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Madison, WI Protests 2 by cyspence Madison, WI Protests 2 by cyspence
Taken at the protests in downtown Madison Wisconsin fighting Governor Scott Walker's bill which would destroy public unions this past saturday. 70,000 - 100,000 people were there.

More shots here: [link]

Other photos of this series here on DA:
Madison, WI Protests 1: [link]
Madison, WI Protests 3: [link]
Madison, WI Protests 4: [link]
Madison, WI Protests 5: [link]
Madison, WI Protests 6: [link]


UPDATE:
Ah! This is my first ever daily deviation! Thank you SO much to *JupiterWave and ^Timothy-Sim for making this happen!
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Given 2011-02-28
Suggester says, "The labor protests in Madison have raged for almost two weeks, and this piece does a great job capturing the emotion involved."
Madison, WI Protests 2 by ~cyspence

[Photojournalism / Public Gatherings & Events]
( Suggested by FieldsOfFire and Featured by Timothy-Sim )
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RABBI-TOM Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
The City of the Perpetually Offended!! 64 Square miles surrounded by reality.
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momochi Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
I love it
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Cypressmyst Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
Beautiful. In every way. Thank you for supporting the good fight!
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sweetangels3 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, oh, I am so glad that a picture from these protests have received a DD! Congrats, and excellent work!

I understand that there are some issues with the unions (protecting bad teachers) however, to solve those issues, there is finesse work required, not total abolishment! Taking away the unions would strike down the good with the bad, and there are so many more good teachers that I had than ones that need to go! I enjoy that workers can be paid living wage, overtime pay, don't get locked into factories and on and on and on. I believe how many US based companies treat their workers in foreign countries show what is in store if we get rid of all the unions...

Not to mention the other issues in the bill as well...

Thank you for braving the comment system and putting up this wonderful picture!
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lazywolf Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
Boo. Get back to work you leeches.
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josephmaher Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Professional
Unions need to go down. Banned. illegalized. Put down... There traps that hurt real businesses and suck all the money out of the state and into something that could run just as easily with 15% of the money. You want to see greedy people??? these are them
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ANTAGONIST-88 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Student General Artist
So wonderful! I've been wanting to make it to the capitol so bad! Too much school in the way!
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BluAmu Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
Congrats on the DD, and props for the mad city pic! You did an awesome job of capturing just how crazy it really is here.
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horizonbound Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Beautiful shot, and congratulations on the DD! As the daughter of a hard-working, well-respected GB teacher who went down for a day of protesting, I can really appreciate this image. Just praying now that the salary cuts are the worst that happens... and that's going to be hard enough, even with the multiple jobs my dad works to support our family.
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RobertDwight Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011   Photographer
Congrats on the DD fellow Madisonian. :)
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geovailpintor Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
THIS IS QUITE EPIC IN A SENSE:D
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randomflyingpigeons Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Congrats on the DD. Glad the protests are receiving exposure on dA. I've been there every day except for two of the days. It's an amazing thing. Great capture. :)
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TheDarkAce101 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
How ironic...

The word "Forwards" is backwards XD
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AncientsLover101 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Student General Artist
Yayz! Go teacher's union!
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L1qw1d Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
can you have them all storm sacramento :D?
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ebonypen Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I only wish I could have been there... :XD:
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twilight-woods Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
Yes! This is my state and I'm so proud of our fighting spirit!
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milky-sea Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
:heart: Go wisconsin!
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cyspence Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
:D
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OriginalVillain Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
Great shot!
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cyspence Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks :)
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Khaos-Pants Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
Nice Photos. A for the Teachers, well they better hope people don't learn that Homeschooled kids usually become more successful, ask Bill Gates...
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littlechibi Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011   Traditional Artist
I live in Wisconsin, and I cannot express how awesome it is that this got a DD! Totally deserving and I'm glad this was brought to light in the deviantART community :heart: It makes me very proud that Wisconsin is starting a revolution of sorts.
Thank you for doing this for Wisconsin. It means alot, I think, to everyone here. :hug:
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ToddMcCloud Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
We will never move forward as a nation without unions losing their power-grip on society. Kudos to Wisconsin for starting the process (hopefully).
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FreakyLaurent Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Professional Photographer
Congrats !
Been hearing the news for while.
Majority of the people are voicing their opposition
alright.
:D
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cyspence Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks! Indeed they are.
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MiraKHall Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Here-here, amen and hallelujah! To hell with the nay-saying trolls! Equal rights for every human being with common sense!
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SkysongMA Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Student Writer
This is beautiful. I swoon. :heart:
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cyspence Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
:) thanks
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StrawberrySquidd Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't even understand what all this is about :iconyesyesplz:
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Lachtaube Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
A well-deserved DD. I'm from Madison and I have never seen a more beautiful sight than what has been going on inside and outside of the capitol for the past two weeks. People may claim that their states are better off without collective bargaining rights, but when you go from having them to having none at all, it is utter and absolute devastation many people have a difficult time fathoming on a full, all-consequences scale.

States are in debt, but Wisconsin in fact does not have it particularly bad, not when you look at the tax cuts our Governor gave (which, essentially, created this 'budget crisis' we're currently in) and the fact that he wants to sell power plants to anyone, no matter how low the bid may be, without an open auction. I will bet the $137 million Wisconsin would have still had that if this budget bill passes, Wisconsin will continue to its $3 billion deficit--whether or not unions are allowed bargaining rights. And if they do get their rights, everyone is going to blame the unions.

