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The Wisconsin Workers Uprising (Part 1)


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Protestors gather in the Wisconsin Capitol rotunda. Photo courtesy of Protocol Photography.

It began as a protest by a few students and teaching assistants over deep budget cuts, but quickly turned into a history making movement of working people in Wisconsin. Was the occupation of the state capital in Madison, Wisconsin a resurgence of organized labor in the United States? Or the last gasp for unionized workers, as they face continual erosion of their rights. Over the next two weeks, we’ll hear a retrospective documentary on the 2011 Wisconsin uprising, produced by Workers Independent News.

Click here to hear part 2 of this documentary.


Gerald McEntee, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) president; Jordan, University of Wisconsin student; David Olsen, James Madison High School social studies teacher; Joe Conway, Madison firefighters union local 311 president; Mary Newton, Janesville teacher; Scott Walker, governor of Wisconsin; Mary Bell, Wisconsin Education Association president; Stacey Benson-Taylor, AFSCME Ohio Council 8, Local 101 staff representative; Ed Hill, IBEW president; Dave Harswick, Wisconsin Education Association secretary-treasurer; Ian Murphy, Buffalo Beast editor; Phil Neuenfeldt, Wisconsin AFL-CIO president; Mahlon Mitchell, Professional Firefighters of Wisconsin president; Caral Turner, Michigan UAW Local 6888 unity committee chair; Dan Query, Waunakee High School junior; Alan Chancellor, Lafollette High School senior; Alejandra Prado, East High School student; Angelica Alvarez, West High School senior, Jessica Ruiz, West High School senior; Wisconsin teachers, students, firefighters, police officers, union members; working people, and other citizens.

For More Information:

Workers Independent News
WORT Community Radio-Madison, WI
Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC)
Wisconsin AFL-CIO
Professional Firefighters of Wisconsin
Buffalo Beast
Michigan UAW Local 6888
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker
South Central Federation of Labor
Drop Kick Murphys
Tom Morello

“We’re Not Gonna Take It” by Twisted Sister


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