by Cynthia McCabe | March 11, 2012
Twitter photo from the Reclaim Wisconsin March in Madison, Wis. (Photo courtesy @steelekelly)
Tens of thousands thronged Madison, Wis., Saturday to send a message to Gov. Scott Walker and corporate-backed politicians in the state and beyond: This is still what democracy looks like.
It’s been a year since Walker and his cronies rammed through a bill that targeted 200,000 public service workers and all but eliminated collective bargaining. But the huge crowds at this weekend’s Reclaim Wisconsin March proved the past 12 months only sharpened the resolve of the state’s citizens to fight back.
More than 1 million people signed petitions in recent months to put Walker’s recall on a ballot this summer. Wisconsin election officials last week recommended that that recall elections for Walker, his lieutenant governor, and five Republican lawmakers take place on June 12.
AFSCME Sec.-Treas. Lee Saunders traveled to Wisconsin this weekend to meet with fellow AFSCME members there. He also spoke in Madison Friday night at the premier of a new film called We Are Wisconsin.
“This was a demonstration of people power that reverberated around the world and helped spark a movement from Wall Street to Oakland,” Saunders said. “You are an example of how to fight back, and a warning to tyrants everywhere.”
Watch the We Are Wisconsin trailer here: