Thousands of demonstrators arrived at the Indiana Statehouse mid-day Thursday asking for an end to numerous pieces of legislation that would infringe on worker rights and the needs of everyday Hoosiers. Senate Democrats joined their call to end the war on the Hoosier middle class, vowing to be their voice within the Indiana General Assembly.
The rally, “We Are Indiana,” brought workers from across the state.
Senate Democrat Leader Vi Simpson noted that legislation offered during this session not only attacks labor unions but educators, women, and other groups representing working families.
SEN. SIMPSON: “They have called a war on the middle class…”
SEN. SIMPSON: “There are two components of the middle class…”
FULL AUDIO OF SEN. SIMPSON’S REMARKS: “From all over the state, we are your state senators…”
State Senator Lonnie Randolph (D-East Chicago) said he was proud to see the outpouring of support for worker rights and middle class Hoosiers.
SEN. RANDOLPH: “I’m so overwhelmed and happy…”
State Senator Tim Skinner (D-Terre Haute) referred to the rally as an incredible historical moment for Hoosiers.
SEN. SKINNER: “I just sent an email to my son-in-law who..”
State Senator Greg Taylor (D-Indianapolis) noted the rally turnout as a symbol of positive change and an expression of solidarity for Indiana workers.
SEN. TAYLOR: “I think today was a perfect example…”
State Senator Jean Breaux (D-Indianapolis) said she was happy to see so many Hoosiers join together and put their democracy to work.
SEN. BREAUX: “I’m looking forward to participating in the rally..”
State Senator Frank Mrvan (D-Hammond) was proud to see the outpouring of support for worker rights and middle class Hoosiers.
SEN. MRVAN: “It was a tremendous showing…”