Making a Bigger Movement in Wisconsin—GRITtv Special, Day 4

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Protests in Madison, Wisconsin Saturday February 20, 2011- Photo by Natalie Rosen

Protests in Madison, Wisconsin Saturday February 20, 2011- Photo by Natalie Rosen

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This video is part of our special coverage from the workers’ protests in Madison, Wisconsin and Columbus, Ohio — a result of collaboration between The UpTake, Free Speech TV and WORT FM in Madison.

“This movement has to expand, we have no choice. They have no interest in compromise. . . we have to bend them or break them, because that’s what they’re doing to working class people in this state,” Ben Manski of Wisconsin WAVE, a new organization fighting austerity measures, told GRITtv’s Laura Flanders on Tuesday. He notes that labor organizations have nearly unanimously voted for to prepare for a general strike should Scott Walker’s attack on unions be signed into law. And Kabzuag Vaj of Freedom, Inc. notes that, “If Governor Walker can attack people with some resources to fight back, he has no fear of poor people or people who have no resources.”

Laura sat down with Ben and Kabzuag before she left Madison for Columbus, Ohio to discuss the wider movement, expanding beyond union rights, in Wisconsin and the rest of the world.

Jacob Wheeler

In addition to shooting videos for The UpTake, Jacob Wheeler is a contributing editor at the progressive political magazine In These Times, publishes the Glen Arbor Sun in his native Michigan, and authored "Between Light and Shadow," a recent book about the Guatemalan adoption industry. Wheeler's stories have appeared in such magazines as the Utne Reader, Earth Island Journal, Rotarian and Teaching Tolerance magazine, and newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle and Christian Science Monitor. He speaks fluent Spanish, German and Danish.

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