Upcoming Events for the Wisconsin Uprising Anniversary

For the anniversary of the Wisconsin Uprising, a series of events have been planned to commemorate the historic events of February and March 2011.

Book Reading: "Uprising: How Wisconsin Renewed the Politics of Protest, from Madison to Wall Street"

  • Date: Thursday, February 9th, 5:00 p.m.
  • Location: Tripp Commons, Memorial Union
  • Description: John Nichols, Madison-based associate editor for the Capitol Times and Washington correspondent for The Nation magazine, has written an early history of the recent Madison protests in his new book Uprising: How Wisconsin Renewed the Politics of Protest, from Madison to Wall Street. For more information click here. Nation Books.

The Wisconsin Uprising One Year On: What Happened and What's Next?

  • Date: Thursday, February 9th; 7-9pm
  • Location: MATC-Downtown Room D240 (211 N. Carroll St. in Madison)
  • Description: This panel discussion will feature labor activist Eric Cobb, Ruth Conniff of the Progressive Magazine, Sam Jordan of the International Socialist Organization, Ben Manski of the Liberty Tree Foundation, and Tina Treviño-Murphy of the Student Labor Action Coalition.

Wisconsin Day! Rally to Kick-off a Week of Action

  • Date: Saturday, February 11th; 11am-1pm
  • Location: Wisconsin State Capitol - State Street side
  • Description: Come celebrate the day the movement was born with a rally hosted by the Wisconsin Wave to mark a new holiday-Wisconsin Day! Speakers will address the challenges and opportunities the grassroots social movement born a year ago faces while moving forward as well as the importance of ensuring that future elections are free of manipulation and voter suppression. For more information please contact the Wisconsin Wave at wisconsinwave@gmail.com. For more info click here.

Picket the Governor's Mansion

  • Date: Sunday, February 12, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Location: Governor's Mansion: 99 Cambridge Road, Maple Bluff
  • Description: In one of the first protests last year a group of Wisconsinites picketed the Governor's Mansion, now they are inviting everyone to join their anniversary picket.

Valentines Day! Rallying is for Lovers: I Still ♥ UW

  • Date: Tuesday, February 14th, 12:15pm
  • Location: Memorial Union @12:15; Solidarity SingAlong at the Capitol @1pm; Rally to follow
  • Description: The Teaching Assistants' Association (TAA), UW-Madison's graduate student employee union, calls on students, campus workers, and community members from around the state to march again to deliver valentines to Walker. Let's remind Wisconsin that we are still fighting for our rights as students and workers! TAA members will have valentines for you to sign, or print one out and bring it to the event, using the image found here.
  • Contact: charityschmidt77@gmail.com

"Show the Love, Save Our Schools" March and Solidarity Sing Along

  • Date: Tuesday, February 14, 4:15 PM
  • Location: Mifflin and Wisconsin Ave.
  • Description: Rally for Public Education, Teachers and Educational Support Staff

Capitol Occupation Documentation Station

  • Date: Tuesday, February 14th and Wednesday February 15th, 10-6pm both days
  • Location: Tuesday - Wisconsin State Capitol, room 415 NW; Wednesday - Wisconsin State Capitol, room 300 NE
  • Description: In an effort to better preserve the history of the Wisconsin Uprising, the organizers of the Capitol Information Station will be running a "Documentation Station" to help preserve the collective memory of last year's events. Organizers will be making video and audio recordings of stories from the Uprising and life under the Walker regime during the past year. Please bring signs, posters, photographs (digital files or printed), pins, and other memorable items to contribute to the project! For more info click here.
  • Contact: infostationmadison@gmail.com

One Year Later - Lessons from the Wisconsin Uprising

  • Date: Thursday, February 16th, 7-9pm
  • Location: UW-Madison's Memorial Union, Check "Today in the Union" (800 Langdon St.)
  • Description: This panel discussion will feature Leland Pan of the Student Labor Action Coalition, Amanda Love of AFSCME Local 2748, Teddy Shibabaw of Socialist Alternative, and labor activist Eric Cobb.

WisConvocation Public Planning Session

  • Date: Sunday, February 19th, 2-5pm
  • Location: Tamarack Gallery in Madison (849 E. Washington Ave. Ste. 102, parking in back)
  • Description: To follow up on a Week of Action there will be a participatory planning session to prepare for a future large-scale inclusive people's assembly dubbed the "WisConvocation." At the WisConvocation participants from around the state will have the opportunity to formulate proposals for action such as a People's Budget, People's Platform, and a list of movement demands for candidates participating in the 2012 recall elections. For more information, click here.
  • Contact: Brian at organizerbrian@gmail.com

Fourth Annual Wisconsin Progressive Grassroots Festival

  • Date: Saturday, February 18, 2012 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
  • Location: Wisconsin Heights High School, 10173 State Hwy 14 Mazomanie, WI 53560
  • Description: Find out how to make a significant difference in your community at this all-day workshop which features Matt Rothschild and Mike McCabe as keynoters. Lisa Graves from the Center for Media and Democracy will be addressing one of the breakout sessions. You’ll also have a chance to meet candidates for Wisconsin Governor in the late afternoon. During morning and afternoon breakout sessions, you’ll roll up your sleeves and find out how to start a Grassroots group, how to stop election theft, what the progressive perspective on small business is, how to build a successful community think tank, how to run for office, how to effect change in the health care reform debate and what is the effect of weaponizing our communities, among other topics you can choose from. Registration (donation $14 including lunch) begins at 8:30 a.m. The Raging Grannies singing sensation will entertain at lunch.
  • Contact: Nate Timm at nptimm@chorus.net or 220-0139. Sponsored by Wisconsin Grassroots Network.

Book Reading: "It Started in Wisconsin: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Labor Protest"

  • Date: February 28th; 7-9pm
  • Location: Goodman Community Center, Evjue Room
  • Description: New book on the WI Labor Protests by historians Mary Jo Buhle and Paul Buhle, with contributors John Nichols the Nation/Capital Times, Matt Rothschild, the Progressive Magazine, Mary Bottari, Center for Media and Democracy and other contributors. Verso Books, available at Rainbow Bookstore.

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