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WATCH: 75,000+ protesters converge on Madison, Wisconsin

By Raw Story
Sunday, February 20, 2011 11:12 EDT
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This video is from The UpTake, filmed Friday, Feb. 19, 2011.

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  • http://voxxrocks.com/blog/ HIStory Indeed

    The headline could have otherwise said…

    Today It’s Them, Tomorrow, It’s You!

  • http://twitter.com/jdlynn66 Lynn, Jefferies

    Or it should have said, yesterday it was you, and you did nothing.

  • Anonymous

    Wow, this time we don’t even have to go to AlJazeera to watch it… ;)

  • Ma’at

    Exactly.

    Those 29 million of you that sat out 2010 that voted Dem in 2008. Gonna vote now? If not, just give in to tyranny.

  • Anonymous

    GO MADISON! An actual grass roots movement is happening here. The media fawns all over the filthy teabaggers, and only gives this casual mentions. This is real people-power. Not corporate funded, Koch Brothers bullshit. Let this spread to EVERY state capitol!

  • http://www.rawstory.com/ hounddogg

    report from WI today: Folks are pouring in, braving freezing rain. Chanting: We Are WIsconsin .,..

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    I love the smell of democracy in the morning.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UJ4XRIA3A3E6MYGK755EGWLN4Q Dani A

    The teabaggers should be NON-news… this madison thing is real news.. a real protest against real problems.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    Nonono…no. This is George Soros and the Nazi Caliphate ushering Americans into the sharia ovens. No-o-o-o-o!!!! ArggghhhhHHHH!

  • Anonymous

    I’m interested in finding links and info on how folks like myself who live far from the area, can support the people of Wisconsin.
    Anyone have ideas or links?
    Thanks

  • Anonymous

    Heard some right wing hack say the unions are trying to create “two Wisconsins.” What dreck. Like teachers, firefighters, police, and janitors are living high on the hog. The protesters are trying to raise the bar for everyone.

  • maritimer

    But AlJazeera did talk about Wisconsin and had video, and last Friday the Egyptians gathered again in maydan (square) Tahrir and some of them held signs supporting Wisconsin.

    :-)

  • maritimer

    This is great! On Wisconsin!

  • maritimer

    And the right wingers want to drag us all down to third world wages. I swear if this does not work peacefully it will work violently, “rhetoric” be damned.

  • maritimer

    If you have a twitter account use hashtags #wisconsin and #StateSOS and #wiunion.

  • http://www.rawstory.com/ hounddogg

    Teabaggers report 15K counter-protesters…people there report around 100..

  • http://www.rawstory.com/ hounddogg

    SEIU solidarity rally’s this week..

    http://action.seiu.org/page/s/solidarityaction

  • Anonymous

    My question is how long did it take for the MSM to start covering this story???? Too damned long in my estimation. Shultz and Maddow were on this from day one but the rest of the media waited until they were 4 days in before it was even mentioned. But if 25 “Tea-baggers” show up somewhere for a protest the bastards cover it 24/7. This thing that started in WI will be continued in other States because the “Reich Wing” has mounted a offensive against labor in this country.

  • Anonymous

    LOL! We joke, but I find it truly frightening how many complete morons actually believe that Beck-erhead nonsense.

  • https://twitter.com/DrMatthew Dr. Matt

    I wish the left would learn that elections have consequences. Just because you were not thrilled with Obama’s first two years, what you see now is the consequences of not showing up to the polls to counter the screeching teabaggers.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    He certainly has a lot of loyal followers for an uneducated, mentally ill, alcoholic/drug addict.

  • Anonymous

    Inpeach the republican house menbers now get the ball going they been in a year and can be removed, takes that governor power away.

  • Anonymous

    Phone number for Madison to buy pizza for the “protesters” :

    608-257-9248

  • Anonymous

    Thanks!

  • Jaimie11

    Why are they not focussing all this energy on the banksters? Those are the criminals who stole their pension funds. Why must the taxpayers fill the gap? Let them demand repayment from the banksters.

    Now that would really be a movement worthy of joining.

    We need to do what they did in Iceland – this is just perpetuation of the left/right obfuscation of the oligarchs’ guilt.

  • Harry Tuttle

    If not you… who? If not now… when?

  • Harry Tuttle

    Give me freedom, or give me a decent wage and a job.

  • Anonymous

    People have the power. This is great to see. More to come though…

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    Either the koch’s couldn’t find 30K busses to charter, or there aren’t that many TeaBaggers who can drive.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_N7WLSRVWIRBTJOQOOEAEPRWHTY woohoo kerry1

    I LOVE WISCONSIN!!! (Midwest born and raised)
    Those people deserve only the best!!

  • jsixis

    Protest Columbus Ohio 9am Tuesday Morning, same problem Republican Governor John Kasich and his republican controlled statehouse wants to eliminate our state employee unions.

  • jsixis

    WTF? between this site and daily kos’s “upgrade” your getting too slow to be useful.
    Why have a video link that when I click on it I have to go to another page that is even slower then this one?

  • Taleisin

    Absolutely. Getting all emotional because Obama isn’t the Messiah, is no reason to vote for the devil.

