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Madison, Wis.—March 12, 2011

[All photogs by TedF—click to enlarge thumbnails or photogs]

This is Part II of  my photo features on the return of Wisconsin’s 14 Democratic State Senators to Madison.

Democratic State Senate Minority Leader, Monona's Mark Miller, paused to soak up the crowd and the Saturday sun while his colleague, Senator Spencer Coggs gives a close-fisted salute to over 100,000 working people who cheered the heroes home.

Walker, your layoff notice is being prepared...

“We will take our Capitol back. And we will do it together!” cried Democratic Senator Julie Lassa of Stevens Point.”We’re going to take this case all the way to the courts. Wisconsin can’t afford Republican rubber stamps for their governor.”

Senator Dave Hansen, Democrat from Green Bay

"Greetings from northern Wisconsin," said the Democrat from Conover, Senator Jim Holperin. "Thank you for being loud! Thank you for being peaceful."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With her son by her side, Democratic Senator Lena Taylor from Milwaukee said, “They did not hear you now, but they will hear you later!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Senator Dave Hansen (center) and Senate Minority Leader Miller

 

Wisconsin's Fab 14 in a show of unity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Senator Bob Wirch, a Democrat from Pleasant Prairie, gives a thumbs up to the crowd.

Senator Hansen, Democratic Senate Minority Leader Miller and Senator Risser...

THANK YOU! 14 THANK YOU!

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Madison, Wis.–March 12, 2011

[All photogs by TedF–click on a photog or thumbnail to enlarge]

The Reverend Jesse Jackson led the rally in a prayer for earthquake-ravished Japan and working families in the class warfare struggle.

The Reverend Jesse Jackson moves through the crowd on his way to the podium with the Fab 14.

Reverend Jesse Jackson in unity with the Wisconsin 14 Democratic State Senators!

“April 4 is the anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King,” Rev. Jackson told the crowd. “On April 5, we have to come alive…” Jackson then led over 100,000 people at the rally in the chant: “Come a-liiive—April fiiive! Come a-live! April 5…”

“This is completely overwhelming! What an incredible privilege to be standing in the footsteps of the Wisconsin 14,” Monk Star and Wisconsinite Tony Shalhoub humbly remarked at the We Are Wisconsin Rally in Madison on Saturday. “They are what democracy looks like,” he chanted to the crowd. "...This is the beginning of a national movement..."

Mimicking Republican insults about public employees, Wisconsin native Tony Shalhoub introduced his sister as “this thug, this lazy-assed malcontent good-for-nothing bully” and then clarified that she is a teacher in Green Bay. “So what do you think? Dangerous and self-serving, right? No! She’s a teacher and she’s adorable…The vast majority of Wisconsinites do not support the agenda of soon-to-be-former Governor Walker !”

Tony Shalhoub's sister is a teacher from Green Bay.

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Madison, Wis.—Saturday, March 12, 2011

[All photographs are TedF photogs—click on any photograph or thumbnail to enlarge]

Wisconsin farmers and other supporters of working families drove tractors and pulled  wagons and floats in a tractorcade parade—PULL TOGETHER, SUPPORT WORKING FAMILIES– held prior to a huge rally for workers at the Capitol in Madison last Saturday.  Local media estimated that 100,000 to 150,000 working people and supporters attended the parade and rally.

Nine Wisconsinites dressed as dairy cows and one Wisconsin woman carried signs spelling out “S-O-L-I-D-A-R-I-T-Y” as they danced in the street around the perimeter of the Capitol while singing “Na, na, na,na. Na, na, na, na. Governor Walk-er, good-bye!”

People poured in for the PULL TOGETHER PARADE as it circled the perimeter of Capitol Square in Madison.  As the parade progressed, people kept pouring into the Capitol area and joining the parade so that it was soon hard to tell the paraders from the parade-goers.  Two things were for certain at this Madison Mardis Gras for working middle class Americans–everybody was in unity and solidarity, and nobody believed that any good would every come from the blatant anti-worker policies of Wisconsin Republicans as they continue to abuse their power.

Thousands carried signs and banners illustrating their extreme dislike of Republican Governor Walker, the Republican Wisconsin State Senate and the Republican Wisconsin State House of Representatives as well as the billionaire Koch Brothers and other billionaires who pull the puppet strings that make the Republican executive and legislative branches of Wisconsin government dance. Recall Republicans and Recall Walker were the action phrases of the day and it is the recalling of Republicans that will chart the course of Wisconsin’s political future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More thumbnails and photogs from parade in next post–Everyone was There and Nobody Tried to Hide

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