Occupy Wall Street prepares for ‘May Day’ general strike
On the eve of what could be the Occupy movement’s biggest day of action since its eviction from Zuccotti Park, protesters are gearing up for a packed schedule of events.
Tomorrow’s “May Day” is a general strike — people across the world are being encouraged by the Occupy movement not to attend work or school and not go shopping. Protesters say the day is meant to send a message of what life without the 99 percent would be like.
“By simply stepping out of the systems of production that confine and divide us, we can transform the conditions of society itself,” the May Day website for actions in NYC states.
In NYC — the birthplace of Occupy Wall Street — marches, workshops and rallies are planned throughout the day. A “Pop-up Occupation” at Bryant Park begins at 8 a.m., which will be “a launching ground for direct action and civil disobedience in Midtown, including 99 pickets,” according to the site.
One of the day’s larger events will likely be a permitted march from Union Square to Wall Street at 5:30 p.m., which will kick off after a rally featuring musical acts, including one from Tom Morello from Rage Against the Machine. Occupiers are calling on students, labor unions, immigrants and other organizations to join them in the march, followed by an after party dubbed the “Haymarket Martyrs Memorial Resistance Rager.”
Occupy protesters are heavily promoting May Day through social networking. Here’s roundup of tweets across the country as the movement gears up for what it hopes to be a momentous day of action.