Citizens of Newark Hold Massive Rally for Jobs and Justice

30 Jul

 

     Newark,N.J.-On Thursday July 21st Newark activists and residents held a small but very home hitting rally in front of the Prudential Center Arena, demanding new jobs and justice for citizens.  It was co-organized by the office of Southward Councilman Ras Baraka, People’s Organization for Progress (POP), District 1199J,the Newark Anti-Violence Coalition, and several other civic groups.  The rally’s theme was, “Jobs, Justice, Peace, and Unity”. The program included several speakers each addressing social issues that they felt the city, state and federal governments were neglecting.

 

            Despite near unbearable heat, organizers and participants began the rally by marching from Lincoln Park located on Broad Street straight to the Prudential Center less than a mile away. Marchers carried signs displaying demands for jobs, better education, and fair housing
            Among the list of demands was: Ending all union busting and attacks on Workers’ Rights. Hands off civil service. No college tuition hikes. No more cutbacks to healthcare. Increasing summer jobs for youth. The re-hiring of laid off city workers i.e. police officers, fire fighters and sanitation workers. An end to all bailouts for corporations. Hands off public education. And fair and decent housing.
            Each of the speakers addressed these concerns in precise detail. Although the program was held primarily to address the concerns of local residents, the speakers made very clear that the federal government also beared responsibility in combating these social problems.
            During his remarks Councilman Ras Baraka said, “It should be obvious how retrograde this society has become. He said that lack of public funds was diminishing community fabrics and pitting “black versus Latino versus white,” and “women versus men.”
            “It’s a recession for us”, the councilman said. “It’s not a recession for Prudential.” Several protesters at the rally mentioned that the Prudential Center was occupying its space at 165 Mulberry Street rent-free and that the rent money from the building could be used to financially help the city.
Addressing this concerning Councilman Baraka told the Amsterdam News, “We’re just trying to make these corporations and big businesses pay their fair share…Reverse the trend of putting all of the pressure on workers around America to pay the bills for these businessmen.”
He asserted how workers were being exploited in order for businessmen to, “make as much money as they want…to be unregulated”. “Meanwhile we’re laying off sanitation workers, public workers, and school employees”, he added. “Everybody is bearing the brunt of these businesses and corporations so that they (businesses and corporations) can live rich and wealthy.”
Also in attendance was long time activist and journalist Felipe Luciano. During his address he spoke about union busting, a term that was mentioned quite often at the rally and at “Jobs rallies” in general. He told the Amsterdam News, “The purpose of union busting is to destroy the will, inspiration, and faith in the working man. If you can destroy the working class in the country then the rich have won.”
He then described the “rich versus poor” scenario by saying, “The dichotomy between rich and poor at this point is so gargantuan as to almost defy description.”

Luciano attributed this to “record breaking profits on the part of oil companies and record breaking bonuses on the part of hedge fund companies” while pointing out “the working salaries of men and women in this country are at an all time low.” He added that currently the poverty and unemployment rate is, “worse than during Reagan and Nixon”.
Luciano mentioned that the secretaries of major 500 companies are in many cases paying more taxes than these companies’ CEOs. He noted how President Obama  “is simply asking, ‘Can we close the loopholes?’ and they’re saying ‘no’ to that.”
He ended by describing the current treatment of poor and working class Americans, as “a form of corporate bullying”.
“Either black people, Latinos, and working class people punch the bully in the face through demonstration and legislation that promotes tax increases on the rich.  Or we will suffer the faith of most third world countries that end up becoming a failed state. It sounds impossible but it’s very possible that America can become a failed state. We’re reaching that point now”
Although the rally organizers called for 5000 to participate, only about 200 people participated.  Organizers made clear that a series other such rallies are being planned for the immediate future.

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5 Responses to “Citizens of Newark Hold Massive Rally for Jobs and Justice”

  1. WizardG July 30, 2011 at 7:49 pm #

    When the politicians are working with the Anglo-Elite et al. to steal our livelihoods and greedily pocket our wealth no protest is adequate. No small group will faze them.

    Follow this logic only if you dare. The democratic and republican parties are systematically looting the ‘American’ citizenry! We are watching as they play psychological games with us to make us think one side (the democrats) are the good guys trying to make things better yet failing at every turn. The president is giving us the impression that he wants to do good but the bad guys (the republicans) are too powerful. The republicans are taking the blame for tearing down all publicly built and sustainable institutions created to protect and help us. We are led to believe that the republicans are the only ones doing this and that we must stop them from taking down each public agency and all pension and job protections. It is difficult to fix what they destroy when we should be taking each and every one of the politicians down immediately! Both sides are destroying our society, both sides need revamping immediately! We must also stop Obama from continuing his next term.

    If we can stop Obama from a second term we will be making a broad statement that we see their game, and at the same time start recalling all politicians who have been ‘seemingly’ ineffective in their duties to serve the public, and especially those who have shown a specific duty to allow corporations etc, to gain wealth on every level, while destroying cities,oceans, and other nations. We must send these politicians a strong message that we are through with their greedy evil games. They must be run out of office quickly and as systematically as they have been taking our resources, destroying our workforces, and society overall. We can not continue to sit and allow them to dismantle and steal [everything but the kitchen sink] in our faces. All wicked politicians must be driven out of office now! It is not just the republicans it is both. One side is playing the timid role why the other the aggressive, but both must be collaborating to make everything turn so rotten!

    The only thing left for us to do is to refuse to purchase the elite’s products!

  2. Rex A. Faison July 31, 2011 at 12:41 am #

    Thank You Newark for standing up! Our prayers and Our Voice is with You! Peace & Blessings!!
    PS…Are You SURE You want to get rid of President Obama?????

    • altha July 31, 2011 at 2:13 am #

      If you think you are having it bad now, don’t vote for Obama. You are a real live idiot if you think the Republication got your back.

      • yawn @ this bullshit! July 31, 2011 at 2:13 pm #

        Only idiot is YOU for saying the “republicans got your back” <- LMFAO!!!!! Yea, good one! jack ass

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