AS THE BIG BANKS POST RECORD PROFITS AND PAY OUT OBSCENE BONUSES, WHAT SHOULD WE THE PEOPLE DO: STAND UP OR ROLL OVER?
Published on Global Research.ca, by Danny Schechter, October 19, 2009.
… Lets say, concerned folks assembled at bank key bank branches during the noon hour—Mondays at Chase, Tuesdays at BOA, Wednesdays at Wells Fargo, Thursdays at Wachovia etc and then spent dress down Fridays at Goldman Sachs or Morgan Stanley? I am sure the bankers will welcome the opportunity to “dialogue” with their enraged critics and customers. This can only work if it is done regularly, week after week. One shots won’t work. They may make protesters feel good but that’s all they will accomplish.
You will be surprised because the acts of a few can inspire action by the many. Think of Brian Haw, camped out in front of the Parliament in London every day since the Iraq war started in 2003. He knows we are in a marathon, not a sprint! You get where I am going? I am not sure where Fred Douglass banked, back in the days when companies like Lehman Brothers, before its fall, were financing the slave trade, but his mantra that without struggle, nothing changes still survives. Nothing will change without making them uncomfortable. Anger, if not deployed like an unguided missle, has its uses.
The Banksters are terrified of what they call “economic populism.” I prefer to call it economic democracy. Even Barack Obama understood that years ago when he worked as a community organizer. I am not sure if he still does. No one’s going to win a Nobel Prize in Economic Fairness for this type of non-violent activity but it will bring this issue out of the back pages of the business section where it is safely buried and into the front lobes of people’s minds.
Where are the activists blocking foreclosures or rallying at unemployment offices for extended benefits. Where is the push back against the health insurers? Why are you asleep? It’s so simple. The Greensboro 4 understood it decades ago. If you don’t stand up, you might as well lay down. (full text).
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