National Strike for the American Middle and Working Classes!

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Bank CEOS and other executives have bankrupted their companies—and then come running to us for help.

Insurance and pharmaceutical corporations play games with our health and the well-being of our loved ones and focus only on their bottom line.

OUR treasury is run by former Goldman Sachs executives with an open door to Wall St which is allowed to write their own regulation and STEAL billions of our money—-after depleting our pensions. They are not required to account for the money—and are continuing to pay HUGE bonuses to the THIEVES who broke our economy. And no one is prosecuted.

This is economic treason.

Lobbyists and corporations buy our congress and senators to vote for THEIR interests, not OURS.

Our new administration is, sadly, allowing lobbyists and corporations to dictate our legislation and our future.

The top income bracket as recently as 1980 used to pay 70% income tax—and NOW pay LESS than the middle and working classes who have borne the brunt of carrying this economy too long.

WAGES HAVE STAGNATED FOR OVER TWO DECADES, and with a too-small job market, wages have fallen even further and employers are taking advantage and exploiting the situation.



Because of our current Depression and in remembrance of the Stock Market Crash of 1929, the date is:



The people in other countries take to the streets when their government and societies are corrupt. We must do this, too.

It’s time for another revolution that will remind us of our power AND remind these criminals why they need to FEAR US.

WE are the economy. WE are the government. This country belongs TO US.

*** THURSDAY, OCT 29th.***



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30 Responses to “National Strike for the American Middle and Working Classes!”

  1. 1 Salander
    October 9, 2009 at 4:50 am

    Your call for a national strike was aired on the Mike Malloy Show tonight, Oct. 8; otherwise, I might not have heard of it. Count me in. Moreover, actively email your call to other organizations working for the preservation of the middle class, peace, and various issues that deeply affect us all but are now being wrecked by corporatists – Constitutional rights, economic justice, healthcare, protection of organic crops, etc. I will do this and hope that other participants will too. Corporatists are only affected by what taps their wallet. Tap it; and remember that “no spending” includes gasoline and, so far as possible, no use of utilities.

  2. October 9, 2009 at 6:24 am

    The unions have been contacted to support this strike. They need to stand up with pride and remind everyone of their contributions to this country, and the building of the middle class.

    They need to take a strong, proud role, front and center, as we work to rebuild our country and economy.

    We cannot do anything about our dire situation without communities pulling together, working people pulling together, and organizing to build leverage against corrupt corporations and our corrupt government.

    We need each other to move forward—-a day of unity will remind us of how many of US there are out here!

    Contact your local union chapter and talk with colleagues, family and friends.

    Millions of us are suffering and NO ONE IS LISTENING!

    It’s time to get their attention.

    • 3 Leanne
      October 17, 2009 at 6:40 pm

      I totally support this…problem is that if unions publicly endorse this, it is an unfair labor practice and therefore against the law. Not like it would be in anyone’s best interest to prosecute everyone for the best message WE THE PEOPLE have the power to send…

      • October 17, 2009 at 10:03 pm

        Good point to consider—unions could use this as an organizing tool, potentially, and do more education about how much *all* working people have benefited from unions, and how our future is tied to coming together, organizing, and leveraging our collective power.

  3. October 9, 2009 at 6:25 am

    ALSO: if people can make use of stickers to announce this special day … so much the better!

  4. 6 Paul McNaughton
    October 9, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    A great idea. We need to do the same thing to show our feelings regarding the social security decision to stop giving COL raises while Government employees continue to keep up with inflation by getting increases in their pensions and benefits.

    Paul McNaughton

  5. 7 janey
    October 10, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    wont be hard for me sence i have no spending money…have already bought my $120.00 worth of groceries this month… very serious

  6. October 13, 2009 at 5:44 am

    Done. I’ll spread the word to those who hear my voice.

  7. 9 LiberalChiroDoc
    October 16, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    I appreciate the idea but this reminds me of the “gas strike” proposed over the internet last year when gas was hitting $4/gallon thanks to speculators. We won’t buy gas one day, but we’ll have to buy it the next day. We won’t work 1 day, but the lost wages will cause us to have to work harder the next day.

    Devote your energy to candidates willing to put themselves out there like Marcy Winograd – http://www.winograd4congress.com/ – or Anthony Woods – http://www.anthonywoodsforcongress.com/ – get them elected and help change the country.

    But best of luck on 10/29.

    • October 16, 2009 at 5:04 pm

      I get that comparison and appreciate hearing about candidates who are promising to truly represent their constituents.

      But the strike isn’t just for those in power, it’s for US, to remind us of our own power and leverage.

      It would be a striking thing (pardon the pun) to see deserted offices and streets throughout the land on Oct 29th. It would get the media’s attention (perhaps) at how dire the situation really is.

      Thanks for your comment—

  8. October 17, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    Here is another idea I am proposing a Middle Class amendment to protect our middle class society check it out:

    Rep. David Bly

  9. 12 Michael O'Donnell
    October 22, 2009 at 9:13 am

    Have you set up a Facebook group and event for this yet? It would spread the word faster.

  10. 13 Karen Kennedy
    October 26, 2009 at 3:41 am

    I am in favor of the National Strike Day. As I work with children, I can not take the day off, but will not buy anything. Keep this movement going. The word will catch on. Let’s plan ahead now for the next one. Look toward a time when school children are out of school. Maybe sometime again in the first week of January?

    With ya,


  11. October 28, 2009 at 5:08 am

    I’m self-employed, but I will stay home and play drums all day.

