This is a collection of information and links indicating why a Nationwide Strike in the USA is being called out on March 31, 2011.
March 31 is set as the date for a Nationwide Strike in the USA. You may go to this link to see how you might join in your state.
If you’re just catching up with what’s happening, here are some suggested essential and basic readings on the Walker government’s attacks on bargaining rights of teachers and librarians and trash collectors and other public employees in Wisconsin that started this, what is happening nationally, and how to fight back on a number of fronts.
We’re aware that no “introductory” piece is perfect and that every commentator on Wisconsin, strikes, the USA, politics has an “angle” that leaves out other perspectives. However, we think that these are all at least very informative.
If you have good readings that are appropriate for this section, please suggest them in this discussion thread if you’d like them to be added here. (In the interests of time, we may organize another way of doing this, so you can add links yourselves. We also reserve the right not to include them, as we want to keep this list short and essential. Thanks!)
What’s Happening in Wisconsin, Explained
Basics of what’s happening in Wisconsin, from Mother Jones magazine.
Plutocracy Now: What Wisconsin is Really All About
More background on Wisconsin, and the real reasons the Walker government attacked public workers by removing their bargaining rights. (Recent history starts on page 3 of this 5-page article.) Another one from Mother Jones mag.
Naomi Klein: The “Shock Doctrine” Unleashed by Right Wingers in Wisconsin and Throughout the Country
What state governments across the USA are getting out of recent legislative attacks on bargaining rights of public workers. An interview with Naomi Klein on Alternet.
WHAT IS A GENERAL STRIKE?
WHAT WILL IT ACCOMPLISH?
General Strikes: Frequently Asked Questions and a brief history of what they have accomplished
F.A.Q. and a brief history. Created by the Madison South Central Federation of Labor.
HISTORICAL DATA, HARD FACTS, CHARTS AND STATS
See our discussion forum thread here.
MORE TO COME…
Please suggest readings and see other people’s recommendations in this discussion thread. Thanks!
NOTES ON TIMING OF MARCH 2011
Stoda, Kevin, “HBO GETS IT, DO YOU–AMERICA??? GOTTA BE A REVOLUTION” http://www.opednews.com/articles/HBO-GETS-IT-DO-YOU-AMERI-by-Kevin-Anthony-Stod-110313-622.html