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Media Advisory October 10, 2011
Oakland Education Association Backs 4 p.m. City Hall ‘Occupy Oakland’ Rally Demanding Economic Justice
OAKLAND – Oakland Unified educators will join a 4 p.m. “Occupy Oakland” rally at city hall today after the Oakland Education Association Executive Board voted to support the national grass-roots “Occupy Wall Street” movement against corporate greed that began last month in New York.
“The OEA has long advocated for a fair tax structure that would require corporations and the wealthy to pay their fair share to sustain the society from which they profit,” said Betty Olson-Jones, President of the Oakland Education Association. “Schools, programs for the elderly and disabled, health care for the poor and for children, and other vital public services have all been cut drastically in the past three years. This fight is about economic justice and protecting the poor and middle class. The Occupy Wall Street movement demonstrates that the American public understands how important people like teachers, firefighters and nurses are to society.” Continue reading
Causa Justa :: Just Cause
Across the country fallout from the outrage at Big Banks bailouts, the foreclosure crisis and mounting attacks on the working class have awoken many who once lived comfortably and thought the American Dream was theirs. A growing number are now coming to an understanding that there is no dream after all.
In Boston, thousands of people gathered outside Bank of America offices to protest the bank’s foreclosure policies. It was part of a series of ongoing actions organized by the Right to the City Alliance. Causa Justa :: Just Cause was there.
“When you have 3,000 people gathered and surrounding the bank demanding to be recognized and respected, then for each individual inside that bank, they are forced to ask themselves: ‘What am I doing? What role am I playing in this?’ That’s how the policies change,” said Nell Myhand, Oakland Homeower Clinic Coordinator for CJJC and someone personally fighting a foreclosure Continue reading