Friday, February 25, 2011

Best protest signs from Wisconsin

Sad snowmen The media coverage and debate about the protests in Wisconsin over the Governor's plan to remove public sector collective bargaining rights has been extremely engaging. It's been frustrating to see it at times superficial and fascinating when at times it's been quite in depth. I have to admit that watching and reading it all has been both stressful and energizing--and public sector labor law isn't even really my field, although I am mostly a product of public schools, was a government worker for most of my time in practice, my parents have been public workers for much of their working lives (different government), and my grandparents too, were public workers (yet a third government), so I feel connected to the issue.

And so suitable for a Friday, when we all likely need some levity to relieve the stress, enjoy the 100 Best Protest Signs at the Wisconsin Capitol courtesy of Buzzfeed. My favorite, shown above, are the anguished snowpeople.

Hat tip: Dan Marks


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More of that "civility" we've been hearing about?

Posted by: James Young | Feb 25, 2011 9:14:49 AM

You're right, James, some of the signs involve namecalling, and several are likely to be offensive to at least some folks (including me), but many of the signs are quite civil, some are even funny, and these are only 100 of the most outrageous or creative (out of presumably thousands of signs brought by tens of thousands of people over the last week). Many of the signs in the background look to be the usual kind of "yay us" signs. And the overall behavior of the protesters has been quite civil. I don't think the signs that are not civil here mar the protests as a whole.

Posted by: Marcia | Feb 25, 2011 12:22:17 PM

How is that not civil?

Posted by: Per Son | Feb 25, 2011 1:41:33 PM

I wouldn't disagree, Marcia, that some were quite funny.

At the same time, had others appeared at a Tea Party event, they would be headline news, and I don't think you can credibly dispute that.

Posted by: James Young | Feb 25, 2011 6:42:02 PM


It's not to late for you to become a public sector labor law scholar! There aren't enough of us!

Posted by: Joseph Slater | Feb 27, 2011 6:42:33 PM

Joe: Thanks for the confidence that it's not too late for me! I'm feeling pretty old, though, so maybe I'll just encourage my students in that direction, and I'll remain a dilettante.

James: I'm not sure your assertion that some of the same signs at a Tea Party event would be headline news is right--or at least that they would be headline news in a negative way. I just don't know how to evaluate that, especially since it seemed to me that there was far more national press coverage of the Tea Party conference in Phoenix than of the protests in Wisconsin. But that could be because my gym has Fox News on all the time.

Posted by: Marcia | Feb 28, 2011 1:20:23 PM

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