On Tuesday, September 5th the anniversary of a hundred and thirty two year old celebration will pass. Today, most of us now have that celebration on the first Monday in September.
On September 5th, 1882 twenty thousand american workers marched in a parade from New York’s City Hall to Union Square where they celebrated people just like you – the American worker The day was marked by speeches, concerts and a barbecue picnic. Every reader of this post consists of people behind the scenes that make this country tick and move forward. If it weren’t for your hard work and dedication we wouldn’t be what is known today as a first world country. It’s quite amazing when you think about it because it was only a mere 238 years ago that what is now the United States was, in fact, born as a third world country on a continent called North America.
Since that time, you and your ancestors helped shape that third world backwater into some of the most respected people in the world. It is what you do every day that brings us honor, respect and civility as a people and what makes this nation great.
Our work at shaping that nation our lives and most especially, the great state of California is far from over. There are those whose notable exceptions seem to elevate themselves above all law through the ironic virtue of promoting it.
Ethics has become a focus for them even though they’re quick to overlook their own lack of ethics, morals and values. Rather, they demand your silence so that they can speak with one voice. That’s their breed of ethics. There are those of us who strive for justice every day we punch in and wonder why there is no justice within our own workplaces.
We wonder why the incompetent are elevated and the good are run out of town on a rail. We wonder what sense it makes to close twice as many courthouses as we’ve built and how that is truly serving our people.
We wonder how crooks can openly mandate arbitration and why justice, if it comes at all will come five years or more down the road.
We wonder how much justice is served by straddling our citizens with over eight billion dollars in infraction debt while at the same time unleashing criminals upon them because we lack the political will to protect them.
We wonder how an obscure little office in San Francisco can be given billions that just disappear under highly questionable circumstances while many of us worry about how we might get more hours to catch up on our mortgage payments or wonder if we will have jobs come the end of the year.
On Monday, September 1st you will meet with family and maybe some friends new and old. Tradition holds that it’s likely you will share a picnic or a barbecue. You will celebrate the end of a summer. You will celebrate yourselves and your families as generations of the american worker.
On Tuesday, you will awake with resolve to protect your way of life so that you might enjoy these celebrations for years to come. You may do so privately, you may join others and take it on as a task force. But one thing is for certain, you won’t let your sisters and brothers down because you are the American – and more importantly, the California workers that are responsible for shaping this states future.
Your time is now.