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Solidarity with Wisconsin Workers


Solidarity with Wisconsin Workers

This is a group for expressing solidarity with the rallies by public workers and their allies in Wisconsin, USA, and for publicizing similar actions against neoliberal austerity everywhere.

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Latest Activity: Jun 6, 2012

Group image from Labor Notes article "Wisconsin Labor Jams Capitol To Resist Governor's Attacks", by Howard Ryan. Feb. 16 2011- http://labornotes.org/2011/02/wisconsin-labor-jams-capitol-resist-governor%E2%80%99s-attacks


Here are two websites that provide ongoing coverage from Madison:

The Wisconsin Protest Wave

Defend Wisconsin


And here's a message I was forwarded about ways to support the continued occupation of the Capitol. You can also support the IWW's Madison fund here: http://store.iww.org/madison-donations.html:




 Folks from outside Wisconsin are contacting me and asking how to help with the battle to save collective bargaining for public employees in Wisconsin.   (Additional information on the current status of things here is at the end of this letter.)

 People of generally modest means, including many college students, are continuing the occupation of the Capitol and the daily picketing in resistance to the Governor's plans. Most teachers have had to/have chosen to return to their classrooms, but many other union members remain, people from private sector unions and public unions including police and firefighters.  There are many private citizens, often seniors.  Those remaining in the capitol and on the picket lines need food, water, transportation, housing. The Wisconsin AFL-CIO is coordinating much of that support. No matter how small, financial support is welcome: 
 ONLINE:  The AFL-CIO is accepting donations online through PayPal or any major credit card. Please go to  http://wisaflcio.org /a>http://wisaflcio.org/>   for the link. 

 CHECKS can be made payable to the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Defense Fund, 6333 W. Blue Mound Rd., Milwaukee, WI 53213 (Please indicate the purpose, e.g. "Capitol protests" or "Madison rally", on your check.) 
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Comment by Doug Cage on February 23, 2011 at 21:31

No more Labor support for Democrats. Thinking inside the two(one) party box is what got us to this point. Time for a true party of Labor, time to stop counting on conniving Capitalist sellout politicians.

Comment by Marian Swerdlow on February 23, 2011 at 15:22
It's good that such an action is being considered.  However, the preparations are for a general strike AFTER the law is passed.  That would be too late. 
Comment by Aaron Stark on February 23, 2011 at 14:57
Madison-area AFL-CIO votes to prepare for  general strike: http://www.michaelmoore.com/words/mike-friends-blog/madison-area-af...
Comment by Marian Swerdlow on February 21, 2011 at 22:07
BREAKING NEWS: Packers Captain Charles Woodson Stands With Wisconsin's Workers
Comment by Marian Swerdlow on February 21, 2011 at 14:23

Here's two reports from a New Yorker who's in Madison in solidarity w. the Wisconsin workers:

 9 am Sunday:  Good morning from the Wisconsin state capitol in Madison!  A few hundred of us slept over last night, a practice of "keeping the space" that's been going on since Tuesday night. Public testimony had been going on until yesterday and was reopened late last night. There were rumors that the cops were going to kick people out, but it didn't happen.  They did, however, clear people from the upper floors and take down the signs that have been hanging on every wall and ledge at about 2am last night. People have already put new ones up.

We're meeting soon to discuss steps going forward for the day. Medea Benjamin has been walking around and will probably talk about Egypt.

I'm not going to go through all the rumors flying around, but will update soon


Then, from 1 pm Sunday:

Firefighters just rolled into the Capitol en masse (they're exempt from the proposed bill) to wild applause, chants of "thank you!"

Families of firefighters marching in too, little kids in fire hats.

3 floors packed.

Comment by Aaron Stark on February 21, 2011 at 4:34
Since someone asked about NYC events, people might want to take another look at the the Jobs With Justice list (http://www.jwjblog.org/2011/02/worker-solidarity-rallies-planned/ ). The NYC one is mentioned in a comment near the bottom of the page; it's not in the official list. It doesn't look like it's a solidarity event per se, but the issues are related to what's going on in Wisconsin.
Comment by Aaron Stark on February 20, 2011 at 13:46
I made a Google Calendar of Wisconsin Solidarity Events using the list from Jobs with Justice that I posted before, and a list from SEIU.

Wisconsin Solidarity Events Google Calendar
Comment by Aaron Stark on February 19, 2011 at 22:23
Here's a large list of U.S. solidarity actions from Jobs with Justice: http://www.jwjblog.org/2011/02/worker-solidarity-rallies-planned/
Comment by kevin mcnamara on February 19, 2011 at 20:43
the california teachers association will be holding a candelight vigil in sacramento at the Capitol in support of WI teachers and public employees tues. 2/22 at 530 pm
Comment by Aaron Stark on February 19, 2011 at 20:16
Thanks Marian for the mention on the other group. And I agree, 9 AM on a weekday isn't really an optimal time for a protest.

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