Madison Protests May Spark a New Era of Protest Politics by Billy Wharton + Uprising in Wisconsin

by Billy Wharton
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad February 17, 2011
February 18, 2011

Wisconsin Teachers Protest

Image by WxMom via Flickr

Protests are erupting across Wisconsin in response to Governor Scott Walker’s proposal to strip public employees of the right to collectively bargain in order to impose a severe austerity package.  The focal point of the rallies was the capitol building in Madison where protesters took a page from the Egyptian protest movement and occupied the inside rotunda.  These protests may be the first sign that the deepening of the economic crisis that ensued in 2008 may push many more Americans into protest politics not seen in this country since the 1930s.

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