Wisconsin NAACP Youth Council joins Madison rally for public employees

The Wisconsin NAACP Youth Council joined more than 100,000 people in Madison, Wisconsin on March 12, 2011 to protest the bill passed by Governor Scott Walker eliminating Collective Bargaining and limiting the power of unions. Passions are high in the state of Wisconsin because of the lack of democracy shown in the process of passing the bill. It is felt that Governor Walker did not include his plan to abolish collective bargaining within his platform when he ran for Governor. Many people feel that they were tricked and fooled during the election.

During the rally,” the Fabulous Fourteen” returned to a hero’s welcome. The fourteen Democratic Senators who left the state to force negotiations before the passage of the bill were greeted with salutations and gratitude from all who attended the rally. The focus was opposition to the Budget Repair Bill. Governor Walker’s premise is to provide tax cuts for the corporations with the hope that jobs will trickle down to the middle class and poor. Historically, it has been proven that this method does not work. Wisconsin NAACP Youth Council members, Beverly Williams, Youth Council Advisor , Milwaukee NAACP and Wendell Harris, Chair, Education Committee, WI NAACP attended the rally.



Dr. Jerome L. Reide is a field organizer for the NAACP Regions 3 and 4.