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By Glynn Wilson –Pro-labor and progressive radio talk show host and MSNBC’s Ed Schultz of the Ed Show held a town hall meeting with labor and progressive Democratic activists in Birmingham Friday night to gather information and footage for a Labor Day special show
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — While Wisconsin’s Republican Governor Scott Walker was speaking to Republicans in Montgomery Friday night, pro-labor and progressive radio talk show host Ed Schultz of MSNBC’s “The Ed Show” held a town hall meeting in the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center with labor leaders and Democratic Party activists to address the concerns of citizens in a conservative “red state” about problems in education, the jobs market and health care.
One after another, Birmingham residents filed to the microphone to try and answer the question posed by Schultz: Why do working class people in the South keep voting against their own best interest?
Regular readers will know that I have already addressed that question in academic depth in this story based on an interview with Auburn History professor Wayne Flynt two years ago.
Schultz was gathering information and footage for a Labor Day special show planned for the upcoming Labor Day Weekend.
In advance of the town hall meeting, labor leaders and other progressive activists spoke to a small crowd in Birmingham’s Linn Park about the same issues of how the Republicans are screwing up the public school system on purpose, attempting to kill unions and deny people access to affordable health care.
Speakers included Alabama AFL-CIO President Al Henley, American Federation of Teachers Birmingham chapter President Richard Franklin, Planned Parenthood of the Southeast CEO Staci Cox, United Mine Workers Union Vice President Daryl Dewberry and someone from the Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice.
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