Thursday, January 24, 2008

It's not Always a Joke: An Actor Goes to the Barricades

Bono may be content with making the joke a good one; but, when it comes to the balance between cheap talk and meaningful action, Danny Glover seems to prefer action. The Associate Press just released a report that he has been convicted of trespassing by a court in Niagara Falls, Ontario. This is the act that led to his conviction:

The 60-year-old actor took part in [a] protest as part of a larger campaign that aims to increase salaries and improve working conditions for hotel workers in the U.S. and Canada.

The protest was organized by UNITE HERE, which "represents 50,000 hotel, food service, garment and manufacturing workers across Canada and 450,000 in North America." Glover was convicted "along with UNITE HERE union representative Alex Dagg and Ontario Federation of Labour President Wayne Samuelson." Glover was not present in court for the conviction; but in my book this scores a lot more points than making jokes about the environment in Davos!

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