United States workers fight back


This video from the USA is called 15,000 Wisconsin Workers Chant “RECALL WALKER” Gov. Walker, Protest inside State Capitol.

Local residents have opened their homes to those occupying the Capitol offering hot showers. Pizza has been ordered and paid for by supporters in Cairo, Egypt. Everywhere you go in Madison, there is support from non-unionized, low-paid clerks to the homeless in the street: here.

“We are one, we are Wisconsin and we refuse to allow the “Mubarak of the Midwest” to strip us of our rights!” Here.

With protests in Madison continuing, the Wisconsin legislature began debate on Tuesday on a bill that would force major wage cuts on government workers and further restrict their legal right to strike and organize: here.

IN AMERICA the 45,000-member Southern Central Federation of Labor, the local chapter of the AFL-CIO for the Madison and Southern Central Wisconsin area, has voted to make preparations for a general strike: here.

While the ongoing confrontation in Wisconsin has attracted the greatest attention, Democratic and Republican governors throughout the country are targeting state employees for cuts in wages, jobs, benefits and bargaining rights. In many states the cuts are even more severe than in Wisconsin: here. See also here.

Indiana Deputy Attorney General fired for suggesting Wisconsin cops use ‘live ammo’ against the protesters: here.

More about United States anti-cuts activism is here.

4 thoughts on “United States workers fight back

  1. This Saturday we’re drawing a line in the sand. The entire progressive movement is putting everything we have into one massive display of progressive solidarity nationwide.

    We won’t let Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker – or any other billionaire-bought TeaParty Governor – break the unions. Unions created America’s middle class and if they disappear we’ll all end up as corporate slaves.

    The entire progressive movement – Netroots, unions, environmentalists, and community groups – will hold solidarity rallies in major cities, including every state capital, this Saturday around noon.

    We’ll demand an end to the attacks on workers’ rights and public services across the country. We’ll demand investment to create jobs. And we’ll demand that the rich and powerful pay their fair share of taxes.

    Will you join us Saturday at noon? Sign up to join your local rally here.

    Here in New York City, our new Job Party has already held two solidarity rallies, proudly wearing Wisconsin Cheeseheads and winning smiles and cheers from fellow New Yorkers.

    Cheesehead Rally NYC #1Last Friday, 100 of us held a spirited rally in front of CNN, NBC, and FOX. On Tuesday we grew to 500 at FOX during Glenn Beck’s show, and prominent New York unions and politicians joined us.

    While Glenn Beck raged helplessly inside his studio, Ed Schultz happily crossed the street to interview us. We also appeared on Jon Stewart and Bill O’Reilly. Watch our videos.

    And with unions, students, and progressives in the Midwest leading the way, we’re turning the tide. When an Indiana official urged use of “live ammunition” against unions, he was immediately fired. Then Indiana Republicans dropped their anti-union “right-to-work” bill like a hot potato. Republican Governors in Michigan, New Jersey, and Florida are running as fast as they can from union-busting.

    But a few hard-line Republicans are holding out, especially Wisconsin’s Scott Walker and Ohio’s John Kasich. And several Republican presidential candidates are supporting them, promising to bust unions nationwide if they win in 2012.

    So we need to hit the streets to send a message that’s loud and crystal-clear: the American people support our unions, and we want jobs!

    Sign up to join your local rally here.

    Thanks for all you do!

    Bob, Charles, Corinne, Diane, Harry, Jonathan, and Justin and the rest of the team

    P.S. if you’d like to help us build the Job Party, please visit our new web site:
    http://JobParty.us
    or “like” us on Facebook:
    http://www.facebook.com/JobParty
    or follow us on Twitter:
    http://twitter.com/jobparty

    p.p.s. Please share your thoughts in our new blog:
    http://www.democrats.com/on-saturday-lets-change-america

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  2. TRUTHOUT’S BUZZFLASH DAILY HEADLINES

    Scott Walker is all Koched up, and has no place to go.

