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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...


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Madison, Wis.—March 12, 2011

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

“We didn’t just break the record for debate, we shattered the record for debate,” Wisconsin State Assembly Democratic Minority Leader Peter Barca told the crowd., before introducing the Wisconsin 14. “We will not end until our votes are restored.”



Wisconsin Democratic State Representatives are unified.








“We trade in our rally signs for clipboards and we recall the Republican senators and recall the Reublican governor who would not listen to us!” shouted Democratic Senator Chris Larson of Milwaukee.


“The Koch Brothers can’t print enough money to stop us,” promised Senator Tim Cullen, Democrat from Janesville.











“Thank you to all the Slobs here in Wisconsin…” said Senator Tim Carpenter, Democrat from Milwaukee. "...140 million in tax breaks to corporations--where are the jobs?"


“We’re going to move forward and vote. This is phase 2. Phase 2,” said Democratic Senator Fred Risser from Madison. Risser is the longest serving state legislator in American political history.











“This has always been about Rights. “ Milwaukee’s Democratic Senator Spencer Coggs had the crowd chanting: “We’re gonna unite—we’re gonna fight—we’re gonna get back worker’s rights!”

Senator Bob Jauch, Democrat from poplar said, “When the framers of the constitution wrote ‘we the people’ they meant YOU in WISCONSIN!”










“In the church, a choir director told me he can’t sing because ‘Walker has taken away my voice, ’” said the Democrat from Alma, Senator Kathleen Vinehout. “No one can take away your voice! I want you to lift up your voice!” And the crowd made some noise.

The crowd exploded over the return of the Wisconsin 14 last Saturday in Madison.









Two Wisconsin working women passionately and proudly held their “Thank you! 14 Thank you!” signs.




“Wow! You go away for a couple of weeks and look at what happens!” said the Wisconsin Democratic Senator from Middleton, John Erpenbach. “We need to take all this energy and really move forward.”












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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.—March 12, 2011

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


The crowd just after the tractorcade parade on Saturday.

Stilt walkers NOT Scott Walker!




The 100,000+ crowd exploded over the arrival of the Wisconsin 14, a.ka. the Fab 14.











Come here and listen to my story by a man named Jed...





Walker lost his grip...










Something smells fishy!

Where's Zimmy?

Huge crowd moves during break in rally action.

The crowd was thick and friends were made during slow shuffles.







An injury to one...

Kiss your Middle Class good-bye...








Walk in our shoes.

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Madison, Wis.—March 12, 2011

[All photogs by TedF—click to enlarge]

It is always fun to watch and to be a part of the media at huge events, and it still gives me a thrill to be at events with large crowds full of excited and energized people.

I regret that I did not leave my perch on the press stand and take a ride up in this contraption to get some even more awesome crowd shots.

I am a seasoned veteran of many, many rock, folk, blues, country, jazz, bluegrass, and jam band music festivals and concerts at venues and fairs all over the United States and in Canada, Mexico and even England.  I have photographed 19 WE Fests, six Spirit Fests and seven 10,000 Lakes Festivals at the Soo Pass Ranch south of Detroit Lakes, MN.  I have been to many, many labor and DFL conventions, seminars and events in Minnesota, covered four Democratic National Conventions in San Francisco, Chicago, Boston and Denver, and I have been to labor conventions, rallies and seminars in states other than Minnesota.  I’ve even been a sports writer and photographer, albeit only for a couple of months. I was honored to be involved with the Great Labor Arts Exchange in the Twin Cities in the early ‘90’s.

And I am proud to have been inside the Williams Arena in Minneapolis on Oct. 30, 2002 for the memorial service and rally held in honor of the late Minnesota DFL Senator Paul Wellstone, even though Republicans and others misconstrued the intent and turned it into a political disaster.

The press stand on the right (stage left) of the stage. I was on the press stand to the left (stage right) of the stage.

In short, I’ve worn a few hats figuratively and literally. I love campaigns and events. I’ve worn out a few cameras. And I’ve worn out some boots and some vehicles logging in miles working on political campaigns and going to conventions, festivals and events.

This guy had a great perch.

The working family rallies last week in Madison, Wis. and Indianapolis, Ind. rank high on my list of successful high energy events.  On behalf of me and my traveling brother Mark Froemke, we tip our hats to the organizers of both events and the staff who worked both, as well as to the tens of thousands of working people who turned out at both events!  And a second hat tip to the media who covered both events!

Walker lied to this whole crowd and more...












