Celebrities Come to Madison to Support Protesters

Union worker Dan Burke, center, of Janesville, Wis., uses a bucket to drum after loosing his voice during protests at the state Capitol in Madison, Wis., Friday, Feb. 25, 2011, over the governor's proposed budget. Protests to the governor's bill to eliminate collective bargaining rights for many state workers are in their 11th day at the Capitol. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)
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A little bit of Hollywood came to Madison Saturday. Several actors and actresses participated in the protests at the capitol to show their support for unions.

It has been two straight weeks of protests and the demonstrations are still going strong downtown.

Some celebrities came to Wisconsin in an attempt to keep the media and national spotlight on Madison.

A familiar face was walking with protesters in Madison on Saturday.

“I grew up here in Madison. I went to Madison East High School,”

Actor Bradley Whitford starred in the popular TV series West Wing

He's hoping he can use his celebrity status to bring attention to the budget battle in Wisconsin.

“I want to get as many cameras on as many people who are workers here in the state who's way of life is being attacked for political gain,” said Whitford.

“I believe in unions. I believe they are the backbone of America,”

Gabrielle Carteris also joined in on the demonstrations.

“It's been inspiring seeing everyone come together,”

She starred in the hit 90's show 90210.

“Anything I can do to make a difference and so my presence here is to let people here in Wisconsin know that we stand with them.,” said Carteris.

They're here representing the Screen Actors Guild or SAG; the nation’s largest labor union representing working actors

“This is our fight, I mean it starts here in the heart of Wisconsin. What goes on here really affects all of us all over the country,” said Carteris.

“Hollywood is a union town,” added Whitford.

“The governor is completely disingenuous when he says this is a budget issue. Its not, they are trying to break the unions,” he said.

They came to help people like Julie Olson.

“Unfortunately, earlier this week every teacher in our district received a non-renewal notice,”

“We all know teachers. We know that they are not rich, we know they work hard, and we know they're undervalued,” said Whitford.

And these celebrities say their message is clear: Wisconsin, you are not alone.

“I am here for you Wisconsin! I am here for all unions and together united we stand!” exclaimed Carteris.

The Madison Police Department says Saturday's (2/25) rally was actually larger than last Saturday's demonstration.

They estimate more than 70,000 protesters were in attendance.

And once again, everything was peaceful, no problems were reported.