Months after they’ve largely faded out of the spotlight, Occupy Wall Street is hoping for a comeback today as they plan chaos in cities across the United States and abroad, using strikes and civil disobedience as their main weapon:
Occupy Wall Street demonstrators, whose anti-greed message spread worldwide during an eight-week encampment in Lower Manhattan last year, plan marches across the globe today calling attention to what they say are abuses of power and wealth.
Organizers say they hope the coordinated events will mark a spring resurgence of the movement after a quiet winter. Calls for a general strike with no work, no school, no banking and no shopping have sprung up on websites in Toronto, Barcelona, London, Kuala Lumpur and Sydney, among hundreds of cities in North America, Europe and Asia.
In New York, Occupy Wall Street will join scores of labor organizations observing May 1, traditionally recognized as International Workers’ Day. They plan marches from Union Square to Lower Manhattan and a “pop-up occupation” of Bryant Park on Sixth Avenue, across the street from Bank of America’s Corp.’s 55-story tower.
“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,” organizers said in an April 26 e-mail.
The Occupy movement was generally viewed as nutty in the eyes of the public as polls showed that Americans viewed them unfavorably. Their biggest complaint, taxpayer-funded bank bailouts, is one with which many of us can sympathize. However, their ultimate goal, higher taxes and a litany of collectivist economic policies is where we draw the line; not to mention various Occupy groups use of violence and other disgusting tactics in their protests.
I had the opportunity to experience an Occupy protest in Denver back in November. It was…interesting, to say the least. They start with the creepy “mic check” thing and then whine endlessly. But as I noted several months ago, many of these protesters are, when put in perspective, the “1%.” Sure, the talk about income inequality, but they are wealthy when compared to the rest of the world.
Occupy Wall Street may be “back,” but they will once again prove to Americans that they aren’t adults and can’t play well with others. And they’ll, once again, fall back into obscurity where they belong.