Today marks the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, a holiday rooted in the American Women’s Suffrage Movement and intended to raise awareness and celebrate the economic, social and political achievements of women across the globe.
Citizens from around the state have taken the first steps by filing recall papers against key Republican Senators who stood with Scott Walker and pushed his partisan power grab that will strip thousands of middle class teachers, nurses, librarians and other workers of their right to collective bargaining. And we have now learned that their disastrous budget that will cut hundreds of millions from our schools and universities.
The Oshkosh Northwestern says:
"It is possible that as Walker balances the state budget, he pushes the problem down to the local level. If the worst comes to pass, make no mistake of who is behind each and every layoff notice issued, each family struggling when programs get cut or eliminated, students who fail to achieve their full potential or cannot afford college because of skyrocketing tuition: Gov. Scott Walker and Republican legislative leaders."
Wisconsinites have already turned out in record numbers, tens of thousands from all over the state, to stand up for working families and to tell Scott Walker that his divisive power grab is just not the Wisconsin way.
According to data obtained from Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, Walker's gubernatorial campaign received $43,000 from the Koch Brothers’ KochPAC during the 2010 election. KochPAC also contributed $12,500 to Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen and more than $10,000 in support of Republican legislators and Walker henchmen such as Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald, Department of Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch, Senator Randy Hopper and Rep. Joel Kleefisch, husband of Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch.
Hundreds of supporters in Minnesota today stood in solidarity with working Wisconsin families at the Minnesota State Capitol.
Read more here.
At Sunday's Worker Rights rally in the State Capitol, Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin had a special message for the people of Wisconsin. Check out the video below.
This morning, people are gathering in the Capitol for the noon rally for worker rights. Chants of “We want justice” are echoing throughout the Capitol. If you are in the Madison area, show your support.
Read more here.