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Insider Scoop on the Gov. Walker Recall

Today we have a jubilant guest blog post from my Uncle Brad, who has worked tirelessly to protect worker’s rights and recall Walker since the very beginning of the Madison protests last year. Given how people have looked towards Madison as inspiration for so many peaceful protests and mass awakenings, the results so far are quite encouraging for more systemic change. Here’s Brad Palmer’s inside scoop:

My Fellow “State Street Hippies”

1,000,000!
One Million!!
ONE MILLION!!!
OVER 1,000,000!!!!
That’s a ONE and SIX zeros!

My God, Wisconsin Freedom Fighters–teachers, farmers, janitors, nurses, firefighters, police, retirees, students, unemployed, homeless, accountants, professors, Occupy Madison, all walks of our state, collected over 1,000,000 signatures (we needed 540,208) to recall Walker. That’s more than any recall for an American governor in the history of the United States! Additionally, 845,000 signatures to recall the Lt. Governor, and another 87,000 to recall four Republikan state senators. We did this in 60 days. It wasn’t, as John Nichols noted, just Madison and Milwaukee. It was rural communities, small towns, little burgs….it was all of us. Organizing an undertaking like this is bigger than the Democratic Party, bigger than the unions. It was 30,000 grassroots residents of this state, braving winter weather, death threats, intimidation, attacks, profanities, anger and money. It was, in short, US! WE DID THIS! And Wisconsin’s accomplishment belongs to America as well.

When I got an email at 1:51 this afternoon from United Wisconsin — the largest driving organization of volunteers in this effort — that stated we — WISCONSIN — had collected over a million signatures and turned them into the GAB, my knees literally went weak. I headed for the locker room at work and sat on a bench, awash in emotion. In those brief moments, every memory I have of the rising up for freedom in Wisconsin flashed through my head in technicolor. I remember 30,000 of us marching in the winter. I saw the 150,000 marchers standing shoulder to shoulder with Kathie and me, my daughter and son in law, two of my granddaughters, in sleet and snow, frozen, seeing thousands of signs. We chanted. We stood and heard speakers, including John Nichols, editor of “Nation” magazine. He told us, “We can get a million signatures to recall Walker. But we have to wait 9 months.” We cheered, but we didn’t know what was ahead of us.

We heard Peter Yarrow sing for 100,000 of us. We heard Michael Moore speak on the steps of the capitol. I saw the rotunda, filled with thousands of us; an open mic, “Firefighters for Labor,” “Cops for Labor.” AFSCME, AF of L-CIO. I remember singing with the Solidarity Singers, who still sing songs of freedom and labor and protest in the captiol — “Singing for our lives.” 14 brave Democratic senators heading to Illinois to prevent FatzWalkerstan from ramming through illegal legislation, then welcoming them back to the capitol after the deed was done covertly. Dwindling at times to several dozen of us carrying signs, walking around the capitol in the spring. Walkerville — tents on the square to translate “Hooverville” of the 1930s into 2011. The drive for recall of our own senatorial stooge, Luther Olsen — gathering signatures, campaigning with Fred Clark, knocking on doors, meeting resistance and appreciation alternately. The crushing deflation I felt when we lost that recall election after all the hard work, but knowing the state recalled two of the three conspiritors of Walker’s. Saying goodbye to the foot soldiers we shared the recall campaign with, but strengthening our own grassroots organization.

We attended a LOT of demonstrations in Madison, and participated in our own Portage area demonstrations — something Portage had not seen in my 34 years here. The firing up of the recall office again, with a stronger, wiser, larger grassroots group, knowing WE were now the driving force, taking initiative, doing it ourselves, and knowing that all over this state, people like us were doing the same. Phone banks, recall signature stations, buttons, signs, getting hassled like never before, getting loved like never before. Many of our people gave up family time, weekends, nights, mornings, vacations, retirements; just to do what had to be done — recall Walker, restore our freedom. All of this rushed through my head and became a waking visual dream as I sat there. I was overcome with emotion — good emotion. This war will have many more battles. But the good guys just won one, and won it BIG.

