In February of 2011, newly elected Governor of Wisconsin Scott Walker signed a bill that would strip Wisconsin’s public workers of their decades-old collective bargaining rights. He claimed this was needed to balance the state’s budget, but later admitted that was a lie. Wisconsin’s teachers, nurses, farmers, and other public workers have peacefully, but relentlessly protested on the streets of Madison and throughout the state, valiantly fighting to retain their rights. They have inspired the whole nation, and this song and video is dedicated to them.

Public workers are under attack. Radical right wing governors, essentially puppets of their wealthy corporate donors, are trying to destroy unions by taking away rights they’ve had for decades. It started in Wisconsin, and spread to Michigan, Ohio, New Jersey, and beyond. In fact, much of Europe faces the same struggle. This song is for you. Whether you’re a teacher, firefighter, nurse, social worker, sanitation worker, prison guard, etc. Keep fighting for your rights!


  1. themadlefty says

    Scott Walker’s victory in Wisconsin was very frustrating, especially how early it was called by the media. Voters were still in line while the outcome had already been announced! As the son of a teacher, and someone who appreciates 8-hour workdays, weekends, benefits, and everything fought for by unions over many decades, I hope the labor movement in this country continues to stay inspired. Don’t let this corporate-bought bully take your rights; don’t let him disrespect the essential work you do day in and day out. Stay strong, and keep fighting for what you know in your heart is right.

    As a songwriter, this is the best way for me to express my thoughts on this. I hope it might make you feel proud, and perhaps sleep a little better at night. Thank you for all you’ve done, and feel free to chime in with your comments. All views are welcome.

    In Solidarity,
    The Mad Lefty

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