Rally held in Salem Oregon in support of the protests by labor unions and their supporters in Wisconsin. About 800 people showed up at the state capital as part of a nationally organized event taking place in all state capitals nationwide.|
Salem Oregon Solidarity Rally with Wisconsin
After some music by an excellent bank various speakers took the microphone to lend their voice and support to the struggle taking place in Wisconsin between a Republican administration and public employee labor unions in that state. The protest has gone nation wide and many labor unions have demonstrated their support for the protest.
Allegedly due to fiscal problems, Governor Scott Walker is proposing a budget bill that would strip collective bargaining rights from public employees.
Speakers included various new and old school labor leaders, a student, two women from Wisconsin, a young Latina, and a man urging folks to join the movement to end Corporate Personhood.
There are various groups working to that end in this country, but the one he was talking about is the Move to Amend the U.S. Constitution and "firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights."
The event finished with the entire gathering reading in unison a passage sculpted in stone on the north wall of the State Capital.
The text reads: " A free state is formed and maintained by the voluntary union of the whole people, joined together under the same body of laws, for the common welfare and the sharing of benefits justly apportioned."
Video is about 14 minutes in length.