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Madison, Wis.—March 12, 2011

[All photogs by TedF—click to enlarge]

“They say up in Wisconsin—it’s time to take a stand. You’ll either be for workers—or a thug in Walker’s hand. Which side are you on? Tell me which side are you on?” sang activist artist Andrea Potts.

Andrea Potts accompanied herself on the 12 string guitar and was joined by a percussionist and a fiddler in the opening act of union music.  All three activist acts played in front of the largest crowds of their careers when they performed from the podium for over 100,000 appreciative workers in front of the State Capitol in Madison on Saturday.

“I’ve never been so proud to be an American in my entire life, “ Potts boomed through the huge speaker system set up outdoors. “This last week has been an atrocity—one of the worst things I’ve seen in my life!”

Potts  kicked off her set with an updated version she re-wrote of  the Florence Reese-penned song “Which Side are You On?”  She also did a self-penned song for Wisconsin: “…You’ve gone way too far.” And Potts finished her set with “Solidarity Forever” and was joined by thousands of working family voices.

“Stop, children, what’s that sound…” and “…We can’t go on together, with suspicious minds…” were sung by Matt Joyce and the Midwest Beat and thousands of rally goers in Madison last Saturday.

Next up was Matt Joyce and the Midwest Beat and they hopped right into Woody Guthrie’s “There’s a Better World a Coming” and then moved into the old Credence Clearwater Revival  song “Fortunate Son” which was written by John Fogerty.  To the delight of the audience, MJMB’s next number was a song Stephen Stills penned and first performed with Buffalo Springfield—“For What It’s Worth.”  That song, synonymous with ‘60’s activism, is better known by its refrain verse which thousands of Madison protesters happily knew by heart:  “Stop, children, what’s that Sound? Everybody look what’s goin’ down…”

Matt and the MB finished their set with a rewrite of the song Elvis Presley made his own—“Suspicious Minds.”  At the end, Matt’s spoken words, “…[Governor] Walker, never lie to us again..oh, no…but we’re gonna recall you anyway…(sung) Walker, I don’t believe a word you’re saying…”


“There is power in our union…” sang Chris Shiflett from the group Foo Fighters of America.

Chris Shiflett performed next without the benefit of the rest of his group (the Foo Fighters of America). “Today we’re in a class War! And today we are Wisconsin!” declared Shiftlett. “I’m gonna quit talkin’ and start singin’.”  And he did, as he sang his self-penned ditty “There is Power in Our Union.”

Andrea Potts and friend joined Chirs Shiflett and thousands of working family voices singing “Sol-i-dar-ity For-ev-er, for the union makes us strong…” in Madison on Saturday.

Shiftlett also did an upbeat version of “Solidarity Forever” and was joined by Andrea Potts and friends.

Rally attendees shouted and waved signs in appreciation.  The music fired up the crowd for the soon-to-be arrival of the Fab 14.

Andrea Potts and friend

Walker take a walk!

Walker must be Stopped


American Tragedy

Don't take my rights!

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Madison, Wis.—Saturday, March 12, 2011

[All photogs by TedF—click to enlarge]

Over 100,000 people gathered at the PULL TOGETHER SUPPORT WORKING FAMILIES parade and tractorcade and at the WE ARE WISCONSIN rally for working families that followed.

This rally-goer climbed a tree for a better view of the action.

Resourceful working folks were literally hanging from trees in order to get a better view, display their signs, or photograph the event.

Workers in states across the Midwest and America, and especially in Indiana, Ohio and Wisconsin, are fast finding out that it is far better to hang from a tree at a rally than to be hanged in a tree by Republicans who get their marching orders from billionaires who love to bash workers.

In the recent March-April issue of the UAW’s Solidarity magazine, the cover illustrates with a U.S. map where “14 battlegrounds brace for GOP attacks on workers.”  The UAW’s “14 battlegrounds” or “States of Denial” include: Minn., Wis., Mich., Iowa, Mo., Ill., Ind., Ohio, Pa., N.Y., N.J., Maine, Vt, and N.H.  All 14 are states where Republicans are attempting to strip the rights of working people.


The crowd at the Capitol in Wisconsin last Saturday easily topped 100,000. It was the larges crowd at a State Capitol this writer/photographer has seen in over 30 years of union and political activism.

The children of working families want to climb higher and not get set back








Tree hangers display their "Thank You" signs to the 14 returning Democratic Senators who were Wisconsin's heroes on Saturday


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