I Will Survive Capitalism at Oakland General Strike





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Uploaded on Nov 5, 2011

On November 2nd, Oakland CA held a general strike that gathered more than 20,000 supporters; among them, teachers, students, families, and local labor unions. Before marching on the banks and shutting down our city's port, we danced in the street.

Brought to you by LeftBay99, a group for and of those hit first, worst, and longest by an economic system built on inequality and corporate power.

Video produced by Making Change Media with the LeftBay99 Media Team

Camera: Skye Bender-deMoll, Regan Brashear, Emily Calhoun, Joe Feria-Galicia, Cassidy Friedman, & Jamie LeJeune


At first I was afraid
I was petrified
Thinking I could never live
Without dollars by my side
But then I spent so many nights
Thinking how you did us wrong
I grew strong
I learned how to take action
'cause we got jacked!
In your rat race
You rigged the game to profiteer
Off climate change and toxic waste
You gamble lives to push your stocks
And so we're leaving finally
We're composting capitalism
Together collectively!

Go on now go
Walk out the door
Just turn around now
Cause you're not welcome anymore
Weren't you the one percent who hurt me with your lies
You think I'd crumble
You think I'd lay down and die
Oh no, not I
I will survive
Oh, As long as I know how to love
I know I'll stay alive
I've got all my life to live
I've got all my love to give
I will survive

It took all the strength you had
To tear us apart
We fight each other
With the pieces of our broken hearts
We're the 99 percent
United in dissent
We used to cry
But now we hold our heads up high
And you see us
We're feeling new!
We're not that chained up little shopper
Still in love with you
Got us working to the bone
But today we're breaking free
Now we're saving all our loving
For our community!"


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