Still going

by Harry on February 22, 2011

The update is that yesterday the rallies at lunchtime and 5pm were, according to the Sentinel, “massive” — and, according to participants “much bigger than we expected”. The Journal-Sentinel has been documenting this with great photo albumshere’s yesterday’s. The teachers go back to work today, and many schools I’ve heard of are holding demonstrations of teachers and students before school opens. The Senate goes back to work, and the Reps are trying to tempt the Senate Dems back by proposing a bill requiring that voters show ID at the polls. The momentum has held up remarkably well on these colder days of Sunday and Monday, the question is whether things will hold up today. There is some talk of a high school student walk-out during the day, but I don’t have confirmation of that (I’ll get it when the 14 year old crawls out of bed). Frustratingly I can’t find a definitive time for the afternoon rally yet, but my bet is 5pm. Anyone who wants to donate Pizza, here is the Ian’s webpage — best pizza in Madison, being delivered from 2 blocks away, but ordered from 47 states and 14 countries (someone from Turkey ordered pizza for the protesters?). Worth reading the story on the front page, and worth bearing in mind that there are a few protesters who are not enamored with mac and cheese pizza, believe it or not. I was out of town yesterday (in my Dem senators’ adopted state) but am looking forward to returning today.
Apparently this was made by a 13 year old kid, but I haven’t found out the name. I like the sped-up bit, and the choice of Green Day.

Comment away.



Anderson 02.22.11 at 1:54 pm

Jonathan Adler finds it “shocking” that some doctors are writing medical excuses to enable protesters to miss work for protests and not get fired.

I guess I would be shocked if Adler didn’t find anything pro-labor to be intrinsically evil.


Ian 02.22.11 at 4:45 pm

It’s encouraging to see a response of this magnitude. Let’s hope some good comes of it.

For the record, though, the song in the video is a cover. It’s “Working Class Hero,” originally written and performed by John Lennon. I know the video acknowledges as much at the end, but you said you liked the selection of Green Day for the music. Is that because you prefer it to the original? I’d say it’s a good, faithful cover.


joe koss 02.22.11 at 4:45 pm

fireside chats; threats; and increasing talk of large scale strikes. Oh, and a circus.

And I thought to myself, what a wonderful world.


solidarity 02.22.11 at 4:55 pm

Come any time you want to. There are at this point 100+ people there overnight every night and there were already people out moving around when I woke up this morning. We aren’t going anywhere.


Lindsey 02.22.11 at 5:25 pm

There’s a nice a montage of protest footage here (nice song by Mumford and Sons).


Harry 02.22.11 at 6:43 pm

Ian — just because they’re a Milwaukee band (I actually thought it was Lennon for about 30 seconds, a version I’d not heard). They are a Milwaukee band, no?


Harry 02.22.11 at 6:44 pm

Thanks Lindsey.


joe koss 02.22.11 at 7:22 pm

The Violent Femmes?

Green Day is a Berkeley, CA band, if I remember correctly.


Adam Swift 02.22.11 at 9:58 pm

Is Harry getting so carried away by the return to his kind of politics – and his daughter’s evident enthusiasm for it – that he’s confusing Green Day and Green Bay?


Gene O'Grady 02.22.11 at 10:27 pm

I thought Green Day was from Alameda, but at any rate it was somewhere in the Bay (not Green) Area.


Harry 02.22.11 at 10:58 pm

Confused them with Weezer, perhaps? No idea. I claim no expertise. I suspect the return to my kind of politics is…temporary.


Ian 02.23.11 at 1:22 am

Nah, Weezer are from California as well. My guess is that you’re thinking of the Violent Femmes, who are from Milwaukee. Not that it matters, of course.

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