OWS Ramps Up Today
May 1, 2012 by Sam Rolley
Occupy Wall Street kicked off a planned day of global disruption this morning. In cities throughout the United States and the world, protesters are expected to be out in force.
Organizers hope the coordinated events will mark a spring resurgence of the movement after a quiet winter. OWS has called for a general strike among members of its movement. It is calling for no work, no school, no banking and no shopping on OWS websites in hundreds of cities in North America, Europe and Asia.
In New York City, Occupy Wall Street has joined scores of labor organizations observing May 1, which is traditionally recognized as International Workers’ Day. Using their websites and pamphlets, OWS organizers are encouraging people to help block traffic at bridge and tunnel ports throughout the city to slow people going to work on May Day.
According to Business Week, Banks have pooled resources and cooperated to gather intelligence after learning of protester plans to picket 99 institutions and companies, followed by what organizers have described as an 8 p.m. “radical after-party” in an undetermined Financial District location.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Occupy-related events are planned in 115 cities throughout the United States, from college towns such as Amherst, Mass., and Ann Arbor, Mich., to Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago and Philadelphia.
Some of the protesters have referred to the months leading up to today’s events as “spring training.”
Police throughout the country, especially the New York Police Department, are reportedly prepared to meet the protesters with force if needed.