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    Posted March 13, 2011 by
    Madison, Wisconsin
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Union protests

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    wisconsin protests; pause for peaceful celebration


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     jshel135 wanted to practice with her new camera. 'I'm captivated with the politics and raw emotion. My mom is a teacher and my dad is a firefighter. I remember him protesting when I was little. So I understand the background but am trying to remain neutral as possible.It was surreal to go to the capitol and see only a handful of protesters compared to the hundred of thousands only a day before. It was as though it was the calm after the storm. The children shared such joy and life on the grounds that had recently held protesters; their ability to be naïve that anything was different in their state reminded others to take a deep breath and pause. It was beautiful to see a breath of fresh air and celebration in the area, you couldn't help but smile. The capitol held Irish infused guests and talented bagpipe players. It was simply beautiful.
    - nancyt3, CNN iReport producer

    "up and coming" photographer, jenna shelerud, has continually captured images of the wisconsin protests. to view more images, please view:




    the wisconsin protestors pause to celebrate the upcoming holiday of the irish: st. patty's day. a parade along with a bagpipe ceremony lifted the spirits of those who gathered.


    it was surreal to see the capitol with thousands absent from the protests, what a beautiful way to continue the peaceful protesting with the few who gathered both in celebration and to prove a point.

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