May Day General Strike
Occupy Los Angeles, Occupy Long Beach, Occupy Riverside and Occupy the Hood, building on the "Occupy the Ports - A Day without Goldman Sachs!" action on December 12, have all issued calls for and started building towards a General Strike on May 1, 2012.
At a meeting of the General Strike Preparation Committee of Occupy LA today, with representation from Occupy Long Beach, Pasadena and Riverside as well as Occupy the Hood, consensus was reached to call for the formation of a broad, deep and larger coalition for a General Strike, first meeting to be held on Sunday, January 22 at 2:00 PM, location to be announced, around the following provisional program:
FOR IM/MIGRANT RIGHTS
FOR ECONOMIC, SOCIAL, AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE AND LABOR RIGHTS
FOR PEACE WITH JUSTICE
FOR CIVIL LIBERTIES AND AN END TO THE POLICE STATE
FOR HOUSING, EDUCATION, AND HEALTH CARE AS HUMAN RIGHTS
FOR WOMEN'S RIGHTS AND GENDER EQUITY
A General Strike, Boycott and Day of Action on May 1, 2012, the anniversary of the historic general strike for the 8-hour day in Chicago IL in 1886.
We are seeking to unite with immigrant communities resisting oppression, organized and unorganized labor, the unemployed, prisoners, unwaged workers, students, and the rest of the 99%.
The next sub-committee meetings of the Occupy LA general strike preparation committee (including media, labor, student and community outreach, research and resources) will take place Tuesday, January 10 at 7:30 PM at Corazon del Pueblo, 2003 E. First St., East L.A. 90033 (at Cummings, just east of the I-5). Check us out on-line at www.occupymay1st.org, by email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 323-250-MAY1.
Rolling actions are being planned for the coming months, including participation in the Martin Luther King Day parade on Monday, January 16, and an "Occupy the Corporations" action on February 29 [based on a call from Occupy Portland focusing on ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council, which spread prison privatization, Arizona's anti-immigrant SB 1070, and attacks on collective bargaining)] which will take up an action by Occupy Riverside and Warehouse Workers United aimed at non-union warehouses of Walmart in the Inland Empire area.
We invite you to get involved and make this struggle and manifestation of the collective power of working people your own!
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