Sunday, February 20, 2011

News from Wisconsin from Dr. Rene Antrop-Gonzalez

Dr. Rene Antrop-Gonzalez is a dear friend and colleague who teaches at the University of Milwaukee in Wisconsin and here is his brief report that he shared with me this morning.


Saludos to all,

Good morning! It's been a whirlwind 5 days in the state of the Green Bay Packers! Yesterday, 70,000 of us marched demanding "Kill the Bill!" and "This is what democracy looks like!" We had some interface with Tea Party activists who were drunk with the idea that public workers are parasites. They make no mention at all of the extent to which large corporations are getting filthy rich off of OUR backs--the rich created this deficit using Republican (and some Democratic) politicians as their tools!

On a second note, I differ with labor's stance on making concessions on public worker pensions and health care benefits. We should not be conceding a thing! The rich are not being asked to give up their benefits. Tax the Rich!

Anyway, it was beautiful to witness and participate in direct action with folks from all over! Power to the People. WE WILL WIN! Remember, my fellow comrades, if this bill is passed in WI, it will also pass in your state.

Finally, it was great to see immigrant activist groups also taking part in the protests. The UFW was in full force as well as Voces de la Frontera!

Paz, Rene

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