But that's what we get when we elect two-faced Koch-head officials into office who are only interested in sucking the teat of American corporation.

Excellent photograph. Solidarity.
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cyspence Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Thank you. What sucks is that we're stuck with Scott Walker until at least Jan. 2012, unless he resigns which I don't see happening. :(
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Lachtaube Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, I don't have much hopes for getting him out of office until his term is over. :/

Well, at least we won't be alone if (read:when) we do go down!
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Shiver-Slice Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
While I don't believe in Wisconsin protest, I got to say I do like the picture. You captured a great moment, congrats on the DD!
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cyspence Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks!
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Cynpai Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I live in a "Right to Work" state, and we're much better off debt-wise than Wisconsin and many other states. Non-RTW states have yet to convince me that I'm missing out on anything. A lot more companies are willing to bring their business, not to mention their jobs, here because of that. Unions, I believe, have lost sight of their original purpose, which was to protect the common worker from being royally screwed over by the corporation they are employed under. Now, it's all greed, entitlements, and thug politics, worker's rights and safety be damned. Almost every last one of us is suffering economically right now. States are in debt, but Wisconsin has it particularly bad. Paying for entitlement programs at the rate the unions are demanding just isn't feasible anymore. We have to turn the debt around before we can talk about entitlements. Our elected representatives all need to take a huge pay cut, state projects are going to have to be put on hold or canceled, and entitlements and pensions are going to have to take a cut, too. American citizens have had to make economic sacrifices, and it's about time the government did the same.

In my opinion, unions suck now. This photo, however, definitely does not. I particularly love the contrast between the red blindfold and the statue. Everyone is bundled up except for the woman in the bronze makeshift robe. You gotta wonder if she's freezing her tail off! The focus is great, and the capitol building in the background serves as a subtle visual reminder of how government is big and possesses a great deal of power over the people. You have some great photography here. Congrats on a DD well earned. :la:
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cyspence Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Thank you! I'm quite happy you like my photos. She was freezing. The temperature was in the low 30s that day, and she was up there a good 30-45 minutes or so like that.
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Cynpai Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, good gravy, what a brave soul. I hope she had a good, hot meal when she was finished! :heart:
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chymist Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
Thank you for posting your pictures, and congrats on the DD.

I was there that day too, supporting the unions. What people need to understand is that we are not fighting for more money, we are fighting to keep the right of collective bargaining. The Democrats would agree to the budget cuts if the collective bargaining was removed from the bill. Scott Walker would not agree. This is all over a BUDGET BILL, so why is the right to collective bargaining being abolished? That is why we are protesting.

Please do not blame the fact that you had a crappy teacher in high school as a result of unions. I had several myself. They played the system for what it was worth, and it pissed me off. However, there are hardworking teachers out there that deserve the support of their union. Also, the bill would remove the collective bargaining rights for other public unions as well, not just teachers.

I personally am not the biggest fan of my current union. They don't do much for me personally, because the UW is helping out. But I will support the rights of my union forever.

Thanks again, and congrats on the DD.
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cyspence Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Thank you for viewing the photos :)
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PocketGargoyle Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
This is a good, dynamic photo capturing a moment in our own heritage as it happened. I can see why this would earn a DD. Congratulations!

As to the controversy, I hope you don't mind if I chime in. I personaly know some teachers and am related to a few. For these people, teacher unions have done just as much harm as good. Teachers need to be paid a living wage. Some are, some aren't, and unions do work to regulate that, some times their negotians cuase people to loose their jobs. Teaching grade school is a low paying job, but (until the past few years at least) it's been steady. Unions so far as I have seen have worked mostly as bullies, and they don't just bully the employers. Teachers get bullied into joining whether or not they want to. Their jobs are threatened if they refuse to join. Maybe unions work in some places, maybe they just need to go. I hope it's not the same in all areas, but where I live, unions could use an overhaul.
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cyspence Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks!
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SalamanderJon Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
Just so people don't believe the trolls in this comment section the teachers pay into their own benefits and pensions - 100% their own money - a de facto pay reduction into a fund where they can buy wholesale stocks etc for retirement. They are NOT getting more monies from the tax payer on top of what they already are paid. And most teachers (at least in the south) start at 24-28k. And most teachers quit within 4 years. So before you spout off about what you don't know jack shit about look it up first, sheeple. Unions have their issues, but they also allow people to band into a large group to buy insurance at reduced rates, and pool their monies into groups for wholesale stock and bond buys. Performance of most schools is DIRECTLY related to the socio-economic status of the parents: want better schools? Support them. Volunteer. Become a classroom parent to help the teacher with 32 kids in the class. Buy supplies for your kids classroom.
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cyspence Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks you so much for posting this. :)
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MiraKHall Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:rofl: Sheeple! I love that!
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Astralseed Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Professional General Artist
ah, I was there that day too. Got a few pictures of this as well. Congrats on the DD :)
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cyspence Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
:) I'm sure we may have seen eachother, so it was nice seeing you lol.
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AliWithAnEye Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Professional Photographer
awesome photo! I wish I was there!
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cyspence Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks! Being there/here was alot to take in all at once.
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AliWithAnEye Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Professional Photographer
i bet! I live in FL so it would be a bit of a drive for me... god knows I can't fly with the insane TSA scanners and pat downs.
Keep up the resistance! Our voice must be heard!
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