38,000 NYC Transit Workers To Join Occupy Wall Street Next Friday

cognitivedissonance:

Up until this announcement, the Occupy Wall Street movement has been unwieldy and somewhat lacking in a coherent voice, but that’s all about the change. New York City labor unions have decided to descend upon the streets of Lower Manhattan on Friday.

The leadership of the Transit Workers Union Local 100—comprised of subway and bus workers—voted unanimously to support the protestors. With a membership of 38,000, 5 Oct. will easily be the largest day yet in the protest. On 12 Oct., SEIU 32BJ, representing doormen, security guards, and maintenance workers around the city, is also staging a rally in support of the cause.

It’s unclear for now whether the transit system will be completely shut down while the 38,000 workers are participating in the protest. If it is, the Occupy Wall Street movement will definitely make its mark in history. And either way, it now has a substantial footing to make a real statement about American economy policy.

Jackie DiSalvo, an #OccupyWallStreet organizer, summarized the movement’s policy as such: “Occupy Wall Street will not negotiate watering down its own message.”

You have no idea how excited I am to see this. 

What if the transit workers, instead of shutting down public transit for the day, told everybody that they could hop the turnstiles? I think that’d be FANTASTIC.

"This is literally an uprising of people who have had it,

leftish:

It has already started to spread across the country in other cities. It will continue to spread. … It will be tens of thousands and hundreds of thousands of people … Their work ahead is not as difficult as other movements in the past … The majority of Americans are really upset at Wall Street … So you have already got an army of Americans who are just waiting for somebody to do something, and something has started.”

~ MICHAEL MOORE ON THE #OCCUPYWALLSTREET MOVEMENT

Rioters on Wall Street!

socialismartnature:

As I write these words, out-of-control hordes are swarming throughout downtown Manhattan. Their disregard for human decency, for the sanctity of people’s homes, jobs, property and health is beyond anything seen since the Dark Ages.

These men and women, almost all of them white and disturbingly antiseptic for people living in a filthy and crowded city, are dressed in bizarre outfits. Their heads and faces are exposed, but even in the stifling heat of New York’s summer, every inch of them is covered in dark suits and they drape odd cloths around their necks, tied into a choking knot at their throats.

They tap away ceaselessly at handheld digital devices, even as they walk the streets. I’m told each tap can lead to hundreds, even thousands of jobs destroyed. With a phone call or text, this marauding band of rioters can foreclose on a person’s house, pillage the 401-K of any nurse or teacher and even transfer whole industries from one country to another leaving entire communities devastated.

The property destruction pales in comparison to the toll it appears to be taking on the health and welfare of millions. These feral stockbrokers and bankers seem to have it in for older people, in particular. Those over 55 have been targeted for a future of unending unemployment and early death.

Those under 30, perversely, are targeted for menial jobs, regardless of education, and lives spent surfing from couch to couch—always in terror of the worst fate of all, having to move back home with their parents.

Do not approach Wall Street alone! Always go with at least several hundred, if not thousands, of allies. They are dangerous and arrogant and steeped in the ideology of the anarchy of the market. Beware the mindless violence of these Wall Street rioters!