Call to Action In Support of the Wisconsin Workers – Sat, Feb. 26 Rally

by on February 23, 2011 · 17 comments

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Rally In Support of Wisconsin Working People – We Are One

There’s been a national “50 State Call to Action” in solidarity with the Wisconsin workers and public unions for rallies this Saturday. The original call was for rallies at every state capital.  But here in San Diego, 500 miles from Sacramento, we are organizing a rally at the County Administration Building for Noon, also on February 26th.

Rally In Support of Wisconsin Working People

Noon – Saturday, Feb. 26th

San Diego County Admin Building – Bay Side

1600 Pacific Highway

The OB Rag has joined the original call from a number of national progressive organizations, and the San Diego County Labor Council has just announced that it is taking on much of the organizing and logistics for Saturday’s rally here in our town.  The Labor Council is calling it “We Are One” Rally, for good reason.

There is also a call to rally Thursday, Feb. 24th, in front of Congresswoman Susan Davis’ office (see below for details).

The original call came from the group MoveOn, but had been joined by PCCC, Color of Change, CREDO Action, Democracy for America, Campaign for Community Change, National People’s Action, TrueMajority, US Action, Progressive Majority, the Courage Campaign, and “green jobs visionary Van Jones” (see his accompanying article here).

Here is a list of groups that have endorsed this rally so far: Progressive Democrats of America – Metro San Diego, San Diego Community Coalition, UPTE-CWA, Local 9, AFT Local 1931, Center for Policy Initiatives; groups that are considering endorsements (as all this is happening so quickly) include Movement for a Democratic Society, the San Diego Chapter of the Green Party, the San Diego County Democratic Party.

Here is the original call to action:

50-State Mobilization to Save the American Dream

Calling all students, teachers, union members, workers, patriots, public servants, unemployed folks, progressives, and people of conscience:

In Wisconsin and around our country, the American Dream is under fierce attack. Instead of creating jobs, Republicans are giving tax breaks to corporations and the very rich, and then cutting funding for education, police, emergency response and vital human services. The right to organize is on the chopping block. The American Dream is slipping out of reach for more and more Americans, and we have to fight back.

We call for emergency rallies in front of every statehouse this Saturday at noon to stand in solidarity with the people of Wisconsin. Demand an end to the attacks on workers’ rights and public services across the country. Demand investment, to create decent jobs for the millions of people who desperately want to work. And demand that the rich and powerful pay their fair share.

We are all Wisconsin.

We are all Americans.

Van Jones wrote these inspiring words:

“In the past 24 months, those of us who longed for positive change have gone from hope to heartbreak. But hope is returning to America—at last—thanks largely to the courageous stand of the heroes and heroines of Wisconsin.

Reinvigorated by the idealism and fighting spirit on display right now in America’s heartland, the movement for “hope and change” has a rare, second chance. It can renew itself and become again a national force with which to be reckoned.

Over the next hours and days, all who love this country need to do everything possible to spread the “spirit of Madison” to all 50 states. This does not mean we need to occupy 50 state capitol buildings; things elsewhere are not yet that dire. But this weekend, the best of America should rally on the steps of every statehouse in the union.”

Van Jones declared:

Let Saturday, February 26, 2011, mark the beginning of the national movement to renew the American Dream and return us to the moral center — where everybody counts, and everybody matters.

San Diego MoveOn is organizing the following:

Invest in America Speak-Out

Susan Davis’ Office, 2700 Adams Ave (Map)

San Diego, CA 92116

Thursday, February 24th, 4:00 PM

(The San Diego Labor Council is more formally known as the San Diego and Imperial County Labor Council, AFL-CIO.)

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

avatar Danny Morales February 23, 2011 at 12:43 pm

Count me in!-Danny


avatar Frank Gormlie February 23, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Danny, please join the OB Rag contingent at this event which is beginning to swell.


avatar fstued February 23, 2011 at 12:55 pm

has anyone contracted the City and County employee unions, 127, MEA, etc. thye shouldknow about it. It affects them directly


avatar Frank Gormlie February 23, 2011 at 2:42 pm

I’m assuming that since the Labor Council is helping to organize this, the Council will contact them. If not, do you have any contact info for them?


avatar Frank Gormlie February 23, 2011 at 4:50 pm

Progressive Democrats of America – Metro San Diego, have joined as supporters.


avatar Patty Jones February 23, 2011 at 5:08 pm

I’ll be there, RAIN OR SHINE! If the folks in Wisconsin can stand the snow and freezing weather, what’s a little rain?


avatar Pat Herron February 23, 2011 at 7:07 pm

I be there!


avatar Lisa C February 23, 2011 at 7:27 pm

Will be there…SD Municipal Employee member. Glad to get a chance to express my pent-up frustration at how government workers have become the whipping boys and girls for local politicians nationwide..


avatar Bajadeano February 23, 2011 at 8:09 pm

Aww man!

The Aztec’s play at 11am. It’s gonna rain, How about a gathering at the Sunshine?

OK, the Kock brothers are pure greed. I’ll bring my radio!


avatar Frank Gormlie February 24, 2011 at 4:25 pm

More local organizations have joined the growing list of endorsers: the Green Party – San Diego chapter; MDS (Movement for a Democratic Society); DSA (Democratic Socialists of America). On a national level these groups have heeded the call: SEIU, 1 Sky,, Jobs with Justice, People for the American Way, … and a group with the initials of USSA – does anyone know what that stands for?

And BTW, what does PCCC stand for? one of the original groups.


avatar Sarah February 24, 2011 at 5:25 pm

USSA is probably the Urban Superintendents Associations of America.

PCCC is probably the Progressive Change Campaign Committee

Just google guesses but they seem to be on target for such an event.


avatar David February 25, 2011 at 4:44 pm

I’ll be there rain or shine, bum foot and all.
BTW: USSA is US Students Association


avatar Frank Gormlie February 25, 2011 at 11:47 pm

Sarah, you’re right about PCCC;
David, thanks for the clarification on USSA.


avatar Duh February 26, 2011 at 1:52 am

Public transit info for access to the site should be included. Really. I’ve got web access, obviously, but I don’t have a car, and in Saturday’s weather, I’m not going unless I can get a bus. I’ll consult SD Metro Tran Svc, but organizers really ought to consider those of us who don’t have cars…


avatar annagrace February 26, 2011 at 10:55 am

Duh- you are absolutely right about the transit issue. I take transit too. I will make it a point to include transit info in the future.

This is the transit info website. Don’t forget to change the date to today because Saturday service is often reduced from weekday service.


avatar Frank Gormlie February 26, 2011 at 10:32 am

This from Sat Feb 26th Wisconsin: Union organizers are hoping to top last Saturday’s protest that drew 70,000 to the Capitol Square. That rally shut the downtown as parading protesters filled the streets.

“It’s going to be huge,” Mike Lacey, a union construction worker from Newville, Wis., said of today’s event.


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