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Commentary :: Globalization : Human Rights : International : Labor : Organizing : Politics : Race
May 1 General Strike / 1 de Mayo Paro General
12 Apr 2006
not a news item--a discussion thread about what's called and what's planned for May Day
So can anyone fill the rest of us in on what the deal is for May Day? Is there a serious call for stoppage in Boston? Is there an endorser list forming? Will there be a rally?

And what's going on in LA as far as who's behind the groups originating these calls?

Please IGNORE trolls.

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Re: May 1 General Strike / 1 de Mayo Paro General
12 Apr 2006
may day. may day.
Re: May 1 General Strike / 1 de Mayo Paro General
12 Apr 2006
May 1, 2006: Call to Action!

"El Gran Paro Americano 2006" "The Great American Boycott 2006"

"Un dia sin immigrante" "A day without an immigrant"

Nationwide Immigrant General Strike

On May 1, we are calling No Work, No School, No Sales, and No Buying, and also to have rallies around symbols of economic trade in your areas (stock exchanges, anti-immigrant corporations, etc.) to protest the anti-immigrant movements across the country.

On May 1, we will wear "white" T-Shirts and/or white arm bands, we can paint and write our political demands (and creative arts) on the T-shirts, go to rally, protest, strike, vigil, work or school--we will have an ocean of white T-shirts with our political demands from east coast to west coast, at the street, work place, school, bus station & store... and our voice will be LOUD AND CLEAR AND CANNOT BE SILENT EVER!

We will settle for nothing less than full amnesty and dignity for the millions of undocumented workers presently in the U.S. We believe that increased enforcement is a step in the wrong direction and will only serve to facilitate more tragedies along the Mexican-U.S. border in terms of deaths and family separation.

Our Call

Immigrants contribute 7 billion in social security per year. They earn 240 billion, report 90 billion, and only are reimbursed 5 billion, "where are the 85 billion?" They also contribute to the U.S. economy 25 billion more than they receive in healthcare, etc., etc., etc. According to the anti-immigrant politicians and hatemongers, "immigrants are a drain on society." If this is true, then during the day on May 1st the stock market will surge, and the economy will boom. If not, we prove them wrong once and for all. We know what will happen!

The points of unity are: No Work, No School, No Sales, and No Buying, and also to have rallies around symbols of economic trade in your areas (stock exchanges, anti-immigrant corporations, etc.).

Cities across the United States have marched during the week, therefore, in essence observing a regional boycott, which is only felt regionally. The March 25th Coalition against HR4437, calls for these regions to develop a national network that will "connect the dots." We believe with numbers we have power, the power currently necessary to keep the pressure on the White House to propose provisions that are just and fair for all immigrants.

We will settle for nothing less than full amnesty and dignity for the millions of undocumented workers presently in the U.S. We believe that increased enforcement is a step in the wrong direction and will only serve to facilitate more tragedies along the Mexican-U.S. border in terms of deaths and family separation.

Write to granmarcha2006 (at) hotmail.com

Please organize your areas, and join this monumental event that will put our mark on U.S. history.

Endorsers (list in formation):

Action Center For Justice
Action LA Coalition
African American Holiday Association
Aliados Hispanos
All Peoples Congress
Almighty Latin Kings & Queens Nation
Anti-Racist Action-LA/People Against Racist Terror
Axis of Justice
BAMN
Berkeley May 1st Mobilization Committee
BlueLatinos
Brazilian Immigrant Center
Call To Action
Capital Terminus Collective
Church of Stop Shopping
Coalition of United Students
Communist Party, USA
DRUM- Desis Rising Up & Moving
East Bay Sanctuary Covenant
ENLACE Comunitario
Federation des Femmes du Quebec
Familias Unidas: Centro Latino de Recursos
Family Rescue
Federacion Baja California
Federacion de Clubes de Aguascalientes
Federacion Yucateca de California
Fellowship of Reconciliation
Feminism Without Borders
Fight Imperialism Stand Together
Forrest Hill Green Party
Four Women, Inc.
Freedom Socialist Party
Frente Indigena de Organizaciones Binacionales
GROW - Grass Roots Organizing Works
Harlem Tenants Council
Hermandad Mexicana
Hispano America Immigration
Hitec Aztec Communications
Idaho Progressive Student Alliance
Immigrant Students in Action
Industrial Workers of the World
Iniciativa Mexicana Contra la Guerra
International Action Center
International Socialist Organization
Jersey City Peace Movement
Justicia for Migrant Farm Workers
Kanadian Posi Kidz
La Causa Amherst College
La Collectiva del Troqueros del Puerto
La Voz Hispana of Virginia
Labor/Community Strategy Center
Latin American Defense Organization
Latin American Student Organization
Latinoamericanos Unidos de California
LatinoTop10
March 25 Coalition
May Day Boston
MEChA de USC
Mexican National Liberation Movement
Mexican Political Association
Migrant Head Start
National Immigrant Solidarity Network
New York City May 1 Coalition
New York Solidarity Coalition With Katrina/Rita Supporters
North Star Fund
Peace & Freedom Party of Orange County
Peace No War Education Network
Pittsburgh Friends of Immigrants for Immigrants' Rights
Prisoners Defense Committee
Progressive Alliance
Progressive Democrats
Project Islamic HOPE
Puerto Rican Alliance Of Los Angeles
Queers For Peace And Justice
Revolutionary Workers Party of Argentina
Rio Grande Valley Students United
Santa Barbara Food Not Bombs
Sexual Minorities Archives
Speak Out - Institute for Democratic Education and Culture
The Real America Press
The Rebel Voice News
United People of Color Caucus of the National Lawyers Guild
Third Way Peace and Justice Fellowship
US Cuba-Labor Exchange
US-Mexico Border Actions Project
We Are America
Welfare Rights Union of Washtenaw County, Michigan
Western NY Peace Center
WNY Sweatshop Awareness Project
Workers Solidarity Alliance
Working People's Voice - Voz Obrera
Re: May 1 General Strike / 1 de Mayo Paro General
12 Apr 2006
Many of us Wobblies always refuse to work on May Day, the International Workers' Holiday. I am, though, thrilled at the prospect that perhaps this year - for the first time in my own lifetime certainly - there is the possibility that a widespread General Strike will be observed.

