An attorney, a theologian, a union organizer and five other protesters from Occupy Wall Street tried to drop by Rep. Michael Grimm’s office to protest a recent trade agreement – and were met by police who outnumbered them almost 2-to-1, the Staten Island Advance said.
The only reported response from Grimm in Washington was that “It’s not even worthy of comment.”
Really? These folks spent more than 50 bucks on a cab from Zuccotti Park to New Dorp, stood peacefully wherever the cops told them, caused no problems for anyone and seemed to have some idea what they were trying to say.
Right or wrong, they’re at least worthy of comment.
Their concern is a trade agreement that’s supposed to increase our exports to Colombia by about $1.1 billion a year. Protesters say it puts union jobs here in jeopardy, however, and supports a brutal Colombian regime that is responsible for the torture and slaughter of union organizers.
Grimm – along with most others in Congress – apparently decided the trade-off was worth it, and approved the agreement on Oct. 12. President Obama has signed it into law. The legislation had been years in the making, and involved extracting promises from Colombia’s government to strengthen ties with unions.
The protesters at Grimm’s office carried signs, read the names of executed Colombian union organizers, left some literature at Grimm’s office and went back to Manhattan.
Presumably, Grimm and the others have some good arguments against the critics. Maybe we need this agreement to boost our economy. Maybe Colombia really will ease up on unions. Maybe the protesters are wrong.
But if Grimm can justify his vote – to OWS protesters or anyone else – he should, because it’s part of his job to do so.