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WITH VIDEO: More Than 1,000 Protest Wisconsin Governor's Appearance in Troy

Teachers, union members and others chanted, marched and yelled at people arriving for a Republican dinner Tuesday at the San Marino Club, where Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin was to be a speaker.

More than 1,000 protesters chanted, marched and yelled as attendees arrived Tuesday evening for a Republican dinner at the in Troy.

The 9th Congressional District Republican committee's Southeast Michigan Ronald Reagan Memorial Dinner 2012 was the event, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's appearance there was the draw for protesters.

The crowd, estimated by Troy police to have reached about 1,300 people at one point, chanted "What do we want?" and an answering "Justice!" and "When do we want it?" "Now!" The protests, which started about 5 p.m. in advance of the 7 p.m. dinner program, stretched a whole block of Big Beaver Road.

The Michigan chapter of the National Action Network headed by the Rev. Charles Willams II planned the protest along with representatives of the UAW and other labor unions as well as the Occupy Detroit movement. They planned to deliver a "subpoena" to Walker and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, who they call  "co-conspirators against the 99 percent."

Many people in the crowd were teachers, and many were there with their children.

"I'm concerned about the erosion of my profession," said Novi teacher Chandra Madafferi. "When you strip away collective bargaining rights, you're taking away things like class size, calendar, working conditions – other things besides wages and benefits.

"My concern is that people won't go into teaching because they can't support their families. When the quality of teachers go down, the kids suffer."

Melissa Gronzo, a teacher from Utica, held a sign that said "Jobs" with question marks surrounding it. "He's cutting funding for education left and right," Gronzo said. "It's not fair to the kids."

Alan Gieleghem of Pontiac, who teaches in Troy and was there with his wife, Christine, and their daughter and niece, said, " We're just here to support collective bargaining."

Maria Stanczyk was at the protest with her daughters, Jenny, 8, and Nina, 10. "I'm a teacher and I want them to know we're not going to take this lightly and we're going to vote," Stanczyk said.

Others, such as Matthew Fiems of Canton, said they were there representing the "99 percent," standing against "the greed and policies of Walker and Snyder."

"They're killing us here in Michigan," Fiems said.

Two more protesters, Southfield resident Chiriga Sparks, left, and Torrey Green, of Detroit, said, "We are the 99 percent."

Teresa Sweeney, 21, of Ferndale said, "We have to stop the corruption and support the unions."

