Thursday, March 29, 2012

Awesome anti-SB469 rally with Tea Party, labor, civil rights, faith groups

Debbie Dooley at today's news conference.
Our brothers and sisters in Atlanta are rocking the Statehouse Dome right now with a rally against the anti-worker, anti-free speech bill that could pass today. It's high drama on the last day of the session. They're shouting "We own the Dome" in protest against Senate Bill 469.

SB469, an ALEC-related union-busting proposal, would criminalize picketing and let the government interfere with a workers decision to join a union.

Teamsters from Local 728, firefighters and members of the AFL-CIO were joined at a 10 a.m. news conference by Debbie Dooley of the Atlanta Tea Party and Dr. James Lowery, former president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. The alliance between the Tea Party, labor unions and civil rights groups is like catnip to the news media. More than 200 people came to the news conference, according to Eric Robertson, political director for Local 728. (Follow him @erictheteamster).

We gleaned some news conference highlights from the tweetosphere:
Debbie Dooley of Atlanta Tea Party spoke opposing #SB469 - this bill a violation of constitution, we will remember your vote #weareGA #1u

#SB469 is class warfare! - Georgia Firefighters Union

#SB469 would not allow churches to assemble peacably. We are calling on the Christian church to stand up for freedom and justice. -@IWJ
Georgians are urged to come to the Statehouse any time between now and midnight, when the session ends. Tweets our brother Jim Nichols,
kill SB469 come out to the Gold Dome. Tell the 1% Free Speech is not for sale #weareGA #union @OWSAtlanta