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#occupym1 General Strike - May 1 2012

NOTE: This is the forum topic for discussion of the May 1 General Strike.
The original Proposal is here
The Event Listing and March Details are here
Flyers/Posters are here

Cities/Occupy GAs Who've Endorsed the Call for an International General Strike on May 1st 2012: Miami, FL; Los Angeles, CA; Boston, MA; Riverside, CA; Long Beach, CA; Venice, CA; Minneapolis, MN, Melbourne, Australia; Tampa, FL, Minneapolis, MN - and Las Vegas, NV.

UPDATE 13 APR - At last night's GA, decided by direct consensus to stand by in supporting both the Strike and the March. For Vegas locals, this is another positive step in coalition-building and solidarity within the movement. Big twinkles to my homies downtown. - TF

What you can do to help #OccupyM1 and build the general strike (Facebook)



Which way forward for the 99%?

Build Power & Show Power through Mass Participatory Bold Action
By Occupy May 1st
[...]Currently, the state of the economy has hit all of us (some facing overlapping prejudice and oppression, harder than others). There are too many people out of work; our pay has barely or hasn’t kept up with rising costs; our social services have continued to be cut; our influence on government has eroded; and our civil liberties have been attacked. This has been going on while the elites of this country have captured an increasing share of wealth; have had the highest decreases in the amount of taxes they pay; have attacked our social services and organizations of popular defense (such as our unions and community organizations); and have consolidated to an even greater degree their power over politics. The Business Insider- ironically- provides one of the more useful series of charts that root the Occupy movement’s concerns in the sobering historical fact that we experience.

The way forward must involve building and showing our popular power against that of the elite. But the form of our power must be different from theirs: we must fight fire with water. Where they exercise hierarchical power over us to dominate, control, exploit and oppress; we must build and exercise horizontal, bottom-up power with each other to cooperate, liberate and collectively empower each other. We need to organize ourselves autonomously from all forms of hierarchical power relations in our communities, schools and workplaces to fight collectively for our interests. This must include a rejection of attempts to divide and rule us; a rejection of racism, patriarchy, xenophobia, elitism and other forms of oppression; a rejection of attempts by electoral parties, powerful special interest groups and others to co-opt and control our movement.

We need to develop the movement beyond the camp because the majority of the 99% can’t camp out in a city center. The majority of the 99% have obligations and vulnerabilities that prevent them from such time-consuming, geographically-specific action including: work, school, responsibilities in caring for children or other dependents, particular health needs, etc. So in order for us to truly exercise our power as the 99% and to truly be participatory, we need to find ways where all of us can participate, and be valued, in whatever capacity and with whatever time we have to contribute. We need our action to be as participatory, diverse and widespread as possible. We must boldly show and build our collective power.

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