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My wife and I participated Saturday in the rally on the capitol steps in Salem to support collective bargaining and other vital rights that are being attacked in Wisconsin and everywhere else in America.
The throng we joined numbered at least 1,000 -- if not twice as many, or more. We were proud to be there in solidarity with them, and with the tens or perhaps hundreds of thousands who rallied in more than 60 American cities, including the capitals of all 50 states.
Not since the 1960s and '70s, when activists took to the streets and eliminated legally sanctioned racism, won tremendous gains in the gender- and gay-rights struggles, and ended the Vietnam War, have I witnessed such fervor in our nation's streets.
Yes, I believe that after decades of wishful thinking, inattention and apathy U.S. citizens who cherish democracy have been inspired by events in the Middle East and North Africa to take direct and effective action here at home.
Crooks, tryrants, monarchs, greedheads, autocrats, thugs, plutocrats, oligarchs, sociopaths, despots, gangsters, dictators, corporatists and fascists of all stripes are fundamentally the same all over the world -- as is the power of the human spirit and its unstoppable striving for peace, freedom, justice, equality and hope.
Taking to the streets, plazas, parks and capitol steps to demonstrate unshakable resolve and to insist on change is winning in North Africa and the Middle East. It will win here in America, too.
During Saturday's rally in Salem, as we shouted our collective opposition to Scott Walker and those of his ilk who would trample the American Dream, destroy our middle class and force our poor to choose between starving or begging for scraps from the garbage cans of the filthy rich, one of our brothers held aloft a hand-made sign that said it best: "Walk like an Egyptian!"
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