As Bloombergville transitions following the budget vote and direct action of the Bloombergville 13, it’s no doubt the best of all times to reflect and take stock in what was accomplished, while supporting those who sacrificed financially and legally.
The biggest key I see is that the tent city represented but an example of New York adopting the Wisconsin model, and more importantly, bodes for the larger mutual respect and admiration the most ardent of progressive activists feel towards their compatriots across the country--and the world.
In fact, I was extremely proud to let Bloombergville and Walkerville residents know of their mutual inspiration from the other, especially in the tangible fashion of Bloombergville ‘thank you’ videos. Moreover, I especially loved that we included perhaps the best of visual representations of Wisconsin inspiration: cheeseheads.
Plus, thanks to Dane101 and Jesse Russel, we were able to further illustrate this by conducting a Walkerville to Bloombergville Skype call.
The clarity of the connection felt and resonance of the relationship between these activists across the country couldn’t be more overt.
And now, we have even more. The Skype call and the cheeseheaded thank you videos have begotten another step, as Russell has also coordinated Walkerville thank you videos---including the natural New York symbol of a statue of liberty hat!
"I’m Jenni Dye, I’m from Madison Wisonsin, and I just wanted to say thank you to everyone in New York City who has been spending time in Bloomergville. I’m one of the people here who slept out in Walkerville in 13 degree weather in early March, so what you are doing is really inspiring to me and helps me continue to fight here. I think all of us are in this together."
"We need to keep it up, keep going. We’ve got the strength, we’ve got the movement, let’s keep it going. we’re all together in this, so good luck, nad thank you."
"We want our voices heard, to demand we will be heard, and we’ll be out here until we are heard. it’s that simple really, and I wish you all the best. Good luck to you, we are behind you in Wisconsin."
This reciprocal admiration runs deep, and we are now broadly capable of easily sharing tactics and strategy, while inspiring each other increasingly as we act in tandem. This is all quite clearly a beginning thing.