Occupy WallStreet has been actively organizing a “day without the 99%” aimed to be May 1, 2012. The protest will be a worldwide event including marches on capitol buildings; refusal to go to work or classes; no banking and no shopping.
The movement calls for a General Strike where professionals, students, immigrants and blue collar workers alike will demonstrate what life would be like without all who are involved. The point this demonstration hopes tomake is that without the “99”, a vast majority of production and economic flow will come to screeching halt thus: we must be treated more respectfully by the upper class minority who control a vast majority of the money.
Posted on their website, Occupy explains the MAYDAY protest:
[quote]On May 1st we will celebrate a holiday for the 99%. We will come together across lines of race, class, gender, and religion and challenge the systems that create these divisions. New Yorkers will join with millions throughout the world — workers, students, immigrants, professionals, houseworkers. We will take to the streets to unite in a General Strike against a system which does not work for us. With our collective power we will begin to build the world we want to see. Another world is possible! [/quote]
Although the first of its kind in recent American memory, this is not the first general strike staged this year. Back in March, Spain’s labor force organized a general demonstration of their own, resulting in mixed results. Electric consumption was down 17%; Metro services could only guarantee 30% of normal rush hour services; by midmorning over 400 flights had been cancelled and departures were down more than half of the daily average, going from 4,500 to around 1,600. This demonstration certainly had a direct effect on big business and the money that was made. The government of Spain had spurred this conflict by passing labour laws workers saw as pro-business and anti-civilian.
A similar pattern is forming in the U.S. Nearly every passing day results in evidence that those who we, the people, the majority elect are being placed in power and are being controlled by wealthy individuals who make up a minute number of the population. The only changes that seem to gain any steam in the legislative branch are bills which impose on those who are less fortunate. A storm is brewing in America; tomorrow could be the day the skies break wide open.
Naturally, the success of this operation rests solely on one thing: the participation of the self-proclaimed 99%. For this demonstration to truly make its statement, a vast majority of Americans must commit and take the streets. Civil disobedience is what makes all the difference. With non-violent demonstration, changes can be brought upon more ethically and morally sound principles. As with most things: the power lies in our numbers.