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General Strike February 2017

Friday, February 17th, 2017

Credit: @heydavidbailey on Twitter

A general strike is planned for Friday, February 17, 2017. Tens of thousands of people across the United States are expected to skip work and school, avoid spending money and participate in the protest. It will be the second consecutive day of protests in America, following events all over the country carried out under the banner of “A Day Without Immigrants”, in which immigrants protested the policies of President Trump.

In solidarity, Progressive Army will not publish any pieces or articles on February 17.

Dictionary.com defines a general strike as, “a mass strike in all or many trades and industries in a section or in all parts of a country.”

Among the organizations planning events on February 17 is Strike4Democracy, which has over 100 events planned. Two lists of events, one generated by registering events with them, and another made via crowdsourcing, can be found on a dedicated page on their website.

A collective of 25 legal organizations will also be showing solidarity with the many movements forming to oppose the administration of Donald Trump. Planned by the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) and meant to coordinate with the general strike, lawyers, law professors and others will show up outside of courthouses throughout the country at 1 pm Eastern time on February 17.

On their website, Strike4Democracy states that the general strike is meant to “plan for a series of mass strikes to stand up for America’s democratic principles…The first mass strike is planned on March 8, organized by International Women’s Day and The Women’s March. We also anticipate strikes on May Day and a heightening resistance throughout the summer.” Indeed, International Women’s Day is already planning in advance for events to be held on March 8, 2017.

The crowdsourced list of events can be found below.

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Written by David Grossman

David Grossman is a Managing Editor of Progressive Army and a member of its Editorial Board. Follow him on Twitter @JustDKG.

Free thinker, Progressive activist, artist.

Producer of The Benjamin Dixon Show, which airs Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 9pm ET, and Wednesdays at 8pm ET on YouTube.

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