Proposition 32, on the November ballot, is nothing but an attack by Republicans and conservatives on unions and their members.
August 19, 2012|Michael Hiltzik
It was Lyndon Johnson who best understood that the key to political empowerment for the disenfranchised was to give them access to the electoral process. That’s why he made passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 his top priority.
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Proposition 32 stops working people from having a strong voice in politics. Proposition 32 gives a “special exemption” to corporations and lets them spend billions to control politics.
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Wal-Mart = Poverty
In the largest-ever protest against Walmart in U.S. history, thousands in Los Angeles demanded the world’s largest private employer start respecting its workers and communities or stay out of L.A. Union workers from across the L.A. labor movement marched alongside Walmart and warehouse workers, Chinatown residents, community and civil rights groups, faith leaders, and our sisters and brothers from the San Diego, Orange, South Bay and San Francisco labor councils who came on buses to stand up to Walmart and stop the “Walmartization” of L.A. jobs.
The Teamsters trucks and Horsemen motorcycle club kicked-off the march from the Los Angeles State Historic Park through the streets of Chinatown. Carrying a massive banner that read: “Walmart = Poverty,” Walmart workers and Chinatown residents led the march of thousands holding signs: “Walmart: How the 1% Hurts the 99%.”
Under the iconic Chinese dragons in Chinatown, L.A. Labor’s Maria Elena Durazo opened the rally. “Walmart’s chief product is poverty. Walmart gets rich by keeping its employees poor; however, Walmart workers are organizing for decent wages and affordable benefits. They have the right to dignity and respect and Walmart can afford to do better. Until Walmart stops selling poverty, we don’t want it in Los Angeles,” said Durazo.
Walmart and warehouse workers filled the stage. “I work hard at Walmart’s Crenshaw store, but even with a promotion, I still have to rely on public healthcare for my kids,” said Girshriela Green, a Walmart associate and member of OUR Walmart, a growing organization of Walmart associates nationwide. “Working hard should mean getting ahead – but it doesn’t at Walmart. If we don’t put an end to the Walmart model of making a few people rich and keeping the rest of us struggling, we are going to live in a country with no middle class at all. For my kids and for my community, I’m speaking out for change at Walmart.”
Grammy winners, singer-songwriters and members of Professional Musicians Local 47 Tom Morello and Ben Harper gave energizing live performances. Speakers included co-founder of the United Farm Workers and 2012 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom Dolores Huerta, U.S. Congresswoman Judy Chu, United Food and Commercial Workers President Joe Hansen, UNITE HERE President John Wilhelm and more!
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