As of Feb. 6, at least 16,000 presumably soon-to-be-unemployed rabble-rousers reportedly planned to engage in a strike on Feb. 17 to express their unified displeasure with President Donald Trump.
The idea was reportedly the brainchild of Francine Prose, an American writer who last month penned a piece for The Guardian calling for a “nonviolent national general strike.”
“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, a day when we make it clear: how many of us there are, how strong and committed we are, how much we can accomplish,” she wrote.
As of Monday evening, 16,000 had signaled their intent to participate.
Also featured on the page were five absurd demands, including “No Ban, No Wall,” “Healthcare For All,” No Pipelines,” “End the Global Gag Rule” and “Disclose and Divest.”
Take a look:
According to the event’s official website, the plan was for participants to “not work” and “not purchase anything,” but instead post their support on social media and “(j)oin with other like-minded folks and occupy public space with positive messages of resistance and solidarity.”
There was also a mention of community service, but only as a means to get out of working: “Participate in the National Day of Community Service … We hope this will allow folks who cannot ‘strike’ to take advantage of their employer’s commitment to Community Service and Community Service Leave request systems.”
The basic idea appears to be for strikers to do nothing except be a burden on their fellow citizens, who like the rest of us will be busy that day traveling to/from work and trying to get things done without having to deal with stupid protesters.
The irony is that the only thing these folks will likely accomplish is getting themselves fired. Oh well.
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