FIST in Madison: Occupy! Shut RTW Down! Youth Demand A Future!

FIST in Madison, Wisconsin February 25, 2015

Occupy! Shut RTW Down!

By Heath Ginnar Tschetter

Earlier this week, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and Senate republicans attempted to shove through right-to-work-for-less legislation. This legislation would greatly reduce the living standards as well as worker’s representation in the workplace all across Wisconsin, as it has done in every state RTW has been implemented.

RTW states are well known to be low-wage states with deep histories of racism and discrimination. Union leaders and supporters as well as various activists participated Feb. 25, occupying the many floors of the Capitol building while the Senate took their vote chanting slogans such as “What’s disgusting? Union busting” and “Don’t sell us out.” I spoke with members of the Steamfitters Local 601 from Milwaukee. One member said: “I want my voice to be heard and I won’t let what was fought for and sacrificed for in the past be in vain.” Another said “I lost money being here. I have no paid days off. If I don’t work I don’t get paid. I missed a day of work to support this.”

This is a direct testimony to the attitude of the working class and oppressed peoples in Wisconsin towards the politicians the capitalist class has bought and paid for and our attitude towards this RTW legislation. I joined the protests with members of Illinois and Wisconsin Fight Imperialism Stand Together (FIST). We were on the scene for a variety of reasons. The primary ones were to oppose Scott Walker’s incessant attack on unions and worker’s rights which will disproportionately affect people of color, the LGBTQ community and women.

This is not the first time Wisconsin has come under heavy assault from the bosses and their lackeys. In 2008 General Motors had decided it was going to abandon the working class of my home town Janesville, leaving many workers to be left without a job or a means of providing for themselves and families. For sale signs now dot the landscape. With this loss of manufacturing jobs all that remains is dead end service sector jobs or low-wage factory work that is non-union. If RTW passes, this trend will continue. We will not accept this!

Every sector of the working class & oppressed is being attacked in Wisconsin and this has increased with bill after bill in the right-wing legislature since January. We call on everyone being attacked to come to the state capitol to protest and occupy the capitol again and if need be Madison to shut RTW down!
Heath Ginnar Tschetter is a FIST member from Janesville, WI.

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Bus Info For Right-To-Work-For-Less Protests in Madison Feb. 28

http://wisaflcio.typepad.com/wisconsin-state-afl-cio-blog/

Heading to the Capitol on Saturday for the Solidarity rally?  Below is bus times and contact information.  Hope to see you there as we continue to stand up to oppose Right to Work.

Milwaukee

Departure Location: Milwaukee Area Labor Council – 633 S. Hawley Road, Milwaukee, WI 53214

Departure Time: 9am

Contact: Emily Kitchin – ekitchin@wisaflcio.org

Kenosha/Racine

Kenosha Stop

Departure Location: UAW Local 72 – 3615 Washington Road, Kenosha, WI (Please park on SW end of parking lot)

Departure Time: 8am

Contact: Justin Geiger – jgeiger@wisaflcio.org

Racine Stop

Departure Location: Hwy 11 Park & Ride – Sturtevant, WI

Departure Time: 8:30am

Contact: Justin Geiger – jgeiger@wisaflcio.org

Central WI

Wausau Stop

Departure Location: Wausau Labor Temple – 318 S. 3rd Avenue, Wausau, WI

Departure Time: 7:15 am

Contact: Sabrina Johnson – sjohnson@wisaflcio.org

Stevens Point Stop

Departure Location: TBD

Departure Time: 8:15 am

Contact: Sabrina Johnson – sjohnson@wisaflcio.org

Wisconsin Rapids Stop

Departure Location: Laborers Hall – 220 Johnson Street, WI Rapids, WI

Departure Time: 9am

Contact: Sabrina Johnson – sjohnson@wisaflcio.org

 

Eau Claire

 

Eau Claire

Departure Location: Eau Claire Labor Temple; 2233 Birch Street; Eau Claire, WI 54703

Departure Time: 8 am

​​Contact: Andy Thompson – athompson@wisaflcio.org

 

La Crosse/Sparta/Mauston

La Crosse Stop

Departure Location: Valley View Mall (Behind the Texas Roadhouse), La Crosse, WI

 

Departure Time: 8:30 am

Contact: Andy Thompson – athompson@wisaflcio.org (RSVP Required)

Sparta Stop

Departure Location: Sparta Family Restaurant, 741 Avon Road, Sparta, WI

Departure Time: 9 am

Contact: Andy Thompson – athompson@wisaflcio.org (RSVP Required)

Mauston Stop

Departure Location: Kwik Trip, 611 WI-82, Mauston, WI

Departure Time: 10 am

Contact: Andy Thompson – athompson@wisaflcio.org (RSVP Required)

– See more at: http://wisaflcio.typepad.com/wisconsin-state-afl-cio-blog/2015/02/buses-info-for-saturday-.html#sthash.0dfZiOPn.dpuf

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Madison, Feb. 28: WI AFL-CIO Solidarity Rally To Defeat Right-to-Work-For-Less

EVENT: http://tinyurl.com/mrwdasz

Working families will rally in Madison on Saturday at noon to oppose right to work. Late on Wednesday, the Senate passed a right to work bill and the Assembly is expected to take it up next week. This bill will cut wages and benefits for all Wisconsin workers, increase workplace deaths and erode the working class. Stand in solidarity as we continue to raise our voices against this attack on working families and our communities.

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Madison, Feb. 28: March to SHUT DOWN Right-To-Work-For-Less

EVENT: http://tinyurl.com/k95d5q8

WHAT: March to SHUT DOWN “Right to Work”
WHERE: March begins at Library Mall
728 State St, Madison, WI
WHEN: 11:00 am Saturday February 28th

A coalition led by union rank and file workers will march on the Wisconsin Capitol this Saturday in opposition to so-called “right to work” before the legislation advanced to the assembly next week.

Shut down right to work for less!
Build a fighting worker and community movement!

Feb. 24, 2015 Madison [Photo: Joe Brusky]

Feb. 24, 2015 Madison [Photo: Joe Brusky]

Marquette University, March 2-6: Israeli Apartheid Week

EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/mkepalestine

Israeli Apartheid Week at Marquette University is back this year March 2-6! Check out our flyers with a list of all of our awesome events we have planned for this year!

Monday March 2-Mock Israeli Apartheid Wall in the AMU (all day)

Wednesday March 4-Panel for the Universal Struggle for Human Rights (feat. Holocaust Survivor Hedy Epstein, Marquette Professors Robert Ashmore & Daniel MaGuire, and Gaza student at Columbia Ahmad Hamad)- Cudahy 001 6pm

Thursday March 5-Night of Poetic Resistance (co-sponsored by Live Poets Society, Youth Empowered in the Struggle, Black Student Council, Native American Student Association, Latin American Student Organization, Arabic Language Club and Marquette English and Foreign Language Departments- AMU Ballroom A&B 6:30pm

Friday March 6-Combating Israel’s War on African Asylum Seekers with David Sheen-AMU Ballroom A 6 pm

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