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General Strike Today at San Francisco City Hall in Support of the Frisco 5

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If you’ve been following the protest of the Frisco 5, you’ll know that they were on hunger strike for 17 days. The hunger strike called off on Saturday May 7th after the 5 were hospitalized the previous day.

That doesn’t mean the direct action to get Chief Suhr fired is over. Today, Monday May 9th, a general strike is being called at City Hall from 8am-9pm. This comes three days Frisco 5 supporters (dubbed the Frisco 500) stormed City Hall and occupied it on Friday night.

At the time of publishing there are nearly 1,000 RSVPs on Facebook. The details from the FB invited are below. See you there:

With all your love, share and share far and wide:

General Strike, San Francisco, Monday, May 9, 2016

We, the people, invite you to join us for an unprecedented historical moment: a general strike of San Francisco this Monday, May 9, 2016. In honor of the Frisco Five Hunger Strikers and against SFPD killings of our brothers, we urge you to strike from work and school and to boycott any corporate restaurant eating and purchasing.

The time is ripe, and your action is needed now. Because of the Mayor’s unwillingness to fire corrupt police chief Suhr, the Frisco Five have been forced to prolong their hunger strike and have now all been hospitalized. It is time for all of us to action with honor, courage, and sacrifice for those who no longer have a voice, like Alex Nieto, Amilcar Perez Lopez, Mario Woods, and Luis Gongora Pat, all unlawfully killed by SFPD.

Instead of going to work or school, join us to peacefully picket in front of San Francisco City Hall starting at 8:00 a.m. Striking for a righteous cause is nothing new. Gandhi led the Swadeshi movement for Indian self-sufficiency. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks helped lead the Montgomery Bus Boycott against segregation. For farmworkers’ rights, Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta, and the United Farm Workers held strikes against grapes and Safeway stores. Striking is a successful strategy that all of us can contribute to for the sake of justice.

General Strike, San Francisco, Monday, May 9, 2016

With all your love, share and share far and wide.

 

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