Union Leaders, Occupy Call for Day of Action

Tuesday, May 1 is going to be a day of protest this year.

By Lori Preuitt
|  Sunday, Apr 29, 2012  |  Updated 2:26 PM PDT
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The general strike day in Oakland stayed calm in the early hours as thousands marched through downtown Oakland.

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The general strike day in Oakland stayed calm in the early hours as thousands marched through downtown Oakland.

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The turning of the calendar page is expected to bring a day of protests in the Bay Area.

Union leaders, community activists and Occupy Oakland are among the groups calling for a series of events on May Day, which is Tuesday, May 1.

May Day is traditionally a day of union activism, and this year the Occupy movement is part of the day. Occupy Oakland called for a General Strike Tuesday.

Specifically, Occupy Oakland is calling for "no work, no school and no business as usual" and says there will be "decentralized actions" including pickets, blockades and marches in, around and through the city of Oakland.

On Nov. 2, 2011, a General Strike protest ended at the Port of Oakland and included tens of thousands of people who intentionally shut down the port.

Occupy Oakland member Mike King told the Oakland Tribune that Tuesday's march would be similar to the November action.

The protests start at 9 a.m. and continue throughout the day.  A mass rally is scheduled for noon with a downtown march to follow. Occupiers said they will be at the Fruitvale BART Station at 3 p.m.

The groups appear to be set to converge downtown around 6 p.m.

We couldn't find any estimated numbers from organizers, but it appears they expect thousands of people to take part.

One group that is calling it a May Day March for Dignity and Resistance says Oakland is the center of the action for a reason:

Oakland has been a key site of resistance, from the vibrancy of recent struggles to the legacy of the Black Panthers and 1946 General Strike. Oakland is also a microcosm of predatory capitalist oppression, from foreclosures and school shutdowns, to police brutality and deportations, to income inequality and debt. This May Day we are therefore calling on forces from around the Bay Area to converge on Oakland for a massive show of solidarity, to celebrate our Resistance and lay claim to our Dignity.

An earlier plan to shut down the Golden Gate Bridge Tuesday morning has been amended. Union organizers said they will still hold a morning rally near the toll plaza Tuesday morning, but said they are no longer calling for a closure and in fact are promoting the fact that they want to keep the bridge open.

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