About Us

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What is the Wisconsin Wave?

The Wisconsin Wave was founded in January of 2011 as an independent, non-partisan initiative designed to fight the growing influence corporate power has on our political process.  The Liberty Tree Foundation began this project by circulating a call for a “Wisconsin Wave of Resistance.”  This document outlines a broad progressive agenda, one that demands an end to the corporate backed attacks on working families, unions, and the public sector.  In particular, the call centers on the following guiding principles:

  • Our state government must guarantee a fully funded public sector including education, health care, human services, transportation, public safety, and vital regulatory agencies.
  • Taxes on large corporations and wealthy individuals should be returned to reasonable levels in order to solve the state’s fiscal crisis.
  • The state must respect the rights of workers to organize unions and bargain collectively.
  • Initial budget priorities must be established through public participation instead of closed door meetings between public officials and special interest lobbyists.
  • Voting rights must be expanded, not limited, to insure that every Wisconsinite can take part in our democracy.
  • Wisconsin deserves government of, by, and for the people, not the corporate elite; corporations have no constitutional rights and may not buy our elections or government.

Over one-hundred prominent activists, labor leaders, attorneys, journalists, and individuals initially signed the call (a complete list of those initial signers is available here).  Since then thousands of their fellow Wisconsinites from throughout the state have signed as well.

What does the Wisconsin Wave do?

Since its founding the Wave has organized a number of events and projects in service of the goals outlined above.  These have included:

  • Several prominent rallies in the winter and spring of 2011 both at the capitol as well as other locations across the state.  These events featured a diverse lineup of speakers who represented many of the communities directly affected by the state budget and budget repair bills.
  • Protests at both the annual convention and headquarters of Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce
  • A series of workshops and trainings including a "People's Assembly" designed to bring together organizers from around the state
  • A non-partisan watch of the state Supreme Court recount process.
  • A "No More Stolen Elections" campaign to protect the integrity of the 2011 and 2012 recall elections
  • A caravan of Wisconsinites who are traveling to D.C. for the October 2011 Movement Occupation!
  • Convening the "One Year Longer, One Year Stronger" coalition to both commemorate the first year of the Wisconsin Uprising and plan for the next one.

In addition the Wave maintains a website where any organization can post information about relevant upcoming events happening throughout the state.

WMC-Free Wisconsin

Right now the Wave's priority project is our WMC-Free Wisconsin campaign to build community and business support for a divestment campaign targeting the big money corporate lobbyist group controlling Wisconsin politics - Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, a branch of the US Chamber of Commerce.  You can learn more about WMC-Free Wisconsin here as well as Liberty Tree's national Shut the Chamber campaign here.

How can get I get involved?

  1. Sign the call for a Wisconsin Wave here to get email updates about upcoming events and actions.
  2. Check back to the Wave site often for event listings, relevant news postings, and campaign info.
  3. Make a tax-deductable donation to the Wave to help us continue this important work.
  4. Share this website with your friends and family!