Well over 2000 union and community activists turned out last Saturday in Chicago to support battling public workers in Wisconsin.
Originally slated as a rally against Mayor Bloomberg's threatened layoffs and cutbacks, the rally became one in a series of actions in solidarity with Wisconsin public workers.
Demonstrators slept overnight in Wisconsin's Capitol and continued to rally inside today, almost 24 hours after Republican Gov. Walker ordered police to clear them out.
John Boehner's office told me he supports collective bargaining. Despite the lies, my vote went with labor. But what of those who believed the tea party?
The crowd in Helena was a cross-section of the state's population: women and men, youth and elders, and workers of all trades - union and non-union.
For many who feel the country has been hijacked by corporate power the union democratic model is appealing.
For an hour and a half Saturday February 26, a multi-generational, multi-racial crowd of over 200 stood in the cold outside the Kentucky capitol building singing songs, chanting, and listening to speeches.
Roaring solidarity with Wisconsin workers, many in the crowd wore Green Bay Packer "cheesehead" foam hats, symbolizing how the "Cheddar Revolution" has spread nationwide from America's Dairyland.
Day 11 saw 160 trade unionistts fly in from Los Angeles. They marched into the state capitol rotunda to thunderous applause, cheering and chanting.
Some are calling the firing of the city's 1,296 public school teachers a "back-door" Wisconsin.