May 28, 2010

300 families, 60 miles, 5 days: the march for justice at Shaw's concludes

Yesterday the 5-day, 60-mile march for justice at Shaw's reach its culmination, with a breakfast at Temple B'nai Brith in Somerville where State Sen. Patricia Jehlen and Rep. Carl Sciortino spoke to workers and reiterated their support for the strike, and rallies at the Massachusetts State House and the Shaw's at Prudential Center in downtown Boston.

Marchers joined with UFCW members from the area, as well as folks from the Teamsters, the Massachusetts Nurses Association, Massachusetts Jobs wit Justice, the AFL-CIO, local firefighters, SEIU, and other supporters from the labor and faith communities.

They spoke with Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, who offered words of encouragement, and marched to the Cambridge State House for the first rally of the day. The marchers then began the final leg of their sixty mile march, gathering followers and support as they marched triumphantly into Boston to rally at the Massachusetts State House.

Hundreds of supporters and union members gathered to hear the workers, members of the labor and faith community, and the Lieutenant Governor address the crowd, urging Shaw's to bargain fairly with the warehouse workers. Support for the workers was immense and widespread, as police, construction workers, truckers, tourists, and community members all cheered on the workers and promised not to shop at Shaw's.

The march finally ended at the Prudential Center Shaw's, where everyone gathered to picket and ask local residents not to shop. Community members were extremely supportive once they were told what was going on, and most turned away and promised to shop elsewhere.

Here are some video clips from the rally:

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