it’s a small world

NY Mag: Ian’s on State Street – a small pizza place near the Capitol – has been fielding calls from citizens of twelve countries and thirty-eight states looking to donate free pizza to the Wisconsinites who have congregated to protest Scott Walker’s proposed legislation reducing the rights and pay of state workers. After promoting the cause on Twitter and Facebook, Ian’s gave away 1,057 donated slices yesterday and delivered more than 300 pizzas. The blackboard behind the counter now has a running list of places where donations have come from, and it includes China and Egypt.

Thank you for the photo Kasai – see it here on Facebook

Ian’s Pizza: ….maybe you’ve heard a little bit about what’s been happening in Madison this past week. Protests, marching, little ol’ Wisconsin on the national news…sounding vaguely familiar?

Yes, we’ve seen tens of thousands of people vigorously exercising their right to freedom of speech, steps from our front door….

On Tuesday night/Wednesday morning we took a late-night call from folks still over at the Capital; they were wondering if they could have our end-of-night leftovers. Well, of course – we’re always glad to hand out food at 3:30am!

The next day we got a handful of calls from folks throughout the country, people who had heard about our late-night donation. Then a few more the next day, and next thing, fast forward to 5pm on Saturday when we were so inundated with calls – from over half the states in the Union and from international locales ranging from Canada to Denmark – that our normal business had to essentially be shut down so we could focus on feeding the protestors.

…at last count we had sold over 430 of our signature 20″ mac n’ cheese pizzas to callers worldwide, and have at least 60 still waiting to be made so we could help feed what has turned into a city within a city…..

12 Responses to “it’s a small world”

  1. 1 sherijr
    February 20, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Its all so touching and inspiring.

    Via gn over at bwd’s site: “Solidarity. It’s whats for dinner”

    That deserves to be posted all over the world- I’ll do my part and share it with my family and friends. Thank you Chipsticks.

  2. 2 Jessica
    February 20, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    I love how awesome our country can be but it always takes something horrific happening (Tucson, oil spill, Katrina, Haiti, tsunamis, 9/11 attacks, etc.)

  3. 3 Shirley Bess
    February 20, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    Yes, there are some genuine nice and caring People In this world, and It’s so nice to hear.

  4. 4 Suzanne
    February 20, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    I’m not on Facebook, but I think this is Ian’s Pizza on Facebook.

    and this is Nick Bohr, a reporter in Milwaukee on Twitter


    From Egyptian protesters: From Tahir to Wisconsin


    “…again, as I told many of you, we are all human beings. we shouldn’t let borders and differences separate us, we were made different to complete each other, to integrate and live together. If a human being doesn’t feel the pain of his fellow human beings then everything man created and established since the very beginning of his existence is in great danger.”

  5. 5 newcenturywoman
    February 20, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    I love the last comment from tahrir-to-wisconsin. 100 percent true. I believe the sleeping giant (the American people) is finally waking up. Watch out Republicans. Let’s see how you Republicans and the national news media repond.

  6. 6 DoNoHarm
    February 20, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    That was super, Chipstick. My daughter is there as a volunteer supporter–I forwarded this site and she’s showing it off for all to see. They’re loving it. Fartbart was there–it was a setup with the doctors writing notes for teachers at random. Totally not true. There are doctors there, some are married supporting spouses, and they did write some notes for people that were under great stress and other symptoms after all these days, but not to cover their absence. The WI State Police withdrew their support and regretted their earlier support for Walker. They wanted no special treatment. Bottom line: the collective bargaining issue was thrown in; Walker said he campaigned on that issue and he did not, but he did give a $1.7 million break to his supporters. Cest la vie? In the end, her group was happy to see your site. Thank you. Mimi

  7. 7 Harvey
    February 20, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    It’s time to fight back according a plan. We must start with corporate media, like cnn and Foxnews To expose their hypocricy in local newapapers is a start The following action maybe can be a T-shirt upon it : cnn = lies and dissorptions

  8. 8 Andogriff
    February 21, 2011 at 4:26 am

    This is wonderful to see, thanks for posting!

  9. 9 Fred
    February 21, 2011 at 9:58 am

    this is incredible and it warms my heart 😀 but this is what I found (the video clip is there as well):D

    Leader Of Egyptian Unions To Wisconsin Protesters: ‘We Stand With You As You Stood With Us’

    I am speaking to you from a place very close to Tahrir Square in Cairo, “Liberation Square”, which was the heart of the Revolution in Egypt. This is the place were many of our youth paid with their lives and blood in the struggle for our just rights. From this place, I want you to know that we stand with you as you stood with us. […]

    No one believed that our revolution could succeed against the strongest dictatorship in the region. But in 18 days the revolution achieved the victory of the people. When the working class of Egypt joined the revolution on 9 and 10 February, the dictatorship was doomed and the victory of the people became inevitable. We want you to know that we stand on your side. Stand firm and don’t waiver. Don’t give up on your rights. Victory always belongs to the people who stand firm and demand their just rights.


  10. February 21, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    To the People of Wisconsin–The term is called “Recall”. There is enough support at that capital right now to get enough signatures for a Special Election to Recall Gov. Walker. Americans solve such blatant misuse of power via the Ballot Box. Use It. It is the will of the people that he serves Wisconsin. Wisconsin kinda made a misstep when you elected this man. Come on Wisconsin use the path that has been provided for you to undo this Governor before he dismantles the unions. Wisconsin fails at this, then the rest of the states will follow. Unions protect workers from abuse by Employers. I think that is why Employers mistreat illegal immigrants because they have no “Representative Voice”. And I can’t believe the Democrats “high tailed” it out of the state to stop a vote. Governor Walker is camouflaging his intent by saying it’s the Budget–Not So, It’s the Unions he targeting.

    • 11 Nellcote
      February 21, 2011 at 5:33 pm

      According to the WI law, Walker can’t be impeached before 1 year in office. The Dems left to essentially fillibuster the vote. They need 20 member present for a quorum and there are only 19 goopers.

  11. 12 Nellcote
    February 21, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Here’s a video of Ian’s Solidarity Pizza:


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