Demonstrating Wisconsin: A Visual History of the 2011 Wisconsin Protests
On January 3rd, 2011, Scott Walker was elected Governor of
Wisconsin. One of the first actions taken up by the Governor and
the newly elected Legislature was to pass what later became known
as Act 10. This controversial law, when finally passed, severely
limited collective bargaining rights in the state, and essentially
banned public sector unions in Wisconsin.
In the run up to the passage of the law, many groups gathered at
the Wisconsin Capitol building to protest, both for and against the
bill. Local news stations dubbed it "Capitol Chaos" and it lasted
for several weeks. Not that long after the protests in Madison were
taking hold, the Occupy Wall Street movement began spreading
nationwide. Soon, protests were occurring in Downtown Milwaukee as
Demonstrating Wisconsin is a visual history of these protests,
from a non-partisan viewpoint. It doesn't make judgments regarding
the protests, but rather tries to bring you into the protests if
you didn't experience them first hand.
What Others Are Saying...
Some may think you needed to be there to understand what Wisconsin survived during that volatile time. Fortunately, Nick's photos let you be a part of it all.
- Cindy Kilkenny
If you weren't at any of the Wisconsin protest events, these images will make you feel as if you had been. They are compelling but not pretentious, and moving without being cloying. This is what really happened.
- Scott Feldstein