First, let me say I support the #Occupy movement. This country was established to be a fair and just society and it’s clear for 99% of us it is ceasing to be so. As Nobel prize-winning economist Joe Stiglitz pointed out,
“We have a social problem, not only an economic problem. We have this strange situation of a country where we have increasing numbers of homeless people and increasing numbers of vacant houses.”
The AJA has several initiatives that would positively impact our economy. Two in particular would provide relief to the unemployed: 1) Reauthorization of unemployment benefits set to expire at the end of the year; and, 2) Establishing the “Pathways Back to Work Fund” to create jobs for low-income and unemployed youth. The former is a given, or 6 million people might lose whatever economic stability they have left. The latter is a proven success in states as diverse as Mississippi and Michigan.
So, occupiers, while you’re marching for jobs can you take the opportunity to help create some?
- Deepak Chopra: The “Occupy” Movement: Turning Anger Into Awareness (huffingtonpost.com)
- AFL-CIO’s Trumka issues statement supporting Occupy Wall Street (dailykos.com)
- The “American Autumn”: “Occupy Wall Street” May Foretell a March on Washington (02varvara.wordpress.com)
- Climate Activists to Join Growing Occupy Wall Street Movement (prweb.com)
- Live Blog for #OccupyWallStreet: Day Twenty, Aftermath of the Movement’s Biggest March Yet (dissenter.firedoglake.com)