May Day (artist’s conception) — Rally in Santa Ana from 1:00 on

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Today is May Day.  More than in most years, the advent of the Occupy Wall Street movement has brought it back from the maypole to its roots as the real original Labor Day.  There will be a nice big rally today in Santa Ana.  People will gather at the Necessity Village site (at Civic Center and Ross) at 1:00, then march to  Sasscer Park, (4th and Ross) at 2:00.   Supposedly there is an action at UCI as well; anyone aware of the details, please fill them in as a comment.

The Occupy Wall Street movement called a “general strike” for today, which struck me as a bad idea from the start.  This was not and would not become a “general strike” — such an action takes a lot more muscle than Occupy presently has and raises the stakes high for individuals and the movement as a whole — and it should not be judged by those standards.  It’s a “Day of Action,” OK?  It the walls of Jericho don’t come a-tumblin’ down, no one will be surprised.

One thing that the General Strike really has going for it, though is some truly fantastic art.  For the purpose of publicizing May Day actions, I’m providing some examples that have been distributed to Occupy movements, simply to document the political actions of the day, not because they’re so great or anything (though they are.)  These are by a man named Paul Kuczynski, who deserves to be famous and rich if he isn’t already.


Now if these don’t make you want to get up and go to a rally today, nothing will!

There are more, but you might have to be involved in Occupy to see them.  Happy May Day, everyone!

About Greg Diamond

Prolix worker's rights and government accountability attorney. General Counsel of CATER, the Coalition of Anaheim Taxpayers for Economic Responsibility, a non-partisan group of people sick of local corruption. Deposed as Northern Vice Chair of DPOC in April 2014 when his anti-corruption and pro-consumer work in Anaheim infuriated the Building Trades and Teamsters in spring 2014, who then worked with the lawless and power-mad DPOC Chair to eliminate his internal oversight. Runs for office sometimes, so far to offer a challenge to someone nasty who would otherwise have run unopposed. Someday he might pick a fight intending to win it rather than just to dent someone. You'll know it when you see it. None of his pre-putsch writings ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level. A family member works part-time as a campaign treasurer. He doesn't directly profit from that relatively small compensation and it doesn't affect his coverage. (He does not always favor her clients, though she might hesitate to take one that he hated. He does advise some local campaigns informally and generally without compensation. If that changes, he will declare the interest. He also runs a less frequently published blog called "The Brean," for his chosen hometown, where he is now fighting with its wealthiest and most avaricious citizen-donors. This just seems to be his way.