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'We Are One' rally on I-80 bridge in Vallejo
'We Are One' rally on I-80 bridge in Vallejo protests the attack on collective bargaining rights in Ohio, Wisconsin
By Jessica A. York
Posted: 04/05/2011 05:21:18 AM PDT
An estimated 1,000 people "rocked" the Alfred Zampa Bridge on Monday afternoon to support labor rights on a national day of solidarity.
The union-organized "We Are One" event was held in support of government workers in states such as Wisconsin and Ohio, where ongoing efforts to limit unions' collective bargaining rights have received national attention.
The event, timed with others around the country Monday, was also aligned with the 43rd anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination in Memphis, Tenn., where he was supporting sanitation workers' efforts to unionize.
"The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his life ... standing up for the rights of people. Advocating for the rights of people. And that's what we're
doing here today," the Rev. David Isom of Fairfield told those gathered on the bridge, urging them to move the bridge with their applause.
After rallies on either side of the westbound span, participants from the respective gatherings marched to the center of the bridge on its pedestrian corridor in a show of solidarity.