Columbus Armed Demonstration Statement

Ten years ago in 2011, thousands of Ohio’s working women and men of all races packed the Ohio State House and Capital Square to protest the passage of Senate Bill 5 and save the right to collective bargaining. No windows were broken. No shots were fired. No one was injured.

Workers made their case based on facts without violence or threats of violence, and we won at the ballot box and in the court of public opinion. Working with the tools America provides – the rights of assembly and free speech to peacefully protest, Ohioans won.

Today, a violent mob fresh from breaching the walls of the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. which left five dead including a U.S. Capitol Police officer, is threatening to spread violence in all of America’s capital cities including Columbus.

Ohioans of good faith and conscience will refuse to approve of or take part in such violent efforts. We know from experience that this is not the way to make true and lasting change that will benefit our families and our communities.
President Sean Grayson,
AFSCME Ohio Council 8 AFL-CIO
6800 North High Street, Worthington, Ohio, 43085-2512
Phone: 614-841-1918
Fax: 614-841-1299