Call to Action
May Day 2012: Occupy Wall Street stands in solidarity with the calls for a day without the 99%, general strike, and more!
On this day wherever you are:
TAKE THE STREETS!
The structure adopted by the May Day subgroup of Direct Action consists of two parallel cluster groups. It allows folks to focus on inreach/outreach (taking names) and specialized, tactic-oriented work (kicking ass) simultaneously. The intended goals behind this structure is to ensure that (1) the large deal of outreach necessary would be achieved through coordinated, strategic efforts, (2) organizers may focus on specific work but still remain connected with all other areas of work, (3) those brought in through outreach have tangible work to get involved in, and (4) the networks we build, resources we accumulate, and process we use is documented and utilized long after May 1, 2012.
|Tactical (Kicking Ass)
||Outreach (Taking Names)
- communications, databasing, institutional memory, translation
- build up, day of, occupation
- student strike, consumer boycott, gender strike
- internet, social media, media creation, press
- Mutual Aid
- entertainment, comfort, food, medical, transportation
- literature, trainings, canvassing, legal, may day history
- Community Leaders/Organizations
- Labor Unions
- Non-Unionized Labor
There are two weekly meetings that coordinate taking names and kicking ass. Each meeting has a group discussion on a collectively built agenda and 30 minutes to an hour of cluster breakout groups followed by spokes-style report backs.
Saturdays @ 1PM [Judson Church] & Wednesday @ 6:30PM [rotating]
NY May 1st Coalition
Laundry Workers Center
Call to Action
Against the backdrop of a global uprising that is simmering in dozens of countries and thousands of cities and towns, the G8 and NATO will hold a rare simultaneous summit in Chicago this May. The world’s military and political elites, heads of state, 7,500 officials from 80 nations, and more than 2,500 journalists will be there.
And so will we.
On May 1, 50,000 people from all over the world will flock to Chicago, set up tents, kitchens, peaceful barricades and #OCCUPYCHICAGO for a month. With a bit of luck, we’ll pull off the biggest multinational occupation of a summit meeting the world has ever seen.
• There is an Occupy Chicago "voting" general assembly every Mon Wed Fri, Sat. and non-voting GAs are on Tues Thurs and Sun at 500 W Cermak Road, Chicago IL 60616
• February 6, 2012 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm - there will be a planning meeting: http://occupychi.org/education/event/peoples-summit-working-group-rescheduled
• February 9, 2012 at 6pm, Multi Kulti (1000 N Milwaukee): http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=275734042487788&id=247392905334387
• March 15 - 18 there will be a Occupy the Midwest Regional Conference: http://www.facebook.com/events/264828373580309/
Occupy General Strike
#OCCUPYCHICAGO May 1
These are some texts that are useful for discussion and further understanding of May Day historically and theoretically:
Marxists.org May Day Resources (lots!)
The 1930's: Turning Point for U.S. Labor
The Incomplete, True, Authentic and Wonderful History of May Day
Paul Avrich, The Haymarket Tragedy
Philip S. Foner, May Day: A Short History of the International Workers' Holiday, 1886-1986
Philip S. Foner, The Great Labor Uprising of 1877
Donna T. Haverty-Stacke, America's Forgotten Holiday: May Day and Nationalism, 1867-1960
Philip Nicholson, Labor's Story in the United States (Chapter 4 - The Heroic Age of Labor, 1865-1893)
These are some texts that are useful for discussion and further understanding of strikes historically and theoretically:
Marxists.org General Strike Resources (scroll down)
Sharon Smith, Subterranean Fire (The 1919 Seattle General Strike [pgs 89 -91]; The Tide Begins to Turn [pgs 107 - 111])
Howard Zinn, People's History of the United States (Chapter 15 - Self Help in Hard Times)
Farrell Dobbs, Teamster Rebellion (Chapter 6 - Organizing the Strike)
Jeremy Brecher, Strike! (Chapter 4 - Nineteen Nineteen [pgs 121 - 128] are on the Seattle General Strike; Chapter 5 - Depression Decade)
Rosa Luxemburg, The Mass Strike
Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South(a novel of the Chartist Movement)
W.E.B DuBois, The General Strike
Georges Sorel, Reflections on Violence (Chaper 5 - The Political General Strike)
Gandhi-Tagore letters on Non-Cooperation
Tillie Olsen, Tell me a Riddle (a novel of the 1905 General Strike of the Russian Empire)
Joe Burns, Reviving the Strike: How Working People Can Regain Power and Transform America
Kristin Ross, May '68 and Its Afterlives
Howard Zinn and Robin DG Kelley, Three Strikes