Wisconsin Wire: ROLL OUT THE RECALL. Scott Walker Recall Officially Begins
It seems like years ago. I was recovering from surgery and was supposed to be on bed rest for another two weeks. I turned on my TV and that’s when I saw it. The day was Valentines Day, 2011, and what I saw was a “large” group of people in the Capitol. It was only hundreds at this point or what looked like a few hundred. I immediately had to go check it out. So I ignored the doctors orders and rode my Segway seven blocks to the Wisconsin State Capitol. I didn’t even know what was going on. I was not a well known political figure at that point. I didn’t know why people were so upset. But I went and it didn’t take me long to find out. This was a protest like none I have seen because not only were these people passionate, they also knew exactly why they were there. I came back every day as the hundreds became thousands and soon upwards of 100,000 people. At this point, very early on, many people were saying “RECALL WALKER.”
The very first day I knew this was where I belonged. I began researching recalls in the past and realized the reason all of them had failed was because they didn’t have the support of any PACs nor did they have organization before hand. On February 17, 2011, I filed the paperwork that officially started Defending Wisconsin PAC. Along with our treasurer, Thomas Erato, and our web developer, David Bautista, I had started and filed the first recall PAC in the state of Wisconsin. I then partnered with United Wisconsin, which at that point had about 40,000 names already. In the beginning, United Wisconsin and Defending Wisconsin had a very visual partnership. Thousands of pledges to sign the recall were being referred to our site as the media started covering the first Recall PAC in the state. I then helped United Wisconsin become a PAC. Defending Wisconsin PAC then focused our energies on other battles as the recall, at this point, was scheduled many months out.
And that brings us to today, November 15th. At 12:01 AM the recall of Scott Walker, Governor of Wisconsin, officially began. This will be a battle as we now have sixty days to collect at least 540,000 valid signatures, we are shooting for 700,000-1,000,000 in two weeks. Brothers and sisters in solidarity from other states can help with the recall financially at our secure Actblue page at: https://secure.actblue.com/page/recallwalker. Those from other states can physically help as well by circulating petitions. While you must be a Wisconsin resident to sign the petition, you can get Wisconsin signatures or circulate petitions if you are from any state, something especially useful to our friendly neighbors Illinois, Minnesota, Upper Penninsula of Michigan, and Iowa. We can file the signatures in January, but the goal is to collect far more than needed before that. If you live in Wisconsin, go to your local recall office to pick up your petitions to circulate around and to sign your petition. I signed shortly after midnight. Remember, you must sign two petitions, one for Scott Walker and the other for Lt. Governor, Rebecca Kleefisch. One is white and the other yellow.
So this is it folks. The moment we have all been waiting for. But this is not a Wisconsin thing. What happens here, when combined with the defeat of SB5 by our brothers and sisters in Ohio, could very easily effect what happens across the nation over the next couple of years. If Wisconsin succeeds in this recall, and we must, we will have shown what is acceptable and unacceptable conduct from a Governor. There is no if we fail, we cannot afford to fail or the nation could fail as a whole because of it. We must liberate Fitzwalkerstan and show the special interests that the people are now in charge. There has to be a straw that breaks the camels back. It could be this recall. So please, for our country, consider making a donation to the recall at: https://secure.actblue.com/page/recallwalker. We will continue to roll out the recall. One day longer! One day stronger!
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Note: Segway Jeremy Ryan has become a full-time member of the protests at the Wisconsin State Capitol. Formerly a businessman, he gave up his business to join the fight for the middle class in the State of Wisconsin. Through videos and writings he has informed hundreds of thousands of people about what was going on at the Wisconsin State Capitol once the mainstream media had mostly abandoned the protests. His full-time activism is completely funded by the people. If you would like to help out please click here.