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The Main Street Moment

Main Street Moment
The Main Street Moment
June 12, 2012
ISBN: 9781568587219
ISBN-10: 156858721X
Published by Nation Books
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The Main Street Moment

Fighting Back to Save the American Dream

by Gerald W. McEntee and Lee Saunders

In the wake of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression and the Supreme Court’s landmark Citizens United decision, politicians are targeting working Americans as never before. As American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) President Lee Saunders and former President Gerald W. McEntee show, efforts to crush what’s let of the working middle class and the American Dream are supported by those willing to stop at nothing to enshrine profits for the few at the expense of the many. But these forces vastly understimate the power of Americans — union and non-union alike — united for economic justice and a vibrant democracy.

In fact, AFSCME’s leaders argue that the response to the unprecedented attacks on the rights of workers amid growing income inequality in the United States has triggered something extraordinary: the Main Street Moment. From Washington to Wisconsin, Americans are fighting back against the crony capitalists trying to undo a century of hard-won victories for workers. These Americans know that the best bulwark against economic calamity is organized labor. Unions brought you the weekend and the 40-hour work week; unions created the middle class. And now unions must save America from those who would sacrifice democracy for the sake of profit.

The Main Street Moment is the definitive narrative for progressives and working people who know that America can only be transformed if we all stand united.

Profits from the sale of the book, published by Nation Books, will go to the AFSCME Fallen Heroes Fund, which provides emergency relief and immediate assistance to members who are the victims of natural disasters and other tragedies.

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