President Obama must take action through executive order to defend our rights to our jobs and our homes. Just as the Presidents bypassed Congress to wage wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, President Obama must bypass Congress to declare a war on unemployment and foreclosures and evictions that are destroying our communities.
Full Employment is the Law
The Full Employment and Balanced Growth Act of 1978 provided that within five years of passage of the Act, the President and Congress were to implement policies guaranteeing that the unemployment rate was never to exceed 4% a year. In July 2011, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate was 9.1%, and the real unemployment rate, including discouraged workers who still want jobs and part-time workers who desire full time work, was 16.1%. This is a gross violation of the law.
The Full Employment and Balanced Growth Act of 1978, Section 3111, mandates that when high unemployment persists (ie during a jobless recovery) the President is required to initiate supplementary programs to reduce unemployment. Included among these programs are (1) accelerated public works programs (2) public service employment; (3) State and local grant programs; (4) extending unemployment insurance; skill training in both the private and public sector; and (6) youth employment programs.
The budget bill developed by President Obama and Congress, mandating trillions in cutbacks at the precise moment when massive federal public works programs are critical to fight unemployment, violates the Full … [read more] Continue reading
This has been the week of new. Our apartment got painted, I helped open a new Apple Store, and I’ve learned some new things and met some new people.
The apartment getting painted is no small thing. The walls were pretty scuffed, and I can’t even imagine what went on in this place to make the walls look like they did. Drug violence, domestic abuse, rave, murder? There were literally scuffs everywhere. Now the place really feels like home. We’re moved in. We’re here. AND we finally have a kitchen table. It feels like settling in for the winter hibernation.
The other big thing is opening a new Apple Store. Because the company is so crazy about secrecy, I can’t talk about it too much. What I can say is that I really enjoy my job, and coming into a new store everyday is still very exciting. I spent four days this past week working in the new store before it opened to customers. Seeing the attention to detail in everything, and the demand for excellence in the appearance of everything, made me appreciate the store and the company on a new level. The demand for perfection is refreshing. I work in a business that has sparked a cultural phenomenon, and not many people can say that. This thought has made me enjoy going into work more. It’s close to when I first started working for Apple two years ago. I’m part of something important to … [read more] Continue reading
This is the beginning of an audio clip taken from my walk through Occupy Detroit. Because Tumblr only allows one audio upload per day, I will upload the remainder tomorrow.
The clip here is the beginning of when my friend Braley, spy/undercover agent extraordinaire, started recording our conversation with Wayne. I learned a whole new level of interviewing techniques this night. Here I have Wayne’s song, and the freestyle the Peanut let loose immediately after.
Tomorrow, I will post the remainder of the audio. The second half of the audio largely contains a conversation Braley had with a woman we met who went by the name “Detroit.”
Occupy Detroit has several neighborhood projects we are pursuing. We are working on restoring the neighborhoods that our government has neglected.
This Tuesday, November 29 we are asking for more hands involved in the restoration of our location around 160 Goldengate, located 4 blocks south of 7 Mile Rd, between Woodward Ave and John R Rd in Highland Park. The space is being prepared as a work to live location and we anticipate branching out to work on additional homes in the area. Lets work at creating the neighborhoods we desire.
We need people that can lend skills like carpentry, masonry, plumbing. We need resources like wood, plastic, insulation, brick, mortar, nails, screws, caulk, and more. Bring tools that fit your hands.
FACEBOOK EVENT LINK - Work in the neighborhood will continue 9am-5pm through Saturday.