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  •  I never had advance notice (8+ / 0-)

    so I wasn't there (I would have loved to), but my fellow believers in women's rights and the rights of all people were and bless them for that.  I believe it mostly was a group from Madison that were in the building handing out coat hangers to members of the Legislature that voted for the ultrasounds and abortion clinic provisions that decided to have a say in the state budget while they were there.

    Republicans made sure that the odious bill passed as quickly as they could ram it through (without debate in the Senate) so an organized push back which would have garnered media attention would have been possible.  Even with carpooling, it's impossible to get decent sized crowds to the State Capitol because of very limited parking and access.

    I can only stand in solidarity with them and make sure people know about what we, the people, are still doing to try to insert some sanity around here since our media certainly doesn't.  We call, write, email, visit (if they let us in their office) and talk until we're hoarse to those legislators with deaf ears to anybody but ALEC and the Koch Brothers orders.  We've had enough and it's time for us to organize a more massive presence.

    There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

    by Puddytat on Thu Jun 20, 2013 at 05:03:23 PM PDT

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    •  Well, good for you. (6+ / 0-)

      I hope you succeed. You indeed had that "massive presence" after Walker rammed his first anti-union legislation through, I think in winter, 2011. It was quite spectacular. Caught the fancy of people thousands of miles away, like me, who learned about it through venues like this. What's happened to all these people?

      The most worrisome possibility, of course, is that those 2011 demonstrators have mostly become acclimated to the "new normal." They're just middle-of-the-road dentists and housewives, and Wisconsin is now under the thumb of a RW demagogue, and nobody really questions it anymore.

      I hope not. I hope grassroots protest against Walker takes off again, for all our sakes.

      It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

      by karmsy on Thu Jun 20, 2013 at 05:21:58 PM PDT

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      •  Nobody's become acclimated (10+ / 0-)

        Most unions have been crushed so organized busses to Madison just aren't as feasible as they were in Feb, March, and April 2011.  People also stopped protesting and started recalling - almost non stop after that and then became very active in voter registration and GOTV.  

        We're actually more organized than the Democratic Party is in Wisconsin since some of the protest organizations kept going and, in fact, became even stronger.  And community groups have risen out of all of this like the Overpass Light Brigade and are in action on a continuous basis.  

        Of course, unless you're following a blog like several in Wisconsin or on DK, you don't know about these things because our media just keeps catapulting Republican propaganda.   The grassroots are still active - nobody is sleeping these days.

        There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

        by Puddytat on Thu Jun 20, 2013 at 05:34:37 PM PDT

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      •  You might want to view (4+ / 0-)
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        karmsy, JayRaye, elwior, NoMoreLies

        the second video bleeding heart posted in the comments titled We're Still Here.   It will warm your heart.  

        There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

        by Puddytat on Thu Jun 20, 2013 at 05:41:10 PM PDT

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