A day after the “Day Without Immigrants” protests, more than 100 general strikes sprouted across the nation “to stand up for America’s democratic principles.”
On Friday, the group known as Strike4Democracy coordinated more than a hundred actions as a part of the #F17 protests, where tens of thousands of people took to the streets in major cities across the US, including Chicago, St. Louis, New York City, Pittsburgh and many more.
On their Facebook page, Strike4Democracy calls for a day of mass strikes against “ICE raids, travel bans, Trump’s mobilization on the border wall, as well as attacks on the rights of workers, women, people of color, the LGBTQ+ community, and our environment.”
The group calls on participants to skip work and school, while refraining from spending any money.
In Denver, protesters shut down a downtown Wells Fargo Bank in protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline
Organizers say the day of non-violent resistance was meant to “build towards a series of mass strikes,” the first of which is a women’s strike planned for March 8. They also anticipate strikes taking place on May 1, or May Day, as well as “heightened resistance” throughout the summer.
“Together we speak with one voice. We say: NO to attacks on our marginalized communities; NO to attacks on the sovereignty of indigenous peoples; NO to attacks on constructive critics within and outside government; NO to attacks on our constitutionally guaranteed rights; NO to attacks on our environment; NO to attacks on working families; NO to attacks on public education,” the group declares on their site.
Two national demonstrations and strikes in a single workweek is becoming a common occurrence in the US. The organizers behind the Women’s March which drew millions of women to protest across the world have named March 8 the ‘Day Without Women.’ They also promoted the ‘Today I Am a Muslim’ protests in New York City on Sunday, where protesters are expected to gather in Times Square to show solidarity with Muslims