Pull Together – Farmer Labor Tractorcade is a Roaring Success!

Fifty three tractors turned up in Madison for the Farmer Labor Tractorade on Sat. March 12th and met an enthusiastic crowd some reports say was the largest yet at 100,000+ people.  There were also a couple of manure spreaders with a clear message about what rural folks feel about the political shenanigans at the State Capitol.  Contrary to some media pundits,  the struggle for justice is NOT over in Wisconsin, and this powerful expression of working class solidarity from Wisconsin family farmers has given many more the heart and strength to stand up for what is right and fair for EVERYONE  – not just what is cheap and quick for Gov. Walker and his wealthy corporate donors.  An injury to one is an injury to all!

Here is the link to a 30 minute video on the Tractorcade produced by Max Balhorn of Macalester College:   http://vimeo.com/22138939

Here is coverage of the tractorcade from Democracy Now: http://www.democracynow.org/2011/3/14/worker_uprising_up_to_185_000

Here is the speech of  FFD board member, Tony Schultz, from the rally on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKOvqXoWB7s

You can also see another interview with FFD vice president, Joel Greeno, on why he organized the tractorcade at:

Another YouTube video of the tractorcade done by Pam Porter can be found at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDWVuuhnKiw

This is a link to an  interview with Joel Greeno and Tony Schultz on MSNBC:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/ns/msnbc_tv-rachel_maddow_show/#42081657

And here is an interview with FFD executive director, John Peck, on why WI family farmers wanted to stage the tractorcade:

http://theuptake.org/2011/03/12/tractors-and-manure-spreaders-to-circle-wisconsin-capitol/

You can also see pictures from the tractorcade posted at: http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=439×625304

There are some photos of the tractors on the New York Times website: http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2011/03/12/us/20110313-WISCONSIN-6.html

Here is a striking set of black and white farmer portraits from the tractorcade: http://www.cdserna.net/2011/03/14/the-assault-on-our-rights-by-gov-walker/

Gabrielle Fine also took some photos she wanted to share via Flickr: http://www.facebook.com/l/0be8fL63M5ijV4g1IsrOx2FLvxw/www.flickr.com/photos/ellafine/sets/72157626128610909/

And FFD board member, Ruth Simpson, posted photos she took on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=66009&id=100000165356684&saved

Some additional media coverage of the event includes:

http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/govt-and-politics/article_9f189108-4cbc-11e0-b9b8-001cc4c002e0.html

https://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/03/12-2

http://host.madison.com/ct/news/local/govt-and-politics/article_d3110dfa-4c5d-11e0-9e5a-001cc4c002e0.html

http://www.wiscnews.com/portagedailyregister/news/article_7ebb8a28-4ad7-11e0-a019-001cc4c002e0.html

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