UPDATED: As more groups sign on to Tuesday’s Lansing rally, conservative groups reserve Capitol steps to thwart them

This should be interesting

Next week, the state legislature reconvenes on Tuesday. When they get to work that morning, they will be greeted by thousands of outraged Michiganders who are there to let these lawmakers know that the Right to Work for Less legislation — or Right to Freeload as some are calling it — it an afront to the citizens of the birthplace of labor unions.

I wrote yesterday about the involvement in the rally as well as that of Planned Parenthood. Now other groups have signed on:


Union thugs expressing themselves. Photo credit: Larry (used with permission)

However, conservative groups are determined to throw a monkey wrench into their plans. The Michigan Laborers District Council has reserved the Capitol East Steps and the North and South Lawns. That won’t be of much use, however, because the legislature is adjourned until Tuesday. Who has the steps and lawns reserved that day? The conservative front group Involve America.

Who is Involve America? According to their website they are:

[A]n organization that engages young adults (ages 18 to 25) in discussing how they are impacted by the ailing economy. We are a nonpartisan 501(c)(4) that works to involve young people in the political process by highlighting and seeking solutions to their immediate economic challenges, so that the next generation is not saddled with the consequences of decisions made by those before them.

The fact that they are a 501(c)(4) organization is not a coincidence. This allows them to receive funding without having to disclose who the donors are. This group, which is clearly engaged in promoting tea party values in the same way as Americans for Prosperity and the Club for Growth, doesn’t reveal even a tiny glimpse of where they get their funding. But they clearly DO have funding. At a rally in at the University of New Hampshire, for example, they gave away “T-shirts, hats and raffle prizes”. They did the same thing at Iowa State University and, based on this photo from their Facebook page, they had a lot of swag to hand out:

Interestingly they haven’t had any events or updated their Facebook page since a bit over a year ago. Now, suddenly, they’re having a rally at the state Capitol Building the very same day as a major labor protest rally and they have reserved the entire front of the Capitol for it.

Other conservative groups have reserved the front of the Capitol Building through the end of next week, as well. On Wednesday, it’s Americans for Prosperity and on Thursday it’s The Michigan Conservative News. The legislature is not in session on Friday.

By the way, if you’re planning on heading up to the Capitol on Tuesday but, like me, have to work, I’m told by event organizers that they expect folks to be staying there as late as 10 p.m. when the legislative session ends. Don’t let the 3 p.m. end time stop you from attending. Chances are good that, like last Thursday, there will be plenty of action well past 3.

UPDATE: If you are interested in being a marshal at Tuesday’s rally, here’s an email I just received from We Are Michigan:

Hello Friends,

I am working with a team of people here at We Are Michigan to built for Tuesday’s big protest against Right-To-Work on Tuesday, December 11th. There is likely to be thousands of people coming in from all across the state, and that means we will need a team of solid activists (we are calling them Marshals) to help with event logistics and crowd management on Tuesday.

We are asking if you, or members of your group, can help the organizing effort by signing up as a Marshal. It is crucial that we recruit at minimum 200 Marshals to help with this event.

We will have two trainings for Marshals: one tomorrow (Sunday night) at 6:30pm to 8pm at the Michigan Education Association and another on Monday night from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at the same location. Anyone interest can call 517-917-0382 or email rallymichigan@gmail.com .

Here is a flier to distribute to your organizations (pdf): HERE.

Thanks!


Derek Dobies
We Are Michigan
cell: 517-618-1452

In other news, activist Robert Davis has filed a suit attempting to prevent a vote on the legislation on Tuesday claiming it was passed in violation of the Open Meetings Act after Republicans locked down the Capitol Building on Thursday and prevented people from entering.

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  • kirke123

    where oh where are the teachers unions? they are missing out on a great opportunity, all schools should walkout on tuesday and i’m sure their superintendents would understand as their districts are under attack by snyder and his band of talibans. where is the aft who was so strong in chicago? where are the steel unions? why havent we heard from the union leaders of fire and police?
    i can tell you the leadership of the mea is a bunch of whimps. they arent even standing up to fight the assult on public education? pathetic!

    • http://eclectablog.com Eclectablog

      The MEA is now asking people to attend Tuesday’s rally and I have updated the post to include them as well as Rainbow Push Detroit.

      • http://www.facebook.com/denisecoursermiller Denise Courser-Miller

        Ask Karen Teegarden
        To send out the women they are being attack too. we must stop these bullys

    • http://www.facebook.com/denisecoursermiller Denise Courser-Miller

      Unlike you my union brother we are fined 5000.00 protesting But We will be there after we educate your children — Please lets not do what they want us to do Attack our on Union brothers and sisters

      • http://eclectablog.com Eclectablog

        Co-sign

  • SM

    I say we all take their swag then toss it in the trash… well after we spit on it so they don’t want it back.

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  • graceandpeace

    The union movement has been sick for a long time. A lack of real union to union solidarity has foretold its future. Bringing a few thousand people to Lansing on Tuesday will do little to end the total lack of respect these lawmakers have for the working man. In the words of song writer David Rovics we need to “Shut them down”. We need large scale civil disobedience to bring real attention to our cause.

    It has been the eeriest thing to watch laborers and others act against their own self interest time and time again for years and years. It’s absolutely crazy..

    That must change if we are to have a strong labor union movement again.

    I will be at the rally on the steps of the Capitol in Lansing on Tuesday. Look for a silver van with a a large sign on top that reads “Support Unions, Unions Support Workers and Families Everywhere!

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