Monday, April 30, 2012

Remember When 'May Day' Was Fun? Occupy This.

The Occupy Wall Street freaks are set to ramp-up more disruption on May 1st. May 1st, also known as "May Day," used to be an "innocent" day of fun and doing friendly things for your neighbors. Not anymore.

Now May Day is being high-jacked and corrupted by the OWS crowd. Here is some of what they are planning for tomorrow:
Occupy Wall Street demonstrators, whose anti-greed message spread worldwide during an eight-week encampment in Lower Manhattan last year, plan marches across the globe tomorrow calling attention to what they say are abuses of power and wealth.

Organizers say they hope the coordinated events will mark a spring resurgence of the movement after a quiet winter. Calls for a general strike with no work, no school, no banking and no shopping have sprung up on websites in Toronto, Barcelona, London, Kuala Lumpur and Sydney, among hundreds of cities in North America, Europe and Asia.

In New York, Occupy Wall Street will join scores of labor organizations observing May 1, traditionally recognized as International Workers’ Day. They plan marches from Union Square to Lower Manhattan and a “pop-up occupation” of Bryant Park on Sixth Avenue, across the street from Bank of America’s Corp.’s 55-story tower.

“We call upon people to refrain from shopping, walk out of class, take the day off of work and other creative forms of resistance disrupting the status quo,” organizers said in an April 26 e-mail.

Read the rest of this story from Bloomberg: Occupy Wall Street Plans Global Disruption of Status Quo May 1

Read more:
New York Daily News: Occupy Wall Street plans mass May Day demonstration to shut down NYC
CNS News: 'Occupy' Promises 'Biggest Shut Down The City Of New York Has Ever Seen,' Blockade Of San Fran

Here's the ad for the rally on the Golden Gate Bridge:

"Occupy The Bridge" has their own little blog on WordPress.  Here it is. 

In this article from the Occupy The Bridge blog, you can see that their plans have not turned out the way they had originally planned (emphasis mine):

Since the conditions for the action will not be met, we are no longer organizing to shut down the bridge. As always, any action taken by the workers at their workplace or against their employers will be met with our support and solidarity. Although we will no longer be organizing a bridge shutdown on May 1, we encourage all individuals, labor activists, and supporters to stand with workers on the picket lines at the ferry and bus terminals and any other locations they attempt to shut down. These workers are among many in the public sector whose jobs and benefits are being attacked. They deserve our full support.

A General Strike will not just occur at one workplace or one thoroughfare but throughout the whole Bay Area. There will be May Day worker and student protests and strikes in Oakland, San Francisco, small and large U.S. cities, and around the world. The status quo is unacceptable and May Day actions will demonstrate that the working class is no longer willing to abide by it.

Read the remainder of the above article:  
Occupy Oakland and the Golden Gate Bridge

Just because they are no longer planning to "occupy the bridge," this doesn't mean that they are not intending to cause problems for the rest of us, the REAL 99%. (emphasis mine):
On May 1, workers and students throughout the country will walk out of their jobs and schools in an unprecedented General Strike. As a part of this day of action, thousands of nurses in Northern California will be striking Sutter hospitals. ILWU Local 10 will also be shutting down the Port of Oakland for eight hours in honor of the historic May Day struggle for the eight-hour working day. There will be protests in Oakland, including a mass march for immigrant rights and an evening convergence on Oscar Grant Plaza.
Sounds like "fun," right? 

Sounds expensive.  It also sounds like these people don't care who their actions affect as long as THEY get what THEY think is OWED to them (which is typical of the vast majority of union workers).

Stay tuned.

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