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Community activists in St. Louis win decade long fight to create civilian board to investigate police misconduct

May 6, 2015
Rebecca Rivas
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St. Louis City Mayor Francis G. Slay signed the civilian oversight legislation into law today (Wednesday, May 6) in his office with Alderman Terry Kennedy (Ward 18), who fought for more than 10 years for the legislation. Slay vetoed Kennedy’s original legislation after it passed the Board of Aldermen in 2006, so Kennedy has waited almost a decade to shake the mayor’s hand at this bill-signing ceremony.

Community activists in St. Louis win decade long fight to create civilian board to investigate police misconduct

May 6, 2015
Rebecca Rivas
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St. Louis City Mayor Francis G. Slay signed the civilian oversight legislation into law today (Wednesday, May 6) in his office with Alderman Terry Kennedy (Ward 18), who fought for more than 10 years for the legislation. Slay vetoed Kennedy’s original legislation after it passed the Board of Aldermen in 2006, so Kennedy has waited almost a decade to shake the mayor’s hand at this bill-signing ceremony.

Why media mega-mergers are bad news for Latinos and communities of color in general

May 4, 2015
Arturo Carmona and Joe Torres

Comcast's decision to pull the plug on its $45 billion bid to buy Time Warner Cable is a huge victory for the Latino community and communities of color.

The cable giant announced the move on Friday after the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice informed the company that they were against the deal.

The merger would have combined the two largest cable providers in the country, giving Comcast unprecedented control over both pay-TV and high-speed Internet access markets. 

Maryland bill would restore voting rights to ex-felons

April 30, 2015
Ari Berman
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Freddie Gray’s neighborhood in Baltimore had the highest incarceration rate of anywhere in the city. More than 450 adults from Sandtown-Winchester are in state prison, and one in four juveniles were arrested from 2005 to 2009.

Participatory budgeting empowers communities of color in New York

April 10, 2015
Sondra Youdelman
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NEW YORK — Today, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and New York City Council Members kicked off the voting period for New York City’s 2014-2015 participatory budgeting cycle — now the largest such process in the nation. This year, 24 Council Districts will allocate nearly $30 million citywide for residents to collaboratively develop into local capital projects through a year-long process of neighborhood assemblies, delegate meetings, and project expositions.

Wisconsin Wave is hiring an outreach director!

April 1, 2015

Title: Public Outreach Director

Job Description

Wisconsin Wave, a nonpartisan nonprofit organization working to build the democracy movement in Wisconsin, is hiring a full-time Public Outreach Director. Responsibilities include grassroots campaign development and communications; door-to-door canvassing to recruit members and raise funds; managing general canvass operations (including hiring and training canvass staff); and outreaching to potential business and community partners.

The Democratic Turn of the Century: Learning from the U.S. Democracy Movement

March 18, 2015
Ben Manski

Originally published by the journal Socialism & Democracy. Contact the author for permission to reprint.

Democracy movements arose in most regions of the globe during the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Students of social change have studied many of these movements, but, remarkably, have so far failed to look at that of the United States.

MILWAUKEE EXPRESS: The right-wing money behind the "right-to-work" battle

March 4, 2015
Lisa Kaiser
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The Republican-run Legislature is poised to pass and Gov. Scott Walker has promised to sign a fast-tracked bill that would turn Wisconsin into a right-to-work state.

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For more info on Wisconsin Wave's WMC-Free Wisconsin campaign to take back our government from big money, visit http://wisconsinwave.org/shut-chamber-wisconsin

Protest "Right to Work" at Walker's report to WMC lobbyists

Date: 
March 4, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Location

Monona Terrace Convention Center
1 John Nolen Dr. (by E Wilson St.)
Madison, WI 53703

On Wednesday March 4th, Scott Walker will speak at Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce's Business Day - the annual meeting of Wisconsin's most powerful corporate lobbyist group and its sponsored politicians.

If you believe that our government should represent the people, not corporate campaign funders, join us at NOON WEDNESDAY to protest Walker and WMC.

Invite your friends and allies and spread the word!

Click here for the Facebook event page.

CAP TIMES: Machinists Union Leader brings up general strike at Wisconsin Capitol rally

February 26, 2015
Steven Elbow
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While several union representatives at Wednesday's rally at the state Capitol lamented the carnage Republicans are inflicting on organized labor, one leader said it's time for the talk to end and called on workers to "stand still."  

“I’m getting sick and tired of coming to these rallies, singing Kumbaya, and end up getting screwed,” Phil Gruber, Midwest territory general vice president for the Machinists Union, told some 2,000 people attending the rally outside. “It’s time we take action in this country, brothers and sisters. It’s time we take action, or these politicians will take every damn thing left away from us.”

