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Rage Against The Machine's Tom Morello Calls Madison, WI "The Next Cairo"

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In case you haven't heard what's going on in Madison, Wisconsin, tens of thousands of protesters have been marching on the state capital, battling a state bill that would cut union employees' pensions and health care benefits.

Without getting the national coverage it deserves, protestors have turned to other outlets, including reaching out to Rage Against The Machine's Tom Morello, who's been a huge supporter of union rights.

When fans took to his Facebook page, writing such things as, "Hey Tom, could you please come to Madison? As I'm sure you're aware, Scott Walker is trying essentially to de-unionize," Tom decided to headline a concert in support of the protests scheduled for Monday.

Tom said:

"I really think that the future of the rights of working people in this country is not going to be decided in the courts. It's not going to be decided in Congress or radio talk shows. The future of rights of working people in this country will be the fight on the streets of Madison, Wisconsin. Madison is the next Cairo."

Wow. Those are some powerful words. We hope that the people of Madison are victorious in their battle of keeping their rights to pensions and benefits!

Power to the people!

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121 comments to “Rage Against The Machine's Tom Morello Calls Madison, WI "The Next Cairo"”

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  1. uyeah says – reply to this


    Re: Klynn86 – Please, don't lump us in with that ignorant liberal loon. He and the rest of the clueless liberals do NOT represent the majority of americans.

  2. uyeah says – reply to this


    Re: OhBigDeal – You don't know what your talking about. Unions feed the Democrats. Calling Republicans names brings nothing to the discussion but that's all you childish lunatics have.

  3. AK-27 says – reply to this


    Ugh. This is such a complicated issue with so much misinformation- things like union members (teachers in particular) don't contribute to their retirement funds, that tenure is a "job for life" rather due process, or that this is an issue of greed rather than union-busting, OR that this is even close to comparable to what's happening all over North Africa and the Middle East. As an educator, I understand the importance of collective bargaining rights.

  4. 104

    what a bunch of punks the unions in WI turned to be. why the hell should everybody else pay for THEIR healthcare and pensions, when the rest of us have to pay for our own?

    Absolutely nothing wrong with that. I hope the republicans are steadfast and hand these unions their asses on a platter.

  5. 105

    Re: Deidre Rogers – Oh please. unions don't give jack about anyone or anything but themselves. And you're just the useful idiot type that they need.

  6. 106

    Tom Morello is fucking commie. Communism has failed everywhere it's been tried. Why would anyone pay any attention to what this asshole has to say?

  7. 107

    Hey Tom,

    Could you please bring Sarah Palin with you? I would like her to teach Scott Walker to do what he needs to do, quit!

    Thank you.

  8. 108

    The issue isn't paying more for benefits and pensions, they are all willing to do that. Governor Walker also wants to take away their collective bargaining rights a/k/a unions. All states should be concerned about this issue because if Wisconsin gets rid of unions, all other states will follow. The fight isn't over money, it's over unions.

  9. 109

    Will the voters of Wisconsin elect Sarah Palin to the presidency? How did Wisconsin like the Tea Party's interference this weekend?

    Thomas Chi

  10. 110

    what tea party interference? there weren't enough of them around to make any impact.

    wisconsin certainly won't elect sarah palin for pres, her own republicans won't even elect her to that.

  11. 111

    Its easy for alot of you to talk when it doesnt currently effect you. I live in Madison, WI. My father works for the UW of Madison and my brother is on medicaid and gets government assistance due to an incident at a public high school where he was beaten into schizophrenia. Due to this bill, my father will have to begin to pay 317 dollars per paycheck for his current insurance compared to the 120 per paycheck he pays now. Along with that he has to now take on my brothers insurance bec the bill is cutting my brothers medicaid completely. In order to keep up with my brothers constant care the insurance tier my father would have to take on would go to 420 per check. The bill also forces him to pay in an additional 40% into his pention. When all is said and done his paychecks working at the UW of Madison are going down to 400 bucks every two weeks!~ Now you tell me how hes going to keep his house and continue caring for his family?! Its not all about the unions even though they are the ones that until now have protected this from happening. Thats not the only reason we rally at the capitol. Perhaps people should look into ALL of the facts and how it will effect the families that are already struggling before they state their opinion of us wisconsinites "running a muck."

