Chants of “Recall Walker” and “Hey, hey, ho, ho, Scott Walker has got to go” rang out loud and clear through the streets of downtown Madison yesterday as hundreds marched up State Street in support of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Wisconsin Fire Fighter Mahlon Mitchell.
Barrett and Mitchell won statewide primaries on Tuesday. Barrett will take on Scott Walker in the gubernatorial election and Mitchell will challenge Rebecca Kleefisch for Lieutenant Governor. Both recall elections, along with four State Senate recall elections, will take place on Tuesday, June 5.
Solidarity was the theme of yesterday’s rally and it was clear that removing Gov. Scott Walker from office is a unifying goal.
“We have to recall Scott Walker now,” said M.L.H., an administrative support worker at UW-Madison who gathered signatures to recall Walker and Kleefisch last winter and was in attendance Wednesday’s rally. “Everyone has to get involved, no one can sit this one out -- this election is too important. Scott Walker is diabolical. Why is he making it harder for people to vote and taking away worker's rights? The thing I am most disgusted with is what he has done to destroy collective bargaining rights.”
Speakers at the rally included Wisconsin State AFL-CIO President Phil Neuenfeldt, We are Wisconsin’s Kristen Crowell, John Nichols of The Nation, Kevin Gundlach of the South Central Federation of Labor, State Representative Chris Taylor, Mary Bell of the Wisconsin Education Association Council and Jim Garity of AFSCME Council 40.
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