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Miami Builds Power for May 1

Direct Action

In Miami, the local Occupy movement endorsed the Build Power, Show Power campaign at a general assembly on December 19th and established a working group to start building the campaign. The Build Power, Show Power Campaign is part of a national effort to engage the Occupy Movement with broader groups and members of the 99%. We are calling for a national day of bold, direct-action on May 1st, 2012 to demonstrate our power to the 1%. In the lead-up to May 1st, we will "build power" by working locally to plan actions, hold teach-ins, canvass neighborhoods, and build coalitions.

Miami Builds Power for May 1

by Miami Autonomy & Solidarity
Freedom/Libertad #7

In Miami, the local Occupy movement endorsed the Build Power, Show Power campaign at a general assembly on December 19th and established a working group to start building the campaign. The Build Power, Show Power Campaign is part of a national effort to engage the Occupy Movement with broader groups and members of the 99%. We are calling for a national day of bold, direct-action on May 1st, 2012 to demonstrate our power to the 1%. In the lead-up to May 1st, we will "build power" by working locally to plan actions, hold teach-ins, canvass neighborhoods, and build coalitions. On May 1st, we will "show power" by holding a national day of bold, direct actions which can include things such a national General strike, sick-outs, campus occupations, student-walkouts, boycotts, occupying foreclosed and/or empty buildings, and other actions. The campaign doesn't end on May 1st; but the goal is for the build-up to May 1st and for May 1st itself to build and contribute to existing capacity, consciousness, and bottom-up base-level networks and organizations so that we can collectively challenge the top-down power of the 1% in our schools, workplaces, and communities.

Miami has worked to reach out to various other cities’ occupy movements. Some of them had already formed a committee independently of the campaign to start building for May 1st— showing a convergence of thinking across the country on the concept—and some have moved forward to get their local Occupy movement to endorse May 1st and/or to establish a committee to develop organizing around May 1st and the campaign. The initial work has been to build a committee of a couple dozen or so interested organizers, activists, and militants in Miami and with this group build a strategic framework for moving forward. We plan on working with folks from Occupy Fort Lauderdale and Occupy West Palm Beach to coordinate our efforts across South Florida. In addition to individual and organizational outreach, we were able to mass flyer a teachers’ union rally where one of our Occupy Miami and working group members was speaking alongside various labor and community leaders. Our target with flyering was to reach the rank and file teachers and other workers who attended the rally.

In Miami, the majority of the population are either immigrants or children of immigrants. However, although we feel that the immigration struggle is a key part of May 1st, like the composition of Miami and of our committee, May 1st is about more than immigrant rights alone. Our committee is a multi-racial, multi-ethnic committee committed to the immigration struggle *alongside* the struggle of workers, of the unemployed, against foreclosures, against racism, against patriarchy and heterosexism, for public services, of the youth, of students, and of all the ways that the "99%" is exploited, dominated, and oppressed. While we respect the work that organizers and comrades have done over the years on May 1st, no organization or group owns May 1st or the people that they organize with. May 1st started with the 8-hour day movement of workers in 1886 and turned into an international workers’ holiday in commemoration of the unjust killing at the hands of the state of the Haymarket anarchist labor organizers who helped to build the labor movement in Chicago. Since 2006 the issue of immigrants rights has become a central focus of the day alongside the working class struggle in general; but immigrants and workers don't just face domination, exploitation, and oppression as immigrants solely and/or as workers solely, but in the wide diversity of ways that that the ruling classes dominate, exploit, and oppress us (some of us more than others of us) in our full humanity. It will be a day where we are able to stand together in solidarity in our full diversity and in our full humanity against the power of the 1%, and for a liberatory, horizontal, and collective power of the 99%.

As seen in Common Struggle's Freedom/Libertad #7 - http://commonstruggle.org/

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