May Day Protests: May 1, 2012 (Video)
May Day Protests: Occupy Wall Street Resurges
The #Occupy movement hasn't been in the news much lately, but that will change on May Day. Occupy Wall Street and its associated nationwide protests, along with various labor groups, are planning events and demonstrations for May Day 2012.
Occupy Los Angeles is calling for a citywide general strike, as are labor groups in San Francisco. You can see live video footage from Occupy Wall Street and its affiliates in the player below.
The Occupy protesters themselves have been training as well, coming up with ways to protect themselves against the often heavy-handed tactics used by police since the Occupy movement began.
What is May Day?
May Day is International Workers' Day, commemorating the Haymarket Affair of 1886, in which a strike for an eight-hour workday in Chicago degenerated into a massacre, with police killing protesters and each other. The Haymarket Affair was precipitated by a bomb thrown at police; nobody knows who actually threw it.