“A Report Card is Coming, and (GOP Freshmen) Won’t be Coming Back”

St. Paul City Council Member Melvin Carter

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At the “Downeyville” rally on the steps of the Minnesota State Capitol Wednesday, Saint Paul Councilmember Melvin Carter fired up the crowd by telling workers that, just like in school, there’s a report card coming, and if the Republican freshmen in the state house and senate don’t get to work, they won’t be coming back.

Several thousand members of AFSCME and MAPE were rallying to protest the public-sector workers who will be unemployed under a government shutdown, to protest the Republican Party’s all-cuts budget, and to commend Governor Mark Dayton for fighting to increase taxes on Minnesota millionaires. The organizers called their rally “Downeyville” — after the state representative from Edina who would wipe out the jobs of 5,000 state employees and eliminate the collective bargaining rights of all state employees and public school teachers in Minnesota.

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Jacob Wheeler

In addition to shooting videos for The UpTake, Jacob Wheeler is a contributing editor at the progressive political magazine In These Times, publishes the Glen Arbor Sun in his native Michigan, and authored "Between Light and Shadow," a recent book about the Guatemalan adoption industry. Wheeler's stories have appeared in such magazines as the Utne Reader, Earth Island Journal, Rotarian and Teaching Tolerance magazine, and newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle and Christian Science Monitor. He speaks fluent Spanish, German and Danish.

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