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US Veterans Against The War

Action Alert: Tell WI National Guard to stand with public employees.

Michael Atkinson
Michael Atkinson

(MILWAUKIE, Wisc. ) - Iraq Veterans Against the War (www.ivaw.org) talked to the crowd in the occupied State Capitol in Madison, Wisconsin, expressing solidarity with students and workers fighting to protect public-sector unions.

Please help inform other people of the brave men and women who really deserve the uniforms they wear for the United States military.

The Iraq Veterans Against the War organization, which as a veteran I also support, are outstanding Americans against a bunch of this unnecessary fraud being discovered - not just the “war on terror” scamming of [all] nations involved.

Tell the Wisconsin National Guard to stand with public employees.

Call or send an email urging Brigadier General Donald P. Dunbar of the Wisconsin National Guard to stand with public workers, not against them.

As the struggle to preserve the existence of unions continues in Wisconsin, it is unclear how things will play out.  But Gov. Scott Walker has stated that he is prepared to activate the Wisconsin National Guard to respond to any problems that may arise.  We know that National Guard troops have been used in the past against striking workers, protesting students, and to quell urban rebellions in the U.S., at times with horrifying results (think Kent State, 1970).

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But service members have the power to side with the people

Call the public affairs office of the Wisconsin National Guard: (608) 242-3000 or send an email.

Respectfully ask that General Dunbar not activate the Wisconsin National Guard against peaceful Wisconsin workers.  Ask General Dunbar to go on the record publicly and say that the National Guard will not be used against those peacefully demonstrating for their collective bargaining rights.

If you are making the phone call, let us know how it went by sending us an email to ivaw.org/contact.

Here are some talking points:

  • Members of the National Guard are also public servants. They should not be used against their fellow Wisconsin public servants who are fighting for their right to maintain decent compensation and work environments.
  • Many WI National Guard members are also teachers, nurses, EMTs, firefighters, and police officers.
  • Many WI National Guard members are veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan.  Veterans often seek jobs in the public sector because government agencies are the only employers that follow hiring preferences for veterans as a matter of law.  Protecting the rights of workers in the public sector unions ensures that veterans have a chance to secure a decent job and earn a living wage with good benefits – something that every American worker deserves.

Make the call or email today.

More videos, photos, and updates at http://voiceshakes.wordpress.com. Also see http://www.defendwisconsin.org.




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Kilroy March 6, 2011 12:06 pm (Pacific time)

Who funds this group? What kind of membership total? Are any really combat ground troops, or just frustrated lower ranked enlisted who live with their moms and cannot find a real job?

Editor: I suggest going and asking them to their face, and if you are the scumbag you seem to be, we probably won't have to deal with your BS.

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