Tonight we attended a “celebration” in Madison by United Wisconsin to thank all the volunteers who made this happen today. I estimate four thousand of us gathered in Monona Terrace Convention Center. “These are my people,” I thought, as I entered the sea of smiling Wisconsinites. We have a much bigger battle ahead. But tonight — just for tonight — was to take a breath and revel in what we’ve done. Mike Tate, leader of the DPW, thanked us and told us that what we did was not only historic, not only watched by the entire nation, but reaffirmed what the power of people can do. He admitted that during the planning stage, the DPW had decided the Satan of the Senate — Scott Fatzgerald — was unreachable. In all Fatzgerald’s arrogant haughtiness, it NEVER entered his empty puppet head that he could ever be recalled. His district is too red, he is the majority leader of the senate, and was safely entrenched. So there was no office in that district, no organization, no DPW.

But someone forgot to tell a diminutive photographer named Lori Compas. She decided she had to try. So with her own home as her recall office, she procured petitions, and went out on her own. She need 17,000 plus. She had 60 days to do this alone. Eventually, she convinced friends, family, anyone she could, to help her. She organized, she persevered, she NEVER stopped, not for a day. With two weeks left in the drive, the state noticed her efforts. Within 48 hours of the deadline, she needed 700 signatures to reach minimum, with no cushion of signatures. Within that 48 hours, volunteers from all over the state poured into little Jefferson, Wisconsin, where a recall office — an empty warehouse — was abuzz with directors, trainers, turf distributors, signature checkers, canvassers — it looked like Eisenhower’s office must have looked on the battlefields of World War II. Someone forgot to tell Lori it couldn’t be done. She got 20,600 signatures, virtually as a one-woman army. Mike Tate recognized her on stage tonight. She deserved every loud roaring cheer she got. She is a warrior. She is a Badger.

John Nichols was the key note speaker. He thanked us all. He quoted Fighting Bob LaFollette, who birthed the Progressive movement, “Democracy is not an event. It is a life.” He told us of Wisconsin’s place in history tonight. He reminded us of the demonstrations, the push back, the rising up of an oppressed citizenry. He reminded us that tonight we deserve a celebration; and tomorrow, we must begin the fight anew.

We are at war, make no mistake. The fight of our lives wages on. I hugged a lot of people tonight, most of them were strangers. One man said he’d hugged so many people he couldn’t remember them all. I told him, “We’re all one tonight.” Kathie’s only description of the event was brief and poignant. “This was awesome. We needed this.”

And as we stood at the end of the program — stood among strangers who will ever be our brothers and sisters, who don’t know “quit,” who don’t recognize, “You can’t win,” who don’t care about millions of dollars against them, who simply will not stop–the Solidarity Singers came on stage and sang THEIR signature song.

“Solidarity forever, Solidarity forever. Solidarity forever, the union makes us strong.”

I always considered that song a great tribute to labor — to the men and women who toiled over generations to till the land of Wisconsin, to build the schools and churches and houses; who worked the factories and made the goods and minded the stores. To have them and their memory corrupted and dishonored by the fiends of FatzWalkerstan is beyond evil. And it occurred to me as I stood witnessing 4.000 fists in the air in unison, singing, “Solidarity forever,” that a “union” is also a oneness of people, a connection that cannot be broken, a family of hard working people who refuse to give in to fear or threats or intimidation. Tonight that union is over one million strong. And tomorrow, we must begin preparations for the biggest battle. Can people power really defeat corporate billions? We believe it, because this is a life, not an event. Tonight belongs to us. Tomorrow is ours to earn.

The war continues. Here in my county, in my town of Portage, even now, the county board is plotting a vote tomorrow to further force sacrifices and punishment, further loss of income and benefits for county employees. Kathie is a candidate for that very board in April. Perhaps they might heed our phone calls and emails, flooding them the past two days — perhaps they may sit up and pay attention to the current state of the governor’s precarious tenure….perhaps not. But here in our county and neighboring counties, we have a grassroots organization that turned a red county blue last summer, a county that attained 200% of its goal in Walker recall signatures. Maybe — just maybe — they might be thinking of how angry Badgers can be when they’re attacked.

Fatzgerald and Grossman said, “They’ll go away in a couple of weeks.” That was in March of 2011. Kathie was asked in an interview by Channel 3 of Madison in March of 2011, “Do you think the protesters will still be here in a month?”

