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Time to Call a General Strike

March 7, 2011 – It’s time to call for a General Strike. That’s extremely hard to write, for so very many reasons. Every single chicken is on its way home to roost – peak oil, economic collapse, climate disruption – and the roost consists of a continent full of people with their heads stuck in the sand. When would have been a better time? Never. Is there ever a good time? Yes. The present. Right now. Why? Because so much is so wrong, and it’s up to us to try to make it right. It won’t happen the first day of the strike, or the second. In fact, things might get worse, for a while.
The best place for the strike is Washington, D.C., so groups of people would need to charter buses to get there. The reason DC is the best place is because our representatives are so unaware of us. They think they’re far enough away from us that they can do whatever they want and not be found out. We need to get up close and personal, remind them of who is boss, impress upon them what needs to be done, and then stick around to make sure they do it. Short of that, expect business as usual.
Either way, don’t expect to like it. Bill McKibben is taking names at Post Carbon Institute, if you think there’s even the slightest chance you might want to participate. You’re not obligated. He may just be waiting for critical mass, and he’ll have a better idea from the numbers of people who sign up.
In the meantime, a bill has been introduced in the House of Representatives, allowing states to decide who is a person. This is intended to take aim at the Supreme Court’s decision, allowing corporations to donate to political campaigns. Please make it a point to write to your representative today, to let him/her know that you support this bill.
I haven’t forgotten The Joy of Cooking – stay tuned!


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