------------------------------- NATIONAL GENERAL STRIKE NO WORK. NO SCHOOL. NO SHOPPING. #F17 Presidents' Day Weekend — Friday, 2/17/17 - Monday, 2/20/27 Trump isn't working. Neither should we!
WE DEMAND RECONSTITUTION. Disrupt the economy until we have a government, instead of being had by one. This is how we stop Trump and the entire corrupt political establishment before they destroy us and the planet we call home. -------------------------------
At this dangerous point in our history, we must confront a bitter truth: any political system that can allow Donald Trump to come to power is not a system worth keeping. Indeed, our elections, as controlled by the major political parties, offer us merely a contest of personalities rather than a choice between real alternatives. These contests mask the major parties’ underlying unity in a neo-liberal economic establishment that serves the wealthy few at the expense of the impoverished many.
Because it is precisely this underlying establishment that we must dismantle, we cannot expect conventional electoral politics to provide us with the social and economic transformation we urgently need. Nor do we have time to wait until 2018 or 2020, anyway.
We need a change of system, not change within the system. And we need it now.
To change our system, we must combat the political-economic establishment using the most powerful weapon that we, the people, have. That weapon is the general strike.
The logic of the general strike is simple. Through cooperative action, each and every one of us refuses to comply with whatever orders the economic establishment has given to us. We walk out of our homes, our places of work, and our schools, and we join our fellow citizens in the streets and online in a peaceful display of resistance and solidarity. We refuse to shop or otherwise participate in the rigged economy that Trump presides over and is beholden to. In this way, we defy the establishment and create an opening for reconstitution.
As Mario Savio said during the 1960s student protests:
"There’s a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can’t take part! You can’t even passively take part! And you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers and upon all the apparatus, and you’ve got to make it stop! And you’ve got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you’re free, the machine will be prevented from working at all!"
Nothing less than a national general strike can break Trump and the establishment machine. And, beautifully, the strike creates as it destroys. For participating together in this shared activity empowers us to unite into one great new community — big enough to honor and preserve the differences that define us, and strong enough to obliterate the false boundaries and barriers that divide us. Nothing could be more pragmatic than that.
Another world is possible. But we must fight for it together. Join the national general strike. Reconstitute our society, and save our planet. Your descendants will thank you.