The push back is growing. SOPA has prompted internet blackouts in protest. Occupations continue to stand against foreclosures, continue to demonstrate, continue to occupy, the 99% continues to make a difference and to be heard. Indiana’s monarchical governor, Mitch Daniels, is being opposed by a new organization — of REPUBLICANS. They’re called, “lunchpail Republicans,” who say the current Republikan party is NOT the party of Lincoln. The lunchpailers are running ads AGAINST the Republikan administration in Indiana. Ohio gave Wisconsin a shot of adrenaline with their overwhelming reversal of anti-labor laws.

So tomorrow, we brush off our boots. We gather winter clothing and await the drive in a couple weeks to assist Wisconsin residents whose votes have been suppressed by Walker’s voter ID law. Badgers won’t be stopped. We grow, we strengthen, we unite, we organize. Freedom, democracy, rights….Fighting Bob reminds us these aren’t events, they are a life. I’ve met and connected with thousands of extraordinary people during this class war. I am honored by such bonds. I am humbled by their strength. This Illinois native is proud to be a Badger.

Forgive the emotional tone of this report. It was an emotional day for a million of us. How do we smell now, “Senator” Glen Grossman?

I encountered a five or six year old boy at the celebration tonight, perched on his father’s shoulders. I touched his arm, looked him in the eyes, and said, “Remember this.”

Solidarity Forever!
Union! Unity!
Fight back!

Solidarity!

Brad

My New Favorite Wisconsin Update

So many thanks to my Uncle Brad for these continually inspiring updates. I appreciate both the on-the-ground details and his bigger picture connections. So true! People everywhere are starting to recognize their own power and sovereignty. Yay, world! Keep reaching. We all deserve the very best lives we can imagine, and I’m happy to say people are gaining courage to imagine better and better lives. It also comes quite synchronously with some Martin Luther King, Jr. moments yesterday, despite my not knowing of the speech reading at the Capitol. Much Love and Increasing Light!! And now, a report from Brad Palmer:

Hello, ALL Wisconsin!

Well, interesting afternoon. The capitol square was quiet, only a smattering of demonstrators. I noticed people entering the capitol building, and I hadn’t been there in two weeks. So I entered. Of course, I
was screened, emptied my pockets, and told if I didn’t remove my jacket–because I have so many buttons on it promoting Wisconsin, solidarity, recalling Walker and Olsen, that I would set off the metal detector. Or, the capitol police (who are independent from the city police) would have to scan me. I said, “Scan away.” I was brought to the side, asked to spread my arms, and then explain each beep…my copper bracelet, my watch, my belt buckle, my rings, and, of course, my buttons. Apparently satisfied that I was not a domestic terrorist hiding knives, bombs, and weaponry, they let me pass. And then I heard….singing. Many voices.

Those who know me recognize that singing is the call of the wild to me. As I entered the rotunda the singing was louder. Once inside, a circle of about 125 people, with another 25 on the second floor, were singing freedom and union songs. It was a “Solidarity Sing-along.” And between each song, the moderator read excerpts from Dr. King’s Memphis speech of April 3, 1968–the day before he was killed. I’ve heard that speech many times over the years….”….I may not get there with you. But that doesn’t matter to me now, because I have been to the mountain top….” With each paragraph he read after each song, I choked up. Dr. King is a hero of mine. Whatever shortcomings great people may have, the work and sacrifices they make for the betterment of all of us in a sacred gift. His was especially so, paid for with his life.

The songs included, “Bread and Roses,” “We Shall Overcome,” If I Had a Hammer,” “Which Side Are You On?’ Every once in a while during my hour stay in the rotunda–a place that just weeks ago was ALIVE with thousands of voices making one voice–some one would yell, “Whose House?” To which we all responded, “Our House!” When the announcement was made at 4 :30 and 4:45 that the capitol was closing, the chant began again. And that Badger pride, along with Dr. King’s words–read by another, but no less profound–swelled into my heart. Those people in the rotunda, those in Baraboo, those 150,00 on the square, the fire fighter I thanked, the poster vendor I talked with, the State Street patrons, the homeless man selling the Street Pulse newspaper, the coffee clerk in Michelangelo’s Coffee house–they aren’t liberals. They’re people who live and work here, who just want to be alive and enjoy the freedoms that so many before us sacrificed so much for; the soldiers, the union organizers, the merchants and small business people, women’s rights workers, the fighters of dominion and greed….we are ALL united in this fight. And we’re starting to cherish each other and cherish these moments together and we’re seeing a government being reborn out of tyranny. And WE are those people.

