Protests Expected At Indiana Statehouse

An AFL-CIO spokesperson says he thinks thousands of protestors could take part in the events.

Indiana Statehouse

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Demonstrators are expected to be at the Indiana statehouse Wednesday in protest over right-to-work legislation and a cap on the building's capacity.

Union members are expected to protest outside of the statehouse Wednesday in demonstration against right-to-work legislation and a recently announced cap on the number of people allowed in the statehouse at one time.

The AFL-CIO says several organizations have invited people to protest. Although no organization is heading the demonstration, AFL-CIO spokesman Jeff Harris says he thinks thousands of protestors could take part in the event.

The controversial cap that took effect January 1 says only 3,000 people, including elected officials and statehouse staff, are allowed to be in the capitol building at any given time. Opponents of the new rule say it was put in place to keep protestors out of the statehouse during the new session, when right-to-work is set to come up for discussion. State officials say the cap is necessary for security requirements, including updated fire safety standards.

Indiana Public Media reporter Shameka Neely contributed to this report.

Gretchen Frazee

Gretchen Frazee is a reporter/producer for WFIU and WTIU news. Prior to her current role, Frazee worked as the associate online content coordinator for WFIU/WTIU. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she studied multimedia journalism and anthropology. You can follow her on Twitter @gretchenfrazee.

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  • Rosaria

    Thank you for your coverage on the upcoming protest at the Indiana statehouse starting on
    Wednesday, January 4,2011. I wish that the situation could be covered on the Ed Show- he has been a great friend to America’s working families. Indiana doesn’t usually get a lot of attention
    in political stories, but please keep an eye on what’s going on here. For the first time in history, there will be a strict control on the number of people coming into the statehouse to meet with their legislators. The Governor’s office,is saying that it is a new rule by the Fire Marshall, but
    just think about it- don’t Fire Marshall rules limt the number of people in a place AT THE SAME
    TIME? On elevators, isn’t there a sign that states the maximum weight at any given time?
    I”ve never seen or heard of a fire marshall code that limits the number of people coming and going in a place where they have a legitimate right to be.

    Clearly, this is intended to discourage our citizens from pursuing their civic duties. Phone calls
    and other communications from people to their representatives are very important, but nothing beats personal meetings between constituents and their elected representatives at the Statehouse. I love what reporter Dave Bangert said today in the Lafayette Journal & Courier,
    “The three page directive…smells a bit like fear.”  Please read Dave’s article and the other
    coverage of the new restrictions and the upcoming “right to work for less” battle.

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