Scary people, these protesters.
The return of the Wisconsin 14 was triumphant. You could hardly tell that we had just lost the battle for collective bargaining rights in the state of Wisconsin. It felt like victory.
|WI 14 make their unbreakable bond before leaving the state|
|Sen. Taylor is welcomed home|
|Sen. Larson with his clipboard|
So then off to the rally of some 150,000 or so folks. When the 14 joined it, they were led from the Capitol by a phalanx of firefighters and bagpipes, but the line did not hold long for the crush of people trying to see them. When they arrived on the stage to a tumultuous cheer, one of them said, "Wow, you go away for a few weeks and look what happens!" Big roar from the crowd.
Okay, this is long and there will be more to share, but just wanted to leave some impressions here. What follows are a couple of videos and a few of my favorite photos (go to the end for a message from Erpenbach). And these final words from Sen. Mark Miller as he addressed the throngs at the rally: "The battle for Wisconsin is now joined!" Indeed.
|I don't either|
|Really good idea|
|Gandhi was there too|
|One of the scary radicals|
|More scary radicals|
|This one almost moved me to tears|
|Small portion of a big crowd|
Photo of hands joined together: Sen. Chris Larson
All other photos: Margaret Swedish
Last word from Jon Erpenbach: