The May 2012 Insurrection

Unite, General Strike!

Wage Slaves Unite, General Strike! Photo: Nick Whalen.

Hey you dreamers, strikers and new left redeemers out there!

For thirty-one magical days beginning this Tuesday, May 1, we take the plunge and Strike! We block the Golden Gate Bridge; occupy a Manhattan-bound tunnel; seize the ports.

In 115 cities, we march into banks, erect tents and refuse to leave. We disrupt financial institutions forcing thousands to preemptively close. Five thousand of us pray, dance, sleep on Wall Street and in front of the Fed and if the Bloombergs of the world bring out paramilitary police to intimidate us, we use our social media fire to call out 50,000 more occupiers and intimidate them right back.

In the week before the G8 and NATO summits, we light the spark globally. We occupy hundreds of squares in cities on every continent – from Paris to Berlin, Toronto to Athens, São Paulo to Bucharest and beyond. We up the ante with direct actions that paralyze capitalism.

For a few days, maybe for a full month, we act as if we already live in a world run by people, not corporations.

Globalize this

Our movement goes geopolitical later in May.

We swarm Chicago and confront NATO. We tell the military elites there to stop their saber rattling against Iran, halt the global arms race and get behind what the majority of the people on Earth want: a nuclear-free world starting with a nuclear-free Middle East that includes both Iran and Israel.

And then when the G8 leaders meet in Camp David, we create a global spectacle the likes of which the world has never seen before.

Millions of us, individually, in flash groups and en masse, we burst out laughing at the lunacy of the eight most powerful political leaders on the planet thinking they can dictate the people’s business from behind closed doors and barbed wire fences.

For one day, we take over the global mindspace with a whirlwind of #LAUGHRIOT jokes. (Like: Why did the G8 chickens cross to Camp David? / Cuz they’re on the other side. Bwahahaha!)

We laugh our heads off on every news broadcast in the world.

May 1968 was the first wildcat general strike in history. It lasted two weeks and was a grand gesture of refusal still remembered. But then it fizzled.

Maybe this May we won’t?

–Adbusters on Transition Voice

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