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    :: Wednesday, September 21, 2005 ::

    US Labor Leaders: Missing in Action - by Kim Scipes, ZNet
    Katrina demonstrated that Americans could respond to tragedy -- many of them have made heroic efforts to aid their fellow human beings. Yet, I keep looking in vain for our labor leaders: where are they, where are their voices, pointing out to all Americans that there is a choice between the death of Empire and the life of solidarity? Katrina wasn't an aberration -- it simply pulled the cover off the reality of the Reagan, Bush I, Clinton, and Bush II administrations, as well as the rest of the elites, and showed in unmistakable terms what life had become for so many over the past twenty-five years, and what the future holds for probably most of us if we continue along the same path. It is what we in education call "a teachable moment," and yet I don't hear labor leaders teaching. (The truth is that, because of their slavishness to the Democrats, most labor leaders have been complicit in twenty-five years of attacks on the American people.) If they can't step up and teach at a time like this, can we ever expect them to lead?
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