A support rally for locked-out steelworkers with Hamilton’s USW 1005 local at the former Stelco plant took place this past Sunday at US Steel Headquarters in Pittsburgh. 20-30 radicals rallied to support Hamilton workers, as well as condemn general assaults on workers. The protesters, with NEFAC (the North Eastern Federation of Anarchist Communists), the IWW (Industrial workers of the World) and other notorious anarchist organizations braved the cold to show solidarity, from one steel town to another. POG (the Pittsburgh Organizing Group)plans a benefit show for the 1005 later this month.

Frankly, I’m blown away. It really warms my heart that somewhere out there, somebody else cares about what our town is going through right now. This kind of support and solidarity is often rare in these cynical times, but I sincerely hope there’s more to come. If this happened here, in support of locked-out workers in Pittsburgh, would you take notice? Next time it does, will you?

Three cheers for Pittsburgh. These are rough times, and us steel towns need to stick together.