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Rally Next Monday to protest State policies in Grand Rapids

March 29, 2011

Next Monday there is a call for local communities across the country to protest the draconian policies of both the federal and state governments.

This call is an outgrowth of the US Social Forum and the People’s Movement Assembly from last June’s gathering in Detroit. The People’s Movement Assembly states:

“On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, where he had gone to stand with sanitation workers demanding their dream: the right to bargain collectively for a voice at work and a better life. The workers were trying to form a union with AFSCME.

On April 4, 2011, join union members, community activists, people of faith, students, youth, LGBTQ, civil rights, and immigrant rights allies to stand in solidarity with working people in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan and dozens of other states where well-funded, right-wing corporate politicians are trying to take away the rights Dr. King gave his life for: the freedom to bargain, to vote, to afford a college education and justice for all workers, immigrant and native-born. It’s a day to show movement with actions, teach-ins, worksite discussions, vigils, faith events – a day to be creative, but clear: We are one.”

In Grand Rapids the rally is planned for 4:30PM at the State building in downtown Grand Rapids. People are encouraged to come with signs and meet at the corner of Michigan and Ottawa. The flyer that was sent out states, “It’s Time to Pull a Madison in Michigan!

This will be a good opportunity for people to not only demonstrate their disgust with Governor Snyder’s policies but to talk about the necessity of building a larger and more aggressive campaign to reverse the domestic shock doctrine being imposed on Michigan.

Last week 75 people came to a protest in Grand Rapids while Snyder was in town to promote his Emergency Management Plan. The numbers need to be much bigger on April 4.

It is also worth mentioning that Snyder will be visiting Grand Rapids 2 more times in the near future, which provides people with opportunities to send a strong message to him that we will not put up with these anti-worker, anti-local communities policies. Snyder will be the guest speaker at a luncheon being hosted by the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce on April 11 from 11:45 – 1:30PM and again on Monday, May 16 when the Economics Club of Grand Rapids will be hosting him for a luncheon. Both events will be held at the Amway Grand Plaza.


6 Comments leave one →
  1. Nick Manes permalink
    March 29, 2011 3:26 pm

    I’m in!

  2. yikes permalink
    March 29, 2011 5:52 pm

    There is an ad attacking Andy Stern of the SEIU on the bottom of your post. Why are there anti-union ads on a post advocating for a pro-union rally?

  3. Jeff Smith permalink*
    March 29, 2011 8:12 pm

    GRIID does not have control over the ads that WordPress runs, unless we want to pay $35 to make it ad free.

  4. buzz permalink
    March 30, 2011 3:23 am

    I think that sounds like a steal. It’s a small price to pay for some integrity. Otherwise you are going to give the anti-union zealots a platform on your blog, offending readers potentially, and embarrassing yourself.

    Here’s an ad (really really bad) on another post:

  5. small price? permalink
    March 31, 2011 4:08 am

    i think its a very privileged position to claim $35 a month is “a small price to pay for some integrity”. especially since, i assume, the same pockets help pay for an infoshop space, as well as living expenses.
    besides, i think the people that are ‘offended’ can also recognize context, and the “Ads by Google” header to each ad. at least, id hope that folks who regular GRIID and are at all a part of the rad-community here, would understand.
    unless its just bullying. in which case, i think time could be better spent beating up kids for their lunch money, then paying wordpress to remove their google-ads for us.

  6. March 31, 2011 2:04 pm

    See you all on April 4th, 2011!

    We’ve created a workers’ rally song “Down On The Line” in support of
    the hardworking middle class brothers & sisters nationwide.

    You can listen & download it free here:

    Fight on! The Joe Hill Heartlanders

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