Wisconsin pro-democracy fight continues

This video from the USDA is called Historic Recall of Wisconsin Gov Walker Reveals “People Power” After 1 Million Sign Petition.

This video from the USA is about Fox News support for union-busting in Wisconsin.

Robert Pollin and Jeffrey Thompson, The Nation: “The Great Recession and its aftermath are entering a new phase in the United States, which could bring even more severe assaults on the living standards and basic rights of ordinary people than we have experienced thus far. This is because a wide swath of the country’s policy- and opinion-making elite have singled out public sector workers – including schoolteachers, healthcare workers, police officers and firefighters – as well as their unions and even their pensions as deadweight burdens sapping the economy’s vitality”: here.

Jack Norman, Truthout: “Thank you, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, for waking a sleeping giant. Thank you for the awesomely uplifted spirits of Wisconsinites from Superior to Kenosha and Eagle River to Platteville, who trekked to the state capital to defy your union-busting grab. Thank you for the caravans from North Carolina and New Jersey and Utah who came to a small city in the Snowbelt to join the cause. They know this is not Wisconsin’s fight alone. They know that in fifty states, we all are targets of a nasty national conspiracy to destroy unions and the middle-class society unions have built”: here.

Leader Of Egyptian Unions To Wisconsin Protesters: “We Stand With You As You Stood With Us”. Zaid Jilani, ThinkProgress: “One of the most underreported stories about the pro-democracy movement in Egypt was the role of labor unions in the demonstrations, many of which were protesting against neoliberal right-wing economic policies just as much as they were protesting against the Mubarak dictatorship. During the uprising in that country, AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka praised the role of organized labor, saying, ‘The people’s movement for democracy in Egypt and the role unions are playing for freedom and worker rights inspires us and will not be forgotten'”: here.

3 thoughts on “Wisconsin pro-democracy fight continues


    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker knows how to kill jobs.

    He’s already rejected federal government stimulus funds to build a high-speed rail between Madison and Milwaukee, a project that would have created thousands of jobs – and reduced the state’s dependence on fossil fuels.

    Walker isn’t stopping there. It’s well known he is in the business of lopping off public workers who provide services to Wisconsin residents.

    But he’s also against virtually any form of alternative energy that would reduce what Wisconsin residents pay, thus imposing a virtual tax by perpetuating a dependency on increasingly costly fossil fuels.

    Furthermore, he is killing jobs in a growth industry: renewable energy.

    As the Milwaukee Examiner reports:

    Wisconsin imports all its coal and oil, yet has the potential to produce all its energy using renewable resources. Scott Walker continues to chase away cleaner energy options. Firmly entrenched in the paradigms of fossil-fuel based automotive transportation, he single-handedly killed high-speed rail between Milwaukee and Madison. Now Walker is setting his sights on killing wind-energy and has proposed legislation would require wind turbines to be constructed with a 1,800-foot setback from neighboring property lines.

    In response, Illinois Wind Energy Association (IWEA) invited wind power developers working in Wisconsin to focus their efforts on Illinois, where Governor Pat Quinn and the Illinois General Assembly have worked to streamline regulations for the wind energy business.

    How many jobs and how much money is Scott Walker denying the people of Wisconsin? Well, the Examiner takes a crack at how a modest wind power program would benefit Illinois, which will reap the advantage of Walker’s job-killing actions:

    According to a recent study by Illinois State University, the first 1,848 megawatts of wind capacity in Illinois:

    * Support local economies by generating $18 million in annual property taxes
    * Generate $8.3 million annually in extra income for Illinois landowners who lease their land to wind farm developers
    * Created approximately 9,968 full-time equivalent jobs during construction periods with a total payroll of over $509 million
    * Support approximately 494 permanent jobs in rural Illinois areas with a total annual payroll of over $25 million

    Wisconsin’s dependence on fossil fuels is one of the highest and most costly in the US. As the Examiner details, “Wisconsin spends about $16 billion on imported energy – oil, natural gas and coal – coal accounted for $853 million, the 12th largest amount according to the report released in 2010.”

    Scott Walker isn’t just about busting the back of unions and enriching the likes of the Koch Brothers: he’s about killing jobs in Wisconsin and imposing a virtual consumer tax on fossil fuels by trampling on renewable energy projects.

    Mark Karlin
    Editor, BuzzFlash at Truthout


  2. The Bail Out The People Movement website http://www.bailoutpeople.org has the latest tweets, articles, video, information on U.S. solidarity demos and an online petition in solidarity with the heroic worker and student occupation for union rights at the Wisconsin state Capitol in Madison. Post and email this information widely and check this website regularly for more updates.



    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
    See VIDEO taken inside Wisconsin Capitol by BOPM activists on 2/17

    After week one of Wisconsin Capitol takeover:

    ‘We can’t lose collective bargaining’

    By Brian G. Pfeiffer
    Madison, WI

    Feb. 19 – The people’s liberation of the state Capitol in Madison, Wis., is in full swing.

