“This is What Democracy Looks Like” — Michigan Style

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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.

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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