WASHINGTON, April 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As Republicans mount attack after attack on working Americans and the right of public employees to have a voice in their workplaces, USAction and its 24 state affiliates and partners will rally across the country Monday, April 4, the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination.
In Washington, D.C., USAction President William McNary will emcee a rally scheduled at 11:30 a.m. Monday at 1500 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, in front of Koch Industries. The Koch brothers are at the forefront of efforts to enrich CEOs and corporations at the expense of America's middle class.
"From Memphis to Michigan and from Madison to Maine, workers face unprecedented attack and the American middle class is under siege," said USAction President William McNary. "Republicans and the Koch Brothers don't realize that they have awakened an angry sleeping giant. This sleeping giant is the millions of Americans who believe in a strong middle class – who want to send their kids to college and want to have health care and economic and retirement security for their families."
Across the country, USAction affiliates have been leading campaigns to defend public employees and the middle class. These include Citizen Action of Wisconsin, which is fighting Gov. Walker's attack on collective bargaining rights; ProgressOhio, at the forefront of opposition to Senate Bill 5; New Hampshire Citizens' Alliance for Action, also fighting attacks on collective bargaining; Maine People's Alliance, which has successfully publicized Gov. LePage's decision to tear down a mural honoring the labor movement; Florida Consumer Action Network, which is defending teachers and other public employees; Citizen Action New York, which is fighting debilitating cuts in education and social services; and Tennessee Citizen Action, which is participating in a re-enactment this week of the 1968 rally in support of sanitation workers.
*USAction is a federation of 24 state affiliates and partners that organize for a more just America. With our state partners, we build broad coalitions to win progressive campaigns that enrich people's lives.*