This comes from Portside. I don’t know who wrote it, but it’s pretty comprehensive.
THE BATTLE FOR UNIONS IN WISCONSIN: HOW YOU CAN HELP
Folks from outside Wisconsin are contacting me and asking
how to help with the battle to save collective bargaining
for public employees in Wisconsin. (Additional information
on the current status of things here is at the end of this
YOU CAN PROVIDE FINANCIAL SUPPORT
People of generally modest means, including many college
students, are continuing the occupation of the Capitol and
the daily picketing in resistance to the Governor’s plans.
Most teachers have had to/have chosen to return to their
classrooms, but many other union members remain, people
from private sector unions and public unions including
police and firefighters.
There are many private citizens, often seniors. Those
remaining in the capitol and on the picketlines need food,
water, transportation, housing. The Wisconsin AFL-CIO is
coordinating much of that support. No matter how small,
financial support is welcome:
ONLINE: The AFL-CIO is accepting donations online through
PayPal or any major credit card. Please go to
http://wisaflcio.org for the link.
CHECKS can be made payable to the
Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Defense Fund,
6333 W. Blue Mound Rd., Milwaukee, WI 53213
(Please indicate the purpose, e.g. “Capitol protests” or
“Madison rally”, on your check.)
* * * *
SEND FOOD AND WATER DIRECTLY TO THE PROTESTERS
These two close-by shops will supply food and water to
those in the Capitol or on the picket line:
> Ian’s Pizza 608-442-3535 minimum order $20.00 These
> folks are now taking orders only for delivery to the
> resistance, they’ve stopped all delivery to the general
> public. They tell me they deliver to wherever the people
> are — if they’re inside the Capitol, they go in. If
> people are marching and picketing, they take the food to
> the picket line.
> Subway on the Square 608-255-1636 NOTE: minimum order
> $100.00 They have set up a fund there for your orders,
> and they are giving free food from that fund to any union
> member or pro- union demonstrator who requests food.
> Thank Pat for arranging that, I’m sure this is the first
> time they’ve done anything like this.
> * * * *
> CONVEY YOUR OPPOSITION IMMEDIATELY TO THE LEGISLATORS AND
> This legislation can be stopped in the Wisconsin Senate.
> The state has shut down the Legislative Hotline (!)
> through which you could reach the Wisconsin Senators. So
> each needs to be contacted directly.
> The Republicans
> We need only 3 Republicans to vote “no” to stop this. I’m
> listing here Republicans who may be willing to listen:
> Eau Claire area — Terry Moulton
> (608) 266- 7511 District 23
> Green Bay area — Rob Cowles
> (608) 266-0484 District 2
> LaCrosse area — Dan Kapanke
> (608) 266-5490 District 32
> Ripon area — Luther Olsen
> (608) 266-0751 District 14
> Richland County — Dale Schultz
> (608) 266-0703 District 17
> Racine area — Van Wanggaard
> (608) 266-1832 District 21
> Sheboygan area — Joe Leibham
> (608) 266-2056 District 9
> Menasha/Fox Valley — Michael Ellis
> (608) 266-0718 District 19
> Fond du Lac area — Randy Hopper
> (608) 266-5300 District 18
> Dodge County — Scott Fitzgerald
> (608) 266-5660 District 13
> To contact other Republican Senators, or if a voice
> mailbox is full, try sending an email. Email addresses
> are above, or at the senate home pages. Try this link:
> If you live here or if you vacation here, contact the
> Senator from your District and urge a “no” vote on this
> legislation. If you know someone who lives or vacations in
> Wisconsin, ask them to contact the appropriate Senator. If
> you don’t live here, contact as many of the Republicans on
> the list as you can with your opposition to the
> legislation. (“The Whole World is Watching”)
> The Governor: Gov. Walker is not listening to us, and is
> in fact bragging about having received 19,000 emails in
> favor of the legislation to get rid of unions. So we need
> him to hear us.
> Try his phone 608-266-1212 That mailbox will probably be
> full. There are several email routes, I’ve used
> them both. Email him directly at
> Or go to http://walker.wi.gov and scroll down to the
> “Citizen Suggestion” box and give him your suggestion.
