On the anniversary of the day Scott Walker came out with his Budget Repair bill that destroyed collective bargaining for public employees, cut medical care, privatized state-owned electric plants, created 39 new political appointees, and 142 pages of other insidious, nefarious political actions designed to consolidate power within the executive branch, several hundred people gathered on the State St. side of the Capitol to protest. We were outraged then, but who knew how far down the road of violating people’s rights and dismantling democracy Walker's administration would eventually go? Today, speeches and talk amongst protesters focused not on killing a bill or even on recalling Scott Walker, but on sending him to prison.
As more indictments come down in the John Doe investigation surrounding his reign as Milwaukee County Executive and allegations of corruption and collusion between the legislature, the governor’s office and private corporations and their lawyers with respect to the creation of redistricting maps, people are demanding justice, not simply Walker’s removal from office.
Rebecca Kemble is an Anthropologist who studied decolonization in Kenya. She serves on the Board of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives and as the President of the Dane County TimeBank.