May 1st: General assemblies of workers! [ENG-ESP-ITA-POR-GER-FRA]

1st of May:  General assemblies of workers!

The 1st of May is International Workers’ Day.  In many of the world’s cities millions of us will gather to demonstrate in defence of our rights.

For thirty years now, the deconstruction of the welfare state has been underway. Each successive government has worked hand in glove with the financial markets, submitted to their will – and likewise bent us to their will.

We are subjected to growing inequality, to the fear of dismissal, to the policy of maximising profits, to stress. We are egged on to compete against each other and instructed to tighten our belts. Workforces are reduced, work loses its meaning, production is offshored, jobs become more and more insecure, unemployment becomes the norm.

Each day more people’s livelihoods become insecure, more workers are tormented by their jobs and occasionally even succumb to them.

Our freedoms and rights are progressively encroached on, including the most crucial one:  that of deciding collectively how we shall live.  We no longer live in democratic societies.

This predicament arises in many different countries.

Confronted by such a challenge, social movements and citizens’ initiatives have arisen and grown in various parts of the world.

Citizens have gathered to organise themselves and rekindle hope.  During the last few months several general strikes have broken out in Europe.

International networks today summon the population to a worldwide day of protest on 15 May. They likewise call on the people to gather on 1 May in general workers’ assemblies. The same day a general strike will take place in the United States.

Organise yourselves as part of this worldwide mobilisation!

Let us draw on our strength, namely that of being the majority that organises itself and mobilises.  Victory is won on the streets!


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Why And How To Strike On May Day | #OWS


Why are we striking? Why should you strike? And, what do we mean by General Strike?

We are striking to halt the flow of capital, reclaim a tool of resistance, and unify movements against exploitation, repression, and corruption. You should join the movement and strike because: everyone else will be doing it and it’ll be fun and empowering. But more importantly, join because you’ve experienced exploitation, repression, and corruption, and you are aware of their impact around you. Join if you are forced to work and consume; if you want to have a choice for an alternative.

By general strike, we mean everyone from all walks of life halting their role in producing, consuming, and participating within the current system. We invite the precarious workers, unemployed, undocumented, students, and everyone to join.

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May Day Directory: Occupy General Strike In Over 115 Cities | #OWS

Posted 0 minutes ago on April 21, 2012, 9:01 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt

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While American corporate media has focused on yet another stale election between Wall Street-financed candidates, Occupy has been organizing something extraordinary: the first truly nationwide General Strike in U.S. history. Building on the international celebration of May Day, past General Strikes in U.S. cities like Seattle and Oakland, the recent May 1st Day Without An Immigrant demonstrations, the national general strikes in Spain this year, and the on-going student strike in Quebec, the Occupy Movement has called for A Day Without the 99% on May 1st, 2012. This in and of itself is a tremendous victory. For the first time, workers, students, immigrants, and the unemployed from over 115 U.S. cities will stand together for economic justice.

See below the cut for what we believe to be the most comprehensive list of cities where Occupy May Day events are being planned, as well as other resources.  Continue reading