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We Are One - East Bay Labor Unites in Oakland's Frank Ogawa Plaza, 4/4/11: photos
On April 4th — the day Martin Luther King Jr was murdered 43 years ago in Memphis, Tennessee, where he went to stand with sanitation workers demanding the right to collectively bargain — over 1000 solidarity actions were held across the U.S. to stand with the workers of Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana, and other states where union rights have recently come under direct attack by governors and legislators. At Frank Ogawa Plaza in front of Oakland's City Hall, perhaps a thousand union members or more and their supporters gathered in solidarity and to protest the increasing attacks on labor across the U.S. The workers' rally was sponsored by the Alameda Labor Council, AFL-CIO and included dozens of unions from across the East Bay.
We Are One - Oakland Teachers and Allies Shut Wells Fargo; ILWU Locals Shut Ports: photos
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She tells of sleeping on the statehouse floor and her amazement as the number of demonstrators increased so rapidly in Madison, reaching over 100,000. She goes on to note that she certainly did not expect to be speaking in Oakland less than two months after the first Wisconsin protests and the encouragement she feels as resistance to attempts to bust unions continues to grow across the country.
Stephanie Bloomingdale of the Wisconsin ALF-CIO and the AFT speaks of the struggle in Wisconsin and the growing worker solidarity nationwide.