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Carter Democrats Rally to Support Teachers

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

Fighting For The Middle Class

On Saturday, February 26th, Carter County Democrats adjourned from their Executive Committee meeting and traveled to Johnson City to participate in and support the Rally for Teachers. What started out as an almost impromptu call for a rally turned into a full fledged rally on Roan Street in front of First Tennessee Bank to show support for teachers and union members in light of pending legiaslation educators say will affect their salaries, tenure status and teacher/student performance. Holding signs in support of teachers and their cause there was a demonstrable difference in the estimated 200 plus supporters for teachers versus the anti-group of a dozen or so Tea Party opposition standing across the street.

Johnson City Education Association President Joe Crabtree said he was shocked at the number of ordinary citizens who spent part of their day standing up for teachers. Crabtree said he hoped Saturday’s rally would turn some heads and allow the public to become knowledgeable about the types of legislation that are being sent through.

Saturday’s rally was organized by Steven Denton. What started out as an event page on Facebook eventually brought the two opposing views to the corner of North Roan Street. Denton said the rally was an example of people standing up to those who have been attacking freedom of speech, working people and unions for the past 30 years. The rally also demonstrated the power social networking media is bringing to the arena of supporting and advocating social and economic causes.