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Indianapolis, Ind., March 10, 2011–Photographs by TedFiskevold

A few hundred billionaires in America have “declared war on us!” cried Leo Gerard, President of the United Steelworkers of America International Union. “They got more to lose than we do and we’re gonna kick their asses!”

James Boland was born in Ireland. He is the President of the International Association of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers. Referring to the billionaires, Republican Governors, and Republican controlled legislatures, Boland barked, “St. Patrick got rid of the snakes in Ireland. Now we have to get rid of the snakes in the United States!”

“We deserve a seat at the table and we will fight to get a seat at that table,” cried Arlene Holt-Baker, Vice President of the National AFL-CIO. “George Washington lost a lot of battles, but he won the war…Indiana—stay strong! Stay united. Indiana, we are one!”

“When you’re faced with bullies like this, you have to challenge ‘em,” shouted Marc A. Norberg, Sheet Metal Worker’s General President, referring to billionaires, Republican Governors and Republican legislators. And Brother Marc led tens of thousands of angry workers to chant: “Fight us here! Fight us now!” Norberg, left in orange shirt, spoke to the crowd just before the above conversation with a union brother.

“This is class warfare,” said Terry O’Sullivan, President of the Laborer’s Union International of North America. “This is a union city, this is a union state, and we’re gonna take it back!”

“Hello Hoosiers! This is how Democracy works in Indiana,” said Stu Acuff, Chief of Staff for the Utility Workers of America International. “Tell your brother, tell your sister—we will win! We will not be run over!”

Brother Terry worked the crowd like...well, like a rock star.


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Indianapolis, Ind.  March 10, 2011

USW International Union President Leo Gerard introduced Canadian rapper Mike O’Brien at the “Stand UP for Hoosiers” rally in Indianapolis. The rapper goes by O.B., and after the crowd sang “Happy Birthday to Leo” with O.B., he led the crowd of sister and brother Hoosiers and their supporters to participate in some union rapping.  O.B.’s self-penned rap number “One Day Longer, One Day Stronger” is also the refrain that the union members chanted while swaying to the music and pointing fingers to the sky to denote “one day.”














































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