Call for a General Strike Beginning May 1st
Cooperation Jackson, based in Jackson, Mississippi, issued the call and list of demands to protect the people from both the virus and disaster capitalism. “The society that emerges from this crisis is going to be different,” said Cooperation Jackson spokesman Kalu Akuno. “This could be good or bad. We’re not going back to what was.”
Working People Must Build Solidarity in Crisis
The general strike is “extremely promising” because “it is the surest way that workers have to protect their own health, since obviously the state and their employers are not interested in doing that,” said Peter Gelderloos, an anarchist activist now living in Spain who wrote an article on the global history of rent strikes.
Students May Strike for “Social Welfare” During Crisis
Semassa Boko, a student activist and PhD candidate at the University of California at Irvine, wrote an article on the concept of a social welfare strike “under conditions where the United States is plunging into a Great Depression.” Boko envisions “the redirection of students’ withheld labor towards the social welfare” of those who have been abandoned by the system.
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