February 20, 2011 by tristan savage
I’m sure most of us have heard about the enormous protests in Wisconsin, where the new Republican governor, Scott Walker, is trying to take away workers’ right to collective bargaining. The protests, which have regularly turned out tens of thousands of students, teachers, police, firefighters, and other neighbors, which have sparked massive strikes and student walkouts, are shaping up to be the epicenter of the new battle for workers’ rights in this latest Great Recession.
Twin Cities Indymedia has a good round-up of recent events, as well as Friday’s Democracy Now interviews about why tax cuts for corporations in Wisconsin have been used to manufacture a budget crisis and an excuse for the ruling class to attack workers’ rights. Students for a Democratic Society is mobilizing to connect student movements to the struggle of the workers, and even the Democrats in the state legislature have joined the barricades- in this case, fleeing the state to deprive the government a quorum, blocking the anti-union bill.
Here’s a wonderful video showing the energy in the protests, and what kind of power youth, workers, and oppressed communities could have everywhere in America if we unite and organize: