Support Wisconsin Teachers Rally Announcement

Noted in the comments by “Me,” and also forwarded from retirees Mike Ruggeri (and Jackie Kirley) and posted at their request:

Rally to Save the American Dream

(The rally will be held in all 50 states. In Chicago, the rally will be tomorrow, Saturday, at 12:00 PM at the State of Illinois Building.)

In Wisconsin and around our country, the American Dream is under fierce attack. Instead of creating jobs, Republicans are giving tax breaks to corporations and the very rich and then cutting funding for education, police, emergency response, and vital human services.

On Saturday, February 26, at noon local time, we are organizing rallies in front of every statehouse and in every major city to stand in solidarity with the people of Wisconsin. We demand an end to the attacks on worker’s rights and public services across the country. We demand investment, to create decent jobs for the millions of people who desperately want to work. And we demand that the rich and powerful pay their fair share.

We are all Wisconsin. We are all Americans.

This Saturday, we will stand together to Save the American Dream. Be sure to wear Wisconsin Badger colors (red and white) to show your solidarity. Sign up today to join in!

Developments to the North of Us

Wisconsin is an interesting state–mostly rural, with a few pockets of urbanity and (mostly exhausted) manufacturing towns along the lake on one side and the river on the other. In other words, it’s a lot like Illinois, which is what makes this development a little unnerving. There, but for a few thousand votes in the November Gubernatorial race, potentially go we…

Citing Wisconsin’s gaping budget shortfall for this year and even larger ones expected in the years ahead, Gov. Scott Walker proposed a sweeping plan on Friday to cut benefits for public employees in the state and to take away most of their unions’ ability to bargain.

The proposal by Mr. Walker, a Republican who was elected in November after pledging that he would get public workers’ compensation “into line” with everyone else’s, is expected to receive support next week in the State Legislature, where Republicans also won control of both chambers in the fall.

The prospect left union leaders, state and local employees and some Democrats stunned over the plan’s scope and what it might signal for public-sector unions in the state. Union leaders began planning rallies in Madison and contacting lawmakers, pressing them to reject the idea.

Read the rest here.