Dispatch from Indianapolis: Occupy the Superbowl
This is a short dispatch from Occupy the Superbowl this weekend in Indianapolis.
Spirits were high at the Super Bowl Hyatt picket line yesterday, where over 400 of us from Indianapolis, Detroit, and Chicago rallied with UNITE-HERE in solidarity with Hyatt workers. Workers have been fighting for collective bargaining rights, OSHA compliance, and a living wage with benefits. The $1,000/night room rate for Super Bowl weekend makes blatant the hypocrisy of the Hyatt's refusal to treat workers fairly, while making millions off of them.
NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith joined us, reassuring us that the NFL would continue its year long Hyatt boycott in solidarity.
The picket came after a demoralizing beat down by the Indiana statehouse, that ushered in "right to work" legislation and "sex trafficking" laws to address imaginary problems born of sex panic hysteria by having men sign pledges not to buy sex from girls and training thousands of people to report suspected instances of "sex trafficking" (the new pretext for racial profiling). Too bad our tax dollars can't go toward having people sign pledges not to support businesses that exploit workers, or training people to report suspected instances of labor exploitation.