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.
George Floyd was murdered on May 25, 2020. Two years later, on May 25, 2022, we look back at the protests that shaped the Madison community. Protestors gathered at the Wisconsin Capitol on May 30, 2020, just days after the murder of George Floyd. Protestors demanded police reform and an end to police violence. Many at the protest recalled the death of Tony Robinson, an unarmed 19-year-old black man killed by Madison Police Department officer Matthew Kenny in 2015. The protest was peaceful, but by nightfall a riot began on State Street that left many businesses boarded up for months. These photos show the peaceful protest that occurred to demand police reform and an end to police violence at the Wisconsin Capitol in the wake of George Floyd's murder.
PHOTOS: 5/7/22 Reproductive justice activists continue protests against the potential overturning of Roe v. WadeMay. 8, 2022
Several hundred protestors gathered at the Wisconsin Capitol on Saturday to continue protests against the potential overturning of Roe v. Wade by the Supreme Court. Activists leaders from a number of organizations spoke in favor of reproductive justice, women's rights, trans rights, gender inclusion and more. After the speakers were finished, protestors mingled and spoke with each other. A small number of counter-protestors - all male and numbering less than a dozen - gathered near the back of the protest. The counter-protestors left after being heckled by reproductive justice protestors. Protestors were encouraged to write to politicians, spread word to friends and associates and to donate money in favor of reproductive justice organization in Madison.
PHOTOS: 5/3/22 Women's rights activists protest against the potential overturn of Roe v. Wade by SCOTUSMay. 4, 2022
Women's rights activists, many of whom are students at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, gathered at the Wisconsin Capitol Tuesday night to protest against the potential overturning of Roe v. Wade by the Supreme Court of the United States. Over one thousand protestors chanted, listened to speakers and waved signs in favor of women's rights, organized labor and other issues. The protestors marched down State Street to rally again at Library Mall, where more leaders spoke to the large crowd. The protest was organized in part by the Youth Democratic Socialists of America and Madison Socialist Alternative, two socialist organizations based in Madison.
Gov. Tony Evers delivered the 2022 Wisconsin State of the State address in front of a combined legislature in the Wisconsin Assembly chamber. All photos taken by Drake White-Bergey.
#4 Wisconsin triumphed over #10 Nebraska in 5 sets to win the program's first national volleyball title. All photos taken by sports photographer Taylor Wolfram.