Live-blogging OWS daily since October 1. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. All times ET. See my e-book on Occupy "40 Days That Shook the World." My other books, including new ones on Bradley Manning and Beethoven, here….
12:30 Press release just now in my email box from Occupy Denver: "On May Day, we are calling on the people of Denver to convene at the Pavillion on 16th st at 9:30 PM, and we will hold a sleep-in. By holding a mass sleep in on the 16th st mall, we will stand in solidarity with those who are being singled out by this draconian bill and let its chief backers know, that this is our city, our streets, and no one will be jailed for lack of privilege. Rather than be forced off the streets by the Downtown Denver Business Partnership, we aim to show the 1% that a Denver’s Peoples Partnership is stronger than all the lobbyists in the city. On May Day, Bring your bodies, your friends, your wares and liberate the 16th st mall with us."
11:55 Good preview of May Day actions in NY tomorrow with accent on "confrontations." And see top of Nation site right now for special coverage and features.
11:00 NYT on the letters and white substance (corn starch) sent to Wells Fargo and Chase branches and Mayor Bloomberg (see below)…. Claim that several apartments where anarchists live in NYC visited by police today.
9:05 Tom Morello, who is leading a "thousand man" guitar army tomorrow in NY now tweets: "My new band also looking 4 1million percussionists. Marching band veterans, pots & pans bangers please apply. Noon/Bryant Park." Big boost for May Day tomorrow as Tom and Ben Harper (who is also leading march tomorrow) will be on Jimmy Fallon tonight, as he tweets: "Looking for best and worst 25,000 musicians in NYC area. Tomm. Bryant Park. Noon. Nightwatchman/Ben Harper 2nite on Fallon to PUMP IT UP."
6:50 Fox News: NYPD investigating envelopes with white powder sent to "at least" 5 Wells Fargo branches in city, discovered today. "The bank branches were closed, and they will remain closed until the situation is deemed safe, the spokesman said." Fox helpfully notes that this happening on the eve of May Day but does note later that this has not been linked to Occupy (yet). Of course, Wells Fargo was a target of protests in San Fran just last week.
6:45 Major NYT piece online tonight, presumably in print tomorrow, on Occupy in academia, with new studies, books emerging and so on.