Rally To Save The American Dream — Saturday, February 26th, 12:00 PM

by Ben Hoffman

Teachers, nurses, firefighters, students, police officers and others protesting in Wisconsin have occupied the Capitol building and streets of Madison for the past nine days.

On Saturday at noon, their protest is going national. In cities across the nation, including every state capital, we’ll come together to stand in solidarity with the people of Wisconsin.

This time the Republicans have gone too far in their attempts to bust unions, slash state budgets, and give tax breaks to their wealthy friends.

So on Saturday we’ll stand up to say that we’re sick of the attacks on workers’ rights. That we’re sick of an economy that showers corporate executives with bonuses while squeezing middle-class families. That we still believe in the American Dream. And that we’re willing to fight for it.

We’re putting everything we’ve got into one massive display of solidarity nationwide. We’ll all show up wearing Wisconsin Badger colors: red and white. And if we can get huge crowds across the nation, it’ll send a clear message that progressives are fired up and ready to go.

Until this week, Republicans have dominated the debate over the economy—with Washington arguing about which vital programs to slash, instead of how to create jobs and help the middle class. Now the Republicans are threatening to shut down the government next week in order to force Democrats to agree to devastating cuts to NPR, the EPA, food aid to hungry kids, clean energy research, AmeriCorps and more.

But thanks to the folks braving the cold in Wisconsin, that could all change. This is an opening to call out the Republican game plan for what it is: a brazen effort to use a wrecked economy as an excuse to reward the rich and powerful while destroying 50 years of democratic progress.

That’s why we’ve come together with a huge coalition of progressive organizations—from the Netroots to the labor movement, environmental groups to community organizations—to show our strength and make sure the folks in Wisconsin know that millions of people across the country are standing with them.

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11 Responses to “Rally To Save The American Dream — Saturday, February 26th, 12:00 PM”

  1. Hi Ben.
    I’ll be in Columbus showing my support. If you go over to my blog you can find see some pictures and film we took of the rally on Tuesday. This is too important not to get involved!

  2. Let the Rent-a-Mobs and the Leftist sheep out of their pens.
    Next time you hear a Union person talk about the “American Dream” (of which 88% of Americans aren’t in Unions) and how curtailing Union power will kill it just remember… The American Dream is not a handout.

  3. I’ll be at mine. Also, I’m putting a sign in my car window stating “I stand with Wisconsin’s Teachers!”

    Here’s something we can all do: http://www.aflcio.org/issues/states/solidarity.cfm

  4. A delicious irony was uncovered in regards to Unions and our Union Orginizer-in-Chief…<> UNION COLLECTIVE BARGAINING IS ILLEGAL FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYEES! and better yet this was PASSED BY JIMMY CARTER AND THE DEMOCRAT CONTROLLED CONGRESS 33 Years ago!!
    So while the Liberals are having their Whine & Cheese Saturday, choke on that one! 🙂

    • Yeah, whining about the demise of the American dream is terrible. We should be rallying to cut rich people’s taxes and make it easier for companies to eliminate jobs in America. Or let’s rally to eliminate all pollution regulation. And how about child labor laws. Let’s get rid of them. Those kids have had it far too easy for too long.

  5. Yeah, we all need to make less money. Employers need to make less money so they will hire more people!!
    And we need more Solar Panels, wind and water power. We need some really good 19th Century Solutions.
    And as for Child labor, Well if the teachers are going to stay out of schools because of fake doctor’s notes they have do something.
    And we all know that the elite 12% in Unions are entitled to million dollar pensions and to retire when they are in their 40s.
    Unlike the rest of us.
    Kumbuya!

  6. We need some really good 19th Century Solutions.

    Mr.Fibble is pining for the days of the Robber Barons where the rich could get richer and the poor could well, just die. What a complete disconnect from reality.

    Unions while demonized in the US because of the business press. Labour fights for the benefit of people and make the workplace safer, more efficient and more profitable. How so many people have lost sight of the good unions do is a testament to the business propaganda that flourishes in the US.

    It really is sad/funny to watch people actively campaign for ideas that will make their lives and standard of living worse.

    I hope you get enough people to make a difference Ben. 🙂

  7. Dear Arbourist,
    Thank you being so able to miss the point. It is appreciated that an intellectual of such high quality as yourself can be so easily lead.
    Just for the record since you were incapable of understanding it: The 19th Century Solutions Liberals want is akin to Luddites.
    If that’s too big a word for you, just google it. 🙂

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