  12. 16 Kate
    October 29, 2009 at 1:27 am

    We also intend to participate in the National Strike, it would be nice if as many people as participated in the National Student Strike of 1970 would take part, but we have to start somewhere, correct? Being unemployed, we don’t have to worry about not showing up for work. However, we have no intention of purchasing anything, but do intend to spend the day contacting our public officials yet another time.

    • October 29, 2009 at 1:35 am

      Thanks for your comment and support. It would be wonderful to send a strong message to our elected officials tomorrow.

      There should be several stories A DAY about JOBS, JOBS, JOBS—the about the bank executive bonuses.

      And YES; everyone should have their representative and senator’s number in the mobile phone/directory. When you’re in traffic or waiting in line, CALL THEM and see what they’re doing about a particular issue or about something you read in the news that day.

      We need to be in REGULAR CONTACT with these people; and let them know we’re watching what they do. Good people in government will appreciate the input and feedback.

  13. October 29, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    Just now heard about this strike. Won’t buy anything today, and am unemployed anyway, but want to know when the next strike will be so I can get the word out! I hope this grows and I agree that only by affecting their bottom line will corporations and their water carriers, our elected officials, pay attention to our needs. For this strike to succeed we need a short list of “asks”. What are we striking for in very specific terms? Each strike could have ONE focus or theme– like “Medicare for All”– or there could be a concise list. I’d like the war criminals who took us into Iraq on a pack of lies, who allowed an attack on American soil which murdered thousands, violated international and U.S. law by invading a sovereign country where up to a million have died and many more injured and displaced, tortured detainees, wiped out habeas corpus, spied on US citizens, and promoted fear and hatred, among other crimes, to be brought to justice with independent prosecutors appointed by Congress and trials in the U.S. and World Court.

    • October 29, 2009 at 6:40 pm

      JOBS, JOBS, JOBS. The focus is pointing out the WE are the economy, not the stock market, not Wall St—and if WE DON’T HAVE JOBS, there is no recovery, there is no middle class …. there is no democracy anymore.

      Thank you for your comments.

  14. October 29, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    I’ve already had a few customers email me asking how to buy coffee today.

    Answer: Buy coffee tomorrow.

    Today all they get is a picture of W.C. Fields with a sign saying “Closed on account of Fascism.”

    Starting tomorrow let’s plan the next National Strike.

    Make our presence known by our absence … again … and again … and again … until the government is accountable to the people.

    • October 29, 2009 at 6:54 pm

      What’s frightening is how little discomfort, in terms of protest, that too many Americans are willing to tolerate (like buying coffee! Bring some from home!). It’s an insult to our Founders.

      And in light of how much so many of us have suffered in terms of lost jobs, economic collapse, lost health insurance, foreclosure … a cup of coffee is so small in comparison.

      Thanks for your comments.

  15. October 29, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    October 29, 2009

    On today’s Jeff Farias Show:

    STRIKE !!!

    Today we honor the call for a National Strike Day and will present no broadcast.

    Regular listeners know that one of the most important issues we face is the rise of corporate power and the dismantling of the middle class. Runaway corporate power permeates every aspect of our society.

    We have seen the price of unchecked greed in the banking collapse where billions in taxpayer dollars support record bonus payouts while working people are foreclosed on and tossed out on the street. We’ve seen it in the healthcare debate where millions are spent buying politicians, ‘grassroots’ teagbagging activists and favorable media coverage. We’ve seen the obscene waste and excessive profits of the war service industry in the pre-emptive wars we fight and dictators we prop up on behalf of US corporate interests. We have seen enough to know that we the people are not being represented.

    In the film SICKO, Michael Moore attempted to understand why the French have a healthcare system and social safety net superior to what we have. He concluded that the French are willing to demand better and the general strike was a powerful means of expressing those demands. Moore concluded that the French government feared the power of its’ people and acted accordingly.

    Today we stand in support of a general strike of the working and middle classes to demand our government work to end unbridled corporate dominance of our society and toward a government acting on behalf of we the people.

    – Jeff Farias

    • October 29, 2009 at 8:02 pm

      Thank you for using your bully pulpit to inspire civic participation.

      Until Americans DEMAND MORE of our government, we will continue to be overlooked, ignored, and left out of our own economy and political process.

      • October 30, 2009 at 3:05 am

        We’d better do this again, and again, and again, until we’re heard, and until we get more advertisement, and the attention of those who are out of work and suffering. The hounded middle class who have little choice but to stand up and fight back if they (we) expect to maintain their/our civil rights against encroachment of the rapacious, bloodless international corporation and finance firms who are literally fencing us in. You don’t need FEMA camps when the whole country if a Gulag. So when is the next general strike? Time to find your Wobbly roots y’all!

        Organize, organize, organize!!!

  16. October 30, 2009 at 3:08 am

    We’d better do this again, and again, and again, until we’re heard, and until we get more advertisement, and the attention of those who are out of work and suffering. The hounded middle class who have little choice but to stand up and fight back if they (we) expect to maintain their/our civil rights against encroachment of the rapacious, bloodless international corporations and finance firms who are literally fencing us in. You don’t need FEMA camps when the whole country is a Gulag. So when is the next general strike? Time to find your Wobbly roots y’all!

    Organize, organize, organize!!!

  17. 26 Stephen Verchinski
    October 31, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    Thanks for having done this. I did not buy anything corporate that day.
    I went back to my home and made dinner…simple and thought about the
    millions who are unemployed and facing individual disasters because of the
    big time crooks. Brought out my old book by Bartlett and Steele “America, who
    really pays the taxes” and Thom Hartmanns “Unequal Protection” and reread the dissenting
    opinion by William O Douglas in Wheeling Steel v. Glander in 1949..

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