Are you going to work Monday/1?
In a lot of the world, International Workers Day is a holiday, but not in the US. This year, it’s going to be a big day of protest, including a call for a general strike.
It’s also another Day Without Immigrants event.
There’s a lot more going on, for people who can get away for a while and help make a statement.
It starts at 8am, with what I expect will be a large, loud protest outside the SF headquarters of the Immigration Control and Enforcement office at 630 Sansome. An hour later, the ILWU holds a rally at 400 North Point.
Then everyone will meet at Justin Herman Plaza on the Embarcadero, for a march to Civic Center. The rallies and protests will go on all day.
According to Buzzfeed, both Google and Facebook have said, in essence, that employees can take the day off with no consequences. So I wonder if there will be a suspension in the Google Buses so the drivers can also protest.
This is part of a national movement to turn this International Workers Day into a massive repudiation of the Trump Administration.
When George W. Bush launched the Iraq War, which became one of the longest, most pointless wars in US history (and we are still paying for it today), the streets of San Francisco, and the world, were full. I was there; the entire city shut down. It was, worldwide, the largest protest in history.
Today, we don’t have a single moment like that to spark mass protests; the entire Trump presidency has been a series of catastrophes, and it’s hard to put them all into one box, one event that captures the intersection of all the things that are wrong with the worst presidency of my life (and I was alive through Nixon and Reagan).
That’s part of our problem: We want to protest so many things, so many days, so many issues, that protest fatigue can set in. There have been so many marches – including a big national rally demanding that Trump produce his tax returns, which is a fine idea but is nowhere near as important as stopping his current tax plan that will give away trillions not just to him but to the 1 percent all over the land.
Everything in Washington is wrong. It’s so bad that even Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who is basically a Republican who happened to register D because she lives in San Francisco, is starting to look good.
But there can be no going back. I don’t know what the strategic answer is; I’m not an organizer. But I think it’s pretty clear that the resistance continues to grow (and when a whole bunch of middle-class people who voted for Trump realize he is going to raise their taxes, it will grow even more).
See you in the streets.