Friday, March 25, 2011
One hundred years ago today, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York killed 146 people, most of them young immigrant women trapped on an upper floor because emergency doors had been locked to prevent theft. The names and ages of the victims are being commemorated here in Madison at the Capitol, along with the statement "Remember Why Unions Matter."
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
"And I stood up and I pulled out a picture of Ronald Reagan, and I said, you know, this may seem a little melodramatic, but 30 years ago, Ronald Reagan, whose 100th birthday we just celebrated the day before, had one of the most defining moments of his political career, not just his presidency, when he fired the air-traffic controllers. And, uh, I said, to me that moment was more important than just for labor relations or even the federal budget, that was the first crack in the Berlin Wall and the fall of Communism because from that point forward, the Soviets and the Communists knew that Ronald Reagan wasn’t a pushover. And, uh, I said this may not have as broad of world implications, but in Wisconsin’s history — little did I know how big it would be nationally — in Wisconsin’s history, I said this is our moment, this is our time to change the course of history. And this is why it’s so important that they were all there. I had a cabinet meeting this morning and I reminded them of that and I said for those of you who thought I was being melodramatic you now know it was purely putting it in the right context." -- Scott Walker to Fake David Koch
Monday, March 21, 2011
Firefighters have played such an important role in the Wisconsin protests. Their early support and the example they and the police unions set with their dedication and selflessness (after all, they were exempt from Scott Walker's union-busting bill) helped bring in tens of thousands of people from other backgrounds, forming a true grassroots mass movement. They were there again Saturday with their bagpipers, leading another march.