It’s May Day, Tuesday, the international day to mark workers’ rights.
This is a day with strong historical significance overseas, but Occupy activists are using this day to launch protests.
A coalition of groups is planning an anti-austerity protest march on Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s office in Ottawa.
In Toronto, a series of events will take place starting at 11 a.m. Occupy Toronto is also planning a rally at City Hall at 4 p.m., followed by an event at Alexandra Park at Dundas and Bathurst streets at 9 p.m. Toronto occupiers also said they’re also planning an evening march to an at-yet undisclosed “re-occupation” site, which they plan to take over for 24 hours.
They’re urging people to call in sick — calling it a day without the 99 per cent — with no work, no shopping and no banking.
Among other causes, organizers say they want to show respect for aboriginal sovereignty, urge more public services, and push for an end to corporate handouts.
Organizers have called specific attention to Chicago, Ill., because the city is hosting the NATO summit on May 20.
In New York City, protestors are calling for a day of civil disobedience and trying to bring business to a standstill. Police said the white powder mailed to several bank branches was non-toxic, but it’s believed it came from someone in the Occupy movement.
In San Francisco, Calif., protestors have backed away from a plan to block the Golden Gate Bridge.
Any prediction for how long this ‘Occupy’ will run, this time around…?