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Strike4Democracy: National Day of Action to Push Back Against Assaults on Democratic Principles

On Friday, February 17, 2017, Strike4Democracy will coordinate over 100 strike actions across the United States, and beyond, to plan for a series of mass strikes to stand up for America’s democratic principles. As the nation suffers through ICE raids, travel bans, Trump’s mobilization on the border wall, as well as attacks on the rights of workers, women, people of color, the LGBTQ+ community, and our environment, February 17th provides a beacon to those who are searching for a way to protect and defend our shared humanity. People across the country have begun to realize that we must diversify tactics, as protests and marches are only the first step. Strike4Democracy amplifies a new chapter of nonviolent resistance ushered in over the last six weeks.

We call on participants in Strike4Democracy to rise up in their local communities on February 17th to hold events that build towards a series of mass strikes. The first mass strike is planned on March 8, organized by International Women’s Day and The Women’s March. We also anticipate strikes on May Day and a heightening resistance throughout the summer.

Strike4Democracy’s message to the Administration and Congressional leaders is clear:

  • STOP the authoritarian assault on our fundamental, constitutional rights, the very principles that have truly made America great;
  • STOP attacking and victimizing women, Muslims, immigrants, racial and ethnic groups, the LGBTQ+ community, working families, journalists, and all who offer criticisms of the Administration’s policies including the U.S. judicial branch;
  • REALIZE that America’s true strength lies in the values of inclusivity not exclusivity.

As citizens and supporters come together to register their deep dissatisfaction with the President and the current administration’s unconstitutional, inhumane policies and behavior, February 17th marks a heightened effort to provide a beacon for those who share our concerns and who search for a way to “do something.” Together we speak with one voice. We say:

  • NO to attacks on our marginalized communities
  • NO to attacks on the sovereignty of indigenous peoples
  • NO to attacks on constructive critics within and outside government
  • NO to attacks on our constitutionally guaranteed rights
  • NO to attacks on our environment
  • NO to attacks on working families
  • NO to attacks on public education

February 17th Action

  • Don’t Work (If you can). Instead plan or take part in an event in your community:
    • Plan/Participate in a Day of Service
    • Join with other like-minded folks and occupy public space with positive messages of resistance and solidarity.
  • Do not purchase anything.
  • “#BreakLunch” Use your lunch break to disrupt and participate:
    • Use social media to show how you #BreakLunch. Tweet, FB, Instagram, and Snapchat messages that support democracy. Include hashtags #BreakLunch, #GeneralStrike, #F17
    • Donate your lunch money that day to cause you believe in. Post about it and use those same hashtags.
    • Get creative and show the world how you #BreakLunch
  • Reach out to your representatives in Washington DC or your state and tell them why you are “striking” today, and post about it using strike related hash tags.
  • If you are a teacher or student, please consider participating in the Teach-In on Democracy. Keep your students engaged.
  • This is not a National Day-Off; we’ve got work to do!! Get out and get busy!!! Be Peaceful! Have fun!

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Eric Williams