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Sun Dec 9, 2012, 12:29 PM

Cross Posting from Education Group with minor changes: Suggestions for Tuesday's rally in Lansing

I will be visiting our Capitol on Tuesday. I am representing on two fronts: RTW and Education Bill on the move. Please suggest signs, songs, talking points, and other needs.

I have been a DU visitor/member since Sept. 12, 2001. I have been to WI to protest with MEA and have always been a strong supporter of organized labor. I tell people that I know I am the reincarnation of people who were in the early labor movement and the civil rights movement. I am well versed on ALEC, major players in Ed "reform", and very politically active.

Here is what is happening in Lansing:
1. RTW legislation being concurred in Legislature and possibly signed by Governor on Tuesday. Labor Unions and friends of Labor will be descending on the Capitol.

2. Education Achievement Authority "EAA" (HB 6004/SB 1358) and the Parent Trigger Bill (SB 620) in the next couple days. (EAA = select schools, statewide school district, taxpayer dollars to nonpublic schools and unlimited cyber-schools)

Help Needed:1. Any great signs for rally
2. Song ideas for the rally
3. Ideas of things to bring to a rally
4. "Elevator Messages" for Legislators
5. Any other inspiration or thoughts

I usually complete my own research (former school librarian) so asking for support is not an easy task. I need to prepare my lesson plans for my release day on Tuesday and create back up plans for Wednesday--just in case.

Thank you DU!

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Reply Cross Posting from Education Group with minor changes: Suggestions for Tuesday's rally in Lansing (Original post)
TruthTeller Dec 2012 OP
knitter4democracy Dec 2012 #1
James48 Dec 2012 #2
milwaukeelib33 Dec 2012 #3

Response to TruthTeller (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 04:57 PM

1. Songs: Joe Hill.

I think teachers should sing their school fight songs to remind people what this is really about: destroying communities through destroying public education and good jobs.

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Sun Dec 9, 2012, 08:48 PM

2. bring PANS and spoons.

banging on a pan is a great noise maker.

see:



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Mon Dec 10, 2012, 02:45 PM

3. Seach Wisconsin Capitol Protests on Youtube

There is a lot of video showing sign ideas you could adapt for your own MI repuke assholes. Musical instruments, vuvuzelas, anything that can be used to make obnoxious racket. I and many others banged on simple and cheap 5 gallon buckets. Dress warmly as the fight will be long. Bring snacks and share with others if you are in such a position to be able to.

Very important: search out eateries nearby that are on our side of the cause. I mention this because one of my endearing memories of the WI protests was the way a local pizzeria would deliver pizzas by the dozens to the hungry and weary protestors. The pizzas were donated by people all over the world who could not physically be there but wanted to support the fight. A win for all, the hungry protestors got an energy boost from the food and support, the local progressive owned business got a major economic boost, and those not able to be there could feel good about supporting the cause. When you find a good business to recommend, post up their contact info as I'm sure many will want to help out.

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