99% greet Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker at Chicago speech (video)
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was scheduled to give a speech at Chicago’s Union League Club Thursday morning, but a few unexpected guests in attendance had their own message to deliver.
Members of the Chicago Teachers Union and Stand Up! Chicago performed a “mic check” at the beginning of Walker’s remarks that continued for several minutes, despite attempts by others at the breakfast to stifle the statements.
It’s an outrage and a shame that we sit here at this fancy breakfast to listen to someone who has wreaked havoc on the lives of working families. Governor Walker has vilified unions and insulted the 99 percent who depend on living wages and adequate benefits to support their families while on the payroll of the right-wing billionaire Koch brothers.
It is not so different from our own state where corporations and bought-off politicians clamor to find ways to grant a $100 million tax break to the Mercantile Exchange, one of the most profitable companies in the state, while social services are being slashed, while workers’ pensions are being threatened and homelessness, poverty and joblessness continue to rise. The CME has already taken $15 million of our TIF dollars. That’s our tax money that would have gone to help students in the Chicago Public Schools.
It is ironic that we give Governor Walker free rein to say what he wants while the Mayor has ordered the arrest of over 300 people in Occupy Chicago who have simply tried to express their rights to freedom of assembly. The bottom line is that Governor Walker is out of touch with America, and working people will not honor anyone seeking to undermine our lives for the benefit of the 1 percent.
Demonstrators then repeatedly chanted, “Union busting is disgusting” and “we are the 99 percent.”
Only last week, roughly 100 Iowans gathered outside of a West Des Moines hotel to demonstrate against Walker, who was delivering a private message at an event sponsored by The Heritage Foundation. Both Walker and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad have maintained that they are not anti-worker and that they are trying to protect the middle class.
Hooray for the Chicago Teachers Union and Stand Up! Chicago for giving Scott Walker a piece of reality!
Walker was there to raise money to fight off his recall election. He is already in the KOCHROACH pockets, so it really doesn’t matter what the man does. right now he has the power with a compliant, traitorous legislature who will do the bidding of the rich boys and Murdogs. They hate govt, have no respect for the common good and have no sense of responsibility. REMEMBER when the big repug shout out was” we want responsibility and accountability” and have delivered neither. Napoleon WALKER is a wrecker of democracy. His legacy will be the bodies he leaves in his wake.
So gnnmrveeot wants to oppress the poor, sick, elderly and disabled? Good luck. Here’s a reality check gnnmrveeot officials: we placed our severely autistic son in a state run group home for 4 years. Within that 4 years, he became malnoursished, suffered numerous self abusive blows to his head and face, had to be hospitilizled and then sent HOME because state officals told us, “there is no place that can handle your autistic son.” SO, we have him back home. And the thanks we get for taking him back, though he’s over 18, and we don’t have to, is we get CUTS to the very funds keeping him SAFE and thriving in home for half the cost it kept to keep him in an out of home placement that couldnt’ help or protect him. Now that’s what I call insanity. Solution: create new laws tax codes, etc..for families WILLING to take their loved ones BACK home, so we can keep them safe and out of MORE costly ineffective out of home placments. DUH. It’s that simple. OUr son was estimated to cost california about 1 milllion a year when placed at Fairview Developmental Center, due to his 2 to 1 staffing needs 24 hours a day. He’s self injurious and has seizures. He requires constant round the clock protective supervision requiring 2 -3 staff to protect him when he’s punching himself in the face and head. So, go ahead Jerry Brown and all you myopic self-righteous fools who think you’re doing a great thing by “cutting services for in home suupports.” My God how ignorant could you possibly be? Apparently, you have NO flipping CLUE how this world ooperates outside your sheltered bubble. For the love of God do the right thing. Ensure that parents who are taking on the incredible burden of keeping adult children with disablities at HOME receive the adequate supports needed to keep these kids safe adn free from the abuse, neglect and mismanagement documented in 100′s of news media reports about placing them in out of home placments to the tune of 50% more than keeping them home.
Loved the website. I have been to the hotel a nuebmr of times and spent a few nights there on my honeymoon. My father Tom Walker was is a cousin of Bruce Walker. We have celebrated there with you for weddings and sadly funerals as well. I am very excited to see all of the pictures of the new developments. It looks amazing and a visit to The Snug at some point will be a wonderful time I’m sure. All the best, Valerie Ogilvie
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It would be cool to have it back to back with SOBCon (exhausting, though) for those of us fliyng in for the event. Two weekends of bloggy fun would be terrific would save on airfare.This is so exciting. Let me know how I can help!@Karen: I don’t know what they have planned, but WordCamps are supposed to be free or really low cost. In Chicago, it should be easy to find sponsors and keep it unconferency, which is what has worked beautifully for many WordCamp events, keeping the cost really low. $20-$25 is normal. I hope they can do the same here.