Thursday, Apr 7, 2011, 9:40 am
Protesters in San Francisco and Beyond Declare: ‘We Are One’ (SLIDESHOW)
On Monday, April 4—the 43rd anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King Jr., who was assassinated in Memphis while helping public-sector workers to organize—unionists and their allies marched in solidarity through cities across the country.
In San Francisco, about 1,000 people marched through downtown to protest attacks on public-sector unions in Wisconsin and other states and budget priorities favoring baliouts for banks and cutbacks in public services. The march was part of the "We Are One" campaign organized by Working America, the AFL-CIO's "community affiliate." Working In These Times contributing writer and photographer David Bacon, who lives in the Bay Area, took the photos above. Events have continued throughout this week, all part of an effort to push back against increasingly intense GOP attacks on public-sector workers' organizing rights and compensation.
—Jeremy Gantz, In These Times Web Editor
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David Bacon is a writer, photographer and former union organizer. He is the author of The Right to Stay Home: How US Policy Drives Mexican Migration (2013), Illegal People: How Globalization Creates Migration and Criminalizes Immigrants (2008), Communities Without Borders (2006), and The Children of NAFTA: Labor Wars on the US/Mexico Border (2004). His website is at dbacon.igc.org.
More by David Bacon
- Punishing Employers Who Hire Undocumented Immigrants Isn’t the Answer—Solidarity Is
- Revolt of the ‘Chapulines’: After Strike, Indigenous Mexican Farmworkers Vote To Unionize
- Undocumented Youth Are Here Through No Fault of Their Own. But It’s Not Their Parents’ Fault, Either
- The Long, Strange Tale of a California Farm’s Attempts To Break Its Workers’ Union
- California Court Ruling Could Make It Nearly Impossible for Farmworkers To Win Union Contracts