Political party paying Occupy Wall Street protesters?

posted at 10:05 am on October 10, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

My friend Scott Johnson got a tip from a reader that the progressive New York political party Working Families has run an ad on Craigslist, one that apparently promises a salary for joining the OccupyWallStreet protests.  Here’s a snapshot of the ad itself:

The headline strongly suggests that the position entails getting paid to protest, since the headline stresses that the job will hold “Wallstreet [sic] accountable now” and that the new hire will make a “differnence [sic]” and “get paid.”  The body of the ad doesn’t specify what the duties of the position will be, although it does stress that it’s not going to be a job that involves complicated policy formation, or presumably proofreading:

You must be an energetic communicator, with a passion for social and economic justice.  Only outgoing, articulate dedicated, determined candidates will be considered for the positions.

For those candidates that qualify WFP offers substantial paid-training provided by senior leadership, on varied issues such as: advocacy, public speaking, mobilizing, fundraising, networking and organizing. We invest in passionate people with excellent communication skills and a full benefits package is offered to those candidates that qualify. In addition, there is opportunity for advancement and travel to our satellite chapters and out of state affiliates.

This is not a policy job! Through direct action you will be shaping NY state politics for the next 20 years.

“Direct action” usually means protesting.  In other words, WFP wants Astroturfers, presumably to join other Astroturfers who tire of their career at Wall Street in the coming days.  I wonder how many of those currently at the #OWS protests are already drawing a salary from WFP?

By the way, for a political party that professes to be on the side of working families to oppose the greed on Wall Street, they sure don’t pay much for their ground troops:

Compensation: $350-$650 A Week Depending On Responsibility & Length Of Time On Staff

For full-time work, $350 works out to $8.75 an hour … in New York City.  Not exactly a living wage, is it?  It’s probably not quite as low as flipping burgers at Mickey D’s, but I’d guess that a Big Apple barista makes more to start, especially when counting tips.  Always good to see that those protecting the masses from exploitation are sticking to the declared principles of labor relations that they decry.  At least we know what the lowest-paid job on Wall Street is — and I’m guessing it’s not a union shop, either.

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Sarah Palin Unshackled – Defending the Republic – http://tinyurl.com/6bdpfvz

PhilipJames on October 10, 2011 at 10:45 AM

Thanks!

katy the mean old lady on October 10, 2011 at 12:01 PM

He did that last night.
Should be Sarah Palin Irrelevant.
She ain’t running. It’s time to focus on those who are.

annoyinglittletwerp on October 10, 2011 at 12:11 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on October 10, 2011 at 12:11 PM

Please, we have enough sore winners, people can judge on their own if she is relevant.

Cindy Munford on October 10, 2011 at 12:16 PM

Cindy Munford on October 10, 2011 at 12:16 PM

Sore winners or not, her cultish like fans are not doing her any favors by inserting OT links into every thread Spathi like. I am sure there are plenty of blog posts on the interwebs discussing her latest speech. And there is also a tips email address here if they want a post about it.

NotCoach on October 10, 2011 at 12:26 PM

Should be Sarah Palin Irrelevant. She ain’t running. It’s time to focus on those who are.

annoyinglittletwerp on October 10, 2011 at 12:11 PM

This

Meh on October 10, 2011 at 12:35 PM

Flag this ad as prohibited. Knock the bastards off craigslist.

Boxy_Brown on October 10, 2011 at 12:38 PM

NotCoach on October 10, 2011 at 12:26 PM

She no longer needs any “favors” and no one is forced to click on the link.

Cindy Munford on October 10, 2011 at 12:42 PM

Meh on October 10, 2011 at 12:35 PM

Who’s stopping you?

Cindy Munford on October 10, 2011 at 12:43 PM

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/it_nyc_lam_sterdam_bmE4vlV5aDUWhBRv9IbaiK

Sex, drugs and hiding from the law at Wall Street protests

The criminals are crashing the party.

Lured by cheap drugs and free food, creepy thugs have infiltrated the crowd of protesters camped out in Zuccotti Park for Occupy Wall Street, The Post has learned.

The free chow offered to protesters was boosting the crowd.

“People say they are here for the cause, but the real reason is the free food,” quipped Cameron, 26, of Jersey City.

“On my third day, they had smoked salmon with cream cheese. You know how much smoked salmon is a pound? Sixteen dollars. I eat better here than I do with my parents!”

Colbyjack on October 10, 2011 at 12:46 PM

Sarah Palin Unshackled – Defending the Republic – http://tinyurl.com/6bdpfvz

PhilipJames on October 10, 2011 at 10:45 AM

Thanks for the link, enjoyed the speech and the Q&A.

