The Occupy movements are making statements that join the past with the future. A general strike is one of the greatest tools available to individuals.
The United States of America is founded on the idea that every individual has the same rights as another. Corporations are not individuals, they do not have the same rights as an individual. The United States Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission has had a major impact on how campaigns are funded. Corporations now have more rights than an individuals. Corporations, through the the use of money, policy and political influence and their sheer size, have the power and ability to undermine, eroded individual freedoms.
Corporations now have more rights than individuals, but they don’t have the ultimate power that an individual has at their disposal.
Individuals joining together have the ability to hold corporations accountable, to shut them down, to bring about change and persuade them do what is ethical and right.
It may seem that corporations have greater power than the individual and at time that may be true. When individuals join together they have more power, we become stronger and more powerful.
A general strike is just one way individuals can exercise power, the power individuals joining together can bring to bear against corporations. General strikes are rare in the United States, yet when used they can have massive power.
Corporations must acknowledge or be forced to acknowledge the power of individuals.
We the people have the power and we must continue working together to bring about change.
Today, workers, students and others in Oakland will join in the first general strike our nation has seen this century – and one with echoes in San Francisco history.