By Tiffany Gabbay
In anticipation of May Day demonstrations, Occupy Wall Street is vowing to pull out all the stops with the “biggest shut down“ New York City has ”ever seen.” Likewise, Occupy Oakland is also gearing up to shut down all travel in the San Francisco Bay area.
That is quite a build-up.
Occupy Wall Street’s nod to this lofty goal can be found on the website Strikeisaverb.net, which states that this May 1, “we will create the biggest shut down the city of New York has ever seen.”
The statement continues by explaining that “direct action groups within Occupy Wall Street,“ as a part of the ”global mobilizations for general strike and economic non-compliance, will block one or more Manhattan-bound bridge or tunnel to protest the shameful opulence of the 1%.”
The site claims that it is making its preliminary announcement about the blockades “as a fair warning” to the “working people of New York and New Jersey” who they hope will consider joining the strike. “The city will be shut down, so enjoy the day without the 99%!”
Meanwhile, across the country, Occupy Oakland is poised for a similar shutdown. A statement on the website Occupythebridge.com reads:
“If any of the unions on the Golden Gate bridge declare a strike or shutdown action on May Day, we will act in solidarity with these striking workers and the international call for a general strike on May Day, by blockading the flow of capital to the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District. This will be accomplished by a collaboration of pickets and direct action which will shut down all modes of transportation from Marin to San Francisco.”