jim heard April 18, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Are there really people that don't chuckle when they read this. "Teresa Sweeney, 21, of Ferndale said, "We have to stop the corruption and support the unions.""
Why sir, I agree! When we elect public officials who promise to break unions, by gum, those unions must be broken! We both know that the true spirit of America is PROFIT! When my employees start whining about their lack of heath insurance, I promptly show them the door! Did I complain when I a jai alai incident left me deaf in my right ear? No, sir, I did not! I went right out and became a renowned veterinarian! And paid every single one of my medical bills! They can take their "Christian" nonsense about "loving thy neighbor" and "compassion" and go away! Nowhere does the Bible state that I am responsible to be my brother's keeper! We both know that when Jesus returns, the first people he will richly reward is Charles and David Koch! Liam "America's Veterinarian"™ Wolfpuncher
Maggie Solomon April 18, 2012 at 02:45 AM
You have no clue what you are talking about. When is the last time you were in a classroom or actually spoken to a teacher? We have taken cuts, pay more for health insurance and more for retirement. We have all taken part of the " shared sacrifice". HMMM... those in the lesgislature have yet to do this. Did you know after just 1 term in office they get health insurance for LIFE? We are fighting for fair working conditions which translates to learning conditions for children. I suggest you get a little more informed before you spout off. Teachers care about kids. By the way,do you have any? I bet you wouldn't want them in a classroom of 33 in grade 1. Well guess what? That is the least of what will happen if we don't stop those that are abusing their power in Lansing...Do your research.. 566 laws passed of which 546 were deemed "emergencies". So, Dale, you are dead wrong when you say that teachers are upset about benefits. Teachers want adequate supplies, a decent class size and support. Is this too much to ask for those of us that care for our most precious resource...children?
Jeff S. April 18, 2012 at 02:55 AM
Wolfpuncher, It's too bad that you didn't play Jai Alai in more recent times as many professional players in the U.S. are now represented by the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW). I'm sure your medical bills would have been covered by Workman's Compensation Insurance, as bargained by the union. Perhaps they even would have been able to prevent the deafness if treated quickly!
Thomas Delise April 18, 2012 at 03:05 AM
Just imagine making $7 an hour ! I support Unions 100% !!!!!!
Jeff S. April 18, 2012 at 03:32 AM
Lucky for us that the "other's people money" won't be running out any time soon, as the top 1% controls 43% of the financial wealth in the U.S. This is in stark contrast to the bottom 80%, which control only 7% of the financial wealth. But, I'm sure you'll argue that the bottom 80% are just lazy do-nothings.
Lianne Mathie April 18, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Well, Walker has to raise money somehow.Not just for the recall but he will probably be indicted soon.
EruditeEarlobe April 18, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Most teachers graduated from the bottom quartile of their high school classes. This is an indisputable fact. But now that they are have become ardent unionists in the govt monopoly called teaching, oh heavens, these bottom quartilers are now oh-so-smart! They have adopted the techniques and philosophy of Saul Alinsky. The only real thing that they can do is take your tax money. For a 9-month job with oodles of benefits that are bankrupting states and communities, they feel so special. This is what years of catering to mediocrity and political correctness have done for public education. While there are indeed a few handful of hard-working teachers, the vast majority are greedy and doing their time to collect a pension that they feel entitled to. Is it any wonder why John Q. Taxpayer is fed up and mad as Heck! And don't tell me some of this protest planning wasn't done on school time, while suppposedly filling our kids'minds with mush.
Randall Wilson April 18, 2012 at 05:34 PM
I would like to know what FACTS support this diatribe against teachers. This is obviously a comment by an ignorant know-it-all that has little basis in reality. Who reads crap like this??
EruditeEarlobe April 18, 2012 at 06:29 PM
The FACTS are a difficult thing to face the unionists and education monopolists that dominate the teaching industry. Every governor--even Dems like Cuomo in NY and Brown in CA--have had to take on public employee unions and their unrepetant greed. Fact: pensions suck up around 25% of a school's operating budget, and it will get worse over the next few decades. Fact: teachers have their "advanced" degrees mostly in education and not in specific subjects as in universities and colleges. Fact: most teachers, especially those at the elementary school, have the least qualifications in a variety of subjects, yet tend to be the most vociferous about their "advanced" learning. Learning, as measured by ACT and SAT scores, has stagnated since the late 50s and mid 60s, due to the dumbing down of curricula. This is in spite of the inflation-adjusted doubling and tripling of educational monies since that time. Fact: teachers make up about 25% of the delegates to the DNC. Fact: Many teachers cannot even pass standardized tests that they require of their teachers. Fact: teacher unionists are fighting NCLB because they cannot meet the standards of a law. Fact: teacher unionists have fought against Ivy-League educated teachers from the "Teach for America"program. Fact: Unionist teachers have fought belligerently against charter schools, magnet schools, and home schoolers, because they want a monopoly and hence, exclusive control of education monies.
EruditeEarlobe April 18, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Pardon the typos in the aforementioned response.
EruditeEarlobe April 18, 2012 at 06:46 PM
We of the upper 75%, are sick and tired of the bottom 25% (greedy unionist teachers and their allies in the UAW) holding us up for more monies so that they can keep turning out mediocre and inferior products. No wonder they fight when competition is introduced: charter, private, parochial, religious and home schools are treated with disdain. This of course also begs another question: if public schools are so good, why does (did) Obama, Kennedy and even Clinton send their kids to private schools?
Therese April 18, 2012 at 06:58 PM
