- Provide strength and unity for political action through education and activism.
- Give a voice to the citizens of Staten Island and Brooklyn in the pursuit of better government.
- Foster an environment for members and elected officials to become better acquainted through dialogue and fellowship.
- Make It In The USA – The Middle Class Action Project
How Government Works
The government had a vast scrap yard in the middle of a desert. Congress said someone may steal from it at night; so they created a night watchman, and hired a person for the job.
Then Congress said, “How does the watchman do his job without instruction?” So they created a planning division and hired two people, one person to write the instructions and one person to do time studies.
Then Congress said, “How will we know the night watchman is doing the tasks correctly?” So they created a quality control (QC) division and hired two people, one to do the studies and one to write the reports.
Then Congress said, “How are these people going to get paid?” So they created a payroll division and hired two more people a time keeper and a payroll officer.
Then Congress said, “Who will be accountable for all of these people?” So they created an administrative division and hired three more people: an Admin Officer, Assistant Admin Officer and a Legal Secretary.
Then, one year later, Congress reviewed the operation of the desert scrap yard and said, “We have had this command in operation for one year and we are $22,000 over budget. We must cut back overall costs!” So they eliminated the night watchman.
“Not only the wealth, but the independence and security of a country, appear to be materially connected with the prosperity of manufacturers. Every nation, with a view to those great objects, ought to endeavor to possess within itself all the essentials of national supply. These comprise the means of subsistence, habitation, clothing, and defense” – Alexander Hamilton
“The American consumer is also the American worker, and if we don’t do something to protect our manufacturing base here at home, it is going to be hard to buy any retail goods” – Lindsey Graham
“Capitalism works better from every perspective when the economic decision makers are forced to share power with those who will be affected by those decisions” – Barney Frank
“Manufacturing is more than just putting parts together. It’s coming up with ideas, testing principles and perfecting the engineering, as well as final assembly” – James Dyson
pressure politicians to make the reestablishment of an American manufacturing base and the good-paying jobs that they bring, both by promoting an agenda to bring back industries that have left, and through the establishment of new industries here at home
- Establish local chapters starting at home with the goal of expanding across the country. Use social media and the blogosphere to recruit members and educate people on our mission as well as how to organize locally.
- Target our congressional representatives as well as other state and local politicians to make the issue part of their campaigns and a central mission of their tenures in government should they win.
- Coordinate efforts with political action networks such as labor unions, but also branching out to other social and civil rights groups because there is nothing that levels the playing field and fights social ills better than the opportunity that a job paying a living wage with health and other benefits provide
- Form a policy working group the gather the best policy positions put forth by politicians, think tanks and people at large and distill them into a single agenda to push in Washington and to the media at large.
- Engage the traditional mainstream media by inundating them at all levels with who we are and what we plan to accomplish.
- Target our local congressman and other state and local politicians to make the issue part of their campaigns and a central mission of their tenures in government should they win: CLICK HERE
- Engage political action networks (like AFl-CIO) to help promote and campaign for our agenda.
- Create “Make It in the USA” organization which will work across party lines and support anyone who agrees with out goals.
- Create a media outreach program; engage all Social Media.
- Contact all the local political clubs and business organizations possible, so we can combine our efforts.
- Politicians should know that without a serious commitment to create manufacturing jobs they will not going to be re-elected. Period. We know they will not win every fight but we insist that they try.
- Create a brainstorm group as part of the organization. Main goal is to propose / repeal legislation with the goal of creating good-paying manufacturing jobs on the local, state and federal levels.
- Group (everybody welcome to join): TBD. We can invite for consultation any expert as needed
- Create policy proposals for the US Congress, State Senate / Assembly and City Council so our elected officials can push them.
- Make all these proposals presentable, easy to understand with the supporting photos and documents and make a unified push through our allies including the political action networks, social and mainstream media.
- In addition to creating policy initiatives, the group will also identify and target laws which enable the outsourcing of American manufacturing and the killing of American jobs for repeal.
- Organize ‘Boots on the ground” – protests and meetings in front of the political offices and major enablers of outsourcing American jobs. These actions should be similar to MCAP Verrazano Bridge protests, and publicized using both traditional and social media: CLICK HERE
- Hold seminars and other educational events on how to organize politically to push our goals.
- Publish own newspaper. 25K copies can make a huge difference on the Island and create an example for other congressional districts. Monthly 8 pages, full color. See sample: CLICK HERE
- Debate club with invitation of local politicians, business people, union leaders…
- We should discuss the best way to organize as a legal entity that would enable us to raise money in the most efficient manor , not only from small donors, but also potentially from steel companies, unions and any other large entity with a stake in keeping American manufacturing in America .
- Paid advertisement of local businesses and supporters in our newspaper
- We have to make sure we do everything legal and do not violate any laws.
- Create slogan and associated stickers or buttons to support the mission.
Local – begin small; begin at home
- We have to show an example of creating of manufacturing and do it on Staten Island first; refer to formerly productive companies and manufacturing plants that supported families and allowed them to own homes, raise families in a single worker household.
- Creation of Fashion manufacturing district like we had many years ago on the Island in the Port Richmond area. After promoting of the “Make It in the USA” issue in the media during congressional campaign, we can make the business proposal for to the major business players to invest into that. We can organize the EXCLUSIVE designer fashion line (jeans , for example), so nobody do anything similar. We can discuss the line of souvenirs, electronics…
- Consider 3D printing: CLICK HERE
- Consider Science, Robotics and Electronics (Made on Staten Island): CLICK HERE
- We have to get all the brains possible to legally absorb the best ideas. One of the idea – coat with the electrical heat from battery inside.
- Create one of a kind products that utilize technology to create clothing and other fiber optic materials currently being used for stage shows and induce the use of these products for specialty occasions. Proms, Broadway, etc.
A recent video shows how IBEW and CEO of Neutex Advanced Energy Corporation, worked together to bring jobs to Texas which had been previously outsourced to China. The untraditional business-labor relationship, spearheaded by organizer Paul Puente of Houston’s IBEW Local 716, has enhanced the quality and credibility of Neutex. The end result will be a 150,000 SQ.F. factory and employment of 300 workers.
Listen to all the news channels and radio talk shows. They talk about Obamacare, gun control, gay marriage, woman’s issues, race issues, foreign policy, abortion, but never seem to say much about manufacturing. It is up to us to make sure this becomes part of the national agenda.
Reviving American manufacturing in order to generate good-paying jobs garners support across the political spectrum, from tea party Conservatives and from pro-labor Progressives. Because the Make it in the USA movement is one that transcends ideology there no reason we can’t, together, with time and effort, accomplish the goal of resuscitating the American middle class so that it is again the envy of the world.
- Make It In The USA
- Overpriced Michael Jordan sneakers made in foreign sweatshops (Staten Island Advance)
- All those bad laws we have weaken the few good ones (Staten Island Advance)
- Eight Rungs of the Giving Ladder (American Institute of Philanthropy)
- Letter Diane Savino and Nicole Malliotakis to MTA
- Second letter to MTA