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A general strike is a strike action by a critical mass of the labour force aimed at extracting concessions by paralyzing the economy of a city, region, or country.

The two major general strikes in American history are the Seattle General Strike of 1919 and the Oakland General Strike of 1946. In 1919, the workers of Seattle began the strike to gain higher wages and engaged in a three-day mass action calling all city workers onto the streets. This was the first citywide collective action in American history known as a general strike.

I think that people decide to go to strike because they want to have a choice for an alternative, which is better wage, better working condition etc.. The action like a general strike is an option for the labor to expect what they want, and give a chance to make it happen.

General strike is a group action, and more effective than actions by individuals, because group actions can give more influence to someone who those group actions are taken against. However, individual actions could give a similar influence if those actions are conducted under certain circumstances. An example is self-improvement of Benjamin Franklin which we studied at the class. His idea of self-improvement extended to America, and helped the people to think to live in the better life. The world he occupied was to guide the people improve the work and the life. The strike is one of the way to guide the people improve the work and the life like his self-improvement. From long time ago to now days, people have desire to live nicer, but they didn’t know what to do. If they have some guide to make them lead, they can have power to be. When I worked at the company 15 years ago, the Union led us to make better life. I was very young at that time, so I didn’t know why the Union exists in the bank? For what? However, now I know the reason why it exists and they gave us the chance to make movement for our better life.

 Only one person can’t make the General Strike, however, the specific guiding principle must lead something better by group.  Those three strike image are all different types such as illustration, photo, and words,  however, all three give us the emotion that we feel to need to do something. The way as strike, which is refusal of working, seems to do nothing, but it definitely the action to make the employer to do something. Sometimes, in the society, we don’t realize the truth, which are hard for workers, but I realize when the strike is held, and I face the inconvenient life. I’d like to participate in the strike, because I want to advocate what I want. The action I make would not buy nor use the things as one of consumers.

http://occupywallst.org/article/why-and-how-strike-may-day/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dku-MFnIxaU(youtube)

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I have two kids who are G5, and G7. I concerned about their heath everyday. I always wonder if they have enough nutrition or not, and I also wonder if I give them high-colories foods or not. In the town, there are lot of fast food shops where kids like. When we go out for shopping, it’s so easy for me to eat out, and kids are also happy to eat at fast food shop. However, I know it’s not good for health of kids, so I always realize I should stop to go there, and I have to teach my kids to eat right way.

In my country, Japan, every public schools have some dietitian. Their job is to calculate the lunch calories and make the school lunch menus with the heathy foods  everyday. We,  parents, get the menu once a week, and can check what kids eat, and how much calories they have everyday at school. Even parents have some chance to eat and check what they are eating at school in the school curriculum once a term. In this country, I don’t see the system I can check. So it’s all depend on the kids and parents. I strongly believe the kids are taught what is good foods for health or bad by adults. They have to learn and protect their health by themselves for their future.

Haruyo Morikuni

In the 19c, jeans are made for hard workers, because the material was very strong and it didn’t wear out easily. In those days, gold was found in California and famous Gold Rush began. The gold miners wanted clothes that were strong and did not tear easily.

Then, in the 1930’s, Hollywood made many movies about western cowboys. The idea of Cowboys wearing jeans became the stereotype of Cowboys and since then jeans have become very popular.

In my country, Japan, we also had a same situation. Jeans came to Japan along with the American Movie star, James Dean, after world war two. Those days, Japan tried to catch up with America, and we desired the clothes, movies, foods, culture from America, which was fascinating to Japanese. Jeans was one of them. Then Japanese started a jeans company, because jeans are very popular in Japan, too. EDWIN is a Japanese clothing brand founded in 1969 by Edwin Company mainly focused on jeans manufacture. It became popular in Japan like Levi’s, Lee or Wrangler was popular in America. EDWIN is the anagram of denim. If you see first two letter “D” and “E” change the position, and “NIM” change to “MIN” and 180 degree change. Now, you see DENIM change to EDWIN. There is another story told about EDWIN, which means Ed(o) + win. We called Tokyo (East side of Japan) Edo in 17C to 19C. In that time, Edo is the capital of Japan, which means that is was also the center of the political system. However, on the other hand, the center of the business was the West side of Japan, Osaka. So the merchants of Tokyo were competing with the Osaka people, and they were always waiting for the chance to win. Then new fashion “Jeans” came to Japan from America after world war two. The founder thought it’s good opportunity that they can win against Osaka, so he made the jeans manufacture company “EDWIN” as the first jeans company in Japan. Then EDWIN became the first share in Japan in those days, so EDWIN won Osaka’ merchants in name and in reality. Now, there are many brands of jeans. I also wear as not only casual but also fashion clothes.

I think this picture of image is Latin, official Language of Church, because the King James of England (the person of image) was the one who sponsored the translation of the Bible. In 1604, Kind James authorized that a new translation of the bible into English be started. The Authorized Version or King James Version, quickly became the standard for English-speaking Protestant. Its flowing language and prose rhythm has had a profound influence on the literature of the past 300 years. Thus I think the image of this picture is related Latin, official language of Church.

Haruyo Morikuni
Frederick Douglass, Jose Yglesius and Frankie Mae had kind of same situation such as under the struggling their life. Frederick Douglass was born a slave, but could learn to read and write even against a low, and never gave up the American African’s freedom. Jose Yglesius was the exiles and emigres cigarmakers in the Hispanic family. Frankie Mae was an African American girl who dreamed to go to school and get an education, but when she realized that an educated African American had no power, she gave up. Those three all wanted to get an education, but they were under the difficult circumstance depend on the time period and location in those days.
Now days, there are so many information and media tools like computer, cell phones, the internet, etc. It seems to be fair for everyone, but it’s not fair depending on an environment, and the Digital Divide appears in 21st century as the civil liberties issue. It’s the same situation with the Frederick Douglass, Jose Yglesius and Frankie Mae under, because we are under the difficult circumstance depend on the generation and the location now days. The age who are 60s and 70s are struggle to catch up the knowledge of how to use those tools, but It’s sometimes hard for them to handle it, so some of them give up in the middle. Moreover, the Digital Divide appears dependent on the location they live. The digital divide refers to the gap between those who have access to technology and those who do not. The digital divide will bring a society with a large gap between rich and poor. 

Everyday when I wake up and get out of bed
We are in the life with profuse stuff,
Food, clothes, books, magazine, music, movies, internet, news, facebook….
So many information should be sorted what we need and what we don’t.
Otherwise, those information controls us.

In the life with profuse information,
We need to find out something to inspire us.
So We need essential information.
In the essential information,
We have the life we can control them.

008 Haruyo Morikuni