On October 29, 2011, Against Cuts had a Teach-in at Berkeley City College to educate people on the budget cuts to all social services in the past and future and provided information and offered assistance to those wanting to become involved in spreading that knowledge. Peralta TV recorded the event so that it could be shared with everyone:
On November 2, 2011, between 30,000 and 100,000 people marched on the Port of Oakland and shut it down. People of all walks of life were there, parents brought their kids - it was truly a festival of the oppressed. Here are just a few images captured from that day.
Recently Kristy Morrison, a high school teacher and an organizer with Against Cuts, was on the radio show "Your Call" on 91.7, KALW discussing the cuts in California and the need for a broad fight back.
Here is a link to the site for that show, where you can find a link to listen to a recording of the show.
In 1968, 1,300 sanitation workers in Memphis went on strike. The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. came to support them. That was where he lost his life. Eventually Memphis heard the grievances of its sanitation workers. And in subsequent years millions of public employees across the nation have benefited from the job protections they've earned.
Public servants are convenient scapegoats. Republicans would rather deflect attention from corporate executive pay that continues to rise as corporate profits soar, even as corporations refuse to hire more workers. They don't want stories about Wall Street bonuses, now higher than before taxpayers bailed out the Street. And they'd like to avoid a spotlight on the billions raked in by hedge-fund and private-equity managers whose income is treated as capital gains and subject to only a 15 percent tax, due to a loophole in the tax laws designed specifically for them.
It's far more convenient to go after people who are doing the public's work -- sanitation workers, police officers, fire fighters, teachers, social workers, federal employees -- to call them "faceless bureaucrats" and portray them as hooligans who are making off with your money and crippling federal and state budgets. The story fits better with the Republican's Big Lie that our problems are due to a government that's too big.
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But the decline in their fortunes points to a signature outcome of the long downturn in the labor market. Even at times of high unemployment in the past, wages have been very slow to fall; economists describe them as "sticky." To an extent rarely seen in recessions since the Great Depression, wages for a swath of the labor force this time have taken a sharp and swift fall......