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“The Women’s Strike and the Messy Space of Change”

‘Tomorrow is the Women’s Strike, the fourth of ten actions that have been called for by the organizers of the Women’s March on Washington. The strike was planned to coincide with International Women’s Day, and the march organizers, in tandem with a team organizing protests in forty countries around the world, have asked women to take whatever form of action their lives allow for. Take the day off from “paid and unpaid labor,” including housework and child care, if you can, or avoid shopping at corporate or male-owned businesses, or simply wear red in solidarity. There will be rallies in at least fifty cities around the United States.’

Eric Brandom: “Imagining the Worker’s Revolution: The Case of Georges Sorel”

Why workers must organize themselves:  Sorel’s 1898 pamphlet, L’Avenir socialiste des syndicats, which we can call “The Socialist Future of the Unions,” famously concludes: “the whole future of socialism rests in the autonomous development of the worker syndicats” (60).

Cinzia Arruzza & Tithi Bhattacharya: “What the Women’s Strike Means”

Reconstructing an international mobilization against neoliberalism and imperialism:  “Feminist, grassroots, and socialist organizations around the world have called for an International Women’s Strike on March 8 in defense of reproductive rights and against violence, understood as economic, institutional, and interpersonal violence.  The strike will take place in at least forty countries — the first internationally coordinated day of protest on such a large scale in years.”

A Conversation with David Harvey: “Rebel Cities, Urban Resistance and Capitalism”

Resistance in the cities:  “You could take the idea of a strike, usually aimed at a particular firm or organization, and translate those tactics and strategies to city centers. So instead of striking against a particular business or firm, people would aim there actions towards entire urban areas. Then, there are events like the Paris Commune, or the general strike in Seattle in 1919, or, the Cordobazo uprising in Argentina circa 1969. This doesn’t have to be a revolutionary movement overnight. These things can happen very gradually by reforms.”

The Shutdown Collective: “To Halt the Slide Into Authoritarianism, We Need a General Strike.”

Time to strike?  “A general strike is not just another protest, rally or march. It is a strike. Unlike most strikes, however, it is not confined to one company, but rather cascades outward. In the past, such actions have targeted whole communities or cities, a complete industry, a sphere of gendered labor, or even an entire country. In the past, some general strikes have included employees in most or all public and private sectors, students, women, prisoners, even the military. In all cases, the aim of a general strike is not merely to protest, but to demonstrate the productive power of the people by halting all industrial and commercial activity for a definite period of time, and by interrupting normal patterns and subordinations of daily life, effectively bringing the economy and society to a standstill until demands are met.”

Jack Rusk: “General Strike: How the Working Class Takes Control”

“Since the Women’s March brought millions into the streets the Saturday after inauguration, there has been a rising clamor on social media for a ‘general strike’ against the Trump administration.

The past month is leaving the strategies and organizations of the left by the wayside, and offering new mobilizing potential for more promising times. A general strike is a far better way to think about our movement than the other proposals thus far. Talking about the general strike is the right conversation to be having when we’re working on building working class organization and a strategy to fight capitalism.”

Alex Gourevitch: “Whose Strike?”

Seizing the momentum after the massive Women’s March:  “Calling for a general strike now bears no relation to what mass strikes have meant in the past. The flight from reality shows up in activists’ blasé attitude to history and their very distant relationship to the working class.”

“Women of America: we’re going on strike. Join us so Trump will see our power.”

A mobilization: “Let us join together on 8 March to strike, walk out, march and demonstrate. Let us use the occasion of this international day of action to be done with lean-in feminism and to build in its place a feminism for the 99%, a grassroots, anti-capitalist feminism – a feminism in solidarity with working women, their families and their allies throughout the world.

“Activists call for national general strike in the US to bring down Donald Trump”

“Activists are calling for people to stop working and buying things for a day to bring down Donald Trump.  A national general strike across the US is being called for 17 February – the Friday before President’s Day – as a way of protesting the new administration.”

“Where’s the best place to resist Trump? At work.”

Workplace resistance:  “From solidarity strikes to slowdowns and sit-ins, workplace revolt is a key strategy in opposing the new administration.”