Theodore's World: They won't build it! Hardhats Vow Not To Work On Controversial Mosque Near Ground Zero

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August 21, 2010

They won't build it! Hardhats Vow Not To Work On Controversial Mosque Near Ground Zero

Blaster David Kaiser's hardhat says what he thinks of the mosque planned for Park Place, near Ground Zero.

New York Daily News

A growing number of New York construction workers are vowing not to work on the mosque planned near Ground Zero.

"It's a very touchy thing because they want to do this on sacred ground," said Dave Kaiser, 38, a blaster who is working to rebuild the World Trade Center site.
"I wouldn't work there, especially after I found out about what the imam said about U.S. policy being responsible for 9/11," Kaiser said.

The grass-roots movement is gaining momentum on the Internet. One construction worker created the "Hard Hat Pledge" on his blog and asked others to vow not to work on the project if it stays on Park Place.

"Thousands of people are signing up from all over the country," said creator Andy Sullivan, a construction worker from Brooklyn. "People who sell glass, steel, lumber, insurance. They are all refusing to do work if they build there."
"Hopefully, this will be a tool to get them to move it," he said. "I got a problem with this ostentatious building looming over Ground Zero."

A planned 13-story community center and mosque two blocks from Ground Zero, Park51 has exploded into a national debate.

Louis Coletti, president of the Building Trades Employers' Association, said unions have not yet taken a "formal position" on Park51, but he understands why members would be hesitant to work there.

"It's a very difficult dilemma for the contractors and the organized labor force because we are experiencing such high levels of unemployment," he said. "Yet at the same time, this is a very sacred sight to the union guys."
"There were construction workers killed on 9/11 and many more who got horribly sick cleaning up Ground Zero," Coletti said. "It's very emotional."

L.V. Spina, a Manhattan construction worker who created anti-mosque stickers that some workers are slapping on their hardhats, said he would "rather pick cans and bottles out of trash cans" than build the Islamic center near Ground Zero.

"But if they moved it somewhere else, we would put up a prime building for these people," he said. "Hell, you could do it next to my house in Rockaway Beach, I would be fine with it. But I'm not fine with it where blood has been spilled."

Spina, who sells 9/11 apparel on his website, said he's printed thousands of stickers and plans to produce thousands more.

"They're going all over the country," he said. "They got pretty popular fast."

Popularity aside, there are some construction workers choosing not to set themselves against the project.

"Hundreds of guys here are wearing stickers as a sign of protest, but I'm on the fence about it," said Frank Langan, 50, a site superintendent from Queens working at Ground Zero.
"It's a tough debate," he said. "I sympathize with workers' position, but at the same time, you can't single out all Muslims because of a small number of terrorists."

Interview Sam Nunberg from the ACLJ after the Landmark Vote on Ground Zero Mosque ...excellent interview, they also mention how Rush has been discussing this as well.


Wild Thing's comment.......

Here is their page at Facebook.......The 9/11 Hard Hat Pledge.

And here is Andy Sullivan's Blue Collar website where the peition is located.

Posted by Wild Thing at August 21, 2010 08:50 AM


Go Hardhats! I don't like unions, but I will certainly support these guys in their battle against the GZ mosque, Bloomberg and obama.

Love the way those New Yorkers talk.

Posted by: TomR, armed in Texas at August 21, 2010 10:08 AM

If this is True. Then it is good news. on two fronts.

1. the mosk won't go up.

2. These are Barry's chosen people, and Barry wants the mosk built. As I said, if this is true, I hope it is. This will be a huge, huge blow to obams's ego not to mention his reattachment surgery, to reverse his wife imposed orchidectomy.

but I digress.

Posted by: Mark at August 21, 2010 12:51 PM

Tom Yesssss, I sure hope they can pull this off and get more to join in too.

Mark, good points you brought up.

Posted by: Wild Thing at August 22, 2010 05:12 AM