As the final announcement came, the moderator suggested we all exit together in song, via the Martin Luther King Street exit, singing, “If I Had a Hammer,”….in order to assist the capitol police in their clearing of the building and fulfillment of their duties.” Just before we lined up to exit, a sudden quiet prevailed. I couldn’t help it. I yelled as loudly as I could, “Who Is Wisconsin?” The immediate reply came back with one voice 150 strong, “We Are Wisconsin!” Just before I stopped, I yelled, “Thank you!” and the reply was returned, “Thank you.” We turned to exit in song. As we dispersed, we waved to each other. Some continued to sing, some shook hands. We were one in the rotunda. Most of us had never met, but we parted as friends.

Just before exiting, an announcement was made–no microphone, no bullhorn, so I hope I got the details correct. The “Day of Action” march will begin at 4 PM on the capitol square tomorrow, April 4. At 7 PM, Rev. Jesse Jackson, along with two members of the Memphis Sanitation Union–who Dr. King was supporting in Memphis in April, 1968–will lead a march around the square. We will sing, “We Shall Overcome,” all the way around. Lest you think this is all a bit solemn, an extra verse was added in the rotunda sing-along; “Walker won’t be governor for lo–oh–oh–ong.” Rev. Jackson marched with Dr. King, and his presence is appropriate and welcome.

A note for Madison’s Tuesday election; there is a non-binding preference referendum to undo the sinister “corporate personhood” the Republicans passed to give corporations the same rights as individuals. This was a first step in eliminating, “one person, one vote.” We all encourage Madisonians to vote, “Yes.” It’s another way to be heard, another worrisome matter for the emporer with no clothes to ponder.

I headed down State Street and encountered my (“my,” because I see him selling his wares every time I’m in Madison, and I’ve grown to like him) homeless man, asking passers by if they’d like a copy of Street Pulse. You know the deal, he gets to keep the dollar after his initial 25 cent investment. I gladly gave him $3 and took a copy. He’s working, he’s trying, he’s not begging for change. I admire that, I admire him. These people we’re united with, they aren’t liberals. They’re Republicans, Democrats, liberals, conservatives, religious and non-religious, capitalists and non-capitalists, all ethnicities, all lifestyles, all professions, from
laborers and service people to physicians, teachers, and nurses, engineers, drivers, employed and unemployed, homeless and housed. The are ALL of us, and we are ALL of them. And we are now united in a great struggle that we WILL win–because we cannot afford to lose.

And when this marathon is done, when Wisconsin history is written this summer and fall of 2011, when the trash is gone from our government beginning Tuesday, extending through the successful recall of the Republican traitors to Wisconsin, and ending with the eviction of the soon-to-be unemployed Walker back to Colorado where he can lobby for Koch industries with an asterisk — “recalled in Wisconsin” — our work is not done. We must lead and assist our sister states and sweep the dirt out of government from Maine to Washington, California to New Jersey, and start the battle again. And Wisconsin will do so. The work we do here, the work ALL of you are doing is strong because we are united. We remain and welcome the title, “Ground Zero.” We are up to this task for as long as it takes….because We are Wisconsin, and we live here, and this is OUR home.

Beginning with Tuesday’s election, we will send the first official messages to Walker that his time is about up, and Madison will send word about what the Supreme Court can do with “corporate personhood.” Dauntless, refusing to be misinformed or misled, we remain strong and united. The rotunda was alive today, and it breathes with the inspiration of its people. Thank you for the work you ALL do. Please join the march if you can. If not, please continue your great work that is invaluable, and without which we can’t succeed. Badgers, PLEASE get out the vote Tuesday and fire the first shot into Walker’s paper regime. After his puppet is defeated, we can tell him, “You ain’t seen nothin’ yet!”

Shoulder to shoulder,
Strong in unity,
Undivided.
Solidarity, my friends.

Brad

Rotunda Report from Madison on March 11

Another report from my Uncle Brad. It’s somewhat bizarre to have moved to Madison from Chicago, and yet to be visiting some dear friends in Chicago during these last few days. My friends are leaving the US, so I feel good about the decision to spend extra time with them, but I’ve been sending lots of love, Reiki and Runes to Madison and around the world. It seems many other exciting spots have popped up this week. Thanks again to Brad Palmer for his on-the-ground reports, humor and good cheer:

Hi, Kids….I expected tonight would be a light one on the capitol square, what with the anticipation of Saturday–Teamsters, AF of L-CIO, the Tractorcade, the return of the Wisconsin 14–and the latter ARE going to march with the predicted tens of thousands of demonstrators, in unity for the people of Wisconsin’s support for them, and our thanks and support for them. Personally, I’m hoping for over 100,000 people. And I further anticipate the continuation of these demonstrations until we get our state back. We are Wisconsin, not a division of Koch Industries.

