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May 23, 2012 at 4:00 PM

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Stand up and occupy your country

Class war it is

It was refreshing to read the guest column on May 21. [“Join the Greeks and French: Stand up and occupy your country,” Opinion.] Most op-eds come from ponderous pundits telling us to tighten our belts.

Students, workers and other fed-up folks have had enough, in Greece and France and far beyond. In the wake of the Arab Spring and later labor strikes and protests around the world, the Occupy movement has contributed greatly to this contagious defiance of the 1 percent ruling class.

Occupying city squares, buildings or ports are vitally important steps. But as activists have discovered, they can lose steam pretty quickly.

That’s why I support the Freedom Socialist Durham-López 2012 presidential campaign — a vote for the greater good, not the lesser evil. It is all for getting out a mighty protest vote, and for helping build a massive, anti-capitalist labor party.

This could bring together workers inside and outside unions, along with the unemployed and all other labor advocates, whatever their political differences. It would clarify the class war we face daily, and make it possible to ready ourselves for managing a genuinely humane society — without interference from “banksters.”

— Monica Hill, Seattle

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