I think that Sen Sanders is one of our legislators who is actually saying it like it is. Senator Reid, President Obama and the rest of the Democratic Party need to stand up to the Tealiban. I thought this country had a policy of not negotiating with terrorists! That is exactly what Sen Boehner and the Tealiban act like. They are holding our Country hostage, in 2012 “We the People” will take charge and vote them out.
Video of the Jobs with Justice and US UnCut “First Friday” There are four speakers but the video is only 3 minutes. Take those few minutes to learn about Jobs with Justice and US Uncut. I start at 1:30 into it.
Today US UnCut Chicago went to voice its displeasure with Bank of America the tax dodgers. Next week we will team up with AFL-CIO, Jobs With Justice for a nationwide protest. In Chicago, statewide events and mobilizations will culminate in a “We Are One” rally on **Saturday, April 9th at 1 PM in Daley Plaza, 118 N. Clark St.
Please plan to join this rally with “thousands” of your brothers and sisters from community and labor organizations.*
The Illinois AFL-CIO and the Chicago Federation and allies across the state will be gathering for this statewide massive rally in support of workers and workers’ rights! Following the events in Madison and in response to copycat legislation being introduced in other states, we are mobilizing to let our elected officials know that here in Illinois support workers’ rights and organized labor!
Photo’s from Aprils “First Friday” Rally.
This week I was asked to speak on behalf of US UnCut at the Jobs with Justice monthly rally at the James R Thompson Center in Chicago. There were four speakers including Susan Hurley of Jobs with Justice. After the speeches we marched up Lasalle Ave, in a noisy but orderly fashion to the Bank of America where we protested outside the bank for while. Please come out and see us next “First Friday” May 26th 2011.
- What is “First Friday?”
“First Friday” is the first Friday of the month when a number of people give up part of their lunchtime to come downtown, show public solidarity with the nation’s unemployed and underemployed workers.
- Why “First Friday?”
We take action on the “First Friday” of every month because that’s the day the Labor Department releases its report on the previous months’ job creation (or lack thereof). Not to mention it’s fair, practical and just the right thing to do!
- What happens on “First Friday?”
We gather to demand the following: a federal jobs program, jobless benefits (including health care) for ALL of the unemployed, and making Wall Street pay for it!
- How can I get involved?
Next month come out and be seen engaging the public discussing the kind of jobs program the country needs. Comment for Internet TV and radio. Exchange experiences related to job finding and job improvement, and housing, food, and health care issues. Petition lawmakers. Sign up to receive information about future actions. Pick up a sign. Come early, spend some time. Take a stand with our unemployed activists and allies for a federal jobs program so all of our loved ones, friends and neighbors who struggling can get back to work!
Please join us to help make common sense more common!
On March 26th US UnCut held an international day of action. In the UK 400,000 people walked the streets of London in protest. All over the States in places like Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and Seattle people got out and held actions in Bank of America. Please take a moment to visit the Nation’s Website. For photo’s from Chicago’s action Photo’s and Video click the corresponding link
Yours truly was interviewed by Ms. Kilkenny for her report. Below is the quote from me that was published. I thank Ms. Kilkenny for speaking with me and I felt proud to be able to add my voice to the voice of the people.
Chicago’s William Shehan, a US Army veteran, explained that he feels it’s his duty to protest this practice of corporate tax evasion. “As a Veteran I swore to defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic,” Shehan’s written statement says. “The behavior of the corporations and elected officials has made it necessary for ‘We the People’ to alter or abolish our relationship with the aforementioned organizations, replace the elected officials, repeal unjust laws and to put in place safeguards to insure a secure future.
This past weekend US UnCut Chicago went toe to toe with Bank of America.
Yesterday, for the first time in my life I decided to participate in an Civil Action. I did not make this decision lightly! As I dug into the history books in my personal library, watched the news, read the newspapers, and listened to NPR I slowly came to realize that our Nation was under attack; when I joined the Army I swore to defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Years ago when I took this oath I never once imagined that the domestic enemies would be elected officials and corporations!
In my studies I saw that the actions of such people and businesses is widening the gap between the rich and poor and shrinking the middle class and weakening this great Nation.
I feel as did William Henry Harrison when in 1840 he said. “I believe and say… that all measures of the government are directed to the purpose of making the rich richer and the poor poorer” it also seems to me that instead of a democratic government the aforementioned people want our current government to become an Oligarchy. In his book The Republic, Plato defined Oligarchy as “A government resting on a valuation of property, which the rich have power and the poor man is deprived of it.” It seems that the Rich have been greedy throughout history and even though we are 10 years into a new millennium, our society is no better than it was in the far past.
Furthermore, all over the world people are rising up, saying “enough is enough” and yet it is falling on deaf ears -unless they have oil-. The people of the United States, too, have been patient long enough, hoping in vain, that those we elected would wake up and put a stop to the long running abuses and despotic behavior. Our patience has run out and time for words has ceased, it is time for action, we must act now to work for the benefit of all Americans, not just the privileged few.
My resolve was further strengthened when, in my library, I came across the following quote that Abraham Lincoln, wrote in is his Notes for speeches in Ohio “The people– the people are the rightful masters of both congresses and courts– not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert it.”
Thus I was moved to action, so I acted. I was surprised at all the people at the action. It first started off with two, brave souls, going in and distracting the managers by asking questions about opening an account. Then, people came in with checks that were for 1,500,00.00 (the amount that Bank of America should have paid in taxes) and trying to cash them. When the tellers told them “No” the Uncutter’s gave a quick speech about how the American people were owed this money and that in 2009 Bank of America made 4.2 Billion in profits and paid ZERO taxes to which the tellers seemed speechless about. I personally spoke to two Managers of Bank of America and was told by them that Bank of America “Pays their taxes.” If you combine this with what the tellers said we can draw two conclusions.
- The Tellers and Managers are lying.
- The Tellers and Managers do not know what their employers are doing.
Either way the American People are hurting and the Truth needs to be told. It seems to me that our current laws are creating a rapid accumulation of property and wealth in a few hands, and thus rendering the rest of the population dependent, poor and hungry. I ask you the following question, “How much are you, and your children, willing to sacrifice so the Rich get richer?” Please get involved in any way you can and at what level you are comfortable with. My next posting will discuss ways you can get involved at various levels.
It seems that todays Action by US UnCut reached at least one person and that person was so moved that they proudly walked into the Bank of America to close her account. But, when she came out of the bank she was in shock and near tears. When asked why? The response was “The manager asked me why I wanted to close my account. I told him it was because Bank of America pays no taxes. The manager then refused to close my account and said if I did not leave he would call the police.” The person has asked that her name not be used but has sworn that she will go to another branch and close her account on Monday.
I say that we ALL close our accounts and move our accounts to a Credit Union or a locally owned bank; I will be doing this first thing tomorrow. Dr. Martin Luther King and Gandi both taught us to speak “with your money” and they both talked about Boycotts. This is something that we as Americans need to do!
I am not asking you to do something that I am not willing to do, I am asking you to do what myself and others are doing, including the Wisconsin Firemen and Policemen, and bring your money back to your local banks, credit unions and savings and loans. It may not seem like much but every dollar you take back is one less they can earn interest on and buy politicians!
Dr King said it best and I will close with a quote from his “Mountaintop Speech”
Let us rise up tonight with a greater readiness. Let us stand with a greater determination. And let us move on in these powerful days, these days of challenge to make America what it ought to be. We have an opportunity to make America a better nation.