We need to put strong Democratic pressure on President Obama in the name of poor and working people.
Poor people and working people have not been the focus of the Obama administration. That for me is not just a disappointment but a kind of betrayal.
The worst crime against working people is a company which fails to operate at a profit.
Time after time we’re told corporations should have freedom from pesky job safety regulations, environmental protections and labor standards – giving working people the freedom to be crushed in collapsing mines, choke on filthy air and get paid too little to live on.
There will always be a place for us somewhere, somehow, as long as we see to it that working people fight for everything they have, everything they hope to get, for dignity, equality, democracy, to oppose war and to bring to the world a better life.
There’ll always be working people in my poems because I grew up with them, and I am a poet of memory.
What I care about is whether or not a leader will work with America’s working people, whether or not a leader cares about responsibility and honest work and whether or not a leader will fight to keep the American Dream alive.
I can’t talk fellowship to you who are gathered here. Too much blood has been spilled. I know from my experience it is up to the working people to save themselves. The only way they can save themselves is by a strong working-class movement.
Neither, I must say with all due respect, is it the power of teachers and students. Basically the true and real power is with working people of all colors, of all beliefs, of all national origins.