This Saturday, over 500 of Virginia’s workers, students, and community allies rallied in support of all public workers, including our sisters and brothers in Wisconsin. Thank you so much to those who were able to attend the rallies in Williamsburg and Richmond.
MoveOn led a coalition of organizations that sent out a call last Wednesday to hold a rally at every state capitol at noon on Saturday. Joe Cook from Virginia Beach quickly answered the call and organized a great event in a matter of days.
Check out video from videographer David Martin who filmed the event.
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Here are excerpts from news outlets that covered the event:
From Washington Post, Virginia Politics Blog:
The rally, organized locally by Joe Cook on behalf of MoveOn.org and other groups, was one of 65 held around the country Saturday. Some demonstrators carried signs saying, “Wisconsin Workers — We Support You,” “Collective Bargaining is Our Right” and “They Will Call It A Class War When We Fight Back.”
From Virginia Statehouse News:
“You can’t erode the middle class,” said Melissa Dopp, 47, a video producer from Ashland. “It affects all of us. It affects the economy.”
Others who attended Saturday’s rally appeared to believe that Republicans who were swept into office in November are using the current budget crisis facing most states — as the weak economy has caused revenues to plunge — to bust unions.
From Richmond Times Dispatch:
“I say we can not, should not, and will not balance the budget on the backs of the middle class,” said Richard Hatch, with the Communications Workers of America, Virginia council. “Pensions are deferred compensation,” he said. “They are not taxpayer handouts.”