Browse Exhibits (7 total)

Fighting for Education

This exhibit highlights the central role education played in the Uprising. Teachers, students, and parents were highly mobilized, and led the charge against the Budget Repair Bill.

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Nothing but Thugs and Bullies

In response to Fox News' classification of the Wisconsin Protests as "nothing but thugs and bullies" protesters used signs to demonstrate the absurdity of this claim and drawing attention to the ways that democratic dissent has been classified as danger by the right wing media.

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References to Pop Culture and to Historical Conflicts in the Wisconsin Uprising

A look at some images being circulated during the protests which made allusions to popular culture and to broader conflicts in history, possibly to make the protests in Wisconsin more relatable or salient to a wide audience.

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Struggling for Schools

This exhibit displays the important role that teachers and students played in both leading and participating in the Wisconsin Uprising. Education centered in the fight over both the public sector and public sector employees' rights.  The following images portray the some of the ways people considered education an important part of the struggle.

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The Power of Signs

During the 2011 Wisconsin Uprising many different people from all walks of life came to protest at the Capitol steps, signs in hand. This exhibit explores the creativity protesters exerted through their signs and the power that their creativity played in the movement. Many of the signs that came out of the protest were humorous, not only drawing large attention and making a serious situation seem easier to deal with, but also showing the unique group of people that rallied around the Capitol on those cold winter days. Another factor this exhibit explores is how signs occupied all parts of the Capitol, leaving no space empty. One could not walk around the Capitol, inside or out, without a protest sign in their vision. Overall, this exhibit shows the power a simple sign can play in protest movement and the unique messages spread through the Wisconsin Uprising through various signs. 

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Unique Materials Utilized by Protesters

During the 2011 Wisconsin Uprising, there were many different types of ideas, objects, chants, and signs used as protest. Although all were effective in providing distinctive and productive protest, some of the more noticeable materials employed were the costumes, animals, props, and snowmen. These various forms of material utilized by the protestors during the beginning of the Wisconsin uprising provided a unique yet powerful impact to anyone that approached the Capitol building or paid attention to media coverage.

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Unusual Protest Participants

This exhibit takes a look at unusual protest partipants that the calm Capitol Protests brought out to join the fight for Labor.  Police personal and firefighters are often on the side opposing the protesters but at the Wisconsin Uprising, uniformed men and women were supporting the protesters.  Children, disabled adults, and 'the Scrapbookers Union' were also present at the Capitol Protests.  Many protests can be violent and are not a friendly environment for children or peaceful scrapbookers, but the Wisconsin Uprising was not about aggression, it was about human rights. 

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