Occupy Oakland; Nov. 2 General Strike/Day of Action
(1) Oakland Education Association
We Are, We Teach the 99%
OEA Executive Board endorsed Occupy Oakland’s November
2 “General Strike/Mass Day of Action
Occupy Oakland General Strike November 2, 2011
In a unanimous vote on 10/28/11, the OEA Executive Board endorsed Occupy Oakland’s November 2 “General Strike/Mass Day of Action” and is urging members to participate in a variety of ways, including taking personal leave to join actions at Frank Ogawa Plaza, doing informational picketing at school sites, and holding teach-ins on the history of general strikes and organizing for economic justice.
Faced with growing class sizes and dwindling resources, school closures, and the ongoing attempts of charter management companies to entice Oakland schools to convert to charters, it is critical that we link our struggles with those of the 99% of Americans fighting for social and economic justice. It is simply wrong that banks and corporations are bailed out and continue to reap huge profits, while schools and social services suffer.
Join us on November 2nd, in solidarity with Occupy Movements across the globe!
WE ARE THE 99%!
(2) SEIU Local 1021
November 2 – Join Oakland’s “Peaceful Day of Action”
Published on October 31st 2011
Official Statement & Call to Action
Call to Action
The SEIU 1021 Executive Board calls on all members of SEIU 1021 to join a day-long “Peaceful Day of Action”
in support of Occupy Oakland and against the banking industry and last week’s police brutality against the Occupy Oakland encampment.
To avoid misinterpretation: Occupy Oakland has called for a “general strike,” but SEIU 1021 is not asking any members to “go on strike” – that would be a violation of many SEIU 1021 contracts. Instead, we encourage members to use legitimate time off to stand in support of Occupy Oakland and join the day’s events at the “Peaceful Day of Action.”
City of Oakland Workers: The City has agreed that workers may use a day of comp time, vacation time, a floating holiday or leave without pay in order to participate.
Other SEIU 1021 Members: We encourage all members to work with their employers constructively to find a way to take the day off in order to participate.
The “Peaceful Day of Action” takes place at Frank Ogawa Plaza (in front of City Hall), 14th & Broadway, Oakland
9 am – Events begin
12 noon – SEIU March Against Foreclosures
4 pm – Public Sector Worker Action
For more information, download a flyer under “Current Downloads” to the right of this article.
(3) Jack Heyman of the ILWU
At Occupy Wall Street on Friday, 10/28/11, Jack Heyman announces the solidarity of the International Longshore & Warehouse Union with the Occupy Oakland’s call for a General Strike on November 2 in response to the police violence against protesters in Oakland.
(4) Carpenters Local 713 endorses General Strike
October 30, 2011 in Announcements, Open Mic, Solidarity Statements
UBC Local 713 Endorses Call For 11/2 General Strike
Carpenters Local 713 represents 3,000 mostly private sector construction workers in Alameda County, California and passed the following motion tonight (Thurs October 27th,2011) by a standing vote with an overwhelming majority.
Local 713 of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters stands in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement. We support the right of all working people to organize and peacefully assemble to demand their rights.
We further agree that the 1% should not continue to go untaxed while the 99% face layoffs, pay and benefit cuts, foreclosures and the closing of our children’s schools and our public services.
We further strongly condemn the police brutality used against the Occupy Oakland movement and the devastating injury inflicted on Iraq veteran Scott Olsen.
We further resolve to support the call of the 2,000 Oaklanders at Occupy Oakland for a one-day strike in Oakland for Wednesday November 2nd, 2011, to protest our country’s rising inequality and the brutal actions of the police in the city of Oakland, California.
To be sent to Mayor Jean Quan and the Oakland Police Department
(5) “Why You Should Join the Wed., Nov. 2, Oakland General Strike”
Sunday Oct 30th, 2011 2:32 PM
The Occupy Wall Street movement and Occupy Oakland
have now presented each of us with a vital moral
choice: Do we participate in the Oakland General
Strike and help shift the direction of this
country? Or do we allow giant corporations and the
ultra-wealthy ever more free license to plunder the
resources and wealth of this nation, and of our
Why You Should Join the Wednesday, November 2, Oakland General Strike
You may have heard about this Wednesday’s General Strike, with mass gatherings to be held at 9am, 12 noon, and 5pm — at 14th and Broadway in downtown Oakland. The call for a general strike is not surprising given that an overwhelming majority of Americans believe banks and major corporations have too much power, support amending the U.S. constitution to affirm that corporations don’t have the same rights as people, and believe corporations have more control of our political system than average citizens do.
For the past three decades the wealthiest 1% and their corporations have been taking an ever-increasing share of the income we produce, leaving the vast majority of us to make do with ever-smaller crumbs to survive on.
Now is the time to take a stand and declare that we absolutely will not permit these outrages to continue.
This coming Wednesday, November 2, those in the greater Oakland area will have a chance to make an extremely powerful statement by participating in the Oakland General Strike. We will be using one of the most powerful tools available to ‘we the people’ — but a tool which has not actually been exercised in this country for over 60 years, since we last used it here in Oakland, in 1946.
The Occupy Wall Street movement and Occupy Oakland have now presented each of us with a vital moral choice: Do we participate in the Oakland General Strike and help shift the direction of this country? Or do we allow giant corporations and the ultra-wealthy ever more free license to plunder the resources and wealth of this nation, and of our world?
This is how you can participate in the strike:
* Do not go to work
* Do not go to school
* Or at least, do everything you can to minimize those activities.
* Do not patronize any banks or other corporations on Wednesday.
Instead go to 14th and Broadway in downtown Oakland — especially for the Wednesday mass gatherings at 9am, 12 noon, and 5pm.
Everyone is encouraged to participate in the Oakland General Strike, regardless of where you live. For more details, please see: http://www.OccupyOakland.org
If we now join together, we shall not fail with the great task before us.
If you can, please forward this message to friends, e- mail lists, listserves, FaceBook pages, etc.
Note: Recent Occupy Oakland events have had as many as
3,000 people in attendance. The general assembly vote to strike was made with over 1600 people participating
(1484 in favor, 77 abstentions, and 46 against — passing by 96.9%). The text of the strike proposal is