There are obvious reasons. We are watching the beginnings of the defiant self-assertion of a new generation of Americans, a generation who are looking forward to finishing their education with no jobs, no future, but still saddled with enormous and unforgivable debt. Most, I found, were of working-class or otherwise modest backgrounds, kids who did exactly what they were told they should: studied, got into college, and are now not just being punished for it, but humiliated – faced with a life of being treated as deadbeats, moral reprobates.
Anti Union Governor Walker from Wisconsin presided over a forum on job creation in the state with regional employers. The main gripe of the employers was that there is a shortage of unskilled labor. Why? Because those unemployed laborers refuse to accept non-union positions – even when the wage is livable. Why? Well, because the ability to collective bargain ensures a safe, prosperous, and more equitable environment for everyone involved in the manufacturing.
The other take-away gained from the article is that of the picketing outside the meeting. Protesters argued for infrastructure and housing stimulus to provide jobs for skilled and unskilled laborers. A telling perspective : a small business owner who told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that they would happily hire and grow their business under increased taxes ; it’s the uncertainty that is making them hesitate – not the possibility of increased revenue.
Reverend Al Sharpton is planning a march in the nation’s capital for October 15th.
The march, which will coincide with the dedication ceremony for the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial (which had been rescheduled due to Hurricane Irene) will call together folks to assemble in support for the progressive agenda and to bring attention to the unemployed, underemployed, and disenfranchised.
Reverend Sharpton has said in the past that beyond race-based disenfranchisement – economic justice is the real concern moving forward in this nation. This fact, brought to bear in Reverend King’s many timeless speeches holds just as true today as ever.
So join Reverend Al for his march on Washington Oct 15th. I’m sure there’ll be more details on his show on MSNBC.
Edrants.com provided a nice 9 conversations and a protest song segment on their site today. It’s worth a looksie if you have the time.
A snippet is below the full link is here.
“The corporations have done a great job in dividing people, separating people into issues. People are coming together here and realizing that we have much more in common with each other than we do with the people who are trying to sell us on what a good way of life is here.
Huffington Post (who has some pretty great coverage of the on-goings at #occupywallstreet) contributor Rosenblatt reminds folks to keep the protest like Cairo – persistent non-violent, focused – and not like the Chaos of London earlier this Summer.
A good read and a valuable point.
The first of several unions representing Southern Illinois University – Carbondale voted by 80% to move forward on striking. The other unions of campus employees will vote in coming days.
The administrations claims budgetary concerns as the reason for the deadlock with union members – however true this statement is – the question to pose is why are we underfunding our higher education in a time during which education is paramount in keeping future generations employed and the USA ahead of the game?
The Occupy DC (Occupy Kst) facebook event has been created. At present there are 700 some odd invitees with nearly 70 clicking that they are attending. Let’s see if we can rack that number up a few hundred notches?
Get the word out there via Twitter and Facebook! Click attending if you are, send some words of support if you are not.
Let’s get all the citizen journalists, activists, hacktivists, do-gooders, and onlookers to come on down and celebrate our freedoms (while we have them). And show the K St Lobbying Firms that we know they are part of the problem and we’re watching them too.
Retweet this information so that all your DC metro Friends and Sympathizers get the word!
The nonpartisan Kaiser Family Group found that health care costs for Americans rose by 9% over the past year despite (or because of?) health care reform and the ever increasing costs of medicine and pharmaceuticals.
The spokesman for the Group asks a question I’m sure we all know the answer to:
“The open question is whether that’s a one-time spike or the start of a period of higher increases,” said Drew Altman, the chief executive of the Kaiser foundation.
Workers at an allied Chrysler Plant in Dundee, Michigan plant to vote on a strike following imposition of rotating day/night shifts which have caused havok and health/personal concerns for workers at other local plants.
The contention is that the Dundee Plant which was slated to produce for Hyundai and Mitsubishi manufacturers are therefore not covered under and negotiation agreements reached between Chrysler and the United Auto Workers. The local UAW union contends that this is not the case and has authorized their strike.
The plebiscite, scheduled for Thursday and Friday, follows a strike authorization vote at the factory this month. Nearly 99 percent of workers voted in favor of the strike authorization proposal