Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered the “I Have a Dream” speech on August 28, 1963. It has gone down in history as one of the most moving and prolific speeches of all time. The ideas and concepts laid out apply to the plight of the 99% where our society has been gamed by the financial and political elite.
Good Jobs LA with the help of hundreds of community members, students, and labor groups like SEIU Local 721 led a rally across Downtown LA which culminated in a bridge action. The November 17th action started at the Bank of America Plaza and end up near a downtown bridge next to the Westin Bonaventure hotel. Twenty three people were arrested included staff from SEIU Local 721, USWW, and SEIU UHW.
In July, I marched down Main Street in Ventura with my SEIU Local 721 brothers and sisters as part of the Ventura County Fair Parade. We chanted about good jobs for the economy and about economic fairness. Crickets. The message was still new. Blame overpaid executives and a system that only rewards the rich?
Fast forward to yesterday’s #OccupyVentura march and demonstrations and there was a very different scene. Children, young adults, and old activists where there with hand made signs in tow. Over one hundred strong, by my estimation.
I had just returned from a day at California’s Coast Clean-up when I saw Twitter blowing up with news on peaceful protests in New York City. The #OccupyWallStreet and #TakeWallStreet hashtag streams are filled with tweets about the protests and estimates of 50,000 people in on the protest. I haven’t found any trustworthy sources yet …
This Jon Stewart The Daily Show video is a poignant and humorous view of how conservatives are blaming the victims. The poor and middle class aren’t responsible for this economic mess and extracting more money from them is not part of the solution.
This video was produced by SEIU Local 721 to get members and staff fired up for the Fight For A Fair Economy campaign. In this difficult economy, people are looking around and asking, “where’s all the money going?” Conservatives blame working families and have been attacking public workers, their salaries, and their very modest benefits. But who is really hoarding all of the nation’s money? That’s right, it’s big corporations who are currently sitting on over $2Trillion and millionaire CEOs who are making more money in salary than their companies are paying in taxes.