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Union-Busting Governor Scott Walker Gets Occupied


On November 3rd, "Stand Up! Chicago" brought Occupy to Wiscon's famously teacher-screwing, union-busting Governor Walker. As the governor launched into his remarks at the Union League club, the Stand Up! members in the audience, utilizing the "mic check" method of voice amplification made famous at Zucotti Park, promptly hijacked his speech:

Mic check! It's a 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/Who depend on living wages/And adequate benefits to support their families!

Stand Up! continued from there. Their discipline and chutzpah is astounding. Watch the vid AFTER THE JUMP.


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  1. Amazing!!!! Love it!! He should of punched the guy in the face that said put the camera away. I would of loved that.

    Posted by: bryan | Nov 6, 2011 11:28:53 AM

  2. AWESOME! There is some hope left in America after all. This is the Change We Can Believe In!

    Posted by: Joey | Nov 6, 2011 11:30:57 AM

  3. Wow. "Gets occupied." I want you to remember that that's the standard, next time a gay-rights advocate is shouted down. Celebrate intolerance! Shut down diversity of thought!

    Posted by: Sauce for the Goose | Nov 6, 2011 11:46:21 AM

  4. Sauce for the goose --- it's not diversity of thought. they aren't engaging in a conversation. they're calling out hypocrisy and deception. this is a different thing than a genuine conversation in a classroom for example.

    Posted by: Ken | Nov 6, 2011 11:51:11 AM

  5. Sauce for the Goose- protest is a patriotic American pursuit. But maybe you don't care because you have yours and are filled with greed and intolerance?

    Posted by: homer | Nov 6, 2011 12:05:33 PM

  6. This was a great video. Thanks for the tip... sure I'm not alone in just having had a mini-epiphany re: the power of the mic check – when one was shut down, the other took over the lead. Well done.

    Posted by: denizon | Nov 6, 2011 12:12:33 PM

  7. @Saucy.
    Oh, yes, pity the oppressed Scott Walker. He *never* has access to media to express his views. Poor thing, he had to wait 5 minutes to give his speech while regular Americans interviewed his champagne brunch!!!

    Posted by: tranquilo | Nov 6, 2011 12:44:38 PM

  8. interrupted

    Posted by: tranquilo | Nov 6, 2011 12:45:21 PM

  9. Well the teacher's union can use the rights granted them under the Citizens United decision to spend money to oppose Walker like any other citizen.

    Posted by: Diogenes | Nov 6, 2011 1:07:38 PM

  10. That was thrilling!

    Posted by: Modern Meet | Nov 6, 2011 1:10:46 PM

  11. @Diogenes. You're being sarcastic, right?

    Posted by: tranquilo | Nov 6, 2011 1:19:45 PM

  12. Way to alienate Independents OWS! Keep up the good work.

    Posted by: Jason (the commenter) | Nov 6, 2011 1:36:00 PM

  13. wow, just wow. this is activism and this message will be seen by millions.

    occupy wall street has no message? check this out.

    Posted by: yonquersconquers | Nov 6, 2011 1:40:05 PM

  14. Only wish I could have been there with you protesting Snot Walker and his people-hating, union-busting, billionaire-bought ways!

    Posted by: Alex Parrish | Nov 6, 2011 1:59:45 PM

  15. First, this was freaking awesome and inspiring. Second, I was pleased that they called out Rahm Emanuel as well because unfortunately the 1% of greedy politicians and rich union busting politicians isn't reserved for Republicans alone. Republicans just happen to be 99% of those greedy bastards.

    Posted by: Opinionated | Nov 6, 2011 2:29:08 PM

  16. Intolerance and hatred apparently are OK as long as it happens to the "others".

    Stuff like this ought to be magical to swing voters. I bet they just rush into the Democrats' arms.

    Posted by: LincolnLounger | Nov 6, 2011 3:30:29 PM

  17. The mayor is arresting demonstrators to try to stop freedom of speech. Equal Protection Under the Law means that if we are denied our rights we will deny you yours by ANY MEANS NECESSARY. That is not a threat; that is a promise.

    Posted by: Frank | Nov 6, 2011 3:34:06 PM

  18. LOL

    k the person under 3 diff names Lincolnlounger, Diogensis, & saucy

    All polls show indies running away from repubs and each week the polls showing more and more strongly agreeing with OWs

    Even a large chunk of working class repubs are supporting OWs per the polls

    Diverse opinions blah blah are well and good on should one wear white after labor day BUT when it comes to people's pay checks, health coverage, LIFE/ the means by which they feed themselves 7 their kids....there is no such thing as debate. only facts and lies (lies of repubs and their shills)

    If tolerance tolerates intolerance then the intolerant will kill the tolerant

    Posted by: say what | Nov 6, 2011 4:27:24 PM

  19. Leftists always throw a tantrum when they lose.

    Posted by: Max | Nov 6, 2011 4:34:14 PM

  20. @Max We're not losing.

    Posted by: Gigi | Nov 6, 2011 5:23:01 PM

  21. Gigi, you lost the recall election. The Republicans kept a majority. Yeah, that thing called reality. Kind of sucks, no?

    Posted by: Max | Nov 6, 2011 5:34:04 PM

  22. Heroic and inspiring. Thanks for posting this.

    Posted by: DavidGroff | Nov 6, 2011 6:16:09 PM

  23. Dear David:

    No problem. I thought so, too.

    - BKT

    Posted by: Brandon K. Thorp | Nov 6, 2011 6:17:19 PM

  24. Right ON!

    Posted by: MoJo | Nov 6, 2011 6:23:15 PM

  25. max


    took 3 seats in off season recall election

    that is big

    Posted by: say what | Nov 6, 2011 6:24:40 PM

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