AFL-CIO: Thursday marked the biggest demonstrations outside of Madison in Wisconsin history

February 24, 2011

"Pro-Freedom" actions spread across Wisconsin as thousands demand an end to the attacks on the middle class and worker rights

(MADISON, WI)  -  On Thursday, February 24, in cities and towns across Wisconsin, thousands of state residents and taxpayers demanded an end to the attacks on the middle class and worker rights in whatwas the largest day of demonstrations outside Madison in Wisconsin history. 


One day after Gov. Scott Walker admitted in a telephone call with someone he thought was David Koch, a wealthy out of state donor to Walker, that he callously is playing politics with people's jobs, thousands of Wisconsinites held rallies, vigils and town hall meetings in order to urge their lawmakers to show real leadership and move Wisconsin forward.

Over twenty six rallies were held in more than eighteen towns across Wisconsin.  Most events were held in the evening so that teachers, nurses, EMTs and other concerned citizens could attend after working hours.  At these events, Wisconsinites took hold of their democracy and interacted with their Representatives in their home districts. 

Rallies took place today in Appleton 400 attendees, Beloit 300 attendees, Berlin 250 attendees, Eau Claire 500 attendees, Fond du Lac 250 attendees, Green Bay 850 attendees, Horicon 200 attendees, Janesville 400 attendees, Kenosha 758 attendees, La Crosse 200 attendees, Manitowoc  400 attendees, Milwaukee  870 attendees, Oshkosh 375 attendees, Platteville 150 attendees, River Falls 100 attendees, Sheboygan 500 attendees, Steven’s Point 2500 attendees and Wausau 300 attendees. 

In Green Bay - hundreds of community members stood together on bridges across the city in a symbolic nod for our leaders to come together with the working families they represent. 

In La Crosse - professors, students, faculty and concerned citizens came together to stand with Wisconsin.  Earlier in the day UW-La Crosse faculty won union rights in a vote that overwhelmingly supported having a voice on the job.

In Milwaukee – hundreds marched to the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce in support of Wisconsin’s public employees.  At earlier events in the day citizens came together at the Milwaukee Area Technical College and the Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex to highlight the disastrous affects Gov. Walker’s proposal would have on education and patient care. 

In Steven’s Point – 2,500 working families, faith leaders and community members rallied at UW – Steven’s Point campus to demand an end to the attacks on Wisconsin’s middle class. 

Wisconsin’s teachers, nurses, snow plow drivers, and others have agreed to Walker’s pension and health care concessions, which he said would solve the budget challenge. The governor’s continued attacks on working families in our state harm all of us.

(Top Photo:  Thousands rally at UW - Steven's Point for worker rights.  Photo Credit:  Scott Wright)