Proposal for a National Strike on MayDay, 2008

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The original posting is on DocuDharma, 4 Apr 2008.

This is a simple proposal to not go to work for one day. If we do it individually and on random days, it matters not at all. If we do it together on one day by the thousands, tens of thousands, or hundreds of thousands, it will matter. The more who join, the more it will matter. United we stand, divided we fail to get their sufficient attention.

The theme of the strike is best expressed by the immortal words of Paddy Chayefsky. As the character Howard Beale in his screenplay Network proclaimed loudly:

“I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!”

The purpose of the strike is whatever goal each individual has in mind. Whatever it is that is making you mad as hell, be it the War in Iraq, the price of fuel, inflation, wage stagnation, the collapse of the housing market, the bailout of subprime lenders, credit reporting agencies, health insurance companies, Big Business, Big Oil, Big Government, unaffordable prescription prices, lack of access to decent health care, pollution, Global Warming, mountain-top strip mining, human rights, torture, the prison nation, the assault on the Constitution, government agencies that don’t do their job, or the corruption of our government at all levels – pick one or more, none at all, or make up your own and do not go to work or class on Thursday May 1, 2008.

Call in sick, take a vacation day, just don’t show up. Cut class. Most of all cut class. One day is all that’s being asked. Give one day to yourself. Use just one day out of your life to make whatever statement it is that you want the government and the corporate bosses to hear. Wear a T-shirt, carry a sign, gather in a public place, sleep in, go to the beach, take a hike, read a book, play with your children. Make your protest be your own issue, whatever frustrates you the most. Everyone in this country is mad at some aspect of what is being done to their lives by the impersonal manipulation and abuse of their well-being by forces beyond their control. Forces of deaf and blind institutions that have lost any sense of common humanity. Take one day back from them. Just one day. Together. All of us.

Massive, non-violent, peaceful protests get the attention of the MSM, the Government and the Corporate community. Make your voice heard by making your presence at work or school absent. One day. All of us, joined together. Just one simple little eight hour shift of one day of classes. One day to proclaim, for yourself:

“I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!”

(Please cross-post, link and forward this proposal as much as you can. This protest needs no organizers, no leaders, no one specific cause. If you can’t bring yourself to take just one day to make your voice heard then maybe you’ll find someone who will.)

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    • sharon on April 5, 2008 at 6:36 am

    there was an excellent diary posted on dkos around the time bear stearns went down in which the diarist included a clip from a movie which must have been the screen version of network.  i sent it on to others hoping it would get posted further, but people were so caught up in the financial rollercoaster that it was overlooked and now the diarist seems to have deleted the diary.  a shame.

    why not send your idea to afterdowningstreet?

    • RUKind on April 5, 2008 at 6:39 am

    Ahh, the pure Zen of it. No organization, no one particular reason. Choose your own reason and just don’t got to work or go to school. It’s so simple. If enough people do it the MSM will notice. The beauty of it will be that there’s no one reason for everyone not showing up for one day. It’ll drive the pundits batshit! That alone would make it a success.

    If the idea is any good it will spread. We’ll see if the net is more than just flinging IP-size packets of monkey poo at targets we can’t reach. Vote with your feet! hell, you can even vote this one with your ass!!!

  1. and actually do something. I’m all for a general strike. Count me in.

    • kj on April 5, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    no.  already stood our stands– and several years later, we’re lucky to have steady income (and health insurance) again.  so, i’ll be at work, and glad for it, but for those who haven’t lost anything yet, i think this is a great idea and wish you all the best.

  2. I’ll post this at The Dream Antilles and I’ll do nothing on 5/1.  I’m learning how to be an expert at doing nothing, so having another opportunity is a good thing.

    Others should put this up on their blogs and should email it around.  Thinking viral is right.

    • Tigana on April 6, 2008 at 6:19 am

    Hip video; language advisory.

  3. Removing the battery from your cell phone.

    Media fasting watch nothing, read nothing buy nothing.

    Laser pointers pointed towards the sky, yes they are watching you, from space and you are paying for it.

    Like the burning of draft cards consider burning credit cards you don’t need.  Get off the electronic control grid and pay cash.

    Google search verboten topics like New World Order, Bilderburg Group, Infragard and medical record privacy

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