General strike, rally called for this weekend in Seattle

trump-triggeredFrom MyNorthwest.com: Better stock up on essentials before the weekend — just in case. A National General Strike, a Seattle area strike, and a rally have been called for. And as with any event in Seattle, whether it be a Seahawks game or a protest march, locals should plan for traffic and other interruptions.

A general strike means no working, no school, and no shopping. For many people, this should be easy. According to the Facebook event for the general strike, it will run from Feb. 17-20 (Friday through Monday). It covers the weekend and Presidents Day, which some workers have off as a holiday.

The event is organized by General Strike USA. It’s a bit wordy, but according to the event page:

WE DEMAND RECONSTITUTION. Disrupt the economy until we have a government, instead of being had by one. This is how we stop Trump and the entire corrupt political establishment before they destroy us and the planet we call home.

At this dangerous point in our history, we must confront a bitter truth: any political system that can allow Donald Trump to come to power is not a system worth keeping. Indeed, our elections, as controlled by the major political parties, offer us merely a contest of personalities rather than a choice between real alternatives. These contests mask the major parties’ underlying unity in a neoliberal economic establishment that serves the wealthy few at the expense of the impoverished many.

The general strike promotes a change of the system, not a change within the system, and encourages dismantling the establishment.

So far, the Facebook event has more than 2,000 people signed up, nationally, to participate, with 3,000 more interested in taking part. And 22,000 more have been invited to strike.

General strike in Seattle: A separate, unrelated general strike is organized in Seattle amid the national event. The Solidarity Strike is slated to take place between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., Feb. 17 at Volunteer Park in Seattle. It is organized by Solidarity for Justice in Education.

As the organization’s name implies, the strike is more focused on Washington’s education system as lawmakers are in session, attempting to fully fund it. The State of Washington has been ordered by its own Supreme Court to fully fund education. But there has been a tug-of-war between Democrats and Republicans on just how to do that.

The event notice states: Solidarity Demonstration to #Resist the WA Senate Republican proposal to fund education by undermining collective bargaining rights of Education Workers. All Labor Unions are welcome and encouraged to stand in support of this Legislative attack on Unions. No Right to Work in Washington.

The Seattle event has 1,300 people interested in taking part, and 324 confirmed to go. There are 1,600 more invited to come. Comments on the event’s page seem to have a theme — it would have a better turnout if organizers planned it on the weekend, instead of during the workday.

Free Daniel rally: Before Seattle’s strike in Volunteer Park, another event has been put together at the last minute by a range of organizers, including Seattle Councilmember Kshama Sawant.

The “Free Daniel Rally Against Deportations Fight Trump!” is scheduled for 9 a.m. at the Seattle Federal Courthouse in downtown Seattle. At least 1,000 people are interested in attending, and more than 200 have committed to going. Another 1,400 have been invited.

The event is partially motivated by a series of immigration roundups and detainments. Then, locally, Daniel Ramirez Medina was detained after he had an encounter with the law. He is covered under regulations passed under the Obama administration that allows immigrants who entered the country as minors to stay in renewable two-year periods. That regulation is known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.

The Facebook event states: Over the last week, Trump’s administration has detained and deported 600+ immigrants. Here in Seattle, on Tuesday 2/14, Daniel Ramirez Medina, a 23-year-old father who has received repeated approval to stay and work under the DACA program, was taken by ICE.  Medina has a court appearance on Friday during the rally.

The Department of Homeland Security argues another perspective. It says that those protected under DACA can be deported if they are perceived as threats to public safety.

According to a press release from DHS:

On February 10, Daniel Ramirez-Medina, a gang member, was encountered at a residence in Des Moines, Washington, during an operation targeting a prior-deported felon. He was arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and was transferred to the Northwest Detention Center to await the outcome of removal proceedings before an immigration judge.

This case illustrates the work ICE fugitive operations teams perform every day across the country to remove public safety threats from our communities when they encounter them. ICE officers, along with their law enforcement partners, have and will continue to enforce our nation’s laws to protect public safety, national security, and to preserve the integrity of our immigration system.”

DCG

 

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14 responses to “General strike, rally called for this weekend in Seattle

  1. Fire anybody that does not show up for work. There are thousands of people out there looking for work. I’m tired of these “I want MY way whether you like it or not!” Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo and I want it right now and I don’t think its fair for me to have to pay for it. If life here is sooooooooooooooo bad, pack up and leave you cry babies! You had your chance in November but you lost so learn to live with it.

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  2. Pingback: KOMMONSENTSJANE -General strike, rally called for this weekend in Seattle — Fellowship of the Minds | kommonsentsjane

  3. WELL HECK, Y’ALL JUST PACK UP AND MOVE ON DOWN HERE TO TEXAS. THERE’S MORE THAN ENOUGH ROOM FOR EVERYONE!

    YOU WILL BE WELCOMED WITH OPEN ARMS AND GORGEOUS TEXAS WEATHER. WHILE OTHER PARTS OF THE COUNTRY WERE PLAGUED WITH BLIZZARDS A WEEK OR SO BACK, WE WERE BLESSED WITH TEMPS IN THE 70 – 80 DEGREE RANGE, ALTHOUGH WE DID SUFFER THROUGH A COLD FRONT EARLIER THIS WEEK THAT BROUGHT TEMPS DOWN TO A BONE-CHILLING 60 DEGREES FOR A FEW DAYS. 😁. TODAY’S FORECAST SAYS 72 DEGREES, WARMING UP TO ALMOST 80 ON SUNDAY.

    SERIOUSLY, Y’ALL JUST COME ON DOWN!

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  4. Mary:

    Why ruin Texas with a bunch of queer, moldy Yankee rejects?

    Let them move to NY for a subtle, progressive climate. With a diverse culture and liberal attitudes.

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  5. I didn’t even know there was an illegal Ignonrant strike until I saw it on the news this morning. I didn’t even know that there was a Ignorant community here. Besides what would you expect from a bunch illegal Ignonrants but to close their businesses that are mostly patronized by other illegal Ignonrants. Amusing but not inconvenient.

    Oh-Oh The post was about Immigrants. Never mind…..

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  6. Liberal idiots.

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  7. I suggest that we go on a permanent national strike against the ignorant, the stupid, and the lefty Bullscheiß.

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  8. How about a count of those true U.S. citizens who are not protesting.

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  9. Goodness, I must have missed their reason for striking or at least understand their reasoning. I saw nothing intelligent being said.
    Mob mentality with a bunch of paid protestors.
    What a mishmash of crap. Now, they are protesting for a known gang member to remain in the country. Is there one high school grad in the group?

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  10. Adios’ and all that….

    Has not affected me and even if it did….I would know exactly where I am not going to spend my hard earned money. Wow that made it easy….

    Thank you idoits!

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  11. This is the result of forcing patients — many drug-addled — out of state mental hospitals (“free them!”) into the streets in the 60s, 70s, and 80s. Many made their ways to coastal cities and areas with warm climates conducive to living outdoors… now they’ve found facebook and other “social media” and through that, have found and “organized” themselves, supporters and enablers. They would be doing this regardless of what GOP candidate had won the 2016 Presidency; it’s a matter of opposing those who demand law & order, living by norms & moral values, personal responsibility & accountability, etc. I don’t see it going away anytime soon.

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  12. Bill in Lexington,NC

    Obama has made plans to put over 30,000 protesters in the streets. Perhaps this is part of that?

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