News Wrap Up — Occupy Wall Street, Vacate the Banks, Tax speculation, Go green Milwaukee
First: Please Help!
This is a plea for donations. No,not for Ekos-Squared, but for Community Support Systems as part of Give-2-the Max Day – Washington, DC Area (November 9, 2011). CSS is a non-profit organization that provides many kinds of help to people in need who live in Southern Maryland, a stone’s throw from the nation’s Capital. Services include food pantries, “Mission Nutrition,” energy assistance, senior housing, homeless prevention and advocacy. Bad economic times add to the needs for all of these programs. So please do what you can.
Too contribute and read more go here.
By way of disclosure, my wife Claudia directs this organization and its 87 volunteers; I am proud of their accomplishments over the past 15 years.
Occupy Wall Street goes viral here and around the world.
For a good overview see Juan Gonzales article. Here are some of the notable OWS accomplishments:
- OWS in mainstream media every day.
- The message is resonating; in recent CBS Poll, 66% said that the wealth should be distributed more evenly in the U.S.
- AFL-CIO and other labor unions have endorsed OWS; members join the protests.
- Large numbers of college students –facing a grim job outlook and huge college loan debts are joining OWS
- 650,000 Americans switched from mega-banks to credit unions in October — more than whole previous year
- Perhaps in response? Bank of America and others dropped their plan to impose fees on debit card users.
- A tax on speculative financial transactions gains support of unions, European leaders, Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, NY Times and the Pope (see write up below)
- Occupiers interrupt a Scott Walker speech in Chicago (see great video) — “UNION BUSTING IS DISGUSTING”
The Robin Hood Tax; National Nurses United Leads Campaigns in Washington DC, and Cannes, France:
Milwaukee: Progress Toward Sustainable Jobs:
On October 20, I had the honor of presenting the Second Annual Doug La Follette Lecture sponsored by Clean Wisconsin, one of the state’s leading environmental advocacy organizations. The site of the event was the Helios Solar Works plant located in the Menomonee Valley in the heart of Milwaukee. Helios a recent start-up is already in full gear making efficient, long-lasting photo-voltaic (PV) modules. The Menomonee Valley in the first half of the 20th century was a major industrial hub. After its collapse the Valley was left with dozens of abandoned buildings and contaminated land and badly damaged wetland ecosystems. However, in the 1990’s a collaboration of businesses, government and community activists (Menomonee Valley Partners) hatched an award winning sustainable redevelopment plan. My talk focused on Helios, the Valley, and other projects in Milwaukee that are providing thousands of jobs a better environment simultaneously. You can read my report, based on the presentation here.