The Playground Legends Get Out The Vote (VIDEO)

Early in the stand-off between Wisconsin Republicans and those opposing their drastic “budget repair bill” a clear strategy emerged — withstand a few political hits as the “bad guy” and Republicans could all but guarantee passage of their agenda, coupled with the traditional short-attention span of most voters, and come 2012 union busting would be water under the bridge.

The extent of that political miscalculation is just starting to take shape.  The first evidence came in the horse race that is the Wisconsin Supreme Court race (and now recount).  Then came the election of Democrat Steve Doyle.

But perhaps the greatest miscalculation is still unfolding.  That’s because scores of Wisconsinites transformed from ordinary citizens to activists, and they are not going away.

Take, for example, The Playground Legends.  Originally a group of volunteers organized to recall Republican State Senator Alberta Darling, The Playground Legends are working to re-enfranchise a community long neglected in some of Milwaukee’s poorest wards.

Their strategy is simple: get people out of their houses and into their communities.  Make — and keep — connections beyond the traditional voter registration door-knocking campaigns.

And most of all, make sure the citizens know their voices count.

You can see the group in action here.

photo courtesy of marctasman via Flickr

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jane richmond
jane richmond4 years ago


ruth a.
ruth a.4 years ago

Only when EVERYONE votes will there be change.

K s Goh
KS Goh4 years ago

Thanks for the article.

John A.
Past Member 4 years ago

Good for them!

Linda T.
Linda T.4 years ago

Go working class!!!

Marianne C.
Marianne C.4 years ago

We who actually live here have a different name for the two sides. We call those spiteful, destructive petty moronic rat-bastard boot-licking corporate tools in the State Assembly the "spiteful, destructive petty moronic rat-bastard boot-licking corporate tools."

We call the other side "the honest, decent, hard-working, tax-paying citizens of Wisconsin."

The scandal of the supreme court election, and who caused it with what motive, has not been lost. It's just another Republican election fraud fiasco, in which the same old names figure all too prominently.

One illegal move after another on the part of Walker and his Republi-thugs in the Assembly has done nothing to increase his, or their, credibility. A century ago, these criminals would have been tarred and feathered. And come to think if it, tht's not a bad idea NOW.

The recall of Republican after Republican has netted thousands of signatures more than required to force new elections. Recalls petitions against Democrats have been met with poor response, low signing, and have involved a LOT of questionable activities, including but not limited to fake burglaries and lying straight-faced about what the petition is.

Randy Bed-Hopper is now squeaking and squawking his protests that a college professor told his classes that if they wanted to sign a petition, there were students down the hall with copies they could sign.

God willing, it all spells the awakening toward change we've needed for so long.

Gary A L.
GARY L.4 years ago

jeffrey W were do want your check sent
David Koch

Rie Rie T.
Ria T.4 years ago

In the face of poverty and discrimination these women make a difference. I am inspired and admiore them deeply. Thank you for good news.

Juliet D.
judith sanders4 years ago

No matter what state you're in, you'd better make sure that all the seniors and students in your family get their government-issued photo ID and get registered to vote NOW. There are a number of Republican attempts under way to make it harder to run a voter registration drive and harder for anyone who is likely to vote Democratic to get registered to vote. Pay attention to what's happening in your district.

Robert O.
Robert O.4 years ago

Those Wisconsin Republicans are especially evil and a threat to the well-being of the people of Wisconsin. (the level headed ones that is.) Thanks Jessica!