This was a live blog of events around the nation related to the workers’ rights demonstrations. It ended at 9 pm EST. Look for Raw Story’s photo feature on today’s protests, coming Monday morning.
Most recent updates appear at top.
8:58 EST: Juneau, Alaksa didn’t let the cold get them down. But the real question might be, can they still see Russia from there? (Image from Dan Kantak.)
8:45 EST: In one of the most amazing videos you’ll see this year, a member of Wisconsin’s police union gives a speech to protesters inside the statehouse. “Mr. Walker, if you’re listening: We know pretty well know who you work for. Now let me tell you who we work for,” he said, eliciting a round of cheers from the crowd. Watch.
8:32 EST: Another look at today’s rally in New York City, courtesy of one William Brown.
8:28 EST: The mayor of Lansing, Michigan gave one hell of a speech today. Watch. (Photos here, from the Rochester Citizen.)
8:04 EST: Another couple looks at Denver’s solidarity rally, from Twitter user @RadicalRonRand.
7:57 EST: Phoenix, Arizona! Looks like big numbers — and great pictures too ( from Pat Kofahl).
7:47 EST: A Denver thumbs-up for the freedom to organize, courtesy of Kathy Markle.
7:41 EST: This. Is. ALBANY! (courtesy of Twitter user @_1134)
7:33 EST: Although you can’t see his face, the man speaking is Bradley Whitford, an actor from The West Wing. He made an appearance in Madison, Wisconsin today, and Raw reader Jerry Gibbs brings us this shot.
7:25 EST: San Francisco, ever a natural ally to those friendly to progress. A shot from Stephen Pawley.
7:20 EST: Where’s the apathy in Tallahassee? Nowhere, apparently! (From Jeanette Castillo — more here.)
7:15 EST: Sacramento, California with the big showing! Two quick glimpses from Raw reader Robin Kozloff.
4:42 EST: Gary Krug of Spokane, Washington says about 100 people showed up to support Wisconsin workers. Two of his better images:
4:29 EST: Raw Story reader Robert R. Clark estimates “about 1,000″ people turned out at the Connecticut statehouse.
2:56 EST: If you’ve never seen Henry Fonda do Tom Joad’s monologue in The Grapes of Wrath, today is a good day to check it out.
2:54 EST: Reader Robert reports, “I just returned from a spirited rally in support of Wisconsin (and other state) public worker unions at the Connecticut State House. My estimate is 1000 people attended. There was a counter rally of about 6 people.”
Bradley Whitford (“The West Wing”), SAG national board member Gabrielle Carteris (“The Event”) and AFTRA national board member Robert Newman (“Guiding Light”) are speaking in support of Wisconsin public-sector workers at a large rally in Madison.
12:47 pm EST: Here’s a map of the workers’ solidarity rallies being put on by US Uncut and MoveOn.org. Uncut also calls for people to gather at their local banks. Groups likely out there participating today, but not noted or otherwise publicly organized.
12:45 pm EST: Police estimate over 3,000 have turned out to a rally in New York City.
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