Blogging in The Nation, John Nichols quotes WEAC president Mary Bell on the significance of the popular protests sweeping Wisconsin. Referring to the protest yesterday that organizers have estimated at over 80,000 people, and to the supporting protests held in cities and towns all over the state, Bell told yesterday's rally:
“The power of government in this state does not come from this Capitol,” she said of the building that was surrounded by teachers, educational assistants, nurses, snow-plow drivers and state engineers, as well as their tens of thousands of backers. “The power comes from the people.”Walker apparently claimed in a CNN interview yesterday that he has received 19,000 emails from state residents supporting his putsch against the unions. In response, Wisconsin Professional Firefighters Association president Mahlon Mitchell said:
“I think I have 19,000 people behind me,” said Mitchell.On the flip, Green Bay Packers captain Charles Woodson's statement in support of the protests.
Pointing to one edge of the massive audience arrayed before him, he said: “And 20,000 there.”
He pointed to the other edge of the crowd: “And 20,000 there.”
Finally, he pointed down State Street, the thoroughfare that stretches from the Capitol to the University of Wisconsin campus, which was packed with students who have backed the unions: “And 20,000 there.”
STATEMENT FROM GREEN BAY PACKER CHARLES WOODSON IN SUPPORT OF WORKING FAMILIES IN WISCONSINHere are some pics I found on facebook from yesterday's protest:
Last week I was proud when many of my current and former teammates announced their support for the working families fighting for their rights in Wisconsin. Today I am honored to join with them. Thousands of dedicated Wisconsin public workers provide vital services for Wisconsin citizens. They are the teachers, nurses and child care workers who take care of us and our families. These hard working people are under an unprecedented attack to take away their basic rights to have a voice and collectively bargain at work.
It is an honor for me to play for the Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers and be a part of the Green Bay and Wisconsin communities. I am also honored as a member of the NFL Players Association to stand together with working families of Wisconsin and organized labor in their fight against this attempt to hurt them by targeting unions. I hope those leading the attack will sit down with Wisconsin's public workers and discuss the problems Wisconsin faces, so that together they can truly move Wisconsin forward.
Charles Woodson, Green Bay Packer cornerback and one of the team’s elected representatives to the players union.