Skip to comments.Sept. 11, 2011: A Day to Commit to Activism [Tear this to shreds!]
Posted on 09/09/2011 10:12:27 AM PDT by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus
A Message from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka
All of us will remember the horror and anguish we experienced 10 years ago. Whether we lost loved ones ourselvesfamily members, union brothers and sistersor felt the shock of a society that lost nearly 3,000 people and was forever changed, we need no reminding.
Instead, I would like to reflect on doors that were opened on Sept. 11, 2001, and what has come of them in the 10 years since.
Working men and women rushed through doors to danger and became Americas everyday heroes. Firefighters, construction workers, nurses and EMTsall kinds of professionals and volunteerswere there not just on the fateful day but some for weeks and months and even years after. And we swore we would never forget.
Doors opened within us to each other. We came together. We flew the flag. We comforted one another. In our grief, we found the best in ourselves.
What an overwhelming sense of unity we shared, all across our nation. And it was this unity that allowed us to begin healing and rebuilding. There is no time in my memory of a more proud example of what we can accomplish when we work together. Solidarity, the cornerstone of the union movement, flowed through all of us and carried us through.
But other doors opened, toodoors to hate, suspicion of others and self-centered greed. Our fear was twisted into something much more dangerous.
The unity that had helped us survive faded as divisiveness took root. I look around today in amazement at just how far apart our nation has becomethe endless possibilities that came with our unity have all but vanished.
Just 10 years after 9/11, despite our vows, the public servants, construction workers and others who lost their lives or still suffer with the cancerous remnants of the Twin Towers havent just been forgotten. Theyve been vilified. The extremist small government posse has turned them into public enemy No. 1, as though teachers and firefighters, EMTs and nurses and union construction workers ruined Americas economy.
In state after state this yearwith the heroism of 9/11 less than a decade behind uspoliticians targeted the paychecks, benefits and basic rights of these workers in a rabid campaign to shift government support to tax breaks for the wealthy and already profitable corporations.
Wealthy CEOs, anti-government extremist front groups and frothing talk show hostsfrom the Rush Limbaughs and Glenn Becks to the Koch brothers, Karl Roves American Crossroads group, Americans for Prosperity, the Club for Growth, FreedomWorks and the American Legislative Exchange Councilalso pushed open the door to hate.
Make no mistakesetting workers against workers is a highly profitable endeavor. How many times during the vilest state attacks on public workers did we hear the question: Other people dont have pensions. Why should he? Prompting that question required twisting the American psychewhich, by its founding nature, seeks to lift the common good. The appropriate question should have been, Why doesnt everybody have a pension? followed by collective action for retirement security.
Weve seen the costs of hatred in ill-thought wars, in shameful attacks on immigrants and our LGBT neighbors. We saw it in the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. We saw it in the racism that has found overt and covert expression since Barack Obama began his run for officefrom outright declarations of people who said out loud they would never vote for a black man to the ridiculously persistent obsession with our presidents birth certificate. Regardless of his policies or priorities, President Obama is shadowed by the drumbeat of suspicion based on his other-ness. And those suspicions are fed and watered constantly by forces that were threatened by his message of hope and change.
Weve seen the cost of greed in the recklessness of financial institutions that created the greatest economic collapse since the Great Depression and the devastating jobs crisis that persists today.
But I remember that other door that opened on 9/11the door to our better selves, to our understanding that we are one and our values require us to care for one another.
Thats what sent 347 firefighters to their death at the Twin Towers 10 years ago. Its also what sent firefighters to stand with teachers in Wisconsin even though Gov. Scott Walker had exempted them from his attack on public employees. Its what moves employed people now to demand good jobs for the 26 million Americans who are looking for work. Its what gives us the courage to take on a crumbling economy and the politicians preaching austerity and ignoring our jobs crisisto take them on and say, We are America. We are better than this. And we are one.
Brothers and sisters, friends, I hope you will join me in marking this solemn anniversary by committing to redouble your activism on behalf of Americas everyday working heroes. We will rise or fall together.
All of this union nonsense in recent weeks (longshoreman strike, Hoffa's tirade, this tirade, etc.) seems to be the last gasps of the Communist unions and their control over our political system, down from their heyday when they controlled the Democrat Party, and therefore Congress, back in the 1960s-early 1990s.
How DARE they use what should be a DAY of REMEMBERENCE for POLITICAL PURPOSES!?
I will observe this holiday by studiously avoiding anything bearing the union label.
Pretty clear who the real barbarians are.
“holiday” = anniversary. SORRY!
“Weve seen the costs of hatred in ill-thought wars, in shameful attacks on immigrants and our LGBT neighbors. We saw it in the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. We saw it in the racism that has found overt and covert expression since Barack Obama began his run for officefrom outright declarations of people who said out loud they would never vote for a black man to the ridiculously persistent obsession with our presidents birth certificate. Regardless of his policies or priorities, President Obama is shadowed by the drumbeat of suspicion based on his other-ness. And those suspicions are fed and watered constantly by forces that were threatened by his message of hope and change. “
Obama is getting desperate. Liars and instigators.
All Unions should be ban from this Country. They have outlived their usefulness and are now mostly violent organizations.
I am committing myself to activism against unions and the Democrat party, who are traitors to the founding principles of this country.
I want to push their buttons. They will overplay their hand badly. I want America to see and understand “Obama’s Army”.
For him to abuse the occasion of the 10th anniversary of an act of war that killed thousands of innocent people to bash his political enemies is beneath contempt, and also an insult to the memory of the dead.
I’ll be an activist for exposing Islam as the evil religion that it is...
Oh I’ll commit to activism all right. Directed at ridding this country of the scourge of unionism.
On September 12.
9-11 was an act of war, not some feel-good day of activism. Trumka is an evil individual.
No mention of the targets of the 9-11 attacks; the financial industry and military (both non-union). No mention of the Air Force pilots who were ordered that day to shoot down unresponsive commercial aircraft. They luckily didn’t have to due to the warriors on Flight 93. No mention of the continued sacrifice by the men and women of all services taking the battle to the enemy this day.
I hope Drudge picks this up and the Republicans use it next November. The Unions can threaten to kill us all they want (our response will be different than those security guards) but don’t dishonor or distort 9-11.
I had to look up his salary when he talks of ‘wealthy CEO’s”. Came across this nugget..
44% increase. Not bad for a cretinous thug.
Trumka is a thug. This is a guy who came up through the United Mine Workers of America, and let me tell you, the UMWA are tough customers.
I'll plead guilty to this one. He is an "other" - an unAmerican.
Never before have we chosen a President who was a 20 year member of a blasphemous and race-centric 'church'; who had no history of any merit based accomplishments (just preferential appointments); who spouts Marxist opinions; who went on multiple apology-tours for America's actions (but never apologizes for his own);...
Yes, he is an 'other'...
as you can see....the public education system in Greene County, Pennsylvania leaves a whole lot to be desired...
Fancy having to tell your audience they were "brothers, sisters, and friends".
Time to commit to SLACKTIVISM. That would be more truthful.