1.17.2013

are we seeing the beginning of a global people's revolution?

"There's something happening here, what it is ain't exactly clear..."

This week, I attended a talk put on by the International Socialists, featuring an organizer with OUR Walmart, by Skype from Texas, and a Toronto-based union activist. Both speakers were terrific and so inspiring, but although I took copious notes, I'm not posting a summary of the talk.

It was similar to the talk I blogged about here - from greece to chicago to toronto, workers fighting back against austerity - and an extension to an article I wrote recently: workers doing it for themselves: fighting the austerity agenda in north america. The themes are the same. In a unionized workplace, rank-and-file membership need to challenge the complacency of the official union (so-called) leadership, and apply pressure to be more militant.

In a non-unionized workplace, workers need to meet, discuss their issues, work out their demands. They need to link up with other workers, possibly contact established unions for support, and think of ways to challenge their employers.

It's not easy. It's scary, and it can be costly. But there are examples to follow, people who can give support and advice based on experience. And above all, there is no other way. Without worker action, conditions will never change. No one can liberate the working class but the working class.

But that's not want I want to write about today. Here's what's on my mind.

The Occupy movement

The uprising in Wisconsin

The Arab Spring: Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen, and other countries

The Quebec student strikes and demonstrations

Walmart workers organizing and striking

Fast-food workers in New York City organizing and striking

Ongoing mass demonstrations and general strikes throughout Europe

Miners in South Africa on a wildcat strike

100 million people striking in India

The Chicago teachers' strike

The global environmental movement

Idle No More

And hundreds of smaller struggles that we may never hear about, all around the globe

These movements are all inextricably related.
Think of how powerful we would be if we all came together.
Think of how we might achieve that.

5 comments:

West End Bob said...

Fingers crossed, laura k, fingers crossed . . . .

double nickel said...

Oh be still my beating heart!

laura k said...

As my grandmother used to say, From your mouth to god's ears. :)

Gunner said...

To quote:

Never Gonna Stop This Train

Never Gonna Stop This Train
(James Keelaghan)

Never gonna stop this train
Never gonna stop this train
It left the station a long time ago
Never gonna stop this train

Left the station a long time ago
On a crooked track it ran
From a strike in Winnipeg
To a square named Tianamen

Never gonna stop this train
Never gonna stop this train
It left the station a long time ago
Never gonna stop this train

Well a body set in motion
Never gonna stay at rest
Not as long as there's hope of freedom
Deep down in the human breast

Never gonna stop this train
Never gonna stop this train
It left the station a long time ago
Never gonna stop this train

Well the ride is never free
Always gonna be a price to pay
But I can tell you that it's worth the ticket
If you want to see a brighter day

Never gonna stop this train
Never gonna stop this train
It left the station a long time ago
Never gonna stop this train

Copyright James Keelaghan. Published by Green Linnet ASCAP
Source: James Keelaghan 'A Recent Future' Green Linnet GLCD 2120
PS.

Stephanie said...

global people's revolution?

Be still my beating heart!