September 21, 2007
GENERAL STRIKE FOR PEACE
DON’T WORK! DON’T SPEND!
If Congress cannot or will not stop the war, the people must. Strike for peace on 21 September 2007. On 21 September 2007 we will not work and we will not spend. We will demonstrate against war. Join us. Show your support for peace. Don’t work. Don’t spend.
The general strike is the most powerful action we can take to show our opposition to the actions of those in charge of the war machine. Much, if not all, of their power derives from the economic engine we fuel with our labor and with our consumption. Every bit of labor we withhold and every reduction in our consumption is power we retain from them. That is why George Bush’s advice to us in response to the 911 tragedy was to go out and spend.
He and the rest of the masters of war know that a portion of every dollar you spend and every dollar you earn is siphoned out of the economy to finance war and to provide profits to the merchants of death. You have the power to keep this money from the masters of war. While it is obvious that you must work and you must spend in order to survive, you can for a day or part of a day withhold your labor and refuse to spend any or some of the money you have earned.
The war machine can operate in the face of a certain amount of dissent. Its power to do so is, however, limited. There is a point at which sufficient solidarity between the people can cause the war machine to grind to a halt. Our goal is to get sufficient participation in the 21 September 2007 general strike to raise the level of dissent beyond that at which the war machine can continue to operate. We will then strike again on 19 October 2007 and again on 16 November 2007. In December we will strike for two days on the 21st and the 22nd. Imagine 22 December 2007 as an utter holiday gift buying failure for the corporations. We can make it happen.
We can stop war. To do so, however, requires your participation. If you are ready to commit to striking, tell us. If you are willing to help us organize or have suggestions as to how people can participate, contact us. If you are willing to help support the effort financially, donate. If you want to become a listed supporter, let us know. If you have questions, ask.
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