The last few weeks have been a blur of protesting, frantically emailing senators, and creating clever-yet serious-protest signs. The so-called “riot” in against Wisconsin Governor, Scott Walker’s bill to eliminate union’s rights to collectively bargain has been nothing but peaceful, energetic protesting. I have been there almost everyday, and have seen that it is nothing close to a dangerous “riot”. Here is a great video showing just the state that Madison has been in for the last 15 days.
When I first went to the protest in favor of worker’s rights on Wednesday, February 17th, I saw many signs about Walker and wanting to recall him immediately. At the time, I thought that those signs were over-exaggerating because one-we can’t recall him for 11 months, and 2, WE JUST HIRED HIM! Give him a chance…right? My feelings for Walker continually became more and more angered over the last few weeks. My anger at Walker finally hit its peak a couple of days ago when a journalist from Buffalo Beast called Walker posing as David Koch-a conservative campaign donor to Walker. The call was posted on the Buffalo Beast blog for all to hear. Walker mentions in the call thinking about planting “trouble-makers” in the protest crowd. He also refers to the Wisconsin workers protesting as “60’s Liberals” and doesn’t even flinch when Koch refers to “Democrat Bastards”. The call, which lasts for almost 30 minutes made me shiver. I now had a strong reason to dislike our Wisconsin Governor. The thing that makes this whole thing even worse is that Walker won’t even try to compromise with the people of Wisconsin. I really think that he cares more about himself, and his rich friends than he cares about the people of his State. Doesn’t sounds like a very great Governor, does it?
In the very beginning of the protest I didn’t really know what was going on. It didn’t really seem to matter to me. But, as this has all played out I realise that it is really important to all people. I saw a sign “Worker’s rights are human rights”. I think that this sign really says it all. We cannot allow rich, selfish people to control our government. This is OUR democracy.
One thing that is making this whole experience even more interesting is the fact that just before the protesting began I finished reading “The Silenced” by James DeVita. The book was an amazing read for this time, because one of the main themes is “you have no right to be silent”. We have no right to stay silent when our rights (and our friend’s rights) are in jeopardy. I won’t give away the details of the thought-provoking book, but I will tell you that it is a must-read. You can buy the book from Amazon.
The Wisconsin pro-union movement has spread to many other states and continues to grow. We need to move forward-not backward.
You have no right to be silent.
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