A Resonant Purpose

Above: Two Citizen Movements Working for Social and Economic Justice. At Left, in early 2011, hundreds of thousands gathered for rallies on the grounds of the WI Capitol; At Right, in that same year, Occupy Wall Street participants maintained an ongoing presence at New York's Zucotti Park.

hen massive protests sprung up at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison earlier in 2011 in response to draconian anti-worker, anti-education legislative proposals by the new governor and legislature, people across the nation and the globe reached out in solidarity. Many of them had learned about developments in Wisconsin through the Social Media. In the months since then, a massive movement for workers' rights, open government, quality education, and responsive healthcare is taking hold in the US and well beyond, most recently exemplified by the Occupy Wall Street movement. While the venue and name may change over time, this movement is here to stay, and resonant non-violent protest movements everywhere are gaining strength from the organizing power of the web.

In that same spirit of solidarity, through this blog, Wisconsin activists hope to share what we have learned through our use of on-line organizing with participants in the Dec. 17-18th Netroots New York conference at Pace University, where several Wisconsinites will be presenting. As a prelude to the conference, we share these samples of innovative organizing from the Wisconsin Uprising linked to social media. Thanks to all who have produced the contributions linked to here, and to all who shared their favorite social media examples, with special thanks to Joanie Juster. Working together, we can and will make a difference!

The blog format was the fastest and most efficient way to bring together these clips for conference goers. Nonetheless, it is a topically-arranged list of content trying to fit into a chronologically-based blog format. A couple of navigation tips: 1) If scrolling through the contents in the order postings are presented, be sure to select "Older Posts" to reach additional listings beyond the bottom of each page, and 2) an ad hoc "Table of Contents" can be found in the Blog Archive list at lower right.


Happy Third Anniversary, Wisconsin Capitol Protests
Please venture further into this site to an archive of representative social media from this important social movement, which is still making its presence known three years later.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Sources of Breaking News

Community Journalists were often the first to break news of new developments. For many people, Facebook, Twitter, and community radio and other "alternative" forms of social media were among their only reliable source of news, because they did not trust the bias or omissions represented by traditional reporting. More often than not, social media journalists captured the scene from a citizen-participant's perspective, adding to the sense of being in the midst of what was happening for the viewer.

Wisconsin Dems Chanting "Shame! Shame! Shame!" After Walker's Budget Bill Passes (in the wee hours of the morning)

from talkingpointsmemo.com
Few traditional media remained at 1 am when the GOP leadership of the WI State Assembly used parliamentary trickery to push through the governor's budget bill, in effect closing off the voting before many opponents had the chance to vote.

A Moment Out Of Time From The Wisconsin Union Protest

by Rob Matsushita
Rob Matsushita's Vimeo Page

Wisconsin Citizens Shout Out in Indignation at WI State Assembly members, beyond a police line on the bottom of the staircase to the chambers, about to vote on Gov. Walker's draconian budget bill.

Rep. Cory Mason Addresses the Crowd at 1:15 am Following the Vote


Sunday, February 27th: Difficult Decisions of Conscience as Police Evacuate the Capitol, and Protestors Contemplate Civil Disobedience

from crev2002's YouTube Channel

Wisconsin Protests: Closing the Doors of Democracy?

A friendly debate ensues about whether to leave or not to leave.

From the Vimeo page of Shahin Izadi

Be sure to click on the "Older Posts" link below at the bottom of this page for many more examples of creative and inspiring social media examples from the Wisconsin Uprising....

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