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Occupy Oakland Calls General Strike

In the wake of police raids in Oakland and the wounding of Marine veteran Scott Olsen, Occupy Oakland is calling a general strike to shut down the city on November 2.

Occupy Oakland photo courtesy of Oakland Local

Occupy Oakland in its first days.

Photo courtesy of Oakland Local.

Reposted from www.occupyoakland.org:

Below is the proposal passed by the Occupy Oakland General Assembly on Wednesday October 26, 2011 in reclaimed Oscar Grant Plaza. 1607 people voted. 1484 voted in favor of the resolution, 77 abstained and 46 voted against it, passing the proposal at 96.9 percent. The General Assembly operates on a modified consensus process that passes proposals with 90 percent in favor and with abstaining votes removed from the final count.

PROPOSAL:

We as fellow occupiers of Oscar Grant Plaza propose that on Wednesday November 2, 2011, we liberate Oakland and shut down the 1%.

We propose a city-wide general strike and we propose we invite all students to walk out of school. Instead of workers going to work and students going to school, the people will converge on downtown Oakland to shut down the city.

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Inside Occupy Oakland
Comics journalist Dan Archer visited the encampment before the raid to meet the people behind the occupation.

All banks and corporations should close down for the day or we will march on them.

While we are calling for a general strike, we are also calling for much more. People who organize out of their neighborhoods, schools, community organizations, affinity groups, workplaces, and families are encouraged to self-organize in a way that allows them to participate in shutting down the city in whatever manner they are comfortable with and capable of.

The whole world is watching Oakland. Let’s show them what is possible.

The Strike Coordinating Council will begin meeting everyday at 5 p.m. in Oscar Grant Plaza before the daily General Assembly at 7 p.m. All strike participants are invited. Stay tuned for much more information and see you next Wednesday.

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