In past years, the Boston anarchist community has been at the forefront of May Day celebrations with everything from games for children to militant marches through the central areas of Boston's business districts. I am, excited, though, to see what this year's May Day will be like, given the large number of people who claim to have taken up the call for a General Strike. If those people actually follow through and back up their words by joining those of us who always take action on May Day and refuse to go to our appointed wage-slave positions, then it could be a very interesting day indeed.

Unfortunately, a look at the list of endorses shows a whole passel of the usual spineless Liberals (who'll send all the money you ask for, but don't ask them to come on along ... and, you know, actually do somthing). I'm keeping my fingers crossed, though. Perhaps, just this once, they will find their collective spines and actually do something useful and this May Day can be a glorious day, a day truly worth of its place as the International Workers' Holiday.
Re: May 1 General Strike / 1 de Mayo Paro General
12 Apr 2006
You know Frank, it's the arrogance and self-righteousness of people like you that make me not want to identify as an anarchist though I identify with the ideals and history. Why don't you get off your high-horse so you stop alienating people from the ideas you're trying to promote by being so self-important. Quit trying to claim propietorship over the day...I'll participate in May Day; but not because of you!
Re: May 1 General Strike / 1 de Mayo Paro General
12 Apr 2006
Demanding "full amnesty" is NOT a spineless liberal thing. It's an awesome and down right radical thing, no democrat group would say that. As for "actually doing something" this is the group that organized the 1 million plus march in LA last month.
Re: May 1 General Strike / 1 de Mayo Paro General
13 Apr 2006
Can anyone estimate how many individuals all these groups represent? 50? 200?

These "groups" are hauled out decade after decade. Let's be honest. Also, a "general strike" connotes a total shutdown of a city or society (General Strike of Sanfrancisico 1934, Harry Bridges) or Minneapolis in 30's (Farrell Dobbs). The US labor force struggles often with 2 jobs, multiple family members working. Who can afford this self-indulgent nonsense? If you are out of work, fine demonstrate. But no business will shut down. Will Govt or defense workers, health care workers strike? That's the majority of workers in a postindustrial society. Get real. The Depression is over, the trots are over, the CPUSA has imploded (many times over).

The streets are for pedestrian shopping malls. not for General Strikes.
Re: May 1 General Strike / 1 de Mayo Paro General
13 Apr 2006
What's funny, Frank, is that the person listed on the nohr4437.org site as the Boston contact is someone who's previously associated him/herself with anarchism. (I'm not putting an e-mail address ehre so that the person doesn't get spammed.) And that the IWW is one the list of groups here. Did you not bother to check with your comrades before you decided to insult everyone else?

And seriously--is your goal to organize something or to brag about how radical you are? If it's the former, calling those who've proposed working with you a bunch of "spineless Liberals" is an interesting organizing strategy. Is your pholosophy that you'll insult them into working with you?
Re: May 1 General Strike / 1 de Mayo Paro General
13 Apr 2006
Honestly, the actions that are being proposed through the general strike are extremely important, regardless of the liberal groups that are endorsing it.

The whole self-righteous ideal of anarchists insulting and refusing to work with "liberal" organizations is counter-productive. Isn't it something revolutionary to unite behind a cause that will eventually lead to the betterment of society? When other anarchists complain about how apathetic or un-radical a NGO is, it aggravates me; rather than tearing the people that are more on our side than reactionaries and conservatives shouldn't we be uniting towards a common goal? Sure, thousands of immigrants and liberals striking isn't going to jump start the revolution, but it's something to admire, something to look at with hope that our society is beginning to stir up more radical ingredients.

If we see things from there than this May Day could be something incredible.
A Cloudy Day at BIMC
14 Apr 2006
I have posted several questions about who the long list of sponsor organization. These have been removed as disruptive or for no reason at all. I will again ask, "Who are these groups. How many members do they have? Have the same groups sponsored radical left rallies since 1981? Are they simply shell organizations? Are they sponsored or created by one or two sect-like groups, e.g., Worker World, RCP?
Re: May 1 General Strike / 1 de Mayo Paro General
14 Apr 2006
I am not Blue. May I join the Blue Hispanic group?
Re: May 1 General Strike / 1 de Mayo Paro General
14 Apr 2006
LOL@ROCKHEAD.

"Get real. The Depression is over, the trots are over, the CPUSA has imploded (many times over).
The streets are for pedestrian shopping malls. not for General Strikes."

Apparently, to Rockhead, there's no distinction between communism, strikes, or any sort of movement that isnt within the strict confines of the libertarian consumerist movement.
Re: May 1 General Strike / 1 de Mayo Paro General
15 Apr 2006
What is wrong with beinga consumer.
Correction
15 Apr 2006
?
Re: May 1 General Strike / 1 de Mayo Paro General
16 Apr 2006
How many dumb asses will get their dumb asses fired this time?