I’m still kicking myself that I missed the greatest night in baseball Wednesday. Oh well! But to the folks feeling a little down this week, here’s a Steve Goodman classic:
We need jobs. Not unfair trade agreements.
Millions of people who are ready, willing and able to work are unemployed or underemployed. But instead of focusing on job creation, Congress is getting ready to take up unfair, job-offshoring trade deals.
With more than 25 million people desperately searching for full-time jobs, the last thing our leaders should focus on is these unfair trade deals. It’s the wrong thing to do, and it’s a huge distraction from our jobs crisis.
Tell Congress: Get moving on jobs, and drop these unfair trade deals. Then, be ready to join our national call-in day this Tuesday. With your help, we’ll make our voices heard by flooding Congress with calls and messages.
Here’s why the three pending trade agreements are a bad deal for working families:
- The Korea agreement is the biggest trade deal since NAFTA. It would displace an estimated 159,000 net U.S. jobs, mostly in manufacturing.
- Colombia is the most dangerous place in the world for trade unionists. So how can we reward it with a free trade agreement? In 2010, 51 trade unionists were assassinated in Colombia—more than in the rest of the world combined. So far in 2011, another 22 have been killed, despite Colombia’s heralded “Labor Action Plan.” Would we reward a country where 51 CEOs were killed last year?
- And Panama, with a history of failing to protect workers’ rights, is known as a tax havenfor money launderers and tax dodgers.
Past trade deals like NAFTA have been miserable failures for working people—and these new deals follow in NAFTA’s footsteps. Working people need to make our voices heard.
Please e-mail Congress now. Then get ready to join our national call-in day this Tuesday. With your help, we’ll flood Congress with calls and messages to make our voices heard.
Richard L. Trumka
Courage is contagious, and the Occupy movement continues to grow. Yesterday there were arrests in Boston and San Francisco:
BOSTON — A group called Occupy Boston took over Dewey Square in Boston Friday night holding a 60s-style sit in.
It doesn’t look like the politicians are serving the people any more,” said John, a protestor who would only give his first name. “They’re serving people with money.”
This is part of nationwide movement that began with a large protest last week on Wall Street.
“We’re talking about government reform. We’re talking about finance reform,” said Nadeem Mazen, from Occupy Boston. “And we’re opening up a national dialogue as part of a really big issue that’s on so many people’s minds.”
A few blocks away a group called Take Back Boston lead hundreds of people marching from Boston Common to the Financial District.
At 100 Federal Street the protesters gathered at both entrances to the Bank of America building shouting “We got sold out.” The crowd included dozens of families facing foreclosure.
“The bank took over my property. Tried to evict everybody,” said Mallerrie McCoy of Dorchester. “They boarded up my windows. They changed our locks. I’m here to say i’m not going anywhere.”
And in San Francisco, protesters went into the belly of the beast:
SAN FRANCISCO — Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of San Francisco today to protest Wall Street banks and six were arrested, police said.
The protesters marched along Market Street this afternoon, stopping in front of Bank of America, Charles Schwab and Wells Fargo, organizers from ReFund California said.
Six activists went inside a Chase Bank branch in the 500 block of Market Street with sleeping bags and pillows and prepared to stay, organizers said.
According to police, officers repeatedly warned the protesters they would be arrested if they refused to leave.
The activists refused to leave and were arrested for trespassing, police said.
So I logged on to Facebook and was surprised to see “Erica Jong Five mutual friends Add friend.” Wow, I said to myself, this is my chance to ask Erica if she really coined the phrase “zipless fuck…”