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In order for us to continue its live coverage of the events in “The Badger State,” Spot.Us is increasing The UpTake’s fundraising goal from $15,000 to $25,000. Why the need for extra money? Our costs to provide live streaming is $2,000 a day. We want to keep livestreaming the events for as long as possible. Every day for almost three weeks we’ve been providing live insight into the Wisconsin protests.
At the risk of stating the obvious, tensions in Madison, Wisc., remain high. To many, that would be an understatement. The debate among Democrats, Republicans and every ideology in between has reached fever pitch after yesterday’s 18-1 Senate vote, sans Democrats, to eliminate most collective bargaining rights for state government workers. Today, the Wisconsin Assembly vote on the bill has been delayed because of the presence of protesters in the Capitol.
So far, our video coverage has included nationwide rally footage and interviews with a variety of people, including individual public-sector workers, Wisconsin State Rep. Kelda Helen Roys, the Madison firefighters union president, Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz, Wisconsin State Sen. Sheila Harsdorf, Rev. Jesse Jackson and workers at Ian’s Pizza on State Street in Madison.
As well, our live-streaming video has been embedded on many websites, including MinnPost.com and The American Independent, and at the time this was published, the live stream had more than 4,000 viewers (that’s LIVE). Countless more than have been coming and going through the past week.
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