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May Day Protests Planned in Bay Area, L.A.

May 1, 2012

OAKLAND, Calif. - On this May Day, marches and rallies are taking place across California. The annual May 1 day of protest includes groups fighting for immigrant and labor rights, affordable education and health care, civil liberties and human rights.

California's Occupy groups also hope the day will help reignite the strike against the 1 percent, as Steven Angell with Occupy Oakland explains.

"We're hoping for sort of a larger resurgence of the Occupy movement on May Day. And we're hoping that both Occupy Oakland and then also the Occupy movements throughout the country can retake the places they originally camped at and the parks they initially held."

Occupy protesters are calling for a day without school or work for the "99 percent." The group is also urging protesters to avoid banking and shopping. Huge daylong protests are planned in the Bay Area and Los Angeles.

Jared Iorio with Occupy Los Angeles explains what they hope to accomplish.

"The concept of building relationships with other people in our community, so that we can take the relationships we build on May 1, which is an international day, and translate that into more effective organizing in our communities to make the changes we need."

Iorio says the protests are needed because not much has changed in the last few years since the mass social Occupy movement began.

For more information and a schedule of events go to occupyoakland.org and occupylosangeles.org.

Lori Abbott, Public News Service - CA