MONDAY, March 7th
12:00PM: Press Conference in front of County Building
6PM Candlelight Vigil and Rally at De La Guerra Plaza
We’ve watched events unfold in Wisconsin and Ohio, as conservatives use the economic crisis as an opportunity, not only to threaten basic organizing rights for public employees, as well but also the very existence of public education, social programs and the basic functioning of democratic government. We also know that Governor Walker has many friends, allies and imitators right here at home:
– Here in Santa Barbara, local conservatives are using city and county workers as scapegoats in their efforts to take power.
– A statewide organization has formed to support a ballot measure that would take away collective bargaining for public employees.
– This week, UC Regent David Crane publicly endorsed just such a move.
We can’t wait until we are at a crisis point. Our fightback has to start now. Please join us for these first events in what will need to be a sustained campaign to get the facts out about public employees, and defend the basic human right to organize and bargain collectively.