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The Wisconsin uprising in the words of the activists, writers, and everyday Wisconsinites who made it happen.

In February of 2011, the people of Wisconsin changed the political landscape in America overnight. In response to their Republican governor's move to strip workers of the basic right to organize, Wisconsinites decided to fight back—occupying their Capitol for days on end and protesting in record numbers throughout the freezing Madison winter. Their bold action inspired progressives across the country, and revived the conversation on organized labor, direct-action, and civil resistance.

We Are Wisconsin gives an up-close view of the Wisconsin struggle, as told by the grassroots activists, independent journalists, and Wisconsinites who led the fight. This collection of essays, blog posts, and original writing looks at what happened, what it means, and what comes next—including the real-time, fast-paced story of the Capitol occupation as told through tweets from those who were on the inside.

We Are Wisconsin will be released in August, and will be one of first books out on the Wisconsin fight.

Contributors include Michael Moore, Noam Chomsky, Van Jones, John Nichols, Medea Benjamin, Mike Elk, Andy Kroll, Tony Schultz, Allison Kilkenny, Billy Wimsatt, Ian Murphy, Chris Bowers, Natasha Chart, Elizabeth DiNovella, Alexander Hanna, Wisconsin state Senator Kathleen Vinehout, and more.

This is a remarkable story that needs to be told. By contributing $10, $20, $50 or whatever you can, you’ll be helping to tell this incredible story by assisting with startup printing and distribution costs—and inspiring others to carry on the fight. I hope you’ll be part of it.

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Any funds raised above the total cost of the project will be donated to support independent media projects in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin protest video footage by Matt Wisnewski.

One of the posters below comes with a donation of $50 or more. Let us know which you prefer, and we'll do our best to get you that one, though it will depend on what's available at the time. "Union Made" poster by Colin Matthes, "WI Rise Up" and badger posters by Nicolas Lampert.


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