At the start of the third month of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement that has swept both the country and dominated newspaper headlines, the AFL-CIO, in partnership with Working America, has launched ninedemands.com. The website highlights the “9 Demands of the 99%,” which include:
- Making the top 1 percent of earners pay their fair share of taxes.
- Investing in jobs.
- Extending unemployment insurance.
- Reigning in banks that are considered “too big to fail.”
- Taxing financial speculation transactions.
- Putting more teachers in classrooms.
- Easing the heavy burden of student debt.
- Passing mortgage relief to help working families keep their homes.
Each of these demands would help grow the middle class and begin to pull the American economy out of its prolonged recession. In an era where the richest 1 percent of American families owns more wealth than the bottom 90 percent, don’t simply add your name to the website petition. Sign it and then send it to everyone you know who is part of “The 99%.”
But the occupy movement is about lending a voice to everyone, not just those with means. The ninth demand on the petition is blank so that each signer can add his or her own issue to the petition. Click here to go to the petition and add your name to those who support the “9 demands of the 99%.”
(Photo source: The Things I Want)