    Based on Walker’s statements on a call in which he thought he was chatting confidentially with right-wing billionaire backer, David Koch, the Wisconsin governor is facing charges of unethical and perhaps illegal behavior.

    The police chief of Madison is concerned that Walker admitted to considering using disruptive infiltrators to discredit tens of thousands of peaceful protesters.

    Police Chief Noble Wray bluntly stated:

    “I spent a good deal of time overnight thinking about Governor Walker’s response, during his news conference yesterday (Wednesday), to the suggestion that his administration ‘thought about’ planting troublemakers among those who are peacefully protesting his bill,” Wray said in a statement issued this morning….”

    “I find it very unsettling and troubling that anyone would consider creating safety risks for our citizens and law enforcement officers. Our department works hard dialoging with those who are exercising their First Amendment right, those from both sides of the issue, to make sure we are doing everything we can to ensure they can demonstrate safely.

    “I am concerned that anyone would try to undermine these relationships.”

    Adding to the eroding credibility of Walker, a former Wisconsin attorney general (AG) believes that the governor should be investigated for possible ethical, labor and legal violations. “There clearly are potential ethics violations, and there are potential election law violations and there are a lot of what look to me like labor law violations,” said former AG Peg Lautenschlager, who also served many years as a US attorney.

    That’s what happens when you get all Koched on funding from right-wing billionaires who are out to reinstitute something akin to indentured servitude.

    According to Ian Murphy, who made the successful 20-minute prank call to Walker, the governor is clearly jacked up on something – even if ideological – and “delusional.”

    Sniffing all that Koch campaign money is what they call a Republican high.

    Mark Karlin
    Editor, BuzzFlash at Truthout

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  3. 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 / donate

    Support Public Workers against Anti-Union Attacks!

    An Injury to One Is An Injury to All!

    Your support is needed to help the crucial struggle in Wisconsin!

    Sisters and brothers,

    The heroic occupation of the Wisconsin state Capitol in Madison has electrified the entire U.S. labor movement, which has suffered decades-long attacks in the form of devastating layoffs; plant closings; loss of wages, health care benefits, pensions and much more.

    Now right-wing, Tea Party-supported governors like Scott Walker in Wisconsin – on behalf of big business and Wall Street – are attempting to decimate the right of all workers to unionize with reactionary legislation like the “budget repair bill” that would deny workers the basic right to collective bargaining.

    Tens of thousands of workers and students and their families have liberated the Madison Capitol for almost two weeks to demand “Kill the bill” and “Union rights are human rights”. Their fighting spirit and actions have inspired people throughout the U.S. and worldwide.

    There has been concrete solidarity shown by vast donations of food and water. Supporters have traveled from as far away as California to stand with these courageous people of all nationalities and genders, who are fighting for the rights of all workers.

    It has even been reported that activists in Egypt—who liberated Tahrir Square—have ordered pizzas delivered to the Madison occupation!

    The Bail Out the People Movement has sent organizers from Baltimore, Detroit, Chicago, Ralleigh/ Durham, New York and elsewhere to stand with the workers and students in Madison to show solidarity—and to tell of the real day-to-day developments. BOPM has sent out national emails and used all available technology to provide continual news of what is happening inside and outside the Capitol.

    This is the kind of grassroots information that the mainstream media won’t show!

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  4. Dear Friend,

    In Wisconsin and around our country, the American Dream is under attack.

    Instead of creating much needed jobs, Conservatives are giving tax breaks to corporations and the very rich all while cutting funding for education, police, emergency response, and vital human services.

    This is unacceptable. Wisconsin is proof of what happens when billionaires, like the Koch brothers, are able to buy out democracy for their own gain.

    This is only the first battle in the right wing’s attempts to destroy the American Dream. We must stop it before it spreads to other states.

    On Saturday, February 26, at noon local time, rallies will be organized in front of every statehouse and in every major city to stand in solidarity with the people of Wisconsin.

    Show Solidarity with Wisconsin! Join the Saturday rally to save the American Dream.

    Yours,

    Robert Greenwald and the Brave New Foundation team

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