Tag Archives: strike

Livia Gershon: “Did Black Rebellion Win the Civil War?”

“Historians are giving credence to W.E.B. DuBois’s assertion that enslaved workers coordinated a general strike, which helped end the Civil War.”

Kim Kelly: “Everything you Need to Know about General Strikes”

“So, is it time for a general strike? We clearly have a whole lot to do before anyone goes calling for mass action, but activists around the U.S. are already hard at work on these kinds of mutual aid projects and community outreach efforts. We may not be ready yet, but the groundwork is already being laid.”

Jonah Birch: “How Beautiful It Was”

“For a few brief weeks in France [in 1968], not just a government but an entire system was called into question.”

Daniel Cohn-Bendit & Claus Leggewie: “1968: Power to the Imagination”

“Our solidarity with the national liberation movements was immense. … What we largely ignored, however, was the suppression proceeding from the liberators themselves, once they had seized power.”

Tithi Bhattacharya: “Women are leading the wave of strikes in America”

“These strikes are for wages and benefits, but they arise from a social landscape scoured by gender and racial inequalities.”

Jason Read: “The Modality of Necessity: On Clover’s ‘Riot. Strike. Riot'”

“The question is how does one make a politics out of this combination of necessity and contingency. Such a question is not new, it might be the question of revolutionary politics. The long wave of strikes had answers to this question, answers that took the form of the worker’s movement, revolutionary unions, and so on.”

“Brazil hit by first general strike in two decades”

Protesters are taking a stand against the president’s proposed pension reforms. … Demonstrations are taking place across the country, with organisers saying they would focus attention on disrupting cities rather than small towns and rural communities.”

“Argentine Workers to Hold General Strike against Neoliberalism”

“Dozens of labor unions and grassroots organizations are calling for a general strike in Argentina on Thursday in protest of President Mauricio Macri and his neoliberal economic policies.  The strike coincides with the start of the World Economic Forum on Latin America, which is expected to attract thousands of business and political leaders from around the world to the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires.”

Cinzia Arruzza: “Feminists are currently leading the way”

Following 8 March, International Women’s Day, “what characterizes this new feminist movement is precisely that it is making women’s labor visible and addressing women not simply as women, but as workers. It was not by chance that we appropriated the term ‘strike’ for March 8. … This is also why in the United States we adopted the slogan of the feminism for the 99%: we want a class-based feminist movement, for we are perfectly aware that women, and particularly racialized women, are the most exploited sector of the working class and also the sector that works the most, at home and outside the home.”

Tariq Ali: “The Octobrist Women”

Women played a major part in the February uprising:  “Who were the women behind the bread riots that sparked the Russian Revolution? On International Women’s Day in 1917, women textile workers left their factories and took to the streets in Petrograd to demand bread and peace. Their actions triggered food riots and a mass strike, ultimately leading to the fall of Tsar Nicholas and changing the course of history.”