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Getting the Latest on Occupy May Day

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Today may be the biggest event on the Occupy calendar, with protests planned in over 100 cities across the country—not to mention the massive marches and actions in places as far flung as Moscow and Manila. Historically, May Day has been a European affair, despite its very American origins. But Occupy plans to bring it all back home today with marches, dance-offs, and of course the occasional bike cavalry ride.

So far today big outlets like the New York Times have been pretty silent on what’s happening, but that doesn’t mean things are quiet. There are plenty of places to get the latest on happenings on Wall Street, Frank Ogawa Plaza, and the dozens of other flashpoints erupting today. Here are some of our favorites:

A lot of sources are touting up-to-the-minute coverage of Occupy events, but Adbusters has taken it one step further. The site offers live streaming video from Wall Street, London, Barcelona, and other international hotspots.

R88R, the creator of Utne AltWire, has launched an aggregator site devoted exclusively to Occupy. Here you can see the Occupy stories tweeted by Influencers like Democracy Now! and @OccupyWallSt. The site also features live feeds from groups like the Media Consortium and pages featuring trending topics like pepper spray and surveillance. But be warned: it’s addictive.  

From Chicago, In These Times has been all over today’s events. The magazine’s Uprising page has had extensive coverage in the lead-up to May 1, including articles on Occupy’s Spanish connection and a growing student movement. A story published today by Rebecca Burns explores Occupy Chicago’s Chicano roots and exactly what a general strike means nowadays.

And for those who haven’t yet seen it, Occupy Wall Street’s official page has rapid-fire live updates from around New York City. The latest: Brooklyn Occupiers are crossing the Williamsburg Bridge into Manhattan to begin a march to Wall Street. On the West Coast, protesters and strikers have formed picket lines at LAX that will likely delay travelers. Students in Portland have gathered outside public schools. The site also has a number of links to live sources like Occupied Wall Street Journal and the Village Voice. On Twitter, hashtags to follow are #M1GS and #GeneralStrike.

For a little context, ZNet has a number of new articles and essays by Noam Chomsky, Tariq Ali, and other scholars and thinkers. Amy Goodman’s interview with historian David Harvey, published this morning, explores the shifting meaning of public space, from Haymarket to Occupy. In another essay, Rachel Leone reflects on mutual aid possibilities in a corporate society.  

And from our friends at the Media Consortium, Media for the 99% features an interactive map of stories, events, and arrests across the country and a live OWS stream from Free Speech TV. The site also boasts its own live coverage of Occupy happenings, from media partners nationwide.

Image above by RMajouji, licensed under Creative Commons.  

Check out Free Speech's live feed right here, and check back at Utne.com for updates later on.

tiger hat
5/2/2012 12:36:57 AM

Here's how one musician sums up OWS: An "Occupy" anthem called "No It's Not OK" that actually touches on some salient economic issues: http://www.reverbnation.com/play_now/song_12826626