Lee Camp give a nice precursor to the May 1st Day of Action/General Strike called by Occupy movements around the world. While it is illegal for unions to call for a general strike it is not for individual citizens such as those involved in Occupy. Here in Chicago they plan to have a joint labor and immigrant march and rally to celebrate the working class.
This May Day will mark a historic coming together of Chicago’s working class in the face of the austerity measures imposed by Mayor Emmanuel. Our communities are struggling against anti-immigrant attacks, detention and deportation; union busting and cuts to workers’ wages and benefits; cuts to public services including education, health care, and transportation; and racist violence, police brutality, and mass incarceration. Propelled by the Occupy Movement, increased labor militancy, and strong community organizations, leaders have stepped up all across Chicago to demand the city we deserve. On May 1, we will march in solidarity, documented and undocumented, students and workers, from all the neighborhoods of Chicago around the following demands:
* Stop the Attacks on Workers and Unions!
* No Cuts, No Austerity, and Tax the 1%!
* Jobs for All and No to E-verify
* End Deportations, End Racism, and End the New Jim Crow.
The only question is how many will show up. How many will join in cities around the United States and decide not to work in a protest against the global one percent?
Working Americans have a lot to be angry with. Some blame the economic problems on the former President. Others blame the current guy in office. While Occupy blames the global one percent. These are the people tossing around money in order to make more of it. They back politicians who write the rules and expect to get their money back a thousand-fold. Of course they don’t get a briefcase back from the very politician they supported. No, it happens through tax loopholes for their businesses, a decrease the in tax rate for investments, the weakening of regulations that allow them to cut corners, and more.
This is the real problem in our society. Camp and others believe we need to show our strength by refusing to shop or go to work. Call in sick, take a personal day if you have one and do not go to the store. Imagine hundreds of thousands of people on the streets of Chicago, New York, San Francisco, D.C., Seattle… It would mean millions across the nation. Millions more around the world. How much of a dent would that make on the pocketbooks of Wall Street Fat Cats? Enough for them to pay attention and to know that the movement is not stopping.
It leads to more questions but those will have to wait. Will you be there?
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