Here are some pics and a video from today's protest at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus. It was a great turnout as thousands of people showed up to protest Senate Bill 5.
Here's the scene just as the crowd began gathering:
Here's how the Columbus Dispatch covered the rally:
The State Highway Patrol limited access to the Statehouse today as thousands of protesters stood outside in the cold, many angry they could not get inside to register their opposition to a bill that would eliminate collective bargaining for state employees.
Fearing for the safety of the hundreds already gathered in the Statehouse, the patrol locked outside doors, leaving throngs of protesters on the east side along 3rd Street chanting and cheering so loudly that they could be heard across Downtown.
"My taxes pay for this and I should be allowed in," said Diane Twarog, a representative for the Service Employees International Union, who made the trip with her niece and nephew from St. Clairsville.
Legislative Democrats said this afternoon they are seeking an injunction to force Statehouse officials and the Ohio Highway Patrol to open the doors and allow more people in...
A few video clips:
This fellow told me he regrets his vote for Kasich:
Boots on the ground:
It was about 30 degrees and light snow was falling.
Part of a contingent of a firefighter pipe and drum corps:
there were several references to Gov. John Kasich's "idiot" remark:
Dennis Kucinich in the crowd:
There were firefighters from all over Ohio: