MADISON, WI (FDL) – Multiple leaders of the faith community, students, union members and activists plan to refuse to leave the Capitol building today at 4:00pm, engaging in nonviolent civil disobedience. This could result in people being physically carried out of the building at 4:00.
I took some video of two of the protesters who will refuse to leave. Here’s Alex Hanna, a teaching assistant and co-President of the TAA, one of the leaders of the protests:
And here’s Rabbi Renee Bauer, of the Interfaith Coalition for Worker Justice of South Central Wisconsin:
The protesters were united in standing up for “basic fundamental rights.” They do not plan to engage in any violence, simply nonviolent civil disobedience. They may sit on the floor and lock arms. “We hope we are not going to jail but we’re prepared for it,” said Matt Kearny, a research assistant and graduate student. On his body was written a phone number for a defense attorney, in case he needs it.
It’s unclear whether the removed protesters will stay outside tonight. “There’s nobody going home tonight,” said Bruce Colburn of the SEIU, a former bus driver and steel mill worker.
Asked if she was worried that a criminal charge may go on her record, another protester, UW-Madison student Gwen Kelly, said, “It’s a slight concern but this is more important.”
[Ed. note: David says he's going to be on Twitter for the next couple of hours; follow him for live reporting at this link.]