They came by the tens of thousands, pouring into the statehouse, amassing in front of courthouses and political offices, marching out of classrooms, offices and their homes.
On Tuesday, the people of Wisconsin stood up and said ‘No!’ to Gov. Scott Walkers’ attempts to decimate workers’ rights in the state with his fast-tracked budget “repair” bill. At the largest rally, at the statehouse in Madison, officials estimated the crowd at 25,000. A week of such rallies and lobbying is planned and a vote could come as early as Thursday on the budget bill.
Spurred by the governor’s attempts to eliminate and weaken collective bargaining and pensions and health care benefits for public employees, the rally groups comprised public- and private-sector workers, retirees, students and others.
“This isn’t just about pay and benefits – this is an attack on our rights,” said Rozalia Harris, a teacher from Milwaukee’s Hi-Mount Elementary School who attended the rally. “We have to let everyone know how bad this is going to be for our state.”