Share on Google Plus Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share on PInterest Share on Fark! Share on Reddit Share on StumbleUpon Tell A Friend 2 (2 Shares)  
Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites View Article Stats   3 comments

General News

The 14 Wisconsin Democratic Senators Return to Madison for Heros Welcome

By (about the author)     Permalink       (Page 1 of 1 pages)
Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; (more...) ; ; , Add Tags  (less...) Add to My Group(s)

Well Said 1   Supported 1  
View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com Headlined to H3 3/12/11

Become a Fan
  (4 fans)

In the largest rally gathered in Madison to date, about 150,000 protesters amassed today, March 12th, 2011, outside the Wisconsin State Capitol. They came from all over Wisconsin to thank the 14 Democratic Wisconsin Senators that left the state and went to the land of Lincoln in a filibuster like move to slow down the Republicans attempt to strip collective bargaining rights.

The rally started earlier in the morning with a "tractorcade" of farmers and over 50 tractors and other vehicles that ended at the Madison State Capital. Wisconsin farmers descended on the Capitol in Madison to protest the budget bill and stripping of workers rights passed by the Republicans only two days earlier. With a chorus of cars driving by honking in support, John Nichols of the Nation was interviewed by The Uptake, a citizen-fueled online video news gathering organization, as he rode on top of an antique fire truck in the parade. John Nichols, a seventh generation Wisconsinite, stated, "It has been a long time since Wisconsin has been this united, and since the farmers and workers of the state have spoken in so loud and clear a voice."

Later around 3:00 pm the crowd roared with approval and thanked 13 of the 14 Wisconsin Democratic Senators that paraded through the crowd to the stage to receive a hero's welcome from the 150,000 people amassed at Capital Square. One by one the senators thanked the crowd for their support and rallied the crowd to keep the fight alive.

Democratic Senator Chris Larson spoke and said, "we trade in our rally signs for clipboards" and urged the crowd to continue the fight to recall the 8 Republican senators eligible for recall that sided with Republican Governor Scott Walker and his war on worker's rights. Senator Larson spoke earlier at a news conference at noon at Monona Terrace along with the other returning Senators and said, "we woke up the sleeping middle class to what the differences are between the two parties."

Another of the 14 Democratic Senators said, "the Koch Brothers do not have enough money to stop the people of Wisconsin in this recall effort."

Fred Risser, a Democrat whose nearly six decades of service makes him the longest-tenured state legislator in the country, said,   "Wisconsin is proud of its public sector workers and this is the start of Phase II".

Democratic Senator Spencer Coggs, thanked the crowd saying, "thank you for being Wisconsin's voice while we were gone, no thank you for being America's voice while we were gone." He said they have now returned to unite with the workers of Wisconsin and to fight to get back the worker's their rights that Republican Scott Walker and the Republican legislators have stripped from them. At the news conference earlier in the day Senater Coggs said Walker has forced fellow Republicans into "walking the plank" by passing this law. This was a reference to the recall efforts that have been underway all across the state for about a week now.

Already recall organizers say they have more than 33% of the signatures needed for at least 2 of the Republican Senators. Another 6 Republican senators are being targeted and efforts and financial resources continue to pour in. Nearly $2 million has poured in thus far from supporters around the country to fund the recall drives.

As one teacher said towards the end of the rally, "today we are not teaching history, we are making history."

 

Eric Nelson is freelance writer, an editor at OpEdNews, and a spiritual progressive from Minnesota who has become more politically active. The reasons for this should be obvious to most; rising poverty, a broken health care system, and a growing (more...)
 

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Follow Me on Twitter

Contact Author Contact Editor View Authors' Articles

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

How Wisconsin GOP and Kathy Nickolaus Could Have Stolen the Supreme Court Election if They had Wanted to

Probable Case of Swine Flu in Minnesota Occurs in District Represented by Michele Bachmann

Evidence of Republican Election Fraud in the Al Franken, Norm Coleman Senate Race?

Whats Wrong with Waukesha Wisconsin? More Anomalies in Prosser and Kloppenburg Race

Alan Greenspan calls the McCain Economic Plan a Disaster for the Country

Attack on McCain Staffer Ashley Todd Called into Question by Pittsburgh Police

Comments

The time limit for entering new comments on this article has expired.

This limit can be removed. Our paid membership program is designed to give you many benefits, such as removing this time limit. To learn more, please click here.

Comments: Expand   Shrink   Hide  
2 people are discussing this page, with 3 comments
To view all comments:
Expand Comments
(Or you can set your preferences to show all comments, always)

Below are some of the recall sites I am starting t... by Eric Nelson on Saturday, Mar 12, 2011 at 5:48:00 PM
US is startin" to be part of The World. God bless ... by John Smith on Saturday, Mar 12, 2011 at 8:20:17 PM
At the rally today "Solidarity Forever," was playe... by Eric Nelson on Saturday, Mar 12, 2011 at 9:46:37 PM