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.Vodpod videos no longer available.
Active and retired union members from across Virginia were joined by area families, William &Mary students and professors, former Congressional candidate Krystal Ball, allied organizations, religious leaders and local community activists.
Lynn Washington, Episcopalian minister and Executive Director of Richmond’s Peter Paul Development Center opened things up with a touching invocation, “Had it not been for the UAW, I could not stand before you today and say I lived the life I did provided by the hard work of my mother… I am a living witness to the union. Let us pray…”Vodpod videos no longer available.
The event’s MC and President of Teamsters Local 95 Mike Brooks set the tone of unity, “We’re up against a behemoth but the strength we have is numbers and our voices can be heard if we stick together.”Vodpod videos no longer available.
Don Dinse added, “I ask every hotel worker, restaurant worker, retail worker, fire fighter, shipyard worker, teacher, trade worker, and law enforcement officer to ban together to form the front line defense against the lies and attacks directed at the people who are the fabric of our communities.”Vodpod videos no longer available.
Maggie Russolello a student from William & Mary’s Living Wage Campaign, invited everyone to attend their community forum on Wednesday nightto learn more about their ongoing fight to make sure workers at William and Mary aren’t forced to work 2-3 jobs or late into their lives to support their families.Vodpod videos no longer available.
Doris Crouse-Mays, President Virginia AFL-CIO, concluded the event with this timely reminder, “In closing, remember this: Elections Matter. This November, we must elect people who stand up for workers and for the middle class.”Vodpod videos no longer available.
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