Friday, March 11, 2011

Wisconsin 14 at the Capitol Saturday with Potpourri of Events

Events are being scheduled for all day long Saturday. Starting at 8am, citizens with the group People Organizing Wisconsin for Education and workers’ Rights (P.O.W.E.R.) will be walking from Milwaukee to Madison in 3 shifts, arriving in Madison on Sunday at about 2pm. Check out the route for further details.

The event that's received the most attention is the "tractorcade," which was moved from noon to 10am. "Tractors will take John Nolan Drive into Madison starting around 9:45 am and will circle the State Capitol once between 10:00 am and 11:00 am. Speakers will address the rally after the tractorcade, beginning around 12:00."

From noon to 3pm there's the "March on the Capitol" rally held by the AFT-Wisconsin union at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. entrance.

Starting at 1pm, you can run around the Capitol square as part of the "Run, Dems, Run!" protest run of 14 laps. They say this is 8 miles! But of course you don't have to run the entire 14 laps. The run starts at the State Street corner.

Art workers will march from the Overture Center to the Capitol at 2pm.

The big rally with the Wisconsin 14 begins at 3pm with music and speakers. Actor Tony Shaloub, whose sister is a teacher in his native Green Bay, is the keynote speaker. The Wisconsin 14 will be speaking as well as
  • Reverend Jerry Folk
  • AFL-CIO President Phil Neuenfeldt and IAMAW President Tom Buffenburger with Liz Shuler, Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO; Paul Moyst, president of the Canadian Labour Congress; and Ed Hill, president of IBEW.
  • AFSCME Council 24 President Marty Biel
  • WEAC speakers Guy Costello a South Milwaukee School District teacher and Heather Terrill-Stotts, principal of Arena Elementary School.
  • SEIU speaker – Anna Zachow
  • Firefighter President Mahlon Mitchell
  • Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca
  • AFT speaker – Jeff Myers
  • Voces de la Frontera exec director Christine Neumann Ortiz
  • Sheila Cochran from the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists
  • WEAC President Mary Bell
I believe Jim Hightower will also be at the rally, and he will be at the Barrymore Theater with other guests from 7pm-10pm. From the Google Calendar event:
America's #1 Populist, Jim Hightower, is coming to Madison to rally for Wisconsin workers! He will be joined by the co-founder of Fighting Bob Fest Ed Garvey, U.S Representative Tammy Baldwin, and Progressive Magazine editors Ruth Coniff and Matt Rothschild. This event is free of charge and open to the public.
Other events around the state can be found here.

I found most of this info at

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