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Friday, November 11, 2011

VICTORY! Fearing Mass Protest Governor Walker Cancels Wichita Visit!

This big idiot for Wisconsin’s governor’s office, Scott Walker, thought he could be the next Ronald Reagan for destroying unions. But this time he didn’t even bother for a pretext. He simply said they cost small local governments too much money. He and his ilk have waged relentless war on working people. Now he is even afraid to enter Wichita, Kansas—a home for right-wing whackos. There is a growing Occupy Wichita movement that has made it uncomfortable for such politicians to come here now. - សតិវ អតុ

From the Wichita / Hutchinson Labor Federation;

Kansans say “NO” to Walker’s radical brand of politics.
In the wake of mass protests of his attacks on working families in his home state, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has cancelled a high-priced Wichita fundraiser with Governor Brownback and RNC Chair Reince Priebus.
Thousands of Kansas workers led by the Wichita / Hutchinson Labor Federation and the Working Kansas Alliance had planned to protest Walker’s policies and his appearance at the fundraiser. Several busses full of protestors were set to arrive in Wichita from all corners of the state.
“Obviously this is a victory for working Kansans,” said Wichita / Hutchinson Labor Federation president Judy Pierce, “Governor Walker’s anti-worker policies have made headlines across the country, but Kansans are facing some of the very same attacks here courtesy of Governor Brownback.”
“The fact that our own Governor would stand with Governor Walker sends an appalling message to Kansas working men and women. We are Kansas workers trying to make a living, put food on the table and pay our bills. But there are people in powerful positions in this state who would just as soon make that harder to do.”
Walker is facing a recall election in his home state for his push to reduce wages and end collective negotiations for state workers in Wisconsin. Tickets for the event with Governor Brownback were going for as high as $15,000, but while facing a recall election Walker is able use a loophole in Wisconsin law to collect unlimited contributions from individual donors.
Like Brownback, Walker pushed though massive cuts to schools and health care in order to pay for tax breaks for CEOs and corporations.
“Governor Walker’s attacks on the middle class and working families are so unpopular he is facing a recall election in Wisconsin,” continued Pierce, “This week, Kansans stood up and sent our own message that we don’t want Walker’s radical brand of politics in Kansas, just as Ohio voters rejected similar anti-worker initiatives in their state at the ballot-box.”
“The message is loud and clear: Americans just don’t support policies designed to hurt working families.”

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