  • http://www.rawstory.com/ hounddogg

    teabaggers are planning to pose as SEIU members so they can cause trouble at the nationwide protests…

    http://www.patriotactionnetwork.com/forum/topics/get-ready-seius-purple-army?id=2600775:Topic:3244567&page=5#comments

    http://www.marktalk.com/blog/2…/

  • Anonymous

    The fact that our electoral system is a fraud has consequences also. And this is the result of those consequences, Dr. Matt.

  • parrots_abound

    We’re all immune from “Tyranny” when we vote for (D)?

  • Anonymous

    Progressives didn’t vote for the devil- they didn’t vote at all. And Obama is chiefly to blame for that.

    So much energy and hope went into getting Obama elected, that when he turned out to be a fraud and a corporate puppet, the progressive base was left demoralized. But what we are seeing in Wisconsin and Ohio is the resurgence of the liberal voice. THIS is democracy in action.

  • Anonymous

    Beautiful. THIS is democracy in action. This is patriotism. This is the America that I am proud of.

  • Taleisin

    As an Aussie, I have trouble with some of the labels over there. They don’t make sense to me. Conservatives are radicals, the liberals are intolerant, republicans are tyrants. Bizarre!

    As long as it is costs 10s of millions of dollars to elect a people’s representative, they will represent the money that got them there. The system needs changing. I can understand your disappointment in Obama, but I think he didn’t realized until he got to the White House how things really work. Things you and I only guess about. The system is like an elderly infirm person being abused by it’s selfish greedy children.

    I have seen how individual contracts can reduce a real wage and living standard in a few years myself.
    I am hoping the Wisconsin people will succeed their right to collective bargaining. If they fail, heaven help the rest of the country, because the republicans won’t.

  • Anonymous

    ‘not thrilled’ is putting it a bit mildly. so is that last sentence…

  • Anonymous

    Actually this is exactly how the system is *supposed* to work. Bad choices at election time & a lot of no-votes due to the Democrats led to the WI lawmakers attempting to push through bad policies. And that led to protests. The protests are in response to the entire terrible situation. Voting for the lesser of two evils would not have necessarily prevented this, only dulled it a bit, stretched it out over time.

  • Anonymous

    Damn DUI’s…

  • Anonymous

    It should say, “Today it’s them…tomorrow you’re broke.”

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QMPOO3PZFN7XV2XZKCGSXXR3WM Joe Somebody

    “I can understand your disappointment in Obama, but I think he didn’t realized until he got to the White House how things really work.”

    I disagree. The MEDIA made him generally appear as a good guy, and his PR group, the “commercial advertising guys” branded him very well (orwellian “hope and change” bullshit).. and he did lie about a few things like being for the Public Option (a passing nod on occasion to Single Payer).. and it stuck for some people, like Bill Maher who screeched about how “he said he supported the Public Option during his campaign.. of course he’s for that! .. so what he never brought it up in the actual HCR discussion, he promised us he cared about it!”..

    but if you watched the full story being developed during the _full_ campaign, you noticed the DNC putting up pro-corporate tools and ignoring real progressives. Kucinich was blocked _by his own party_ from being in Primary debates.. Why? He would have called attention to the underlying pro-corporate bent Obama and Shillary had (Edwards became a non-starter as soon as his affair was leaked). The “party leadership” picked two pro-corporate tools and dressed them up as “historical! woman or black! wow!”. THAT is what the bulk of the Media was talking about.. this “an historic election”.

    Obama knew exactly how things worked in the White House. And he knew what he needed to say to the public to get there. Once there, he abandoned all of his promises to the people, and acted on all the promises that the Media never really covered.. things the public would have had to dig around for (and I did) to know.

    And it was his walking away from the promises that were hyped in the Media that deflated the base. And I think that was by _design_.. and clearly it worked. .. of course, my being contrary to most, it backfired in terms of my personal life.. I voted for the first time in my life in 2010.. to add weight and try to block the teabagger push. Unfortunately, too many Dems were too tired of fighting for liars who end up giving bailouts and not ending wars and not taxing the rich and working to undermine Social Security, etc. etc.

  • Taleisin

    America gives me a headache. And its all your fault! ;)
    Everything is so complicated over there. Your electoral system is so convoluted and ineffective. The Institutions built to maintain your freedoms and prosperity as so corrupt and outdated.

    You feel cheated because you believed in Obama. He is slick and well trained. He must have gone to the best finishing school. All his speeches sounded like Kennedy announcing the Apollo mission and we trusted him. But no one can become President without selling their soul first. It goes with the territory.

    All the Egyptian people want is electoral reform. You need the same thing. Not 18 months of campaigning and millions of $s. Primaries, Super Tuesdays. What a media circus. In the mean time, who’s running the country? Six weeks is all the time you need for an electoral campaign. If you can’t decide in that time, you shouldn’t be voting. The rest is a waste if your life.

    Why wait for a revolution to get the change you need. You are supposed to have freedom already. Get rid of lobby money. The people are the only lobbyists. I think it is time to freshen up the Supreme Court. It smells of lavender and urine.

    I was disappointed in the Dem voters as well. The Devil said he hadn’t changed, and that was the one thing he said, that wasn’t a lie. So now they have Obama by the nuts. The system is stalling.

  • Taleisin

    Love you icon:)

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