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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 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.—Saturday, March 12, 2011

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Madison, Wis.—Saturday, March 12, 2011

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

More photographs from the PULL TOGETHER SUPPORT WORKING FAMILIES parade and tractorcade.

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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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It’s past midnight, and actually it’s now early morning, Thursday, March 10.  Mark and I are in the Candlewood Suites Hotel/Motel in Indianapolis. Mark is sleeping.  Midwest AFL-CIO representative, Mary, has pressed Mark into action to be a “Marshall” at the “Stand Up for Hoosiers” rally at the Capitol tomorrow where over 20,000 people are expected.

By the time we left Madison yesterday afternoon, the snow had turned to rain and that cold rain was washing away all the temporary beauty that the snow had so nicely delivered.

We stopped in Janesville, Wis. to gas up and eat, and all the snow was gone.  Little did we know that as we drove out of Madison, more than just snow was melting away while it rained.  Sadly, Republican extremists were taking the law into their own hands as they held committee meetings with no public notice or public input, and passed bills without quorum, in order to take it upon themselves to melt away over 50 years of worker’s rights.  And right in Wisconsin, the proud birthplace of AFSCME, the largest public employee’s union in the United States!

[“Someone left the cake out in the rain–I don’t think that I can take it, ’cause it took so long to bake it–and I’ll never have that recipe again…”  Jimmy Webb, “MacArthur Park”]

It’s time to quit wondering what those lyrics mean and do something.

It’s a big day today here in Indianapolis, and we drove in rain all the way from Madison, crawling through rainy rush-hour Chicago, to get here–feeding the now privatized toll pigs part of the way. We heard the news about Madison via cell phone, and then on TV from our hotel.

We’ve decided to skip going to Columbus.  After the rally here today, we are heading back to Madison.  It will not surprise me if there is National Guard there by Saturday’s tractorcade and rally.

Anybody who cares about the rights of workers in this country, the future of unions,  and the future of the Democratic Party should be planning to do something this weekend in solidarity.  Check with your state labor federation or local labor council, check with your union or unions in your area, check with your area Democratic or DFL party unit.  Go to Madison, Wis.  Go to Columbus, Ohio.  Go stand on a busy street corner with a sign.  But please, go do something. Don’t just stand and watch things melt around you!

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