By Matt Taylor

May Day A Crucial Test For Occupy Wall Street

April 30, 2012 10:48 pm Category: Memo Pad, Politics 33 Comments A+ / A-
May Day A Crucial Test For Occupy Wall Street

NEW YORK — Occupy Wall Street protesters will fan out across Manhattan and the nation on Tuesday in an effort to breathe new life into a movement that has sputtered since bursting onto the national stage last September.

The “nationwide emergency outcry” by activists intent on showing America what a day would be like without the “99 percent” — workers of all stripes who don’t rake in millions at financial firms — represents something of a gamble, as months of anticipation and hype have raised expectations and put the burden on Occupiers to demonstrate continued, broad appeal.

“The lazy narrative is Occupy Wall Street is dead because we haven’t been having as many large demonstrations,” said Mark Bray, a member of the Occupy Wall Street press team. “We want to get across the message that it’s the labor of the 99 percent that makes this country run, makes it tick.”

The action comes after several months of hibernation for Occupy Wall Street, where the focus has shifted from civil disobedience to targeted actions, like halting home foreclosures and protesting rising student debt.

Events are planned in over 100 cities, and in New York, there will be 99 pickets at banks and other institutions to “disrupt the one percent.” There have been reports that major bridges and roadways will be blocked and that activists will attempt to shut down the city, but while acknowledging civil disobedience and direct action were likely, Bray indicated they were not on the formal agenda.

“It’s not something that was planned at any official capacity or any public meeting,” he said.

Cognizant of the risks associated with potentially delaying commuters and alienating workers — most national unions have officially declined to take part in the May Day action even if locals like the powerful 1199-SEIU in New York have pledged support — ‘Occupy’ has determined that to shake things up and get some of its magic back, a show of force is necessary.

“We sympathize with people who are trying to get somewhere who are delayed,” Bray said. “If simply petitioning the government were sufficient to get the kinds of political changes we’re looking for, we wouldn’t be bothering with all of this. You need to look at in the context of crisis and desperation; the normal means of political change aren’t getting the job done. That’s the way groups have responded to similar crises in the past. It was not uncommon in the Civil Rights era to block bridges. We’re simply tapping into that tradition because that’s how we can grab people’s attention, and show our collective action.”

A direct action on the Brooklyn Bridge not long after the first Occupiers entered Zuccotti Park in September ended with 700 arrests, but it also seemed to garner the kind of press coverage necessary to grow the movement and create buzz. The best case scenario for die-hard activists is that May Day brings a similar infusion of new blood.

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  • montanabill

    I want the deodorant concession.

    • ObozoMustGo

      Bwaaaaahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!

      Unfortunately, montana, I dont quite think these Occupy bums are really into deodorant… just sayin

      Have a nice day!

      • montanabill

        You are right! Did you get the Fabreze concession yet?

        • ObozoMustGo

          Naaa… I’m placing my bets on the crack pipe and hypodermic needle concession.. I think I’ve got a winner there! What do you think?

  • ObozoMustGo

    Montana’s got the deodorant concession… I call the crack pipe and hypodermic needle concession….

    Betcha I make more money, montana… hehehehehehehehehehehehe

    Have a nice day!

  • ObozoMustGo

    Cant wait for the “man on the street” interviews, or the photos of these morons crapping on cop cars and engaged in other loser behaviors… What a friggin joke “Occupy” is. A never ending supply of laughter is on its way!!!!!!

    Have a nice day!

  • BettyBenson

    Reading these preceding four comments I wonder if it’s worth trying to save this country’s dispossessed with any social movement to better their lives. They don’t deserve it and are way too stupid to even fathom the meaning and intent of a movement such as Occupy.

  • BettyBenson

    Adding to my comment. Could it be that those comments were “planted” by the erstwhile forces paying for our government to bring discredit on the Occupy Movement. For example, look at the photograph published above. The photographer had to look a long time to find derelicts to get into the photograph of Occupiers, or maybe the derelicts were paid to get in the picture. I don’t trust anything I read or see in newspapers anymore. Look up “Hasbarat”.

