We Are Wisconsin:
The Wisconsin uprising in the words of the activists, writers, and everyday Wisconsinites who made it happen
"This book is a great gift: To your stepmother who loves her progressive youth, for your younger cousin who doesn't know what a union is yet, for your conservative uncle who can't quite understand why anyone would stand in the cold for anything besides his own interests." – D. Krakow
In February of 2011, the people of Wisconsin changed the political landscape in America overnight.
In response to their Republican governor's move to strip workers of the basic right to organize, Wisconsinites decided to fight back—occupying their Capitol for days on end and protesting in record numbers throughout the freezing Madison winter. Their bold action inspired progressives across the country, and revived the conversation on organized labor, direct-action, and civil resistance.
We Are Wisconsin gives an up-close view of the Wisconsin struggle, as told by the grassroots activists, independent journalists, and Wisconsinites who led the fight. This collection of essays, blog posts, and original writing looks at what happened, what it means, and what comes next—including the real-time, fast-paced story of the Capitol occupation as told through tweets from those who were on the inside.
Edited by Erica Sagrans, contributors include Michael Moore, Noam Chomsky, Van Jones, John Nichols, Medea Benjamin, Mike Elk, Andy Kroll, David Weigel, Tony Schultz, Allison Kilkenny, Billy Wimsatt, Ian Murphy, Chris Bowers, Natasha Chart, Elizabeth DiNovella, Alexander Hanna, Wisconsin state Senator Kathleen Vinehout, and more.
Combining the immediacy of real-time social media from the heart of the Wisconsin protests with reflections on what Wisconsin means for the larger progressive movement, We Are Wisconsin is the first book to examine the Wisconsin protests that captivated the country in the winter of 2011.