It’s the May Day edition of the Morning Jolt. According to Wikipedia, May Day “has been an important official holiday in countries such as the People’s Republic of China, North Korea, Cuba and the former Soviet Union” — and of course, with company like that . . . the Occupy Crowd.
It’s May Day — well known as the two words uttered most often by out-of-work Americans during this presidency.
To Protest a Lack of Economic Opportunity, Occupy Crowd Skipping Work
Prepare for chaos today! Or, considering the level of organization, diligence, and dedication that the Occupy crowd has brought to most of their efforts, you may not notice anything at all:
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 today 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.
“That’s sure to help the 99% make a living,” observes the Lonely Conservative.
“Refrain from shopping”? Have they seen the consumer confidence numbers lately?
I take that if you’re out of work, a call for a general strike is . . . less than fully energizing.
I suppose to protest I should buy extra things . . . wait a minute. Maybe this is some brilliant Obama-Leftist reverse-psychology trick to stimulate the economy. If it is, let’s give them credit; it can’t do much worse than the stimulus.
At the American Thinker, Rick Moran notices a comment from one of the organizers.
“If the banks anticipate outrage from everyday citizens, it’s revealing of their own guilt,” said Shane Patrick, a member of the Occupy Wall Street press team. “If they hadn’t been participating in maneuvers that sent the economy into the ditch, we wouldn’t even be having this conversation.”
If banks are “guilty” of anything, it is preparing to resist the vandalism and mayhem caused by the radicals in OWS. Protecting property — and the health and safety of their employees and customers — from the ravages of the modern day Visigoths and anarchists in the OWS movement is simple prudence. Not acknowledging the danger is either disingenuous or naive.
I’m sure the usual tactics of trying to provoke the police into a violent response will be used, and the media will report every demonstration as proof of the “power” of this movement — even though the numbers of protestors are likely to be as paltry as they were over the winter.
In short, we’ve seen it all before. And we’re likely to keep seeing it as long as the press gives outsized attention to these reprobates and miscreants who resent their betters and have nothing to do except complain about how miserable their lives are.
More details on the day’s planned events:
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has said that law enforcement is ready to manage what is expected to be a day of wide-ranging demonstrations throughout the city, including possible bridge and tunnel blockades, dozens of smaller pickets and a “pop-up” occupation of Bryant Park across the street from the headquarters of Bank of America. Officials in other cities, such as Seattle, have warned of the possibility of vandalism and violence.
Other big actions are planned for the West Coast, including a large march in the San Francisco Bay area. Organizers said a plan to shut down the Golden Gate Bridge has been scrapped.
Locally, members of Occupy D.C. plan a festival and rally at Meridian Hill Park beginning at 3:30 p.m., followed by a 6:30 march from the park to the White House. Marchers plan to head down 14th Street to New York Avenue to the White House. A D.C. police spokesman said they have no plans to shut down lanes of traffic to accommodate them.
Occupiers have called Tuesday their “coming out party” and the start of their spring resurgence, after the cold weather lull that followed the eviction of dozens of Occupy camps across the country in the late fall and winter.
Much like the Taliban, Occupy plans “spring offensives.”