Protest Claims Unions Part of MLK Plan

The Wisconsin pro-union, anti-taxpayer movement found some support on the east coast yesterday.

While hundreds of union workers are protesting in Wisconsin, leaders from the African American community in Massachusetts are showing their support for labor rights on the State House steps.

Shakoor Aljuwani, Director of Special Projects at Co-op Power in Greenfield says their protest is an extension of the civil rights movement. He says Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. believed that economic justice would be the second stage of the civil rights movement. Thus, by supporting labor rights, the black community is taking an essential second step.

"At every march, there were union workers marching shoulder to shoulder with [Dr. King]," said Aljuwani. "So today we’re standing shoulder to shoulder with our union brothers and sisters."