Written by Mike Hall, AFL-CIO
Conventional wisdom says don’t talk politics at big family gatherings, especially with Uncle Earl. But our friends at Working America are offering a unique guide on how to talk about today’s biggest political topic, the Occupy Wall Street/99 Percent movement, without sending Uncle Earl into one of his legendary fits.
Working America’s Turkey Talk Guide is designed to help you continue the national dialogue on economic fairness sparked by the Occupy movement and help you draw out the real issues behind the massive protests against inequality and injustice taking place in Ohio, Wisconsin and across the country.
It offers tips, facts and responses to myths and spin, as well as online resources to people at their homes and online. Says Working America Executive Director Karen Nussbaum:
We want to help ordinary Americans have productive conversations, and avoid picking fights with the uncle who thinks the Department of Education should be abolished. So many people are not able or willing to occupy parks to protest the vast inequality in this country, but they want to do something. We’re bridging the gap between the tent cities where the protesters are, and the neighborhoods where people might have family members who aren’t normally receptive to these ideas.
In addition, Working America will host a “Turkey Talk” live chat at 2 p.m. on Nov. 21, 2011 (hash tag: #turkeytalk) to allow anyone to share their own stories or advice about talking turkey with family members—especially the confused or skeptical ones – about economic equality, good jobs, a healthy environment, good public schools and a secure retirement.
Click here for Turkey talk tips and on Thanksgiving, be sure to keep Uncle Earl out of the liquor cabinet.
This post was originally published on the AFL-CIO’s blog.
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