Take off, be allies, speak up, stand together and defend democracy!
Free Daniel Solidarity Strike
9a.m.-1p.m., Friday, Feb. 17 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Feb. 17
Seattle Federal Courthouse, Volunteer Park Amphitheater,
700 Stewart Street, Seattle 1400 E Prospect St., Seattle
Strike your everyday routine tomorrow. Put boots on pavement to support immigrants and recharge yourself and the movement during this national, general strike day in resistance to the Trump administration’s policies of intolerance, suppression and fear.
Join immigrant allies at 9 a.m. to pack Seattle Federal Courthouse and demand that they free Daniel Ramirez Medina! Over the last week, the administration has detained and deported hundreds of immigrants nationwide. In Seattle on Tuesday, Daniel, 23-year-old father, was taken by ICE (U.S. Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement), despite having received repeated approval to stay and work under the DACA program (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). Daniel’s hearing is tomorrow.
Together, we will stand up for America’s democratic principles and speak out against: ICE raids; undermining public education; and attacks on the rights of workers, women, people of color, the LGBTQ+ community, and our environment. Building on the grassroots, nonviolent resistance of the last six weeks, Strike for Democracy is calling for a series of events leading to mass strikes this spring and summer (stay tuned). As we citizens and resident allies unite to register our deep dissatisfaction with the president and the current administration’s unconstitutional, inhumane policies and behavior, February 17 will become another beacon of hope. Together we will speak with one voice to say America’s true strength lies in diversity — not exclusivity … to say:
- NO to attacks on our marginalized communities
- NO to attacks on the sovereignty of indigenous people
- NO to attacks on constructive critics within and outside government
- NO to attacks on our constitutionally guaranteed rights
- NO to attacks on our environment
- NO to attacks on working families
- NO to attacks on public education!
Those who share our concerns and search for a way to “do something” will see momentum building and feel inspired to act. People who fear for their families and their freedoms will know someone is fighting for them. Not everyone can stand at once – part of a resilient movement’s strength is in taking turns; supporting each other; holding open spaces for free speech and clearing paths for action. While some of us raise our voices at the rally, others will volunteer or make phone calls. Even the smallest act matters. Here’s how to join in:
- Don’t Work. If you are able to take off, join us in Seattle or
- participate in community service closer to home.
- join with other like-minded folks in your local community and occupy public space with positive messages of resistance and solidarity.
- Do not purchase anything. Plan ahead.
- “#BreakLunch” Use your lunch break to disrupt business as usual and support resistance:
- Share your action on social media: Tweet, FB, Instagram and Snapchat messages that support democracy. Include hashtags #BreakLunch, #GeneralStrike, #F17
- Brown bag it, and donate your lunch money to a cause you believe in. Post about it and use the hashtags.
- reach out to your elected representatives in Washington D.C. or the state legislature. Tell them why you are striking today. Share using the hashtags.
- If you are a teacher or student, please consider a democracy teach-in.
This is not a national day off: We’ve got work to do! Get out and make a difference. Be seen and heard. Be peaceful! And spring into action to save our democracy.
Please catch a bus (Metro Route #10), or carpool if you can: https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/4zpnvw