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Occupy

"If you want a General Strike organize your co-workers" An Interview with Joe Burns, author of Reviving the Strike

An Interview with Joe Burns, author of Reviving the Strike at Lawrence, Mass. Bread and Roses Centennial, April 28th, 2012

by Camilo Viveiros
Original interview: Activism2Organizing.org

Introduction

Many in the Occupy movement have called for a general strike on May 1st but most Occupy activists aren’t involved in labor organizations or organized in their workplaces. While General Assemblies may be somewhat effective institutions at reaching the agreement of assorted activists around future direct actions, workplace stoppages require the large scale participation of workers in decision-making structures. The interview below gives some organizing advice for those who have called the general strike. I hope that this interview will inspire Occupy activists to consider the difficult work ahead that is needed to build democracy in the workplace. We are the 99%!

Freedom / Libertad #7


Inside
Miami Builds Power for May 1st
The 1886 General Strike
General Strike Shuts Down the Port of Oaklnad

En este número
Miami Construye el Poder para el 1 de Mayo
La Huelga General de 1886
La Huelga General Cierra el Puerto de Oakland

Things to Remember


Illustration by Kevin 'Rashid' Johnson

The high independence of the rich only reveals the immeasurable distance between us. The blessings in which they this day rejoice are not enjoyed, in common. The rich's inheritance of justice, liberty, prosperity, and independence: it's only shared in the rich society and not in the oppressed society.

The sunlight that has brought life and healing to the capitalists has brought to us stripes of pain and death. The Fourth of July belongs to them, and not to us. They may rejoice and we must mourn, because this day only reveals to us the gross injustice and cruelty to which we're the constant victim: the racist capitalist society.

Which Way Forward for the 99%?

Build Power & Show Power Through Mass Participatory Bold Action

There have been a wave of repressive attacks on, and evictions of, various Occupy camp sites throughout the country including where the movement started in Zucotti (Liberty) Park. But even before the evictions and repression escalated to the current levels, questions were being asked: what’s the way forward for the movement? Already there have been glimpses of organizing and action that are leading the way and shining a light for the rest of us to follow: the Oakland General Strike, Occupy Foreclosures, and other actions. These actions show that, fundamentally, all of the strategic questions revolve around the question of power. The power of the 99% vs. the power of the 1%.

The Oakland General Strike, The Days Before, The Days After

From: Autonomous Struggle of the Glittertariat

What follows is my personal account of the events that led up to the Oakland General Strike of the 2nd of November, 2011. This takes the form of much personal narrative mixed with analysis, while I'm still analyzing and thinking through the events, and while the longer term effects are unknown, to get these experiences in writing while they are still fresh. I apologize in advance for any rambling or roughness in the narrative.

To the Occupy Movement

We are so inspired to be part of this new movement of people, struggling on behalf of the 99% against a system that allows corporations to run the world. We are thrilled about the wide use of direct democracy and popular assemblies, the participation of unions and community groups, and the honest efforts to include the voices of the most oppressed. We consider these the basic building blocks of a healthy society based on freedom and equality – which is what we're fighting for.

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