Downtown Campus of Madison Area Technical College
Spend Sunday, April 10th, and the previous Saturday evening, in
Madison with hundreds if not thousands of other Wisconsinites as we
convene the first in a series of meetings of the Wisconsin People’s
Assembly. By participating in the Assembly, you will have the
opportunity to meet, learn from, and build lasting personal connections
with Wisconsinites coming from all trades, communities, and backgrounds.
Together, we will create the kind of solidarity and strategies required
to overcome the corporate takeover of our state, reverse the damage
that has already been done, and win reforms that strengthen Wisconsin's
democracy for future generations to come.
This first Wisconsin People's Assembly will focus on three common themes:
- Building a Popular Movement -- that overcomes segregation and discrimination and unites all of us in common cause.
- Direct Action Campaigning -- in order to achieve the will of the people when the official government closes its doors to us.
- Winning Democracy -- by strengthening local democracy, expanding participation, democratizing elections, and amending our constitution.
popular mobilization of workers, students, farmers, small business
owners, the unemployed, retirees and others against corporatization and
austerity, and for democracy and shared prosperity. The Wisconsin Wave
is organized around a founding document, available here, and the following six principles:
Our state government must guarantee a fully funded public sector
including education, health care, human services, transportation, public
safety, and vital regulatory agencies.
Taxes on large corporations and wealthy individuals should be
returned to reasonable levels in order to solve the state’s fiscal
- The state must respect the rights of workers to organize unions and bargain collectively.
Initial budget priorities must be established through public
participation instead of closed door meetings between public officials
and special interest lobbyists.
- Voting rights must be expanded, not limited, to insure that every Wisconsinite can take part in our democracy.
Wisconsin deserves government of, by, and for the people, not the
corporate elite; corporations have no constitutional rights and may not
buy our elections or government.