There were perhaps 200 marching around the square tonight when we arrived at 6:10 PM, many carrying their signs, some chanting, some playing musical instruments. The satellite TV news trucks were everywhere in anticipation of tomorrow. Milwaukee, Madison, and beyond represented. The Teamsters’ semis were lined up and outlined in tiny lights all round the trailers. Kathie and I walked around the square three times, exchanging quick conversations, like, “This is NOT over,” and those we met responded in kind. We could actually FEEL the anxiety, the expectation of tomorrow in the air. It was like most save a few of us were charging up for the protest.

We dined, and Kathie went back to Portage. She is going to walk recall petitions around Portage on Sunday and Monday to pick up any signatures we might have missed. Portage had another 150 volunteers to do the same for the recall of our disgraceful senator, Luther Olsen. Luther said his escorted exit from the senate after the illegal, immoral, unethical vote to ram Walker’s reprehensible bill was “the scariest gauntlet I’ve ever run.” I wonder why Luther doesn’t press skin with his constituency lately????

I returned to the square, wanted to experience some one on one with these pesky demonstrators. I came upon a group of women carrying signs, and asked one around my age if she was one of those union thugs. She laughed, said, “Yes,” and asked if I was, too. I replied, “No, I’m just a slob.” (Reference senator Fitzgerald’s reference to the 100,000 demonstrators of two weeks ago as ‘union thugs’ and ‘slobs’ and ‘some of that State Street bunch.’) I came upon a band of a baritone, clarinet, hand symbols, an accordion, and a drummer playing, “When the Saints.” I stopped and sang a few choruses with them, and continued walking. Cars on the street honked in approval of my “Recall Scott Walker” sign. I walked up to an elderly man (even older than I!) and said, “This ain’t over, young man!” to which he replied, “No, it’s not!” He said his wife was in a union. I came next upon a young couple whose two children were chanting, “Scott Walker has got to go.” I told them they were getting a better civics lesson than I ever got.

A new twist is the chalk art on the sidewalks of the square. (I wonder what cost Walker will assess to that “damage.” You recall he said the tape adhesive “damage” to the capitol was $7,500,000, a figure he later corrected to $250,000. Having been in the capitol building a lot ourselves, we would assess the “damage” at somewhere between $0 and nothing.) The most poignant thing I saw, in bold letters and bright yellow chalk, said; “If we can’t change the minds, we can change the faces.” –Lena Taylor. Well said.

The preponderance of the citizens of this state want these Republicans not only out of office, but out of our lives. I perceive the anger, determination, and perseverance of these people. Walker is uniting all of
us. I trust Saturday will only be a preview of things to come–a constant reminder to the media of this disgraceful misrepresentation of Wisconsin citizens.

Just to buck you all up a little, I listened to a woman from Michigan who phoned the host of 92.1 FM (progressive radio). Michigan’s governor (a Republican, go figure) has declared a “financial emergency” and is
attempting to elicit monies from pensions to line pockets. They are in far worse economic shape than Wisconsin. She said that what is happening in Wisconsin has got the Michigan residents, “Charged up!” America continues to look to Wisconsin to lead this fight of the middle class versus corporate
giants, and it looks like David just might KO Goliath again. We JUST AREN’T GIVING UP!

By the time I get to downtown Madison Saturday, the enormity of it will likely keep me from getting close. I hope that’s the case, I have previous appointments I must keep. I’m relying on my family (so far, seven of them will be there) to give me details. I’m sure the media coverage will be massive–but I DO NOT trust the media, they, too, are owned by Clear Channel, et al. I will do my best to tell you the truth in my own, albeit,
solidarity way.

I was heartened by the determination of children, students, grandparents on the square tonight–still walking when I left at 9 PM. NONE of them were conceding anything, all of them convinced and determined Walker’s pitiful short-lived regime is about to end–through the Constitution of Wisconsin and the absolutely heroic and historic will of her people.

