Skip to comments.They won't build it! Hardhats vow not to work on controversial mosque near Ground Zero
Posted on 08/20/2010 5:59:26 AM PDT by Second Amendment First
A growing number of New York construction workers are vowing not to work on the mosque planned near Ground Zero.
"It's a very touchy thing because they want to do this on sacred ground," said Dave Kaiser, 38, a blaster who is working to rebuild the World Trade Center site.
"I wouldn't work there, especially after I found out about what the imam said about U.S. policy being responsible for 9/11," Kaiser said.
The grass-roots movement is gaining momentum on the Internet. One construction worker created the "Hard Hat Pledge" on his blog and asked others to vow not to work on the project if it stays on Park Place.
"Thousands of people are signing up from all over the country," said creator Andy Sullivan, a construction worker from Brooklyn. "People who sell glass, steel, lumber, insurance. They are all refusing to do work if they build there."
"Hopefully, this will be a tool to get them to move it," he said. "I got a problem with this ostentatious building looming over Ground Zero."
A planned 13-story community center and mosque two blocks from Ground Zero, Park51 has exploded into a national debate.
Louis Coletti, president of the Building Trades Employers' Association, said unions have not yet taken a "formal position" on Park51, but he understands why members would be hesitant to work there.
"It's a very difficult dilemma for the contractors and the organized labor force because we are experiencing such high levels of unemployment," he said. "Yet at the same time, this is a very sacred sight to the union guys."
"There were construction workers killed on 9/11 and many more who got horribly sick cleaning up Ground Zero," Coletti said. "It's very emotional."
L.V. Spina, a Manhattan construction worker who created anti-mosque stickers that some workers are slapping on their hardhats, said he would "rather pick cans and bottles out of trash cans" than build the Islamic center near Ground Zero.
"But if they moved it somewhere else, we would put up a prime building for these people," he said. "Hell, you could do it next to my house in Rockaway Beach, I would be fine with it. But I'm not fine with it where blood has been spilled."
Spina, who sells 9/11 apparel on his website, said he's printed thousands of stickers and plans to produce thousands more.
"They're going all over the country," he said. "They got pretty popular fast."
Popularity aside, there are some construction workers choosing not to set themselves against the project.
"Hundreds of guys here are wearing stickers as a sign of protest, but I'm on the fence about it," said Frank Langan, 50, a site superintendent from Queens working at Ground Zero.
"It's a tough debate," he said. "I sympathize with workers' position, but at the same time, you can't single out all Muslims because of a small number of terrorists."
If the memberships refuses to work there isn’t a lot the union can do about it but throw their hands up.
They can’t do that unless they want every union in NYC to declare war.I doubt if any of them would admit foreign workers into the unions when unemployment is high.
“One never knows, do one!”
This mosque should be built on the highest point in NYC..The Athur Kill Dump!
Love, truth and life shall overcome them. Choose The Word made flesh. Choose to be in the Body Of Christ. This is end times my friends. Praise God.
Sept 11, 2015 is a Friday , the muslim “holy” day. Would be awful if while reading the names at Ground Zero (if we even still have ceremonies then) the muslim call to prayer is heard too.
All it will take to stop this is for every concrete company within 100 miles to refuse to sell them concrete. Thats it. They can always import labor to build their building, but they cant import concrete.
If this project goes through, you can bet that the concrete poured there is going to have lard, bacon bits and dog sh!t mixed into it. Let the muzzies reflect on that while raising their butts to allah.