It's actually kind of amusing that the public unions still support Democrats. The Democratic politicians, instead of having a truthful, grown up conversation with the unions about today's financial realities, promise the ranks all sorts of retirement/health benefits which will never be paid out. Dems are basically buying votes with broken promises. What part of "broke" do people not understand? There is NO money in the public coffers to even come close to paying the trillions of dollars of unfunded public pension/healthcare liabilities. Vote for Dems if you like, but either way, public union workers will never see what has been promised them. At least Republicans are trying to offer reforms to the fix the situation and address years of lies perpetuated by the Dem's and union leadership. The decision in this election will be to vote for the grown ups who propose solutions or vote for the snakes that will promise you anything for your vote and then sell you down the river. Your choice.
J. Stanczyk April 18, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Show me the facts. I've been teaching for 22 years and attended some of the best schools in Michigan, private and public, and did not graduate in the bottom quartile. I really am just curious where this statistic comes from.
J. Stanczyk April 18, 2012 at 08:42 PM
I require my students to support assertion of fact with sources. I also require the sources to be from reputable institutions and organizations. Could you please supply your sources.
Obviously_not_you April 18, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Can you cite any reliable sources for all of these "FACTS"?
Greta Gubbins April 18, 2012 at 10:54 PM
I wonder why people hide behind screen names?
Chris P. April 18, 2012 at 11:13 PM
So Earlobe: With this attitude toward teachers, how do you plan to recruit the talent you claim isn't there? Just curious ...
Jeff S. April 19, 2012 at 01:22 AM
Mr. Earlobe states that "pensions suck up around 25% of a school's operating budget..." According to this Troy School District document (http://www.troy.k12.mi.us/images/2011Personnel.pdf), pensions ("retirement") along with FICA, unmployment, and workers comp. make up less than 15% of the annual budget. Obviously, 15% is less than 25%, and that 15% isn't made up solely of pension contributions. So there's one "fact" that doesn't seem to be true.
Erik Roberts April 19, 2012 at 02:25 AM
These facts you speak of....How did you learn to find them? Thank a teacher. They appreciate your support.
Truthful Enquirer April 19, 2012 at 02:59 AM
Does the Champion of Socialism Barack Obama send his daughters to the public school in Washington?
Denise Nash April 19, 2012 at 04:38 AM
Randall - Right ON.
Cthulhu Dreams April 19, 2012 at 05:44 AM
EruditeEarlobe: The voices you hear when you haven't taken your medications are hardly 'indisputable facts.' Teachers must have Masters Degrees and are paid much lower than equivalently educated people in other fields. THAT is an indisputable fact.
Jeff S. April 19, 2012 at 12:02 PM
Mr. Earlobe writes, "Fact: teachers have their "advanced" degrees mostly in education and not in specific subjects as in universities and colleges. Fact: most teachers, especially those at the elementary school, have the least qualifications in a variety of subjects, yet tend to be the most vociferous about their 'advanced' learning." Now, I've read these sentences multiple times, but I an unable to ascertain any facts therefrom. Instead, it appears to be several logical fallacies strung together (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fallacy). But, with that said, what do you mean by "least qualifications in a variety of subjects"? Also, why are you complaining about teachers having Masters degrees in education? Elementary teachers typically teach a variety of subjects (e.g., math, reading, writing, science, social studies), as the students very often stay with the teacher for the entire day. Are you arguing that a second grade teacher should have an advanced degree in math in order to teach addition and subtraction to 7 year old children? Personally, I don't care if my child's elementary school teacher is an expert at Calculus and differential equations. I would rather they have the teaching skills to teach the basic concepts to a wide variety of students with different learning styles.
Maurice Ramsay April 19, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Get up stand up' stand up for your right!!
Mog April 19, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Since you say this is an indisputable fact, please provide the data that shows "most" teachers graduated from the bottom quartile of their high school classes. Remember, data and evidence is the cornerstone of school reform these days! I bet teachers would love to get away with supplying all of their 'FACTS' about student growth with the generic terms "most" and "many". Alas, it seems only people wishing to rant can practice poor science.
Erich Von Zipper April 19, 2012 at 03:29 PM
EruditeEarlobe, are you a product of public education or can we give credit for your "FACT FILLED" (?) posts to the private sector?
morninmist April 21, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Calling students 'products" is of the factory assembly line mentality--demeaning and inappropriate.. I --and others oppose charter schools because they take away from public funding of public schools. If parents want private schools, let them pay the tuition--and not drain funding. Clinton sent his daughter to private school because of security. You have to do some of your own research for the others. What upper 75% are you referring to? ..... EruditeEarlobe 5:37 pm on Thursday, April 19, 2012 We of the upper 75%, are sick and tired of the bottom 25% (greedy unionist teachers and their allies in the UAW) holding us up for more monies so that they can keep turning out mediocre and inferior products. No wonder they fight when competition is introduced: charter, private, parochial, religious and home schools are treated with disdain. This of course also begs another question: if public schools are so good, why does (did) Obama, Kennedy and even Clinton send their kids to private schools?
DARCEL April 23, 2012 at 04:32 AM
It's glaringly obvious the household where you grew up decided to home school the children. BTW every republican president and vice president has sent all their children to private schools. Look it up for yourself. Heck, even GWB who was a recipient of republican affirmative action @ Harvard (he really was in the bottom percentile of his class)
John P. Morse June 14, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Scotty won, Unionist Lost Yippieee

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