|Text on Button
|I WAS THERE SOLIDARITY DAY SEPTEMBER 19, 1981 MACHINISTS UNION
Illustration of two clasped hands against a red half circle. Red, blue and white text on a white background.
|BASTIAN BROS CO. ROCHESTER, N.Y.
|Year / Decade Made
The Solidarity Day march took place on September 19, 1981, when nearly 250,000 people marched in Washington, D.C. The march primarily took place to protest then President Ronald Reagan firing 12,000 striking members of the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization. Nonprofit organizations such as Greenpeace and the NAACP participated to show support for organized laborers. This button would have been worn by a member of the Machinists Union who marched in support.