Occupy Oakland Plans for General Strike, Occupation of Foreclosed Homes

Occupy Oakland organizers hope to make history again by shutting down the city: the last general strike in the U.S. was in Oakland in 1946.

By Jorge Rivas Nov 01, 2011

Oakland’s last general strike was in 1946, but organizers plan to once again shut down the city on Wednesday. They’re calling on all banks and corporations to close down or the group will "march on them," according to a flyer. Organizers are protesting against the banking industry and last week’s police brutality that occurred when police officials entered the Occupy Oakland encampment.

Occupy Oakland is calling on Oakland residents, students and workers to skip work and school and attend mass gatherings throughout the day.

Some of the city’s largest worker unions — including the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Carpenters Local 713, leading local members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union —  have called on members to be part of the general strike and mass demonstrations on November 2.

"The wealth of the 1 percent is produced by the work of the 99 percent," Occupy Oakland organizer Louise Michel said during a news conference at Broadway and Telegraph Avenue in downtown Oakland, the San Francisco Examiner reports. "The people are awake and don’t want to allow the chokehold capitalism has on our lives anymore."

On Tuesday, the Occupy Oakland twitter stream included a tweet with what seemed like a warning for both commuters and protesters planning to make their way around the city tomorrow. "Remember, tmrw is a General Strike. That means transit may be disrupted. Please make alternate arrangements to get downtown. Car, bike. #OO"

BART, the Bay Area Rapid Transit system, is the fifth busiest rapid transit system in the nation and connects Bay Area suburbs to San Francisco. There is one BART station directly beneath the Occupy Oakland encampment.

On Monday, someone from the same Twitter account posted plans for Occupy Oakland to begin occupying homes that have been foreclosed.