Sundry labor and leftwing activists marched through downtown Washington, D.C., this evening, blocking main streets right in the heart of the evening commute. There were a few hand-drawn signs expressing solidarity with union employees in Wisconsin, many professional signs from the Amalgamated Transit Union, and some posters from
the Socialist Workers Party The Socialist Worker.
We took these photos a little after 6 p.m. at the corner of 13th and F Street, NW, a major bus and traffic route.
How does making it difficult for people to get home build sympathy for organized labor?
UPDATE (7:40 p.m.): According to various union tweets, the protesters first made a scene at a fundraiser for the Wisconsin GOP then spread their disruption to K Street. (araw 6:20pm via TweetDeck : RT @thinkprogress: Large protest of Wisconsin GOP’s DC fundraiser now marching toward K Street http://yfrog.com/gzynetoj)
Hope they had a parade permit.
UPDATE (9:15 a.m., Thursday): And the protesters took over the building atrium. In some respects, you have to admire the willingness of the protesters to pay the consequences for their actions, committing trespass and then spending the night in jail for the crime.
What? They weren’t arrested? Well, then, their protest lacked moral purpose and was just a PR stunt, wasn’t it? If you’re only willing to make others sacrifice for your cause …
(Hat tip: Gateway Pundit, which reports that that the awful Medea Benjamin of the Marxist group, Code Pink, took part.) UPDATE: Oh yes, here she is. Given the tenor of the times, the anti-war groups have to diversify into labor politics.
UPDATE (11:35 a.m.): Amy Ridenour at her National Center Blog contrasts blogging coverage in a post, “Screw the Workers, We’re Here to Help Them”:
NAM was concerned about the impact the protest had on workers trying to get home during their evening commutes. TPM didn’t even mention the impact of the event on uninvolved parties, 99 percent of whom almost certainly were tired workers.
We walk by the corner of 13th and F every evening on the way to the Metro. It’s a stop for numerous commuter buses, some with routes that take an hour or more.
UPDATE (1:25 p.m.): In Milwaukee, Wisc., a union organizer tells protesters, “Be careful DO NOT OBSTRUCT TRAFFIC! We want to gain support from the commuter community! Let’s make this line long and thick.” The message went out via the state university’s e-mail system.
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