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We Are One. We Are Everywhere.

On April 4, 2011, union members and supporters from across the country came together to stand up and make their voices heard. We will be updating this space throughout the week as we receive more information on this nationwide display of unity.

Hawaii

Watch High School teacher and NEA member Joan Lewis speak at the Hawaii We Are One rally on April 4.

Iowa

Approximately 300 labor and union allies gathered at the Iowa Capitol in Des Moines.

Massachusetts

About 300 union members and allies rallied in Boston on April 4 as part of a nationwide Day of Action to commemorate the anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King Jr. Tracey Pratt, a special education teacher from Cambridge (pictured below with MTA President Paul Toner), addressed the rally. For more great photos from Boston, visit the Massachusetts Teachers Association’s flickr page here.

Nevada

Dina Titus received a warm welcome in Nevada where educators and labor rallied in Carson City and Las Vegas.

Idaho

Rallies in Boise, Coeur d’Alene and Pocatello were well attended by labor and allies alike.

California

Thousands of labor supporters joined together across the state to reaffirm their commitment to the middle class.

Washington

Protestors came together from across the state in Olympia, Washington. To view a full album of photos from the event, click here.

Montana

More than 2,000 Montanans gathered for the “No Fooling with our Future” rally. For tons of great pictures from this event, click here.

Washington, DC

National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel and ralliers from across the city came out to show their support for unions and the American worker.

Pennsylvania

Rallies continue throughout the state today, with one highly-trafficked event taking place at the Capitol in Harrisburg. The PSEA contingent took a moment out of their busy day to pose for the photo below.

Michigan

Starting with a coffee hour featuring Senator Colbeck, labor supporters have made their voices heard across the state. With rallies today in Macomb, Saginaw, Muskegon, Escanaba, Marie, Woodhaven, Detroit and Lansing and events continuing throughout the week, Michiganians are standing up and speaking out.

To get the whole story on the “We Are One” events happening across the country on Monday, April 4, visit the We Are One page here on EducationVotes.

On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated in Memphis as he labored to bring economic justice and respect for 1,300 city sanitation workers.

On Monday — the anniversary of Dr. King’s death – the National Education Association and other labor unions, civil rights organizations, and religious leaders will stand together across this country for the same human rights and human dignity for working men and women.

On Monday, we will remind our elected officials that workers’ rights are human rights. These groups will host a range of community and workplace-focused actions across the country starting this weekend.

On Monday, remembering the courage and determination of Dr. King and those Memphis sanitation workers who endured assault and arrest as they walked a picket line for two months, we will stand together with public workers across this country whose bargaining rights are under attack, with private workers who can’t get bargaining rights, and against those politicians and their allies who want to silence our political voice.

On Monday, we will fight back against those who are trying to silence the voices of workers and the middle class in Wisconsin, Ohio, Idaho, Florida, Tennessee and countless other states. How will you stand up for workers on April 4?

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