A general strike is proposed for the United States. The general strike movement has no clearly named leadership. It’s described as an Internet viral effort. Wikipedia defines viral efforts on the Internet as:
General strikes, more common in Europe, are events that shut down the normal operations of a city, state, or nation for a period of time. These strikes aim to force awareness and action on a single issue or broader set of concerns. The General Strike has a central location – http://generalstrikeusa.wordpress.com/2011/08/06/general-strike-usa/ – on the Internet, which is linked to and reproduced on a variety of other internet sites. The site states the rationale for the effort:
The General Strike is a national call to action, from citizens to other citizens. It is not about a single issue. It is not an anti-war protest, a civil rights protest, an corporate/banking fraud protest, Second Amendment protest. It is not about torture, surveillance, gun control, gang violence, immigration, inflation, corporate media, bailouts, high taxes, sub standard education, lack of jobs, government corruption, or the environment. This strike is about all these issues and more.We all have different concerns, but we all have the same concern: we are being lied to and this government does not represent us. Join other Americans in demanding truth, justice, and accountability.
This is our country.
And our world.
We just have to stand up.
A National Call to Action LOCK DOWN USA The strike targets key issues facing the American public, issues that have not been addressed in any meaningful way by any branch of government.
The strike campaign argues that these and other issues rarely covered in any depth by nearly all of the corporate media leave only one move for citizens – a general strike to protest the policies plus the lack of recognition and response.
Call to action: We just have to stand up
Standing up includes no work or school. It also includes “no shopping;” a suspension of all purchasing during the strike. One strike web site claims that this can have a substantial impact even with just a small percentage of the population participating.
The general strike calls for participants to “Hit the Streets.” General Strikes in the United States
Seattle General Strike ProjectThe Seattle general strike of 1919 is the first known city-wide general strike in U.S. history. Failing to get promised wage increases, 35,000 ship yard workers were joined by 25,000 other Seattle union members for a 6 day work stoppage. The 60,000 workers and their families represented a huge portion of Seattle’s 315,000 populations at the time.
The most recent U.S. general strike occurred on May 1, 2006 when millions of Latinos hit the streets across the country. The Latino population once, known as the sleeping giant of American politics, awoke that day in a national effort that shocked and awed the U.S. political elite. Millions protested proposed immigration laws that would made a felon out of anyone claimed to have assisted undocumented workers and broader social justice issues. The May Day demonstrations, in effect a general strike, were preceded by a series of protests beginning in March 2006.
Sooner or later all freedom loving Americans will realize that the only way to stop those who would bleed our nation dry, dismantle our constitution, and dissolve our national sovereignty is to say: I will NOT work for you, buy from you, fight for you, or die for you, until the criminals are gone from the halls of our government.
General Strikes shut down the normal operations of a city, state, or nation for a period of time. These strikes aim to force action on a single issue or broader set of concerns.
The reason for this shutdown is not to hurt this country in any way shape or form, but is, in fact, a peaceful method of sending a message to Washington, D.C.
The General Strike is a national call to action, from citizens to other citizens.
Unions, corporations and the major parties have failed to deal with pressing matters of war and peace, income inequality, crime and punishment and the meaning of citizenship itself. It has fallen to the American people to set things right!
Public protest is an important part of democracy, just as much as a free press, a judiciary, and congress. A general strike does NOT have to be violent. It is a matter of CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE, NOT VIOLENCE. You are NOT going to school. You are NOT going to work. You are NOT shopping. You do NOT have to be violent to NOT do those things. March legally. Protest legally. Our causes are many but our voices are one.
You will need to plan, set up and hold your own local protest. Vigorously promote your protest via local activist and church groups. Also on social networking sites- Facebook, Meetup, Tribe, MySpace, Twitter, YouTube, etc. Call in to talk radio shows, print and distribute this flyer, create freeway banners, write OPEDs, etc., etc. You will need to organize enough people to shut down, disrupt normal operations of your local city, town, county and state.
There will be ZERO mainstream media discussion of this general strike BEFORE it happens. ZERO. So, we must be our own media and PROMOTE it. Link to this site from blogs and forums. Put it on your personal pages, send this URL to your friends, mention it with links in your comments. PROMOTE IT. http://www.generalstrikeusa.wordpress.com
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