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Where I’ve Been

February 21, 2011

[Note: This blog will rarely be about politics, because politics dominate my academic research, and this blog is my escape from the world of research.  I've been absent for more than a week, however, and the explanation is both political and personal.]

By now, if you’re in the U.S. — and perhaps if you’re anywhere in the world–you’ve heard about what is happening right now in Wisconsin.  I live in Madison, which has quickly turned into the epicenter of protests against the Budget Repair Bill, which our new governor tried to force through the legislature in a matter of days, with no deliberation or negotiation with the people it would greatly effect.  It would, among other things, strip public workers of their right to collectively bargain; cut funding to thousands of seniors, people with disabilities, and low-income families; change the state Family and Medical Leave Act law in a way that would detrimentally affect working parents; and imperil public transportation in many of Wisconsin’s cities.

As a state university employee, the daughter of a public school employee, the sister of someone with a disability who benefits from FamilyCare, a tax-paying citizen of the state of Wisconsin, and a person who strongly believes in the power of democracy, this is where I’ve been for the past week:

And that’s where I’ll be for as long as it takes to “kill the bill.”

 

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  1. February 21, 2011 11:15 am

    go you! i made it down to the capital a couple times this week to contribute to the protests, too. i went home this weekend (to rural wisconsin) and it shocked me that people who are removed from the situation and don’t see themselves as being affected by the bill can just step aside and not care. it’s definitely a whole different political world outside of madison, but i wasn’t expecting the complete support for walker that i experienced by some of the people i talked to.

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