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Teachers, Students Among First to Protest at Wisconsin Capitol

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Teachers and students have been on the front lines of the Wisconsin protests. We speak to University of Wisconsin graduate student Angela Wellman. [includes rush transcript]

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AMY GOODMAN: I’m joined by Angela Wellman. I sort of stumbled over her here in the State Capitol. So many hundreds of people slept here last night, led by the teachers’ union and environmentalists. It was blue-green night last night. I think tonight it’s going to be the nurses.

Angela, you’re a doctoral student in music. The TAA, the Teaching Assistants’ Association, has really — were the first ones to come here. Why?

ANGELA WELLMAN: Why? Because of the reason everyone else is here: the union-busting bill. And our Teaching Assistants’ Association is a union, and it directly affects us. But I think also for the people of Wisconsin, we’re here to fight and to say no to this bill and to occupy the Capitol, first of all, Capitol, to hold it. And we’ve been here since the beginning. I was one of the first to actually come in the building on Monday, February 14th, where we delivered hundreds and hundreds of Valentine’s Day cards to the Governor.

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