Spring is coming – US Occupy call for a General Strike on May 1

Posted by Niel – O.T.R.O on 02/01/2012 in 15M Global StrikeCall outNews

What is #M1GS?

In most European countries, May 1st is traditionally a ‘Workers’ day – a day of Labor Solidarity, and a public holiday. In Los Angeles, it’s a day to celebrate and march in support of im/migrant rights. In protest against the corruption of the worldwide marketplace, which has led to illegal foreclosures, mass unemployment, low wages, high taxes and a penalization of all those who do not own the ‘1%’ of the world’s resources, and in solidarity with the im/migrant movements of May 1st, OLA decided to declare May 1st, 2012 a People’s General Strike. Instead of calling upon unionized Labor to make a specific demand (illegal under Taft-Hartley), OLA is calling upon the people of Los Angeles and the United States of America to take this day away from school and the workplace, so that their absence makes their displeasure with this corrupt system be known.

On December 19th, 2011, Occupy Los Angeles General Assembly consented upon the following statement:

“Occupy LA supports in principle a General Strike on May 1, 2012, for migrant rights, jobs for all, a moratorium on foreclosures, and peace – and to recognize housing, education and health care as human rights, and calls for the building of a broad coalition to make that a reality.”

Occupations across the world have made similar calls for a General Strike, or day of economic disruption, in direct response to Occupy Los Angeles, or through a synchronicity of thought, a buzzing hive mind that feels the need to express solidarity with movements and people throughout the world who honor May Day and see this years expression of that as our next major step.

Occupy Wall Street |  Occupy Williamsburg  |  Occupy Portland  |  Occupy Seattle  |  Occupy Miami  |  Occupy Long Beach  |  Occupy Riverside  |  Occupy Los Angeles  |  Occupy Seattle  |  Occupy Oakland  |  Occupy Brooklyn  |  Occupy Chicago  |  Occupy El Paso  |  Occupy Boston  |  Occupy Pensacola  |  and more…


How can I participate?

If you are part of unionized labor, and your contract is up for negotiation, you can officially strike on May 1st. If you are not – call in sick. Take a holiday. Don’t show up to school. March with us, or join in one of the many events that will be taking place on May 1st, either in the day or in the evening. Block parties, rallies, protests, marches, family BBQ’s – this is a day when we take a stand against the way the system has enslaved us and burdened us with unmanageable debt, incredibly long working weeks, unfeasibly expensive healthcare — by taking a day for ourselves, being human again, spending time with our families and friends. Our bosses dictate everything to us — but not our holiday. The holiday of the working class, the 99%.

If you can’t participate on #M1GS, you can contribute in other ways. Spread the word. Poster your neighborhood. Help form Strike Committees in the workplace. Agitate. Tweet. Like. Donate here (Occupy Los Angeles) to help us get the word out, for logistics — and for TENTS.









4 thoughts on “Spring is coming – US Occupy call for a General Strike on May 1

  1. Orsan:
    How could I possibly disagree with this brilliant proposal! It could bring together unionised labour, the Occupy Movement, and other Indignants, those favouring Real Democracy, etc.
    I included such a notion in my Global Labour Charter Project, first launched in 2006 (http://www.globallabour.info/en/2007/05/a_global_labour_charter_moveme.html).
    Whilst American workers might have to circumvent vicious (anti-)labour laws, the same does not apply in much of the world, where May 1 is recognised as International Workers’ Day. The internationalisation of this initiative would represent a dramatic step forward, and a reaching out to society by unions often fixated on a particular industry, the economy or ‘politics’ (meaning wheeling and dealing with political parties and the state).
    I will be back in the Netherlands only around April 1. So I am hoping you might be able to get the idea launched, with appropriate signatures, before then. On my return we should meet up and see if we could get this off the ground in this usually placid country.

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  3. Hi Peter, Below is the facebook page of May Day Strike spreading in the US now and hopefully will be linked to 12M global mobilisation and 15M Global Transition Strike so May 2012 will turn into a Global Spring. I add the other links as well:

    MAy DAy Strike http://www.facebook.com/events/337068492974144/
    Actions and Alternatives working group #1M#12M#15M: http://www.facebook.com/groups/216573315106098/
    12M World Revolution: http://www.facebook.com/12.MWorldrEvolution
    15M Global Transition Strike: http://www.facebook.com/events/325702037458799/

    All Global Platforms

    1. TTS Take The Square International
    – English Language Global Mailing-List: http://lists.takethesquare.net/mailman/listinfo/squares (all welcome)
    – TTS Global English Language Virtual Meeting ( chat room ) EVERY FRIDAY EVENING 6pm UK time at

    2. Occupii Round Table
    – Ning Social Network and Public Face Site http://www.occupii.org
    – English Language Weekly Voice Based (Mumble) Round Table Meetings Every Thursday 7pm UK time
    Meeting Info: http://occupii.org/events/occupy-internet-round-table
    Mumble Download Info: http://occupii.org/page/tech-mumble

    3. Interoccupy

    – Main Site: http://interoccupy.org
    – Upcoming Calls’ Calendar: http://interoccupy.org/calendar/
    – Sign up for announcements: info@interoccupy.org
    Also: https://groups.google.com/group/occupyusa?hl=en

    And about weekly US-wide co-ordination webinars contact voiceoftheoccupation@gmail.com

    4. Public Assemblies-Only Posting – New Email List
    A simple new list to provide noise-free info from assemblies worldwide. Anyone can subscribe and observe but only assemblies can post here. Full info in English, Spanish and French at: http://www.peoplesassemblies.org/2011/11/eng-esp-fr-important-new-assembly-email-platform/

    Post at: assemblies@lists.takethesquare.net
    Subscribe at https://lists.takethesquare.net/mailman/listinfo/assemblies

    5. PAN People’s Assemblies Network

    Subscribe at: https://groups.google.com/group/peoplesassemblies?hl=en

    6. DRY International
    DRY “Democracia Real Ya!” / Real Democracy Now! International Group
    – Facebook Work Group at http://www.facebook.com/groups/international.15m/
    – Virtual weekly meetings on an irregular basis ( Voice Based ) 6pm UK time on Mumble 15M Server (instructions and download the program here: http://mumble.noc4net.com/ )

    7. General Assemblies
    – Regular US based Mumble Meetings with a view to creating international platform. Contact Jay for more info at ga@wc.tc

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