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Aid And Comfort

Those who have been following U.S. politics recently probably know that Scott Walker, governor of Wisconsin, is trying to pass a bill that would effectively kill public unions. The masses of public employees in Madison have not taken too kindly to this, and have been protesting for days.

Disclosure time.

Most readers here know that I am currently a Ph.D candidate at the University of Chicago, and that I live in that city. What some of you may not know is that my previous school, where I got my MA in 2006, was the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Had things gone a wee bit differently, I might still be a student there; I had been asked if I wanted to stay and do my Ph.D there, but I'd already been accepted at the U of C. I could have been a TA there, and therefore a university employee, therefore a state employee, therefore a member of the threatened union. There but for the grace of the University of Chicago go I.

I've still got friends there, some of whom are out protesting. One of them, the illustrious cabell, has given some information about how to help out that I'd like to pass along, with her permission:

"tl;dr: PLEASE HELP US. You can donate food to protesters by calling Ian's Pizza at (608) 442-3535. They've completely shut down their storefront to focus on feeding us: http://www.facebook.com/IansPizzaOnState?ref=ts&sk=app_6009294086

Straight2YourDoor, a delivery service that coordinates with about 30 restaurants in the vicinity of the Capitol building alone, has kindly set something up to help people donate other food to protesters (we love Ian's, but some of us are pretty sick of pizza) via any of those restaurants, and provided a $3 off coupon code (killthebill). Instructions on how to use it here, at my other blog: http://cabellscrabble.blogspot.com/2011/02/donate-food-to-protesters-via.html

You can also send fruits and veggies from Madison Fresh Market (608-287-0000) or Capitol Centre Market (608-255-2616).

NON-FOOD DONATIONS: The Teaching Assistants Association is taking donations for Capitol clean-up/maintenance & rally organizing here: http://helpdefendwisconsin.org/

If you don't live in Wisconsin, this should still be of utmost concern to you. If Wisconsin falls, you're next.

Solidarity."

I know I've got people of all nationalities and political persuasions on my f-list, and usually, I try to keep the bald-faced political pleading to a minimum. But this hits me where I (used to) live, so I beg your indulgence this time.

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frenchpony
Feb. 23rd, 2011 07:17 pm (UTC)
Sure, I think cabell would be happy about that. Where did you get linked from?
berzerker_prime
Feb. 23rd, 2011 06:53 pm (UTC)
Your friends in Madison thank you kindly for the support. Please take good care of our Fantastic 14 senators who, despite reports, are the hardest working state senators in the country right now.

<3
frenchpony
Feb. 23rd, 2011 07:17 pm (UTC)
I donated $40 worth of pizza (mmmm, Ian's . . .), and we can have Rahm squirrel the Fantastic 14 away in some precinct or other.

The U of C's Graduate Student Union is planning an expedition to Madison on Saturday to do a solidarity visit. If I can get a few more pages of La Dissertation written and some details about Israel nailed down, I'm going with them.
perelleth
Feb. 24th, 2011 12:15 am (UTC)
Enlighten me, Pony, please. What does this exactly mean? That public workers lose their right of free association? That the public trade unions won't be considered a valid party in negotiations with the government? My knowledge of this part of labour legislation is fuzzy at best, but I'm curious.
frenchpony
Feb. 24th, 2011 03:14 am (UTC)
What this means is that most public employee unions in the state of Wisconsin would lose their collective bargaining rights (which is the entire purpose of a union) and therefore not be able to negotiate with the state government about anything. The bill would also prevent them from being able to collect most of their dues, so the unions' funding would dry up. Essentially, if this bill passes, public employee unions in Wisconsin wither and die.
perelleth
Feb. 24th, 2011 03:37 am (UTC)
Curious. Thanks.
elliska
Feb. 24th, 2011 02:45 am (UTC)
I'm in. Thanks for the links. I wish them luck because this is scary.
frenchpony
Feb. 24th, 2011 03:11 am (UTC)
Thank you for doing this.

I'm going up there on Saturday to help protest.
meggins
Feb. 25th, 2011 04:33 am (UTC)
Bravo, Pony! I'm copying the links and passing them on. I'm mightily irked by Gov. Walker's attempt to destroy public workers' unions and even more irked by his trying to blame the economy.
frenchpony
Feb. 25th, 2011 04:40 am (UTC)
Thank you! The more people who get in on this, the better the chances are. My grad student union is getting a caravan together to go up for a day of solidarity on Saturday.
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