#OccupyMayDay: Give Class War a Chance | Mickey Z.
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Mickey Z. -- World News Trust
"Colorful demonstrations and weekend marches are vital but alone are not powerful enough to stop wars. Wars will be stopped only when soldiers refuse to fight, when workers refuse to load weapons onto ships and aircraft, when people boycott the economic outposts of Empire that are strung across the globe." --Arundhati Roy
May Day 2012 is coming. Are you ready to strike?
One reason why Occupy Wall Street (OWS) has caught on while so many other protests and nascent movements did not, is this fundamental concept: 99%. A steadfast commitment to recognizing classism is a large part of what's helping OWS endure and grow after six months of police brutality and media misinformation.
Class warfare is nothing new. Itís a real war and it's been waged -- top-down -- for centuries. However, here in the United States -- thanks to corporate propaganda -- the "top" has more often than not managed to convince the "down" that talking/thinking about class is, well... un-American (or just plain delusional).
Therefore, the distinct lack of discomfort with which OWS participants discuss and encourage class warfare is downright revolutionary, and -- best of all -- we will see this attitude taken to the streets on May 1.
Why May 1? Across the globe, this date is widely celebrated as a genuine "Labor Day" of sorts, while here in the United States, its roots lie in the late 19th century struggle for a shorter workday. Also known as International Workers' Day, OWS explains that May 1 is the "annual commemoration of the 1886 Haymarket Massacre in Chicago, when Chicago police fired on workers during a General Strike for the eight-hour workday."
Seems like the ideal time for a global Occupy breakthrough, now don't it?