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Omaha Steve Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 07:26 PM
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Richard L. Trumka President, AFL-CIO: Tarps and Tents Don't Make a Movement

They can take away the tarps and the tents. But they cant slow down the Occupy Wall Street movement.

There have been police raids on Occupy Wall Street in Oakland, Calif.; Portland, Ore.; Denver; Albany, N.Y.; Burlington, Vt.; and Chapel Hill, N.C.and now, last night in New Yorks Zuccotti Parkorchestrated by politicians acting on behalf of the 1%.

But the 99% is undaunted. Occupy Wall Streets message already has created a new day. This movement has created a seismic shift in our national debatefrom austerity and cuts to jobs, inequality and our broken economic system.

The Occupy Wall Street movement has been committed to peaceful, nonviolent action from its inception. And it will keep spreading no matter what elected officials tell police to do. But that doesnt mean these raids are acceptable. In fact, they are inexcusable.

As former Secretary of State Colin Powell put it, these protests are as American as apple pie. Americans must be allowed to speak out against pervasive inequality, even if the truth discomfits the 1%.

The AFL-CIO will do everything in our power to make sure the free speech rights of these peaceful protesters are protected.

Click here to find a Nov. 17 bridge action near you: http://local.we-r-1.org/all

And click here (http://act.aflcio.org/c/18/p/dia/action3/common/public/... ) to send a message of solidarity directly to the Occupy Wall Street protestersWorking America will deliver it this week.

We are the 99%.

In Solidarity,

Richard L. Trumka
President, AFL-CIO

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Laelth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 08:29 PM
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1. k&r for labor. n/t
-Laelth
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hootinholler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 08:59 PM
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2. Where are the Teamsters?
We need to shut down shipping for a day or two.
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