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OCCUPY MAY 1ST GENERAL STRIKE

Worldwide, May 1st is traditionally a ‘Workers’ day – a day of Labor Solidarity, and a public holiday. It’s a day to celebrate and march in support of im/migrant rights. In protest against the corruption of the worldwide marketplace, which has led to illegal foreclosures, mass unemployment, low wages, high taxes and a penalization of all those who do not own the ‘99%’ of the world’s resources, and in solidarity with the im/migrant movements of May 1st, we decided to declare May 1st, 2012 a People’s General Strike. Instead of calling upon unionized Labor to make a specific demand (illegal under Taft-Hartley), we are calling upon the people of the world to take this day away from school and the workplace, so that their absence makes their displeasure with this corrupt system be known.

Website: http://www.occupymay1st.org/
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Comment by Orsan Senalp on April 26, 2012 at 21:38

May 1st Coalition: UNIONIZE, LEGALIZE, ORGANIZE

Posted 1 day ago on April 22, 2012, 9:16 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt

This May Day, Occupy Wall Street is rising up in solidarity with the immigrant rights movement. Years before #OWS, May Day was revitalized in the U.S. as a day of mass mobilization against the unjust, racist U.S. immigration system. On May Day 2006, the May 1st Coalition helped organize the largest protest in NYC history, bringing hundreds of thousands of people to the streets in a march stretching over 26 city blocks. This year, as we gather as a unified front for economic justice in a Day Without the 99%, they are leading the struggle to UNIONIZE, LEGALIZE, and ORGANIZE.

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via the May 1st Coalition:

Dear Brothers and Sisters

We bring you excellent news and a message from the May 1st Coalition.

On this May 1st 2012, there will a unified celebration. We immigrants have united with the most important unions of New York, the working class along with Occupy Wall Street. This has come about after long and intense debates, at which point we concluded an agreement to realize a single act on May 1st in historic Unión Square. Continue reading 

Comment by Orsan Senalp on April 26, 2012 at 21:38

May 1st: General assemblies of workers! [ENG-ESP-ITA-POR-GER-FRA]

1st of May:  General assemblies of workers!

The 1st of May is International Workers’ Day.  In many of the world’s cities millions of us will gather to demonstrate in defence of our rights.

For thirty years now, the deconstruction of the welfare state has been underway. Each successive government has worked hand in glove with the financial markets, submitted to their will – and likewise bent us to their will.

We are subjected to growing inequality, to the fear of dismissal, to the policy of maximising profits, to stress. We are egged on to compete against each other and instructed to tighten our belts. Workforces are reduced, work loses its meaning, production is offshored, jobs become more and more insecure, unemployment becomes the norm.

Each day more people’s livelihoods become insecure, more workers are tormented by their jobs and occasionally even succumb to them.

Our freedoms and rights are progressively encroached on, including the most crucial one:  that of deciding collectively how we shall live.  We no longer live in democratic societies.

This predicament arises in many different countries.

Confronted by such a challenge, social movements and citizens’ initiatives have arisen and grown in various parts of the world.

Citizens have gathered to organise themselves and rekindle hope.  During the last few months several general strikes have broken out in Europe.

International networks today summon the population to a worldwide day of protest on 15 May. They likewise call on the people to gather on 1 May in general workers’ assemblies. The same day a general strike will take place in the United States.

Organise yourselves as part of this worldwide mobilisation!

Let us draw on our strength, namely that of being the majority that organises itself and mobilises.  Victory is won on the streets!

ON THE 1ST OF MAY:  GENERAL WORKERS’ ASSEMBLIES AFTER THE DEMONSTRATIONS.

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Comment by Orsan Senalp on April 21, 2012 at 13:34

What YOU Can Do on May Day | #OCCUPY TOGETHER

May Day is an international day of celebration to honor the labor movement. This year the Occupy movement has made a call for mass action—the May First General Strike (#M1GS): a day with out the 99%. Several cities have organized in solidarity with this call to action (see a growing list at the bottom of this post). A general strike is a way to build and demonstrate the power of the people. It’s a way to show this is a system that only exists because we allow it to. If we can withdraw from the system for one day we can use that day to build community and mutual aid. We can find aspiration and faith—not in any leaders or bosses but in each other and in ourselves.

Comment by Orsan Senalp on April 21, 2012 at 13:34
Comment by Orsan Senalp on April 21, 2012 at 13:34

Canada is shutting out Refugees and Families! On May Day 2012 march...

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Canada is shutting out Refugees and Families! On May Day 2012 march for Status for All!

