Saturday, December 15, 2012
Long Distance Runners
Reverend Jesse Jackson speaks movingly in the Michigan Capitol Rotunda which reportedly held over 2,000 people during demonstrations over so-called "right-to-work" legislation signed by the Republican governor. Occupy Detroit reports the legislation written by ALEC, the right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council. "Despite the unprecedented opposition, the bill was signed into law with no public discussion or input." Reverend Jackson gets a rousing introduction by Senator Gretchen Witmer, and states that "Dr. King's last act on earth was to defend a worker's right to collectively bargain," that, "the workers are already over the cliff," that student debtors, credit card debtors, the unemployed, the economically insecure are "already over the cliff." "We are long distance runners," he says, and if Nelson Mandela spent so many years in prison, "we can strike one more day" and "keep hope alive."