On February 11, 2011, I remember exactly where I was when I heard Governor Walker announce that his budget repair bill would remove collective bargaining rights from public employees, that they might be â€œa little upsetâ€ so he had placed the National Guard on alert. I remember thinking â€œThe National Guard!? This is hastyâ€”something doesnâ€™t seem rightâ€.
Within four days, I had become a protester for the first time in my lifeâ€”and then, an activist. When hundreds of thousands of people protested at the Capitol for many weeks, I thought certainly our GOP governor and legislature would reconsider their actions. They did not budge then and have not budged since. They thought that we would go away after a few weeks, but we have not budged either. Instead weâ€™ve learned to stand up for ourselves.
Itâ€™s been a long year.
Because they continued to pursue their extreme agenda against the will of many Wisconsin citizens, unprecedented recalls of legislators have gone forward this year. Nine this summer. And six currently, including Governor Walker, face recall. It would have been easier to do nothing, but how could we remain complacent?
Itâ€™s the perseverence, energy, courage and sacrifice of tens of thousands of ordinary citizens that we will honor at this one year anniversary of the Wisconsin uprising. Weâ€™ll come together to remember and reflect on where weâ€™ve been and where weâ€™re going as a state. Forward!
To check for events this week and next visit http://wisconsinwave.org/event-list