Occupy Wall Street Dissociates from "Jobs for the 99%" in Solidarity With Communities Fighting the Keystone XL Pipeline
The fight against the Keystone XL Pipeline has culminated to massive direct actions this past year, led by First Nations and other communities standing up against a dangerous oil-industry development project that puts lives and land at stake. The following statement is a great show of support from the Occupy Wall Street General Assembly, and is in response to an opportunistic front group called “Jobs for the 99%.” Read the statement below.
The General Assembly of Occupy Wall Street dissociates 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 also applaud those hundreds of rank-and-file members of all unions who have publicly expressed their opposition to Keystone XL pipeline.
We dissociate ourselves completely from this attempt at co-optation by the 1% in order to preserve our movement as the 99%, and as definitive precedent to dissuade future attempts of co-optation. Thank you! Peace, Love and Justice!
General Assembly, Occupy Wall Street, New York City