From:   noia efrat <>
Sent time:   Saturday, October 29, 2011 11:58:06 AM
Subject:   Re: [GlobalRevolutionMedia] Re: General Strike / Do Not Strike

Shawn, I agree with you completely. Can you repost this on the GS googlegroup discussion so that we can internally discuss the different implications of "promoting", "supporting" and "informing" and how we can navigate those differences in the context of the GS working group?

On Sat, Oct 29, 2011 at 1:55 PM, noia efrat <> wrote:

On Sat, Oct 29, 2011 at 1:49 PM, Shawn Carrié <> wrote:
I've read the threads, allow me te clarify my statement:

A strike is only effective if many people participate.  All the
wavering on whether or not to 'go big' on an announcement is not
getting us anywhere.  And trust me, I understand the concerns about
how it will be perceived by people if it seems like OWS is 'endorsing'
this - I work in Publicity.  I've talked to several reporters.  I know
we have to be careful.  But at the core of our principles is that idea
that each one of us in autonomous and free to make our own decisions,
and the GA is not a body that 'represents' anybody.  We are just a
place for people to organize together.  We don't vote on whether we're
going to strike - if I want to strike I strike, and if you want to,
you can too.  I can give you all the information and encourage you to
strike, but we can't say "you're going to strike".  That's part of
what we're fighting against.

So my point was that, I very much understand the reluctance to dive
into an action like setting up a page that would say "NYC GENERAL
STRIKE".  Anybody who is not going to strike isn't going to decide to
do so just because of a website.  But there (are) people who would not
strike if they didn't know that they have comrades who are doing the
same, in solidarity with them.  Let us not be afraid.  If there are
people who want to call on people not to strike, they are also free to
do so.  But we are all autonomous.  This is purely keeping to GA
structure and democratic principles.  If we get consensus on a
proposal, a new proposal is required in order to contest the first
one.  It's our right to call for a strike, if you're against it you
are also free to use your voice, but you cannot silence anyone else's