[act-ma] Tonight: Wisconsin Eyewitness Reports in Boston

Bryan Koulouris brykoulouris at gmail.com
Thu Mar 10 05:26:12 PST 2011

*In This Email:*

1. Eyewitness Report in Boston from Wisconsin: Thursday, March 10th
2. National Appeal: The Battle in Wisconsin Needs Your Help

1. Report from Wisconsin by Union Activists in Boston! Thursday, March 10th
at 7pm

This meeting is free and open to the public. *It will be held at Encuentro
Cinco in Chinatown on 33 Harrison Avenue's fifth floor.* The venue is
accessible by the Orange, Green and Red Lines.

Three labor movement activists were in Madison during the course of these
tumultuous events. A shop steward from the Massachusetts' Teachers
Association, a member of AFSCME and an editor of Justice newspaper will all
be giving eyewitness accounts.

Attacks on union rights and the public sector have gained attention in
Wisconsin, and they are spreading across the country. Workers and youth
heroically stood up to these attacks in Wisconsin, and the protests have
inspired millions throughout the country. This meeting will attempt to draw
out lessons from this struggle as we all face budget cuts, layoffs and
attacks on our rights.

Facebook Event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=193508164014411

2. *The Battle in **Wisconsin Needs Your Help!*
* http://www.socialistalternative.org/news/article14.php?id=1531
For two weeks now working people and youth in Wisconsin have been waging a
heroic battle to defend union rights, jobs and public services. Tens of
thousand have responded in mass demonstrations, daily rallies and an
on-going occupation of the Capitol building. We haven't seen anything like
this in the US in decades. If Governor Walker can get his way it will not
only mean the effective destruction of public sector unions in Wisconsin it
would mark an open season on all unions and working people across the US.
But a victory would give enormous boost of confidence to everyone looking to
fight back against the cuts, layoffs and the corporate agenda.

Incredibly, Walker has arrogantly disregarded the democratic voice of the
people and showed no sign of backing down. The trade union leaders meanwhile
have offered enormous concessions and have put forward no clear strategy
beyond rallies and relying on the Democratic party. A bolder strategy to
turn up the heat on Walker is absolutely critical. Socialist Alternative has
energetically supported the struggles in Madison. We have been petitioning
and gathering support for the idea of rapidly organizing a one-day public
sector general strike as the next step to put maximum pressure on Walker to
back down.

We are continuing to push for this bold step but already the costs have been
very high. With travel costs, printing of material and other expenses we've
spent over $2,000 already and will be spending much more. If, like us, you
feel there is an urgent need to popularize the idea of a one-day general
strike, please consider helping us with a donation today. We all need to
come together to support this crucial battle for the future of the labor
movement and you can make a real contribution even if you can't physically
be there in Wisconsin.

To DONATE click

You can also read the leaflet we have been distributing in Madison

These are historical times we are living through. The attacks coming down on
working people all across the country and the world show this whole system
which puts profits for a tiny elite above human need is bankrupt. We need
fundamental change where working people have a say in the running of society
through the transformation of society to democratic socialism. If you agree
with these ideas and our approach to the struggle in Wisconsin you should
also consider joining Socialist Alternative.

Click here to fill out a MEMBERSHIP FORM for Socialist

Thank you,
Jesse Lessinger

Socialist Alternative
National Treasurer
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