After a quiet winter, Occupy Wall Street protesters are looking to regain their momentum with May Day demonstrations planned for cities across the United States. Drawing protestors' ire are the usual suspects of post-industrial capitalism: rampant corporate greed, declining social mobility, the gulf between rich and poor…the accumulation of dirty laundry in the hamper that Mom won't do anything about…
On a pair of tables in the corner of the room sit stacks of Occupy literature – magazines and newspapers produced by protesters – as well as stickers, posters and fliers: all propaganda for May Day, a nationwide day of action calling on the public to abstain from work, school, shopping, banking and household chores…
In New York, protesters will meet at 8am in Bryant Park, which will serve as a base for much of the day. There will be an afternoon march to Union Square, and a concert, followed by another march to the financial district. Plans for the evening remain loose, perhaps intentionally so, but were described by one Occupier as a "radical afterparty".
Who among us can forget the great "NO, DAD, YOU CAN'T MAKE ME" General Strike of 1934 that followed on the heels of the bloody Brussels sprouts boycott of 1932? Or the famed sit down (and play XBox) strike of 2006 that led to the formation of the International Brotherhood of Console Gamers?
Thanks, Occupy. I used to think 12 year old me was a moody jerk with little regard for the efforts necessary to maintain a household. Now I recognize dirty carpets as the capitalist constructs they were and fondly recall my days on the frontline of proletarian revolution. It's all vaguely reminiscent of Lenin's call in 1917: Peace! Land! Mom, Where's Lunch!?
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Tags: Children, New York City, Occupy Wall Street, Protesters