Archives

Uncategorized

In the days leading up to September 17th, a couple of friends in New York City mentioned something vague about a plan for social justice activists taking action in the city. I didn’t think much of it at the time, or even on the 17th and 18th—I just kept working hard on the issues most pressing here in North Carolina. Then, time passed, the action continued, the weekend came, the numbers in New York City’s financial district swelled, and I saw those videos of peaceful protesters being kettled and pepper-sprayed on a sidewalk September 24th.

At that moment, something changed for me.

I had just witnessed first-hand the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s September 6th arrests of undocumented students and their supporters at an “Undocumented and Unafraid” Rally. At that point, I realized OccupyWallStreet might be related to my life in North Carolina, and I needed to understand more. Read More

Uncategorized

Tomorrow, Senator Kay Hagan will appear with some corporate titans to explain her destructive plan to give giant multi-national corporations yet another tax cut. Wish she were holding it somewhere in which she’d have to look at and speak to the 99%.

This from the Senator’s office:

“October 6, 2011

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Kay R. Hagan (NC) will hold a press conference with North Carolina business leaders TOMORROW at 9:30 a.m. at Quintiles to discuss the Foreign Earnings Reinvestment Act,

Read More

Uncategorized

Ezra Klein has an interesting take on the Occupy Wall Street phenomenon in yesterday’s WaPo that’s worth your time.

I liked the final paragraph:

“The organizers of Occupy Wall Street are fighting to upend the system. But what gives their movement the potential for power and potency is the masses who just want the system to work the way they were promised it would work. It’s not that 99 percent of Americans are really struggling. It’s not that 99 percent of Americans want a revolution. It’s that 99 percent of Americans sense that the fundamental bargain of our economy — work hard, play by the rules, get ahead — has been broken, and they want to see it restored.”