Posted 10 years ago on Nov. 19, 2011, 6:10 p.m. EST by bluefields
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The media's main critique of our movement is its lack of a unified cause or demand. While I think the simple message of dissatisfaction is poignant, I also think there's a way to turn all of it -- the collapsing economy, the unemployment crisis, the lack of accountability of big business -- into a single, productive sound bite.
"No more outsourcing U.S. jobs."
It targets one of the largest problems we're facing: United States corporations are gutting our economy by sending thousands of jobs overseas, where they can pay their employees less than a living wage. Not only does this result in fewer jobs in the United States, that money is never fed back into the U.S. economy.
This problem can be solved. Congress needs make this practice illegal or tax it to the point that it's no longer profitable for the companies in question. It's an inexcusable form of corporate greed that our government has the power to stop. We're not asking them to create new jobs; we're demanding that they return our jobs to us.
I encourage you to take this idea and run with it. Start up the chant at your local Occupy site. Put it on signs and pass them out. Explain it to the journalists who are all too eager to dismiss us as bored children with no clear objective or goals. This is where it all overlaps. This is a fight we can win.
Let's get our jobs back.