At one of most well-attended recent Decolonize/ Occupy Seattle general assemblies, the following proposal passed 102-10:
Occupy Seattle stands in solidarity with and endorses the call for a general strike –A day without the 99%! On May Day, wherever you are, we are calling for: *No Work *No School *No Housework *No Shopping *No Banking–TAKE THE STREETS!
Already, participants in the movement are creating and distributing posters and flyers…. we’ve even noticed some May Day graffiti up around the city. Here is one website with some posters for the Seattle action. Here is the website for national coordination of Occupy activities on May Day.
This is bigger than just Occupy Seattle. There will be a community planning meeting March 10th, 5-8 PM, at the WA State Convention Center in downtown Seattle. Come join us for an open discussion so that we can brainstorm and create dialog about how everyone can work together to make this happen.
There will be art activities and some volunteers to help take care of children.
Please invite your friends on facebook
Some of us in BOC have reservations about whether or not this will materialize as a General Strike, but we are still helping build it. Regardless of whether we shut down the city or not, the May Day action has the potential to be a powerful moment uniting unionized and nonunionized workers, employed and unemployed folks, building on the energy of the Dec. 12th port shutdown in ways that can’t be contained by the mainstream political parties. There has been an unprecedented global strike wave since 2007 and it’s about time that those of us here in the U.S. start to participate in solidarity.
Black Orchid folks plan to pass out May Day flyers regularly in working class communities leading up to the strike. We will post our flyers here as soon as we finish producing them. In the meantime, we are helping distribute the posters linked above.