Are You "Spring Trained" For May Day?
By Danny Schechter, News Dissector
Our Own Stand Your Ground Message, 1894
...Let the winds lift your banners from far lands
With a message of strife and of hope:
Raise the Maypole aloft with its garlands
That gathers your cause in its scope....
...Stand fast, then, Oh Workers, your ground,
Together pull, strong and united:
Link your hands like a chain the world round,
If you will that your hopes be requited.
Walter Crane, The Workers' Maypole, 1894
New York, New York: When you hear the term "Spring Training," most of us think baseball, but, this year, it has a different context because the Occupy Movement has appropriated the term to describe educating and preparing activists for non-violent nationwide protests and a hoped for General Strike slated for May Day 2012, this May 1.
This idea of "Spring" is more connected to the "Arab Spring," a time of revolt than the season we've entered.
Can this relatively new movement pull off an ambitious General Strike to shut down a city like New York? In many ways, the success of this tactic requires alliances and coalitions that take far more time to build. Internal fears of "co-optation" may make it harder for Occupy to reach out to movements and political tendencies that are more reformist, although some labor unions are supportive.