Wisconsin Rising: New Documentary on People’s Movement

Toward Freedom Editor’s note: Toward Freedom contributor and board member Sam Mayfield is working on a new documentary on the people’s uprising in Wisconsin. Sam produced numerous videos from Wisconsin for TF, and her film, Wisconsin Rising is an important project on a story that needs to be told about this historic working class struggle in the US.

Check out the film’s trailer and support Wisconsin Rising on Kickstarter.

Following Governor Scott Walker’s announcement of his controversial ‘Budget Repair Bill,’ the people of Wisconsin rose up, occupied their state capitol and took to the streets as rarely seen in American History. Many say Walker’s bill is an assault on working people, unions and the poorest, most vulnerable people in society. While bringing you into the lives of those most affected by Walker’s bill, this film introduces you to the reanimation of the American labor movement.

While Wisconsin Rising highlights one state’s rejection of a conservative take-over, it is a microcosm of what is at stake in America today, at a time of fiscal crisis and ideologically-driven budgets and social reforms. As we hear from economists, lawyers, labor activists and those most affected by the bill, we learn that Walker’s agenda is not unique. While we watch the people of Wisconsin set an example for the rest of the country on how to act collectively and re-engage in the democratic process, even harsher bills are passed in other US states.

Make Wisconsin Rising happen, visit the film’s Kickstarter page.