Archive for protest

Happy Black Friday!

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 25, 2011 by rottenart

Here’s Occupy OKC mic-checking Wal-Mart. Evidently, even though they were peaceably leaving the premises, Del City police decided that they were enough of a “threat” to start tackling and arresting. If you listen closely, you can hear on of the officers say, “get on the ground or get tased!”

Tased. For yelling in a Wal-Mart and then leaving when asked.

Remember, this is the message:

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It’s Easy to Understand.

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 18, 2011 by rottenart

Hell, even Calvin gets it.

The Occupy movement has been tough to pin down for a corporate media drunk on its own self-worth and slowly going the way of the dinosaur. They treat it as if it’s rowdy kids climbing the counter and pulling down cookies as opposed to a true populist uprising. That is, when they don’t scoff outright.

On the bright side, opinion seems to be shifting. Here’s Melissa Francis explaining to Joe Scarborough what he clearly doesn’t take seriously. That’s great, and I applaud Francis and any other outlet willing to actually talk about OWS and why they’re so mad. The big focus so far has been on why they don’t have any demands in sound-bite form. I don’t seem to remember the Tea Party discussing the finer details of “Take My Country Back” but I digress.

The point is that even as the media is shaking off the dust, the powers that be are not sleeping at all. In fact, they seem to be scared shitless of the power that the masses hold. That means that what we’re doing is working.

Keep pushing. Keep standing your ground. History is on our side.

 

Meanwhile, In Spain…

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 27, 2011 by rottenart

Police are beating protesters (WARNING GRAPHIC VIDEO!). Funny how you won’t hear about this in the Mostly Useless Media. The protesters, by the way, are demonstrating against high unemployment and the ongoing financial crisis hitting the middle and lower classes.

Wait a minute! That sounds like a place I know!

Workers of the World Unite!

Posted in Art, Politics with tags , , , , , , , , on May 1, 2011 by rottenart

Unite!

Slashing the Public Sector? What Could Go Wrong?

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 25, 2011 by rottenart

In another example of union-busting disguised as fiscal austerity, Providence, RI has fired every single one of its teachers. It should be noted that not all will ultimately lose their jobs, but the mayor says he want “flexibility” in who he can hire back. In related cost-cutting news, Philadelphia’s cuts tot he fire department in the form of “rolling brownouts” may possibly have cost the lives of two children when a recently shuttered fire station couldn’t respond to a fire.

See, in Tea Bagger (or simply Republican) fantasy land, fiscal responsibility means gutting things like the fundamental right to form a union and fire protection. I mean, what have those greedy teachers and firefighters ever done for us? What’s that you say? Perhaps a small tax increase on the wealthiest members of society to plug some these budget holes? Well, obviously you just don’t understand sacrifice, you communist.

 

Solidarity Is Popular

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 22, 2011 by rottenart

A New Poll Shows Scott Walker's Numbers Plummeting

Numbers Breakdown in WI

It looks like the public is siding with the middle class workers over the union-busting despot wannabe, Scott Walker. Who could have guessed? In related news, protests in IN are mirroring WI where the Republicans are trying to pass a similar assault on collective bargaining. Meanwhile, solidarity protests are happening all over the country (and even across the world).

One can only hope Noam Chomsky is right.

The Anti-Union Movement Explained

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 21, 2011 by rottenart

There’s been a tidal wave of coverage about Teabagging Governor Scott Walker’s assault on unions in Wisconsin so I won’t waste my time explaining it all here. Suffice to say that Walker’s plans have very little (if anything) to do with the budget shortfall and everything to do with a scorched-earth attack on political opponents. It should also be noted that the budget crisis itself is due almost entirely to Walker’s Teabagging, tax-cutting lunacy in the first place. Talking Points Memo has been indispensable for anyone following the story but if you’d like a nice primer on the entire affair, MoJo has a nice round-up too.

However, for all the national attention Wisconsin has received in the wake of Walker’s antics, his approach is not unique. Emily Loftis reminds us that similar attempts to void collective bargaining rights are included in bills before three other state legislatures, all with GOP majorities: Indianapolis, Florida, and Ohio. This is nothing more than an effort to completely break the back of unionized labor in this country, which is already at a staggeringly low rate of 11.9%. Remember that in 1958, the apex of labor’s power and arguably one of America’s most prosperous periods, that number was almost 40%.

The reasons for the decline are various: growing globalization, automation of labor, the shift to a part-time service economy, etc. Companies are also increasingly ready to break picket lines, a tactic that was given a whole new level of support with Ronald Reagan’s firing of air traffic controllers in 1981. Since then, unions have seen their numbers decline and their influence wane, even as many workers continue to enjoy the benefits of organized labor’s previous effort. This latest assault also has much to do with the tanking economy: as the private sector suffers, it’s easier to point at public workers (who have historically been the target of scorn) and their protected salaries and benefits with envy.

Make no mistake, if this recent push succeeds and worker’s bargaining rights are tossed to the wayside, it will be a fast race to the bottom. After all, if workers can’t organize to demand better treatment and wages, who will stand up for them? The corporations who stand to make a profit by exploiting their labor?

(Thanks to C&L for the video tip)