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Solidarity for Wisconsin Protesters

20 Feb

Solidarity with the protesters opposing Governor Walker’s draconian union-busting proposals has been extensive, including deliveries of scores of pizzas ordered from out-of-state, as well as Facebook pages offering help finding sleeping accommodations. Via yesterday’s State Journal:

Protesters in Madison are getting support from near and far, whether it’s the offer of a couch to crash on near the Capitol or Ian’s Pizza ordered from around the country.

As of Friday, more than 200 people had been invited to a Facebook event aimed at finding out-of-town protesters a place to sleep. Capitol-area residents offer couches, sleeping bags and even floor space on the page, which is “in support of all American workers!” It can be found at go.madison.com/protesthousing.

And staff at Ian’s Pizza one block west of the Capitol said Friday a couple dozen of their pies have gone to protesters — purchased by supporters from coast to coast.

People have called in orders from New York, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Illinois, Arizona and California, said Nick Stratman, a manager at Ian’s.

Brendan Wilson, another manager, said a call came in Thursday night from someone in San Francisco who ordered $300 worth of pizza.

For the out-of-state orders, which began Tuesday, Stratman said the restaurant takes the first name and location of the person placing the order so employees delivering the pizzas can announce to hungry protesters who and where they’re from. They’ve been received “very well,” Stratman said.

Expect more of the same as protests continue, and continue to grow. Workers around the country realize just how critical this fight is, flocking to Wisconsin in droves and lending support however they can. Keep visiting the Illinois World Labor Hour blog for continuing coverage of this amazing story.

(Hat tip to Ricky Baldwin of SEIU 73 for sharing this link.)

–Jason Kozlowski

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