Thanks to Bonnie, whose daughter lives in Madison and has attended the protests. She writes:
“There are many misleading news reports about the ongoing protests at the Capital; there have been no riots, no violence, and there are not ‘60,000 people on both sides of the budget repair bill’ – there are 60,000 Wisconsin protesters of the bill and more than half that number have been at the Capital since last week Tuesday. On Saturday wealthy corporations bussed in about 1,500-2,000 Tea Party supporters to counter-protest. They held signs that said, ‘Jesus hates Dems/Feds’ and ‘Return the government to the people’ (ironic since the Tea Party is funded by corporations).
“I live here and I want you to know the truth. What the new WI governor is doing is wrong. The bill is atrocious. (I’ve read it, all 100+ pages.) Here’s a video an acquaintance of mine made. I found it very moving and beautiful: