Continued, repeated actions with large numbers of people involved can’t help but be effective in some fashion. Keeping people engaged, and sending a clear message to elected officials. The Women’s March was apparently one of (if not the) largest protests in US history. The airport protests were thousands of people at nearly every major airport in the US and so forth. The ongoing smaller events at Healthcare Townhalls apparently have the GOP in a bit of a panic.
My issue here is given the way it appears to have been planned, the very limited time frame, and the exceedingly vague “demands”. Its unlikely to attract the critical mass needed to contribute to that.
A genuine, even moderately large general strike could be a great thing. But seriously. You need a critical mass of extent Labor Unions involved, especially public sector ones (and shit the teachers are primed with DeVos getting confirmed). Publish a detailed platform. Have a specific issue/demand to focus on. Give it time to build attention, and for people to get organized. The Friday before Presidents day sounds nice. And there’s something to be said for tying it to a 3 day weekend. But why not push it for nearly any other holiday, or some significant date for the government? Why not consider the time it takes to pull these things off. Instead of focusing on what would be a nice day to do it on?
Additionally a general strike is not where a few people in your office take a sick day. You need mass numbers people to walk off the job. Sufficient in each work place so that it becomes difficult to penalize an individual who walked out. If you don’t get sufficient numbers of people involved. And those people who are interested convincing their coworkers to walk out. Its basically a protesty 4 day weekend.
Another wet fart of a general strike will likely just get pointed to as an example of the “protest fatigue” the news keeps hemming and hawing about.
ETA: I should point out that where this general strike seems to be right now is exactly where the Women’s March was when it first started to garner attention. That is: vague and with little sign of involvement from larger or more experience activist groups. And the Women’s March rapidly got their shit together. But as little time as that took to turn around, they had a lot more time between announcement and launch than these guys do. And more interest/action on their Facebook page IIRC. So there’s every chance that the right people will step up and it will become something firmer, I just don’t think there’s time. Even if they get everything in place in the next few days there’s still the human factor. People need time. Time to make plans. Time to even hear about the thing.