As a visiting Occupier from Occupy Los Angeles put it to the Occupy Oakland General Assembly yesterday:
We have a lot of time to shut down the whole world.
And so they do. When you can organize the November 2nd Oakland General Strike in less than a week, and a West Coast Port Shutdown in less than a month, three months is an eternity, even to shut down the world.
Occupy Oakland's General Assembly last night voted unanimously, 200-0 (with hundreds still in jail from Saturday night), to join in support of a call for a General Strike originating with Occupy Los Angeles. It will take place on International Workers' Day, May 1st, 2012.
International Workers' Day (also known as May Day) is a celebration of the international labour movement and left-wing movements. It commonly sees organized street demonstrations and marches by working people and their labour unions throughout most of the world. May 1 is a national holiday in more than 80 countries. It is also celebrated unofficially in many other countries...
International Workers' Day is the commemoration of the 1886 Haymarket Massacre in Chicago, when, after an unknown person threw a dynamite bomb at police as they dispersed a public meeting, Chicago police fired on workers during a general strike for the eight hour workday, killing several demonstrators and resulting in the deaths of several police officers, largely from friendly fire...
Right-wing governments have traditionally sought to repress the message behind International Workers' Day, with fascist governments in Portugal, Italy, Germany and Spain abolishing the workers' holiday, and the Conservative party in the UK currently attempting to abolish the UK's annual May Day Bank Holiday.
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The resolution, as passed by the Occupy Oakland General Assembly, reads, in part:
On May Day 2012, Occupy Oakland will join with people from all walks of life in all parts of the world around the world in a global general strike to shut down the global circulation of capital that every day serves to enrich the ruling classes and impoverish the rest of us.
And it ends with
"Strike! Blockade! Occupy!"
Never let it be said that Occupy thinks small.