Tuesday, April 5, 2011

From Sunday at Wisconsin Forward Fest, Barrymore theater in Madison

This is the speech I read at the Forward Fest:

I would like to thank each and every sister and brother here not just for being at the Barrymore tonight but especially for all your dedication and devotion over the last eight weeks fighting for our rights, fighting for our unions and fighting to protect non-union workers, the elderly, the poor, the farmers and the physically dis-abled and the other 95% of Wisconsin residents who without your efforts would be horribly affected by the effects of Gov. Scott Walker and his abhorrent Budget Reform Bill.

I appreciate every single one of you that lent your time and resources by taking place in the rallies, by picketing the Capitol in the rain and in the snow when you could have been warm and comfortable in your homes, instead you chose to fight the good fight and you braved the elements missed meals, something I know a little about, to aid the cause.

I would like to thank the citizens all across the state who are showing up on Scott Walkers tour stops and letting him know what real Wisconsinites think about him.  I want to thank all the good people out in the rain today collecting signatures for the recall effort  I would like to thank the uniformed police officers from across the state who were placed on duty away from their homes and families and whom maintained a high degree of professionalism as well as for the solidarity they demonstrated to the protesters.  Particularly Chief Tubb's and the Capitol Police and Security officers.

Thank you to everyone that took the time to educate themselves on the issue's and stood up to the tyranny and illegal methods of Scott Walker and his rubber stamping henchman and cronies.

A big thank you to everyone around the nation and around the world who have noticed our struggle and supported us throughout.  I would like to thank all the band members, musicians and speakers here today as well as the members of the International Alliance of Theatre and Stage Employee's union and the management of the Barrymore Theater for bringing us all together.

I would personally like to thank all those who supported me during my hunger strike and kept me going during those long dark days.  Personally I would also like to thank everyone at MoveOn.org, Advancing Wisconsin and Politiscoop.com

And finally......thank you Wisconsin for choosing to remain the greatest state in the nation.  Thank you Wisconsin for going forward!

On Wisconsin!    FORWARD!!!!


Anonymous said...

Do you find it ironic that you would take offense and offer forgiveness for an idiocy comment. Then in the next blog post you call people with opposing views "rubber stamping henchmen and cronies." Also I would like to know what crimes the current administration has been convicted of when you referenced illegal methods. You do uphold the principal of innocence until proven guilty correct? Please maintain the same standards you request of others or the things you attest to lose value rapidly.

Richard Weber

frogette said...

Matt, thank you again, and thank you for having provided a place where I can comment on what is happening. It was disturbing that a person was willing to risk their life through a hunger strike to petition their government and the established media would ignore it (but not the many people you made contact with - those who oppose the corporate power grab). Then I was 50 miles from any we r 1 event to the north or south, so I chose to stay home and keep informed there. I didn't even bother turning on t.v. - two weeks of no media coverage of Wisconsin after the largest protest, and nothing of the protest in the NY capitol last weekend, english or spanish. Etcetera. Even on online search engines it was difficult to find information, and the April 4 protests were not in the headlines of many liberal online media. So Wisconsin cast your vote - it matters. It may be a local election, but it is a national issue.

Anonymous said...

I have uploaded a petition on Change.org " In Solidarity with the 28 day hunger strike of Matt Schauenburg--I urge Gov. Walker
to take a closer look at his harmful policies against the poor and middles classes and urge him to begin to implement compromise measures in which all sides can agree"
If anyone would like to sign this petition go to Change.org and type in Gov. Walker. They will send an e-mail to Gov. Walker for every signiture.
Good luck--

Anonymous said...

Youre quitting the hunger strike?! Youre a complete phony. Nice publicity stunt.

Jayne Mullins said...

My quote for the day thanks to a Scottish friend's link: April 6 1320 - Declaration of Arbroath - "For we fight not for glory nor for riches nor for honour, but only and alone for freedom, which no good man surrenders but with his life". (...Matt how're you doing? When this is finally settled, I would love to make you dinner)