Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 5 Share on Twitter 1 Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
OpEdNews Op Eds    H4'ed 6/13/11

Wis. Protesters Share Iraqi Shoe-Thrower Award

By       (Page 1 of 1 pages)   No comments
Message James Parks
The public workers and students in Wisconsin wore out a lot of shoe leather in their months of protest against the conservatives' attacks on working people. Now they have a bronze shoe to honor their efforts.

They won the first annual Muntadhar award sponsored by Prospero's Books in Kansas City, Mo. The award, in the form of a bronzed shoe, is named for , who earned international recognition after throwing his shoes at former President George W. Bush during a press conference in Iraq.

 "Americans appreciate the underdog," said Will Leathem, Prospero's co-owner.

 American underdogs have been taking it on the chin--their jobs shipped overseas and sacrificed to partisan politics, their homes foreclosed on as big banks get tax breaks. And I think it's high time we celebrated the unrecognized efforts of the little people  who, like David, face down the Goliaths of institutional power in our culture.

Judy Ancel, director of the University of Missouri Kansas City's Institute of Labor Studies, received the award for fighting back against conservative attacks on her personally and other academics at the school. Speaking at the awards ceremony, Ancel said:  

Being organized is how everyday people can speak with a voice loud enough to get the attention of power centers, be it governments, big money, or institutions.

Bradley Manning and WikiLeaks were also honored for risking imprisonment to make available to the public information unedited by governments, corporations and other self-serving institutions.

In a statement, Al-Zaidi thanked everyone for honoring him:

I hope the peoples of the whole world live in peace and that everyone shows the level of responsibility and does not stand silent on injustice.

Rate It | View Ratings

James Parks Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

My first encounter with unions was at Gannettà ‚¬ „ s newspaper in Cincinnati when my colleagues in the newsroom tried to organize a unit of The Newspaper Guild. I saw firsthand how companies pull out all the stops to prevent workers from forming a (more...)
Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Writers Guidelines

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEd News Newsletter
   (Opens new browser window)

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Wis. Protesters Share Iraqi Shoe-Thrower Award

To View Comments or Join the Conversation:

Tell A Friend