Tuesday, February 22, 2011


The Bail Out The People Movement website www.bailoutpeople.org has the latest tweets, articles, video, information on U.S. solidarity demos and an online petition in solidarity with the heroic worker and student occupation for union rights at the Wisconsin state Capitol in Madison. Post and email this information widely and check this website regularly for more updates.

  • SIGN THE ONLINE PETITION, sending a message to EVERY WISCONSIN LEGISLATOR as well as Governor Walker, the Wisconsin congressional delegation, the Obama administration and members of the media saying HANDS OFF THE WISCONSIN WORKERS AND STUDENTS! KILL THE WALKER BILL!

See VIDEO taken inside Wisconsin Capitol by BOPM activists on 2/17

After week one of Wisconsin Capitol takeover:

'We can't lose collective bargaining'

By Brian G. Pfeiffer
Madison, WI

Feb. 19 – The people's liberation of the state Capitol in Madison, Wis., is in full swing.

"Now is the time. We can't let this die because we are at ground zero and what happens here affects the rest of the world. We have to be strong. A united front," said Mahlon Mitchell of the Professional Firefighters of Wisconsin at the massive afternoon rally at the state Capitol Feb. 19. Mitchell became the first African-American president of the PFW on Jan. 12.

On Feb. 19 the biggest demonstration yet, with an estimated crowd of 100,000, filled the grounds outside the state Capitol and continued the sit-in. A massive roving picket line with all sectors of the working class -- union and non-union workers, the unemployed, students, people of color, immigrants, and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer community -- marched on the streets for the entire day accompanied by drumming, chanting, dancing and singing.

The Tea Party hosted a counter-rally of about 2,000 on the Capitol steps in the early afternoon protected by more than 500 fully armed cops with riot gear. Tea Party members were bused in and left quickly after their rally. They were directly confronted by students and workers from such organizations as Students for a Democratic Society, Fight Imperialism, Stand Together, Bail Out the People Movement, Veterans for Peace, Freedom Road Socialist Organization, Workers World Party and others with chants of "Hey, hey, ho, ho, racist Tea Party has to go," "Hands off workers: Make the banks pay," and "Kill the Bill."

The racist, anti-worker Tea Party crowd was entirely surrounded by those opposing Walker's bill, which is an attack on the entire working class and oppressed internationally by the banks, corporations and the Pentagon. Some workers even waded into the Tea Party crowd and shouted at the main speakers. <>

From a youth organizer in Madison:
‘Solidarity of workers and students cannot be broken’

By Ben Carroll
Madison, Wis.

Feb. 21 -- Inside the state Capitol building in Madison, Wis., the halls normally filled with politicians and corporate lobbyists are now occupied by thousands of people. Banners and posters with messages of solidarity and slogans denouncing Gov. Walker's attack on the public sector hang from every wall.

Chants of "power to the people" and drumming fill the building from the early hours of the morning until late at night. The energy in the building is absolutely electric and all who are participating in the occupation and mass demonstrations are determined to carry the struggle forward until the anti-union bill is defeated.

Young people and students are playing a decisive role in the historic struggle that is developing in Wisconsin. The occupation -- which is entering its second week now -- has been led by young workers, high school students, undergraduates and the graduate student unions. <>

Bail Out the People Movement

Solidarity Center
55 W. 17th St. #5C
New York, NY 10011

Email: bailoutpeople.org/cmnt.shtml

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