> * * * *
> KEEP THE RESISTANCE ALIVE, WIDESPREAD, HIGHLY VISIBLE AND
> * Participate in a protest rally
> Come to Wisconsin or urge those you know who live here to
> get involved. The Capitol in Madison is occupied 24 hours
> a day, with pickets outside at all hours. Come on down!
> Daily rallies and protest activities are happening
> throughout Wisconsin. Join in the activities near you.
> Two sources for detailed and timely information are
> [scroll down to Capitol and to In District Events]
> and http://www.wiafscme.org/
> [scroll down to the Activities List]
> * Organize a rally, a protest, an act of solidarity or
> civil disobedience wherever you are in support of
> Wisconsin workers and our cause. Alert the local media
> that you are acting in support of public employees’ right
> to keep their unions in Wisconsin.
> * Spread the word in whatever way you can: postal mail,
> email, Facebook, twitter.
> * Send a letter to the editor of your local newspaper and
> to the editorial directors of your local TV and radio
> * Send this email on to anyone who might help with this
> fight, via email or postal mail.
> * * * *
> SUPPORT THE “WISCONSIN 14”
> In a remarkable act of civil disobedience and courage, the
> 14 Democratic Senators have left the state to deny the
> Senate a quorum. Without at least one of them, the Senate
> cannot pass this particular legislation. Their leaving
> had to be done quickly and some left, literally, with just
> the clothes on their backs.
> Contact information for the “Wisconsin 14” is listed
> I suggest:
> ** Send them messages of solidarity and support, and urge
> them on.
> ** Most of these folks are not wealthy. Consider writing
> a check to their campaign committee to help with these
> extraordinary expenses. Send it to their home addresses
> and be sure to write it to “The Campaign Committee of
> Senator xxxx” — home addresses are on their senate web
> pages (“voting address”) which you reach via
> (The Government Accountability Board here has ruled that
> campaign contribution funds can be used for these
> expenses. No personal gifts are allowed, and they will be
> Tim Carpenter Dist 3
> Spencer Coggs Dist 6
> Tim Cullen Dist 15
> Jon Erpenbach Dist 27
> Dave Hansen Dist 30
> Jim Holperin Dist 12
> Bob Jauch Dist 25
> Chris Larson Dist 7
> Julie Lassa Dist 24
> Mark Miller Dist 16
> Fred Risser Dist 26
> Lena Taylor Dist 4
> Kathleen Vinehout Dist 31
> Bob Wirch Dist 22
> Thank you.
> Update as of Tuesday February 22:
> The battle lines here have been definitively clarified:
> Last week, the public employee unions all agreed to the
> Governor’s economic demands contained in this contested
> “Budget” Bill. But the Governor continues to insist that
> the abolition of collective bargaining, as included in the
> Bill, is non-negotiable. So as we’ve known all along, this
> Bill is not really about budget issues . . .
> Also, FYI, the Legislature’s reach with this Bill is far
> beyond collective bargaining. Other major components of
> the Bill are an assault on any decent notion of the civil
> society to which we aspire.
> For example, access to health care assistance for the poor
> and elderly will be curtailed. And supervision of the
> privatized workers who care for the most vulnerable among
> us would be effectively abandoned. Important civil
> service positions, now filled by merit selection, are
> converted to political appointment — including such
> civil arbiters as agency lawyers.
> Legislators are meeting today (remember, the Republicans
> have majorities in both houses of the legislature) to
> continue this juggernaut as best they can without a quorum
> in the Senate. They are limited to non-fiscal actions in
> the Senate without the quorum denied them by the
> Democrats. The situation in the Capitol is tense. Police
> are now everywhere, and reporters tell me that the call
> has gone out for more police to be sent to the Capitol.
> Access to the Capitol is limited, with one door open and
> slow security searches of all entering.
> People are concerned that they are attempting to slowly
> strangle the occupation — hallways of the Capitol have
> been emptied and then closed off. Last night, those
> sleeping on the 3rd floor of the rotunda were told to move
> “to clean that area”, and they’ve secured that area.
> Internet access has been cut off. It appears the tactic
> is to limit access to the building and confine protesters
> to smaller and smaller spaces. This process, which may
> elude high-profile and organized resistance from the
> protesters, can lead to minimum media interest — as we
> are all slowly just pushed out the door and out of any
> semblance of a democratic process.
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