Reverend Billy climbed to the roof of the Pavilion building in Union Square last night around 6:30 p.m. to hang a banner reading: Not For Sale. While he was up there, he gave the passersby a lesson on why the historic free speech structure cannot be turned into a private, upscale restaurant; reminding people that the first Labor Day in 1882 took place there, and that one "shouldn’t have to buy a $15 appetizer to have access to this building.”

Currently the courts have cast the Pavilion into an uncertain fate, placing an injunction on the conversion of it. Rev. Billy and other activists are taking the borrowed time to lobby Councilmember Rosie Mendez, as well as the Union Square Partnership, who are drafting the plans, to take the restaurant off the table. Sign the petition here.

You can join the Save Union Square 2008 campaign tonight on the NE corner of the park at 5:30 p.m. More details here.