"Forward" (Wisconsin's state motto) is an activist-level view of the uprising that swept state senators out of office, triggered the third governor recall election in American history, and inspired the Occupy movement that swept the country. This film uses the reflections of people involved in the protests of winter 2011 to show what galvanized non-radicals into a movement that quickly drew international attention to Madison, Wisconsin for political action unlike anything seen in America since the Vietnam War.
A month into office, Governor Scott Walker presented Wisconsin with a legislative agenda he had not discussed on the campaign trail. Shocked citizens, many whom had voted for Walker, poured into Madison, the state capital, for peaceful protests against Walker's assault on the middle class. Crowds of teachers, business owners, young children, firefighters, high school students, farmers, union members, professionals and blue collar workers gathered daily in masses of up to 150,000 people at a time, developing a momentum that ousted senators and triggered nation-wide protests defending the middle class.
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