Union leaders weren’t invited to speak to the crowd. Muted behind the scenes grumbling from some union supporters. Politicians and candidates weren’t invited to speak to the crowd. Less grumbling, a little frustration, although they worked the crowd anyway.
But, overall, the hastily organized group (Hawaii Education Matters) pulled off a coup in terms of both public relations and political communication. I give them lots of credit.
Their message got across to the public and to the folks upstairs in the Capitol.
Just click on this photo to view a bunch more from the gathering.