Chad Cyrowski of Progress Michigan shot these videos at the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing today — a protest attended by over 8,000 people who oppose upstart Gov. Rick Snyder and the GOP-dominated legislature’s attempt to gut union rights and privatize municipalities, counties and school districts in the event of a “fiscal emergency”.
The demonstration was billed as the “Rally for Michigan Families” in a state decimated by the fall of the automobile industry and lagging union membership in recent decades. As they have in Madison over the past month, protesters in the Mitten State today called on the Republicans in power to sit down at the bargaining table and negotiate.
Here, Progress Michigan Executive Director David Holtz leads the Pledge of Allegiance.