Wisconsin State Capitol an Invite-Only Destination

Click on Photo to Read Timeline of Wisconsin Uprising Against Gov. Scott Walker

A friend of The UpTake who shot this video outside the Wisconsin State Capitol this afternoon wrote the following words about her attempt to enter around the time that Governor Scott Walker was unveiling his budget:

“I was prevented from entering the Capitol to watch the governor’s budget address by a line 20 police officers blocking the doors. I was informed that I needed a “ticket” in order to get into the building; each legislative office received a maximum of 9 tickets, maybe less. There are rumors (not yet substantiated) that supporters of Governor Walker were ushered into the capitol via underground tunnel so that they could sit in the front rows of the gallery during his budget address and clap politely during his speech. This happens in China, North Korea, it happened in the former Soviet Union — government plants being used to create political propaganda. But in Wisconsin? I can only hope that we have not sunk so low.”

And here are photos taken outside the Wisconsin State Capitol today:

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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