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The Spring Offensive Has Begun!

Occupy reemerges with festive, righteous anger.

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Across the world, Occupy celebrated our reemergence with a bold May Day General Strike. It was a day of tactical innovation and experimentation that sets the tone for the month ahead. Three tactics, in particular, gained prominence: agitating rank-and-file workers and radicalizing unions; deploying temporary, pop-up encampments instead of permanent occupations; and the growing black bloc presence. Over 30,000 occupiers marched in New York with strong union presence while in San Francisco workers disrupted ferry service. In London, occupiers set up tents outside the stock exchange. Meanwhile, in Seattle and Oakland, some militant occupiers embraced black bloc tactics of civil disobedience and property destruction. Overall, the day felt to many like a dress rehearsal for the future. As we move towards May 12, May 18 and May 20, we must, in the words of founding Zuccotti Marisa Holmes, “not just replicate and mimic what we’ve done before — but grow and learn and become even better.” That is the challenge our movement is now beginning to rise toward.

Here is a sample of the best coverage about Occupy’s General Strike.

“The atmosphere was one of festive, righteous anger… As the vanguard of the march, led by taxicabs festooned in banners, crossed Houston Street a huge cry went up and echoed back, turning Broadway into a canyon of noise for block after block. “This is some serious shit,” an onlooker said, shaking his head with a smile, at the throngs weaving back all the way to Union Square.”

Read more at Alternet

“May Day in New York City was beautiful. From the “99 pickets” protest in the morning targeting corporate headquarters in midtown, to the Bryant Park pop-up occupation, to the Free University in Madison Square Park where students and educators went on strike by holding their classes outside, to the joyous, fair-like atmosphere of Union Square and, finally, with the energetic march with tens of thousands of people, chanting, singing, dancing all the way to Wall Street, the city felt re-imagined and re-invigorated. The entire day was inspiring and powerful.”

Read more at the Guardian

Check out a collection of the most powerful photos from the day at The Atlantic and share your experiences and tactical insights below.

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I was one of the folks manhandled by the police down on water street a little after 10 pm as they attempted to shut down the park.

I had a camera and was taking photos of police tactics, including body slams to the pavement.

The, not once, but three times cops physically literally attacked me - said I was not obeying a lawful order.

I spoke with at least 6 white shirts, who said that anything a cop says is a lawful order.

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