Madison is about to explode into the largest peaceful, unified demonstration I will have seen in my lifetime. This is really going to be somethin’.

Solidarity, We are Wisconsin…

Brad

Madison Rotunda Report 2/25/2011

I’m not sure how many people realize that the Capitol Building in Madison, WI features the second largest dome in the United States — second only to the one in Washington, DC. In a quite physical sense, the rallies in Madison’s Rotunda really do form a microcosm of the rest of the US right now. Today we have a follow-up report from guest blogger and passionate advocate, Brad Palmer. Many thanks, Brad!

Rotunda February 24, 2011

Hello, All — I was afraid after the gestapo-like passage in the Wisconsin Assembly last night that enthusiasm would wane at the capital. I was wrong. The crowd in the Rotunda tonight was louder. The marchers on the square were more numerous.

I’ll paraphrase my little speech….I don’t plan on speaking until the spirit moves me, so there are occasional poorly expressed thoughts I make, which I’ll point out in parentheses. Again, the moderators allowed anyone to speak who wanted, so that’s how I got my minute. And so I said:

“I’ll be brief. First, Wisconsin Fourteen–HOLD FAST! (loud cheers). Second, I heard the governor’s threats tonight (ref. his “press conference’ in which he said it was time for the fourteen Democrats to return.) I know the captial building is resuming hours, and will be closed from Sunday at 4 PM until Monday morning. We will respect that. But Governor, this building doesn’t belong to you. IT BELONGS TO US! (louder cheers….but I wish I’d said it belongs to the people of Wisconsin, never meant to imply it belonged only to the protesters.) Third, tomorrow my grandchildren will be marching. My children will be marching. My in-laws will be marching. My wife and I will be marching. Bring your children, bring you families. If the children don’t understand, explain it to them. Tomorrow at noon, I want to see 100,000!” Loud cheers.

The Madison Police department, which sent round 25 officers on Wednesday, had about 60 there tonight. They were supported by the Dane County Deputies union, around 20 deputies carrying signs supporting the protest. I noticed a few more minorities tonight. I noticed more union people–IWW, Teamsters, UAW, the Madison Firefighters union….the gathering was peaceful, and LOUD!

A sixteen year old girl spoke of her admiration for her teachers. A college student spoke of her special-needs sister (Down’s Syndrome AND autism) who is cared for via medicaide, will the student is studying health care to tend to her sister. A woman held up photographs of the Republicans who acted
inappropriately and likely illegally in last night’s session, refusing to let 28 representatives vote. “Remember these faces,” she said.

The highlight of the evening came at 7 PM. One of the moderators had a letter to the governor from the head of the Madison Police union. He read it, and I wish I’d recorded it, perhaps it’s on the net somewhere. He said in essence: “The current stance of the Assembly and the Governor to dispel the state workers union and eliminate collective bargaining is wrong. During the police co-occupation with the protesters, the protesters were polite, peaceful, and cleaned the capital after themselves. The police, he declared, have decided to sleep in the capital with the protesters TONIGHT!” Thunderous cheers.

Two new words were repeated by several thousand of us over and over…..”Solidarity.” “Undivided.” And the very loud chant of, “We will not be divided!”

The enthusiasm is higher tonight than Wednesday. Walker and his bullies exposed themselves last night with the fallicious passage of the bill. This, my friends, is not subsiding, but growing into steadfast resolve. We
were not “a bunch of out of towners” tonight. We were not “that State Street bunch” tonight. We were and will remain Wisconsin. We of Madison have become the peaceful battle ground and inspiriation to the
Americans who believe in fairness.

Representative Barca took a compromise to Walker on Wednesday. Walker has refused to respond.

I think Walker and his cronies are painting themselves into a corner, politically. Walker’s approval ratings have taken a hit this last two weeks. Many of the protesters stated they will remain united and carry this
fight for weeks…months…years.

It continues to inspire me. I thanked every cop and speaker I could, we shook hands with everyone we passed. Kathie and I went into businesses off the square with signs in their windows supporting working families and thanked them. We thanked people on the street carrying signs in support. We saw NO tea baggers or anti-union people tonight. Despite the apathy in Portage, we will cointinue to carry the message, bolstered by Madison. Because it’s the right thing to do.

Please learn more about the issue, find the names of the Wisconsin corporations delinquent in their fair share of taxes….the numbers are staggering.

THIS is what democracy looks like!

Brad