A common thread in the protests of Donald Trump’s presidency has been the recurring request for a nationwide general strike. That request has been fulfilled, as a national general strike is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 17.
The website Strike4Democracy has turned into the main organizer of several various general strike actions planned nationwide, and their Facebook invite has roughly 60,000 people marked as somehow participating. In San Francisco, the primary action planned for Feb. 17 is a 12 Noon protest at the 555 California Street building that Trump partially owns.
“On Friday, February 17, 2017, Strike4Democracy will coordinate over 100 strike actions across the United States, and beyond, to plan for a series of mass strikes to stand up for America’s democratic principles,” Strike4Democracy says on their website. “As the nation suffers through ICE raids, travel bans, Trump’s mobilization on the border wall, as well as attacks on the rights of workers, women, people of color, the LGBTQ+ community, and our environment, February 17th provides a beacon to those who are searching for a way to protect and defend our shared humanity.”
Organizers urge that strikers across the country not show up for work on the day of the strike, and to instead join in a demonstration or participate in a day of public service. They also ask participants to not purchase anything, and to donate the money they’d spend on lunch to a deserving cause.
The planned nationwide general strike comes in addition to the national Day Without Immigrants that had many businesses closed on Thursday, Feb. 16, and another women’s general strike called for International Women’s Day on March 8.