By Gabrielle Drew
I am sure all of you have heard about the “Wall Street Protests” that are happening in Manhattan and elsewhere in the United States. I am sure you have all heard about this protest because the mainstream media covers it a great deal.
But, have you heard about the “We Stand With Gibson Rally”? This rally took place on October 8th, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. I was lucky to be able to make it to the rally.
In August 2011, the federal government raided the Gibson Guitar factories in both Nashville and Memphis Tennessee, seizing imported wood from India. I believe this is purely political, seeing that the CEO of Gibson Guitars; Henry Juszkiewicz has donated in the past to Republicans. The federal government overstepped their boundaries yet again
You may not fully understand why this is a big deal. This is a big deal simply because Gibson employs many American citizens in both the cities of Nashville and Memphis, so if Gibson gets shut down because of this whole fiasco, there are more people out of work. With this economy, we do not need more out of work. Gibson also keeps their factories in the United States and does not ship jobs out of this country for cheaper labor in Mexico or Pakistan.
The small amount of media coverage that the Gibson rally got was only to compare it to the Wall Street Protests. I will be the first to tell you, it was nothing like the Wall Street Protests. It was peaceful and we actually knew why we were there. We were there to stand with Gibson Guitars. We had patriotic music, American flags, various booths for different organizations and campaigns.. Now does the Wall Street Protests have patriotic music or flags flying proudly?