Occupy Oakland Solidarity 11 02 2011
General Strike & Mass Day of Action, 11/2
- Date Wednesday November 2, 2011
- Time Rally 4:30pm / March 5:30pm
- Location Terry Schrunk Plaza
- Rally & March Endorsements
- Veterans for Peace - Portland
- Iraq Veterans Against the War - Portland
- Industrial Workers of the World - Portland
- Rose City Copwatch
- PARASOL Climate Collective
- Portlanders To March in Support of Occupy Oakland’s General Strike and to Oppose Police Violence Locally and Nationally
On Wednesday, November 2nd, Veterans and community members from across Portland will rally in support of Marine Corp. Veteran Scott Olsen. The rally will be held at Terry Schrunk Plaza at 4:30 pm followed by a march at 5:30 pm. Olsen, a member of Iraq Veterans Against the War (IAVA), was struck by a police tear gas canister and suffered a cracked skull during an Occupy demonstration Wednesday, October 26 in Oakland.
The event, caught by a number of videos posted on YouTube, outraged young and older veterans alike. A call has gone out from Oakland for cities across the country to say no to violence against the Occupy Movement and no to police violence and to stand in solidarity with the general strike being called for Wednesday in Oakland. IVAW is being supported in this rally by Veterans for Peace, many Iraq, Afghanistan and Viet Nam Veterans across the country, and local Portland organizations, occupiers, and community members.
Additionally, the pledgers for the call for a General Strike If and Only If 30,000 people call for it, call for it to be Non Violent, Distributed, Arrest Adverse, Neighborhood Based actions and discussions. Else we proceed as planned with solidarity with the Rally and March.
- Say No To Police Violence Against Peaceful Protest
- No To Police Violence Towards Anyone
- Sign the petition NOW!
We urge anyone who would like to form and plan their own groups and actions to be carried out autonomously to do so on this date alongside the strike and march, they could be based out of those groups of friends and neighbors that meet sometime during the day. And then perhaps the whole of the metro Portland streams to Terry Schrunk Park as neighborhoods. Whatever it will be, you will have to Self-Organize it.
Below is the proposal passed by the Occupy Oakland General Assembly on Wednesday October 26, 2011 in reclaimed Oscar Grant Plaza. 1607 people voted. 1484 voted in favor of the resolution, 77 abstained and 46 voted against it, passing the proposal at 96.9%. The General Assembly operates on a modified consensus process that passes proposals with 90% in favor and with abstaining votes removed from the final count.
We as fellow occupiers of Oscar Grant Plaza propose that on Wednesday November 2, 2011, we liberate Oakland and shut down the 1%. We propose a city wide general strike and we propose we invite all students to walk out of school. Instead of workers going to work and students going to school, the people will converge on downtown Oakland to shut down the city. All banks and corporations should close down for the day or we will march on them.
While we are calling for a general strike, we are also calling for much more. People who organize out of their neighborhoods, schools, community organizations, affinity groups, workplaces and families are encouraged to self organize in a way that allows them to participate in shutting down the city in whatever manner they are comfortable with and capable of. The whole world is watching Oakland. Let’s show them what is possible.
The Strike Coordinating Council will begin meeting everyday at 5pm in Oscar Grant Plaza before the daily General Assembly at 7pm. All strike participants are invited. Stay tuned for much more information and see you next Wednesday.