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Occupy movement aims for resurgence with May 1 protests, strike

Published: Monday, April 30 2012 1:33 p.m. MDT

Occupy Salt Lake protestors march in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street in front of the Frank E. Moss federal courthouse in downtown Salt Lake City on Monday, Oct. 10, 2011.rn

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

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The Occupy movement is hoping for a spring resurgence on Tuesday, with activists calling for coordinated events and a general strike as part of a larger celebration of International Workers' Day.

"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," an April 26 e-mail said.

"We are the 99 percent, we demand economic justice," an Occupywallst.org post states. "No work. No school. No house work. Don't bank. Don't buy."

According to Occupywallst.org, organizers in more than 125 U.S. cities are planning demonstrations, including planned events in New York, San Francisco, Chicago and Seattle.

In Salt Lake, activists are planning a rally and march featuring a coalition of Occupy SLC, Industrial Workers of the World, United for Social Justice and the Revolutionary Students Union. According to the event's Facebook page, the rally will include a march to the Utah State Capitol Building. A Salt Lake May Day Bike Brigade is also planned.

"We find our greatest strength through struggle in solidarity, so please join us as we take message of the exploited to the streets of Salt Lake!" the bike brigade Facebook event page states.

In California, Newsmax reports that Occupy Oakland is vowing to shut down all travel from Marin to San Francisco. In New York, a release proclaimed that the May Day event would "create the biggest shutdown the city of New York has ever seen."

"Millions of people throughout the world — workers, students, immigrants, professionals, houseworkers — employed and unemployed alike — will take to the streets to unite in a General Strike against a system that does not work for us," maydaynyc.org proclaims.

Police are prepared to handle the demonstration in New York, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.

"People have a right to protest," New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg told The New York Times. "They don't have the right to disrupt other people and keep other people from protesting or just going about their business, and we will do as we normally do — find the right balance."

In Los Angeles, Occupy activists are seeking to target the "foreclosure crisis and policy brutality" during the "slow, city-paralyzing, carnival-esque descent into the center of the city."

"We're looking forward to vigorously asserting our constitutional right to protest and giving a loud outcry about Wall Street and greed," Bill Dobbs, a member of the Occupy Wall Street media relations team, told Bloomberg. "We're hoping this will make a splash. We hope it will bring a lot of more people into the Occupy movement.

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