What is the significance of May Day?
What does it mean to call for a general strike in the 21st century?
What would a day without the 99% look like?
What are our contemporary labor conditions?
What does it mean to be a worker these days?
What is the role of immigrant labor, unemployment, mass incarceration, domestic labor and precarity in our collective struggles?
Open to all, free, with food provided by OWS kitchen!
Guest speakers will include: Immaneul Ness, Stanley Aronowitz, Michelle Holder, Jeremy Brecher, Ruth Milkman, Gigi Roggero, Barbara Bowen, Paddy Quick, Premilla Nadasen and the OWS Immigrant Worker Justice Working Group.
Studying May Day and the General Strike
A public, 8-week course
Facilitated by OccU in the spirit of Horizontal Pedagogy
Sundays in March and April, 12pm-2pm
Introductory Session: 3/4
Class dates: 3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 4/1, 4/15, 4/22, 4/29
(no class on Easter, 4/8)
Union Square – Southside Stairs
Backup location: 60 Wall St.
On February 14, the New York City General Assembly of Occupy Wall Street passed the following proposal:
May Day 2012
Occupy Wall Street stands in solidarity with the calls for a day without the 99%, a general strike and more! On May Day, wherever you are, we are calling for: *No Work *No School *No Housework *No Shopping *No Banking. TAKE THE STREETS!
Topics to be covered:
General Strikes in History
Histories of May Day
Labor Conditions Today
Struggles in the Global University
|March 4||OWS May Day Planning Committee||Introductory Session – What Does May Day Mean to You?|
|March 11||Immanuel Ness & Jeremy Brecher||What Is the General Strike? – Pillaging the Dustbin of History: What Can We Learn for Occupy May Day?|
|March 18||Paddy Quick & Barbara Bowen||How Can We Fight Austerity?|
|March 25||Ruth Milkman & OWS Immigrant Worker Justice Working Group||Can Immigrant Workers Revitalize the Labor Movement?|
|April 1||Michelle Holder & Premilla Nadasen||What Does Labor Look Like Today? – How Are Informal Workers Redefining the Labor Movement?|
|April 15||Stanley Aronowitz||What Can We Learn from the History of May Day?|
|April 22||Gigi Roggero||Occupy Precarity, Occupy the Crisis : How Can We Overthrow the Global University and Organize the University of the Common?|