New Video: Impressions – Day 11 Fightback Madison, Wis.

Every day in Madison the solidarity gets more intense. Day 11 saw 160 trade unionists fly in from Los Angeles. They were led by Maria Elena Durazo, leader of the Los Angeles Federation of Labor. They marched into the state capitol rotunda to thunderous applause, cheering and chanting. (see Video below)

Sheet metal workers and pipefitters embraced college students. Militant nurses from Chicago danced to drums beating out, “What’s Disgusting – Union Busting!” Friendly cops helped retirees across the slippery marble floors. Firefighter union bag pipers marched in full Irish parade dress, followed by dozens dressed in full firefighter equipment. A young African American student led the crowd in shaking the building with, “Everywhere we go. People want to know. Who we are? So we tell them. We are the union. Mighty, Mighty Union!”

Meantime local merchants brought in food and drink for a free cafeteria established in the Rotunda. While others brought in stacks of pizzas paid for by supporters from all around the country. Last night at the People’s World African-American History celebration in Chicago, folks collected money to help buy more pizzas for the protesters in Madison. This kind of support all happens every day.

Med students and volunteer doctors set up a clinic that is mostly dispensing lip balm and throat lozenges. It’s cold outside and folks do a lot of yelling, chanting and singing.

If you haven’t made it yet to one of these demonstrations in your area, you gotta go. It’s history. It’s a sleeping giant awakening. And it’s fun!




Scott Marshall
Scott Marshall

Scott Marshall is a vice chair of the Communist Party and chair of its Labor Commission. Scott grew up in Virginia where he first became active in the civil rights movement in high school, working on voter registration and anti-Klan projects in rural Southern Virginia and Tennessee. He was also active against the war in Vietnam.

Scott has been a life long trade unionist and was active in rank and file reform movements in the Teamsters, Machinists and Steelworkers unions in the 1970s and '80s. He was co-chair of the Save Our Jobs committee of USWA local 1834 at Pullman Standard in Chicago and active in nationwide organizing against plant shutdowns and layoffs. He was a founder of the unemployed organization Jobs or Income Now (Join), in Chicago, and the National Congress of Unemployed Organizations in the 1980s.

Scott has worked for the Communist Party since 1987 when he became the district organizer for the party in Illinois, a post he held until he was elected chair of the National Labor Commission in 1997. Scott remains active in SOAR (Steelworkers Active Organized Retirees). He lives in Chicago.