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SPCT@Solidarity Rally in Hartford


Socialist Party of Connecticut

Report from the Wisconsin Solidarity Rally

State Capitol, Hartford, February 23, 2011, Noon

Jim Marra, Secretary, SPCT

The Socialist Party of Connecticut joined the Solidarity Rally in Hartford on February 23 to support Wisconsin workers who are valiantly fighting Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s shameless attempt to deny workers their collective bargaining rights. The SPCT joined its union and activist brothers and sisters to call for complete economic, political, and social equality for all. The message was clear, the demonstrators demanded secure collective bargaining rights, pensions, health-care benefits, and social security not only for Connecticut workers, but for all workers throughout America.

The rally was held at the Connecticut Capitol’s ornate West façade overlooking Bushnell Park. It began promptly at Noon and drew a crowd numbering in the hundreds. In attendance were Union representatives from Council 4 AFSCME, the American Federation of Teachers, the United Auto Workers, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America, among others. Joining in strong solidarity was a number of Connecticut socialist and social activist groups including ANWSER CT, Central CT State University Professors for Progress, and CT Socialist Action. The throng was both passionate in its call for an end of all union busting legislation and other political activity as it was peaceful and vocal. Chants of “We are One!” and “Shame on Walker!” were repeatedly shouted and grew louder as the event went on into the afternoon. The event represented one of the most attended and resolute demonstrations of worker solidarity in recent Connecticut history.

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