So the 1919 Seattle General strike was the first city wide general strike in the US. A general strike is when every worker walks off the job. In this particular case a strike committee was formed out of representatives of each union. It’s an autonomous body that is in charge of facilitating strike funds, negotiations, ect. In this case it served as an alternative government in Seattle. Everybody struck in Seattle from conductors to maritime laborers, 100,000 in total. The whole city was brought to a stand still. On top of it being one of the most effective strikes, it was totally peaceful. The Seattle Veterans group formed an unarmed nonviolent police force and crime actually went down.

I found this site that has a really nice archive of the 1919 Seattle General strike. They have a bunch of audio and a number of newspaper clippings. There’s also a video and a couple photos. cc’[

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