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Bozvotros Donating Member (394 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-27-11 11:08 AM
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Report on your local coverage of Wisconsin protests
Edited on Sun Feb-27-11 11:09 AM by Bozvotros
Name your city:

Fort Wayne, IN: Nothing at all in our local Sunday paper (the supposedly liberal one). There was a brief article about our state congressmen holed up in Illinois that intimated that they are being unreasonable now and that by next week they will be in trouble with voters. Message: You made your point. Now do your job; roll over for your Republican masters, give up on protecting the schools and middle class and take the beating you know is coming.

edited to add state
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Little Star Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-27-11 11:19 AM
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1. Well, here's something from Providence, RI....
Hundreds rally to 'Save American Dream'
March in solidarity with Wisconsin colleagues
Reporting by: Marilyn Schairer

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) - Hundreds rallied on the steps of the State House in Providence Saturday as they stood behind their fellow protestors from Wisconsin.

The Rhode Island Teacher's Union marched to show support for their Wisconsin colleagues vying to keep their collective bargaining rights and to preserve the American dream.

"We're not gonna let them take away collective bargaining from is time for every worker and every person in America to stand up and fight corporate greed," urged one protestor Saturday.

The rally was part of a national effort organized by which spanned across all 50 state capitals.

More here:'save-american-dream'

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RhondainRhodeIsland Donating Member (2 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-28-11 12:23 PM
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7. Providence RI Channel 12
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FreakinDJ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-27-11 11:27 AM
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2. Sac Bee buried in the back and pro-TeaBagger
A coalition of union members, progressive advocacy groups and the unemployed rallied Saturday on the west steps of the Capitol against a push in the upper Midwest to eliminate or weaken collective bargaining for government workers.

Organizers for MoveOn .org, a liberal activist group, managed to draw approximately 400 people from every corner of the state and as far away as Colorado, who came out in a chilly breeze to demonstrate their support for public employees under fire in Wisconsin, Indiana and Ohio. They carried placards, chanted slogans and listened to speakers.

Meanwhile, approximately 150 counterdemonstrators who favor the anti-union movements by administrations in those states held their own rally across 10th Street on Capitol Mall. That crowd, calling itself Tea Party United, was made up of tea party and Republican Party members, primarily from the Sacramento region.

Read more:

As usual Divide protesters by 3
Multiply TeaFarty by 2
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Lasher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-27-11 11:32 AM
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3. West Virginians rally for Wisconsin unions
February 26, 2011

Protesters listen to Jesse Johnson (far right) of the Mountain Party on Saturday at a Capitol rally to support protesting public workers in Wisconsin. The event was part of rallies nationwide called "Save the American Dream."

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- About 250 people gathered Saturday afternoon at the Capitol to support public employees in Wisconsin.

Demonstrators carried signs reading, "Stop the Attack on Workers' Rights," "Welfare Can't Support All of Us" and "Civilization Requires Organization." The event was part of rallies across the country called "Save the American Dream."

The nationwide events were organized by, unions and other groups.

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old mark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-27-11 11:33 AM
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4. This is from the NBC website n Philly, mentions that the rally was nationwide,
many in attendance and that counter protests drew very few...

I saw very little early this AM on another Philly channel, more on the GOP governors stating why it is "necessary" to steal our rights and featureing Chris Christie at a governor's convention...I believe he will run in 2016.

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robdogbucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-27-11 11:56 AM
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5. Reports were there last night, but scrubbed now
from the front pages of local SFGate, which had a story on Wisconsin's activities w/100K yesterday and then had photos of rallies around the country, with about half of them from the SF rally. I was there, the weather was sunny, bright and cold for SF, but there were about 3,000 people there, very spirited, very vocal. That rally started at noon, with only 48 hours' notice. I greeted several people just arriving at 1PM when this SF rally was ending. Across the street the Libyan rally began at 1PM and many just crossed the street. Cops at Wisconsin rally = 0. Cops at Libyan rally? that had only about 100 people when I drove past it, many cops present, on foot, on cycle, on horses. Almost as many cops as demoonstrators. I saw 0 teabaggers at the spirited Wisconsin rally of all ages, all unions and some great signs. I took some photos but have not run them to get .jpg images yet, nor do I know how to load them here. I got a laugh when I walked past the line for the one porta-potty there, "Looks like we have more in line for the john than the baggers get for their whole rallies." The irony was to see several hoomeless people sleeping in bags around the grassy areas on the perimeter of the plaza. No police presence except at the crosswalk going across to City Hall. You have to know that police and fire in SF are extremely pro-union, and many were in attendance out of uniform.

Some signs: "Chop at the Top," with a scissors graphic over the BofA logo. "Bankrupting America," done up like the BofA logo. "CA Badgers Support WI Unions." "Fox News Will Lie About This." "These Boots Are Made For Walker," T-shirt on a gal that said she was at some convention this week with WI Union supporters and snagged it. "Our Country Is Filthy With Koch Droppings," over a cockroach logo crawling across the top of the WI Capitol building. "Excess of Liberty seems only to pass into Excess of Slavery-Plato, Save the Middle Class, save the real American Dream: The Pursuit of Happiness for all." "Hitler Banned Unions in 1933." "Republicans think Egypt can't happen here are in De-Nile." and my favorite on a Wisconsin native I had a nice talk with, his T-shirt "Fuck 'em Bucky."

As for the TV, I watched KTVU last night and they had a reporter that had been there do a 2-minute voice-over video report with the crowd in the background and one of the rally's speakers (really great chant leader) was interviewed. I looked at pics from all around the country, and man, some folks really deserve a lot of credit for turning out in very harsh winter conditions. KUDOS to all in solidarity that came out yesterday, all over the country.

All stories are scrubbed as of this morning. Got to get those Oscars out you know.

United we stand

Divided we fall.

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Bozvotros Donating Member (394 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-27-11 09:34 PM
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6. Unbelievable.
There were 100,000 middle class folks from all walks of life including professionals, trade unionists, cops and firefighters, out in the middle of a snowstorm in Wisconsin. Many have been there all week, sleeping in the capital, now joined by the police who were supposed to evict them. There numbers have grown as they try to keep unions from being crushed by a bought and paid for political party.....and the press ignored it.

This ain't no technological breakdown..... this is the road to hell.

-Leonard Cohen
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Populist_Prole Donating Member (774 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-28-11 12:31 PM
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8. I very rarely watch TV news, let alone local news but my local paper
Tends to run stuff off the AP wire type stories when reporting on the Wisconsin protests. The headline is always framed from the point of view of the state government there. The protesters referred to ( while not in the exact words ) always as a small band of troublemakers trying to fight the majority.
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Blue_In_AK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-28-11 01:05 PM
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9. We're getting reports up here in the newspaper
and on the local news about Wisconsin's rallies and even some in the other states.
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