Thursday, November 10, 2011

OWS hits the road to DC

The Occupy Wall Street protesters marching to D.C. said their spirits were high Thursday - despite hitting a roadblock within hours of leaving New York.
The 24 demonstrators set off from their Zuccotti Park camp on Wednesday afternoon for the two-week walk to Washington, and were soon forced to reroute by New Jersey cops.
“We were trying to go over a bridge near Newark but cops wouldn’t let us cross it,” said Michael Glazer, one of the founders of the “Occupy the Highway” movement.
“They said it was too close to rush hour.
“We had to take a detour and ... it delayed us three hours.”
Despite the delay, the group still arrived at their first scheduled stop in Elizabeth, N.J., Wednesday night, where they slept at the home of a fellow Occupy Wall Street supporter.
Glazer said they have been inspired by the send-off they received in New York City and plan to march 18 miles to New Brunswick by nightfall Thursday, where they will meet up with the town’s local occupation movement.
“I'm stoked. We all feel great and are ready for the trek,” Glazer said.
“We are all in high spirits and determined.”
Along the route, which will take them through Trenton, Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore, the group already has been greeted by trucks honking their horns in support, and the odd heckler.
They are equipped with backpacks, sleeping bags and tents, and plan to pick up supporters along the way.
They intend to end up in the nation’s capital on Nov. 23, in an effort to persuade elected officials to extend the Bush era tax cuts for the rich, or so-called “millionaires tax.”
For the moment, Glazer’s main concern however is the weather.
"I'm a little concerned about the rain - hopefully we won't be caught in a downpour,” he told the News.

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The Tyranny of Unemployment

'We do not have the right to a job'

November 9, 2011

There are around 40 million people in the United States who are unemployed. These people want to work, and must work to survive and provide for their families.

The companies who could hire these unemployed workers have plenty of money to do so. They have made record profits and have received billions in bailouts from our tax dollars.

But these companies do not hire us, not because they cannot afford it, but because they fear that if they produce too much they won’t be able to sell it all. The cost of labor would cut into their profits—so they decide not to hire, even with record profits, and keep unemployment numbers surging.

We have the right to vote; the right to free speech and the right to assemble. But we do not have the right to a job. The employers, however, have the right to lay us off in the millions, ruining lives, in order to protect their profit margin. The decision over whether or not to employ the masses of unemployed, with the wealth we create in the first place, is in the hands of the 1%. Such power wielded over millions of lives, enriching a tiny few at the expense of the majority, is not a just or “democratic” system. That is a form of tyranny.

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