Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Today Only: A Fundraising Drive for Wisconsin Protestors

With Wisconsin firefighters promising the largest demonstration yet on Thursday, the historic show of solidarity in Madison is not abating. The Capitol rotunda remains occupied. And it's working—a Gallup Poll now puts Americans at 61 percent against eliminating the unions' collective bargaining rights. (And not the exact opposite, which is what Fox & Friends has amazingly claimed.) What happens in Wisconsin is certainly a blueprint for what goes down in other states, so many have asked what can be done to support the demonstrators from afar.

For one, the protesters appreciate hot coffee, food and water, so we are doing a small, one-day drive to raise funds to buy supplies to fuel those in Wisconsin. Abe Sauer will be at Capitol Square tonight and also definitely on Thursday evening and will deliver as much as the donations can buy (from a locally-owned vendor, of course) to those continuing to occupy the Capitol building. Here's how it works: Paypal us a small amount of money, if you like (don't go crazy), and we'll give it all to Abe, he'll buy things, deliver them and we'll report back.

Update: We said don't go crazy! Uh, so, if anyone in Madison would like to help Abe carry things tonight, you could email him at abesauer at gmail dot com.

Update update: Okay, wow, we are going to stop taking money at this point! We'll update you later on the disposition of donations obviously, but basically there will be a boatload of material goods being delivered. Yow! Thanks everyone!

35 Comments / Post A Comment

caw_caw (#5,641)

This is awesome! I am in!

jolie (#16)

I donated, but that coffee better be free-trade, organic, cruelty- and gluten-free Pallie.

petejayhawk (#1,249)

It's Madison – what else would it be?

#56 (#56)

Done and Done. This video gives me the chills.

jolie (#16)

OMG Awl Bawl: Madison LOVE IT

sugarpea (#1,799)

thanks for organizing this.

barnhouse (#1,326)

Yay Wisconsin! and Abe! what a great idea.

myfanwy (#1,124)

Abe is generally a good idea!

Abe Sauer (#148)

he said "don't go crazy!" "DON'T go crazy!"

#56 (#56)

How about whatever you can't use/carry you donate to a shelter or a firemen's fund?

Abe Sauer (#148)

Oh, I'll get it there, even if I break it into two days.

riggssm (#760)

(What if I was crazy to begin with??)

Nice work, Abe.

amuselouche (#448)

Yay for this! If you end up in a bind, I know a bunch of grad students who are at the Capitol every day and who I am sure would be happy to help carry your purchases. Most of are the puny nerd type, but there are some burly mid-westerners in there too.

Abe Sauer (#148)

have them email me abesauer at gmail. Thanks.

fenkalevobocek (#10,067)

If you need help with this or anything else, 300NE is the room to go to.

amuselouche (#448)

Done! Hopefully you should hear from the shortly -it may take them a bit before they are back at their computers.

mishaps (#5,779)

Solidarity forever, bitches.

caw_caw (#5,641)

I think we need that on a t-shirt.

dylarantidote (#10,054)

Yo Abe, if you need some help delivering, hit a commenter up.

boyofdestiny (#1,243)

Wonderful. My good deed for the day is done. Now I can go back to being rotten to people on the Internet.

cherrispryte (#444)

You are gonna tell us how much was donated in total, right?

DoctorDisaster (#1,970)

I also want to know how crazy is crazy.

This warms my Berkeley-grad heart.

Craig Brownson (#4,257)

Thanks for doing this!

LondonLee (#922)

I'm in. This is making me so fucking angry. Just once I would like to hear a "journalist" on TV ask this Walker* what on earth collective bargaining rights have to do with the budget.

*And did he have to be called Scott Walker? It almost ruins one of my favourite singers.

Abe Sauer (#148)

Just imagine this poor bastard: "He made the change after someone vandalized the sign… twice"

LotaLota (#1,703)

Done. Abe et awl, I admire you so much for doing this. Please tell the folks in Wisconsin how very, very proud we are of them.

It'll be our turn to hit the bricks soon enough.

DoctorDisaster (#1,970)

I could have bought video games, but instead I got to STICK IT TO THE MAN (through the medium of snacks). Thanks for this.

jaimealyse (#647)

Anyone else seeing a "Stand with Walker Against Union Demands" ad here? Fuck it, though, you take their money, Awl, take it and spend it good.

citizencurator (#9,940)

Awl readers are the best kind of people. Thanks everybody!!!

worst_1_yet (#681)

Jeezus . . . Send it to Haiti already. How many pizzas do people need?

fenkalevobocek (#10,067)

I already posted this on the update, but seriously, thank you to all of you. I'm just one person among thousands and thousands who have done so much more than me, but the amount of support we've gotten is just overwhelming and absolutely helps us keep going. Thank you.

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