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GENERAL STRIKE: Oct 3rd - Oct 10th
05 Oct 2000
A week-long GENERAL STRIKE has been declared by rank-and-file workers,
teachers and students to protest the election fraud perpetrated by
the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD).
GENERAL STRIKE: Tuesday, October 3rd - Tuesday, October 10th

A week-long GENERAL STRIKE has been declared by rank-and-file workers,
teachers and students to protest the election fraud perpetrated by
the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD).

The corporate-funded and illegal CDP has continued to exclude popular,
non-Republicratic candidates from participating in America's "official"
presidential debates.

Numerous surveys of likely voters reveal a great deal of support exists for
the Green Party's Ralph Nader (60.9 percent) and Reform candidate Pat Buchanan
(58.7 percent) to be allowed to participate in the presidential debates.

As a result of "our government's" anti-democratic election process, the
October General Strike has been declared. Consequently, the US will go without the taxed but unrepresented labor of truck drivers,
electricians and electrical manufacturers, metal and plastic workers, tool and
die makers, sheet metal workers, warehouse workers, custodians, clerical
workers, instructors, researchers, students, scientists, librarians, day-care
workers and all citizens who understand that an ill-informed democracy is a

The General Strike will begin on Tuesday, October 3rd and continue for one
week until Tuesday, October 10th. - Globalize Democracy. - Run with Ralph. - Common Sense. - Yes! Positive Futures. - Independent Media Center. - What is Money? - Global Currency for the 21st Century. - The Power of Light. - Share Your Mind.
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Great... Such Angry Impotence
05 Oct 2000
You cannot just declare a general strike on a web site and expect it to happen. It's an advanced tactic, and we're not ready yet. Each time you declare a general strike you cannot make happen, you weaken the effectiveness of the tactic. (Same goes for boycotts, for you slashdot posters.)

We need to organize so we can actually have the economic strength. Most of us aren't even organized enough to ask for better working conditions. That has to come first.

It's easy to talk about weilding economic power. Let's get to work in getting it.
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A voice of reason
05 Oct 2000
Glad to see a sensible response from the IWW, and just wanted to second the thought myself. There are many of us working in unions to rebuild the kind of strength necessary just to win on workplace issues, let alone a general strike. A general strike is not a game, or a slogan, or to be at all taken as lightly as the original poster seems to believe it can be. It will take great time and effort to build the kind of strength necessary in the labor movement to even threaten a general strike.

And out of respect for those of us doing this work, please refrain from calling frivolous "general strikes"-- it weakens any possibility of such actions in the future (don't you remember the childrens' story about the little worker who always cried general strike and was dismembered by capitalists?). There aren't even any labor sites linked to this call, which might help the credibility along somewhat.

I wish workers were ready for such an action. Unfortunately, we don't even have what could fairly be called a labor "movement" anymore. Congrats to those who put the spotlight on the farce of American "democracy" in Boston, and let's keep organizing for real change! Maybe someday, a call for a general strike won't be so laughable.