This past year, I have been a frequent participant in the Solidarity Sing Along protests held every weekday in or just outside the Wisconsin Capitol. One of the songs we sing is “Bring Back Wisconsin to Me”, sung to the tune of “My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean”, with new lyrics by Lou and Peter more »
Karoli at Crooks & Liars gets the golden stomach award for watching FOX news and not only not upchucking, but turning out a story. Scott Fitzgerald got some grilling from Greta Greta Van Susteren and finally toward the end of this 4 minute video he admits that he’s not trying to revote the collective bargaining bill more »
This is a very good day. That’s because I found 5 Solidarity Shopper Coupons by Michael Martin on facebook! HERE’s where I found all 5 of these little deal-breakers.
I’m going to say 100,000. I see reports of “over 85,000″ but as I saw no helicopters flying overhead, meaning we had no professional estimates, the evaluation by someone who’s been to every single historic Saturday labor rally in Madison, Wisconsin is good as any. I spent the day at Madison, Wisconsin’s largest rally yesterday. more »
Video of last night’s GOP kill of workers’ rights Backup link to video. And here is an audio link – the video will likely be removed at some point Representative Peter Barca is the man interrupting and saying the law for meetings has been violated. Wisconsin GOP Senate members later said they were in “Special more »
Posted: 3/9/2011 7:37:36 PM Tonight, Senate and Assembly Republicans pushed forward an extreme power grab with an unconscionable maneuver that split collective bargaining off from the fiscal items in the budget repair bill – rigging an 18-to-1 vote in the Senate. The Assembly will vote tomorrow. The following can be attributed to WEAC President Mary more »
Video of Assembly Democrats outraged following sneak vote: and the same moment from David Douglas of News 3: From the New York Times: “…Debate had gone on for 60 hours and 15 Democrats were still waiting to speak when the vote started around 1 a.m. Friday. Speaker Pro Tem Bill Kramer, R-Waukesha, opened the roll more »
Forgive me for this is a post dashed off quickly. But I want to make sure people know about these events of note for today: 11:30-ish A much-rumored huge gathering of fire fighters will occur at Wisconsin’s capitol. I did call a local firehouse to be told only that it was fairly spontaneous and will more »
Please read this— TRANSLATION: (The poster in the background shows photographs of some of the recent young victims of the Mubarak government. The writing says they are among the martyrs of the 25 January Revolution.) KAMAL ABBAS: “I am speaking to you from a place very close to Tahrir Square in Cairo, “Liberation Square”, which was more »
An exciting, good short documentary by Johnny Clark. Yesterday approximately 13,000 protesters came to Madison Wisconsin to rally against our governor’s “Budget repair bill”. Watching the video you’ll hear why people came and get a feel for why they are determined to stick this out.
Update: Just got word that the informal portion of this hearing continues now-11:22AM Wednesday. Which means Democratic legislators are still listening to constituents in a marathon that is over 24 hours long. Right now, 1:00AM Central Standard Time, a hearing room in Wisconsin’s Capitol Building remains packed and testimony rolls on. [I’m watching online: http://www.wiseye.org/] This more »
I’ve put up just a few pictures for now – more to come very soon. I’ve heard that there are 10,000 people here. I’m not sure. It’s difficult to know since the capitol building is full of people and they also flow out and down to State Street. Certainly we are in the thousands. I more »
The voices of University of Wisconsin staff members, students and community members shouting “Kill this bill” reverberated through the Capitol rotunda Monday as nearly 1,100 protesters marched down State Street to the governor’s office door. The event, organized by the Teaching Assistants’ Association, included handing off thousands of valentines reading “I heart UW, Governor Walker, more »
It’s time for a post from somebody else, who shall remain anonymous for the moment. My friend wrote an excellent letter responding to a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorial, “Walker picks a fight – and it’s the right fight”. Your editorial on the state budget committed a cardinal sin of good journalism: you buried the lead. more »
Wednesday February 16 SEIU lists buses leaving from 17 Wisconsin locations for the Capitol 10 a.m. Legislative Briefings at Masonic Temple, 301 Wisconsin Ave, Madison 11 a.m. Lobby Visits, State Capitol Noon Rally on Capitol Square Tuesday – State Street Capitol Steps Wednesday – King St. Capitol Entrance 1 p.m. Resume Lobby Visits, State Capitol more »
[Here’s a LINK to the Wisconsin union-busting bill Scott Walker unveiled.] Friday February 11th Governor Scott Walker will drop a bomb on public sector employees in this formerly blue state: “Gov. Scott Walker told The Associated Press in an exclusive interview Thursday that he will propose removing nearly all public employee collective bargaining rights to more »