This week we’ve been closely following the dramatic developments in Wisconsin, where tens of thousands of teachers, students, and workers rallied in opposition to Republican Governor Scott Walker’s all-out assault on organized labor, pushing legislation that would strip public workers of collective bargaining rights and impose dramatic cuts to hard-earned benefits.
Nation Correspondent and seventh-generation Wisconsinite John Nichols has been on the ground in Madison live-blogging as events unfold, helping to raise the voice of Wisconsin’s working people. Earlier in the week, John sat down with MSNBC’s Ed Schultz to discuss the protests. And just today, John joined Wisconsin Democratic State Senator Chris Larson and Madison teacher Susan Stern on Democracy Now! to discuss how the Governor’s attack is less about saving money and more about politics. Don’t miss his rousing speech last night defending workers of his home state with an awe-inspiring crowd of teachers, students, and workers. Be sure to take a look at our slideshow of the protests in Wisconsin, and stay tuned for our continued reporting…
In this remarkable moment of civic action, we’re proudly publishing for the first time in the US, an essay by Stephane Hessel, a 93-year-old former diplomat, hero of the French Resistance and drafter of the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights. His small book, “Indignez-Vous!”, which topped France’s best-seller list selling nearly two million copies, calls on a new generation to embrace non-violent activism; to oppose the forces that would impose brutality, corruption and inequality, and to stand up and resist.
As I argued yesterday in “Time for Resistance”, the events in Cairo, throughout the Middle East, and now in Wisconsin and in Ohio show us that this is indeed a moment of extraordinary possibility.
WELCOME: Guest Blogger Laila Lalami
This week, we’re proud to welcome renowned author and critic Laila Lalami, who will be blogging with us for the next two weeks. Born and raised in Morocco, Laila will be covering the uprisings sweeping the Middle East, US foreign policy, and double standards in how offensive speech is handled here at home. Be sure to check out her post, “The Attack on Lara Logan”, where she calls into question the media’s reaction to the egregious physical assault of the CBS Chief Foreign Correspondent.
NATION CONVERSATIONS: Jane McAlevey on Why Unions are Not the Problem
In this week’s issue of The Nation, organizer, activist and author Jane McAlevey discusses the well-funded and coordinated attack to dismantle labor unions in her piece, “Labor’s Last Stand.” Executive Editor Betsy Reed sat down with McAlevey to discuss the history of right-wing assault on organized labor, and how progressives can embrace the larger struggle for workers’ rights to counter this attack. Read the piece here and be sure to listen to the interview, available here.