Despite reduced global news coverage of the movement, the Occupy Wall Street movement and it’s many subsidiaries are still in full swing.
In the past 24 hours, peaceful student protesters were reportedly fired upon with rubber bullets by the police.
This uncalled for brutality is nothing new:
… Unsurprisingly, internet commentators have been pointing out that while our president has always been quick to condemn police brutality in conflicts abroad, he has remained largely silent about what is now occurring here at home.
In his speech this coming Tuesday Obama has said he will outline the blueprint for a new economy- “built to last,” where “everyone gets a fair shot.” Sounds like an indirect response to the mutterings of Wall St protesters and the unemployed! How does he propose to do it? With a huge slide in popularity since election and the majority of voters admitting disapproval of his financial track record, a ‘new blueprint’ sounds promising but hopelessly vague- like some of the election promises that were made and broken from the beginning of his term.
Always an outspoken “pro-union guy,” Obama has pushed through a new law requiring workplaces to convey union messages to their employees. Over 6 million businesses, many of them small, will be required to hang a poster advertising union right such as wearing union paraphernalia in the workplace, openly discussing wages and benefits with other employees, as well as striking and picketing.
Informing workers of their options may not be a bad thing, but forcing workplaces to be the ones to do it is another thing entirely. Insiders have drawn the link between this strong push on behalf of the unions and the millions of dollars they donated to Obama’s last election campaign.