Occupy SF and the ILWU take on foreclosures
Inspired by the Occupy movement over 100 people showed up Friday outside the homes of two African American families in the Bay View, one of the traditional black neighborhoods of San Francisco. A year ago or even two months ago this home defense led by ACCE would have scraped to enlist 1-20 people to be present. ...
When our building trades leaders say that 40% of their members are on the bench they are talking about the 40% of their members most likely to face foreclosure. The link can be graphically made between unemployment and foreclosure by using our hiring halls for mortgage workshops and mobilizing centers for home defense. The dispatcher announces to the hall: “If you do not go out on a job you go out to a home defense”
The hiring hall to home defense nexus is a way to spread concrete working class participation in the Occupy movement and to the benefit of all. Unions with hiring halls can hook up with ACCE and other groups fighting foreclosures to make a graphic emotional statement about the crisis and actually do something about it
With the technology of today there is no reason why the hiring hall couldn’t be conducted outside a home in foreclosure while members fend off the sheriffs before some of them go to work! Justice for Janitors used to dispatch from protests outside non-union buildings 20 years ago! Let’s roll! Time to spread home defense to the hiring halls of America.
NOTE Or you could, if you wanted to be really constructive, heave a rock through a Starbucks window. Just saying.