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Dallas Rally to Save the American DreamFebruary 26, 2011
CODEPINK Greater Dallas
Members of Code Pink joined the hundreds who turned out for the February 26 "Rally to Save the American Dream" at the Beckley Courthouse in Dallas, Texas. The diverse group included members of labor unions, teachers' unions, student groups, women's rights groups, peace and justice groups, faith groups, veterans and active-duty military, and concerned individuals.
Many teachers and parents expressed concern about the Dallas Independent School District's having been hard-hit by spending cuts engineered by Governor Perry and his Republican congress in response to the multi-billion-dollar deficit recently brought to light. One speaker made the point that the billions wasted on war and empire could be much better spent on jobs, education, infrastructure, and programs benefiting Americans here at home.
The many signs demonstrators displayed included messages such as: "Human Rights for All Workers," "On Wisconsin," "Government of the People, by the People, For the People," "Bust Crooked Politicians; Not Legal Unions," "Power to the Peaceful People," "Equal Education, Equal Opportunity," "Restore Human Rights," "Working Class People Must Stop Voting for Republicans," "Governor Walker is a Koch-head, Rehab Him Now," "$$ for Jobs, Not for War," "Workers Rock," "No Unions, No Middle Class," "People's Welfare Over Corporate Profit," and "Bring Our War $$ Home; Jobs, Not War!"
As community leaders spoke, demonstrators listened intently, and rousing applause went through the crowd when they heard that police in Wisconsin were joining with the protesters there in solidarity. Speakers were interrupted with frequent cheers as they called for support of the Wisconsin protesters, and as passers-by honked horns, waved and displayed thumbs-up, fists, and peace signs.
Many struck up conversations with people they met for the first time that day. Though the crowd was made up of a broad array of individuals, everyone had something in common: a desire to show their support for and solidarity with those in Wisconsin and around the country and the world who are standing up for workers rights...for human rights.