WI Protests Keep Growing -- Solidarity Rally Today

Wisconsin is heating up: Gov. Walker made a move yesterday tolay off workers, the efforts to recall GOP Senators are gaining steam, and rumors are circulating that three Republican Senators may drop their support for Walker's union-busting 'budget' bill. As it all happens, the already-majority support for the protesters in Wisconsin is growing. Today at noon, Wisconsin Wave is representing on the Capitol steps for 'all the many constituencies opposed to the austerity policies proposed by the Walker administration.' Going under the banner 'We Are Wisconsin,' the rally will include speakers from Freedom, Inc, the WI Student Labor Association, Color of Change and more, along with musical guests like Michelle Shocked and The Mekons' Jon Langford. In essence, they're organizing to get non-partisan Wisconsinites in on the action to support public sector unions. From Wisconsin Wave's mission statement:

This Wisconsin Wave is a force independent of political parties and partisan elected officials. It is an awakening of Wisconsinites independent of --but not exclusive of-- whatever other political, union, faith, or organizational affiliations we each might have.

To the giant corporate interests that currently dominate our state, we say that we will not stand by and watch you destroy Wisconsin’s democracy, Wisconsin’s economy, Wisconsin’s schools, and Wisconsin’s communities. We will not pay for your crisis. We will organize. We will march. We will non-violently resist your policies and overcome your agenda.

To our fellow Wisconsinites we say simply, “join us.” Join the Wisconsin Wave of resistance against corporatization and austerity, and for democracy and shared prosperity for all.

For more information, go to their website.

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at March 5, 2011, 5:33am

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