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Forum Post: NATIONWIDE GENERAL STRIKE under consideration for Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Posted 8 years ago on Oct. 27, 2011, 9:38 p.m. EST by therising (6643)
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEc3P1l7WZE&sns=em

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=General_strike&mobileaction=view_normal_site

Let's remind the 1% how powerful the 99% are.

Let's remind them that they can't shoot Iraq War veterans in the head with projectile for peacefully protesting.

Let's demonstrate to the 1% that the days of unchecked Wall Street greed and unchecked corporate greed are over.

Let's be active. Let's be forceful. But above all let's be nonviolent.

It's time for the 99% to rise.

There is nothing so powerful as an idea whose time has come.

The great Rastafarian poet Bongo Jerry put it like this:

"Sooner or later but mus' the dam going to bus' and everyone will break free. Who will stop them? The force? What force can stop a river of people who know their course?"

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[-] 2 points by owsartist39 (11) 8 years ago

As a 60's Protestor, now Senior Citizen & Florida Supporter of OWS Manhattan may I suggest the following:

A 2nd offensive must be started, now that the weather will dwindle the numbers of outside participants. All citizens of conscience and support who work for corporate America (e.g., banking, big pharma, insurance, oil, police departments, political operatives, and any other major industry who impacts the quality of our lives) should start to divulge the "dirty little secrets of their bosses/industry" anonymously (e.g., deliberate and trained lies told to the public about products; violations of the law within their industry/company; cheating of the public with specific tactics; training designed to deceive the public, etc.).

We need to expose corporate America for who they really are...ONLY then will they start to bring some modicum of fair play to their dealings with the 99% of us. Much like http://wikileaks.org - JUSTICE AND FAIRNESS WILL ONLY COME BY EXPOSING THE WRONGS. It no longer is acceptable to say "I was just doing my job." If our supporters can understand this, all of the politicians and lobbyist in the country won't be able to stop this tide.

[-] 2 points by therising (6643) 8 years ago

This strike will remind the 1% how fragile their grip is.

[-] 1 points by lifesprizes (298) 8 years ago

We need to think Big. A timed Global strike on the beginning of the new year 2012? The only solution is world revolution.

[-] 1 points by minerva1 (3) 8 years ago

I'm all for it. I read another post that suggested a solidarity strike with UK on Nov 30th. I think we should strive for both dates, absolutely.

[-] 1 points by Tryagain (300) 8 years ago

What you should really fear is a strike by the 1%. Then you'd really be screwed.

[-] 2 points by therising (6643) 8 years ago

Oh yeah. The demand for golf sweaters and Vanity Fair Magazine would go way down. It would be devastating. I don't know how we'd get by.

[-] 0 points by Tryagain (300) 8 years ago

No, all the people that run shit would take their marbles and go home. All the leadership, all the driven, all the educated, all the risk takers, all the business owners, all the entrepreneurs. It would hilarious to see that strike, a strike of the grown ups.

[-] 0 points by therising (6643) 8 years ago

All the leaders and risk takers are part of the occupy movement. I've owned my business for almost 15 years and employ a lot of people. However I am completely against the rigged financial system that's been set up by the 1%. You should be too. You don't get it. Even CEO's are admitting that the occupies have very good reason to be upset. You are among the last holdouts, clinging to some glorified version of what you think makes this country great. Turns out what makes it great is the spirit dogs can't bite, the spirit that keeps our country honest, the spirit of the occupiers. Join us. We will welcome you with open arms.

[-] 1 points by Tryagain (300) 8 years ago

Hilarious.

[-] 1 points by therising (6643) 8 years ago

Good. You're coming around then. You seemed like a smart person so I figured it wouldn't take long.

[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 8 years ago

Black Friday Boycott (User Submitted)

Posted Oct. 22, 2011, 4:53 a.m. EST (5 days ago) by outwrangle

Black Friday is coming up, so I propose that we have a nationwide general strike of consumerism on the one day of the year that is all about mindless consumption. Corporations rely on Black Friday to boost sales figures, so they are going to expect us to flock to their stores and buy their products. I say we give them a nasty surprise.

We have a golden opportunity to hit the big corporations where it hurts, and I don't think we should pass it up. Let's take a day that is all about consumption and make it our own, and let's make it loud and clear that we will not support the corporations that destroyed our economy and undermined our Republic.

What do you guys think? How should this Black Friday Boycott work?

http://occupywallst.org/forum/black-friday-boycott/

[-] 1 points by GeorgeWashington (81) 8 years ago

That is the best idea I've heard so far! Let's do it!!

[-] 1 points by scottpot (27) 8 years ago

Dynamite Idea .Use the Corporate Media.They have been insisting OWS have Demands. Make the # Demand -Time on the Public Airwaves to publicize a Boycott on Black Friday.

[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 8 years ago

the general strike in Europe begins on the Wednesday afterward

perhaps the boycot should continue until that date

[-] 1 points by mattboss (2) 8 years ago

Honestly, if people want to fix the inequities, you don't do so by sitting on the street complaining. Instead you educate yourself, create value for yourself and go into the companies for yourself. Then if you want you can take a pay cut after all that work and help correct inequities!

But I guarantee one thing, after all that hard work you don't want to support others who are unwilling to put in the same!

[-] 1 points by mattboss (2) 8 years ago

Honestly, if people want to fix the inequities, you don't do so by sitting on the street complaining. Instead you educate yourself, create value for yourself and go into the companies for yourself. Then if you want you can take a pay cut after all that work and help correct inequities!

But I guarantee one thing, after all that hard work you don't want to support others who are unwilling to put in the same!

