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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 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

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

The name of the Assistant Warden is
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


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


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


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)



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.


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


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.


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!


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