Occupy Movements, Our DC, Organized Labor groups target Scott Walker and others at annual conservative conference
VOICEOVER: More than 10 thousand conservatives headed to Washington DC last week to attend the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. Much of this yearâ€
SCOTT WALKER, GOVERNOR, WISCONSIN: Collective bargaining is not a right, collective bargaining in the public sector (pause, crowd applauds) collective bargaining is not a right, in the public sector collective bargaining is an expensive entitlement. You see what we did was once and for all stand up and say you know what the taxpayers should actually have something to say in this debate not just a handful of big government union bosses, we put the power back in the hands of the people.
VOICEOVER: Outside, demonstrators rallied against Walker and the conference, which they say are a threat to the working class and organized labor. Mike Golash of Occupy DC says itâ€
MIKE GOLASH, OCCUPY DC: Scott Walker is setting an example for right wing political leadership all across the country he was able to eliminate collective bargaining rights of many workers, state employees in the state of Wisconsin he was able to withstand an initial recall effort of state legislatures and now theyâ€
VOICEOVER: Half of the conference attendees were college students, with CPAC aiming to mobilize young Republicans ahead of upcoming elections. Conference attendee Mike came down to the protest to talk with demonstrators.
MIKE, REPUBLICAN POLITICAL ACTIVIST: Thereâ€
VOICEOVER: Later on, the mood became considerably less cordial as tensions escalated between demonstrators and conference attendees. Amber Jamil of National Nurses United says that many of the people at the conference and the policies they support are out of touch with common working people in the United States.
AMBER JAMIL, NATIONAL NURSES UNITED: It strikes me that the folks participating and leading CPAC do not represent America and what is clear is that these folks are the folks who work very closely with and who are often times the 1 percent versus the 99 percent who are the rest of us, these 1 percent are either part of the corporate structure itself or are the government officials who are working more in the interest of corporations than main street America and working class people.
VOICEOVER: As former Republican candidate Sarah Palin was delivering the conferenceâ€