National Strike: February 17th.


Demonstrators block an escalator at the international terminal as protests against President Donald Trump's executive order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries continue at San Francisco International Airport, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Olga Rodriguez).

Demonstrators block an escalator at the international terminal as protests against President Donald Trump’s executive order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries continue at San Francisco International Airport, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Olga Rodriguez).

In a column for the Guardian on Monday, American writer Francine Prose called for a “nonviolent national general strike” to demonstrate “how many of us there are, how strong and committed we are, how much we can accomplish.”

She wrote: “Let’s designate a day on which no one (that is, anyone who can do so without being fired) goes to work, a day when no one shops or spends money, a day on which we truly make our economic and political power felt.”

Calls to do just that have been circulating online recently, with activists setting Feb. 17 — the Friday before President’s Day — as the day for a #nationalstrike against the presidency of Donald Trump.

No one working, no one buying anything, for one day. I realize not everyone will be able to blithely ignore their job for one day, but if you can get away with it, please, please, do. Affinity will be closed for the strike on Friday, February 17th, and I will post a reminder prior to the day. Pretty sure most people can manage to forgo shopping for one day. Be ungovernable.

The full, in-depth story is at News.Mic.

Comments

  1. says

    I would like to be able to do this, and I have the privilege of having personal days that I could use. But part of the point of this is to let people know that you’re taking the day off in order to make a statement. I fear that would be detrimental to my career. Damned traditional, conservative industry!

  2. says

    Isilzha Mir, I think taking the day and refraining from buying is the most important thing. Whatever you tell your boss isn’t so important.

    Great American Satan, I think that’s a fine thing to do, if you can afford it. I know a lot of people simply will not have the leeway to do this, so solidarity shown in other ways is great.

  3. Meeker Morgan says

    Tomorrow.

    I work in downtown Chicago. I am a member of a union and will not cross any picket lines.

    I will report back if I see anything out of the ordinary.

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