Keep It Made In America Tour Started Today!
Posted by vriz on 05/11/2009
The buses started rolling today on a four day tour of the U.S. manufacturing communities. This morning started out with a rally in Dearborn, Michigan. Hundreds came out to support U.S. auto industry and the auto suppliers whose operations depend on the U.S. auto companies. The Keep It Made In America Tour hit two more stops in Michigan: Hamtramk and Sterling Heights and two stops in Indiana: Merrillville and South Bend, before the day was over. But even after most folks leave work to go home, the tour will roll into two more manufacturing communities hit hard by the plight of the American auto-industry: Pontiac, Michigan and St. Louis, Missouri. The tour must keep rolling, because workers who have made a living making auto parts are being laid-off everyday. Workers like Darin Gilley of Pacific, Missouri. Read Darin’s story here. Many more workers employed in auto supply industries could lose their jobs if the U.S. auto industry is allowed to disappear. How many workers are tied to auto manufacturing, you ask? More than 7 million nation-wide. This is a statistic that Lansing Mayor Vig Bernero knows only too well. He knows exactly how wide-spread the economic suffering will be, if the U.S. auto industry perishes: “From assembly plants to auto suppliers to car dealerships to local restaurants and doctor’s offices, the stability of our nation’s economy hinges on a strong manufacturing base,” said Mayor Bernero in an interview to the Lansing State Journal before the tour began. That’s why it’s so important to sound the alarm about the fate that awaits many American communities if car manufacturing industry is not given the support it needs. And that’s why the Keep It Made In America Tour keeps on rolling: 4 days, 11 states, 35 communities.
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