L.A. Unions Support Wisconsin Protest

  Al Jazeera, is reporting that protesters in Madison, Wisconsin, were joined today by union members from as far away as Los Angeles.  AFTRA and SAG sent people to support the push for unionism in Wisconsin, but I have no idea if they were the folks Al Jazeera was referring to.

Here in Los Angeles, the L.A. Times reports:  “Elsewhere, hundreds of boisterous pro-union demonstrators gathered on the steps of Los Angeles City Hall, loudly voicing their support for the Wisconsin workers while speaking of concerns that the perennially forceful labor movement in California could one day face a similar crisis.

“If it can happen in Wisconsin, it can happen anywhere,” said Pasquale Gazillo, a merchant marine, referring to Wisconsin’s long history as a union stronghold.” 

Al Jazeera, also continues to provide coverage of events in the Middle East and North Africa, that’s far better than anything I’ve seen offered by the American networks.  Admittedly, I haven’t seen everything they’ve put on the air, so this is my general sense of what’s been happening following years of downsizing by corporate bean counters who know little or nothing about news and care only for the bottom line.

If you want a complete picture of what’s happening overseas, you really need to watch either Al Jazeera, Euronews or the BBC – or read a variety of newspapers, both domestic and foreign.  Here in Los Angeles, the “new” KCET-TV, is offering an excellent variety of international news sources, including Al Jazeera, France-24 and Japan’s NHK World.

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Update-

Reuters is reporting that a crowd of more than  70,000 turned out at the Wisconsin State Capitol on Saturday.  Madison police are calling it one of the biggest sustained demonstrations since the Vietnam War.

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