    • ObozoMustGo

      uhhh… Betty….. that photo IS the typical Occupy bum! You leftist nutjobs just dont get it. The Occupy movement is an anti-capitalism, pro-socialism movement. It’s also rabidly anti-semitic……. oh, wait…. maybe you do get it. After all, that’s what makes you useful idiots the leftist nutjobs that you are.

      Have a nice day!

      • phantomoftheopera

        again, nastiness. but–do you really believe that money is more important than people? would you give up your life so someone could make a dime? can you reply nicely? (and, no, have a nice day doesn’t count)

        • ObozoMustGo

          Hi phantom… your question “do you really believe that money is more important than people? ” belies the fact that you actually have no idea what real conservatives actually think. Most leftist nutjobs out there dont. You reveal much more about yourself with the questions you ask than the statements you make.

          The answer is NO. Of course not. No one I know does value money over people. NO ONE! But you must recognize what money really is. Money is only a standardized means by which others place value on your time. It allows me to trade my time for a gallon of milk without having to give the dairy farmer something I made that he wants in return. Because it is a uniform media of exchange, it represents the value of my time. And because it represents the value of my time, those who confiscate my money also therefore confiscate my time and hence, my freedom. The more time I must work for the benefit of others against my will, the more enslaved I am.

          No, this is not a call for anarchy or no government. Clearly, we need Defense, Justice, and other functions of government in a civil society. We just dont need a government that takes from one to provide for another. The proper debate should be over the proper role of federal government in America. The rest is just political bickering until we answer that question.

          So, back to the topic at hand more directly… when you support the anti-capitalist, pro-socialist message of the Occupy movement, what you are doing is supporting a belief system that desires for greater government control over my time under the theory of making everyone equal by punishing those whose time is used more wisely as judged by the market. The only basis for supporting such nonsense is a feeling of jealousy or envy toward what others have in comparison to what you have or what you think you or others should have. There is no logical basis for it, just emotional.

          Conservatives are no less compassionate than are progressives. In fact, it is 100% true that conservatives are WAAAAYYYYY more charitable in their giving than are progressives. The real differences between us are what we believe are the best approaches to solving social ills, not that they should or should not be addressed.

          Do you get it now? I hope so. I am here to help.

          And do have a nice day, phantom! :-)

          • phantomoftheopera

            well, almost not nasty. good to see some improvement.

            what do you call it when workers are paid the least possible amount for their labor? when they are told to work cheaper or faster or find another job? when the work they do endangers their health? (see walmart)

            what to you call it when a bank puts people in loans the bank KNOWS they can’t afford? ones where interest and payments will balloon? banks that fire employees who don’t push these greedy loans? (see chase)

            so, if these things are true, and money is the value placed upon your labor, what does that indicate of these businesses, the ‘holy capitalists’? what value do they place on people?

            we would need less government if people acted in a caring, responsible, thoughtful manner. but all too many don’t. you may be quite content with your lot in life. and obviously don’t care about that of others. others of us do.

            you reveal a great deal about your inner self with your comments. my value system?

            locah samista sukino bhvantu

            may all creatures, including ourselves, be healthy, happy, and free of suffering.

            even you.

          • ObozoMustGo

            phantom… one of the more difficult thing about debating lefties is that they believe that most extreme of extreme examples are somehow the norm. They believe in so many things that just are not so. I’ll deal with your points item by item.

            1) ” what do you call it when workers are paid the least possible amount for their labor? when they are told to work cheaper or faster or find another job? when the work they do endangers their health? (see walmart)”
            - WalMart employs 10s of thousands of employees, the vast majority of them are happy with their jobs. WalMart pays whatever the prevailing wage is for the area a given store is located. Anyone is free to leave WalMart. They are NOT indentured slaves. You are citing examples that are the rarity, not the norm.
            - The most sure way to increase wages is to increase demand for employees. You cannot increase demand for employees unless you have growth AND employment alternatives that people can choose which may pay more than WalMart.
            - If WalMart was so evil, why doesnt everyone just quit. That would force them to treat their employees better.

