Several thousand citizens marched from Cathedral Park to the State Capitol in St. Paul, Minnesota, yesterday claiming, “We Are One!” in support of the middle class. This was one of over 1,000 rallies across the country. The date is significant. On April 4, 1968, Rev. Martin Luther King was shot dead in Memphis. He was there in support of sanitation workers fighting for their rights.
This rally brought together members from dozens of different unions plus the concerned citizenry. Several conservative Republican governors and legislators have tried to bust unions and demonize public employees. This effort has energized opposition from many quarters including almost all labor unions. The staggering response in Madison, Wis., a few weeks ago was the beginning of the expression of outrage to these attacks, thus the 1,000 plus marches on April 4. Many of the unions in addition to their marching banners were decked out with colored t-shirts. Teachers formed a large sea of blue shirts. The Teamsters produced their big red 18-wheeler truck.
It was a very emotional action. People are seriously concerned about basic living issues and see the proposed government actions as a threat their well being and quality of life.