By Steve Kastenbaum, CNN
Don’t go to work, don’t attend classes, don’t buy anything, don’t do banking, don’t do house work… that’s the call from organizers of the Occupy Movement for their general strike on May 1st, also known as International Workers Day.
It’s not clear how many people will take part in the day of action. Numerous Occupy websites point to protests and marches taking place in over 125 cities in solidarity with labor unions and immigrant groups. The bigger question for activists involved in the movement centered on economic justice and ridding politics of corporate money is where they will take Occupy beyond May 1st.
By Jim Roope, CNN
(CNN) – Two groups just can’t seem to get together on a day of solidarity. For more than a decade, May 1 has been about immigration in Los Angeles. Angelica Salas, Executive Director for CHIRLA, the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights in Los Angeles, said for many years the US never celebrated May 1 as International Workers Day.
“[It’s] a major day of mobilization. All around the world people mobilize in mass, “Salas said. “And we’re very proud to have brought back to the United States the engagement of May 1.”
This year, however, immigration will share the day with the Occupy protesters. Salas says CHIRLA and other immigrant rights groups have tried to get together with the Occupy Movement for May Day but Michael Novick, an organizer for Occupy LA said, the two sides just couldn’t “gel.”
“We felt that Occupy itself had to plan out its particular actions on the day,” said Novick.
By Lisa Desjardins, CNN
(CNN) – Is Washington a holy city? It might seem that way, with all the talk about religion and morality in the 2012 election.
But all that God talk may be rubbing voters the wrong way.
"It's getting ugly out there," said Tim King, an evangelical Christian who works for the progressive religious group Sojourners. "There are a lot of Christians who are using their faith as a political weapon, which it's never meant to be."
King, who calls himself "politically homeless," says that while both parties talk about faith and invoke Scripture, he and other young evangelicals he knows sense an undercurrent of political gamesmanship in all the religious talk.
"You don't get to win the argument because you have more Bible verses," he told CNN Radio. "You need to make the case about why your policies are good for everyone."FULL STORY
When the Enterprise exhibit opens at theIntrepid Sea, Air and Space museum in New York, Star Trek fans will be among the first people in line to see the historic space shuttle. Trekkies – fans of the television series and movies – share a special bond with NASA’s first reusable manned space craft. The Enterprise got its name thanks in part to their efforts.
The first space shuttle was originally supposed to be called The Constitution. But in 1976, President Ford received letters from Star Trek fans by the tens of thousand. The science fiction buffs saw the shuttle as the realization of their dream world. They wanted it renamed Enterprise.FULL STORY
"Think Like a Man" nabbed the top weekend box office spot from "The Hunger Games," making it one of the surprise hits of 2012. Based off of comedian Steve Harvey's advice book, "Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man," the film features actor, Michael Ealy. Ealy spoke about his own personal thoughts on relationships with CNN's Suzanne Malveaux.