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Wisconsin Protests: A Busy Parent's Guide

Just a few days after massive public protests in Egypt toppled Mubarak’s decades long regime, we’re getting a taste of popular demonstrations here at home.

You may know Wisconsin is erupting in protests, or you might be just hearing about it. If you’re having one of those moments where you’re bemoaning the day Sesame Street replaced NPR as your default soundtrack, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered on this unfolding news story.

Protests in Wisconsin have been raging for days. Here’s the rundown on what’s happening in Wisconsin, for busy parents everywhere:

  1. Protestors are angry about legislation that would effectively gut collective bargaining rights in the state for teachers and most state workers.
  2. In addition to stripping state workers’ bargaining rights, the bill would raise healthcare and pension costs.
  3. Thousands have taken to the streets in protest. AOL has some excellent photos of the demonstrations.
  4. There are at least 30,000 protestors peacefully rallying outside the state house in Wisconsin.
  5. Organizing For America, the remnant of Obama’s presidential campaign, is helping to organize the protests.
  6. The bill cannot be passed if there is not a single Democrat in the chamber.
  7. Democratic lawmakers have fled the state house in an effort to prevent the state’s legislature from achieving quorum and thus stopping a vote on the bill. Most claim to have left the state.
  8. State police have been sent to track them down, with the governor hinting the National Guard might be called in if striking union workers don’t do the job.
  9. Wisconsin is the home of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, one of the country’s largest labor unions.
  10. The protests are expected to continue even if the bill passes.

Photo: wikimedia

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