In Texas, thousands rally to "Save our State"


AUSTIN, Texas - On April 6, two days after 1,000 union-inspired protests rattled America, tardy Texans held their statewide coalition march and rally against the budget passed by the Texas House. The budget is likely to close schools and medical facilities while creating another 335,000 unemployed Texans and raising the state's unemployment rate another two percent. The budget that was passed in the Texas House, but not approved in the Senate so far, would cut $23 billion from current state expenditures.

The president of the Texas AFL-CIO, Becky Moeller, reported that every affiliated union, plus three unaffiliated Teamster locals, were represented at the rally. They estimated that there were more than 6,000 protesters. In addition to union members, there was a large contingent from the Texas Organizing Project, a community organization, and a small group from the League of United Latin American Citizens.

Several top political leaders joined the labor leaders on the podium. One speaker that may have surprised the unionists represented the Oak Cliff (part of Dallas) Chamber of Commerce. Labor and the business organization have lately had several occasions to work together against cuts that would destroy education and infrastructure. Even though the Chamber of Commerce took a leading roll in funding the Republican campaigns of 2010, they have taken their distance on infrastructure issues.

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  • Here are moments from the Save Our State march & rally held Wednesday April 6, 2011. The event was organized by Texas State Employees Union and Texas Forward, an organization of more than 50 advocacy and social services organizations statewide.

    The Texas State Employees Union estimated that 6,000 to 7,000 people attended the march & rally.

    After the rally, participants met with their elected officials to advocate for their various issues.


    Check out video documentary of event here:

    A ZGraphix/Indymedia production.
    Produced for Austin Indymedia by Jeff Zavala.

    Posted by Rene Renteria, 04/09/2011 9:10pm (4 years ago)

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