John Robb: Occupy Oakland declares a ‘bandh’ 2 Nov

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GENERAL STRIKE & MASS DAY OF ACTION – NOVEMBER 2

Below is the proposal passed by the Occupy Oakland General Assembly on Wednesday October 26, 2011 in reclaimed Oscar Grant Plaza. 1607 people voted. 1484 voted in favor of the resolution, 77 abstained and 46 voted against it, passing the proposal at 96.9%. The General Assembly operates on a modified consensus process that passes proposals with 90% in favor and with abstaining votes removed from the final count.

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What is a Bandh?

“Bandh” is a Hindi word meaning “closed.”  It’s often used to describe labor or political strikes that shut down economic activity.

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Phi Beta Iota:  The Oakland Occupy General Assembly is certainly within its rights to declare a General Strike, but there is a very clear line between a non-violent voluntary General Strike and a punitive attack on main street business.  The entire matter of how best to conduct a General Strike that immobilizes politicians and banks while bringing business to small and main street businesses is one meriting deliberation.