Powerful Unions Back Occupy L.A.’s Class Warfare Downtown


By Dennis Romero
October 4, 2011

Occupying L.A. near Disney Hall. Photo credit: Harold Abramowitz

Those rabble-rousers that have been stirring things up downtown L.A. in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement just got some powerful backers.

The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor (AFL-CIO) said hell yes to Occupy L.A. in a statement released last night. Lest you forget the federation is one of the most powerful forces in L.A. politics.

So what’s the kingmaker doing in bed with the people in the street? Here’s how the federation explains it:

The Los Angeles labor movement stands with its sisters and brothers occupying Wall Street, downtown Los Angeles, and cities and towns across the country who are fed up with an unfair economy that works for 1% of Americans while the vast majority of people struggle to pay the bills, get an education and raise their families.
The Occupy Wall Street movement is mobilizing for a fair economy across the country including in Los Angeles. This movement is taking a stand against the corporate bullies, banks and investment firms that not only created our economic collapse in 2008, but continue to take advantage of it today, making billions in profits while demanding further wage and benefit cuts from American workers.

Ah, the proletariat against the corporate douches. The line has been drawn, and in L.A. the city’s power brokers are no friends of Wall Street.

Maria Elena Durazo, federation leader:

We must continue to speak out, organize and work together in order to rebuild the middle class.



About B.J. Murphy

I'm a young socialist and Transhumanist activist within the East Coast region, who writes for the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies (IEET), India Future Society, and Serious Wonder. I'm also the Social Media Manager for Serious Wonder, an Advisory Board Member for the Lifeboat Foundation, and a Co-Editor for Fight Back! News.

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  1. “So what’s the kingmaker doing in bed with the people in the street?”

    The ALF-CIO powerbrokers are trying to politically coopt these protests in order to channel them into supporting the the Democratic Party–while obscuring the fact that the Democrats are every bit the party of American capitalism and Wall Street as the Republicans.

    Hell, even Wall Street vulture George Soros has come out in support of these anti-Wall Street protests.

    That’s the Machiavellian political agenda of these capitalist unions, the Democratic Party, and faux progressives.

    They are the “left wing” of the American Empire and its rapacious capitalist system:

    “As support for the anti-Wall Street protests grows, pro-Democratic Party organizations and trade unions are moving quickly to attempt to gain control.

    Some unions are planning a march on Wednesday and the protests have been endorsed by a number of New York unions, including Service Employees International Union (SEIU) locals, Transport Workers Union Local 100, the Teamsters and the United Federation of Teachers. All are strong backers of the Democratic Party. Last Friday, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, who recently joined hands with the US Chamber of Commerce to promote Obama’s phony “jobs program,” declared his support for the “Occupy Wall Street” protests.

    Various Democratic Party officials and pro-Democratic celebrities have showed up at the protests, including New York Congressman Charles Rangel, former New York Governor David Paterson, and filmmaker Michael Moore. Even billionaire financier George Soros expressed his support for the protests. Their aim is to channel popular opposition behind the Democratic Party and the reelection campaign of Barack Obama.”


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