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A Statement from Deepak Bhargava on the Global Boycott of Hyatt

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Deepak B

Good morning.  I am Deepak Bhargava, Executive Director of the Center for Community Change, the country’s largest support center for community based organizing in poor communities and communities of color in the United States.  CCC also convenes over 100 grassroots immigrant rights organizations in 30 states as part of the Fair Immigration Reform Movement or FIRM.  These organizations have led the struggle for immigration reform in the U.S. and have mobilized millions of people in recent years –on the streets and to the ballot box.

I am proud to stand here today to say that grassroots leaders in poor communities, communities of color, and immigrant leaders stand with hotel workers here in North America and around the world to call for a global boycott of Hyatt.  These hotel workers are us – many are members of our community organizations while others are our neighbors, our friends, and our family members.  We have seen up close what it means when a global corporate behemoth bases its business model on the exploitation of women and immigrant workers: it means families and children living in dire poverty; it means dreams deferred; and it means fear and insecurity for good people whose sweat and toil makes Hyatt’s stockholders rich. 

There has been a lot of talk recently about the rise of income inequality in the United States, about the great divergence between wages and productivity, and about the historic record breaking poverty.  Today it was reported that the poverty rate in the United States of America, the richest country in the history of the world, is expected to be at its highest point in 50 years – higher than at any point since 1965.  That is a moral disgrace.  Hyatt is a potent symbol of the excesses of greed, abuse of power and exploitation that have brought us to this sad point in our history. So today we will be reaching out to tens of thousands of people online and through social media to launch this global boycott of Hyatt, and we will not rest until the workers of Hyatt get the respect and fair treatment they deserve. 
Thank you very much.