Labor stands in solidarity with the Occupy movement

AFL-CIO chief Richard Trumka circulated this email today: They can take away the tarps and the tents. But they can’t 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 York’s Zuccotti Park — orchestrated by politicians acting on behalf of the 1%.

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

Show your solidarity by attending a Nov. 17 bridge action near you.

And send a message of solidarity to the Occupy Wall Street protesters — which will be delivered by Working America this week.

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 doesn’t 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%…

We are the 99%.

In Solidarity,

Richard L. Trumka

President, AFL-CIO

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2 thoughts on “Labor stands in solidarity with the Occupy movement

  1. alabnal

    Colin Powell? Oh please…. leave that gutless human being aside, who was complicit in war crimes….

  2. Frigga Karl

    We, the people in Europe are with you, we have enough too. We are in the same game, no difference with the US. Look at these ridiculous Sarkosy, Camaron and Merkel and Berlusconi (well he is gone) The same criminals! This powerful Wall Street Movement will spread over to Europe and then we have the long desired radical change in the western part of the world. The people in Africa, Asia and South America will sleep better No western criminal power will haunt them any more. 400 years of oppression is enough. People unit all over the world!

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