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Wonkette operative and UW grad student/Wisconsin-Madison Teaching Assistants’ Association member “Ben” has sent us this email update from Madison, where he is currently State House Squatting:

If you want to know what it’s like having protesters ages 0-99 sleeping together, setting up study areas, coffee pots, buffets, and stewardship programs: People donate toothpaste; hundreds of pizzas get delivered daily; cops photograph rallies that go late into the night. Every night more people are switching from sleeping bags to air mattresses. Also there are a lot of teachers here, labor leaders pop in to say hi to working grad students, and the guy from Rage Against the Machine just showed up. I’m going to set up a homework help and grading station tomorrow cuz we all got work to do.

But the TAA needs help feeding everyone and keeping everything somewhat sanitary. So please visit Help Defend Wisconsin and donate today! Thank you!

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  • Barbara_i

    This place is great:
    Ians Pizza 608-257-9248 will deliver to them with your message!!

  • an entire week of drinking coffee and eating from the Buraka, Thai, and Med Cafe food carts? I'm sending Pepto and Air Freshener (Jasmine or New Car).
    keep fighting, Wisco!

  • Yep, just gave them a donation. As a member of the graduate TA union where I'm slaving away, I stand in solidarity with my gypsy brethren camped out in WI.

  • Natl_Indecency_Cmdr
    • DaRooster

      "Who's gonna wipe your ass when you have a stroke?"

      Friggin' Awesome!

    • Jerri

      So awesome! (We're counting getting kinda weepy with pride as a show of solidarity, right? Sure.)

      Thanks for posting your Flickr stream and updates in the other thread over the weekend, too.

      • Natl_Indecency_Cmdr

        I was just up at the square. The weather is awful. It's about 30 degrees w/ a cold, cold hard wind blowing (coming for you, Walker!) and there were still at least 4,000 or 5,000 people outside rallying. Outside! (Of course, there are still thousands sleeping and hollering and gettin' busy [one presumes] inside the capitol itself) I'm getting teary-eyed every time I head up there. Of course, I haven't slept in days and have been drinking since 6 this morning (just kidding on that last point), but it is incredibly moving. So, yes, getting weepy with pride definitely counts. Thank you.

    • Boredw/Gravity

      Thanks for that (and all your posts over the weekend). You're doing Jeebus' work, my friend.

  • SudsMcKenzie

    ask for "Chad Vader"

  • SmutBoffin

    Stay strong in the face of regressive Teabagger politics, Ben et al.! All of us TAA alums are pullin' for ya!

    Signed,

    A former TAA member/organizer

  • hagajim

    Should we all donate Fleet Enema's so the protesters can shit all over Scott Walker?

  • metamarcisf

    Just how does one e-mail a boxcar of Schlitz?

    • AnHarmonica

      Sorry, Miller is the terrible terrible beer of choice in these parts, except that MillerCoors (or is it CoorsMiller?) donated money to that prick.

      New Glaurus and Capitol are the local faves, and they're good libs to boot. A motivated well-wisher could get ahold of Adam at Star Liquor on Willy St.; He'll come up with a way for you to help soothe our parched throats! Jus' sayin'.

      • L188188

        Spotted Cow for all!

  • horsedreamer_1

    I shall take it upon myself to introduce these hippies to a little thing called "soap".

    • GeneralLerong

      Took me a moment to think it through, but now I get it – you chose your nick because you see yourself as a little sparrow picking through moist road apples for undigested seeds.

      Have you discussed this with your rest home's therapist?

    • CalamityJames

      I think the new kids haven't quite figured you out just yet. Allow me to fisticle you.

      • horsedreamer_1

        Much love, CJ.

  • DaRooster

    Yeah…
    Pizza=Italian= FASCIST!

  • Lascauxcaveman

    Here's $20 from my PayPal to yours, fellow edjumicated soshulizts.

    Damn, it feels good to have a little money to donate to worthy causes.

    • Blendergoathead

      Keep up the fight! Pizzas (not the mac/cheese ones, that's just gross) and a tub of salad heading your way when they catch up with the orders pouring into Ian's.

      And special thanks to people on the ground; keep the feed going.

    • Barbara_i

      You are awesome, thanks!

  • the_trashben

    Thank you from all of us and all of your future grandchildren! The clean-up volunteers here have been tremendous, and the support from y'all has been amazing. You people are beautiful!

  • June_Cleaver2.0

    I think this is a world wide union in the making. May every dictator fall into a coma.

  • PublicLuxury

    I'll bathe that young one on the left. Come here little boy, I have some candy. . .

    • ttommyunger

      I suspect "Boys" need not apply.

  • Janinthepan

    Grading papers, and making lesson plans, while protesting at the same time. We teachers are so good at multitasking.

  • tabouley

    AND you know that the Palins and Bachmanns of this world are going nuts trying to figure out how to get some attention for themselves out of this, though criticizing working-class folk who are only doing what the Baggers have been doing for 2 years would, most likely, put these "ladies" in a bad light.
    WIN!

  • lucia_miranda

    Did you see who is behind the counter-protests? None other than Clarence Thomas's best pals, the Koch brothers.
    "Billionaire Brothers' Money Fuels Wisconsin Protesters" http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/22/us/22koch.html?…

  • ttommyunger

    The Baggers here in Retardo-Land are having brain spasms trying to reconcile their blind obedience to all things Teabaggy with their own middle-class status.

  • AnHarmonica

    I live 4.5 miles from the Wisconsin Capitol–somewhat less when Lake Monona is frozen over–and have made it up to the protest for five of the last seven days, and all I can say is PLEASE, enough with the pizza already! I mean, Ian's and Glass Nickle are outstanding and all, but even with the marching and fist-pumping and occasional dancing we're all going to wind up getting fat. Meaning fatter.

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