Video: Prepared to Die For Democracy

Posted on March 28, 2011 by


Matthew Schauenburg is propped against a pillar inside the Capitol building in Madison, Wisconsin with a sign alerting passersby that he is conducting a hunger strike for democracy.  He is on a hunger strike to draw attention to the harmful aspects of Governor Scott Walker’s “budget repair” bill and proposed budget.

According to Wisconsin Radio Network:

Matt is not eating anything, he says, until the governor restores collective bargaining for government employees, and initiates discussions with Democrats on fiscal matters of the budget repair bill. “Talking and picketing was not achieving any desired results. So, the game had to be stepped up.”

Matt is a former union member and worked as a steel climber and rigger for the IATSE, a division of the Teamsters.

Monday, March 28, is the 24th day of his hunger strike.

Matthew Schauenburg says he is prepared to die for democracy.

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