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Enough Is Enough by Dan O’Neill, Rob Dietz

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[ CHAPTER 13 ]ENOUGH SILENCE

Engaging Politicians and the Media

A voice is a human gift; it should be cherished and used, to utter fully human speech as possible. Powerlessness and silence go together.

MARGARET ATWOOD1

WHAT ARE WE DOING?

During the summer before my final year in college, I worked as an intern for America’s largest labor union, the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations. Ironically, the AFLCIO hired my services for less than minimum wage. Despite the low pay, it turned out to be a great summer, especially after I learned which bars in downtown Washington, D.C., offered free tacos at happy hour. At my first day on the job, I learned (perhaps not too surprisingly) that the AFL-CIO cares a great deal ...

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