“I come from a tradition of union people who did not take certain kinds of crap. They just said, “That’s it.” You know, at a certain point, you go on strike and assert your dignity and make your demands and your problems known to the general public in every way you can. So, I think this would be the moment.”
Democracy Now! (1/17/19)
The longest government shutdown in U.S. history is now on Day 27. As 800,000 workers continue to go without pay, federal employees around the country are rising up to demand an end to the shutdown, which has run public institutions ragged and left hundreds of thousands financially strapped.
We speak with Barbara Ehrenreich, author of the best-seller “Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By In America.” She is calling for TSA workers around the country to strike.
Link To The Economic Hardship Reporting Project HERE.
Michael Moore: Federal Workers, Rise Up!
What would a nonviolent mass uprising and revolt by 800,000 federal workers look like? Sit-ins. Takeover buildings. Shut down all air travel. A human “wall” around the White House. Hound Mitch McConnell so that he has no sleep, no lunches with lobbyists. Refuse to show up for work that you’re not being paid for. Local rallies in front of federal buildings all over the country. I’d join that! Wouldn’t you?
- A Call For A National General Strike Part 2: Times Up For Deferring MLK’s Dream — In the nation’s capital and across the country food pantries and soup kitchens are making special efforts to help feed the hundreds of thousands of Federal workers that have not been paid for a month in a shutdown instigated by Donald Trump that he threatened might last “months even years” if he does not get $5.7 billion to build a wall on our border with Mexico. On Saturday, for the second time in two weeks, Trump took to the airwaves and cast himself as the spaghetti-western protector-in-chief of a nation whose very existence was imperiled by a massive marauding migration of criminals from the south. He feigned an offer of compromise but he continued to insist that the only way to secure our border was with a multi-billion dollar “powerful see-through steel barrier.” … Read the Rest
“Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.”