The first of May is International Workers' Day, and members of the Occupy movement are staging protests in cities across North America, including Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto, San Francisco and New York.
Community and activist groups have planned plenty across Canada. Occupy Vancouver is hosting a rally at the Vancouver Art Gallery starting later this afternoon. In Toronto, members of the Occupy movement have planned a rally in Nathan Philips Square to march. It will be followed by a May Day rally at City Hall around 4 P.M. Halifax have answered OWS's call-out for a general strike and are taking the streets for a march this afternoon. And a collation of activist groups are expected to meet at Confederation park and have an anti-austerity protest toward Prime Minister Stephen Harper's office.
In the United States, meanwhile, events are expected in various cities. A large march is planned for the West Coast with worker and student protests and strikes in Oakland and San Francisco - not shutting down the Golden Gate Bridge">, as originally intended. In Chicago, protesters are planning to rally in the early afternoon by gathering at Union Park on the city's West Side.
Musician and activist Tom Morello called out his Twitter followers last night, requesting "10,000 guitar players" to join him today in Wall Street for May Day:
I'm putting a new band together and ur in it. Our 1st rehearsal is tomm noon @ Bryant Park in NYC. Looking for about 10,000 guitar players— Tom Morello (@tmorello) April 30, 2012
Morello signed on to the Occupy Musicians website last year, and has performed at various Occupy events.