By Jessica Firger, The Wall Street Journal
For May Day demonstrations on Tuesday, Occupy Wall Street organizers have made Manhattan’s Bryant Park and Union Square the central rallying points for two major marches, with more than 50 smaller pickets set for locations throughout Midtown.
The protest organizers see Tuesday’s events as the opening of a new era for the movement, with a reinvigorated alliance between Occupy Wall Street activists, the labor movement and immigrant-rights organizations that will extend past May Day and into the coming months.
But the day of marches across Manhattan is also a test of whether Occupy Wall Street’s strength and popular appeal will reignite after a dormant winter. As the Journal reported Monday, a fizzled May Day event could signal the end of organizers’ ability to draw mainstream support.