            2) “what to you call it when a bank puts people in loans the bank KNOWS they can’t afford? ones where interest and payments will balloon? banks that fire employees who don’t push these greedy loans? (see chase)”
            - People who say this actually do not have a single clue about how a bank works. It is a stunning show of ignorance to think that a bank purposefully wants to loan someone money for the express purpose of the loan to fail. The primary purpose of a bank is to take deposits and pay low interest on them in exchange for the ability to loan out that money at higher rates of interest to customers who have a high likelihood of paying it back. Banks dont want to own real estate. They cant make loans on real estate. It is a losing proposition.
            - You may be able to cite an email or a certain case where a rotten employee did something bad, but it simply is not the case that banks want to lose money on bad loans.
            - Banks will do what regulators tell them to do, however. When the government threatens them with suits because they are “redlining” (not lending in certain regions), the banks will do what the government tells them to do. The government was the precipitator of the housing crisis, not banks. They just played by the rules Uncle Sam gave them. Were there a few bad apples? Certainly. They are everywhere, even in government. But the government sets the rules of the game. When the rules are rigged to achieve social outcomes and not sound economic outcomes, we get what we got.

            3) “so, if these things are true, and money is the value placed upon your labor, what does that indicate of these businesses, the ‘holy capitalists’? what value do they place on people?”
            - There is nothing “holy” about capitalists. They pay people what the market will bear for wages just like they do for rent on buildings and supplies and whatever else. Like I said, you want higher wages? Create incentives to create more employers who will compete for those employees.
            - Dont forget, there will always be people who are not motivated or interested in being the best they can be. That’s life, phantom. It is what it is. There are those who are capable, and those that are not. Doesnt mean they are worth less or more as a human being. It just is what it is on the economic ladder.

            4) “we would need less government if people acted in a caring, responsible, thoughtful manner. but all too many don’t. you may be quite content with your lot in life. and obviously don’t care about that of others. others of us do.”
            - “If men were angels, there would be no need for government” I think James Madison said that. He also said that because men are not angels, those in government MUST be constrained because government power brings a level of possible corruption that private power can never wield over the citizenry. (The second part I am paraphrasing) It’s why our Constitution is set up the way it is. Giving only the responsibility of protecting our God given rights, and then proceeding to lay out what the Fed Government CANNOT do.
            - You certainly did not read what I wrote in its entirety or you would not make any statement as to “my not caring about other people”

            Have a nice day!

          • phantomoftheopera

            ah, to live in your version of the world would be nice. one where people could get the job of their dreams, not be stuck with all this is.

            one where banks acted logically. sorry, but i have have first hand experience that the banks did exactly what i said–all in search of the buck.

            one where people don’t begrudge the less fortunate and are willing to give up money and time for them.

            but then, to stoop to your level, you righties never could stand anyone getting something you think is yours. too selfish, i guess.

            anyway, back to my life, where flowers are blooming and people are loving and giving.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MMOOQPAW5A4ZOQKD2CBF7HBTGE Jon

            What a total loser..

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MMOOQPAW5A4ZOQKD2CBF7HBTGE Jon

            It’s true.. Conserves do have way more charity… So long as they can rely on tax breaks to recoup those donations. Try giving anonymously, without sucking the tax payer and those charities will receive that much less. You and your ilk are far more welfare bums than any poor person because your first in line in wanting back at the end of the year of what you give.

      • phantomoftheopera

        again, nastiness. but–do you really believe that money is more important than people? would you give up your life so someone could make a dime? can you reply nicely? (and, no, have a nice day doesn’t count)

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MMOOQPAW5A4ZOQKD2CBF7HBTGE Jon

        Wow, bozo.. You need some serious therapy.. Paranoia seems to attract you like shit attracts flies. By your reckoning, everybody but you are the enemy and you don’t have a butter knife to fight with. I’d truly hate to live with your thoughts, hell the night itself must put fear into your wretched soul. You are your own worst enemy, not trusting anyone with your pathetic beliefs for fear you’ll discover the truth about yourself. Don’t you have a right wing you need to visit neo-com? We certainly don’t want to hold you back from your idiocies.

