Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Is now the time for a general strike?

On the next Your Call, we'll discuss general strikes as an activist tactic. Last Wednesday, Occupy Oakland's General Assembly voted to support a general strike of the city, to be held today. Over 96% of the protesters at the Assembly voted in favor. So what will this mean? How will it be accomplished and what is the end goal? What is the history of general strikes in the Bay Area? It's your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you.

Dwight Mcelroy is a 55 year resident of the city of Oakland and 26 year employee and the chapter president of SEIU 1021, the Oakland chapter of the Service Employees International Union.

Historian Laurence H. Shoup has taught U.S. history at the university level and has been a historical consultant on California history for over 30 years. He graduated from California State University Los Angeles and received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University.

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