(Edited from AP) While parts of downtown Seattle were being torn apart by members of “Black Bloc” on Tuesday, at the same time, hundreds of activists across the U.S. joined the worldwide May Day protests.

(Edited from AP) While parts of downtown Seattle were being torn apart by members of “Black Bloc” on Tuesday, at the same time, hundreds of activists across the U.S. joined the worldwide May Day protests.

In New York, police in riot gear lined the front of a Bank of America, facing several dozen Occupy activists marching behind barricades.

“Bank of America. Bad for America!” they chanted.

Occupy activists had said they planned to bring business to a standstill, but scene in New York was less chaotic than Seattle.

From East to West, organizers of the various demonstrations, strikes and acts of civil disobedience said they were not too concerned about muddling their messages. They noted that the movements have similar goals: jobs, fair wages and equality.

In the San Francisco Bay Area, service on the Golden Gate Ferry was shut down as ferry workers went on strike. They have been in contract negotiations for a year in a dispute over health care coverage.

In Los Angeles, at least a half a dozen rallies were planned. A rally was also planned in Minneapolis.

In Atlanta, about 100 people rallied outside the Georgia Capitol, where a law targeting illegal immigration was passed last year. They called for an end to local-federal partnerships to enforce immigration law.

Organizers of Chicago’s rally said they welcomed participation from the Occupy groups.

“I definitely see it as an enrichment of it,” Orlando Sepulveda said. “It’s great.”

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