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Occupy Calls For General Strike Next Week

Last General Strike brought tens of thousands of people to march on Oakland.



    The general strike day in Oakland stayed calm in the early hours as thousands marched through downtown Oakland. (Published Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011)

    Occupy Oakland members are calling for a general strike on Tuesday  -- May Day -- as a show of unity between union and non-union workers.
        Group members announced their plans at a news conference this  morning at Telegraph Avenue and Broadway, which was the starting point for a  general strike in 1946 as well as for a large Occupy Oakland protest last  Nov. 2 that culminated in a march to the Port of Oakland to shut it down.

        Occupy Oakland is calling for "no work, no school and no business  as usual" on Tuesday.     Member Steven Angell said, "We want people to get out of work and  get out of school and join us on the street.
        However, Angell said, there aren't any plans to shut down the Port  of Oakland this time around.
        Occupy Oakland members have also said they will attempt to shut  down the Golden Gate Bridge Tuesday if bridge, bus and ferry workers, who are  involved in ongoing labor negotiations with the bridge district, decide to  strike.
        Occupy Oakland spokeswoman Lauren Smith said earlier this week  that the Golden Gate Labor Coalition reached out to the group, citing its  experience organizing massive blockades.
        "Occupy Oakland has and will continue to support picket lines,"  Smith said. "We stand in solidarity with workers."
        The website for Occupy Oakland states that buses will be available  Tuesday morning to take protesters from Oakland to the bridge.
        Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District spokeswoman  Mary Currie declined to comment on the negotiations earlier this week but  said district officials were preparing for the potential strike.
        "All I can say is that it is unlawful and it will not be tolerated  or allowed," she said.
        "We need to work on our union situation, not play it out in the  media or play it out with a closure or potential closure," Currie said.
        Angell said Occupy Oakland is planning "decentralized actions"  leaving from three or four key commercial areas outside of downtown Oakland  at 9 a.m. Tuesday.
        Those actions could take the form of strike enforcement brigades,  such as pickets, blockades and marches, he said.
        There will be a mass rally from noon until 1 p.m. at 14th Street  and Broadway, and there will be themed actions and marches around downtown  from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
        At 3 p.m., Occupy Oakland protesters are encouraged to join the  "March for Dignity and Resistance," which is stressing worker and immigration  rights.
        That march will begin at the Fruitvale Plaza, continue to San  Antonio Park, on Foothill Boulevard between 16th and 18th avenues, and wind  up in downtown Oakland.
        Angell said Occupy Oakland protesters and participants in the  March for Dignity and Resistance will then converge downtown between 6 p.m.  and 7 p.m.