Here are some pictures from the goings-on today at the Wisconsin State Capitol. Tomorrow looks to be another active day with the legislature coming back to session.

The rumor mill at the Capitol has been buzzing about increased security measures surrounding the building.  I heard several times that there will be metal detectors.  In fact, there was already increased security today–interestingly enough it began right before Governor Walker’s latest press conference.  Around mid-day today, the entrance to the building had been limited to two entrances (this was also new). But by 5:00 pm, people were asked to now line up and wait to get into the building.  We were told that it was at capacity. However when we got into the building it was not nearly as crowded as it had been in the past (maybe at about 50-75% the amount of people).  Could this have anything to do with the fact that Governor was giving a press conference at 5:00 pm and has consistently been drowned out by protesters in the building during his press conference?

People getting approval to enter their capitol

People wait in line to enter their capitol

Despite the sense that Wisconsinites may soon no longer be welcome in their capitol because they don’t agree with the Governor, the atmosphere in the capitol was still as enthusiastic, united and hopeful as ever.  The best mood lifter was when the firefighters union (which is exempt from the Governor’s measures) announced that it would be bunking in the Capitol overnight with fellow protesters as a sign of solidarity.  Later the crowd roared as several dozen firefighters marched through the rotunda with backpacks and sleeping mats.  They then took up residence next to the bust of Fighting Bob La Follette–and I’m sure Fighting Bob would be in seventh heaven to be honored in such a way during this struggle.

Fighting Bob joins the Local 311

Here were some other choice images:

Walker is not a Hitler, he's just a douchebag

Why can't we be friends with benefits?

Notice to Teabaggers: If you work for a private company, you have the right to organize a union. For private-sector workers, these rights are enforced by a federal agency, the National Labor Relations Board (Milwaukee office: 414-297-3861). You may not have a union, and you may not like unions, but you have the right to have a union. Why deprive state, county, city and school-district employees of this same right? I don't get it.