We cannot let the capitalist class win in Wisconsin. Teachers have agreed to return to work, due to Fox News and other corporate media outlets that have created the image in the minds of many that teachers are overpaid thugs who have abandoned their students when in fact they are currently giving their students the best lesson they can get in critical thinking and social responsibility and courage. Meanwhile, countries throughout the world, including Egypt, have ‘bought pizzas’ for the protestors in Wisconsin.
Fighting for the moral values of solidarity, diversity, participation in power (collective bargaining), equity in funding for basic human rights (the public commons) and a decent wage is now going on in Wisconsin. The morals are in the budget and nowhere can this be seen better than Wisconsin, right now undoubtedly a ‘canary in the coal mine’ for the nation as governors in New jersey, Illinois, Indiana, California, New York and Ohio saddle up for the same fight. In fact, 12 states are ginned up for right wing assaults on worker’s rights and education.
Do not be fooled! the issue is worker’s rights and the role of capital in destroying pensions, collective bargaining, housing values, businesses, and demand which have all led to lower tax revenues. The private sector cannot create ‘demand’ which is the economic problem facing this nation. Lowering worker’s wages with ‘austerity’ programs that destroy democracy, families and the social fabric is a disaster for the national and state economies. Killing unions is the wet dream of capital: simply look at the private sector for evidence. Assuring they cannot be a force in political life is the agenda in play. How fast it seems, we went from the Employee Free Choice Act to the attempted assassination of public sector unions.
Here is what you can do even if you do not live in Wisconsin:
Beginning Monday, workers, students, faith leaders, and community allies will be holding solidarity rallies in their own states. Plan your own action, or find out if there is already an action planned in your area.
Thousands of people are changing their facebook status to say, “Today I stand with in solidarity with the teachers, firefighters, nurses, and all public workers who are fighting for their rights. If you do too, change this to your status for the rest of the day.
”The Student Labor Action Project is organizing a March 2nd Public Need vs Corporate Greed Day of Action. Stay tuned for more details on these actions in days to come.
In Ohio, working people are also fighting a repeal of collective bargaining rights for the teachers, firefighters, nurses, and other public servants who provide vital services in our communities.
Yesterday, thousands of people, including members of Columbus and Toledo converged on the capitol to rally against Senate Bill 5. JwJ coalitions throughout the state, including Cleveland and Columbus, are gearing up for more actions in the coming weeks, including more actions at the capitol, vigils, town hall meetings, and rallies in key cities.
In Indiana, working people are fighting several anti-worker bills, including so-called “Right to Work” legislation that makes it easier for companies to lower wages and cut benefits. Central Indiana Jobs with Justice has been part of actions at the state house and held a forum on the attack on Indiana’s workers this week, and they’re gearing up for a hearing on Right to Work and visits to the state house every day next week. South Central Indiana Jobs with Justice held a town hall meeting and press event, St. Joseph Valley project in South Bend is holding a roundtable on right to work next week, and Tri-State JwJ in Evansville organized a town hall meeting and an action when IN House speaker Bosma came to town. Check out coverage of the fight in Indianapolis’ Nuvo newspaper.
In Maine, JwJ affiliate Food AND Medicine held a legislative breakfast where farmers, small business leaders, and workers made presentations to seven legislators in attendance on Right to Work as well as legislation specifically targeting hospital workers, state workers, and construction workers.In Florida, the governor wants slash taxes on big business and pay for it by forcing public employees to pay more into their pensions.
JwJ coalitions in South and Central Florida are fighting back against draconian budget cuts.
In Missouri, Jobs with Justice has been fighting back against big-business efforts to repeal the state’s minimum wage law as well as right to work and other anti-worker legislation.
Write letters to the editor for your local newspaper defending workers in Wisconsin.
Worker Solidarity Rallies Planned with Jobs With Justice at the forefront
The week of February 21st, workers, community, faith, and students will come together to rally in support of workers under attack in Wisconsin and across the country. Below is a list of actions we know are planned so far. Please post in the comments if you’re planning something or contact the Jobs With Justice blog at: email@example.com
(Last updated February 21, 2011 at 4:30pm)
Juneau, AKTuesday, February 22 . 12:00pm, State Capitol
Little Rock, ARTueesday, February 22 . 11:30am, State Capitol
Phoenix, AZTuesday, February 22 . Contact AFSCME for details
Los Angeles, CATuesday, February 22 . 4:00pm. Pershing Square
Palmdale, CATuesday, February 22 . 5:30pm. Vigil at Poncitian Square
Sacramento, CATuesday, February 22 . 5:30pm. State Capitol, West steps
San Diego, CATuesday, February 22 . 4:30pm. 3737 Camino del Rio South
Denver, COTuesday, February 22 . 12:00pm, Colorado State House
Washington, DCWednesday, February 23 . 12:30pm. 444 North Capitol St NW (offices of WI Gov and OH Gov); Feeder march from Dupont Circle starting at 11:30am also in the works.
