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OCCUPY MAY 1ST GENERAL STRIKE

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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/
Location: global
Members: 13
Latest Activity: Apr 13

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Comment by Ira Wechsler on April 8, 2016 at 4:05

You are afraid of Taft-Hartley, the working class can break any and all the bosses laws if we are united. So I guess if a court made an injunction against a strike you would throw in the towel???

Comment by Ira Wechsler on April 5, 2016 at 1:02

Calling for a big bad general strike without doing the painstaking work of organizing it is empty bluster. The Totskyists are famous for this. Where are your reports of actual work actions on the job????  Walk the walk just don't talk the talk.

Comment by Ira Wechsler on November 16, 2015 at 15:36

 Why do you consider so bad to break the Taft-Hartley law. I always copnsider those who play by the bosses' rules to be the loyal opposition to capitalism instead of leaders of class struggle. I have led so-called illegal work actions. That is what revolutionary leaders in the workplace do. I am not saying all actions must be illegal. But you build upon the legal straight jacket that the capitalists provide like petitions, to build confrontation  and more militant measures like occupations etc. So you are advocating a general strike without picket lines at the work places. How interesting. and how empty.

Comment by Joe Balkis on February 28, 2013 at 4:36

From the CLE 4 Support Committee (http://cleveland4solidarity.org):

Joshua Stafford is
not receiving the amount of food that it is medically
documented he needs. We
are organizing a day to have everyone call in
and tell the Warden or the
Assistant Warden that we know about these
needs and that they are not being
met.

The call in day will be Thursday February 28, please call
anytime
between 9am-4pm.

The name of the Assistant Warden is
Johnson
The name of the Warden is Pugh

The number for the facility is
330-746-3777, please call, select option
"2" and ask to speak to either the
Warden or the Assistant Warden.

Sample Script: Hi my name is _________
and I am calling in regards to
prisoner  #57976-060 Joshua Stafford. For
medical reasons Joshua needs
increased caloric intake, and has yet to be
provided with additional
food rations. Please address this oversight of
Joshua's caloric needs as
both his family and friends are concerned about his
health and well being.

Comment by Joe Balkis on December 10, 2012 at 20:36

A lot is happening right now in Chicago with both labor and public education.
Get involved at the next meeting of the Chicago Labor Solidarity Campaign, this
Monday, Dec. 10th at 6:30pm at SCUPE, (200 N Michigan Ave. Suite #502).

Please note, the entrance to #200 is not on the corner of Lake, but 100
yards north next to the Payless shoes and has a flag pole above the door. When
individuals arrive they will be asked to sign-in at the desk. Under 'firm
visiting' folks should put SCUPE.
Thanks to Mark Hannan and the Seminary
Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education for the space

Comment by Iww Montréal on May 2, 2012 at 23:53

Here are about 70 pictures of Mayday 2012 from all around the world! http://wp.me/p1nN2H-3os

Comment by Orsan Senalp on April 30, 2012 at 22:26

Last-Minute May Day Checklist

Posted 6 hours ago on April 30, 2012, 9:56 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt

my neighbor on strike

This May Day, hundreds of thousands of workers, immigrants, students, retirees, and unemployed people across the U.S. and around world will take to the streets, many for the first time. (If you are in NYC, check here for a schedule for the full day!) For folks new to protest (and of course, everyone else) we’ve thrown together a last-minute May Day Checklist:

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Comment by Orsan Senalp on April 30, 2012 at 12:04

Occupy Prepares For May Day: No Work, No School, No Banking

by Allison Kilkenny

Occupy Wall Street hopes to capture headlines once again next week with the May 1 “General Strike”, long-advertised by the group as an event that will prove to the public and media that OWS is currently experiencing a resurgence. Whether workers, students, or banking customers, OWS is calling on all Americans to stop offering their labor and money to corporations for one day and join their local Occupy chapter for a day of resistance.

(Artist : Josh MacPhee. Commons not Capitalism – Occupy Together)The plan initially drew the ire of some labor leaders who quickly declared their members would not participate in the so-called strike.

“It won’t happen,” Stuart Appelbaum, president of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union flatly told Buzzfeed. “They are not working with the unions in a serious way yet; nor are the unions working with them in a serious way. And it is the wrong strategy.”

Under the 1947 Taft-Hartley Act, a general strike in support of other workers is illegal. Furthermore, individual unions must call for a strike, so the participation of workers in a protest does not constitute a general strike.

The official OWS press release about May Day mentions the phrase “general strike” twice: once in the headline, and once in quotation marks in the first paragraph. Perhaps keenly aware of the likelihood that an across the board labor strike is not only unlikely but illegal, the day is now being described by organizers as a nationwide protest with themes of economic non-compliance. (Poster by Nina Montenegro, via Occuprint.)Continue reading 

Comment by Orsan Senalp on April 26, 2012 at 21:39

Bay Area Nurses Announce May 1st Walkout

nurses

Posted 3 days ago on April 23, 2012, 11:48 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt

4500 nurses in the San Francisco Bay Area will walk out of work on May 1st to protest more than a hundred cuts to health care services and RN standards planned — despite massive profits — by their hospital chain, Sutter Health. National Nurses United, which represents thousands of nurses with affiliates across the U.S., has long been an ally of Occupy Wall Street, even assisting with first aid at Liberty Square since October, 2011. NNU will also join occupiers and other allies in Chicago on May 18th for a massive march against austerity, war, and the global 1%.

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

May Day Wildcat March Called for 1pm

wildcat!

Posted 3 days ago on April 23, 2012, 2:39 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt

via STRIKE EVERYWHERE!:

A call has gone out for a massive Wildcat march in NYC on May 1st, starting at 1PM. The original call is available here. Seconding strikeisaverb, See you in the streets! Forward and Repost widely.https://www.facebook.com/events/297929263615205/ and print and distribute flyers (wildcatmarchflyer-singlewildcatmarchflyer-quarter)

CALL FOR A WILDCAT MARCH FOR GENERAL STRIKE

PARTICIPANTS

MAY 1ST, 2012 1PM

We were told by bosses, by activists, by union leaders we couldn’t strike. Perhaps, they suggested, if we wanted to protest we could carry a sign and walk within police barricades, safely cordoned off in a free speech zone. On May 1st, we aren’t working and we aren’t protesting. We are striking.

We call on all fellow wildcat strikers to join us for a massive unpermitted march at 1pm at Sara D. Roosevelt Park (corner of 2nd and Houston). Along with striking rebels all over the world, we will show the bosses and cops of the world that we are many and we are only getting stronger.

Bring drums, banners, music, and an affinity group. Stay tight and stay in the streets. See you on May Day.

#m1GS

 

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