PACK THE CAPITOL MARCH 2!! / WI AFL-CIO, Black Lives Matter Activists and Others Call on Workers and Community Members to Fight On to Shut Down Right-To-Work-For-Less

MADISON, FEB. 28, 2015 — At today’s protest of thousands at the state capitol in Madison, Stephanie Bloomingdale, Secretary Treasurer of the Wisconsin AFL-CIO, called on all workers and community members to come to the state capitol in Madison this week to stop the Wisconsin State Assembly from voting for right-to-work-for-less.

“We are not going anywhere. We need to stay all day and all week,” said Bloomingdale.

On Feb. 25, the Wisconsin State Senate passed an RTW bill. The bill needs to be voted for in the majority by the Assembly before going to Gov. Scott Walker who has said he’ll sign RTW legislation if it comes before him. The Labor Committee of the Assembly will convene at 10 a.m. Monday, March 2. Labor-community forces will be there to say NO to RTW.

After Bloomingdale spoke, Phil Neuenfeldt, President of the WI AFL-CIO, said: “Let’s pack the gallery. Let’s pack the capitol.”

Numerous labor and community supporters participated Feb. 28 including Fight For $15 activists, youth, seniors, women, the LGBTQ community, environmentalists, faculty, students and the Black Lives Matter movement.

“We are in solidarity. There are so many forms of state violence and right-to-work is one of them. Mass incarceration and poverty are state violence. We have to see the commonality of our struggles. We can and will stand together and fight,” said Eric Upchurch II of the Young Gifted and Black coalition while inside the state capitol Feb. 28.

Be There! Tell your co-workers, neighbors, kids, parents and other loved ones! Monday, March 2! 10 a.m. Labor Committee of the Wisconsin State Assembly. State Capitol, Madison. PACK THE CAPITOL TO SHUT DOWN RTW & RELATED AUSTERITY!

Protesters demanding an end to right-to-work-for-less legislation and other austerity in Madison Feb. 28, 2015 [Photo: Joe Brusky]

Protesters demanding an end to right-to-work-for-less legislation and other austerity in Madison Feb. 28, 2015 [Photo: Joe Brusky]


ALL OUT For Detroit to Support Rasmea at Her Sentencing Thurs., March 12!

Please join us on Thursday, March 12th, in Detroit for Rasmea’s sentencing hearing.  Rasmea was unjustly convicted in November of last year, and the prosecution is now asking for an enhanced sentence of 5-7 years in prison.  (The vast majority of those convicted of Unlawful Procurement of Naturalization are sentenced to no more than 21 months.)

Rasmea’s defense attorneys are arguing that she shouldn’t be imprisoned for even one more day, and over 70 important leaders of unions and community-based, faith-based, civil rights, and student organizations, as well as prominent academics and activists, who all wrote letters of leniency to Judge Gershwin Drain, agree.

In addition, it must be made clear that Rasmea will be appealing the conviction regardless of the outcome of the sentencing, so visit the national Rasmea Defense Committee’s new website at to help us fundraise for the appeal and learn of other action steps you can take.

More information also at:

International Women’s Day with Rasmea Odeh in Chicago March 8:


Madison, Feb. 28: March To Shut Down Right-To-Work-For-Less


WHAT: March to SHUT DOWN “Right to Work”
WHERE: March begins at Library Mall
728 State St, Madison, WI
WHEN: 11 am Saturday February 28

A coalition led by union rank and file workers will march on the Wisconsin Capitol this Saturday in opposition to so-called “right to work” before the legislation advanced to the assembly next week. (NOTE: The march will go down state street and join in solidarity with the state capitol rally at noon-see information below.)

Shut down right to work for less!
Build a fighting worker and community movement!

Workers and Community members pack the rotunda at the state capitol in Madison, Feb. 25, 2015. The are demanding "Shut Down RTW!"

Workers and community members pack the rotunda at the state capitol in Madison, Feb. 25, 2015. The are demanding “Shut Down RTW!”

Madison, Feb. 28: WI AFL-CIO Rally To Defeat Right-To-Work-For-Less


Working families will rally in Madison on Saturday at noon at the state capitol to oppose right to work. Late on Wednesday, the Senate passed a right to work bill and the Assembly is expected to take it up next week. This bill will cut wages and benefits for all Wisconsin workers, increase workplace deaths and erode the working class. Stand in solidarity as we continue to raise our voices against this attack on working families and our communities.