I have been involved with the Teaching Assistants’ Association (TAA) as long as I have been a graduate student and am very proud of the things that we have accomplished, not only the protests that made the news, but also the everyday work of representing members of the union (before and after people saw it as cool).
I was Co-President of TAA during the wave of protests that began in February 2011 as a result of Governor Scott Walker’s budget repair bill that proposed to strip state employees of their contract bargaining rights.
Here are some articles that feature me/us and TAA’s roll in what came to be a mass movement:
Angry Demonstrations in Wisconsin as Cuts Loom The New York Times (Feb 16, 2011)
How Did the Wisconsin Capitol Occupation Begin, Anyway? The Atlantic (Feb 25, 2011)
Two Nights in Madison’s Capitol: The Great Class War Sleepover “The Awl” (Feb 25, 2011)
From the Capitol Dome: Media Malpractice in Madison “The Awl” (Mar 1, 2011)
Know Your Madisonian: UW teaching assistant proud of his role in budget protests Wisconsin State Journal (Mar 10, 2011)
A year later, in praise of the TAA The Cap Times (Feb 14, 2012)