general strikes

"If Gezi never happened, the anger at mass murder at Soma could not have burst forth from the people"

In keeping with tradition, the following is an interview with Turkish IWW member Yusuf Cemal about the Soma mining disaster.

Turkish miners: Soma workers murdered for profits

Hundreds of thousands of workers have taken part in a one-day strike, and clashes with police have broken out, after hundreds of coal miners died in Turkey's worst mining disaster, which was no "accident".

From mass strike to new society - Jeremy Brecher

Excellent text by Jeremy Brecher examining where mass strikes have progressed into the working class attempting to run society in its own interests and the lessons we can learn from them.

On the Passage of a Few Thousand People Through a Brief Period of Time

The deployment of austerity measures in Portugal gives the context to several resistance struggles and events that come under detailed description and analysis from a critical perspective.

Resolutions

General strike!

If there’s one thing, politically, that I want to happen in 2014 it’s for leftists to drop the demand for a 24 hour general strike from above and start building for an all out general strike from below.

Images from 1946 Rochester general strike

Pictures from the 1946 Rochester, New York general strike, which happened in response to the mass firings of city workers attempting to organize a union. Pictures originally posted at Rochester Labor.

Images from 1946 Oakland general strike

Images from the 1946 Oakland general strike. Mostly taken from the University of California-Berkeley's online archive.

Forgotten revolution: Limerick soviet, 1919 - Liam Cahill

Historian Liam Cahill's look at the 1919 Limerick soviet and the conditions in which it was created.

The dock workers strike and San Francisco general strike, 1934 - Jeremy Brecher

Silent funeral procession for workers killed by police, San Francisco, 1934

Jeremy Brecher's history of the 1934 strike of dock workers and the San Francisco general strike it sparked, against casual hiring methods on the docks, which was bitterly opposed by employers, the state and the unions.

Reanimating Histories of Struggle as Weapons against Neoliberalism – An Interview with Don Kingsbury

Summary: Reflecting on the building occupations at UC Santa Cruz in 2009-2010 and cross-pollination between student and worker struggles, Don Kingsbury highlights the need to excavate and reanimate histories of radical movements. Under the conditions of academic precarity, and against the neoliberal privatization of the general intellect, Don calls for turning communities of necessity into communities of resistance.