Saturday, February 26, 2011

At least 150K rally across the US

San Diego. As usual, the truck was a big hit

Hundreds of people spent their day off rallying in solidarity with Wisconsin's workers in Jefferson City, Mo., Lancaster, Ohio, and Raleigh, N.C. There were thousands in Denver, D.C., Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, New York.

As we expected, the mainstream media missed the story -- probably because there weren't more than a few dozen Tea Partiers at any of these rallies. So TeamsterNation is making a valiant effort to count the number of protesters through twitter feeds, field reports, blogs and the occasional local radio report. So far, we estimate there were 145,00 people attending rallies. We still need to hear from more places, including some that we think attracted thousands. We can't imagine that there were fewer than 150,000 people out on the streets today, fighting for the middle class.

Albany  The event brought some 500 people and representatives of at least 50 unions (Albany Times-Union)
Annapolis, Md.  200, judging by the 
Asheville, N.C.  About 250 people from all over Western North Carolina were here in Pack Square  (WLOS ABC News)
Atlanta 300 maybe, judging by video (which had lots of Teamsters "Stop the War on Workers" signs
Not sure where this is yet, but they're handsome
Augusta, Me. @kittiegirl  Augusta #maine solidarity rally: hundreds of patriotic working Americans, 20 or so tea partiers ready 2 sell out 2 plutocrats. #wearewi
Austin, Texas @convergecollide  it's cloudy in Austin but the crowd at the capital is on fire! #WeAreWI
@pamelaoldham  Unofficial count at #wearewi Austin is more than 1,000
Baton Rouge, La. TBD
Bismarck, N.D. TBD
Boise, Idaho  At least 100, judging by the Raw Story photo
Boston, Mass.  Just got back from the Boston rally. Heard one policeman say that there were at least 1000 people there today. It's our second rally this week of over 1000 people. (
Buffalo, N.Y. least 500 strong on the snowy steps of city hall. (
Burlington, Vt. photo from @all_a_twitt Burlington, VT  Save the American Dream #weareWI #WIunion ~ #WI @msnbc @foxnews 
Carson City, Nev. TBD
Charleston, W.Va. TBD
Cheyenne, Wyo. TBD

Chicago  2000 people in Chicago fired up (
Columbia, S.C.
Columbus, Ohio  1500 people in Columbus, OH, another state facing crazy attacks on workers by a new Republican governor. (
Concord, N.H.  I would guess 100-200 on the steps of the state house in Concord, NH - lots of Badger red and white, including a flag! (

Denver, Colo.  Just got home from the Denver Rally. Over 3000 people who were very vocal and stand with Wisconsin! (
Des Moines, Iowa TBD Dover, Del. TBD
Frankfort, Ky.  About 400 rallied in Frankfort KY ( ])
Green Bay, Wisc.  We're guessing 100, judging by the Raw Story photo

Harrisburg,Pa.  At 2:46 EST: 1000 people gathered in Harrisburg, PA today for a "We Are Wisconsin" rally. (Raw Story)
Hartford, Conn. At 2:54 EST: Reader Robert reports, "I just returned from a spirited rally in support of Wisconsin (and other state) public worker unions at the Connecticut State House. My estimate is 1000 people attended. There was a counter rally of about 6 people." (Raw Story)

Helena, Mont. TBD
Honolulu, Hawaii TBD
Indianapolis, Ind.  TBD
Jackson, Miss. TBD
Jefferson City, Mo.  At 2:46, the rally there is over, but we're getting reports of 300-400 people in Jefferson City. (
Juneau, Alaska TBD
Lancaster, Ohio  300 showed up in this tiny town
Lansing, Mich. @PhoenixWomanMN  RT @ddayen: From MoveOn livechat: Apparently there are 1,000 people in Lansing, Michigan. LANSING, folks! #weareWI
Lincoln, Neb. "Lincoln NE here, undeterred by the cold. It was a rare occasion to hear Husker fans cheer for the Badgers." (
Little Rock, Ark.  Little Rock, Arkansas is reporting 400 folks attending and they were covered by CBS, NBC and ABC. (
Los Angeles  @sephiroth144 tweets bout 800-1000 at the #wearewi rally in Los Angeles today- photos coming... but could they have spelled Wisconsin out? C'mon
Madison, Wisc. Police reporting 100,000
Montgomery, Ala. TBD
Montpelier, Vt.  Maybe 300 in Montpelier, at the capitol building. (
Nashville, Tenn.  Just got home from the Nashville rally. About 400 to 500 people, very vocal. Lets keep this going strong. (
New York City  Police report 3,000. CBS reports 
Oklahoma City, Okla. TBD
Olympia, Wash. TBD
Phoenix, Ariz. TBD
Pierre, S.D. TBD
Portsmouth, N.H.  WMUR reports ...Organizers estimated about 800 people attended the rally sponsored by Seacoast for Change.
Providence, R.I. TBD
Raleigh, N.C.: Several hundred people rallied, according to
Richmond, Va.  About 250, according to WTOP
Sacramento, Calif.  Sacramento #WeAreWI rally from back of crowd. I'm guessing 2,500 here. (@sjdorst) @brettlemke offers this tweet:
I'm amazed and proud at the amount of #wiunion workers & Teamsters that showed up in Sac to protest the disgraceful WI Budget bill. #WeAreWi
Salem, Ore.  About a thousand, according to KOINlocal6
Salt Lake City, Utah  We're guessing at least 200, judging by this twitpic
San Diego @lucasoconnor  Art Pulaski addressing 1000+ in San Diego #weareWI
@jasminepw  San Diego Teamsters making their presence known (honking) in support of Unions and Wisconsin! #WeAreWI
San Francisco We're guessing at least 1,000, judging by tweets and twitpic by @multuletta
Santa Fe  5:57 EST: Santa Fe, New Mexico's turnout of "several thousand" by one reader's estimation (Raw Story)
Springfield, Ill.  About 200, judging by the Raw Story photo
St. Paul, Minn.  1:48 EST: Crowd of 3500 reported in St. Paul. (Raw Story)
Florida Tallahassee
Topeka, Kanas. @jakelowen  1200+ strong rally in Kansas for #WeareWI
Trenton, N.J.  ... happened yesterday ... State Police estimated there were 3100 people there. (
Washington, D.C.  Rally Girl reports 3,000