Friday, August 26, 2011

Protests return to WI statehouse (video)

Our brothers and sisters in Wisconsin put on an awesome protest yesterday in Madison. They called it the "We Won't Pay For Your Crisis" rally.  It was the day that Koch whore Gov. Scott Walker's 13 percent pay cut took effect for government workers.

First they marched to the Capitol behind bagpipes and drums. (There's a cool video of the march here, but be forewarned: It's 13 minutes long.) Then they made a righteous noise inside the Rotunda.

Reports The Progressive,
...about 1,000 people massed in front of the capitol at 5:00 p.m. to protest the fact that Walker’s cuts in take-home pay were actually taking effect today.

Bill Franks, a senior steward for AFT-Wisconsin, told those in the crowd to back their unions.

“We’re going to redemocratize Wisconsin,” Franks said, to loud applause. “The dogs of recall are on the governor’s tail. I say it’s time to release the hounds.”

Labor troubadour Anne Feeney, bald from her fight with cancer, gamely led the crowd in her signature song, “War on the Workers.” She told the crowd: “The world is watching you, Wisconsin. It’s time to send Scott Walker packing and give Wisconsin back to the people.”
Thirteen were arrested. Reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,
Several hundred chanting, cheering protesters entered the Capitol rotunda Thursday around the 6 p.m. closing time.
An hour later Capitol Police carried thirteen of them away and arrested them -- the largest number of arrests in weeks if not months.
Most of the protesters left around 6:30 p.m. at the urging of police. Officers sought to close the building and enforce a Dane County judge's order from earlier this year that the building be cleared of the public after its business was done for the day.
Twelve adults and one youth were arrested on charges of unlawful assembly, with some facing additional charges of resisting arrest and obstructing an officer, Capitol Police Chief Charles Tubbs said.
We're expecting more protests behind the Cheddar Curtain tomorrow. @AnonyMissBadger:tweets:
#wiunion Are you ready to get your protest on? Tomorrow. 4:30. There will be bagpipes. #wiprotest #WI