For Labor Day: ‘This Is What Democracy Looks Like’

Sign in a store window during the 2012 labor protests In Madison, Wis. Photo: Kevin Featherly. Sign in a store window during the 2012 labor protests In Madison, Wis. Photo: Kevin Featherly.

For Labor Day, I thought I’d post my 2011 documentary on the public employees labor union protests in Madison, Wis. You can access it at the bottom of this post.

On March 12, 2011, I traveled to my home state with political cartoonist Kirk Anderson and Kirk’s wife Nancy Brewster–a St. Paul school teacher. We attended a massive public employees union protest against Wisconsin’s then-new union-busting law. The “Budget Repair Bill,” greatly diminished public employees’ collective bargaining rights, and had been signed into law March 11 by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

The video includes a number of interviews with protest participants and observers. It was my first attempt at filmmaking. Some day I may edit it to make it a little more polished. But I am proud of what is there.


This Is What Democracy Looks Like from Kevin Featherly on Vimeo.

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