MayDay Discussion

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MayDay 2012 –┬áNo Work, No School, No Housework, No Shopping, No Banking! TAKE THE STREETS!

Direct Action & its allies coordinating events for MayDay 2012 would like to spend 1-hour at each Saturday General Assembly leading up to May 1st discussing MayDay.

Topics can include..

the history and legacy of MayDay,

the role of labor, immigrants, students, etc in MayDay,

possible actions and events for the day

Outreach and base-building.

4 Responses to “MayDay Discussion”

  1. DirekConek (aka Dallas)

    Again… why Sat. GA? Why not a separate discussion on Sunday evening?

  2. Marat Roux

    no work, what about essential workers, abluences, hospitals, and other care… one must also think of the elderly and disabled, those dependent on ‘the system’ (or government/private) apparatuses necessary for their lives… now we are for a general strike, but the most successful strikes are those of key industries… this take specific planning and then runs into the problem of AlF-CIO as such, does OWS recognize AFL-CIO as legitimate? we cannot make your meeting but are highly interested in this movement… we will be educating ourselves more, as not to ask too many questions that are addressed else where, but you will forgive us if we do not have infinite time to read all there is to read

  3. Richard Greeman

    We of OWS must not impose our ‘strike’ from above, but rather unite with the masses Latino workers, many of them the children of political refugees from Latin America, for whom May First, International Workers’ Day, has real meaning. In 2006, May 1 was chosen by mostly Latino immigrant groups in the United States as the day for the Great American Boycott, a general strike of illegal immigrant workers and supporters to protest H.R. 4437, immigration reform legislation which they felt was draconian. From April 10 to May 1 of that year, millions of immigrant families in the U.S. called for immigrant rights, workers rights and amnesty for undocumented workers. This was an amazing outpouring by a group considered ‘unorganized. These surprising mass movements, organized through Hispanic radio stations, were soon forgotten, although according to Wikipedia ‘They were joined by socialist and other leftist organizations on May 1’.

    Other recent Mayday events. On May 1, 2007, a mostly peaceful demonstration in Los Angeles in support of illegal immigrant workers ended with a widely televised dispersal by police officers. In March 2008, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union announced that dockworkers will move no cargo at any West Coast ports on May 1, 2008, as a protest against the continuation of the Iraq War and the diversion of resources from domestic needs.