I'm writing to you on the subject of national citizen unions. Using the union model to organize and direct American citizen in a collective effort to combat social injustice. Citizen united (Not Citizen United) in common causes shared by most working class Americans. A system based on the concerns of the members of the union. I will not get into structure or philosophy on the citizen union concept as I see it, because I want to keep this brief.
I see only one real option a National Citizens Union. A union with massive membership that could call upon its members to petition, demonstrate, boycott, civil disobedience, strike and other forms of civil resistance. These collective efforts could be directed at government institution or private enterprises that do not act in the interest of the public welfare. They could support efforts outside the union that are acting in the best interest of the public.
Case in point: Color of Change is a relatively small organization with little national recognition before helping to cancel the Glenn Beck program on FoxNews. The Tea Party with little in the way of national membership was able to get Tea Party candidates elected into Congress because of national media coverage. The Montgomery Bus Boycotts during the Civil Rights movement had little to no national support at the time, but was effective enough to get the racist policies changed.
A National Citizens Union could take up the case for the women suing Wal-Mart. The Union could call for a national boycott against Wal-Mart until they’ve corrected their sexist promotion policies and paid back women denied career advancement opportunities. The case wouldn’t reach the courts and cost the public millions just to get a politically charged decision by the corporate owned Supreme Court.
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