The middle class and working people of Wisconsin and around the world will never forget March 9, 2011. This was the day that Gov. Scott Walker and his legislative allies--despite massive citizen protest--rammed through the rights-stripping bill in an illegal meeting in the dead of the night.
This Saturday, 62,000 people held a Reclaim Wisconsin rally at the capitol building in Madison exactly one year after the legislation was pushed through. The rally capped off weeks of events across the state to commemorate a year of protests and grassroots action in support of union rights. Included in the crowd were allies from Public Services International affiliated unions in Canada, Australia and others, on hand to learn how they too can fight back on attacks on public workers in their countries.
SEIU President Mary Kay Henry spoke to the large crowd on Saturday:
"Brothers and sisters, take a minute and look around you. Look at your friends, your neighbors, your coworkers. Look at a difference a year makes. Governor Walker and the Koch Brothers did start something in last year but I don't think they are going to like how it ends."
The people of Wisconsin are recalling Gov. Walker and more state senators so they can return their state back to a Wisconsin that is fair, a Wisconsin that honors justice and a Wisconsin that treats its workers with dignity and respect. Read more coverage from the Journal Sentinel, The Cap Times, The Nation and WisPolitics.com.
Check out photos by Jeff Miller from the rally on SEIU's Flickr page.
See video from the rally.
Listen to President Henry's rally address.