Wisconsin Demonstrates to Save Unions,
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This week I am uploading as many as one thousand images of demonstrations in Wisconsin. They are not edited for artistic merit but instead to show the massive nature of the this event. Included note the friendly police presence. Only when the Tea Party showed up on Feb. 18, did the police appear at all stressed.
Tuesday - Thursday, Feb. 15,17
Friday, Feb. 18 -- Demonstration
Friday, Feb. 18 - Injunction Hearing, Madison Schools v MTI
Saturday, Feb. 19
Sunday, Feb. 20
Monday, Noon, Feb. 21
Monday, Evening, Feb. 21
The police presence changed between Monday and Tuesday. 600 officers were moved in to the capital from cities throughout Wisconsin. The legislature resumed activity after suspension when 14 members of the Senate left the state to avoid a quorum. The atmosphere was interesting. Many police appeared to have grown up with the demonstration and continued to appear comfortable and friendly. Others appeared more serious in protecting the Senate and Governors office.
Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011
Wednesday, Feb.23, 2011
Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011
Friday, Feb. 25, 2011
Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011
Sunday represents a masterful manipulation of the police and protestors. For days, we were told the protestors would be forced to leave the building. The final announcement came that we would have to leave at 4:00 pm on Sunday. Throughout the day on Sunday, the police paraded about the capital and took position in various locations. And then they were gone. And then they were back. They continued a friendly dialogue with the demonstrators. In the end, their controllers manipulated a settlement that led to a peaceful takeover of the capital. In many ways it was more like a coup. On Monday I went to the Capital at noon and for the first time 34 years of living in Madison I was denied access.
Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011
Monday. Feb. 28, 2011
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
On Tuesday, March 1, 2011 the Wisconsin State Employees Union sued the State of Wisconsin to force admission to the capitol.
Tuesday, Dane County Court
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
On March 3, 2011, Judge Albert held that the State of Wisconsin acted in violation of the constitution by closing off access to the capitol.
Thursday, Dane County Court
Thursday, March 3, 2011 Evening
On March 4, 2011, the state allowed some access to the capitol. Everyone entering had to submit to search for weapons. The state began the removal of signs from the walls. By Sunday, March 6, 2011 all signs had been removed.
Friday, March 4, 2011
Saturday, March 5, 2011
Sunday, March 6, 2011
Monday, March 7, 2011
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Wisconsin Senate passed the budget bill under questionable circumstances on March 9, 2011. The Governor's security force made their presence known.
Walker's Personal Parking Security, March 10, 2011
On March 10, 2011, the Assembly passed the bill.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
On March 11, 2011, the Governor signed the bill. The effort to stop this madness continues.
Friday, March 11, 2011
Saturday, March 12, 2011 Farmers Join the Rally
Over 100,000 people came to celebrate the return of the FAB 14.
Saturday, March 12, 2011 FAB 14
After Saturday things slowed down at the capitol. However, there has never been a time whether it be 8:30 am, 7:30 or 11:00 pm when I have gone to the square and not been able to take pictures of people protesting the governor's bill.
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011
Saturday, March 19, 2011
For 33 days in a row, I went to the square and took pictures of people protesting their government. On Sunday, March 20, 2011, it poured rain all day. For the first time in all these days, I did not go to the square and take pictures. In many ways, this protest has now moved to other parts of the state as protestors work to obtain signatures to recall elected officials.