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Occupy May Day events planned in Denver

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012   

DENVER - Today is May Day, and Occupy Denver is planning a series of events to reclaim the day for a workers' movement in the U.S., and calling for a general strike today.

One of the organizers of today's rally, Rashan Bliss, says May Day began in 19th-century Chicago as a day to celebrate labor unity, but that message got changed during the Cold War and now, for many people, May Day is associated with a particular political system, communism.

Bliss says Occupy's idea is to remind people of May Day's original, historic heritage.

"This is really about reminding all of us about the centrality of the role that we play as workers in this economy, that has been used as a weapon against us by the one percent."

He says the 99 percent are crucial to keep businesses, and the one percent, functioning.

Occupy Denver is running a web ad to explain what people can do even if they can't make it to the rally. Here's part of it:

"What that means is: Don't work. No school. Pay no bills. No shopping. Come out. Be in your community."

Bliss says that by nature the Occupy movement is inclusive, and he's hoping other groups who haven't participated in Occupy events in the past will come to today's rally.

"Really, for me, that's the strength of the movement, because the movement isn't about one message or one cause. And don't believe anyone who tells you it is."

Occupy Denver will hold a rally beginning at 1:30 this afternoon in Civic Center Park, and at least one business, Denver's Mercury Cafe, will be closed for the day in support.

The Occupy Denver May Day site is occupydenver.org.




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