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May Day Denver: Occupy Denver Prepares For General Strike On May 1 (VIDEO)

Posted: 04/27/2012 10:31 am Updated: 04/27/2012 8:43 pm

Occupy Denver May Day

In what could become the largest protest of the year so far for the Occupy Wall Street movement, OWS organizers are preparing for a general strike on International Workers' Day--also known as May Day--and Occupy Denver is urging protesters, businesses and laborers to stand in solidarity with this international day of protest.

According to its website, Occupy Denver plans to rally on May 1st at Civic Center Park and march around Denver. Later in the afternoon protesters will return to Civic Center Park for activities for adults and kids, live music, food and teach-ins for the rest of the day at the park.

Denver Handmade Homemade Market has signed on and will be setting up a barter economy in the park from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. where participants can trade items of value instead of using cash to make a purchase.

Along with the Handmade Homemade Market, the general strike in Denver has been endorsed by the Colorado Progressive Coalition, the Denver Catholic Worker as well as The Mercury Cafe, which will be closed on May 1 in support of the general strike.

May Day is a national holiday in many countries around the world and is typically celebrated with marches and street demonstrations by working people, according to Mother Jones, but has not been as widely observed in the United States.

Occupy organizers are hoping that May Day could be a reboot for the movement. Marissa Holmes, an Occupy Wall Street organizer, spoke with Mother Jones saying, "May Day will be the big kickoff of Phase 2 of Occupy. I think we'll see a lot of people in the streets taking more militant actions than they had in the past."

In a press statement, Occupy Denver said this about the importance of May Day:

Now is the time for community, neighborhood, school and work groups to organize autonomous and direct actions. As long as we are attacked and deprived of our basic rights, we will not allow for business as usual. We will support independent efforts of people to claim control over their workplaces, schools, and community as the beginning stages of our journey towards reclaiming our lives and taking the power back.

May Day will be the beginning of a new chapter of struggle for justice and equality. As we occupy our streets, workplaces, neighborhoods, and other common spaces, we start to build a new world within the shell of this old world of injustice and inequality. Let May 1st be the beginning of a new chapter that has yet to be written.

For organizations that are interested in participating in May Day and want to support the event in some way, Occupy Denver has a "Statement of Support" available here.

For more information on Occupy Denver's May Day plans, visit their website or Facebook page.

Will you be participating in May Day next week? Let us know your thoughts, plans in the comments below.

LOOK: Poster for Occupy Denver's May Day March

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  • Signs Of Occupy Denver

    DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 27: Early morning traffic passes the Colorado state capitol building and the 'Occupy Denver' camp at dawn on October 27, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Demonstrators have continued their protest, now more than a month old, despite a winter snowstorm and nighttime temperatures in the 20s. Several of them have been treated for hypothermia. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

  • Signs Of Occupy Denver

    DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 26: A snow-dusted protest sign sits under a tree at the 'Occupy Denver' camp on October 26, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Some 25 protesters slept at the camp overnight as a winter snow storm moved in, and several demonstrators have been taken to the hospital for hypothermia. Despite the severe weather, protesters have vowed to continue their demonstration, now more than a month old. The heavy snowstorm hit Denver and the Rocky's front range after record high temperatures in the 80's earlier in the week. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

  • Signs Of Occupy Denver

    DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 27: A protest sign lies covered in frost at the 'Occupy Denver' camp on October 27, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Demonstrators have continued their protest, now more than a month old, despite a winter snowstorm and nighttime temperatures in the 20s. Several of them have been treated for hypothermia. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

  • Signs Of Occupy Denver

    DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 29: Protesters walk past the Colorado state capital building during an 'Occupy Denver' march on October 29, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Some 1,000 people took part in the march in solidarity with other 'occupy' movements around the country. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

  • Signs Of Occupy Denver

    DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 29: Protesters chant slogans during an 'Occupy Denver' march through downtown on October 29, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Some 1,000 people took part in the march in solidarity with other 'occupy' movements around the country. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

  • Signs Of Occupy Denver

    DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 29: Protesters chant anti-bank slogans during an 'Occupy Denver' march on October 29, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Some 1,000 people took part in the march in solidarity with other 'occupy' movements around the country. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

  • Signs Of Occupy Denver

    DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 29: Protesters chant anti-bank slogans during an 'Occupy Denver' march on October 29, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Some 1,000 people took part in the march in solidarity with other 'occupy' movements around the country. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

  • Signs Of Occupy Denver

    DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 29: Policemen in riot gear face off with demonstrators at the 'Occupy Denver' camp on October 29, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Following a march by protesters, police tried to tear down some newly-erected tents at the encampment and scuffled with demonstrators. Police detained about a half dozen people, pepper-sprayed others and reportedly fired rubber bullets at the crowd during the melee. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

  • Signs Of Occupy Denver

    DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 05: An Occupy Denver demonstrator holds a protest sign at a Chase bank branch on November 5, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Hundreds of demonstrators marched in a peaceful protest, denouncing the Federal Reserve and urging customers to close their accounts with large banks and deposit their funds into local credit unions. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

  • Signs Of Occupy Denver

    DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 05: People play chess as Occupy Denver protesters march past the Denver Federal Reserve building on November 5, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Hundreds of demonstrators marched in a peaceful protest, denouncing the Federal Reserve and urging customers to close their accounts with large banks and deposit their funds into local credit unions. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

  • Signs Of Occupy Denver

    DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 05: Occupy Denver protesters walk past the U.S. Federal Reserve building on November 5, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Hundreds of demonstrators marched through downtown Denver, denouncing the Federal Reserve and urging customers to close their accounts with large banks and deposit their funds into local credit unions. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

  • Signs Of Occupy Denver

    Members of Occupy Denver and the Colorado Progressive Coalition protest outside of the Wells Fargo Performing Arts Center in Denver where US Chamber of Commerce CEO Tom Donahue was speaking at the Colorado Chamber of Commerce's annual luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

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    Occupy Denver protester Claudia Livingston, 63, of Westminster, Colo., chants with others at a rally at Denver's City and County Building, on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

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    Britte Notzold and her daughter Ida, 1, joined Occupy Denver protesters at a rally at Denver's City and County Building , on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

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    Occupy Denver protesters Roshan Bliss, left, and Neal Brown kneel on the steps of Denver's City and County Building with their hands bound and their mouths gagged during a rally on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

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