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General Strike Called for Occupy May Day North Dakota

May 1, 2012

BISMARCK, N.D. - In cities across the state and around the nation, the "Occupy" movement is calling for a general strike to commemorate this May 1, International Workers Day.

Historian Priscilla Murolo says that, to her, it's not really about whether someone strikes; it's about remembering how workers have struggled for the rights many North Dakotans now take for granted.

"May Day 1886 marks the beginning of a national strike wave in support of the eight-hour day."

Murolo says today's protests have similar themes, but with a broader focus.

"We have, this time around, the "Occupy" movement and the labor movement and the immigrant-rights movement all coming together. This is a real historic convergence of people with visions of a better way of living."

Murolo says she sees the current "Occupy" movement as an effort not only to improve labor conditions, but also to work for equality and human rights for everyone.

Among the events scheduled for today is a picnic and a march at Civic Center Park in downtown Fargo.

More information is at www.facebook.com.

John Michaelson, Public News Service - ND