AFSCME is launching an aggressive new “Stop the Lies” campaign to fight back against lies about public workers by radical talking heads like Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, John Stossel and right wing politicians.
The campaign will use social media, videos, paid advertising and ground events across the country to get the truth heard amidst the din from Fox News, loudmouthed television and radio talkers and their orchestrated attacks blaming public employees for the financial crises cities and states are facing. http://www.afscme.org/index.cfmSays AFSCME President Gerald McEntee:
Public service workers have become the scapegoats for the far right. We’re not going to sit around and let corporate CEOs define the debate. After all, it was their greed and incompetence that drove this country’s economy into the ditch.
A five-minute video by Brave New Films calls out right wing mistruths on workers’ pensions, wages, state budget deficits and tax cuts for the very wealthy.
When Wall Street tanked and 15 million Americans lost their jobs, the billionaires decided they had to blame someone else. Instead of accepting responsibility for their greed-fueled actions, Wall Street and the corporate giants blamed librarians, corrections officers, nurses, teachers, cops, firefighters and all public service workers. Right wing talking heads have only been too happy to join the attack.
As the AFSCME blog Green Line says, “public service workers are not the problem. Attacking public service workers won’t create jobs.” Says McEntee:
AFSCME is not going to let a group of liars with a corporate agenda get the last word. It won’t be easy—but we are good at standing up and fighting.
Click here for a 60-second version of the video and to add your name to the “Stop the Lies” open letter.