Hartford, CTWednesday, February 23 . 12:00pm, State Capitol West Steps
Atlanta, GAWednesday, February 23. 4:00pm. State Capitol
Chicago, ILMonday, February 21 . 6:00am, Plumber’s Hall. Buses to Madison, WI returning at 9pm. Contact Chicago JwJ to reserve a seat.
Urbana, ILTuesday, February 22 . 12:00pm. Alma Mater statue, Green and Wright Streets, Urbana, U of I campus.
Indianapolis, INMonday, February 21 · 9:00am – 5:00pm, Indiana State House, Room 156A in the basement. This is a hearing on IN’s Right to Work Bill.
South Bend, INMonday, February 21 . 10:00am. Teamsters Local 364 2405 East Edison Rd. Workers’ Rights Board Hearing on Right to Work
Des Moines, IATuesday, February 22 . 1:00pm, State Capitol west steps (a counter-rally will be held at 12pm)
Annapolis, MDTuesday, February 22 . 12:00pm, Lawyer’s Mall. MD AFL-CIO for more info
Boston, MATuesday, February 22 · 4:00pm – 6:00pm, Massachusetts State House
Springfield, MATuesday, February 22 · 4:00pm, City Hall, W. Mass JwJ for more info
Lansing, MITuesday, February 22 . 9:00am . 215 N. Capitol (corner of Ottawa) Central United Methodist ChurchTuesday, February 22 . 10:00am. MI AFL-CIO Press Conference.
Duluth, MNThursday, February 24 . 12:00pm. City Hall.Saint Paul, MNTuesday, February 22 · 4:00pm – 5:00pm. Minnesota State Capitol Rotunda
Helena, MTMonday, February 21 . 2:00pm . 1301 East 6th Avenue
Santa Fe, NMTuesday, February 22 . 12:15pm. State House East side
Trenton, NJFriday, February 25 . 12:00pm. State House.
New York, NYTuesday, February 22 . 5:00pm. Wisconsin Solidarity Rally at FOX News at 6th Ave. and 48th St.
Thursday, February 24 . www.civilservicetechnicalguild.org for detailsRaliegh, NC Monday, February 21 . 11:00am AFL-CIO press conference; 12:00pm rally at North Carolina State Capitol, UE Local 150 for more info
Carson City, NVMonday, February 21 . 12:00pm. State Capitol
Las Vegas, NVMonday, February 21 . 12:00pm. State Building
Canton, OHTuesday, February 22 . 4:00pm. Rally against SB5 at the Civic Center, 1101 Market Ave. N.
Cleveland, OHTuesday, February 22 . various. Buses to Columbus for Ohio’s SB5 hearing. Contact Cleveland JwJ for details.
Columbus, OHTuesday, February 22 . 1:00pm, Ohio State House. This rally is in before a hearing on Ohio’s Senate Bill 5 at 4pm, which would ban collective bargaining for public workers.
Salem, ORMonday, February 21 . 12:00pm. Oregon State House, Rally for Education & Solidarity with Wisconsin Workers, contact Portland JwJ for details
Philadelphia, PAThursday, February 24. 11:30am-2:30pm. Tom Paine Plaza, in front of the MSB, across from City Hall
Pittsburgh, PAThursday, February 24. 12:00pm. USW Headquarters
Scranton, PAWednesday, February 23 . 12:00pm, Lackawanna Court HouseStatewide, PATuesday, February 22. WEAR RED to show solidarity
San Juan, PRMonday, February 21 . State Capitol, contact PR AFL-CIO for details
Providence, RITuesday, February 22 · 4:30pm – 7:30pm, Rhode Island State House
Nashville, TNWednesday, February 23 . 11:30am. State Capitol, Legislative Plaza in front of the escalators to the tunnel. Rally & Press conference “Stop the Attack on Hardworking Tennesseans”
Austin, TXMonday, February 21. 6:45pm. Candlelight march & vigil starting at AFL-CIO 1106 Lavaca Street.
Dallas, TXSaturday, February 26 . 10:00am. Hearing at 410 S Beckley (Judge Medrano’s Room)
Salt Lake City, UTTuesday, February 22. State Capitol, contact UT AFL-CIO for details
Montpelier, VTTuesday, February 22 . 12:00pm. State Capitol
Olympia, WAMonday, February 21 . 12:00pm. State Capitol Rotunda
Spokane, WAFriday, February 25 . 4:30pm-5:30pm. Corner of Ruby, Division and North River Drive in front of Wendy’s Restaurant
Charleston, WVMonday, February 21 . Lobby Day. Contact AFSCME for details
Madison, WIRallies at the Statehouse continue.