Passed at the Second Anniversary of Occupy Oakland, October 10, 2013
Whereas, we support BART and AC transit workers and the demand for no concessions. Any compromises made demoralize and disempower the working class. For example, when there was a mass occupation of the Wisconsin State Capitol by workers opposing Scott Walker’s union-busting bill, many were calling for a General Strike. After the South Central Federation of Labor endorsed a General Strike to counter the bill, the Democratic party and AFL-CIO bureaucrats quickly dismantled the mass mobilization with an electoral campaign to “recall” Scott Walker.
Whereas, we support George Figueroa, former ATU strike coordinator, and demand the DA drop misdemeanor charges for falsifying a police report. George was targeted as an uncompromising organizer of the strike as well as someone who sought to build solidarity between the BART workers and the larger community.
Whereas, if BART runs scab trains, we will support direct actions that union members take to defend the picket. BART management cannot be trained in a matter of days or weeks to operate operate BART safely.
Whereas, we encourage solidarity building between AC Transit, BART Workers and the larger working class. We encourage the poor and working class of Oakland to support one another in our daily struggles and revive the General Strike to address the popular demand for a living wage. Several unions in the Bay Area are without contracts. All of which could be won simultaneously if we join forces. If a General Strike were to happen we would need to find a base of action such as Oscar Grant Plaza. One where we could provide goods and services for one another. Such as food, shelter, clothing, ect.
Whereas, in a General Strike, we would also need an accountability process for the participants as well as an anti-oppression policy. It will be necessary to be accountable to each other and not rely on the state for resolving internal conflicts. The state and their enforcers infiltrate and agitate internal conflicts. Their role is to protect the ruling class we are fighting against. Therefor, have no place in working class movements.
Whereas, strikers are welcome to make proposals, announcements, and hold discussions about strike support and strategy at our weekly General Assemblies.
Therefor, be it resolved that Occupy Oakland endorses the BART and AC transit workers strike, as well as a possible General Strike of the working class that may follow.