Wednesday, October 5, 2011

News from the battle front

Unions join the protest

Crain's New York Business, New York Magazine, and The Village Voice are reporting that "a loose coalition of labor and community groups" have pledged solidarity with the protests at Zuccotti Park in New York's financial district and are organizing a march for next Wednesday, Oct. 5. -- Slate

Who are the 99 percent?
College debt shows up a lot in these stories, actually. It’s more insistently present than housing debt, or even unemployment. That might speak to the fact that the protests tilt towards the young. But it also speaks, I think, to the fact that college debt represents a special sort of betrayal. We told you that the way to get ahead in America was to get educated. You did it. And now you find yourself in the same place, but buried under debt. You were lied to. -- Ezra Klein, WaPo
UFT will show support for Wall St. protests today
At 4:30 p.m., members will gather near the UFT banner in Foley Square. Marchers will step off at 5 p.m. from Foley Square and head to Zuccotti Park, where they will be welcomed by the Occupy Wall Street protesters who have created an encampment to denounce corporate greed and the grossly unequal distribution of wealth in this country. Their rallying cry: “We are the 99 percent.” -- Edwize
Other unions that will be joining the protest today

  • United NY
  • TWU Local 100
  • SEIU 1199
  • CWA 1109
  • Communications Workers of America
  • CWA Local 1180
  • United Auto Workers
  • United Federation of Teachers
  • Professional Staff Congress - CUNY
  • National Nurses United
  • Writers Guild East
Who won't be there today

I'm pretty sure you won't find corporate reformers like DFER at today's protest. The reason? Their patrons, like hedge-funders Whitney Tilson, Charles Ledley, John Petry, David Einhorn, Joel Greenblatt, Vincent Mai, Michael Novagratz, and Boykin Curry already occupy Wall Street.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Mike,
    I sent this to your brother Fred, but thought you might like to know as well.

    Excuse me if I am on my high horse this morning, but would you do me a favor and take a look at the front page of the Trib. Is it just me? But ...

    The Big Page 1 Headline is on the CPS speech pathologist who blogged about school lunches and finally decided to write a book and so now has come out of hiding. Oh well, I guess we didn't know how bad CPS school food is? Well, of course we did! We can't get CPS to do anything about it b/c they get millions in kickbacks from the suppliers.

    But the Cellini story -- keeping teachers and spouses off the jury -- the editor hides on page 15. What if the stories' positions had been reversed? Wouldn't that have made more sense? Think about how many teachers read the Trib?

    Maybe a call for a boycott of the paper would be useful, until they get more balance to their coverage.


    PS How do they keep printing a paper with so little advertising? Notice how page after page has sometimes not a single ad?


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