Thousands Rally Against Snyder Budget

By: Jamie Edmonds Email
By: Jamie Edmonds Email

They came by thousands Wednesday from all over the state, all with one purpose, to join the 'we are the people rally' at the capitol, a protest against a number of the governor's budget proposals.

"They're passing legislation in the state of Wisconsin that they're trying to do here," David Williams Jr., a union member from Flint, said. "We're not going to let that happen here."

After two weeks off, the legislature begins the process of debating and voting on a lot of those proposals. That's why the administrative director for Michigan AFSCME, the largest public sector union in the AFL-CIO, said this Wednesday was a perfect day to gather.

"This is a call to battle of everyone who is affected by that budget and everyone affected by the legislation that would take us back 75 years," Herb Sanders said.

As with other protests, numerous speakers rallied the troops outside, while hundreds packed the rotunda inside, to really make their voices heard.

The House was in session Wednesday. Representative Joan Bauer said the message was received, even on the house floor.

"Even though the doors are closed, we can certainly hear them in the house," Bauer said, "and it's a reminder that a lot of people are upset."

Bauer said she's never experienced this much activism in the state capital as there has been in the past few months.

Organizers said they won't be stopping any time soon.

"It definitely makes a difference," Sanders said. "This is a showing of solidarity like none before in the state of Michigan, and when we have solidarity, they will have to come to the table."


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