Faces of Wisconsin

Friday, 25 February 2011 14:52 By Yana Kunichoff, t r u t h o u t | Photo Essay | name.

Since Gov. Scott Walker introduced a bill that would effectively outlaw collective bargaining for public-sector workers, Madison, Wisconsin, has seen tens of thousands of people flock to the State Capitol Building to voice their opposition to the proposed legislation. Here are a few of their reasons for coming out.

Photo: Mario Garcia

Karin Kalish was spending the night at the capitol without a sleeping bag - she had been chatting to a friend and didn't realize how late it was, and didn't want to leave the building in case she couldn't get back in.

Though she admits she isn't "having my best night," Kalish is committed to staying at the capitol because she believes the bill "may actually endanger peoples' lives.”

“If you don't have any control over your working conditions” and you are a public worker who works with people with disabilities, you have no reason to work extra hours if needed. "Things will happen, people will actually die or get hurt,” Kalish says. “People will fall through the cracks." Kalish is disabled and relies on a wheelchair.

(Photo: antrover / Flickr)

Anthony Paladino, a political science and education freshman at the University of Wisconsin, was holding his sign on the steps of the capitol "because I find this bill to be very bogus. It's an entryway to destroying unions and it's pretty much everything that Wisconsin is not."

Yana Kunichoff

Yana Kunichoff is an assistant editor at Truthout.

Last modified on Saturday, 26 February 2011 17:02