We hope you will act on, and share, this appeal. Thank you.
Five years ago, hundreds of thousands of Wisconsinites rose up against the austerity policies of Gov. Scott Walker and the Chamber of Commerce. The Wisconsin Uprising launched the participation of millions of Americans in the protest wave of 2011 best made known by Occupy Wall Street and the #Occupy movement.
Today, Wisconsin’s struggle against austerity and for democracy and shared prosperity continues. Last week it was revealed by The Guardian that Scott Walker personally solicited illegal corporate donations intended to help his political campaign. In response, as described by theWisconsin Democracy Campaign, sixteen state legislators have called for a prosecutorial investigation. We urge you to:
We also want you to know about a new film,Divided We Fall, that tells a critical part of the Wisconsin Uprising story. This is the first film about what started in Wisconsin that provides an inside, critical account of what happened in the course of the occupation of Wisconsin’s Capitol Building. Because the film is focused on what happened inside the Capitol, and not on what was happening elsewhere around the state or around the Midwest, the film doesn’t pretend to tell the entire story. But the vital parts of the story it does tell is conveyed with narrative clarity, solid analysis, and some really great footage.
A final note: In November of 2010, the Liberty Tree Foundation initiated the Wisconsin Wave and began organizing for what later became commonly known as the Wisconsin Uprising. The Wisconsin Wave, a population mobilization of community, student, farm, and labor organizations and activists, continued organizing, educating, and rallying into the Winter of 2015.