Jamala Rogers: “Divided We Fall Every Time”

This year’s UW Madison activist-in-resident, author of Ferguson is America, and Black Commentator columnist Jamala Rogers considers our film and the Wisconsin Uprising in historical perspective in her essay “Divided We Fall Every Time.”


Dubbed the “largest sustained protest in US history” filmmaker Acosta accessed compelling archival footage from inside the inside of the organic resistance. This helped to give viewers a front row seat into the strategizing and organizing actions going on at the Capitol during the two weeks of resistance. At its height, up to 100,000 people from across different backgrounds and affiliations united to make their voices heard. I can remember following the actions from St. Louis and rooting on the protestors including the 14 Democratic Senators in the Senate who left the state as a tactic to stall the vote on Act 10.

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