How serious are the leaders of my union about supporting Occupy Wall Street? I found the emphatic answer was in my inbox:
Occupy Wall Street protests continue to spread across the country. Outrage against an economy stacked against the 99% is growing. And the media is paying attention. Finally, our national debate has shifted from austerity and cuts to jobs, inequality and our broken economic system.
But Congress still isn’t listening to the 99%. Policies continue to fail the 99% and reward the rich at the expense of the rest of us.
Last Thursday, it happened again: Senate Republicans once again blocked progress for workers with a political maneuver, filibustering the Teachers and First Responders Back to Work Act. It didn’t get a vote at all. Justice for the 99% once again was delayed.
If Congress won’t represent the 99%, then we clearly need to put our anger into action and stand together. Let’s build a movement that is strong enough that our elected officials will have no choice but to start addressing the needs of the 99%.
If you can’t join protesters on the ground, one way to make your voice heard is to send a message of solidarity.
It’s even better if you can join an Occupy event yourself. Since the protests are a truly organic movement, and aren’t organized by the AFL-CIO, we can’t tell you exactly what will be happening when you arrive. But what we can tell you is this: The more people who can stand in solidarity, the better. Once you join your local protest, you can find ways to get involved. Check out this map of protests.
We’ll continue to urge Congress to do what’s right on jobs, despite setbacks and obstacles.
But in addition to directly communicating with Congress, each of us has to do his or her part to change our national conversation if we’re going to move America forward.
One easy but powerful way to do that right now is to show support for activists who are keeping the Occupy movement going.
If you’re able, we hope you’ll also join an Occupy event in your area. And stay tuned for more ways to make your voice heard on and offline in the coming weeks.
Let’s keep standing together—we are the 99%.
Online Mobilization Coordinator, AFL-CIO
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The synergy between the Union Movement and the Occupy Wall Street Movement has potential to energize both movements to new levels.
Standing together we are strong!