March for jobs and justice in Montgomery

Posted by: Mario Hendricks - bio | email

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Hundreds of people descended on downtown Montgomery for what's being called "A Rally for Jobs and Justice".

They marched this afternoon from the supreme court to the State Capitol to protest the actions of the Governor's TasK Force on Illegal Gambling in Greene, Houston and Macon counties.

They're message was simple. They feel like their voting rights have been violated and they were in Montgomery to take a stand.

The protestors started marching a little after 3:00 pm up Washington Avenue to the Capitol.

Organizers say it's symbolic of The March on Washington in our Nation's Capitol 47 years ago.

Bus loads of electronic bingo supporters from Macon, Greene, and Houston counties were on hand.

They wore shirts and held signs saying things like "Fighting for the Ballot Box" and "Get Registered".

They also sang old civil rights songs, even changing some of the words to refer to the governor.

Ralliers say this is the Campaign 2010 for their jobs and their justice and that the Governor's Task Force on Illegal Gambling has taken away more than just their jobs.

The event is called "A Rally for Jobs and Justice" but it is also a rally to register.

Organizers say their purpose here is to spread the importance of voting and getting registered.

A tent was set up on the lawn of the Capitol to get folks registered and to make sure they show up to the polls on November 2nd.

The governor's office is already firing back at the rally efforts.

Communications Director Jeff Emerson writes, "This is all about getting Democrats elected - period. The organizers of this event have admitted that. It would be interesting to know how many millions the casino bosses are spending on all these rallies because they're supposed to be giving this money to charity."

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