[-] 1 points by sage2012 (30) from Hartselle, AL 8 years ago

dtzybroad.......... loved the line about crazy repubs biting off fingers...so sad,so true.

[-] 1 points by therising (6643) 8 years ago

The people united can never be defeated.

[-] 1 points by therising (6643) 8 years ago

Time for us to show corporations and the 1% just how powerful non-violence can be...

[-] 1 points by therising (6643) 8 years ago

Rise and shine...

[-] 1 points by therising (6643) 8 years ago

Humanity is rising

[-] 1 points by betsydoula (143) from Beverly Hills, FL 8 years ago

There is not doubt that we have to act and it has to affect the economy of the greedy folks. What better way than to bring the country to a screeching halt. They do it elsewhere. Why are we so afraid? How does the future look if we stay the course we are on now? Perhaps as the GA's in each state get more organized one state can do it and be a model for the nation. That may work.

[-] 1 points by nickm11 (27) 8 years ago

It's about time. IMHO, that's the only thing that will get through to these guys. I've been calling for a National Strike on my DailyKos page for over a year.

Good Luck, I'm in!!!

[-] 1 points by therising (6643) 8 years ago

Let's do this General Strike nationwide.

Let's also surround Goldman Sachs world headquarters on 11/11/11. It's only a 19 minute walk from Zuccotti Park.

Here's the link. http://www.occupywallst.org/forum/call-to-action-111111-goldman-sachs-has-engaged-in/

[-] 1 points by GypsyKing (8702) 8 years ago

This is an excellent Idea, and I think the time is ripe.

[-] 1 points by therising (6643) 8 years ago

I agree wholeheartedly

[-] 1 points by Space (79) 8 years ago

If there was a particular issue, or legislation, to strike for, I would consider it.

The 1% did not shoot the veteran for protesting. It was actually a member of a Union.

[-] 1 points by therising (6643) 8 years ago

Who gave the order?

[-] 1 points by therising (6643) 8 years ago

Rise and shine :)

[-] 1 points by therising (6643) 8 years ago

It's time to rise nonviolently and forcefully with tactics of world renowned revolutionary Gene Sharp.

[-] 1 points by Redmist (212) from Yazd, Yazd 8 years ago

It seems we already have most of the servers and cooks on strike in New York.

[-] 1 points by therising (6643) 8 years ago

Vigilance rather than revenge

[-] 1 points by therising (6643) 8 years ago

Nonviolence is the key

[-] 1 points by therising (6643) 8 years ago

Let's rise

[-] 1 points by trob888 (25) 8 years ago

I have to work that day

[-] 1 points by yasminec001 (584) 8 years ago

How about November the 5th? That's outrageously memorable.

[-] 1 points by therising (6643) 8 years ago

We would need a slogan to remember the date

[-] 0 points by foreverleft (233) 8 years ago

Hmmmm, that whole "Day without a Mexican" thing comes to mind. The protest is at a tender stage, we're battling perceptions that cast us in a bad light. To make a lot of noise about a terrifying nationwide strike and then have a resounding flop could be terminal.

[-] 0 points by Rob (881) 8 years ago

Rastafarians hate white people.

[-] 1 points by therising (6643) 8 years ago

Thanks!  There's another dollar for Occupy Oakland.  This is fun :) http://occupywallst.org/forum/we-have-monetized-trolldom-for-the-benefit-of-the-/#comment-223231

[-] 0 points by dtzybroad (2) from Philadelphia, PA 8 years ago

Who will pay for the roof i provide for my 80 something parents? I'm grateful to have a job during these times. I can't afford to risk it and lose a day's pay. There are too many unemployed people out there now. Its already a frightening sight. It doesn't need to bs enhanced with sights of revenge to business owners (many small) and therefore the working class. So lets NOT grind commerce to a halt. The 1% won't even feel it. I will; my mom and dad will feel it along with millions of Americans who live paycheck to paycheck. So, let's dial it back a bit. We should remain peaceful, cooperate with the police and remind them that we are happy to fight for them because they are the 99% too. We should set our sights on congress. Insted of enjoying a day off, we should use our precious weekends to occupy the capitol and supreme court. They have the power to change things. They need to know that we're fed up with their bullshit games. Please don't pumish (occupy) the White House. Our president compromises too much expecting good will in return. But the crazy republicans bite off a finger every time he extends a hand. We need to increase taxes on the rich. They refuse to even consider it. The republicans are the enemy! And the dems are not much better but they are the least of the evils. So lets drop the national "day off" idea and focus our attention on getting congress to hear our message.

[-] 0 points by MeMyselfandI (85) 8 years ago

Great idea. And anyone who works for me that decides to participate will find their desks emptied when they return the next day.

[-] 1 points by therising (6643) 8 years ago

That's odd. Why would you punish your employees for being good citizens and participating in our community? I own a sizable company with large number of employees and I'm giving them the day off that day to march on city hall or relax at home with their families (not kidding). If you really are an employer (which I highly doubt given your shitty attitude, and you really would fire an employee for participating in their community then you're not just an asshole, you're also not very bright. You should WANT good citizens working for you.

[-] 0 points by economicallydiscardedcitizen (761) 8 years ago

A VISION: Invite all workers earning less than $30K/the average self supporting income for their geographic area to Occupy on their LUNCH hour. Provide food, suggest they CONTINUE until DARK-what a helluva sight and EMPTYING of offices that would be demonstrating those whose pay is inadequate since most qualify for private or public assistance if they are single/sole breadwinners for their households.

[-] 0 points by anonymouse (154) 8 years ago

General strike called for by Occupy Oakland after veteran Scott Olsen's injury

from democracy now

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0vsqNbvhOk