Outraged by Governor Walker's openly hostile actions toward workers, students, seniors, and basically anyone whose last name is not Koch, our group of 200+ volunteers sprang into action in February, and we won't back down until sanity is restored to Wisconsin politics.
The teachers, nurses, corrections workers, custodians, secretaries, university employees, students, software designers, retirees, and business owners who make up our group are all from Chippewa Falls and surrounding areas...despite false claims from some that the Wisconsin movement is the work of "out-of-state" interests or "Madison liberals." In fact, we claim among our numbers many conservatives and former Republicans who are simply fed up with the direction our state government took this spring.
When letters, phone calls, and emails to our own State Senator, Terry Moulton, were met with silent avoidance, we went to the streets - in our own community and in Madison - to make our voices heard. When he and and his Republican allies in the legislature turned their backs on their constituents and the 120,000 protestors at their doors, we put down our signs.
And we picked up clipboards, gathering recall petition signatures against the Republican senators who had willfully chosen to ignore the voices of their own constituents. Because Sen. Moulton is not yet eligible for recall, we traveled to neighboring senate districts to gather signatures in LaCrosse and Menomonie against senators Kapanke and Harsdorf. Most weekends, over 100 of our members were active, netting roughly 1000 signatures each cold Saturday.
When the petitions were filed, we remained engaged, protesting the Governor at his fishing opener in our own backyard, Lake Wissota, and networking with other local activists at events like Bob Fest North.
When candidates Moore and Schilling stepped forward, we worked hard to reach voters with their messages. We walked in parades, canvassed, and phone-banked every week this summer, and helped the candidates emerge victorious from primary challenges by "fake" Democrats.
This is our story, in pictures. Its ending will be written on August 9th, when Wisconsin voters take back their state from the corporate lapdogs currently running it into the ground.
Since we can't vote in Tuesday's elections, we need you to. We may be knocking on your doors or reaching you by phone this weekend to remind you to vote.
To vote for morality.
To vote for common sense and fairness.
To vote for more democracy, not less.
And to vote for the principle, forgotten by current Republicans, that PEOPLE matter more than corporate profits.
So when you vote, know that Chippewa Falls stands with you.
And...Scotty, we're coming for you.