National General Strike


    We encourage all who are able to demonstrate their resistance in any of the following ways.

    • Do not work (if possible). Post your support on social media.
    • Do not purchase anything.
    • “#BreakLunch” Use your lunch break to disrupt and participate:
      • Use social media to show how you #BreakLunch. Tweet, FB, Instagram, and Snapchat messages that support democracy. Include hashtags #BreakLunch, #GeneralStrike, #F17
      • Donate your lunch money that day to cause you believe in. Post about it and use those same hashtags.
      • Get creative and show the world how you #BreakLunch
    • Reach out to your representatives in Washington DC or your state and tell them why you are “striking” today, and post about it using strike related hash tags.
    • Join with other like-minded folks and occupy public space with positive messages of resistance and solidarity on our events page.
    • Get creative, always be nonviolent, and consider fun ways of showing dissent.
    • Participate in the National Day of Community Service to coincide with the General Strike on February 17.  We hope this will allow folks who cannot ‘strike’ to take advantage of their employer’s commitment to Community Service and Community Service Leave request systems.  We will announce more details and how to participate once we have confirmed commitment from institutions with whom we are currently negotiating.
    • Make your feelings known at any of a series of First Amendment Open-Mic gatherings.  Again, more details and participating venues to follow.
    • If you are a teacher or student, please consider participating in the National Teach-In on Democracy set to take place February 17.  Keep your students engaged.
    • This is not a National Day-Off; we’ve got work to do!!  Get out and get busy!!! Be Peaceful! Have fun!”

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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).

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