Opinion By John Liming
According to an urgent letter I received today from Manny Hermann. Online Mobilization Coordinator for the AFL/CIO Union, Mayor Bloomberg of New York City is trying to shut down the Occupy Wall Street Movement.
It is reported that the Mayor is ordering Occupy Wall Street protesters out of Zuccotti Park for a cleanup at sunrise, and his new rules for their return effectively would shut down the occupation, now in its fourth week.
The new rules reportedly prohibit tarps, sleeping bags and “Lying Down”—even as temperatures plummet. The AFL/CIO letter said that these measures are nothing but a transparent ploy to stop the Occupy Wall Street protesters.
The AFL/CIO letter said that these protesters have inspired an entire grassroots movement and that more than 800 Occupy Wall Street Movements have now spread across the United States.
I agree that Americans cannot allow individuals with power to strike at the heart of this movement by evicting demonstrators from New York or from any other location for that matter.
It is reported that working people all across America have been so inspired by The Occupy Wall Street movement that they are turning out in droves at parks, congregations ad union halls to express their frustration and anger about our country’s staggering wealth gap, the lack of work for people who want to work and the corrupting of our politics by business and financial elites.
For those inerested in more information or for those who wish to sign a petition to The New York Mayor about this development, please go to:
Manny Herrmann, AFL-CIO [email protected]