Draft Proposal for Sunday 11/6 General Assembly: Environmental Solidarity

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We have been confronted with a compelling dilemma whereby a website popped uphttp://jobsforthe99.com/, claiming that the Keystone XL pipeline is an immediate antidote for the current jobs crisis.  The following two unions are  responsible for the website https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.100962870059.91317.67945990059&type=3

http://vimeo.com/user1662286

Here is background info on the KXL pipeline Key Facts on Keystone XL

Here is a report debunking jobs creation claims that the co-opting groups commonly tout.

http://www.tarsandsaction.org/cornell-global-labor-institute-study-finds-keystone-xl-pipeline-create-jobs/

We feel this is naught but a ploy to divide our movements by the 1% in the existing energy oligarchy, not to mention an attempt to co-opt our riveting strength!  Let’s prove to them that we are the inevitable change they have bullied and suppressed.  We are the culmination of their bullying and our combined image, working together, is the only way to defeat their wasteful perpetuation of capital segregation.

Thank you for your time and consideration.  El pueblo unido, jamas sera vencido!

Our official proposal of dissociation:

We propose that the GA dissociate itself from the “Jobs for the 99%,” which is a front for groups supporting the Keystone XL pipeline. This pipeline would transport tar sands oil. It would mean “game over” for the climate, pollution of pristine aquifers, the killing of long-term, existing jobs and devastation of First Nations communities.

The leadership of the unions behind this campaign have made a public alliance with the oil industry and Tea Party funders.

Big Oil and Tea Party billionaires are part of the 1% . The reference to the 99% is opportunistic and misleading.

We express solidarity with the unions that oppose Keystone XL and support a transition to a sustainable, green economy, namely the Transport Workers Union, the Amalgamated Transit Union, the National Domestic Workers Alliance, and Domestic Workers United. We applaud those hundreds of rank-and-file members of all unions who have publicly expressed their opposition to Keystone XL pipeline.  

We must dissociate from this attempt at co-optation by the 1% to preserve our movement as the 99%, and as definitive precedent to dissuade future attempts of co-optation.  Thank you!  Peace, Love and Justice!  

2 Responses to “Draft Proposal for Sunday 11/6 General Assembly: Environmental Solidarity”

  1. Tim

    “A key question for the administration is how many jobs the Keystone XL project would create. TransCanada’s initial estimate of 20,000 — which it said includes 13,000 direct construction jobs and 7,000 jobs among supply manufacturers — has been widely quoted by lawmakers and presidential candidates.

    Girling said Friday that the 13,000 figure was “one person, one year,” meaning that if the construction jobs lasted two years, the number of people employed in each of the two years would be 6,500. That brings the company’s number closer to the State Department’s; State says the project would create 5,000 to 6,000 construction jobs, a figure that was calculated by its contractor Cardno Entrix.

    As for the 7,000 indirect supply chain jobs, the $1.9 billion already spent by TransCanada would reduce the number of jobs that would be created in the future. The Brixton Group, a firm working with opponents of the project, has argued that many of the indirect supply jobs would be outside the United States because about $1.7 billion worth of steel will be purchased from a Russian-owned mill in Canada…

    … One example of what worries activists: the break in an Exxon Mobil pipeline in Montana over the summer. On Friday, Exxon said efforts to control and clean up the 42,000-gallon spill would cost about $135 million.”

    Whole Story here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/keystone-pipeline-debate-heats-up/2011/11/04/gIQA824rpM_story.html

  2. Kate

    A friendly amendment from a distant supporter: I suggest you remove the references to the Tea party funders and “Tea Party” billionaires, and simply identify them as 1% interests, as I think you may alienate other 99%ers who identify strongly with the Tea Party movement, and who with a little time and effort could be unified with the OWS movement.
    As I see it the Tea Party members were also just a group of people dissatisfied with the way things were working, and because of different life experiences/cultural upbringings/educational backgrounds, chose to target a different source of that dissatisfaction, and unfortunately they were co-opted and mis-led by many corrupt 1% politicians. Tea Party supporters want the government out of their money, OWS wants the money out of government, they are two sides of the same coin, and referencing them as a “enemy” group as the language of this proposal infers (intentionally or not) can only hurt the cause and create more tension.

    Just my two cents.

    -Kate