|From:||gail zawacki <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Sent time:||Sunday, September 25, 2011 7:01:32 PM|
|Subject:||SPAM-MED: Re: [september17discuss] Sept.24 WOW! Obama calls people, especially African Americans, into the streets|
This is such utter hypocrisy from Obama. He has spent his entire administration and all his political energy protecting Wall Street and the rich, privatizing education and attacking teachers, continuing and extending the wars and occupations and the attack on civil liberties, and doing as little as possible to create jobs, fight racism or protect people facing foreclosures. This is simply a diversion designed to mobilize people behind him as we enter election season and divert attention from the long list of his failures. We should not take this bait and see him as our ally: he has proven with his actions that he is not.
On Sun, Sep 25, 2011 at 10:41 AM, Jackie DiSalvo <email@example.com> wrote:
WOW! This, as Obama reminded his audience, is how the 60s started and succeeded.
Speaking before the Congressional Black Congress Pres Obama just called on African-Americans (who officially are said to be at 17% unemployment with 40% African-American children in poverty) “to press on,” saying “I’m going to press on: for jobs, for equality, for the sake of our children, for all those families that are struggling, I expect all of you to march with me and press on; take off your bedroom slippers, put on your marching shoes; stop complaining; stop grumbling, stop crying; we are going to press on. When you say at a time when the top 1/10 of 1% has seen their income go up 4 or 5 times over the last 20 years & folks at the bottom have seen their income decline and you want them to pay more, give me a break. They say that’s class warfare. If asking a billionaire to pay the same tax rate as a janitor makes me a warrior for the working class, I wear that as a badge of honor. He hit all the issues of ordinary people: unequal tax burdens, jobs, cuts in social programs, education, access to college, crumbling infrastructure, accessible health care, loss of homes to mortgage foreclosures, privileges of corporations, oil companies. He said, they may say we’re crazy, but “that’s the good kind of crazy that says you can’t stop marching; you can’t stop”
We should sign petition asking him to acknowledge Occupy Wall Street and we should reach out to the African American community.
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