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By Raw Story
Friday, February 25, 2011 14:13 EDT
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The United States today is more politically active than at any point in recent years thanks to the growing budget crunches turning up the heat on workers coast to coast.

In the wake of major anti-union legislation being introduced in a number of states, the long dormant labor movement has thrown off its slumber, to remind elected representatives that power resides in numbers.

Organizers have called for working Americans to gather at state capitols, local banks and county courthouses around the nation at noon on Saturday, to raise their voices in a common message: we demand a fair shake.

We at Raw Story would like to attend every one of these events, but that is simply impossible. Our organization is not an MSNBC or a CNN, replete with the resources and personnel to match. But given the track record of mainstream media reportage on the recent workers’ protests, it’s hard to say how Saturday’s actions will be portrayed.

Aware as we are of the vital importance of the media’s framing in key stories like this, we’ve decided to appeal to you, dear reader, for help in covering these demonstrations.

Wherever you are, if you’re at a labor demonstration, we want to see what’s happening and bring it to the world, raw as ever. As the events are ongoing, we’ll be tweeting and posting your content live; and once it’s all said and done, we’ll pick the best reader-submitted material and organize a feature for Monday morning.

To send us your photos, video links and stories, email citizenmedia@rawstory.com, or post to Twitter under the hashtag #rawrevolt. Do make sure to follow our official account, @RawStory, for all the latest from tomorrow’s events.

Thanks for helping make Raw Story a truly independent voice.

See you in the streets.

–Stephen C. Webster
Senior Editor

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  • Comrade

    Thank you for all the hard work that you guys do: your coverage is simply amazing.

  • Anonymous

    The ‘Wisconsin Fist” is a most excellent icon. Keep it up.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4R2GAHYI74XM526NSJIGZ6LJ4Y Ksecus

    Now THIS gives me hope. And hope has been at an all time low lately.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/EHJJXSTSSOCXLTSQBUVIDYUF7M Dave

    They announce this one day before it’s suppose to happen ?

    It’s a great idea but they need much better publicity and better organizing.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2NPRPRYZC3RF424Y4G4NKPY3FM Anya O

    Found out there will be a protest at my capitol building (live in Boise, ID; a capitol city). I WILL be there, Raw! I will get as many pics or vids as I can!

  • cannotvote

    There happening all over this Saturday!

  • Anonymous

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  • http://twitter.com/aipfan aipfan

    You’re not an advocacy organization. You’re a news group. Act like one.

  • http://roxannecooper.tumblr.com Roxanne

    Sending in photos rises to the “high crime” of advocacy? That’s a pretty low bar you got there.

  • Anonymous

    Your hair is on fire, pass it on.

  • Anonymous

    Wake up. It’s time to head out on the east coast……

    Left coast…….load up after Man U beats Wigan.

  • Anonymous

    For you Oregonians that are attending today, here is a history lesson:

    Walter W. Waters (1898—1959) of Portland, Oregon, was a former Army Sergeant in the United States Army who, in May 1932, led the 20,000-strong army of World War I veterans called the Bonus Army on their march to Washington, D.C..[1] The veterans were seeking pensions promised to them by Congress in a 1924 act. The army camped in the suburb of Anacostia (namesake of the Battle of Anacostia Flats) where Waters made his remark, “We’re here for the duration and we’re not going to starve.” Waters was forced to tell his army the bad news that the Senate had defeated a bill that would give the veterans their bonuses immediately. On July 28, the United States government ordered the evacuation of the veterans from government property. Waters and his army went home after being brutally attacked by US military troops. As this was an especially important event in American history, with even Franklin Roosevelt declaring that Hoover’s mishandling of it virtually ensured his own election, it’s probably worth mentioning that on page 2 of the book by Waters & White the figure for those involved is 20,000. Yes, opponents preferred the smaller figure of 10,000, while supporters preferred the larger figure. And it’s alleged in the book ‘The Bonus Marchers’ that the government interfered with the media at that time, transforming a near coup attempt into a footnote of history.

    Subject of a History Detectives episode (Season 6, Episode 5, Bonus Army Stamp) airing 7/28/08.[2]

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonus_Army

    “It was led by Walter W. Waters, a former Army sergeant. The veterans were encouraged in their demand for immediate cash-payment redemption of their service certificates by retired Marine Corps Major General Smedley Butler, one of the most popular military figures of the time”

    http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/bonusarmy.htm

    “I was horrified to see plain evidence of hunger in their faces.”

    I hate wikipedia, but I saw no tampering in these articles.

  • Guest

    G.F.Y.!!!

  • Guest

    Consider the “Low source” it came from!

  • Guest

    That’s what he gets for lighting farts.

    OH! You mean on his head–which covers nothing underneath? My mistake, Denny.

  • http://www.rawstory.com/ Mark (MarkusGarvey) Estrada

    see above…

  • http://www.rawstory.com/ hounddogg

    not if you’re a mental midget!…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TF72KWIG5DGSPE3ZXDK6FX4KTQ Robert Burned

    You’re a clown. You’re acting like one.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TF72KWIG5DGSPE3ZXDK6FX4KTQ Robert Burned

    I was “invited” to the rally in DC, but the invitation said that only 1500 people would be allowed to participate, and you had to RSVP.

    What the heck?

  • Anonymous

    A few footnotes to your interesting comment. 1) The army’s attack on the Bonus Marchers was the only time Dwight David Eisenhower’s career that he personally rode into action. 2) And Major General Smedley Butler was the guy who blew the whistle on the fascist Businessmen’s Coup, led in part by W’s grandfather to overthrow Roosevelt.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KLF5SUA5RDYXG54WWF5SHMVRAI X

    News groups advocate truth.

  • Anonymous

    Since he’s coming from such a regressive state, he’s glad he has hair anywhere to burn.

  • Anonymous

    Exactly. I was elated when I came across that, since the two were involved. Thank you.

  • http://SALON WHITE DRAGON

    The simplest solution to US labor unrest is to just send all the jobs to China. The the problem goes far away…
    The GOP f**ks up again!

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