Saturday, June 22, 2013

Saturday scenes and scenery: labor takes center stage at #NN13

I'm plenty old enough to remember when the labor movement didn't always play nicely with community activists -- and when community activists too often scorned the labor movement.

Not anymore, at least at this year's Netroots Nations in San Jose. San Jose has long been a hotbed of labor/community cooperation, but the labor's fulsome support to the big conference of progressive activists is heartening.

Attendees were given a union-sponsored goodie bag ...


... kept in touch on a free WiFi hook-up provided by the Communications Workers ...


... given the opportunity to try on firefighting garb in front of a real ladder truck in the exhibit hall ...


... welcomed by a display of what "educational reform" is like for students and teachers ...


... plied with buttons and stickers ...


... offered a beer ...


... served with gusto by union-member convention center workers.

A great time is being had by all and eventually I'll share some of what I've learned, but the conference has another day to go, so these snapshots will have to do.

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