February 26th, 2011
07:25 PM ET

Rallies in 50 states support Wisconsin protesters

A coalition spearheaded by liberal advocacy group Moveon.org held rallies across the country Saturday in support of public employees and protesters outraged at the Wisconsin budget-cutting bill.

MoveOn.org and other liberal and labor groups had noon events planned at all 50 state capitals in support of the protesters.

"Save the dream, we are reunited," a group shouted in Washington, D.C. A light snow and cold temperatures failed Saturday to deter about 70,000 who drummed, chanted and marched their way around the Wisconsin Capitol in the latest demonstration.

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  1. leeintulsa

    Maybe unions have outlived their necessity. Seems like a commitee in congress could protect workers', ALL workers' rights.

    February 27, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  2. banasy

    The power of the union has not been as strong in recent years, but they are still a presence in our country. I'm not going to even say anything here anymore; nobody reads (or remembers or cares) what I've written before. Just a warning: careful what you wish for; if it came true this country would be much, much worse off that now. The *only* way congress is ever going to fix the huge budget deficit is to make the corporations and the mega-wealthy pay their fair share of income taxes, and to quite giving larger companies billion dollar *a year* tax exemptions-companies that promise in return promise more jobs, but hire less and are laying off people, so their bottom line is higher, and the CEO's bonus' are fatter than ever. Unions only play a very small role in the economy, getting rid of them isn't going to fix it, either.
    Congress overlooking worker's rights is like the fox guarding the henhouse. Congress couldn't care less about worker's rights so long as their big business interests are fulfilled, and that does *not* include any of the Joe or Jane workers who may have a complaint but nobody to tell it to...
    Ok, I guess I did say more than intended to...sorry!

    February 27, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  3. david campbell

    Wisc school teachers should all be fired and then offered their jobs back the next day under a new contract that the state can afford.

    February 27, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jim Davis

    I like this idea of what Repubs in Wisconsin should do, it's not mine, but I agree with the writer.

    I’d start passing bills that don’t require a quorum of both parties, but need just a simple majority, which the GOP has right now.
    On the list may be:
    1. Ensuring no state funds are expended for ObamaCare
    2. Photo ID at voting booths
    3. Mandatory detaining of illegal aliens
    4. Stiff penalties for individuals or companys employing illegals
    5. Outlawing the Democrat party in WI
    6. etc..
    BobMbx on February 19, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    February 27, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mrs sippy

    weeeeeee hee hee ask not what your country can do for you i want my free stuff.com

    February 27, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jim Davis

    To dems in Wisconsin ... Who do ya think you're foolin ? You don't care if you Bankrupt the entire State, just as long as you get YOUR bloated pay and benies. You really don't have any shame or conscience, and you prove it everyday. The rest of us recognize your lies and deception. You don't even care if your coworkers are laid off and face hard times.... As long as YOU get YOURS. Your selfishness makes me ill.

    February 27, 2011 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy

    I love to fukk and sukk dikk pls post your name so we can arrange a date to fukk

    February 28, 2011 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jerry

    Move the discussion up to the real question/level….This is really about (the people) versus (politician + lobbyist). In Wisconsin, this was made perfectly clear by Gov Walker’s supposed call with the Koch brothers (billionaires)…..The strategy is to distract people from this real issue……Distraction is almost always used (Remember in Egypt when the authorities tried to distract people into thinking the issue was stability…..) Where you agree with unions or not (which I have some problems with), it is time for the current worker bees and future worker bees to come together….the 1% already have 40% of our countries’ wealth…will we not respond as a cohesive until they have 80%)???????…

    February 28, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. suzy2one

    Ambulance denied access to Wisconsin Capital Building.

    http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/news/117349798.html

    March 5, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. distant_supporter

    I SUPPORT THE UNIONS AND THE PROTESTERS!

    March 13, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
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