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Pictures From Another Huge Protest Rally That Rocked Wisconsin State Capitol

March 12, 2011

If it is Saturday, it must be protest time at the Wisconsin State Capitol.

In spite of a brisk spring wind blowing across the Madison isthmus a massive and highly energized crowd that totaled over 85,000 demonstrated against Governor Scott Walker and his fellow Republicans. 

 Those rallying were sending two messages that were clear and specific.

First, a high degree of anger over the end to collective bargaining in the state along with the strong disapproval over the proposed drastic budget cuts.  The second message was the commitment to recalling eight Republican State Senators.

Anyone walking on the Square knew there was as much disgust in the air over the political machinations that have taken place these past weeks as there was determination to stop it from continuing.

Something is sweeping Wisconsin, and it is more than mere partisan politics.  It is a statement that in Wisconsin we have values that should not be tampered with, tread on, or discarded.

When someone tries as Walker and the Senate Republicans have done, the crowd was saying, there will be a reaction.

The reaction came today in the form of protest rally. 

Coming down the road it will present itself in the form of a recall election.

As I walked and talked I was struck again, as I have during previous rallies, that it was as if sections of people from Wausau, Green Bay, Wild Rose, Ashland, or any other place were picked up and set down at the Capitol.  The folks were Badger State through and through, and energized to make a difference about the future.

This is not an electorate that is about to forget what needs to be done once they return home.

 

 

Preston came to the rally today to send a clear message to Governor Walker.  (One that CP has stated over and over.)

Even President Reagan came to Madison today to send a message…

6 Comments
  1. kcasper51960@aol.com permalink
    March 13, 2011 3:02 PM

    Great pictures as well. We must keep the presuure on Gov. Walker and his cronies and get them out of office. WE OUTNUMBER THEM!!! The fight will continue.

  2. March 13, 2011 1:08 PM

    Ahab,

    While we had a fair amount of coverage I think from the national press I suspect what many desired was a continuous amount of coverage. It was a indeed a huge story that has some national connections for sure, but ebbed and flowed with huge rallies on weekends and less large but still substantial rallies during the week. The larger moments were captured by CNN and New York Times. I also think this was more a newspaper story than a TV one, despite the near 100,000 person rallies, in that the poltical machinations that led to the whole blow-up in the first place is tangled, complicated and that part of it does not translate well over TV. While the end result of a massive rally makes for good video, the legislative hi-jinks were made for a written account.

  3. March 13, 2011 9:23 AM

    Thanks for the awesome photos!

    The earthquake in Japan notwithstanding, why has the national media been neglecting events in Wisconsin the past few days?

  4. March 12, 2011 9:40 PM

    I heard that 5000 turned out in Washburn today to protest the Governor who had come to their town, about as far away from Madison as he could get.

    I was talking with a DNR employee, a man with 38 years of service who retired yesterday. He lives in a small town in the middle of the state and his modest but regular income made him “well off.” (In real terms his income plus benefits put him on the low end of middle class, but there is enough unemployment and day labor in his neck of the woods that plenty of people are a little jealous of his stable situation. Well, he retired because he doesn’t trust Walker. He retired because it was clear to him that public employees are being scapegoated in the worst way. And he had a lot to say about the scapegoating and what it would mean for the schoolteachers in town. The teachers are educated and also “well off.” Walker has declared open season on them, so when it comes time for parent-teacher conferences there is a big question about whether they will get the respect they deserve. It’s grim… this scapegoating of union workers is very real and very serious. We have to take back the state!

  5. March 12, 2011 8:07 PM

    And I agree about 100,000 too….it was huge. I used the lower figure as that seemed the police count number…..but we could not even move around the square hardly at times today…..just awesome!

  6. Paulette permalink
    March 12, 2011 7:35 PM

    Excellent pictures! You sure know how to take a great photo! I believe the group totaled way over 100,000.

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