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Madison Wisconsin - Protest On The Square

Due to popular demand, this post from last week has been re-edited with new photographs added.

 

This was the scene in Madison on Saturday March 12. An estimated 85,000 to 100,000 protesters gathered to express their opinion of Governor Walkers budget bill.

 

 

The crowd filled the streets from one curb to the other, marching shoulder to shoulder in a counter clockwise movement around the capitol. Most carried signs to support their positions.

 

 

 

A speakers podium was set up on the capitol steps looking down State Street. The crowds were packed in tight, trying to get a good view of the stage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

There was interesting street theater everywhere as individuals expressed their views.

 

 

Mock Funeral

 

Hula Girl

 

Fat Cat

 

 

 

 

 

 

There was a large presence by the national labor unions.

 

Although white artist tents were missing from the square this day, I did find one sorry looking Easy Up minus its roof.

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Comment by mark zurek on March 22, 2011 at 6:58pm

Unions have lost their perspective.The workers now a means to an end, the union must survive and continue to be the pawn for the politicos.The thought of a worker having to write a monthly check for the dues they pay is a reality for both parties as a worker begins to realize they acually pay for the costs.Reform starts when we as taxpayers hold everyone (EVERYONE) in office accountable and participate in the entire process, not just when a candidate offers hope and change.

I admire the people of Wisconsin for standing up and shouting (tho the pure theater is an attraction in it's self for the children of those who's protest and voice in the late 60's and 70's brought historical social reforms). Let's see if it makes a difference,Maybe come to Illiniois and run that clown of a governor we have out on a rail for his tax increases without spending freezes.

Comment by Douglas Chambers on March 21, 2011 at 11:47am

Unions were and continue to be formed because workers are unfairly treated.  It is part of the checks and balances that must ocur in a democracy.   

http://www.douglaschambers.org

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