May Day Communique

Occupy Otautahi Christchurch
General Assembly Consensus

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Kia ora koutou,

We stand in commemoration of the millions of workers sacrificed in the 1914-1918 imperialist war, and all workers so needlessly lost, at the antipodean marking of ANZAC Day. We memorialise Fred Evans, the first New Zealand worker killed in political action for a better world and working conditions, struck down by a police baton at Waihi in November 1912. Equally, we remember Ernie Abbott and Christine Clark, and wish the world to know their names too, so that New Zealand does not forget them along with workers’ struggle. We point out that Aotearoa-NZ led the world by implementing – in the same week – the eight-hour workday alongside the Treaty of Waitangi and preceding the first electoral votes for women, in February 1840. By that under-respected heritage we proudly stand, against all the dishonoured promise.

For May Day 2012, we urge workers worldwide to look to the traditions and methods of direct democracy, workers’ councils, syndicated economic management and political revolution, and celebrate that the time for ordinary working people to govern our own lives has finally arrived.

We join with workers worldwide in calling corrupt governance to account, through the occupation of workplaces, public spaces and streets, with general strike action to bring the rule of injustice down. The failing mismanagement by the 1%, of all the world’s resources and accumulated wealth, is very clear for all to see. We no longer accept it or support it in any way. We do not accept your wars or false borders, your racist, sexist, ageist, homophobic, gender and disability oppression, your corporate greed or the destructive competition to exist by which you thrive. We defend freedom of thought, belief and expression that respects all people’s identical human rights. Your reign and controls – those of the monopoly capitalist class – are at an end.

We are the future – your future. We are your children and your grandchildren, and the powers of wasteful capital are over. We refuse them. We are environmentalists, socialists and the aware. We are anarchist and communist, and we are neither – we are the sustainable transition of society that no-one can avoid. We are the 99%, and we are moving.

We hereby evict your wealthy elitism and abusive authority – your bad attitude and naughty behaviour – in the name of justice and all that is communally fair and right. A far better world is possible, and we, the people, are building it. Rise up! Kia kaha! Welcome home!


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Source: May Day Communique onto [Canterbury Issues] May Day Communique seeking housing – of good standard – for all 30 April 2012 + diverse echoes:

May Day Communique – Occupy Otautahi Christchurch + Community.Scoop

May Day Communique – Occupy Otautahi Christchurch Local News: Waihi, New Zealand

May Day Communique – Occupy Otautahi Christchurch

May Day Communique – Occupy Otautahi Christchurch

May Day Communique – Occupy Otautahi Christchurch

May Day Communique – Occupy Otautahi Christchurch Fred Evans

May Day Communique – Occupy Otautahi Christchurch Muslim Discount .com

Call for May Day rally for mothers and carers Waitemata Unite 26 April 2012

InterOccupy May Day Communique “support all forms of nonviolent protest, not just on May Day, but every day.. communication, coordination, and activation. The conference calls leading up to May Day were contentious at points.. May Day is but one day where we demonstrate our choice for change”

Why Strike? A Brief History of May Day 1886: “the ‘subterranean fire’ could not be put out. The struggle against capitalism continued, ultimately winning a shorter working day as mass strikes were organized by workers throughout the 19th and 20th centures, inspired by the martyrs who led one of the greatest rebellions of American workers.” Scott Johnson

Eight Hour Day “2006 marks the 150th anniversary of the Eight Hour Day in Victoria. Action taken by stonemasons on 21 April 1856 led to the establishment and maintenance of the Eight Hour Day, recognised internationally as a world first. The Eight Hour Day became a symbol of the rights of workers to organise to achieve their rights not only as workers, but as citizens in a democratic society.”

The May 2012 Insurrection Tactical Briefing #30 “May 1968 was the first wildcat general strike in history … it lasted two weeks and was a grand gesture of refusal still remembered, but then it fizzled … maybe this May we won’t?” blog + Why are we striking? Or to put it another way – what’s wrong with the world? “collective sense of powerlessness and default apathy.. Our recognition that the ruling class’s seat at the top of the pyramid is prepared and propped up by the working class is why we’re striking. Our knowledge that it’s actually the CEO who is the most dependent among us, and that the ones truly indispensable to our society are not bankers, lobbyists and politicians, but workers, teachers and engineers, is why we’re striking.. The fact that you might not have known why we’re striking, and you didn’t get and maybe still don’t get what Occupy Wall Street is about, is why we’re striking. And who can blame you?.. The fact that it’s entirely possible you could go about your day today and not hear a thing about the general strike, is why we’re striking.. another reason we’re striking has to do with our political system – the way it thrives and prospers by pitting us against ourselves, encouraging us to demonize each other while discouraging us from disagreeing civilly” 30 Apr 2012 + Primitive Times .com “a new media source and Occupy think tank” blog

