Far Left Protesters Rally in Wisconsin Against Business and Hold Tax the Rich Workshop
Sue Gatterman, seated second from left, Barbara Schrank and Fred Schrank, fingers crossed, supporters for Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate JoAnne Kloppenburg, all watch election results in the Supreme Court race between Kloppenburg and incumbent David Prosser in Madison on Wednesday. (ANDY MANIS/AP)
Far left protesters held a protest today the Capitol in Madison, Wisconsin. The protesters planned to march against business groups. They also were holding tax the rich workshops.
On the heels of a shocking reversal in a critical Supreme Court race, union members and their supporters rallied Saturday at the Capitol, pointed fingers at the state business lobby and made plans for building their movement, which has already generated months of mass demonstrations and a spate of recall campaigns.
“This is about regrouping for the long haul,” said Ben Manski, a Madison lawyer and activist who helped organize events that started at noon Saturday and were to continue Saturday night and Sunday with workshops on a wide array of political topics from direction action campaigning, building coalitions and taxing the rich.
Protesters planned to march to the offices of Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce on West Washington Avenue.
Manski said the action was sparked in part by the attention given to Charles and David Koch, billionaire brothers who have given millions to right wing causes, including Republicans and Tea Party organizations who have supported Wisconsin’s Republican Gov. Scott Walker.
“There has been a lot of publicity about the Koch brothers influencing Wisconsin politics, but the fact is that Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce is the lobby group that’s in the Capitol day in and day out working to shift taxes from the wealthy to the rest of us,” Manski said.
UPDATE: Here’s a list of the scheduled workshops.