On the one year anniversary of the start of protests against Governor Walker’s collective bargaining bill, demonstrators filled the Capitol once again.
Recreating their march to the Capitol last year that kicked off weeks of protests, several hundred members of the UW-Madison Teaching Assistants Association again delivered Valentines to Governor Walker’s office. Students and TAs marched from the UW campus to the Capitol, where they joined the noon Solidarity Sing-along in the rotunda.
Adrienne Pagac with the TAA called on the crowd to recommit to the fight, saying the “anniversary does not mark an end, but a beginning.”
Pagac and others criticized Walker and Republicans for pushing through over a billion dollars in cuts to education over the past year.
The gathering was significantly smaller than last year’s, when over a thousand protesters took part in the demonstration.
Also on Tuesday evening, hundreds of Madison teachers and union members marched around the Capitol in a scene reminiscent of the daily protests last spring.
: Andrew Beckett reports (1:01)