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All eyes turn to May 1, International Workers Day and the anticipated Day of Action that Occupy has been cooking up since most camps and cities went dark over the winter. Banks and cops work together and brace for protests. NYC, SF, and major cities in spotlight as citizens wonder if roads will be shut down. Stakes are high to Occupy to make statement. Watch this space for regular updates during the next 24 hours.
Bloomberg has a complete round-up of what to look for from Occupy and participating Labor Unions tomorrow– how many will clog the streets? How creative will occupy get? According to the Bloomberg report “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.”
Arrests turn to charades as cases get tossed. Occupy Dataran moves ahead. Rumblings on the left coast in anticipation of the May 1 General Strike. Finally, Occupy Asteroids??
A group of Occupy Philly protesters busted in November for resisting arrest and the usual array of charges have walked free after a Philadelphia judge on Thursday dismissed all charges against them. Philly.com
Ditto for those charged for Occupying the Capitol in Sacramento, as the DA there announces she will not pursue charges against the vast majority of demonstrators. Modesto Bee
The Prez is making the media rounds to kick off his re-election bid, with the latest stop at Rolling Stone, where he sits down (for an hour) with long-time Jagger groupie and RS Publisher Jann Wenner. The Prez says Occupy is “part of a broader anxiety” while mentioning that he remains a champ of the “free market system.” Content.usatoday.com
Occupier tactics take all forms. The more creative the better, at least for this space. Yes Men hit another home run with a bogus press release announcing that BofA was soliciting ideas from the public as to what they would do once they owned the Bank. The release included authentic logos, fake content, and an alleged advertising campaign. The release, sent under fake Busineswire auspices, looked genuine enough for Dow Jones News wires to publish it, briefly. Yeslab.org
Occupy the Southside Chicago Woodlawn Clinic : As noted, Occupy moves on many fronts, spinning off various advocacy and protest groups, carried out by citizens of all stripes who act on issues they have identified in their community. Salon.com gets top billing, as they carry an in-depth reports and videos of the Occupation, carried out by supporters and advocates who barricaded themselves inside the clinic to demanded a meeting with political noble Mayor Rahm Emanuel.