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Overpass Light Brigade: Building Community, Fighting For Democracy In Wisconsin

Overpass Light Brigade: Building Community, Fighting For Democracy In Wisconsin

As it turns out, democracy looks a lot like community.

That’s the lesson coming out of Wisconsin as activists of every stripe, including people who before the Walker administration never even considered themselves likely activists, band together to take back governance of their state away from remote corporate interests. Just look at the Overpass Light Brigade.

Recently featured in the New York Times, Overpass Light Brigade has been building a community of activists through participation in peaceful direct actions. They create beautiful and compelling protest signs and, like other more recent activist groups, are more of an association than a rigidly structured and organized entity.

Some folks come to hold signs, others use the open-sourced instructions on how to make the signs and come up with their own creative advocacy. The benefit is a wide and diverse messaging all uniting around one common theme: vote Gov. Scott Walker out of office.

It’s a compelling, creative and beautiful expression of political speech and one that’s working.

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8:36PM PDT on Apr 19, 2012

thanks :)

6:16AM PDT on Apr 18, 2012

Thanks.

4:21PM PDT on Apr 17, 2012

The Wisconsin people are great. Kick those tea party radicals out with Walker in the lead.

2:35PM PDT on Apr 17, 2012

A marvelous way to engage and perform one's civic duties!

4:10AM PDT on Apr 17, 2012

thank you

11:56AM PDT on Apr 16, 2012

thanks :)

5:44AM PDT on Apr 16, 2012

What about the fact that Wisconsin's government is adding many more jobs, taking in enormous increases in revenue and is now attracting companies thinking of locating in Wisconsin now that the Unions will not rape them financially? It seems to me that Gov. Walker has made a bunch of Union "fat cats" angry who needed their pocketbooks trimmed :}

11:00PM PDT on Apr 15, 2012

This is just the sort of thing I had in mind in an earlier comment re pay equality. There is globally the emergence of a younger generation joined by an older segment of the electorate who have simply had enough. And the more the Republicans open their traps, the more pathological their hatreds, the more this new movement of good sense and moderation grows. There is hope.

10:32PM PDT on Apr 15, 2012

On Wisconsin recall that greedy anti everything repub.

9:27PM PDT on Apr 15, 2012

Noted.

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