Wisconsin workers fight Republican ‘Mubarak’


This video from the USA is called Workers, students speak on budget cuts in Madison.

Wisconsin, USA: Tens of thousands of workers and students once again demonstrated in Madison against attacks on government workers, while dozens of school districts across the state were closed by what is, in all but name, a spreading strike wave of teachers and students: here.

Madison protesters denounce attacks on public workers, social spending: here.

John Nichols, The Nation: “‘I have never been prouder of our movement than I am at this moment,’ shouted Wisconsin AFL-CIO President Phil Neuenfeldt, as he surveyed the crowds of union members and their supporters that surged around the state Capitol and into the streets of Madison Wednesday, literally closing the downtown as tens of thousands of Wisconsinites protested their Republican governor’s attempt to strip public employee unions of their collective bargaining rights”: here.

Tens of thousands of Wisconsin residents march on the Wisconsin State Capitol at Madison to demonstrate opposition to a proposed plan to end collective bargaining rights for Wisconsin public workers. PR Watch, a project of the Center for Media and Democracy, is on the ground live blogging from the protests: here.

Russ Feingold, former US senator from Wisconsin and founder of Progressives United, talks with Rachel Maddow about massive rallies against the Wisconsin governor’s anti-union threat and how to politically empower the American working class against corporate greed. Video is here.

Wisconsin Protests: State Police Pursue Democratic Lawmakers Boycotting Vote: here.

Howard Schweber: Governor Walker, Welcome to the Show. We’re not Egyptians, it turns out — we won’t wait 30 years to make our objections known. That was a tough lesson for the Democrats in November, and just three months later it’s turning out to be a tough lesson for Republicans as well: here.

Like Mubarak’s thugs in Cairo, pro-Walker “Tea Party” thugs in Wisconsin: here.

Massive service cuts in Pennsylvania budget: here.

New York: Elderly woman killed in blaze after fire department cutbacks: here.

6 thoughts on “Wisconsin workers fight Republican ‘Mubarak’

  1. TRUTHOUT’S BUZZFLASH DAILY HEADLINES

    The latest diversionary tactic of the corporate/GOP oligarchy has been to divide union members by attacking public unions as leeches, while going softer on trade unions – although only by a relative standard of vitriol.

    The war on public unions and public workers has gained full steam, even pushing the White House to basically acquiesce to the slander.

    But if what we are witnessing in Wisconsin is the beginning of a workers’ revolt, the Republican assault on the working class may have finally hit a brick wall of outrage and push back.

    The Tea Party governor of Wisconsin is going to probably get a bill passed eliminating public union collective bargaining rights – and unions across the board, as well as students and progressives are turning out in droves to oppose the measure.

    Protesters filled the Madison State Capitol rotunda on February 16, and held rallies around the state. Today, defiance is accelerating and approaching a full-scale union and progressive revolt in the Badger State.

    We don’t know the temperature off-hand for turning kindling wood into a full raging fire, but the fury, breadth and vigor of worker protests in Wisconsin are reaching that point.

    It’s winter here in the north, and the chants of “the people united will never be defeated” echoing across Wisconsin make for a cozy fireplace of hope.

    Mark Karlin
    Editor, BuzzFlash at Truthout

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  2. Bail Out the People Movement / 55 W. 17th St. 5 C., NYC, New York 10011
    Phone: 212-633-6646 / http://www.BailoutPeople.org / march4jobs@gmail.com

    Emergency call for national actions Friday, February 18 and Saturday, February 19 in support of Wisconsin workers and students.

    The Bail Out the People Movement is calling for nationally coordinated actions on Friday, February 18 and Saturday, February 19 in support of Wisconsin workers and students who have been occupying the state Capitol for the past four days. Activists involved in the occupation are enormously excited about the idea of coordinated national actions of support.

    IF YOU ARE IN THE REGION AND CAN MAKE IT TO MADISON, YOU ARE URGED TO DO SO! If you can, plan to stay and be part of the occupation inside the Capitol! One way to get information from activists inside the Capitol building is to email march4jobs@gmail.com. For more information about the protests, go to facebook.com/wiscworkersrights!

    If you are unable to make it to Madison, organize or join a SOLIDARITY DEMONSTRATION where you are!

    We also URGE EVERYONE TO SIGN THE ONLINE PETITION, sending a message to EVERY WISCONSIN LEGISLATOR as well as Governor Walker, the Wisconsin congressional delegation, the Obama administration and members of the media saying HANDS OFF THE WISCONSIN WORKERS AND STUDENTS! KILL THE WALKER BILL!
    Sign online at bailoutpeople.org/wisconsinworkerspetition.shtml

    In NYC an emergency demonstration is being called tomorrow at 4:30 PM Wall Street Stock Exchange. We want to encourage all other areas and cities to do the same at any compelling site. Actions, many local actions, even of a handful of people, will help to spread the word on what is happening and it will help to give other workers and students ideas on how to response to similar attacks that are coming down in every city in the U.S. today.

    In North Carolina, facing an attack by the governor on public sector workers, UE is organizing Friday actions. In Ohio where workers are under attack unions are calling actions on Friday. In Los Angeles, unions, students and activists are demonstrating at 4:30 on Friday in Pershing Square. Demonstrations are anticipated in many more states during these two days.

    Below is a possible call that could be adopted locally by anyone.

    CALL FOR NATIONALLY COORDINATED ACTIONS ON FRIDAY, FEB. 18 AND SATURDAY, FEB 19

    Thousands of Wisconsin public workers, students and teachers have been occupying the state Capitol for four days. In Capitol Square 50,000 workers have protested Gov. Scott Walker’s attempt to enact legislation (“Budget Repair Bill”) that would wipe out the right of public workers to have a union, and would make collective bargaining illegal.

    Across Wisconsin schools and universities have been shut down by teachers, students and communities defending their right to education.

    Wisconsin workers and students are standing up for the rights of workers everywhere. They have done this despite threats by the Governor to call in the National Guard.

    Shouting “Power to the People” as of Thursday, Feb. 17 the alliance of workers and students were carrying out a ‘People’s Filibuster’ in the capitol occupying every inch of the building.

    The Capitol is the property of the people of Wisconsin and is suppose to function for the good and welfare of the people. When it is used to wage war against their lives, the people have the legal and moral right to take it back into their own hands. The National Guard is supposed to help with floods and disasters, not to move against their sisters and brothers.

    We must stand with them to demand:

    KILL GOV. WALKER’S BILL – NO UNION BUSTING!

    NO NATIONAL GUARD OR POLICE!

    CANCEL INTEREST PAYMENTS TO THE BANKS – THE REAL CAUSE OF DEFICITS!

    EDUCATION & UNION JOBS ARE A RIGHT !

    DEMONSTRATE! [Demonstration logistics here]

    We also URGE EVERYONE TO SIGN THE ONLINE PETITION, sending a message to EVERY WISCONSIN LEGISLATOR as well as Governor Walker, the Wisconsin congressional delegation, the Obama administration and members of the media saying HANDS OFF THE WISCONSIN WORKERS AND STUDENTS! KILL THE WALKER BILL!
    Sign online at bailoutpeople.org/wisconsinworkerspetition.shtml
    Bail Out the People Movement

    Solidarity Center
    55 W. 17th St. #5C
    New York, NY 10011
    212.633.6646
    http://www.BailOutPeople.org
    Email: bailoutpeople.org/cmnt.shtml
    march4jobs@gmail.com

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