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America Fights Back rally in Warren draws 1,500

Published: Sat, May 2, 2009 @ 4:35 p.m.

WARREN — The message was clear: the government needs to stop ignoring the struggles of the middle class.

That means some form of universal healthcare. That means fair, and not, free trade. That means having companies stop outsourcing and open manufacturing plants in the United States. That means treating the working class with respect.

What isn’t clear is how many heard it.

About 1,500 people, many of them wearing clothing with their union logo and/or name, attended today’s “America Fights Back. Enough” rally on Courthouse Square in downtown Warren.

Organizers wanted the rally to send their message to politicians in Washington and Columbus. The goal was to have national union leaders take the idea and hold rallies in other cities.

Jim Graham, president of the United Auto Workers Local 1112 at the Lordstown General Motors complex who helped coordinate the rally, didn’t hide his disappointment about the attendance.

“Not everyone thinks we’ve had enough,” he said. “This courthouse should have 5,000 people here. It affects everyone of you.”

Even so, Graham remained optimistic that the movement would grow.

“This isn’t the only rally that will take place in our country,” he said. “This is just the first one.”

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