The Occupy movement is calling for a worldwide general strike on May 1: "No work, no school, no shopping, no banking, no trading."
According to a Facebook page titled "Occupy May Day - General Strike," on the one-day event "The people of the planet will take to the streets":
#OLA [Occupy Los Angeles] & #OLB [Occupy Long Beach] are calling on all people of the world to start planning NOW for a Global Strike. The goal is to shut down commerce worldwide and show the 1% we will not be taken for granted, we will not be silenced, WE WILL NOT MOVE until our grievances are redressed.
... Every continent, every country, every state, every city will stand up.
Labor and workers are under attack by the 1%. Occupy stands Immigrants and with Labor both organized and not. Unions and union rights are what made our working class strong. Every benefit we have as working people has come from the struggles of organized labor and immigrants fighting for their rights. Now they are trying to destroy our bargaining rights, they want their greedy hands on our pensions. They don't have enough already? ENOUGH.
A DAY FOR MIGRANT RIGHTS, LABOR RIGHTS, HUMAN RIGHTS.
We demand good jobs and good pay for everyone on the planet. Citizen of the country they work in or not. Outsourcing will no longer be tolerated by the so called "job creators" for cheap labor. All human beings deserve a living wage.
Education, Housing and Healthcare are human rights NOT "entitlements."
Crawford Kilian is a contributing editor of The Tyee.