The Wisconsin Bail Out The People Movement is an outgrowth of the Bailout the People Movement (BOPM), a national network that was founded in October 2008 to oppose the trillion dollar bank bail out and to demand that the people get bailed out instead. BOPM held the first national protest around joblessness calling for a “Real Jobs Program” at the G20 summit in Pittsburgh.
WI BOPM formed in June 2011 and the first protest of our organization was at Chase Bank in downtown Milwaukee to protest the mass foreclosures in the city. WI BOPM is a a completely independent organization funded entirely by poor and working people’s hard earned funds.
Since then WI BOPM has taken up the most crucial issues facing workers, students and ordinary people: including jobs; foreclosures and evictions; education and student rights; immigrant and worker’s rights; stopping racism and hate groups like the Tea Party; opposing the ongoing wars that are bleeding the economy dry; fighting to stop billions of dollars being given to the bank for ‘debt service’,: advocating for health care for all; demanding reproductive freedom and justice for women and rights for LGBTQ people and much, much more.
We are fighting for a national Public Works Jobs Program much like the Works Progress Administration (WPA) enacted during the Great Depression; for a moratorium on home foreclosures; to stop evictions and utility shut-offs; to have the Employee Free Choice Act implemented; and to have full rights for immigrant workers among other struggles.
We oppose any and all attacks on poor and working people and daily are in the streets and workplaces across Wisconsin building the people’s struggle. We oppose the $900 million hate machine the Bradley Foundation and similar right-wing “think tanks” such as the so-called Americans For Prosperity and the Wisconsin Institution for Liberty, all enemies of the people.
WI BOPM members fight union-busting and other attacks against poor and working people. We support union contract campaigns and struggles including supporting in 2015 the UAW Local 833 and ATU Local 998 strikes. We are steadfast supporters of public education and thus support unions like the MTEA. We have slept on the marble floors of the people’s capitol in the winter and spring of 2011 with our sisters and brothers and have participated in a rainbow of mass demonstrations in Madison, Milwaukee and other cities in Wisconsin. We helped kick the Nazi’s out of West Allis in September 2011 and the fascists out of Madison in January 2019 and have joined many public education and immigrants actions, helped to fight for justice for Dontre Hamilton and others murdered by the police and much more.
Since June 2011 when our WI BOPM blog and Facebook page became LIVE we’ve helped to promote thousands of people’s events in Wisconsin and internationally to build a fighting people’s movement! We really believe in UNITY & SOLIDARITY!
Join us! You can get in touch with WI BOPM by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We work with other people’s organizations such as the Moratorium Now Coalition in Detroit.
Fighting racists/fascists in Madison, January 12, 2019 / Photo: WI BOPM