Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Thurs 3/24-Witnessing Madison: First Hand Accounts of Class Struggle
Thursday March 24th, 2011 3:30 PM
Wheatley Rm 047, First Floor
The first steps in the reemergence of the American labor movement has shown the nature of the struggle... not one of ballot boxes but of picket signs and walk-outs.
Beginning Feb. 14th, workers and students have mobilized to oppose the union-busting bill put forth by Gov. Walker and his Republican colleagues. With protests reaching as high as 185,000 people and an occupation of the capitol building that most recently lasted for 3 weeks, the air in Madison is thick with talk of politics and class warfare.
This atmosphere is spreading nationally, and while the bill in Wisconsin was passed by the Legislature and signed into law (through some legally questionable tactics), the struggle has not ended. In just a few days following the bill being signed it was ruled unconstitutional and temporarily blocked from becoming law- showing the power that protests have had.
Join the UMass Boston branch of the International Socialist Organization for a discussion of the situation in Wisconsin and thoughts of the next phase in the struggle, complete with first hand accounts by ISO members about their trip over spring break. Strategize with others as to how we can bring the momentum from Madison back to Boston.