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A Battle for the Common Good: Join the May Day General Strike

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We reject the notion of endless war as a business model. We stand in solidarity against America's imperialist interventionist aggression that seeks to overthrow foreign governments, kills innocent people and displaces millions of others, and lays waste to their lands, all in order to feed the never-ending greed of the globalist war profiteers.

We call on our government to invest money in renewable energy, instead of waging war to satisfy our addiction to fossil fuels. Our destructive, imperialist wars in the Middle East have been about one thing: Oil. In spite of the fact that pipelines have been an environmental disaster across the nation, the Trump administration has removed the last of the roadblocks stopping construction of the DAPL pipeline. In the process, the United States has yet again violated long-standing treaties with our Native American people, and this must no longer be accepted.

They are the few. We are the many. We have the power.

In order for a strike to work, we need numbers. We are the many. The only thing holding us back is our belief that we have no power. In fact, we hold all the cards. They have brainwashed Americans into believing that we have no choice but to dance with the devil.

On May 1, what would happen if NOBODY showed up for work? It would be a thing of beauty. Washington would have been served notice that we the people are in power and we are in control. We can do this again if they'd like. There would be nobody to cook dinner for the elites, bathe their children, clean Trump's hotel rooms, unload boats at the docks, run the cash registers at the local stores, drive the trucks that move the product, manufacture the product that makes the profits, and on and on. This is what a strike is all about. However, it's more than a day off from work.

On May 1, nobody should be a consumer. Nobody should order online from anybody. People should not go to the food stores, libraries, hardware stores, shopping malls, or liquor stores. Do not go to restaurants for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

May 1 should be a day of disruption and mass action. Non-violent actions like shutting down highways, airports and other critical infrastructures is what civil disobedience looks like. It is not a new concept, and is a bedrock of a true democracy where the power lies with the people.

We know this is a long battle. We are just getting organized, and there is not much time between now and May 1. Talk is brewing in the labor unions. The board of directors of the nurses in Minnesota, MNA, has issued a resolution that "calls upon the NNU [the National Nurses Union], the AFL-CIO and the wider labor movement to start an intense discussion about workplace education and information meetings and protest action on May Day, May 1, 2017, including a discussion within the AFL-CIO about a call for a nationwide strike that day." [Resolution text.]

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