posted by gatekeeper50 02/28/2011 06:06:45 PM PST
On Saturday, February 26, 2011, Solidarity Rallies were held at several locations in all 50 states. This is a partial video record of the rally at Olympia, WA, in solidarity with Wisconsin labor to retain collective bargaining for public and private unions. There was a very weak effort by Americans for Prosperity sponsored Tea Party supporters to form a counter protest, but they could only find about 200 to join their cause and quickly lost enthusiasm, so they got back on their buses and left town.
I arrived in Olympia, WA, about 1100 am Saturday. The chants grew louder as I approached the street between the Legislative Building and the WA Temple of Justice. There were two groups, which I quickly ascertained were the 200 or so Tea Party Republicans on the steps of the Legislature Building, most of whom had been bussed in on two Americans for Prosperity buses, but they were numerically and spiritually overwhelmed by the collective bargaining and union supporting group chanting and jeering back from the steps of the WA Temple of Justice. After about 15 minutes of volleying chants back and forth, the Tea Party group got back on their buses and left town, but the union supporting group marched off toward the speaker’s platform set up at the Tivoli Fountain plaza where quickly an estimated 2,500 gathered to listen to union supporters, union officials, and state officials for about an hour. Then a large group marched back to the Legislature Bldg to pay their representatives a visit. It was a cold day, but all that came seemed to enjoy the gathering and left feeling fulfilled that they had participated in supporting the hard won collective bargaining process for all workers. Please go to my Flickr set to see the photos I took of the rally here http://www.flickr.com/photos/gatekeeper50/sets/72157626155759402/