April 18, 2011

Local 443 welcomes People's Walk to Olympia

Members of Local 443 welcomed the People’s Walk for Our Future to Olympia Sunday afternoon as they prepared for their final stop Monday.

“I just want to thank each of you,” said Federation Executive Board member Yousef Fahoum, a member of Local 443. “Thank you for supporting all of those people who don’t have health care,” said another Local 443 member and Federation board member, Katie Nelson.

The People’s Walk started Thursday in Auburn. Today’s stretch ended at the Farmer’s Market near the capital’s waterfront.

Jeff Johnson, president of the Washington State Labor Council, said after his 45-mile trek that they were walking “for those who couldn’t walk but whose voices really need to be heard.” Johnson said the coalition of labor and community groups sparked by the budget crisis and events in Wisconsin mirrored the movement of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He chided legislators who adjourned for the weekend while the walk went on.

“They were going to go home and rest but the people’s work went on and we were the symbol of that people’s work going on,” Johnson said.

Monday’s People’s Walk events start at 10 a.m. at the Bank of America branch in downtown Olympia, followed by an interfaith service at noon at the sundial on the Capitol campus between the O’Brien and Cherberg buildings.

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