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Protests Begin in Capitol Rotunda for 13th Straight Day

MADISON, WI (FDL) – Just took some video of the AFSCME procession as they came into the Capitol this morning. See if you can spot the hippies in this picture. I guess they’re the ones wearing the uniform of the Wisconsin Department of Corrections.

The protests are loud this morning, with Capitol almost filled to capacity.

Lots of activity on the streets as well.

Mike Elk has a spectacular piece capturing the vibe inside the Capitol, and the youth/labor alliance that made it all happen. An excerpt:

“My father always said during a strike is when we would rebuild the labor movement,” said Sadlowski, a veteran organizer whose father famously vied to head the United Steelworkers of America in the late ’70s. “We are proving it right here.”

Older union organizers have been sharing their experiences organizing in the workplace with students who have never engaged with the labor movement before. Some youngsters have been so inspired that they are talking about dedicating their lives to it.

“Everyday I come down here I just feel like we are winning,” said Andrew Cole, who is in his twenties. “We are just a bunch of people standing around a Capitol talking together and singing songs, but through this collective voice we have been able to define the national debate about unions.”

As someone said this morning, holding the Capitol is really key to this protest movement. She said that by holding the Capitol, they can make Gov. Walker resign, and I don’t know how realistic that is. But Ed Sadlowski says in Elk’s piece, which I think is correct, “As long as we hold onto this Capitol, we have a chance.”

I snapped a few photos: [after the jump]

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It reads: UPDATES: Low-tech Twitter. Twitter service spotty inside the Rotunda.

Text of the Fourth Amendment, to be used tomorrow?

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Protests Begin in Capitol Rotunda for 13th Straight Day

MADISON, WI (FDL) – Just took some video of the AFSCME procession as they came into the Capitol this morning. See if you can spot the hippies in this picture. I guess they’re the ones wearing the uniform of the Wisconsin Department of Corrections.

The protests are loud this morning, with Capitol almost filled to capacity. I snapped a few photos:

Facebook revolution!

It says, Forward my mail here, I'm not leaving.

It reads: UPDATES: Low-tech Twitter. Twitter service spotty inside the Rotunda.

Text of the Fourth Amendment, to be used tomorrow?

Lots of activity on the streets as well.

Mike Elk has a spectacular piece capturing the vibe inside the Capitol, and the youth/labor alliance that made it all happen. An excerpt:

“My father always said during a strike is when we would rebuild the labor movement,” said Sadlowski, a veteran organizer whose father famously vied to head the United Steelworkers of America in the late ’70s. “We are proving it right here.”

Older union organizers have been sharing their experiences organizing in the workplace with students who have never engaged with the labor movement before. Some youngsters have been so inspired that they are talking about dedicating their lives to it.

“Everyday I come down here I just feel like we are winning,” said Andrew Cole, who is in his twenties. “We are just a bunch of people standing around a Capitol talking together and singing songs, but through this collective voice we have been able to define the national debate about unions.”

As someone said this morning, holding the Capitol is really key to this protest movement. She said that by holding the Capitol, they can make Gov. Walker resign, and I don’t know how realistic that is. But Ed Sadlowski says in Elk’s piece, which I think is correct, “As long as we hold onto this Capitol, we have a chance.”

UPDATE: Here’s another loud protest:

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