6th Day of Protest

Things are moving.

Senate Democrats have left the state.

Apparently, the Assembly is now one vote short of quroum.

Teachers are out again.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and Jesse Jackson arrive to offer their support (and perhaps pick-up some street cred from us).

The people in the People’s House are cleaning it and preparing for a potluck this evening. Yesterday, Police showed up with hotdogs and donuts for people in the Capitol. The Firefighters marched to the Overture Center where the Common Council met in an emergency meeting to approve contracts for all City of Madison workers through 2012. The County Board of Supervisors met and made similar moves. City and County workers now have protection through the 2012 election.

Rallies were held across the state in Steven’s Point, Milwaukee, Green Bay, etc.

The biggest news (and this is second-hand, not reported–but then I doubt it would be) is that the Governor has started threatening Republican lawmakers with primary challenges if they don’t vote for this bill. He has been in office for 6 weeks and is already threatening lawmakers.

Recall of the Eight GOP legislators is being talked about casually. It is almost a forgone conclusion that the recall effort will begin as soon as the vote happens. The Republican lawmakers  have to choose if they want to end their political career carrying water for Scott Walker.

The Tea Party is expecting a counter-demonstration tomorrow–but it seems that pro-Boss crowed will be dwarfed by the expected crowds for the people.

Keep calling, keep writing, keep protesting.

More later, after I get to the square.

About John McNamara

John spent 26 years with Union Cab of Madison Cooperative and currently helps develop co-op in the Pacific Northwest. He holds a Masters in Management: Co-operatives and Credit Unions from Saint Mary's University and hopes to finish his Ph.D. in Business Administration soon. He has served on the board of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives and the Board of Governors for the Democracy at Work Network. He currently sits on the Co-op Circle and Mission Circle for Sociocracy for All. He teaches on worker co-operatives and democratic management in the summer at The Evergreen State College.
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