Occupy demonstrators are planning “a day without the 99%” calling for a “general strike” in solidarity for May Day on Tuesday: no work, no shopping and no banking. Organizers say they hope the coordinated events will mark a Spring resurgence for the movement. Sympathetic calls have sprung up across the world on websites in Toronto, Barcelona, London, Kuala Lumpur and Sydney, along with hundreds of other cities in North America.
“May Day represents the long and brutally repressed history of the workers’ struggle for dignity, equality and fairness,” Chris Longenecker posted on Occupy.com. Renamed Law Day in the United States, Americans celebrate the less controversial Labor Day. It seems Occupy is trying to revive an overlooked sidebar to the American labor movement. Perhaps ironically, the holiday was founded to commemorate it. The United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are the only nations to not recognize the holiday.