We Are Wisconsin!

February 20, 2011

Day 7 of the protests.  Despite the (truly) wretched weather, crowds gathered inside the capitol building to continue the protests.  Check out wearewisconsin.org for updates on events and actions.

Some inspiring things:

Even though they aren’t affected by the collective bargaining attack that Scott Walker has proposed, the Firefighters have been out in force to support the unions that are under attack.  a Group from the Local 311 marched in a long line around the rotunda and then took up a prime spot on the East Balcony (see below).  Solidarity!

In other downtown news – people who can’t be here for the rally are chipping in.  They’ve been calling in orders to local business Ian’s Pizza and asking for stacks of boxes to be delivered to the capitol protests.  You can see another pile circulating in the crowd in this picture below.  The state street restaurant has actually stopped normal sales and is working solely on getting pizza ordered from afar out to the protesters!  After we went to the rally today we stopped off at Ian’s Francis Street branch to get some pizza of our own and support a great local company.

And finally local doctors have been doing their part.  From yesterday’s La Crosse Tribune:

Doctors from numerous hospitals set up a station near the Capitol to provide notes to explain public employees’ absences from work. Family physician Lou Sanner, 59, of Madison, said he had given out hundreds of notes. Many of the people he spoke with seemed to be suffering from stress, he said.

“What employers have a right to know is if the patient was assessed by a duly licensed physician about time off of work,” Sanner said. “Employers don’t have a right to know the nature of that conversation or the nature of that illness. So it’s as valid as every other work note that I’ve written for the last 30 years.”


One Response to “We Are Wisconsin!”

  1. […] you want to know what I have been devoting my mental energy to, check Lost for my continuing updates on the Budget Repair Bill Protests in Madison, […]

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