Wedding reception on the Wisconsin protest line


Heather Allen and David Sensenbrenner were Wisconsin high-school sweethearts who moved back to Madison just in time to get married and then rush back to the pro-labor protests outside the state capitol:
"We are just so extremely saddened by the budget repair bill and the threat to teachers and all public workers in Wisconsin," said Allen, adding that there were two teachers and a childhood speech pathologist in the wedding party.

She and several members of the wedding party even slept overnight inside the capitol Tuesday and Wednesday night in protest...

"Everyone was just really excited to see people taking time out of a really important day," Dilley said, pointing out that it made for great art, too. "It's always fun when you can incorporate what's important to the couple." (See WISN 12 news video of Allen and Sensenbrenner at the capitol.)

Cue Union Maid: "A union man's got a happy life when he's got a union wife."

Going to the Chapel, But First a Stop at the Wisconsin Statehouse (Thanks, Kevin!)

(Image: Becca Dilley)

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    1. So wait, are the police honorable sympathizers with the protesters, or fascists? Does it change daily?

      1. “So wait, are the police honorable sympathizers with the protesters, or fascists?”

        Walker is bringing in police from outside districts as the local police refuse to participate in his un American and unconstitutional seizure of power. He has now disabled the representatives’ key card. Yes, that’s right, in the United States of America a governor has barred duly elected representatives from entering the capital building.

  1. Wisconsiners should learn to sing “Union Maid,” and “I’m Sticking With The Union.” Those machines destroy Fascists. And somebody ought to write a new agit-Folk song about the Koch brothers and all their products we ought to boycott. Even if we lose, we might as well get some cultural benefit from this thing.

  2. Sensenbrenner? Any relation to the Old Curmudgeon from WI5?

    As for the police, there is a lot of variation in the forces. In Madison there is the city police, the Capitol police, the Dane County Sheriffs office and the State Patrol. I’m not sure who did the tackling but I heard it was a simple mistake.

    I’ll see what I can do about the new song.

  3. These must be more of those violent hateful protesters that Fox keeps telling us about.

    1. >These must be more of those violent hateful protesters that Fox keeps telling us about.

      No, those would be found here:

      >”…and then rush back to the pro-labor protests outside the state capitol”

      No one is anti-labor. The legislature granted the government employee unions collective bargaining through legislature, and not it is taking them away through legislature. It is both a legal and fair process.

      1. only once they get quorum! (denying quorum is an even older practice than collective bargaining)

      2. “No-one is anti-liberty. The legislature granted personal liberty through legislature (sic- you mean ‘legislation’) and not (sic) it is taking them away through legislature. It is both a legal and fair process. Now get in the back of the van, you’ll get your jumpsuit when you arrive at the facility.”

        Hyperbole for a larf, but do you see that your point is extremely simplistic?

  4. They say this is about sacrificing together, but the workers have already said they are willing to take cuts.

    It’s fair for the workers to keep their right to organize and bargain collectively – so that when things get better the situation of public workers also improves.

  5. I support what the protests in Wisconsin and would wish this couple a happy marriage, but I suspect many a liberal would think it real weird and just a little tacky if a couple got married at a Tea Party rally.

    1. It’s hard to compare the Tea Partiers, all of two years old, with a 150 year old trade union movement.

      Hell, the Tea Party ain’t even potty trained yet.

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