Sisters & Brothers,
Excitement is continuing to build nationally and worldwide for the “Occupy Movement”! Workers, students, unemployed, homeless, seniors, those who have lost their homes to foreclosures and those who have lost their jobs — the 99% — are standing up and fighting back against the 1%!
We are experiencing the results of a failed economy and inability of the richest nation in the world to provide for the 99%. We know that the 1% is only getting greedier and richer. But, things are changing and this movement is catching fire.
Inspired by the spirit of the fight against Wall Street, the Alameda Labor Council urges all union members and your families to join us as we stand in solidarity with Occupy Oakland on Wednesday, November 2. This Day of Action on November 2 will be a public demonstration of support for the right to peaceably assemble without interference, and against the growing wealth and income inequality created by Wall Street and the actions of the richest 1%.
Individual unions and your members are encouraged to express solidarity in whatever form you find appropriate. These are some options for Nov. 2:
1. At your worksite. Before work or during lunch, come together to talk about the Occupy Wall Street movement. Wear We are the 99% stickers.
2. Noon Bank action. Meet at Oakland City Hall and join a Wells Fargo Bank action.
3. Mobilization at 5 pm. Labor’s focus will be to turn out for this mobilization. We will converge at the Frank Ogawa Plaza at City Hall to join with Occupy Oakland.
Wear your union shirts and be visible so Occupy Oakland knows that labor is standing with them.
At 7 pm the Alameda Labor Council with our affiliates will be hosting a “cook out” and serving dinner to all in attendance.
What can your union do to support this effort?
Contribute to the “cook out”. We expect to feed 1,000s at 7 pm on November 2. A detailed budget will be sent out tonight. Volunteer monitors needed for 5 pm mobilization. If your local can round up 4-10 monitors, that would be great. Contribute to fund a lead “occupy” organizer. The occupy movement requires experience, time and commitment to build good relationships. We will be setting up a dedicated fund to resource this level of organizing. If your local has staff you can reassign to this effort, let’s talk.
Please see the labor flyer attached and spread the word to all your families, friends and networks! To donate and/or volunteer, call 510-632-4242 x226 OR email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are the 99%!
Alameda Labor Council