FOr another two days, protests in Wisconsin have continued. It appears that despite attempts from union leadership to persuade teachers to return to work have failed, and schools across the state are again missing their teachers. These protests, it seems, will not be easy to “call off”. Governor Walker has refused to budge a well, and state Democrats, now supported by President Obama, have threatened to stay away for weeks. At noon Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine played on the steps of the occupied legislature.

Conservative conspiracy theorists at Fox News have been quick to blame this all on Obama and the DNC. Strange, seeing as he’s been far from kind to unions lately. Other pundits have claimed that the American public agrees with governor Walker after a Rasmussen poll found favourable votes. Quickly, though, it was learned that this poll was highly questionable.

If these protests and those like are coming as a surprise, then it is because of the frames of reference used are so skewed. Mainstream media sources have long done everything they can to avoid covering actual social movements for fear of “bias” or offending their established sources and advertisers. In their stead, they cover officially sanctioned parties like the democrats or media-savvy vocal minorities like the Tea party. These protests, like so many others, are growing straight from the grassroots, and that isn’t something that was supposed to be able to happen. The realities of tens of thousands of people marching in the streets is finally forcing us to confront the illusion that people are sheep, destined only to follow one leader or another. What we’re now seeing is that such leaders are far more important to stories about protests and revolutions than they are to those movements themselves.

Solidarity protests are now spreading throughout the US. Thousands are expected in Columbus Ohio this afternoon to continue their own fight with local anti-labour laws, and are gathering now.