Boston Demonstration Launches Global Wage Action A Day Early

by Paul Garver

Boston wage demo 14th April

Boston launched the April 15 global day of action for higher wages a day early. Not out of competitive fervor, but because April 15 is reserved in Massachusetts to celebrate Patriot’s Day. As I write this today, drums are drumming, pipers piping and muskets firing in the towns around me as suburban Minutemen assemble and march towards the Old North Bridge in Concord to reenact a confrontation with the Redcoats.

In Boston yesterday, a diverse throng of several thousand people of all ages and colors assembled and marched past numerous institutions that underpay their workers, whether cleaners in office buildings and theaters, burger fryers at fast food joints, or adjunct faculty at universities. The unifying demand was the fight for $15 an hour. But the speeches, banners and chants expressed a hunger for a movement that goes far beyond reenactment. Even if some of these same marchers had previously participated in the equally spirited, though smaller and less diverse marches of Occupy Boston, they were not merely reenacting Occupy. Here is what democracy looks like.

Yesterday’s action in Boston was all about improving the real present conditions of the 99%, and building a future that includes all of us and our children and grandchildren. We are not Minutemen fighting Redcoats or a distant monarch, but struggling for the more difficult task of achieving greater economic and social justice in a sustainable world. This is not the work of Minutemen, but of long distance runners. Yesterday showed that the movement in Boston is advancing in that direction.

3 Responses

  1. […] als ein Beispiel für lokale Aktionen – von denen es sehr viele gibt – “Boston Demonstration Launches Global Wage Action A Day Early” – von Paul Garver …, worin die massive Aktion in Boston geschildert wird, die wegen des bundesstaatlichen Feiertages […]

  2. Excellent post! Upon reading your articles, I think you may enjoy my latest article on the decline of labor unions, which is hurting the US democracy. https://excellencevsequality.wordpress.com/2015/04/16/the-decline-of-labor-unions/
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  3. […] als ein Beispiel für lokale Aktionen – von denen es sehr viele gibt – “Boston Demonstration Launches Global Wage Action A Day Early” – von Paul Garver am 15. April…, worin die massive Aktion in Boston geschildert wird, die wegen des bundesstaatlichen Feiertages […]

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