To Madison, WI from the great State of Maine
Rep. Diane Russell, D-Portland, took three friends and a U-Haul trailer full of supplies halfway across the country [to Madison, WI], utilizing thousands of dollars in donations to create a mobile coffee and hot chocolate stand for protesters. ....
Russell was on her way back to Portland Wednesday night from Wisconsin’s capital, where reported crowds of tens of thousands have gathered in and around the Capitol building for more than a week now.
She said her experience on the ground in Wisconsin was “the greatest adventure of my lifetime.” Community outreach, she said, was “stunning.”
A local Indian restaurant handed out food on the sidewalk, while people with pizza and soup offered food to passers-by, Russell said.
“It was all driven by volunteers and local businesses. The small business community really stepped up,” she said. “Everybody’s so damn nice. I can’t begin to tell you how polite everybody is.”
After a Sunday Huffington Post article and a Monday afternoon interview with conservative Fox News pundit Sean Hannity, donations poured in. Russell said as of 5 p.m. Wednesday she has received nearly $3,000 in donations through PayPal on her website, solidaritywisconsin.wordpress.com.
She used $900 to buy Dunkin’ Donuts coffee for protesters and gave away 150 packages of hand warmers. Gas was also paid for with the donations. ...
Russell said Monday that the implications of similar laws in places like Michigan and Ohio — where Republicans are also considering laws to tamp down collective bargaining — could spill over into GOP-dominated states such as Maine.
“It’s part of a broader pattern [for Republicans] and you’ll see in legislatures that have completely turned over, or the Republicans have gotten most of the control of it, they’re sort of rushing this stuff through,” she said. “My big concern is this could come to Maine.” ....
Russell also said young people in Maine — especially students — should be watching the proceedings in Wisconsin.
“This is the youths’ protest — what’s happening in Egypt, what’s happening in Tunisia and Iran and Libya now — these are all led by young people,” she said Monday. “You have the longest and most vested interest in the economic viability of the state because you’re going to live in it the longest.
“My parents’ generation left my generation nothing and I’ll be damned if I’m going to leave that to you guys,” Russell added.
The United States is an empire of continental scope, so it's nice to see the left able to set up very long lines of communication (and set up a good narrative, too).
NOTE Russell should become a Green...