October 4, 2022

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Mother’s Day Strike May 8-15 seeks to preserve reproductive rights

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With a conservative Supreme Court poised to reverse Roe v Wade, activists are calling for a week-long general strike starting on Mother’s Day, May 8, 2022.

A general strike is a form of protest for social or political goals in which all participants cease all economic activity, such as: working, attending school, shopping, going to the movies, transactional recreation, etc.

The website MothersDayStrike.com outlines the strike’s goals on its “About” page:

Marching and writing angry letters to the editor are little more than great exercises in catharsis, and attempting to reason with legislators who don’t see us as human beings is like shouting at a brick wall.

“What always works, every time, is hitting them in the bank.

“Beginning On Sunday May the 8th, 2022, everyone who will suffer immensely and possibly die under the right-wing extremists repeal of Roe V Wade will simply…stop. Stop shopping. Don’t go to work. Don’t interact with the economy in any way. Keep all transactions to zero.

“Women and those who are vulnerable to unwanted or high-risk pregnancies will not be participating in or supporting a system that has proven time and time again that it does not regard us as human.

“The mission is simple: Break the economy over the course of one week by abstaining from work, shopping, entertaining; and on the home front, running a household that would fall apart without your care.

“In many cases across the United States, it is simply a logistical impossibility for the woman or women of the household to simply cease working. The ask is great. The sacrifice is necessary. It will not be in vain.

“For those in the most vulnerable positions in society, here is a list of direct actions you and your loved ones can take to participate in the Mother’s Day Strike, without putting yourself at greater risk.”

For more information, including how to fund a striker, see the website, https://www.mothersdaystrike.com.

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