Sunday, February 27, 2011

Rally in the Snow

Yesterday some of my friends and I spent much of the day outside in the snow with about 3500 other people in solidarity with our union brothers and sisters in Wisconsin.

As a rule, we don't get a whole lot of snow here in Western Washington, but we had our share yesterday. It was pretty cold, but not too cold to chant and sing and generally make ourselves obnoxious to the counter-demonstrators -- less than 100 from the looks of it -- across the way carrying signs about "Union Greed" and shit like that. You can see them on the steps of the legislative building in the background of this photo.

They were put up to it -- and bussed in from various rural parts of the county and the ultra-conservative county to the south of us -- by a pack of neofascists from the Orwellian-named "Evergreen Freedom Foundation", which is a rightwing "think" tank here in Olympia. It was pathetic and if that's all the counter-demonstration I could do, I'd slink away in shame.

Anyway, great day and then lunch and beer at my favorite pub afterwards. Mmmmmm.....

1 Comment:

Anonymous said...

Gov. Walker Lied!? Public employees pensions in Wisconsin ARE PAID FOR BY THE WORKERS. . The pension plan is the direct result of deferred compensation- money that employees would have been paid as cash salary but choose, instead, to have placed in the state operated pension fund where the money can be professionally invested (at a lower cost of management) for the future. The state uses the money till the worker retires and then it pays it to him. Walker seems to want to keep the workers own money? I guess he just wants to pay less. d4d