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"We Are One!"
Local 884 President Ron Hobson marches.
Chanting "Whose streets? Our streets!" and "Whose city? Our city!", approximately 3,000 people packed the streets of New Haven for an inspiring We Are One march and rally on March 30.
The New Haven event coincided with community- and workplace-focused actions around the country from April 1-4 and intended to honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who was assassinated April 4, 1968 in Memphis, TN while helping AFSCME sanitation workers secure their right to bargain collectively.
"We need to come together...rather than pulling middle class and working class apart and laying people off," said Local 3144's Harold Brooks. "Martin Luther King marched in Memphis for city employees' right to bargain. That's why I'm here as a city employee."
“Bargaining rights are civil rights,” added Marcy Kaufman, the graduate registrar in Yale’s history department and an executive board member of Local 34 of the Federation of University Employees.
The New Haven action brought together workers, students, people of faith, the unemployed, and many more to stand up against corporations and politicians seeking to destroy the middle and working classes across the country, whether in New Haven or Wisconsin.
Speakers at the rally included Claudine Wilkins-Chambers of AFSCME Local 3429, a 41-year paraprofessional in the New Haven school system. Check out Claudine's remarks on video:
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