Labor unions nationwide held hundreds of rallies Monday, April 4, to support collective bargaining rights on the day of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s death. King was assassinated in 1968 while supporting black sanitation workers on strike to protest racist pay and work conditions in Memphis.
The nationwide “We Are One” rallies were held as Wisconsin and Ohio Republicans fight to limit collective bargaining rights for workers in those states. The Communications Workers of America held a rally at MLK Memorial Park at 2200 MLK Way S. Local photographer Sean Balch was there and sent us these photos.
(Images: Sean Balch by permission to CDN)
To all those who braved the freezing rain; thank you. You don’t get things done without getting your feet wet once in a while.
“If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightening. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. The struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” Fredrick Douglas