He reminds us of the bloodshed in Haymarket Square in Chicago on May 4, 1886, Homestead, Pennsylvania in July 6, 1892 and in Ludlow, Colorado on April 20, 1914.
Then Grayson asks, Did They Die in Vain?
Here and around the world, many people have fought and died, so that you and I would have the right to organize.
And so that 250,000 public workers in Wisconsin would have that right, too.
This is not exactly a new idea...
During Franklin Roosevelt's first term as president, he signed the National Labor Relations Act into law. [protecting] the right to organize. That was over 75 years ago....
I want to see an America that is healthy and wealthy.
They want an America that provides cheap labor to our corporate overlords. An America where the middle class is chained by debt.
We didn't ask for this fight. But we have no choice except to fight back. For the survival of the middle class in America. For us, for our children, and for our grandchildren. And so that the victims in Haymarket, in Homestead and in Ludlow did not die in vain.
As Cardinal Spellman said 45 years ago, "it is a war thrust upon us, and we cannot yield to tyranny."
I'm ready to fight for what's right. What about you?