A Visual History of the 2011 Wisconsin Protests
de Nick Schweitzer
On January 3rd, 2011, Scott Walker was elected Governor of Wisconsin. One of the first actions taken up by the Governor and the newly elected Legislature was to pass what later became known as Act 10. This controversial law, when finally passed, severely limited collective bargaining rights in the state, and essentially banned public sector unions in Wisconsin.
In the run up to the passage of the law, many groups gathered at the Wisconsin Capitol building to protest, both for and against the bill. Local news stations dubbed it "Capitol Chaos" and it lasted for several weeks. Not that long after the protests in Madison were taking hold, the Occupy Wall Street movement began spreading nationwide. Soon, protests were occurring in Downtown Milwaukee as well.
Demonstrating Wisconsin is a visual history of these protests, from a non-partisan viewpoint. It doesn't make judgments regarding the protests, but rather tries to bring you into the protests if you didn't experience them first hand.