By Russell Bannan, on November 13, 2011
On Saturday, November 12th, over 100 labor and community activist participated in a march and rally for workers’ rights. The action called attention to the GOP’s blatant attacks on workers for exercising their rights of collective bargaining and freedom of association.
Labor unions and community groups including the South Carolina AFL-CIO, Jobs with Justice, the South Carolina Progressive Network, the Redneck Party, the South Carolina Beer Party, and other grassroots organizations marched almost a mile beginning in downtown Spartanburg and ending at Wofford College where the GOP Presidential debate was happening.
At a time when workers’ rights are under attack around the country, occupy actions have provided the spark for protest and fighting back. Working people in the South have seen for decades the direct impact these attacks are having on them and their own livelihood, which inspired them to take a stand in South Carolina.
Speakers at the rally came from across the Carolinas and from different organizations that fight for working people. The speakers from the rally came from both North and South Carolina, Jobs with Justice, the South Carolina Progressive Network, and the Redneck Party. The theme of the speakers was the long rich history Southern workers, who despite militant Government suppression, have continued to fight for justice and economic dignity.