Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Full-scale assault on the labor movement in Georgia...

This just crossed my path:

ALERT:: here comes the full on assault on BOTH the labor movement, Occupy, and all social justice organizations in Georgia. : Georgia Senate Bill 469 (SB469), introduced today, attempts to effectively bankrupt labor organizations in our state and prevent our movements from 'mass picketing' outside of a business or private residence we 'target' with penalties up to $10,000 per day of violation. But there's more....perhaps the most blatant and outrageous assault on our movements, coming right on the heels of our historic direct action at Occupy AT&T is Section 5- which will make it a FELONY to 'conspire' to commit criminal trespass while engaged in a political direct action- the act that 12 of us led last Monday at AT&T. There is no coincidence that the anti-worker, corporate funded, sponsors of SB 469 have set their targets on ALL progressive social forces in Georgia and thus require our immediate and unified response. This bill poses an absolute attack on basic worker rights and on all of our movements- but should also be viewed as a historic opportunity for us to mobilize a response in kind with even more united, bold series of actions to defeat it. Read the bill in its entirety here:

It looks like the corporations want Georgia to be for right-to-work states what Wisconsin was for union states....

Our efforts here in Georgia are a threat to the 1% and they want to stop it before we traction. 

This isn't just about Georgia.  The reality is this is Occupy vs. the Global Race to the Bottom 

This is about the fact that our movement is a global movement.   The BBC's Paul Mason talked to Democracy Now about "The New Global Revolutions" over Austerity, Inequality 

But this hits home for me because their are powerful people in the Georgia General Assembly who want to charge my friends with felony's.  People like Ben are a threat because they are smart, articulate, and willing to sacrifice a lot-- through nonviolent direct action.  

 I need your help in making this a national effort to stop this bill in its tracks.

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