    • phantomoftheopera

      having actually attended an occupy rally, i can assure you that all types of people were there. some needed help with hygiene and dress. but most didn’t, because they were ordinary, every day people. people who realize that capitalism has come to mean money over people every time. those who protest (usually crudely) against it either don’t understand or already have their money and are afraid they may have to share. they probably would starve their own family if possible.

  • William Deutschlander

    Occupy is vibrant every hour of every day in the households, hearts and minds of 67% of the Citizens of the U S A. As we move toward the 2012 election, the voice of the 99% will quietly underly the choice that those who cast a ballott must make, Do we as a nation want Democracy or will we as a Nation accept Anarchy and self destruction. A rather STARK CHOICE my freinds!

    • ObozoMustGo

      Nazi Bill…. and then pink elephants flew overhead in a triumphant display of joy for the election of Obozo! Of course, if they were “Occupy” pink elephants, they would crap all over you like good little deviants and miscreants of the real Occupy movement!

      Have a nice day!

      • phantomoftheopera

        typical nasty reply by someone who doesn’t really have any ideas.

        • joyscarbo

          Bozo’s just mad because he knows that his boy Mitty won’t be sitting in the white house this time next year. He knows he has no chance. What a whining baby you are, Bozo…go cry in your mama’s milk somewhere else, boy.

      • phantomoftheopera

        typical nasty reply by someone who doesn’t really have any ideas.

  • ObozoMustGo

    Interesting how Matt Taylor doesnt mention the significance of “May Day” in his article. Do you leftist nutjobs know why the Occupy movement chose this day? This day was chosen because it is a red letter day on the calendar of communists, socialists and revolutionaries everywhere. Once a day to celebrate workers’ rights, now the bums that foment chaos and fear use this day to strike out against capitalism and freedom.

    Odd how this “Occupy” movement keeps aligning itself with communist and socialist ideals, isnt it? Hmmmmm……. wonder why that is??????

    Have a nice day!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F3AEVYAEPTF5EQAQBKY7B4IUSU EAT THE RICH

    if you want to let the fat cats know you are fed up with being treated like s..t april 15 should be your protest day. refuse the ileagal, unconstitional , income tax.

    • ObozoMustGo

      ETR… I cant believe it! YOU AND I AGREE 100% ON THAT STATEMENT!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MMOOQPAW5A4ZOQKD2CBF7HBTGE Jon

      People have tried it and are still in federal prisons boy, you can’t protest a g’ment, you have to cut it’s head off yet not a hero among us.

  • joyscarbo

    I believe in peaceful protests and demonstrations. What I do not like is Anarchists taking to the streets and destroying property. Unfortunately, that is what it happening in my city today. The violence and destruction only serves to destroy any meaningful message that they were trying to convey.

    • ObozoMustGo

      Joy… what is happening here? We agree 100%!!! Are cats and dogs getting along? Did the Hatfields and McCoys bury the hatchet? Is the devil in need of a good winter coat?

      Have a nice day, joy! :-)

      • joyscarbo

        All I can say, is there are probably more things that we agree upon. LOL!

        • ObozoMustGo

          I am certain you are correct, Joy.

          Have a nice day!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1690317771 Queenof Pittsburgh

    The people in Occupy should get jobs. Let them be part of the 99% of working Americans who still make something,,instead of nothing but turmoil for the public and earning no wages during this process.
    I wish they would have come to their senses before the last Occupy movement was over and realized they lost their effect and were soon being ignored. Passers by might have looked at them , but not nearly as often talk to them, maybe about them to others.
    It’s my opinion that if the Occupy movement is going to get some good attention for it’s cause, it needs to come up with an idea for a public event which is inviting to them, rather than being a nuissance. If Occupy would schedule such an event they would get honest feedback as to how many people are interested intheir causes and how many people they appeal to in the way they come across to the pbulic. If not many then Occupy needs to disband and start looking for jobs.

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