No Mention Of May 1 General Strike On NY Times Homepage

on May 01 2012 12:36 PM
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There was no mention of the massive May 1 General Strike protests sweeping New York City and the world on the New York Times homepage as of 11:20 Tuesday morning. nytimes.com

There was no mention of the massive May 1 General Strike protests sweeping New York City and the world on the New York Times homepage as of 11:20 Tuesday morning.

As a battery of protests got underway and NYPD officers deployed to points throughout the city the paper that is supposed to contain All the News That's Fit to Print, apparently found them unfit, as it did not include so much as a link to a story about the events on its homepage.

The following terms were conspicuosly absent from the Old Gray Lady's homepage Tuesday morning: movement, occupy, general, protest and May Day. And the word strike was only found once on the page, in the headline of a theater review called Trying to Strike a Match Before the '60s Were Ready to Blaze.

The Times has done yeoman's work covering a wide swath of previous Occupy Wall Street protests and other acts of civil disobedience and protests. But the lack of a mention on the most-hyped day of protest in months was jarring for a paper that has long considered itself the paper of record, particularly for one that is located in New York City, the epicenter of the Occupy movement.

May Day 2012 General Strike organizers asked supporters to skip work, school, shopping and other activities in order to participate in the protests..

Led by the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement, the general strike is aimed at allowing people to voice their opposition to economic inequality, political corruption, foreign wars and other issues that Occupiers want to see addressed.

The other goal of the protest is one that is rooted in the strategy of a workers' strike, in which organizers hope to demonstrate to the world's rich and powerful what life would be like if the 99 percent were not around to serve them.

The protest's organizers hope that the strike will include so many workers that it will be exceedingly difficult for people to go about basic daily tasks, a situation that they say would illustrate the important of all the world's workers, and juxtapose it against the daily impacts the one percent have on human activity.

May Day is a holiday for the 99%. It is a day for people to come together, across all those lines which too often divide us - race, class, gender, religion - and challenge the systems that create these divisions. When we come together, we recognize the common struggles we face and the common interests we have, a description of the May Day 2012 General Strike written by Occupy Wall Street declares.

Millions of people throughout the world - workers, students, immigrants, professionals, houseworkers - employed and unemployed alike - will take to the streets to unite in a General Strike against a system that does not work for us. Don't go to work. Don't go to school. Don't shop. Take the streets!

Police departments throughout the world are bracing for what should be a boisterous day of street protests. The New York Police Department is particularly concerned about threats by Occupy Wall Street to shut down one or bridges and/or tunnels into Manhattan as part of the group's effort to project their views onto as wide a stage as possible and render them difficult to ignore. Occupy Wall Street has said the planned closing of points of entry to the island of Manhattan will be the biggest shut down the city of New York has ever seen.

And the office of Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn has said that it is worried about violence during the May Day 2012 General Strike protests slated to take place in the Washington city, as it has apparently seen a number of online calls for violence and information about how to conceal guns and target authorities.

The world has a long history of general strikes dating back to the ancient Roman empire. From the 1842 general strike in Great Britain, which was hosted by miners and factory workers to the shut down of Seattle during the 100,000-person-strong general strike there in 1919, the tactic has been used many times as a means to raise consciousness about issues of social and economic injustice.

The most recent major general strike took place last year in Oakland, Calif., and was successful in increasing awareness about the views and goals of the Occupy Oakland movement.

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