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Occupy Movement Seeks May Day Revival

Follow Independent Media Coverage of Occupy's Spring Uprising

Tomorrow is the day folks. You must have seen the signs on the street, viewed the many calls to action on the Web. You must have heard the early rumbles in the smattering of demonstrations here and there across the country. It’s time. The Occupy movement is emerging from hibernation and will running ahead, full steam, on May Day — which many in this country might not recall, also happens to be International Workers Day.

What to expect: Starting tomorrow, a spring of protests across the country fueled by the rise in anti-immigrant legislation, a lopsided economic recovery that favors the rich, and corporate control of our food, environment and natural resources.

If past coverage is any indication, corporate media will not tell the May Day story accurately or with depth. That’s why The Media Consortium, a coalition of independent media outlets of which Earth Island Journal is a part, is collaborating with its members to provide coordinated, national coverage of tomorrow’s events from around the country as Media for the 99 Percent.

On May Day, the Media for the 99 Percent outlets will leverage their existing platforms and reporters to provide coordinated national multimedia coverage, featuring:

An interactive Map (embedded above): Find out where actions are happening across the country and follow the independent media’s by-the-minute coverage with links to video, audio, photos, and blog reports.

Television and Live Stream Broadcast: Free Speech TV will broadcast live (and live streamed) news coverage throughout the day, featuring reports from around the U.S., as well as in-studio commentary. YES! Magazine's Sarah van Gelder will be providing in-studio analysis.

Curated Social Media Coverage: Using the Storify platform, Media for the 99 Percent will offer a curated narrative of breaking news via blog updates, along with photos and social media posts from reporters on the ground.

I will be at the consortium’s control office in San Francisco, helping curate the news of “The Day Without the 99 Percent.” Fellow friends of the environment and social justice advocates, where will you be tomorrow?

P.S: Watch this space tomorrow for a neat feature by Journal editor Jason Mark on the occupiers taking over a University of California agricultural testing station.

Maureen Nandini Mitra, Editor, Earth Island Journal.Maureen Nandini Mitra photo
In addition to her work at the Journal, Maureen writes for several other magazines and online publications in the US and India. A journalism graduate from Columbia University, her work has appeared in the San Francisco Public Press, The New Internationalist, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, The Caravan and Down to Earth.

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