WWP salutes heroic occupation
Published Feb 23, 2011 3:44 PM
WW photo: Sharon Black
Feb. 22 — Workers World Party salutes the workers of Wisconsin who
through their sacrifice and fortitude are showing the way for workers
The occupation of the Wisconsin Capitol is in its eighth day. The Wisconsin
South Central Labor Council has voted to endorse a general strike of its
members if Gov. Scott Walker passes the budget bill that contains provisions
that would destroy collective bargaining for public sector unions.
It was the energy of the students and teachers that served as the spark that
lit these amazing developments in Wisconsin. These have ramifications for not
only public and private sector workers and their unions but ultimately all of
the working class, young and old, jobless and working of all nationalities.
Make no mistake, the pivotal issue is union-busting, but in essence what has
been unleashed is the pent-up desire of the masses of people to push back
against the right-wing onslaught and what has been characterized so well on
signs here: “The war on the workers.”
An unprecedented 100,000 people marched in Madison on Feb. 19 in contrast to a
small group of Tea Party supporters who drew less than 2,000 people. Over the
weekend, local papers trumpeted that snow and bad weather would decimate
protests but instead workers took their marches to the inside of the
Inside the Capitol, solidarity is growing. Firefighters have slept alongside
high school and college students. Our own reporters are sharing the floor with
other seasoned trade unionists who have been in the trenches fighting labor
Holding and occupying the Capitol has been a key component in this critical
labor battle. And so far the fortitude of the students and workers to continue
has remained strong.
The occupation of the Capitol and the massive protests, including the support
of unions and workers nationally, have created a euphoric atmosphere that has
given hope to everyone who has supported the workers, including immigrant
Local residents have opened their homes to those occupying the Capitol offering
hot showers. Pizza has been ordered and paid for by supporters in Cairo, Egypt.
Everywhere you go in Madison, there is support from non-unionized, low-paid
clerks to the homeless in the street.
The first duty of every revolutionary, every progressive minded person,
everyone who wants to put an end to this rotten system of capitalism, with its
destruction of people’s rights, with its repression, with its virulent
racism, sexism, anti-lesbian, gay, bi and trans bigotry is to give complete and
unabashed support to this critical labor battle.
Long live the workers of Wisconsin and their fight for justice!
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