Getting the Latest on Occupy May Day


| 5/1/2012 11:23:11 AM


Tags: Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Chicago, May Day, General Strike, Media Consortium, Crockpot, Sam Ross-Brown.,

Wall St Sign 

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.

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