Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that Madison is currently in the national spotlight. Regardless of "whose side" you are on, or what you believe in, what is happening here is pretty cool. Both parties are making their voices heard for their lawmakers to listen to.
Photo Credit: UPI/Brian Kersey
From a social media standpoint, I think it's amazing how all the news outlets are utlizing this channel to get information out, and how people are also responding and using social media to get their voice out. Facebook pages have been created to support and reject Governor Walker and his plans. People are creating videos that are going viral. News stations are using twitter to update real time information and mobile reports to show what's going on immediately instead of waiting for 5pm. My friend, Jess Arp is a reporter for Channel 3 in Madison, and she is getting incredible response from her long hours and guerilla reporting. You can check out her videos here: Channel3000.com Facebook.
Ian's Pizza, a Madison institute, has also made a splash in the media - they have received calls from all 50 states and countries from around the world who are donating pizza and drinks to protestors and workers at the Capitol.
One of my favorite posts has been about the signs at the protest. My friend and I one night, while walking around up there, saw a sign that said, "I Blame Favre". Here is a post that lists The 100 Best Protest Signs.
All I want to say is that democracy is possible because of COMPROMISE and the two parties working together. There needs to be more talking and less stubborness. And that's how government can move forward. When you are standing still, you're moving backward.