GRITtv: Laurie Penny, Hilda Solis, and Remembering Geraldine Ferraro
“It wasn’t just students involved in this protest. There was a lot of people from all walks of life involved,” says Laurie Penny of the New Statesman, who joins us from London to talk abut the newest round of protests led by UK Uncut. Saturday’s protests saw crowds in excess of 500,000 and violent clashes with police forces.
Penny joins us from London where she has been observing the protests first-hand to talk about the protests, the media coverage, and what comes next.
“I do see flickers of hope, I see that there’s an organic movement going on in Wisconsin, across the country,” said Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, “It’s time to get activated, It’s time to let our elected officials know what we want in terms of better working conditions and a better, fair playing field for everyone. Not just those at the top, but those at the bottom and the middle.”
Laura spoke with Secretary Solis at the Triangle Fire memorial on Friday about sweatshop conditions then and now, whether we can expect prosecutions for those responsible for the deaths of Massey coal mine and BP workers, and what we can do to help protect working people, U.S. citizens or not. “Get involved, volunteer, go out there and organize and make sure those people get off of the sidewalk and onto the street.”
Finally, a commentary from Laura on the passing of Geraldine Ferraro and her enduring legacy. Distributed by Tubemogul.