May Day: Occupy Wall Street Gears Up For Nationwide Strike
There were many who assumed that the winter months would put the Occupy Wall Street movement on ice… permanently. But it appears that the thousands who rose up to protest America’s economic inequality and political corruption were only hibernating.
On May 1st, Occupy Wall Street will launch its first major action of 2012: the first truly nationwide general strike in U.S. history. From the OccupyWallSt.org website:
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.
In these lean economic times, you might think it would be hard to convince people to abandon their jobs, but the contrary is proving true. Already, workers, students, immigrants, union members, and the unemployed from over 115 U.S. cities have pledged to stand together for economic justice.
Politicians, especially those from the GOP involved in the current Presidential race, like to act like the middle and lower classes don’t matter. They say it’s more important to coddle and pander to the 1%, because apparently, when the rich make more money to hide in offshore bank accounts, it makes things better for the rest of us.
Let’s see how the corporations like it when the 99% stops spending its hard earned money on low-quality crap. Let’s see what happens to their precious quotas when the 99% doesn’t show up for work. Let’s see what happens when everyone from all walks of life stops producing, consuming and participating within the current system and demands something better.
Instead of continuing in our role as corporate cogs, let’s stop the madness. On May 1, don’t buy anything, don’t clock in, don’t put your money in a corporate bank, and don’t go to school. Resist in any way you can, and show your support for the millions like you, who are fighting for social equality and economic justice.
To learn more about the May 1st General Strike, including why and how you can participate (without getting fired!), go here.
Image via StrikeEverywhere.net