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Forum Post: STRIKE!

Posted 2 years ago on Oct. 11, 2011, 6:59 p.m. EST by desipants (4) from Beverly Hills, CA
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So Occupy Wall Street has made an official list of demands, but now, to emphasize the urgency, we have to let everyone who questions the protests know how serious we really are. The time has come for us to strike, so corporate America can understand how much they really need the little people, the ones who consume in mass amounts, and provide them with their profits. All I'm asking is that for at least 3 days to a week we stop buying: anything from groceries to gas, and especially don't buy just to buy. In a time when people are losing their jobs, and the rate of unemployment is higher than its been in 20 years, it is absurd that prices are being raised for the basic things we need to survive. Then, maybe, will corporations lower prices, only when their pockets have been pinched! Please respond letting me know what you think, and if you would be willing to make this sacrifice for what you believe in. Spread the word too.

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[-] 1 points by Droid24JG (119) from New York, NY 2 years ago

The idea is to focus on the problems.
But how do you focus on Healthcare, Unemployment, etc without hurting the small guys.

[-] 1 points by atki4564 (1259) from Lake Placid, FL 2 years ago

Strikes only hurt employees with scabs who take their place on the other side of the world, and although I'm all in favor of taking down today's ineffective and inefficient Top 10% Management Group of Business & Government, there's only one way to do it – by fighting bankers as bankers ourselves. Consequently, I have posted a 1-page Summary of the Strategic Legal Policies, Organizational Operating Structures, and Tactical Investment Procedures necessary to do this at:

http://getsatisfaction.com/americanselect/topics/on_strategic_legal_policy_organizational_operational_structures_tactical_investment_procedures

Join

http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/StrategicInternationalSystems/

if you want to support a Presidential Candidate at AmericansElect.org in support of the above bank-focused platform.

[-] 1 points by Droid24JG (119) from New York, NY 2 years ago

Lets say you are exxon, and you sell no gas for 2 days.

[-] 1 points by PlasmaStorm (242) 2 years ago

Okay so let's say I own a business. Something completely and totally crazy. Let's say I sell flying frog toys. They cost $4.10 for me to manufacture. I sell them for $4.60 and make a 50-cent profit per toy.

You stop buying my product for three weeks.

I have to take a loan out just to keep my business afloat, because I am not willing to starve.

You stop your strike after three weeks. Guess what. I have to pay off the loan. And guess how I'm going to pay off the loan. That's right! I have to raise prices to something like $5.30 or even higher.

[-] 1 points by Droid24JG (119) from New York, NY 2 years ago

The american people will not support it.
I don't know why, but they will not.
How do you get everyone to make an effective statement?

[-] 1 points by Droid24JG (119) from New York, NY 2 years ago

The american people will not support it.
I don't know why, but they will not.
How do you get everyone to make an effective statement?

[-] 1 points by patriot4change (818) 2 years ago

An organized series of nation-wide strikes will be a GREAT statement. Pick a day to 1) withdraw your money from banks; or 2) boycott a business; or 3) send letters to Congress etc... Count me in!

[-] 1 points by ojosdelangel77 (33) from Fort Smith, AR 2 years ago

Count me in!

[-] 1 points by Cindy (197) 2 years ago

I'm in.

[-] 1 points by thesoulgotsoldontheroadtogold (148) 2 years ago

Don't stop buying, but buy from local and small businesses.

[-] 1 points by ojosdelangel77 (33) from Fort Smith, AR 2 years ago

My only local grocery store is a walmart. : ( Not fair

[-] 1 points by thesoulgotsoldontheroadtogold (148) 2 years ago

This is precisely why we need to buy local. One day there will be no more local businesses anywhere, only walmarts, and part-time employees of walmart.

[-] 1 points by Chromer (124) 2 years ago

This is what I have thought for a long time. Just stop buying anything that is non essential. I've decided that once I am out of debt I am going to drive the cars I have until the wheels fall off. No candy, pizza, coke, movies, clothes, coffee. Don't search the internet. Don't make that long distance call. The list is endless.

Don't stop paying your bills, but buy nothing unless it is absolutely necessary. But good luck getting something like this started.

Off course there will always be the die hard poster that will come back and say, "but this will do nothing but hurt the economy" Bullcrap! It can't get any worse and you might as well settle in for the long haul.

The jobs are not coming back and nothing will ever get done, until the wealthy start feeling it in their pocket books.

[-] 1 points by desipants (4) from Beverly Hills, CA 2 years ago

Great argument! If people actually believe that a strike will only hurt the economy, you're missing the point. The first and fundamental idea is that we need to make a statement and make it known that we will no longer passively let the rich steal from us, shielded by the corrupt government that has risen. It would be favorable, and even desirable, for the economy to get worse, much worse to the point where we have no choice but to dismantle everything we know and make real change! The greatest movements are those that start off with a radical proposal and go down in history! It's what we need!

[-] 1 points by Joe300 (30) from Wolcott, VT 2 years ago

Speaking of strike. Does anyone know why the unions in Wisconsin didn't strike after the union busting bill was passed illegally? Sorry to be off topic.

[-] 1 points by patriot4change (818) 2 years ago

I just saw a video on that. If you remember when the Air Traffic Controllers had their STRIKE... and they were all fired and replaced by Ronald Reagan. That's what they told the unions in Wisconsin... if you STRIKE "you will be fired and we will replace your jobs with someone else".