This week we are happy to celebrate people power in the face of oppression from elected officials. Just when I was losing faith in Americans with all this bashing of President Obama and the celebrating of bigoted millionaire Republican presidential candidates, we see a glimmer of hope in Wisconsin. Activists in that state have compiled 1,000,000 signatures on a recall petition for Gov. Scott Walker after his relentless efforts to destroy collective bargaining and crush public employees. This is nearly as many signatures as there were votes cast for Walker in 2010 and 185% of the number needed to move forward with the vote. Simultaneously, petitions were filed with generous numbers of signatures to recall the Lt. Governor and four Republican state senators. Only two other Governors have ever faced recalls in American history. Both of them lost their offices. Let’s hope Scott Walker makes it three for three. You can find a good overview of the recall efforts at the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
Honorable mention this week goes to the great Internet blackout efforts in protest of SOPA and PIPA. Wikipedia, one of the most aggressive participants in the blackout, has a great overview. Because of the attention this work drew, Senate support of PIPA has totally eroded and the House has temporarily tabled SOPA. What a great week for activism!