    “Now is the time. We can’t let this die because we are at ground zero and what happens here affects the rest of the world. We have to be strong. A united front,” said Mahlon Mitchell of the Professional Firefighters of Wisconsin at the massive afternoon rally at the state Capitol Feb. 19. Mitchell became the first African-American president of the PFW on Jan. 12.

    On Feb. 19 the biggest demonstration yet, with an estimated crowd of 100,000, filled the grounds outside the state Capitol and continued the sit-in. A massive roving picket line with all sectors of the working class — union and non-union workers, the unemployed, students, people of color, immigrants, and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer community — marched on the streets for the entire day accompanied by drumming, chanting, dancing and singing.

    The Tea Party hosted a counter-rally of about 2,000 on the Capitol steps in the early afternoon protected by more than 500 fully armed cops with riot gear. Tea Party members were bused in and left quickly after their rally. They were directly confronted by students and workers from such organizations as Students for a Democratic Society, Fight Imperialism, Stand Together, Bail Out the People Movement, Veterans for Peace, Freedom Road Socialist Organization, Workers World Party and others with chants of “Hey, hey, ho, ho, racist Tea Party has to go,” “Hands off workers: Make the banks pay,” and “Kill the Bill.”

    The racist, anti-worker Tea Party crowd was entirely surrounded by those opposing Walker’s bill, which is an attack on the entire working class and oppressed internationally by the banks, corporations and the Pentagon. Some workers even waded into the Tea Party crowd and shouted at the main speakers.

    From a youth organizer in Madison:

    ‘Solidarity of workers and students cannot be broken’

    By Ben Carroll
    Madison, Wis.

    Feb. 21 — Inside the state Capitol building in Madison, Wis., the halls normally filled with politicians and corporate lobbyists are now occupied by thousands of people. Banners and posters with messages of solidarity and slogans denouncing Gov. Walker’s attack on the public sector hang from every wall.

    Chants of “power to the people” and drumming fill the building from the early hours of the morning until late at night. The energy in the building is absolutely electric and all who are participating in the occupation and mass demonstrations are determined to carry the struggle forward until the anti-union bill is defeated.

    Young people and students are playing a decisive role in the historic struggle that is developing in Wisconsin. The occupation — which is entering its second week now — has been led by young workers, high school students, undergraduates and the graduate student unions.

    Bail Out the People Movement

    Solidarity Center
    55 W. 17th St. #5C
    New York, NY 10011


  3. http://www.michaelmoore.com/words/must-read/statement-kamal-abbas

    February 20th, 2011 3:45 PM

    ‘We Stand With You as You Stood With Us’: Statement to Workers of Wisconsin by Kamal Abbas of Egypt’s Centre for Trade Unions and Workers Services

    “Today is the day of the American workers. We salute you American workers! You will be victorious. Victory belongs to all the people of the world, who are fighting against exploitation, and for their just rights.”

    About Kamal Abbas and the Centre for Trade Unions and Workers Services:

    Kamal Abbas is General Coordinator of the CTUWS, an umbrella advocacy organization for independent unions in Egypt. The CTUWS, which was awarded the 1999 French Republic’s Human Rights Prize, suffered repeated harassment and attack by the Mubarak regime, and played a leading role in its overthrow. Abbas, who witnessed friends killed by the regime during the 1989 Helwan steel strike and was himself arrested and threatened numerous times, has received extensive international recognition for his union and civil society leadership.

    Embed code available here.

    English translation follows, below:

    The poster in the background shows photographs of some of the recent young victims of the Mubarak government. The writing says they are among the martyrs of the 25 January Revolution.

    KAMAL ABBAS: I am speaking to you from a place very close to Tahrir Square in Cairo, “Liberation Square”, which was the heart of the Revolution in Egypt. This is the place were many of our youth paid with their lives and blood in the struggle for our just rights.

    From this place, I want you to know that we stand with you as you stood with us.

    I want you to know that no power can challenge the will of the people when they believe in their rights. When they raise their voices loud and clear and struggle against exploitation.

    No one believed that our revolution could succeed against the strongest dictatorship in the region. But in 18 days the revolution achieved the victory of the people. When the working class of Egypt joined the revolution on 9 and 10 February, the dictatorship was doomed and the victory of the people became inevitable.

    We want you to know that we stand on your side. Stand firm and don’t waiver. Don’t give up on your rights. Victory always belongs to the people who stand firm and demand their just rights.

    We and all the people of the world stand on your side and give you our full support.

    As our just struggle for freedom, democracy and justice succeeded, your struggle will succeed. Victory belongs to you when you stand firm and remain steadfast in demanding your just rights.

    We support you. we support the struggle of the peoples of Libya, Bahrain and Algeria, who are fighting for their just rights and falling martyrs in the face of the autocratic regimes. The peoples are determined to succeed no matter the sacrifices and they will be victorious.

    Today is the day of the American workers. We salute you American workers! You will be victorious. Victory belongs to all the people of the world, who are fighting against exploitation, and for their just rights.


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