A May Day challenge for Democrats: Find one of your political party’s leaders in a May Day general strike protest.
As people are converging in Manhattan to engage in May Day political demonstrations against abusive Wall Street power brokers, the New York State Green Party has issued the following endorsement of the protests: “Green Party members will participate in the May 1 General Strike organized by the Occupy Movement and the May 1 Coalition and will join thousands of union members, students, immigrants, and others across the US in the first national strike in the nation’s history… The Green Party of New York State and Park Slope Greens have endorsed Occupy Wall Street’s May 1 General Strike actions.” The national Green Party has also signed onto the statement. Jill Stein, the presumptive Green Party presidential nominee, will be participating in the general strike protests in person, on the street.
The Democratic Party claims to speak for working Americans, but I can find no endorsement of the May Day protests by the Democratic Party at any level, national, state or local. Barack Obama has a fundraiser tonight at which people who pay extra money get “VIP” status, but President Obama won’t endorse the May Day protests.
Why? Is it because, after the Democratic Party helped Republicans in Congress pass legislation that is now forcing cuts in education, Medicare, mass transit, and environmental protection, the Democrats are too ashamed of themselves to be seen alongside real working Americans?
Democratic readers, maybe I’m missing something. Prove me wrong. Find just one national Democratic Party leader who has endorsed, or even acknowledge, today’s May Day protests for economic justice.