Scherrer for vice president, distributed statements and spoke to workers and young people in cities throughout the country over the weekend.

Housing and utilities are a social right

Statement by Phyllis Scherrer, SEP candidate for vice president

By Phyllis Scherrer, 21 April 2012

The tragic fires in Philadelphia last week, which claimed the lives of six residents and two firefighters, are an indictment of the social conditions created by the crisis and decay of American capitalism.

SEP holds election meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana

By our reporter, 20 April 2012

The election meeting at Tulane University was preceded by campaigning among students and workers in the city.

Obama’s “Buffett Rule” fraud and the need for socialist planning

of Jerry White and SEP presidential candidate, 19 April 2012

The entire political establishment is united in their opposition to any measure, no matter how mild, that challenges the wealth and domination of the corporate and financial elite.

Democrats conceal post-election austerity plans

By Patrick Martin, 19 April 2012

While feigning indignation at budget cuts proposed by the Republicans, Obama and congressional Democrats are preparing to lead a bipartisan assault on social programs after the November election.

Jerry White speaks at Detroit election meeting

By Shannon Jones, 18 April 2012

Jerry White, the Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, spoke at an election meeting Monday at Wayne State University in Detroit.

Why I support the SEP campaign: A letter from a public school teacher

17 April 2012

This letter was sent to the World Socialist Web Site by a public school teacher in Michigan, calling on teachers and fellow workers to support the SEP election campaign.

The American working class and the 2012 presidential election

By Patrick Martin, 16 April 2012

The candidates of the two big business parties, Barack Obama for the Democrats, Mitt Romney for the Republicans, offer no choice for the working class.

Socialist Equality Party campaigns in Detroit

By a reporting team, 16 April 2012

Supporters of Jerry White campaigned in Detroit’s Eastern Market Sunday, wrapping up three weeks of promotion for a public meeting Monday at Wayne State University.

Jerry White addresses election meeting in Maywood, California

By our correspondents, 14 April 2012

On Thursday evening, Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate Jerry White addressed an election meeting in Maywood, California, a predominantly Hispanic city in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, in which he took on directly the issue of identity politics.

Jerry White speaks on the crisis of American democracy at San Diego meeting

By Toby Reese, 13 April 2012

Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate Jerry White spoke at a meeting at San Diego State University Wednesday night. The talk focused on the 2012 elections and the erosion of democracy and democratic rights in the United States.

SEP campaigns among immigrant workers in Maywood, California

By Kimie Saito and Ramon Valle, 12 April 2012

Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate Jerry White will be speaking today at a meeting in Maywood, a predominantly Hispanic section of Los Angeles County.

SEP presidential candidate Jerry White interviewed on Florida radio station

12 April 2012

The WSWS posts here the audio recording of an interview of Jerry White by Rob Lorei of WMNF in Tampa, Florida.

Jerry White speaks at the University of South Florida

By Matthew MacEgan, 11 April 2012

The Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate Jerry White spoke at a meeting in Tampa, Florida on Monday. He discussed the socialist program in the 2012 elections and the killing of Trayvon Martin.

No to bankers dictatorship in Detroit!

of Jerry White and SEP candidate for US president, 10 April 2012

SEP presidential candidate Jerry White issued the following statement on the consent agreement recently ratified by the Detroit City Council.

SEP campaigns in New York, Kentucky, Massachusetts and California

By our reporters, 9 April 2012

Supporters of the Socialist Equality Party’s candidates, Jerry White for president and Phyllis Scherrer for vice president, campaigned in cities throughout the country over the weekend.

Full rights for immigrant workers!

Statement by Jerry White, SEP candidate for US president

By Jerry White, 7 April 2012

In this statement, SEP presidential candidate Jerry White responds to the most recent anti-immigrant raids by calling for the unity of all workers to defend their social rights.

SEP campaigns at University of South Florida

By Matthew MacEgan, 7 April 2012

Members of International Students for Social Equality in Tampa campaigned for the Socialist Equality Party at University of South Florida, distributing leaflets promoting an upcoming meeting.

Jerry White visits Cooper Tire workers and Michigan students

By James Brewer, 6 April 2012

SEP presidential candidate Jerry White on Wednesday visited Findlay, Ohio, the location of a three-month lockout of Cooper Tire workers. He spoke at a meeting in Monroe, Michigan the same day.

Health care is a social right, not a privilege for the rich

SEP candidate for president Jerry White, 5 April 2012

Whether Democrat or Republican, liberal or conservative, all the big business politicians uphold the interests of profit-driven medicine, including the drug monopolies and giant insurance companies.

Phyllis Scherrer speaks in Pittsburgh

By our reporter, 3 April 2012

The SEP vice presidential candidate delivered an address and fielded questioned at a well-attended public meeting in her hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

SEP presidential candidate Jerry White campaigns in Detroit

By our reporters, 2 April 2012

The campaign team discussed many of the basic political questions facing the working class, including the character of the Obama administration and the Democratic Party, the reactionary and pernicious nature of the trade unions, and the role of identity politics.

The killing of Trayvon Martin and the social crisis in the US

Statement by Jerry White, SEP candidate for president

By Jerry White, 31 March 2012

The killing of Trayvon Martin was a horrific crime that has provoked anger and protests throughout the country and internationally. A 17-year-old young man was shot in cold blood, and his killer has not been arrested or charged of any crime.

SEP vice presidential candidate ends New York tour with meetings in Ithaca and Syracuse

By our reporters, 30 March 2012

SEP vice presidential candidate Phyllis Scherrer completed her tour of upstate New York on Tuesday and Wednesday, speaking at two meetings in Ithaca and one in Syracuse.

SEP presidential candidate Jerry White campaigns in Boston

By Kate Randall, 29 March 2012

SEP presidential candidate Jerry White campaigned in Boston on Tuesday, speaking to commuters at an transit station and addressing a public meeting.

SEP vice presidential candidate speaks in Ithaca, New York

By a WSWS reporting team, 28 March 2012

Phyllis Scherrer spoke to two classes of students at Ithaca College on Monday. She also gave an interview to a local radio station as part of a campaign in upstate New York.

SEP campaigns in National City, California and Ann Arbor, Michigan

By our reporters, 27 March 2012

Supporters of the SEP campaign for president talked to workers in the predominantly Hispanic town of National City in San Diego County, and to hospital workers and visitors in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

”What is needed is a new political leadership”

SEP Presidential candidate Jerry White addresses New York meeting

By Sandy English, 26 March 2012

Jerry White, the Socialist Equality Party’s (SEP) candidate for president in the 2012 US elections, addressed an audience of about forty workers, students and professionals in Manhattan’s lower east side on Saturday.