In 2004, I worked for the NALC, the union that protects the Letter Carriers. As part of my role, I was sent to Pittsburgh to work with Labor on their election efforts. I was lucky to work at the Steelworkers headquarters, and I met a very interesting cast of characters. I say that with love, because they were inspiring in their dedication to working people. So it is with great pride that I post this video of one of the people I worked with in Pittsburgh in 2004. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QIGJTHdH50]
This is a tough issue for labor members, and I am so glad that Richie Trumka confronted it head on.
PS. Don't forget, debate #2 is tonight!
UPDATE: Apparently this is a worse problem than I realized. The Washington Post discusses a recent Palin rally that seems to have more in common with a Klan Rally:
Worse, Palin's routine attacks on the media have begun to spill into ugliness. In Clearwater, arriving reporters were greeted with shouts and taunts by the crowd of about 3,000. Palin then went on to blame Katie Couric's questions for her "less-than-successful interview with kinda mainstream media." At that, Palin supporters turned on reporters in the press area, waving thunder sticks and shouting abuse. Others hurled obscenities at a camera crew. One Palin supporter shouted a racial epithet at an African American sound man for a network and told him, "Sit down, boy.
Wow. That's not change we can believe in. That is a dangerous time warp that our nation does not need.