Madison’s ‘bout due for another huge rally, and that will be delivered this afternoon & evening downtown.

 Today is the 43rd anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination in Memphis, where he was marching in solidarity with striking sanitation workers.

  Jesse Jackson and a number of local people from the movement will be speaking after 5pm – to my knowledge, the rally’s at the State Street side of the Capitol, and not on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, as originally planned.
   Just go to the Capitol. I’m sure you’ll hear us.
 If you can make it down before 5:00, there’re a series of marches from across downtown that will converge on the Capitol Square at 5.  Of all the inspiring things i’ve seen over the last seven weeks, one of the most stirring things i’ve experienced is being in a pack of a few thousand people marching up the street and you pass a corner and there’s a few thousand more marching to meet you.

  Today’ll hands down be the best example of that yet.  Take your pick!:

There will be eight different marches that will all wind their way to the Capitol Square.

Starting at 4:30, groups will gather at eight separate locations, based on your membership or interest, and a “feeder march” will begin at each location at 4:50, arrive by all eight streets approaching the Capitol for the rally that follows:

  • CWA & Private Sector Workers & Building Trades Feeder March begins at 316 W. Washington, marching to the Capitol up West Washington.
  • Immigrant Rights Feeder March begins at Monona Terrace, marching to the Capitol up MLK.
  • University Students, Staff and Faculty Feeder March begins at Library Mall, marching to the Capitol up State St.
  • Healthcare Feeder March, including healthcare workers, seniors, Badger Care Recipients, and the disabled begins at the Concourse Hotel, 1 W. Dayton St., marching to the Capitol up Wisconsin Ave.
  • Environmental Protections Feeder March begins at James Madison Park on E. Gorham St., marching to the Capitol up N. Hamilton.
  • Public Safety  & Public Workers & Service Cuts Feeder March begins at the City-County Building, 210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, marching to the Capitol up S. Hamilton. 
  • K-12 Teachers and Students Feeder March begins at the Wisconsin State Dept. of Education, 125 S. Webster St. marching to the Capitol up King St.
  • Anti-Corporate Feeder begins at the parking lot at E. Washington Ave. & Butler Street, marching to the Capitol up E. Washington.
       This pouring onto the streets again obviously dovetails beautifully with our big-fucking-deal elections tomorrow. i respectfully suggest you start talking to your friends, family members & co-workers today about voting tomorrow if you think they may not make it on their own volition. Sometimes we just need a little nudge in the right direction, or even just a simple reminder that we have to actually get something done that might otherwise get lost in a very busy day.  Not many states are as great as Wisconsin with voting access: if you’ve moved lately or came here recently, you can still register at your polling place when voting tomorrow. Just bring a utility bill, paycheck, bank statement, etc. from the last 90 days – still no need for IDs to be shown in Wisconsin. Polls’re open from 7am to 8pm.  You can vote today, at the Clerk of Courts office in person. (210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, #103, ‘til 4:30pm)  Not sure where to vote?  City of Madison website will show you the way.  Please talk to anyone around you today whom you think wouldn’t be voting for Prosser tomorrow. Incept their brains with democracy.
      And if you have the time, Get Out The motherfucking Vote efforts are going hard all day today & tomorrow. My preferred base is the Labor Temple at 1602 Park Street – but of course you’ve got the TAA at 254 W. Gilman or the Dems at 110 King Street.

       For you ex-pats, anyone who you know who’s in the state now i’m sure would love to hear from you..  {*cough*}

       If we win tomorrow, this’ll be huge for the movement – our first tangible victory since this fuckery started nearly two months ago. Amazing that the budget disrepair bill’s actually not in effect this week, but that’s a temporary solution. Tomorrow’s election is the first chance we’ve had for proactive action, not just reacting to Walker & the Fitzgeralds’ callousness. But we absolutely will not win if we don’t get everyone we can to the polls tomorrow. We’re used to ignoring these smaller, local elections – let’s make sure tomorrow breaks that tradition and sweeps Kloppenburg in by a hefty margin.

      A lot more to do after tomorrow, but i think we could use a victory celebration tomorrow night after the slog of February & March.
        Please help doing whatever you can to get others to vote – but most importantly, please make sure to make time to vote tomorrow.

      Dr. King at the Mason Temple in Memphis,
         the night before he was shot:

     [W]hat does all of this mean in this great period of history? It means that we’ve got to stay together. We’ve got to stay together and maintain unity. You know, whenever Pharaoh wanted to prolong the period of slavery in Egypt, he had a favorite, favorite formula for doing it. What was that? He kept the slaves fighting among themselves. But whenever the slaves get together, something happens in Pharaoh’s court, and he cannot hold the slaves in slavery. When the slaves get together, that’s the beginning of getting out of slavery. Now let us maintain unity.

    Secondly, let us keep the issues where they are. The issue is injustice. The issue is the refusal of Memphis to be fair and honest in its dealings with its public servants, who happen to be sanitation workers. Now, we’ve got to keep attention on that… . . Now we’re going to march again, and we’ve got to march again, in order to put the issue where it is supposed to be. And force everybody to see that there are thirteen hundred of God’s children here suffering, sometimes going hungry, going through dark and dreary nights wondering how this thing is going to come out. That’s the issue. And we’ve got to say to the nation: we know it’s coming out. For when people get caught up with that which is right and they are willing to sacrifice for it, there is no stopping point short of victory.

    … … . 

    We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn’t matter with me now. Because I’ve been to the mountaintop. And I don’t mind. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land. And I’m happy, tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man.

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