Abortion rights activists gathered to protest against the overturning of Roe v. Wade on Friday, June 24 at the Wisconsin Capitol. The Supreme Court issued a decision on Friday morning in the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization. The 6-3 decision overturns the prior decisions of Roe v. Wade (1973) and Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992). As a result of the ruling, regulation of abortion is left up to individual states. In many states, including Wisconsin, this means that abortion access is effectively or near-totally banned. Many protestors expressed fear and uncertainty about the decision. A large number of protestors also expressed uncertainty about the future of reproductive healthcare, LGBTQ+ rights, and access to contraception.
Protestors gathered at the Wisconsin Capitol on June 11, 2022 to protest against gun violence and in favor of gun control. Madison-area students affiliated with March For Our Lives, a national student-led gun control advocacy organization, led the protest. A number of the students, as well as community members, activists and gun violence survivors spoke to the crowd. The protestors marched down State Street to Library Mall, where a moment of silence was held for victims of gun violence. After a few more speeches, the protestors marched back up State Street to the Capitol building. Despite the pouring rain, a large crowd of protestors remained throughout the event hoping to seek an end to gun violence.