Protest Planned Outside Darling's Office Today

Between 75 and 100 people are expected to attend the demonstration.

Another demonstration outside of Sen. Alberta Darling’s (R-River Hills) office in Menomonee Falls is set to occur Wednesday evening.

Former Waukesha County Democratic Party Chairman Jeff Christensen has organized a protest, which is set to begin at 5:30 p.m. outside Darling's office at N88W16621 Appleton Ave. Christensen is also a candidate for Democratic Party chairmanship of Wisconsin’s 5th Congressional District.

Christensen said he expects about 75 to 100 people to join the demonstration later today.

“I think it’s a good reminder for Alberta that she is on the wrong side of this bill and the wrong side of history and people are not happy,” Christensen said. “It’s just another opportunity for people to have their voice heard. There weren't a lot of people who could make it to rallies in Madison and this is another chance.”

Kristopher Rowe, the organizer of the Darling recall campaign, said he might also attend. He said the protest would coincide with several other demonstrations and canvassing efforts occurring on the North Shore Wednesday.

“I think I may head up and take some pictures and talk to folks and get some people fired up for the weekend canvassing,” Rowe said. “The energy is still really high. People are deeply hurt by the passage of this bill and the protests continue but people are a little more anxious now.”

Rowe said they are hoping to make a large push forward with their canvassing operations this weekend in Mequon, Shorewood and Menomonee Falls. According to a that appeared on Patch.com March 11, Rowe said he has “well over 1,000” volunteers in his database of volunteers.

Last month, outside of Darling’s office in Menomonee Falls to demonstrate their opposition to Gov. Scott Walker’s budget repair bill. The protest wound through downtown, and backed up traffic along Appleton Avenue during rush hour.

N. Peske March 16, 2011 at 07:42 PM
Dorothy, even if you personally feel teachers are spoiled (Are any of your family or friends teachers? I've learned a lot about their jobs by talking to relatives who are teachers and who work crazy hours during the school year, buy their own supplies for kids, etc.), I urge you to look at the provisions of this bill. To destroy collective bargaining for ALL union workers means nurses, maintenance workers, and prison guards have less power to influence the safety of their workplaces. Take a look at the provisions to sell off heating and cooling plants with no bids, privatizing plants that provide cheap power to prisons and schools. There's a lot of really ugly stuff buried in the first of these two bills and amendments need to be made. The other bill, which has been split off, is not publicly available yet that I know of. I truly think all citizens should take a look at the details because the devil is in the details!. Honestly, I agree with some of the proposals I've heard about, including money to market Wis. to businesses and ending the MPS residency requirement, but there's a lot of plain old BAD policy being set into law that could cost us a fortune in hidden costs (penny wise pound foolish...not to mention defending unconstitutional laws in court).
William Bahrke March 16, 2011 at 08:10 PM
I will be there at the Menomonee Falls location. As a retired educator everyone must get involved. I urge all retired teachers to get involved today and/or in the near future!
David Keup March 16, 2011 at 10:02 PM
I hear what both sides are saying, and understand that there are positives and negatives on both sides of the equation. My father who is now retired, was part of the AFSCME union for several years, and worked for city government for one of the larger suburbs in Milwaukee County for 33 years. I understand the purpose of unions and collective bargaining. The only compromise I can come up after a lot of mulling and thinking, is to allow Gov. Walker to utilize the terms of the current repair bill and limited collective bargaining arrangement for the next budget year (or even the following budget), and then make it mandatory that total collective bargaining would come back again once we get the deficit at a much lower lever or even reach a balanced budget. Wisconsin government needs to get its financial house in order folks! That is to big of deficit we are carrying. Have you union backers seen the article done by a Journal Sentinel reporter a couple weeks ago regarding how many people and how much money union officials and staff people make every year? I was shocked! Maybe union backers need to protest their unions management in order to make cuts in spending and the like. That way collective bargaining wouldn't be such a big issue. I would also wonder and question why I am paying so much in union dues money every year, when they can make such big annual salaries and compensation. Thats my take.
Jan March 16, 2011 at 11:21 PM
Dorothy, this so called "spoiled teacher" would welcome the opportunity to have you walk in my shoes for just one week. You can teach a full day and then continue your work day by coaching a sport, being the faculty advisor for two student clubs, serving on a number of district committees, and on top of that leading/coordinating a committee for your school district. This "spoiled teacher" works during the summer too by teaching summer school classes and coordinating community events. I love the way some our so quick to criticize teachers and yet have absolutely no clue what they all do in one day. The bottom line is Governor Walker is destroying public education as we know it in Wisconsin. Our school district has to cut $1.95 million dollars for the 2011-12 school year with Walker's two year budget plan. The "spoiled teachers" in my school district have made concessions in our salaries, retirement, and health care which will save our district more than one million dollars. Walker's plan leaves my district with a $945,000 shortfall. The "spoiled teachers" in my district are engaging in shared sacrifice to support education even before Walker's mandates. We care about our students and the future of Wisconsin. Do you???
Michael Schwister March 17, 2011 at 01:56 AM
I think it is important to remember that we are allowing our schools, elderly, and poor to be degraded along with our public sector employees, because we allow corporate welfare to exist. This corporate welfare costs Wisconsin taxpayers between two and three thousand dollars a year. These same corporations pay no tax, ship jobs overseas and hide wealth in offshore bank accounts. The Libertarian agenda, brought to us by way of tea party Republicans, and paid for by 2% of the wealthiest Americans. Any boby think it is time for change?


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