This video from the USA is called Argument for a tent city — “Walkerville” — in Madison, Wisconsin.
Like pro-democracy protesters in Taiz in Yemen, and other places, activists in Wisconsin, USA, are now starting a tent protest against anti-trade union Republican governor Walker.
It is to be hoped that, unlike dictator Saleh, the “Walker” of Yemen, Walker, the “Saleh” of Wisconsin, will not react with violence and arson against the peaceful camp protesters.
And it is to be hoped too, that, like Saleh quit today (though he claims that he wants to return. The people of Yemen will not accept that), Walker will quit.
From The Raw Story in the USA:
Protesters open ‘Walkerville’ tent city in Madison, WI
By David Ferguson
Sunday, June 5th, 2011 — 11:33 am
In a move meant to evoke the infamous “Hooverville” tent cities of the Great Depression, protesters in Madison, Wisconsin opened “Walkerville” on Saturday evening, a tent city in the heart of Madison intended as a protest of Governor Scott Walker‘s budget plan.
The Wisconsin Sentinel Journal calls the protest “the latest act in the 2011 political drama featuring the governor’s push to eliminate most collective bargaining rights for most public employees”.
By 9:00pm, an estimated 250 campers in up to 100 tents were arrayed throughout the designated protest area, with many campers pitching their tents on concrete sidewalks. City police, state troopers, and other law enforcement personnel were on hand, but on the whole a carnival air prevailed as families set up for the night, some intending to stay just for a night or two and others through June 20.
The protest was organized by We Are Wisconsin, a federation of unions, students and other groups dedicated to protecting the rights of public workers in the state. Police and firefighters retain the right to shut down the protest at any time, but retired librarian Larry Orr says, “We’ll be here day to day, I’m hoping it stays good-spirited.”
“Walkerville” tent city grows in Wisconsin: here.
Walker Removes Painting of Homeless/Low-Income Children from Gov.’s Mansion: here.
Wisconsin Judge Said to Have Attacked Colleague: here.
Tom Morello, guitarist for Rage Against the Machine, who performs solo under the name The Nightwatchman, was inspired by the huge struggle in Wisconsin against a savage anti-union law to release an benefit EP of songs dedicates to workers’ struggles. The Nightwatchman’s Union Town EP has been released by New West Records and can be purchased at iTunes. All proceeds go to the America Votes Labor Unity Fund. Below, Morello talks about the EP and its inspiration: here.
Elizabeth Whitman, Inter Press Service: “Calling their takeover and sleep-in Bloombergville – an allusion to the infamous shanty towns known as Hoovervilles that sprung up during the Great Depression – they are New Yorkers Against the Budget Cuts (NYABC), a coalition of different groups and individuals united by their opposition to Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposed budget for next year and their determination to press the City Council not to adopt it”: here.
Wisconsin’s most anti-woman budget: here.
“Prosecutors allege that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) was at the center of a criminal conspiracy to illegally coordinate the activities of independent conservative groups during recall elections in his state in 2011 and 2012, according to documents released Thursday and first reported on by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.” Read the case documents here. And here’s how the state of Wisconsin believes the law was broken, in one chart. [HuffPost]
Is Parody a Felony? Latest Twist in Fight Over GOP Suppression of Wisconsin Labor Art Show. Roger Bybee, In These Times: “Konopacki and other artists were deeply offended when Republican State Rep. Steve Nass leaned on the University of Wisconsin School for Workers – the nation’s longest standing labor education program – to cancel an art exhibition displaying the enormous outpouring of creativity unleashed in artwork, signs, posters and banners by last year’s labor rebellion. With the School for Workers funding always vulnerable to being wiped out by the Republicans, the school saw no alternative but to cancel the exhibition”: here.