Archive for Labor
Wow. In case there was any doubt left in your mind that Mitt Romney isn’t like you, just watch this video. It’s also important to mention that there are people who hold up Romney’s career as an example of American success. I don’t. I see it as an example of exploitation of the poor without any sense of responsibility to them.
A couple of weeks ago, “This American Life” aired a story titled “Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory,” about life in the Chinese factory that makes the iPhone and other consumer electronics. Apparently, others took notice. “The Daily Show,” for example.
I wonder if the dormitories in the clip are the ones they show to the press?
I’ve been watching the Occupy Events grow across the country and waiting to find out what it’s all about. As with so many left-leaning political efforts, there’s an air of everything-but-the-kitchen-sink to the issues raised. When I attended the protests against invading Iraq, I saw “Free Mumia”, “Keep Abortion Legal”, “End the Death Penalty”, and other activists out there piggy-backing on the message of the march.
When Occupy Wall Street began, I wondered if the same approach would occur. As of now, it’s uncertain. The movement is new, and as more people come to it, the purpose and message will adapt to meet their agendas. At some point, it’ll either boil down to something actionable (a la “Taxed Enough Already”) or it’ll peter out. Regardless of the outcome, the fact that lots of people are spontaneously coming together under interesting methods of self-governance to address local, national, and international issues is newsworthy.
In the interest of furthering the conversation about Occupy, I’m posting the “Declaration of the Occupation of New York City“. Click below the fold to read.
Somebody gets it:
A shorter version of this video really ought to be running in theaters ahead of the trailers.