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Rally Goers Show Wisconsin What Democracy Looks Like

Rally Goers Show Wisconsin What Democracy Looks Like


This post is courtesy of Cynthia McCabe, Assistant Director of Editorial and Production at the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME).

Tens of thousands thronged to Madison, Wis. Saturday to send a message to Gov. Scott Walker and corporate-backed politicians in the state and beyond: This is still what democracy looks like.

It’s been a year since Walker and his cronies rammed through a bill that targeted 200,000 public service workers and all but eliminated collective bargaining. But the huge crowds at this weekend’s Reclaim Wisconsin March proved the last 12 months only sharpened the resolve of the state’s citizens to fight back.

Join the fight for fairness and prosperity for all America’s working families: LIKE AFSCME.

More than 1 million people signed petitions in recent months to put Walker’s recall on a ballot this summer. Wisconsin election officials last week recommended that that recall elections for Walker, his lieutenant governor and five Republican lawmakers take place on June 12.

AFSCME Sec.-Treas. Lee Saunders traveled to Wisconsin this weekend to meet with fellow AFSCME members there. He also spoke in Madison Friday night at the premier of a new film called We are Wisconsin.

“This was a demonstration of people that reverberated around the world and reverberated around the world and helped a spark a movement from Wall Street to Oakland,” Saunders said. “You are an example of how to fight back, and a warning to tyrants everywhere.”

To join a community fighting for fairness in the workplace, excellence in public services and opportunities for all working families, click here. Watch the We Are Wisconsin trailer here:

WE ARE WISCONSIN! from Amie Williams on Vimeo.

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3:54PM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

I doubt that he know either, seems to have a rather limited repertoire.

3:43PM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

Anne C
Thanks for the info...good thing I have been typing his name and not saying Was a good movie but he probably has no idea what you are talking about...

3:34PM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

Steven B. Michael A is like Beetlejuice, if you say his name 3 times, he owns you.

3:32PM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

Michael A
That is what I thought your responce would be....

3:15PM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

No one asked you to relate well or at all with me Michael A, that makes me very uncomfortable that you would think that at all, it also makes me think you are reverting to the typical tea party/conservative's M.O. argumentum ad hominem; attacking the person instead of reponding to the facts. I could give a crap who you can relate to... just tell me where in my facts about the conservative presidents I am wrong or who you would get to pay for those federal programs or why you would not get rid of the federal programs that are in place to help the majority of the people not the priviledged few such as yourself?

2:56PM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

I'm not likely to relate well to unicorn women, much less unicorn men, Steven B. I have absolutely NO idea where you're coming from.

1:50PM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

Michael A
Factually irresponsible people (Mikey, jeffie et al) are foolish people who jeopardize our Country, our Democracy and of course our Economy with their lies.

1:46PM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

That is ok Michael A, so you would describe the economy as being stable? That is not what you have been saying for the last 8 months or so... So who would you have pay for the military? the airports? the interstate highway systems? the FBI, CIA? the ports? I suppose you are one of those who would get rid of this department and that department...meaning the ones that benefit the many instead of the few. Thank God you are in a minority and the only way you can win is when Democrats stay home (2010) or when you try to rig the elections so that all those lesser people don't get to vote like you are trying to now... Bush was a conservative and spent money like it was water in the ocean and crashed the economy almost as bad as Hoover did in 1929. Bush doubled the debt of all the administrations before him. Reagan gave so big a tax cut that he blew a hole in the federal budger so big he spent the next 7 years raising taxes and spending money to try to repair it. Reagan tripled the debt of all the administrations before him. There has not been a conservative president in the last 50 years who was "fiscally responsible", those words sure do sound good but when they get into office they are anything but... Give us all a break with you high flying words that obviously mean nothing once your candidates are in office...

1:54PM PDT on Mar 18, 2012

Fiscally irresponsible people are foolish people.

1:52PM PDT on Mar 18, 2012

Of course, when we begin to see hyper-inflation, conserving money would be foolish.

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