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Due to personal issues I am on a (hopefully short) hiatus from blogging. However from time to time I receive something I think worthy of sharing…which takes less time than actual blogging.
75 Years Ago Today, the First Occupy …a note from Michael Moore
Friday, December 30th, 2011
On this day, December 30th, in 1936 — 75 years ago today — hundreds of workers at the General Motors factories in Flint, Michigan, took over the facilities and occupied them for 44 days. My uncle was one of them.
The workers couldn’t take the abuse from the corporation any longer. Their working conditions, the slave wages, no vacation, no health care, no overtime — it was do as you’re told or get tossed onto the curb.
So on the day before New Year’s Eve, emboldened by the recent re-election of Franklin Roosevelt, they sat down on the job and refused to leave.
They began their Occupation in the dead of winter. GM cut off the heat and water to the buildings. The police tried to raid the factories several times, to no avail. Even the National Guard was called in.
But the workers held their ground, and after 44 days, the corporation gave in and recognized the UAW as the representative of the workers. It was a monumental historical moment as no other major company had ever been brought to its knees by their employees. Workers were given a raise to a dollar an hour — and successful strikes and occupations spread like wildfire across the country. Finally, the working class would be able to do things like own their own homes, send their children to college, have time off and see a doctor without having to worry about paying. In Flint, Michigan, on this day in 1936, the middle class was born.
But 75 years later, the owners and elites have regained all power and control. I can think of no better way for us to honor the original Occupiers than by all of us participating in the Occupy Wall Street movement in whatever form that takes in each of our towns. We need direct action all winter long if we are to prevail. You can start your own Occupy group in your neighborhood or school or with just your friends. Speak out against economic injustice at every chance you get. Stop the bank from evicting the family down the block. Move your checking and credit card to a community bank or credit union. Place a sign in your yard — and get your neighbors to do it also — that says, “WE ARE THE 99%.” (You can download signs here and here.)
Do something, anything, but don’t remain silent. Not now. This is the moment. It won’t come again.
75 years ago today, in Flint, Michigan, the people said they’d had enough and occupied the factories until they won. What is stopping us now? The rich have one plan: bleed everyone dry. Can anyone, in good conscience, be a bystander to this?
My uncle wasn’t, and because of what he and others did, I got to grow up without having to worry about a roof over my heads or medical bills or a decent life. And all that was provided by my dad who built spark plugs on a GM assembly line.
Let’s each of us double our efforts to raise a ruckus, Occupy Everywhere, and get creative as we throw a major nonviolent wrench into this system of Greed. Let’s make the politicians running for office in 2012 quake in their boots if they refuse to tax the rich, regulate Wall Street and do whatever we the people tell them to do.
Tags: American Legislative Exchange Council, Anti-Defamation League, Arizona, Arizona SB 1070, Arizona Senate, Brave New Foundation, corporate greed, government corruption, Robert Greenwald, Russell Pearce
From The Washington Spectator on Arizona Senator Russell Pearce:
ALEC on the Border / Say it Ain’t So, Leo
by Lou Dubose | 05/15/2011
ALEC On The Border—A quick trip to the courthouse has resulted in what was predicted by critics. A federal judge blocked controversial sections of Arizona’s Senate Bill 1070, passed in 2010, which would require state officials to enforce federal immigration law. An appeals court upheld the lower court ruling.
The bill was sponsored by Arizona Senator Russell Pearce, now president of the Arizona Senate. The Maricopa County Republican is known for his American-flag shirts — and for his past association with white-supremacist groups and his inadvertent inclusion, in a mass e-mailing, of an attachment from agroup. (In 2007, the Anti-Defamation League documented Pearce’s neo-Nazi affiliation.)
The logical conclusion is that Pearce’s animus toward immigrants informed Senate Bill 1070, which is not entirely correct. Pearce submitted a draft bill to the American Legislative Exchange Council’s Public Safety and Elections Task Force, which wrote the legislation (as reported by Laura Sullivan for NPR and by Beau Hodai, a Tucson journalist writing for In These Times).
Cuéntame (roughly translated is, you count me)
- Dawn Teo: SB1070 Goes to U.S. Supreme Court, SB1070 Author to Be Recalled (huffingtonpost.com)
- SB1070 hasn’t been kind to Arizona (dailykos.com)
- Karmic Update: Recall campaign against AZ Senate President Russell Pearce gaining steam (crooksandliars.com)