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Well, mostly organized labor.


Rallies in Jefferson City, Saturday, Feb. 26th: support organized labor or teabaggers, your pick (February 24, 2011)

Rallies in Jefferson City, Saturday, Feb. 26th: organized labor or teabaggers – photos (February 26, 2011)

Voices of Organized Labor in Jefferson City on February 26, 2011 (February 27, 2011)

The teabaggers announced they’d be in Jefferson City after MoveOn publicized their noon rally:

…The left via moveon.org and OFA are organizing protests in Jefferson City this Saturday, so the St. Louis Tea Party Coalition is joining the call from Tea Party and 9-12 groups across the state to counter protest on the capital steps.

  When: 10:30AM Saturday, February 26th

  Where: Steps of the Capitol Building in Jefferson City

Speakers are still being scheduled for Saturday. We will meet about 10:30AM to stake out our ground….

We made the drive to Jefferson City, timed to arrive at the capitol at about 11:00 a.m., which we did.

The teabagger rally site on the south side of the capitol at 11:04 a.m.

It was a little after 11:00 a.m. I approached a state trooper and what appeared to be a Jefferson City police officer who were standing back watching the teabaggers. I asked them if the rally had started yet. One of the officers told me, “The speakers are supposed to start at eleven.”

We walked over to the north side of the capitol, the announced site of the MoveOn organized labor rally scheduled for noon. There were a few people gathering. An individual pointed out to the river and told us that there was a bald eagle perched in a tree.

A bald eagle looking over the Missouri River.

We can all thank the Endangered Species Act for that moment of Zen.

After about fifteen minutes I walked back to the teabagger rally site. They had started. A speaker was droning on about the communists who sponsored the rally on the other (north) side of the capitol.

The teabagger rally site on the south side of the capitol at 11:20 a.m.

After a few minutes of teabagger rhetoric I walked back to the north side of the capitol to interview people participating in the MoveOn organized labor rally. And thanks to the teabaggers I had another question I could ask in those interviews.

It turns out that MoveOn and the organized labor folks were more punctual. They started at noon.

The MoveOn organized labor rally across from the north side of the capitol at 12:02 p.m.

IBEW, Local 2, from St. Louis.

Together we bargain, alone we beg.

People continued to arrive after the start of the rally. I even heard a few people, laughing, say that they had gone to the south side of the capitol and realized after a few seconds that they were at the wrong rally.

Slightly late arrivals to the MoveOn organized labor rally – at 12:03 p.m.:

The Koch brother are not our kings, don’t let them buy our democracy (left). Public or private workers have the right to organize (right).

Teachers are not parasites on the system.

Thank a union.

Walker is not healthy for children and other living things.