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Protest Songs Through the Ages - Be inspired to write the next one!

Today Progressive Majority and Grassrooting Productions launched a collaborative protest song project to raise awareness of the Wisconsin recall elections! (read our recent blog post and check out the official website!)

In honor of the launch of this project, I've compiled a list of famous protest songs (plus a few of my personal favorites) to hopefully inspire you to participate in our project and collaborate to write the next big protest song! Music is such a powerful tool, as evidenced by the songs below. Let's use the power of music together to bring attention to the Wisconsin recall elections and the fight for labor rights that they stemmed from.

Bloomberg has Walker's number

When it comes to analyzing Governor Scott Walker's financial machinations, look no further than Bloomberg.

From Uppity Wisconsin:

Get involved in Wisconsin!

Wisconsin Democrats: The best chance at change is at the ballot box

They know it and we know it. The only way to get worker's rights back, in Wisconsin and in other states passing simliar bills, is to vote.

Jim Holperin, Wisconsin State Senator, said over the phone, "Voters now appreciate how quickly rights can be taken away" and called for progressives across the states to vote either in the 2012 elections or in a recall.

If anything, we're even more fired up about Wisconsin

In a hypocritical and duplicitous move, 18 Republican Wisconsin state senators passed Govenor Scott Walker's proposal to end collective bargaining late last night.

It's now clear to all of us: this was not about saving the budget; this was all about destroying unions. With thousands of protesters storming the state capitol we have a message to you:

How about running against these arrogant legislators and bringing union rights back in 2012?

Nick Milroy TACKLED in front of capitol

Wednesday, Wisconsin State Representative Nick Milroy climbed out of his office window at the Capitol to hold office hours with constituents in the bitter cold.

What does he get for going above and beyond to fulfill his civic duty?

Apparently, he gets tackled by police trying to simply enter the capitol to get some things from his office.

Watch the video at WISN TV.

We'll keep you updated on this as the story unfolds.

Nick Milroy holds office hours - outside Wisconsin capitol

I remember my professors holding classes outdoors - but my state legislators holding office hours outside? 

Stand with unions!

Conservative attacks on unions and union members are spreading like wildfire across the states.  Ground zero is Wisconsin, where thousands of protestors are storming Madison to demand that conservatives back down – and at least ten more states are facing similar battles.

Wisconsin inspired

Repairs or regression?

There’s more to this budget repair bill than the labor piece. For those brave enough, you can read all 144 pages  or read some Keats, it would probably be less depressing.

The two other issues are:

Serious cuts to education that could spell the end of many Madison public schools, a split of the University of Wisconsin campus and the end to Title I funding for low-income students.

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