7:50 Email to me from Occupy: "On April 4th, the anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., unions, immigrant justice groups, and community activists joined together at Union Square to announce this year’s May Day rally and march scheduled for Tuesday May 1st, 2012, starting at 4pm at Union Square. With the overarching theme for May Day 2012 marked as ‘We Are the 99%: Legalize, Unionize, Organize,’ leaders from each group of the coalition stood together, showing solidarity in the face of massive income inequality and attacks on working families, immigrant communities, and the public sector in New York City."
3:50 Van Jones on Democracy Now! re: OWS and "progressive-ism" in general.
3:05 Further updates on Santa Monica pepper spaying (see items and videos below): Trustees not backing down despite uproar. .. Writer at The Atlantic takes a long look at the issue that gave rise to protest; A blog at a Fox affiliate in L.A. reviews the step-by-step.
1:00 Classic: D.A. in New York drops charges against city councilman arrested and bloodied in OWS protest–when "they can’t find female cop he supposedly tussled" with. “The fact is that the District Attorney didn’t believe the police officers testimony would prove their case and that speaks far louder than anything else they said,” attorney Andrew Stoll said...
11:25 Good roundup (links, photos, testimony more) on Santa Monica pepper spray incident at BoingBoing,and see below.