We will open our union halls and community centers as well as our arms and our hearts to those with the courage to stand up and demand a better America."
AFT president Randi Weingarten said:
We need to listen to what the individuals camped out in Liberty Plaza for Occupy Wall Street—and those marching in the streets from Boston to Denver to Los Angeles—have to say. And then we need to get serious as a nation about working together to create economic opportunities for all Americans, including young people, so we can get our country back on the right track."
I stand with the Occupy Wall St movement. It has a vitality that the working man and women have been waiting for. The movement has been said to be lacking leadership, I disagree. It is a new form of leadership, a leadership that says I'm here in the trenches with you brother and sister. Movements like we see in Wisconsin, Ohio, Norwich, New York, and across our country have shown what is possible when working men and women come together and say ENOUGH!
In the halls of Backus and in the streets of New York we strive for the same goals, a voice for the 99% of Americans who work hard each day to make this country great.
Be proud of what you have accomplished so far, you are the Backus Federation of Nurses!
You stand up together, proudly advocating for yourself, your patients, your families, and your community. And you are not alone, you are part of the 99%.
I urge you to use the voice you now have. Get involved in your union. Come to meetings whenever you can. Talk to the leadership and liaisons about your concerns. Register and vote in the upcoming elections, I guarantee you, the 1% will.