  12. 112

    Re: Thomas Chi – In a weekend full of rallying.. I saw MAYBE 5 Tea Party reps. amongst thousands. Yeah… they deffinatly ran interference. LOL!!

  13. 113

    Re: KattieKatt – loved your post, from one madisonian to another!

  14. 114

    Entertainment and Politics DON'T Mix!

    Times are tough in this Country. If Unions are so great for America, why then did the Autoworkers Union nearly bankrupt the American car manufacturers? Why are they complaining about having to increase their deductions from 6 - 12%. And what is SO WRONG about asking people to actually vote on Union issues or be disqualified? I am lucky that I work for a company that provides health-care and a 401K, but my cost is 50% on both! And still thank God every day that I just have a job.

  15. 115

    Re: Matrix – Well said!

  16. 116

    Thanks Perez for this post!! Personally I think your ilk is the scum sucking cess pool of society…distributing the most reprehensible, vile (next to Fox News), circus side show of misinformation and distraction around, and the comments in this post prove my point!!!
    Its too bad so many of your followers really have absolutely ZERO clue what is going on on the planet they live. They are too busy hanging out in IQless arenas such as this, worrying about what other people are doing, wearing, saying, screwing etc etc etc…providing no real worth or contribution to society at all.
    The Corporate blood sucking Capitalist vampires that don't stand or support the people of WI can consider themselves on the same side of history as Mubarak, Ghaddafi, and every other repressive dictator this planet has ever seen.
    The protesters in WI, just like the Egyptians, Libyans, Tunisians, etc. are standing up for basic human rights that predecessors fought for and died for for decades. Its not about the money…the unions conceded the money, its about the collective bargaining. The basic premise that the workers should have a right to have a say in the negotiations of their benefits!!!!!!!! This IS ABSOLUTELY about the POWER to the PEOPLE.
    So to all the union blaming fascists hanging around, Gov Walker gave away his projected budget surplus in tax cuts to the wealthy and is now trying to blame the greed, theft and corruption on the working people of his state.

  17. afryy says – reply to this


    Thank you for your support, Perez! As we've been saying at the protests, "THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU…"

  18. 118

    Re: uyeah
    Seriously? By your response you just showed that it's Republicans who do that. Contradict yourself much do you? lol
    And yes I do know what I am talking about, unlike your brainwashed faux loving news self. You people hate the truth in your face…too ignorant or stupid (or more likely both) to comprehend it.

  19. 119

    Re: KattieKatt
    Excellent EXCELLENT post. Sadly many of these uneducated KoolAid drinking idiots won't understand. They don't get it til it happens to them then they are the first w/their hand out, yes I am talking Republicans. I hope that when their time comes there is nobody around to help them.

  20. 120

    Scott Walker has set the pace. Voters are warned across the United States. Unions, governments, and the media are aware of the agenda, and they are preparing to defend themselves from future, Scott Walkers. Walkers invesetors might run. His career finished for now, for the future, and for his friends in higher office. Walkers life is turning into a Shakespeare tragedy of the modern age, especially with that prank call from Buffalo, New York.

    Brian Schweitzer, good for you, finally a leader who simply came out to the public and spoke what was on his mind when Schweitzer admitted, "It is the people that work for you that make you successful, and when you do that to morale (mentioning what Scott Walker has done to his voters), you are cutting your own throat."

    Thomas Chi

  21. 121

    Without Scott Walker’s Watergate, we might not have known that we was as corrupt as Republican President Richard Nixon. Remember who served with President Richard Nixon: Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfield, Pat Buchanan.

    Scott Walker is allowing a new generation to learn.

    Scott Walker is creating a rebirth in political education for Democrats that are new to the process. How many people voted for the first time in 2008, but they decided not to vote in 2010, only two years later?

    Voters are waking up. How many voters never heard of the Koch Brothers? How many voters didn’t take the Koch Brothers seriously – They didn’t see the threat. Scott Walker’s exposure to the problems facing the nation via Wisconsin have allowed voters in states around the United States to see the malicious games, the greed, and the hidden agenda behind the Tea Party’s new Republican popularity.

    Thomas Chi
    Selling Sex with Sarah Palin

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