Tom Morello Recalls How His Call For A General Strike Was Outvoted During The Union Uprising In Madison
Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello shared a post on his official Twitter page remembering the 2011 Wisconsin protests and how he played a major role, standing up against the 2011 Wisconsin Act 10, along with 100,000 protesters when a fan reminded Morello of the concert he gave for free for the cause.
As you might recall, there were a series of protests in the state of Wisconsin in the United States beginning in February involving 100,000 protesters who were against the 2011 Wisconsin Act 10, also known as ‘Wisconsin Budget Repair bill.‘
Consequently, the protests centered on the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison, and a number of demonstrations took place at various college campuses by numerous anti-tax activists. After many negotiations throughout many months, the bill was upheld by the Wisconsin Supreme Court on June 14.
Among thousands of protestors, there was also Tom Morello who joined the protests On February 21 and draw huge attention to the cause with his presence in addition to performing free for even more awareness. Morello even published an article a decade ago about the uprising in Rollin Stone in which he reveals the story behind his decision to stand up against the 2011 Wisconsin Act 10.
For the tenth anniversary of the 2011 Wisconsin protests, Tom Morello shared a post on his official Twitter page revealing the article he wrote ten years ago. After seeing Morello’s reminder, a fan shared a tweet stating that he remembers the concert Tom Morello gave for free in addition to other artists.
Here is what the fan said:
“I still remember the free concert Tom and others gave. Thanks. I also remember Tom on the mic between songs giving props to Wisconsin Dems. I remember screaming that the Dems will sell out our movement, and people turning around and giving me dirty looks. Of course, I was right.”
Tom Morello shared another post on his official Twitter page stating that centrist Democrats were afraid to lose control over the grassroots movement which eventually caused them to abandoned it completely. In addition to this, Morello revealed that he was on the side for a strike, however, outvoted and learned a lesson from that incident.
Here is what Morello said:
“You are 100% correct. The centrist Dems feared they couldn’t control the grassroots movement and so they eventually completely undermined and abandoned it. At the side of the stage, I was arguing to call for a general strike, was outvoted & opted for solidarity. Lesson learned.”
You can see the Twitter post below.
You are 100% correct. The centrist Dems feared they couldn’t control the grassroots movement and so they eventually completely undermined and abandoned it. At side of stage I was arguing to call for a general strike, was outvoted & opted for solidarity. Lesson learned. https://t.co/i5cWGQkCfm
— Tom Morello (@tmorello) February 21, 2021