Tent City Erected By Protestors In Madison, WI

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Would you live in a tent to show that history repeats itself? Protesters opened ‘Walkerville’ tent city, much like the infamous ‘Hooverville’, in the middle of Madison on Saturday night. This is the most recent demonstration protesting against Governor Scott Walker’s budget plan. Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports:

Those against Gov. Scott Walker’s budget proposal are settling in for the long haul, pitching tents at Capitol Square.

WISC-TV reported Sunday that protesters are calling their tent city “Walkerville,” named after the “Hooverville” shantytowns set up during the Great Depression.

Overnight camping is being allowed along parts of Carroll and Mifflin streets. The protesters will have access to portable toilets and hand washing stations, and several businesses sell food in the area.

Protester Karen Tuerk said the budget is a war on working families and the middle class

[Continues at Dubuque Telegraph Herald]

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  • Liam_McGonagle

    Thanks for posting this, Disinfo!

    This is a weird story, to be sure.  It just won’t die–Wisconsin won’t let it.

    Apart from the infrequent fire-fights and fireworks, like the upcoming recall elections scheduled for July 12, or the Supreme Court’s review of the decision blocking implementation of the Union-Busting provisions, it requires vast personal commitment of resources of time and money from a host of ordinary volunteers hosting events like the one described here.  Richard Trumka, the AFL-CIO, the AFSCME and a host of other state and local organizations have really stepped up to the challenge here, but the line workers’ dedication is the most astounding feature of this story.

    To stay on top of regular day-to-day developments, I recommend following Kenosha representative Peter Barca on Facebook.  He seems to be posting 24/7 on the technical developments surrounding the entire legislative session as well as these protests.  Aside from the protests, the news hasn’t been good, but Barca’s been keeping it real.

    • sawdocfan

      The news from your point of view hasn’t been good; from the point of view of a few million Wisconsin residents it is good indeed and getting better.  It’s well past time for sanity to prevail with regard to the thievery of the public sector unions from WI citizens.  As a union steward for three years awhile back and having been married to a full-time union trustee, I have a pretty good idea of the mind set of you folks.  You don’t give a crap about anyone but yourselves. And while I am referring to the leadership for the most part  the rank and file seem to be littered with self-absorbed non-thinking dolts.  Teachers?  I was married to a teacher for 18 years.  Many of them are not that smart – just getting greedier and greedier.

      You will never be able to explain to me why some people in this state should have lavish pensions and close to free healthcare and I, and others like me, making much less must pay for it. 

      Probably makes sense to you but as you are discovering, it’s a new day baby.  Who the hell do you think you are?  The world no longer revolves around your ass.  And, unlike the old days your thuggery is not going unnoticed.  You might think you have the brute force to get your way but you are far outnumbered by the sleeping giants you’ve awakened.  I would love to be a fly on the wall when you wake up to the fact that you are dinosaurs.  All of you.

      • Liam_McGonagle

        Frankly, the point of view you express is silly.  First of all it protrays a raging ignorance of both morality and the overall compensation composition and levels of public vs. private sector. How many public school teachers do you see trying to drink body shots off unwilling hotel maids in the NY Sofitel?

        But more importantly, your dislike of unions because they provide a level playing field for workers against the power of idle capital is pure-D disgusting.  Jealous of what they’ve got?  Grow a pair and start your own union.  Stop hating on people smart enough to negotiate from a position of strength. Trying to push the calendar back to 1911 shouldn’t be any idea of progress.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for posting this, Disinfo!

    This is a weird story, to be sure.  It just won’t die–Wisconsin won’t let it.

    Apart from the infrequent fire-fights and fireworks, like the upcoming recall elections scheduled for July 12, or the Supreme Court’s review of the decision blocking implementation of the Union-Busting provisions, it requires vast personal commitment of resources of time and money from a host of ordinary volunteers hosting events like the one described here.  Richard Trumka, the AFL-CIO, the AFSCME and a host of other state and local organizations have really stepped up to the challenge here, but the line workers’ dedication is the most astounding feature of this story.

    To stay on top of regular day-to-day developments, I recommend following Kenosha representative Peter Barca on Facebook.  He seems to be posting 24/7 on the technical developments surrounding the entire legislative session as well as these protests.  Aside from the protests, the news hasn’t been good, but Barca’s been keeping it real.

  • Grooveboss

    hopefully no tornado hits

  • Grooveboss

    hopefully no tornado hits

    • sawdocfan

      Nope, no, nada, nien, not – Let’s hope a tornado DOES hit.

  • DeepCough

    Okay, this is a good start–now all we need to do is distribute some “special sunglasses” to everybody and deplete the supply of bubblegum.

  • DeepCough

    Okay, this is a good start–now all we need to do is distribute some “special sunglasses” to everybody and deplete the supply of bubblegum.

  • sawdocfan

    Nope, no, nada, nien, not – Let’s hope a tornado DOES hit.

  • sawdocfan

    The news from your point of view hasn’t been good; from the point of view of a few million Wisconsin residents it is good indeed and getting better.  It’s well past time for sanity to prevail with regard to the thievery of the public sector unions from WI citizens.  As a union steward for three years awhile back and having been married to a full-time union trustee, I have a pretty good idea of the mind set of you folks.  You don’t give a crap about anyone but yourselves. And while I am referring to the leadership for the most part  the rank and file seem to be littered with self-absorbed non-thinking dolts.  Teachers?  I was married to a teacher for 18 years.  Many of them are not that smart – just getting greedier and greedier.

    You will never be able to explain to me why some people in this state should have lavish pensions and close to free healthcare and I, and others like me, making much less must pay for it. 

    Probably makes sense to you but as you are discovering, it’s a new day baby.  Who the hell do you think you are?  The world no longer revolves around your ass.  And, unlike the old days your thuggery is not going unnoticed.  You might think you have the brute force to get your way but you are far outnumbered by the sleeping giants you’ve awakened.  I would love to be a fly on the wall when you wake up to the fact that you are dinosaurs.  All of you.

  • Anonymous

    Frankly, the point of view you express is silly.  You don’t like unions because they provide a level playing field for workers against the power of idle capital.  Jealous of what they’ve got?  Grow a pair and start your own union.  Stop hating on people smart enough to negotiate from a position of strength and trying to push the calendar back to 1911.

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