Workers Defend Their Rights in Wisconsin & Ohio

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

Video by New Left Media

In this elegantly produced video of workers’ rights demonstrations in Madison and Columbus, New Left Media interviews protesters who have been locked out in the cold, as well as a Democratic state senator and former Democratic state congresswoman, officials from SEIU and AFSCME, organizers detailing the truth behind Wisconsin’s SB-11 and Ohio’s SB-5, and union members, police and assembly members who are willing to concede wages but won’t budge on collective bargaining rights. New Left Media also explores the GOP’s true motive for attacking union rights in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Iowa, Tennessee and Florida — not to solve state deficits, but to undercut a primary funding source of the Democratic Party.

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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