Circulating the Internet were rumors of a nationwide strike which have now been confirmed. There was a consensus among the General Assembly with an overwhelming majority supporting a strike right at the heart of the 1%.
Occupy Oakland refuses to forfeit their right to protest even after the extreme violence propagated by the police. Scott Olsen, a U.S. Veteran fought for our country during two tours of duty in Iraq only to be shot in the face by Oakland police during a protest. Instead of backing down, they’re moving forward in solidarity to take back this country from the 1% by demonstrating that the middle class is ‘too big to fail.’
From our reporter at #occupyoakland General Assembly just now MT @timmcdonnell: General strike passes with 1184 votes of approval
Occupiers plan to shut down the 1% on November 2nd. In addition, they are calling for students to walk out of school while banks are encouraged to shut down for the day or wait for an inevitable march to their doorstep.
Support for a strike shouldn’t be lacking after the police crackdown which basically made the Occupiers case for them, and attempts at censoring the news only unnerved the American public. If this nationwide strike is successful it will be the first strike of this magnitude since the coordinated steel and railroad strikes of 1946.
“We as fellow occupiers of Oscar Grant Plaza propose that on Wednesday November 2, 2011, we liberate Oakland and shut down the 1%.
We propose a city wide general strike and we propose we invite all students to walk out of school. Instead of workers going to work and students going to school, the people will converge on downtown Oakland to shut down the city.
All banks and corporations should close down for the day or we will march on them.
While we are calling for a general strike, we are also calling for much more. People who organize out of their neighborhoods, schools, community organizations, affinity groups, workplaces and families are encouraged to self organize in a way that allows them to participate in shutting down the city in whatever manner they are comfortable with and capable of.
The whole world is watching Oakland. Let’s show them what is possible.
Fox News propagandist advocators will consistently echo a talking point, “Jobless people taking a day off, Wow.” We are not all jobless even though hyper-vocal alarmists would certainly revel in that thought. In fact, there is an astounding amount of support for the Occupy movement in America. A new poll results in approval of Congress dropping dramatically into the single digits while the public thinks the sentiment at the root of the Occupy movement generally reflects the views of most Americans.
The number of Americans showing interest in the Occupy Movement has increased significantly in a very short time:
By 43% to 30%, they support its goals. Even among those with incomes above $100,000, more say they support the movement’s goals than oppose them.
Income inequality has increased over the past several years and is at its highest level since the Great Depression. This Along with public worry over the calamitous economy with no light at the end of the tunnel, except for the protesters championing the cause for the middle class concludes that change has been lacking. Americans find neutral ground with the movement highlighting income inequality and the prevalent greed that’s become all too common with big banks.
Legislation repealing the Glass-Steagall Act allowed banks to merge with insurance companies and investment houses, prompting risky behavior, trading and extortion. Banks became ‘too big to fail’, now the public is awakening in light of calls for less regulation which prompted the risky behavior made arrogantly by Big banks.
November will be an enlightening month. The proposed strike on the 2nd and on the 5th is a wake up call specifically to big banks by removing all of our funds then promptly depositing them into credit unions. Do not falter; do not put this off, transfer your funds on or before the 5th if you choose to send a message to the big banks that arrogantly dangled our economy off of a cliff in order to be bailed out. We the People are too big to fail.
These actions will serve notice to the 1%.
This is somewhat off topic but FYI: IVAW has also called for vigils for Scott tonight at local Occupy sites at 7 p.m. local time. You can find out if the Occupy near you is participating by going to http://www.occupytogether.org/. Or, just head down to your local occupation to stand in solidarity with IVAW and Scott this evening.
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