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  • Friday, February 25, 2011

    Arizona Focus: Stop the Republican war on working families

    This comes from Congressman Raúl Grijalva:

    I want to take a moment to update you on our fight against the Republican Party’s war on working families.

    Yesterday, I was on a conference call with my colleague, Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chair Representative Keith Ellison, and Wisconsin Senate Democratic Leader Mark Miller to let our nation know that we Progressives stand united for our working families in the face of Republican intimidation.

    What we are witnessing in Wisconsin and other states is a struggle that speaks to the broader hardships confronting America’s working families. Unemployment is near 10%, banks are foreclosing on families left and right, and irresponsible Republican policies are bankrupting our governments. Rather than promoting true fiscal responsibility and enacting sound economic policies that curtail excess spending and rein in outrageous tax cuts for big corporations and the ultra wealthy, the GOP continues to do the bidding of the rich and big business.

    Right now, our progressive brothers and sisters throughout America face a defining moment as the Right Wing pushes its assault on working families to new heights. Under the guise of “fiscal responsibility”, the GOP is once again putting corporate power ahead of people power. Their fraudulent claims are merely a cynical cover for their true intention: to destroy the American people’s right to organize and advocate for their rights as workers.

    This is about much more than workers versus management.

    This is about fundamental decency.

    This is about the integrity of the relationship and the covenant that we, as a society, have with the people who teach our children, care for us when we get sick, and perform essential services that keep our communities functioning.

    This is about ensuring we have a robust middle class and prevent our nation from dissolving into a few wealthy folks at the top resting on the hard work of the people who made them rich.

    This is about Progressives standing united against the Republicans’ assault on workers’ fundamental rights.

    From Wisconsin to Indiana and Ohio, Republican leaders have shown their cards. They will stop at nothing to strip workers of their right to organize and negotiate a fair wage and give corporations and radical Republican governors the upper hand in breaking the back of the working man.

    This Saturday, February 26th, at state capitols and cities across America, join your fellow Progressives in a show of solidarity for the Wisconsin workers and declare that the Republican war on working families must stop.

    To find a rally near you, click here.

    When the working man cannot speak up for his rights and fair wages in a strong, unified voice, the rich get richer and working families suffer.

    Together, we must fight back against the Republicans’ attempts to strip workers of their rights, their decency, and their humanity.


    Peace,

    Raúl

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