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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.—Saturday, March 12, 2011

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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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Madison, Wis.—Saturday, March 12, 2011

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Madison, Wis.—Saturday, March 12, 2011

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

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