(This is what winning needs to look like. Photo: SEIU
Please take a moment and imagine what it means if we win the Wisconsin recall elections.
Keep in mind that it all started as a spontaneous, grassroots protest by students and teachers in Madison, but quickly morphed into the largest, continuous American demonstration for workers' rights in decades.
Don't forget that the protest connected with a unified Democratic Party that was willing to stand up and fight back harder than we've seen Dems do in a while.
Remember how the local students, union members and Democratic elected officials taking part in the protests inspired tens of thousands of people around the country to join their cause.
With that all in mind, imagine how important it will be that all of these different players—the protesters, the unions, the Democrats and the activists nationwide—worked together to shift public opinion away from the Republicans who slashed workers' rights, and actually removed those Republicans from office in a special election only a few months later.
That's what victory in the Wisconsin recall elections will mean. It will mean that we can actually stop this wave of austerity, this rising inequality, this shredding of workers' rights, this theft of our social safety net by billionaires and big corporations. It will mean that victory is at least possible, even if the forces that stand up to it at first are a few student teachers in a mid-size city somewhere in the Midwest.
That's a victory that I know I need. It's also why I'm contributing $1 to each of the nine Democratic candidates in the Wisconsin recall campaigns. I hope you will join me.
Please, contribute $1 to each of the nine candidates in the Wisconsin recall campaigns. We need this.