by Jon Melegrito | June 01, 2012
Sec.-Treas. Lee Saunders and Pres. Gerald W. McEntee sign copies of The Main Street Moment during a discussion of the new book in Washington, DC. (Photo by Khalid Naji-Allah)
AFSCME Sec.-Treas. Lee Saunders appeared on several national news programs this week to discuss the June 5 Wisconsin recall election of Gov. Scott Walker, the challenges facing the labor movement and The Main Street Moment: Fighting Back to Save the American Dream, a new book he co-authored with AFSCME Pres. Gerald W. McEntee.
The book, available at Powells.com and in bookstores, examines the unprecedented attacks on workers’ rights by right-wing politicians and their corporate backers.
“Americans are standing up and demanding change. This is Main Street’s moment,” Saunders explained on MSNBC’s “Jansing & Company” Wednesday morning.
Video from MSNBC’s “Jansing & Company”
On MSNBC’s “Politics Nation,” Saunders was upbeat about winning the Wisconsin recall elections despite the big money pouring into Walker’s campaign from his corporate donors.
“They want to take us out of the ball game because we’re standing in their way,” Saunders said. “But we’re fighting back with people power and we’re optimistic we will win.”
On NY1’s “Inside City Hall,” Saunders talked about “a feeling of despair in this country, of being blamed for the nation’s problems. People are coming together and saying ‘enough is enough.’ We should make our voices heard. That’s how we’re fighting back.”
Saunders also appeared on “The War Room with Jennifer Granholm” on Current TV earlier this week and joined President McEntee to talk more about the book and the fight for working families during a reception and book discussion Thursday evening in Washington, DC.
Proceeds from the sale of the book go to the AFSCME Fallen Heroes Fund, which provides emergency relief and immediate assistance to members who fall victim to natural disasters and other tragedies.
Secretary-Treasurer Saunders and President McEntee discuss their new book, The Main Street Moment. (Photo by Khalid Naji-Allah)