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  • Edición impresa de Octubre 15, 2013

 

October is not even half way thorough and several marches; rallies and demonstrations have taken place at the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

It has been an interesting show of protests, coming from the immigration advocates, the truckers and veterans among others.

The demonstrations have been huge in number, and even though they differ in demands, the common denominator is that Congress is not doing its work.

People are tired of vein promises, absurd endless discussions that do not alleviate the daily lives of millions of people in US, whose lives are affected by the inaction of Congress.

The partial government shutdown and partisan disputes over health care and fiscal policy have pushed aside the immigration issue.

On October 8, thousands of demonstrators marched demanding a response to the immigration issue.

At the rally, Tigres del Norte a popular Mexican-American band performed live music at a stage and later thousands of supporters advanced towards the Capitol, several of them in silence blocked the traffic and police proceed to handcuff them and lead them away. More than 200 hundred protesters, many of them from labor unions and immigrant organizations were arrested. Among the arrested representatives who had joined the protest were; Joseph Crowley and Charles B. Rangel of New York, Keith Ellison of Minnesota, Al Green of Texas, Luis V. Gutierrez and Jan Schakowsky of Illinois, Raul M. Grijalva of Arizona and John Lewis of Georgia.

The protest was preceded and followed by many other protests throughout the country.

Also the truckers called to a three-day total paralysis of Washington.

The truckers’ demonstration was not over when veterans announced a march towards the city during the October 12, 13 weekend.

The protest has been organized by individuals with various connections to the military, either as children of veterans, spouses of veterans or those who have served themselves, who are outraged and deeply disappointed that individuals who have served in the military have been blocked from the memorials honoring their service across the country. They are most concerned about blocking access to monuments in the nation’s capital, Washington D.C.

According to the Million Vet March website, the organizers are not concerned about what anyone’s political leaning are, be they Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative, if anyone who saw the World War II veterans barricaded from their memorial this past week and felt outrage, they want anyone to join them in their protest.

The organizers believe that the veterans are being used as pawns that have unwittingly found themselves in the middle of a political battle.

It has been also announced that A military coalition including 33 of the nation’s leading veterans and uniformed services organizations on Tuesday will stage a major event in Washington to push for an end to the government shutdown.

Activists for veterans and the nation’s service members have stated that the shutdown has had a devastating impact on them and their families, and now they are stepping up their campaign to put political pressure to re-open the government

In this context, the government shutdown continues, with Democrats and Republicans playing games with the futures of all.

Somehow the people of the United States are awakening to the fact that politicians are disconnected from the realities of their daily lives. They can afford to talk all they want and get paid with the money from the taxes of all those who have representation according to their taxes paid. In reality taxation continues, but without representation.

Is there a mechanism to fire elected ineffective officials?

The people are speaking and they are not listening. If their salaries were at stake, would they listen better?

 

 


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