"Occupy" by Chomsky 1 May 2012

Occupy Chomsky 1May12 Occupy Los Angeles + May Day Noam Chomsky “People seem to know about May Day everywhere except where it began, here in the United States of America. That’s because those in power have done everything they can to erase its real meaning. For example, Ronald Reagan designated what he called “Law Day” – a day of jingoist fanaticism, like an extra twist of the knife in the labor movement. Today, there is a renewed awareness, energized by the Occupy movement’s organizing, around May Day, and its relevance for reform and perhaps eventual revolution. If you’re a serious revolutionary, then you are not looking for an autocratic revolution, but a popular one which will move towards freedom and democracy. That can take place only if a mass of the population is implementing it, carrying it out, and solving problems. They’re not going to undertake that commitment, understandably, unless they have discovered for themselves that there are limits to reform. A sensible revolutionary will try to push reform to the limits, for two good reasons. First, because the reforms can be valuable in themselves. People should have an eight-hour day rather than a twelve-hour day. And in general, we should want to act in accord with decent ethical values. Secondly, on strategic grounds, you have to show that there are limits to reform. Perhaps sometimes the system will accommodate to needed reforms. If so, well and good. But if it won’t, then new questions arise. Perhaps that is a moment when resistance is necessary, steps to overcome the barriers to justified changes. Perhaps the time has come to resort to coercive measures in defense of rights and justice, a form of self-defense. Unless the general population recognizes such measures to be a form of self-defense, they’re not going to take part in them, at least they shouldn’t. If you get to a point where the existing institutions will not bend to the popular will, you have to eliminate the institutions. May Day started here, but then became an international day in support of American workers who were being subjected to brutal violence and judicial punishment. Today, the struggle continues to celebrate May Day not as a ‘law day’ as defined by political leaders, but as a day whose meaning is decided by the people, a day rooted in organizing and working for a better future for the whole of society.” + book review: “Since its sudden appearance in September 2011, the Occupy Movement has spread to thousands of towns and cities across the world. For some it’s the economy. For others, it’s something deeper. Through relentless organizing and ongoing civil disobedience, the movement now occupies the global conscience as its influence spreads from street assemblies and protests to op-ed pages and the corridors of power. From the movement’s onset, Noam Chomsky was there, offering his voice, his support, and his detailed analysis of what’s been going down and what might be done. In Occupy, Chomsky presents his latest thinking on the core issues, questions and demands that are driving ordinary people to protest. How did we get to this point? How do the wealthiest 1% influence society? How can we separate money from politics? What would a genuine democracy look like? How can we create new institutions to increase freedom and equality for all? Following the old course, says Chomsky, isn’t going to work. He argues that if we continue to follow the model of growth set for us by the 1%, we’ll be like lemmings walking off a cliff. The only alternative is to get involved and fight for a better future. If not now, when? If not us, who? Read this book if you want to do something to protect freedom, democracy, and the economy from further corporate influence and control.” + Mayday! Mayday! “Mayday!” Bankers Panic Over May Day Demonstrations

The Landscape of May Day in New York “call for a general strike on May Day.. originated from Occupy Los Angeles’ General Assembly in December.. calls for a general strike raise challenging questions about what a strike could even look like in a society with the lowest rates of union membership in generations.. a general strike is the third step in a process occasionally having four steps: in case the general strike doesn’t achieve its goals because the demonic elite decide to use force and double down in their bunkers, then there is the Indefinite General Strike which extends the General Strike until its goals are met. This last action is the closest I have come to knowing successful non-violent national-level mass action and it is something we should be thinking about very seriously as a primary weapon to bring down the demonic elite, the fascist-racist power structure..” Truthout 18 April 2012

Spanish general strike – in pictures “Spanish workers staged a 24-hour general strike to protest against the governments labour reforms. Spain has one of the highest levels of unemployment in the eurozone, with the number of jobless reaching 5 million in January” + GENERAL STRIKE! “Spain’s indignados inspire Occupy” Adbusters 29 Mar 2012

The Make-Believe World of David Graeber: Reflections on the ideology underlying the failed occupation of Zuccotti Park “The effort to remake society by multiplying and weaving together autonomous spaces is back to Square One.. time to think seriously about what went wrong and why it went wrong, in order not to repeat the mistakes of the past.. ” 11 April 2012 via Redline + International Workers Day – the struggle continues 2 May 2012 + poster

Reviving the Strike “the labor movement must revive an effective strike based on the traditional tactics of labor – stopping production and workplace-based solidarity. The blog also promotes my book, due to be published by IG Publishing in May 2011, Reviving the Strike: How Working People Can Regain Power and Transform America” + From Activism 2 Organizing – Questions about organizing to build power? “An Interview with Joe Burns, author of Reviving the Strike at Lawrence, Mass. Bread and Roses Centennial April 28th, 2012.. Many in the Occupy movement have called for a general strike on May 1st but most Occupy activists aren’t involved in labor organizations or organized in their workplaces. While General Assemblies may be somewhat effective institutions at reaching the agreement of assorted activists around future direct actions, workplace stoppages require the large scale participation of workers in decision-making structures. The interview below gives some organizing advice for those who have called the general strike. I hope that this interview will inspire Occupy activists to consider the difficult work ahead that is needed to build democracy in the workplace” + From Occupy to Organize manual + Organising against workfare 20 November 2011

1/5 Peace.alt: World Liberation Day Meditation on 5-5-2012 “It is time to take action! It is time to take the destiny of our world in our own hands! Therefore we will meet in groups large and small, as individuals and couples, at the exact time of full moon this May. Millions of us will gather and visualize the liberation of our planet from the tyranny of the central bankers so that for the first time in our history we will have the chance to create our own destiny as free citizens of the Earth. There is a plan, conceived by positive people in the military, supported by civil authority, to arrest the members of the banking Cabal for their crimes against humanity. Our visualization will support this plan, so that it manifests as soon as possible, as non-violently and smoothly as possible. We will support brave heroes that will carry out this plan. Something like this has never happened on this planet before. This is our chance to be a part of it! Our mass effort on this day will be the trigger that will activate the plan so that it may come to its fruition. Our visualization on that day is our declaration of freedom and independence. Make this viral! Share it worldwide! We will all be doing this visualization at the same time, the moment of full moon”

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