The Battle in Wisconsin

(Andy Manis/AP)

wisconsin protests
 (Andy Manis/AP)
wisconsin protests
(Andy Manis/AP)
wisconsin protests
(Andy Manis/AP)

Wisconsin’s Governor,  Scott Walker (R) has proposed a budget bill that would take away the collective bargaining rights for all public employees. This bill has paralyzed the State and awakened the masses to come together and rise up for the workers rights of Wisconsinites. The Republican Governor has seen Wisconsin be the center of attention in American politics for the past couple of days. If he thought that the bill was just going to fly by because the Republicans control the Senate and the Assembly, he didn’t know what he was getting himself into when he took office 6 weeks ago. Wisconsin was the first state in 1959 to pass a collective bargaining law and in doing so paved the way for other States to follow their lead.

Scott Walker may not be paying attention to what is going on in the world because as revolutions are going on in the Middle East, Wisconsin might be our Tunisia and Egypt. Wisconsin may just be what the working class in America needs. What is going on in Wisconsin may be the straw that broke the camel’s back and where people finally have had enough of neo liberal policies. There is only so much that people can take until they yell, YA BASTA, ENOUGH!!!

Just like in the Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia and the Egyptian Revolution, the protest in Wisconsin have brought people from various walks of life. Wisconsinites will not go down without a fight. If they need to, they will continue occupying the State Capitol and taking to the streets. The weather won’t even be able to stop them. These are after all people who love their Green Bay Packers and go to games shirt less in below zero weather to watch their beloved Packers play. If they can do it for the Super Bowl Champion Packers, they are definately going to do it in the name of Justice and Civil Rights.

What we are seeing in Wisconsin is the Governor trying to use the budget deficit as an excuse to attack workers rights. Republicans will come out talking about defending such cuts to get out of this crisis but as long as their neo liberal policies are maintained they can care less about the setbacks that ordinary citizens will take.

It is my hope that what is going on in Wisconsin will inspire the masses and the working class throughout the United States and stand together for a social justice movement. There are rumors that the governor wants to call the National Guard to handle the protesters but doing so will only have negative consequences as Wisconsin will serve as one huge Tahrir (Liberation) Square.

Right now in Wisconsin is an anti union bill, in Florida it could be stripping services for Seniors, in Texas it could be slashing mental health services, in Utah it could be shutting down day care centers and in California it could be a huge blow for not only the Seniors, the homeless, the children with autism, individuals with mental health issues and physical disabilities but the majority of the social service spectrum. What we are are seeing is that in States throughout the country, Governors are making budget cuts targetting the poor and working class families. It doesn’t matter if the Governor is Democrat or Republican, at the end of the day they are all the same. The two party system that we have in America does not represent the needs of the poor and working class people. It represents the interest of the neoliberal policies that have forced millions of people into homelessness and poverty. Why is it that the poor and working class families have to suffer setbacks to their resources at the expense to balance a budget? Was it the poor and working class families that got us into this mess? NO.  What got America into this recession is the capitalist system. The neo liberal policies that have turned America into a giant beast has finally turned around and bite them where it hurts the most. Because of these policies, the majority of us are feeling the heat. For as long as the gap between the rich and the poor widens, the closer Americans are from staging a mass social uprising. While people in the Middle East are rising up against dictators, Americans can rise up against a different type of dictator. We have an economic dictator in America and his name is Capitalism. And sooner rather than later, all dictators come tumbling down.

AIN’T NO POWER, LIKE THE POWER OF THE PEOPLE CUZ THE POWER OF THE PEOPLE DON’T STOP…SAY WHAT?
AINT NO POWER, LIKE THE POWER OF THE PEOPLE CUZ THE POWER OF THE PEOPLE DON’T STOP…SAY WHAT?
AINT NO POWER, LIKE THE POWER OF THE PEOPLE CUZ THE POWER OF THE PEOPLE DON’T STOP…SAY WHAT?

Here is some footage on the protest in Wisconsin that I found on YouTube. Enjoy.

One Response to “The Battle in Wisconsin”

  1. pablo Says:

    eso mero compa. let me know when you are in town. i dont know if ill be in the bay for the Mexico game pero ill try. lets catch up soon.

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