Did you know that Occupy has planned a general strike for May 1, to coincide with International Workers Day?
The folks over at Salon have a rundown here, or you can head over to the Occupy site, here . The New York Post says that Occupiers plan to attempt to thwart traffic, and protest in front of financial buildings in New York City, although there are protests planned in dozens of cities.
“No Work. No School. No Housework. Don’t Bank. Don’t Buy.” Sounds like a pretty good way to spend a day….
International Workers’ Day is a commemoration of the 1886 Haymarket Massacre in Chicago. After someone in the crowd threw a bomb, police killed dozens of protesters and some of their own officers. The workers had been striking for the right to an 8-hour workday. Grover Cleveland worried that May Day was a volatile day to remember workers, and so created Labor Day in September. That’s when the US honors its laborers.
And yet May 1st is when Bahrain, Croatia, Thailand, Belgium and Mexico and most other nations celebrate Chicago’s fallen, and their own workers. Odd, huh? This year, the Occupy Movment has events planned in the US in dozens of cities, from Tulsa, Oklahoma to Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Will you be striking on May Day? Did you know about it? The mainstream media hasn’t had much to say about it. The #1 story on USA Today right now is about a man suing BMW after sustaining a months-long, post-motorcyle-ride erection.