Organizers come to Madison to celebrate democracy in actionThis Tuesday, organizers will celebrate the turning-in of signatures for recalls of Gov. Scott Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, as well as other senatorial recalls (including that of Sen. Maj. Leader Scott Fitzgerald). Throngs of organizers will descend upon the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center, hopeful that their hard work will translate into the eventual ouster of the governor and his conservative allies.
The event will begin at 5 P.M. and will go until 8 P.M. on Tuesday, January 17. For those traveling from outside of Madison, the Monona Terrace is located at 1 John Nolen Dr, off of Lake Monona near downtown. (View a map here).
Radio personality Ed Schultz will reportedly attend the event as well. Schultz, whose broadcast is heard daily in Madison on the Ed Schultz Show, was instrumental in gaining national attention for Wisconsin protesters during the marches that took place last winter.
The protests were initially a response to Walker's assault on public employees' rights to bargain their contracts; but since that time, the governor has led the charge against several other issues that have typically defined Wisconsin, things like limited restrictions to voting, a tax scheme that rewards the rich and corporations while punishing the poor, unprecedented cuts to education and healthcare for the underprivileged, and so forth.
It is these values as well as others that recall organizers are hoping to preserve. Gov. Walker and his Republican friends in the legislature have made it clear that these values aren't off-limits -- that, in order to grow Wisconsin jobs, they must be eliminated or restrained. But the pro-corporate values of Gov. Walker and his friends haven't yet resulted in a single month of net job growth since his budget was signed -- indeed, there isn't much evidence available to suggest that these "reforms" will do anything like what Walker claims they will.
The destruction of these values, and the lack of anything substantially positive for the people of Wisconsin as a result of these values being diminished, is precisely why hundreds of thousands signed petitions to initiate a recall in the first place. Gov. Walker, as well as others, need to be held to account for their actions.
Join us on Tuesday to celebrate democracy in action, with good people working for a good cause as well.