IowaWoman on October 10, 2011 at 12:47 PM

Dreck are paying the dreck.

Keep it going until Nov. 2012. The more the sane people see of it, the more it will stink.

Schadenfreude on October 10, 2011 at 12:50 PM

I know I’m being picky, but “forefront” is one word, not two.

Blaise on October 10, 2011 at 1:18 PM

Capitalism – Oingo Boingo

There’s nothing wrong with Capitalism
There’s nothing wrong with free enterprise
Don’t try to make me feel guilty
I’m so tired of hearing you cry

There’s nothing wrong with making some profit
If you ask me I’ll say it’s just fine
There’s nothing wrong with wanting to live nice
I’m so tired of hearing you whine
About the revolution
Bringin’ down the rich
When was the last time you dug a ditch, baby!

If it ain’t one thing
Then it’s the other
Any cause that crosses your path
Your heart bleeds for anyone’s brother
I’ve got to tell you you’re a pain in the ass

You criticize with plenty of vigor
You rationalize everything that you do
With catchy phrases and heavy quotations
And everybody is crazy but you

You’re just a middle class, socialist brat
From a suburban family and you never really had to work
And you tell me that we’ve got to get back
To the struggling masses (whoever they are)
You talk, talk, talk about suffering and pain
Your mouth is bigger than your entire brain
What the hell do you know about suffering and pain . . .

(Repeat first verse)

(Repeat chorus)

There’s nothing wrong with Capitalism
There’s nothing wrong with Capitalism
There’s nothing wrong with Capitalism
There’s nothing wrong with Capitalism

Jason Coleman on October 10, 2011 at 1:23 PM

Sarah Palin Unshackled – Defending the Republic – http://tinyurl.com/6bdpfvz

PhilipJames on October 10, 2011 at 10:45 AM

Thanks for the link…

Waiting to hear her speech tonight from South Korea..:)

idesign on October 10, 2011 at 1:23 PM

Ah yes… those true ‘Pay-per-protest” grassroots movements… LOL.

Hey, we haven’t played COWBOYS & COMMUNISTS yet! [safe Youtubular link] Crank it

deedtrader on October 10, 2011 at 1:26 PM

Hey, I would take an $8.75 an hour job.

BigGator5 on October 10, 2011 at 4:08 PM

It is unclear to me what benefit the Democrat Party hopes to glean from a headline such as the following:

Democrats Support Socialists in March Against Capitalism

Am I missing something or is not a call for abolishing capitalism in America a somewhat radical idea?

IndieDogg on October 10, 2011 at 5:26 PM

Cindy Munford on October 10, 2011 at 12:16 PM
Sore winners or not, her cultish like fans are not doing her any favors by inserting OT links into every thread Spathi like. I am sure there are plenty of blog posts on the interwebs discussing her latest speech. And there is also a tips email address here if they want a post about it.
NotCoach on October 10, 2011 at 12:26 PM

I for one like the links so I hope they keep coming

Hey twerp, how bout Buddhism?

Sonosam on October 10, 2011 at 5:34 PM

Thanks for the link…

Waiting to hear her speech tonight from South Korea..:)

idesign on October 10, 2011 at 1:23 PM

Of course you are. Sheesh.

CW on October 10, 2011 at 5:57 PM

Thanks for the link…

Waiting to hear her speech tonight from South Korea..:)

idesign on October 10, 2011 at 1:23 PM

Of course you are. Sheesh.

CW on October 10, 2011 at 5:57 PM

When you wrote that comment I bet you squealed like a teenage girl at her first justin bieber concert.

CW on October 10, 2011 at 5:59 PM

Yes, the stink of the democratics’ favorite Nazi stooge, George Soros, is all over these demonstrations. You can bet he has worked in a financial position as well.

slickwillie2001 on October 10, 2011 at 6:02 PM

And here in MN http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/hnp/npo/2641845516.html

Dasher on October 11, 2011 at 3:16 AM

Let’s take the time to refute “99%”. It’s the most effective part of the tactic of disruption.

The truth is, the protests represent the roughly 37% of Americans who call themselves “liberal” but are actually anti-capitalist progressives. We need to call them “the 37%.” Or perhaps we can call them “the 15%,” for the percentage of Americans who think Congress is doing a good job.

philwynk on October 11, 2011 at 11:17 AM

This is not a policy job!

You will be required to learn and use only OUR talking points. No actual thought required.

Squiggy on October 11, 2011 at 11:27 AM

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