Here’s my recollections of yesterday, worts ‘n’ all.
The day started out with a Stop the Wars march organized by MAPC:
I hung out at the Occupy Madison site after. I initially announced I’d do some livestreaming when we were informed there was in fact some net, a password, etc to use with our camera/laptop combo. The camera/laptop combo was only there as long as its owner [and that wasn’t me] wanted to be there…like 30 minutes maximum. I was not policing the whole get-livestreaming-going thing. While I chatted merrily with folks, as it turns out, much of the 30 minutes was used to look up an ordinance that pertains to exactly why an officer had the right and/or duty to remove red balloons from Lady Forward’s hand three times. (You can learn more about that on Michael Matheson’s facebook profile where he uses 20 photos to tell the tale.)
I made my way to the “The MoveOn Rally” as it wound up being called.
There was a lot of spirited discussion among Occupy Madison participants going into this rally held officially in “solidarity” with them. The rally was organized and promoted almost entirely and independently by MoveOn.org. I think what happened was that MoveOn moved rapidly enough to pull together a rally to occur on October 15th that would coincide with what Occupy sites around the world agreed should be a “day of action”. But this rapid move was TOO rapid and neglectful of the deliberate process that all occupy sites seem to use which is a series of daily General Assembly meetings.
What wound up happening is that MoveOn did their rally without any jeering from naysayers and with inclusion of 3 speeches from Occupy Madison members (a couple of whom may want to remain somewhat anonymous [?] I don’t see their names in the description on this video or their tweets) – Occupy Madison speakers at the Capitol, 10/15/11
We also heard from a leader with the Madison Area Peace Coalition who called out Obama for various sins while also managing to extend solidarity and/or forgiveness to those Democrats who expect to hold their nose and vote for Obama despite it all. We also saw two individuals that I don’t think would want to be in the same room together: Miles Kristan and Bret Hulsey. Many know Miles Kristan as the man who poured beer on Robin Vos [but of course he’s a whole lot more than that]. And many lefties in Madison know Bret Hulsey as the man who asserted protesters should leave the Capitol on their 2nd invasion of the place [was that March 9th?]. But Bret Hulsey is, I’m sure he would argue, also more than that one incident.
We also heard from politicians Senator Jon Erpenbach, Rep Kelda Helen Roys, a man arrested in D.C. for protesting the XL Keystone pipeline, and others.
I’ll get the video and audio up here as time permits this afternoon – taking my sweet time as it is a fairly beautiful day out and I will also need to pay attention to a Packers game. We may also see some typed-up speeches landing here if speakers email them to me [as was gently requested].
Resources: Occupy Madison’s facebook page
Occupy Madison’s web site where you can find a schedule, a donation spot, and more.
Occupy Madison’s twitter