For the last six years, No One Is Illegal – Toronto has coordinated a May Day of Action to celebrate and invigorate migrant justice struggles. This year dozens of groups across the City are collaborating in a show of solidarity and strength to mark the May Day of Action. On May 1st, 2012 No One Is Illegal – Toronto will take the streets to push back against the refugee exclusion act (Bill C-31), ensure family reunification in the face of cuts to permanent immigration for parents and grandparents, and support decolonization struggles on Turtle Island. JOIN US! Continue reading 

Comment by Orsan Senalp on April 21, 2012 at 13:33

May Day Directory: Occupy General Strike In Over 115 Cities | #OWS

Posted 0 minutes ago on April 21, 2012, 9:01 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt

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While American corporate media has focused on yet another stale election between Wall Street-financed candidates, Occupy has been organizing something extraordinary: the first truly nationwide General Strike in U.S. history. Building on the international celebration of May Day, past General Strikes in U.S. cities like Seattle and Oakland, the recent May 1st Day Without An Immigrant demonstrations, the national general strikes in Spain this year, and the on-going student strike in Quebec, the Occupy Movement has called for A Day Without the 99% on May 1st, 2012. This in and of itself is a tremendous victory. For the first time, workers, students, immigrants, and the unemployed from over 115 U.S. cities will stand together for economic justice.

See below the cut for what we believe to be the most comprehensive list of cities where Occupy May Day events are being planned, as well as other resources.  Continue reading

Comment by Orsan Senalp on April 21, 2012 at 13:33

Why And How To Strike On May Day | #OWS

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Why are we striking? Why should you strike? And, what do we mean by General Strike?

We are striking to halt the flow of capital, reclaim a tool of resistance, and unify movements against exploitation, repression, and corruption. You should join the movement and strike because: everyone else will be doing it and it’ll be fun and empowering. But more importantly, join because you’ve experienced exploitation, repression, and corruption, and you are aware of their impact around you. Join if you are forced to work and consume; if you want to have a choice for an alternative.

By general strike, we mean everyone from all walks of life halting their role in producing, consuming, and participating within the current system. We invite the precarious workers, unemployed, undocumented, students, and everyone to join.

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Comment by Orsan Senalp on April 11, 2012 at 12:46

MAYDAY, MAYDAY!!!

Posted 14 hours ago on April 10, 2012, 4:01 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt

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To the activist, the rebel, the revolutionary, the dreamer. To all who believe in a better world. To those who  have found their voice, and those voices that have been met with the sniper’s bullet. To those whose voices have been taken from them. To the peaceful who have been met with brutality and violence, the loving who have been met with hatred. Those who beg for understanding, but are met with ridicule. The free thinkers, the questioners, the dissenters, those who have woken up, and now rattle the chains that have held us down. To the freedom fighters all around the globe.

Raise your fists, break your chains. Shake the world under your feet, and make a noise so loud, that the 1% will cower in their marble halls. For the time of The People has come. Those who consider themselves our masters will find themselves standing in the path of a force the likes of which the world has never seen. For the world relied on our compliance. Our silence, our sheepish ways of living how we are told, for our acceptance of the oppressor’s so called power. But this  power was an illusion. Yes the power did not lie in the bank accounts, the pockets of CEOs, the chambers of Ivory towers under lock and key. No. the power has been with The People. The people who survive day to day. The children who cry at night from the pains of hunger, the students who dreams were stolen from them, or sold at prices so high, there is no hope of escape. Those who face violence and weaponry, and defend themselves with nothing but an idea. But it is this idea you see, that makes them strong. An idea cannot be beaten. An idea cannot be gassed, or shot. For it lives in our very souls, and no matter what stands against us, this idea cannot be destroyed.

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Comment by Orsan Senalp on April 11, 2012 at 12:46

Global May: A new beginning? – International Call on Mumble

This Saturday 14th, at 18:00pm GMT (2pm EST)  via the Mumble server “ tomalplaza.net ”  we will be holding a global debate to push forward a shared task: ”Global May: A new beginning?”

The specific topics of debate will be set up by the participants, who will have full freedom and responsibility to share and discuss the topics we feel truly and passionately interested about.

One month before the global Spring 2012, we’ll be having a chance in here to gather, people from all walks of life and corners of the world, and think together on what will be the history we will be writing collectively on May 2012. Trascending the differences in our languages, political and philosophical views and our relationship with the wave of change so far, we will be having an open space where to dialogue to build together the foundings of those other possible worlds we’re craving for.

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Comment by Orsan Senalp on April 11, 2012 at 12:46

Action Plan for the Blockupation of Goldman Sachs’s European operat...

A broad coalition of organizations, initiatives and networks are mobilizing to diverse days of action in Frankfurt from May 16th to 18th . The central element of the protest choreography is mass blockades on May 18, taking place after the take the squares action on May 17 and before the mass demonstration on May 19. The goal of our action on this day is to effectively disrupt the normal business activities of European Central Bank and other central actors in the financial center in Frankfurt. The parties responsible for the global politics of crisis and impoverishment are to be confronted directly in front of the doors of their decision-making headquarters with imaginative blockades and creative forms of civil disobedience. Our mobilization aims at a mix of mass and decisiveness. Thousands of people with various backgrounds and cultures of protest want to and will participate in the protest actions in arranged affinity groups or spontaneous swarming.
Thursday, May 17: Take the Squares
May 17, the day before the blockades, has the motto “take the squares”. Various spaces in the city center as well as green areas near the bank towers shall – to the extent that authorities prohibit declared activities – be appropriated for cultural-political protest events and asambleas.

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