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For more info on Wisconsin Wave's WMC-Free Wisconsin campaign to take back our government from big money, visit http://wisconsinwave.org/shut-chamber-wisconsin

Madison hearing and rally to stop "Right to Work"

Date: 
February 24, 2015 - 9:00am - February 25, 2015 - 2:00pm

Location

Wisconsin State Capitol
2 E Main St
Madison, WI 53702

There will be a rally to protest the introduction of Right to Work legislation Tuesday, February 24 and Wednesday February 25 at 12:00 p.m. at the state Capitol. 

WHAT: Rally to Oppose Right to Work 
WHEN: 12:00 p.m. Tuesday February 24 and 12:00 p.m. Wednesday February 25 
WHERE: State Street Side of the Capitol 

The Senate Committee on Labor and Government Reform will be holding a hearing Tuesday, February 24. Please join us at 9:00 a.m. to testify in opposition of Right to Work. 

Transportation from Milwaukee: 

WISCONSIN BUSINESS ALLIANCE: Do any local chambers of commerce support "right-to-work"?

February 23, 2015
Lori Compas

I spent this morning calling local chambers of commerce in Republican state senate districts in an effort to get their take on the so-called “right to work” legislation that is scheduled to be introduced at the State Capitol this week.

Since the State Chamber of Commerce, or WMC, is strongly supporting the legislation, I was curious to learn where local business associations stand on the issue.

Specifically, I wanted to learn the answer to this question: Is WMC really representing Wisconsin’s broad and diverse business community when it claims that businesses want legislators to enact “right to work” laws?

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For more info on Wisconsin Wave's WMC-Free Wisconsin campaign to take back our government from big money, visit http://wisconsinwave.org/shut-chamber-wisconsin

CAP TIMES: Wisconsin union leaders pledge to fight "right-to-work" bill

February 23, 2015
Jessie Opoien
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Public and private union leaders vowed on Monday to fight a Republican-led effort to quickly pass right-to-work legislation in Wisconsin, but some acknowledged it's almost certain the bill will become law.

"I think it's inevitable," said Sally Feistel, a Steelworkers union leader. 

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For more info on Wisconsin Wave's WMC-Free Wisconsin campaign to take back our government from big money, visit http://wisconsinwave.org/shut-chamber-wisconsin

CENTER FOR MEDIA AND DEMOCRACY: Walker's divide and conquer game comes full circle with "Right to Work"

February 22, 2015
Mary Bottari
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Just weeks ago, the Washington Post described Scott Walker as the first "It" candidate of the 2016 presidential races, but after stumbling over "truth," evolution, and whether or not the President is a Christian or loves America, Walker is getting ready to change the topic.

WI ELECTION WATCH: State Senator becomes WMC lobbyist to push "right-to-work"

February 19, 2015
Kyle Maichle
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MADISON – Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, the state’s chamber of commerce, announced that former State Senator Joe Leibham will join their lobbying team pushing for right to work legislation.

Leibham’s announcement comes two days after former State Representative Duey Stroebel (R-Cedarburg) won a three way special Republican primary for the 20th Senate District.   During the primary campaign, Stroebel came out on record in support of full right to work legislation and promised to co-sponsor any legislation that would come out of the State Senate.

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For more info on Wisconsin Wave's WMC-Free Wisconsin campaign to take back our government from big money, visit http://wisconsinwave.org/shut-chamber-wisconsin

Glen Ford on what true black community control of the police would look like

February 13, 2015
Glen Ford
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A key activist in the early Sixties grassroots movement to overthrow American apartheid recently asked if the current Black Lives Matter campaign will be able to sustain itself. In the near term, the answer is almost certainly, yes. The momentum of the mobilization will be propelled forward by the dogged determination of a new generation of activists, building on the skills and experience of previously vetted organizers and the quickening, soul-wrenching drumbeat of police murder and repression.

DAILY BEAST: GOP's Supreme Court coup would affect Walker's case

January 27, 2015
Jack Holmes
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The Wisconsin state Senate has just paved the way for the state Supreme Court to elect its own chief justice—and the conservatives’ pick might shake up the governor’s own case.

Eighty-one-year-old Shirley Abrahamson has been chief justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court for 18 years, but that tenure looks like it’s about to come to an abrupt end.

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For more info on Wisconsin Wave's WMC-Free Wisconsin campaign to take back our government from big money, visit http://wisconsinwave.org/shut-chamber-wisconsin

CAP TIMES: WMC's economic plan would hurt Wisconsin to help wealthiest

January 6, 2015
Dave Schwab

Kurt Bauer, CEO of Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, recently outlined WMC’s priorities for 2015-16, including tax cuts and “right-to-work.” WMC has spent millions to elect Gov. Scott Walker and allied politicians in the state Legislature and Supreme Court, and the business group has gotten one item after another on its wish list since 2011.

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For more info on Wisconsin Wave's WMC-Free Wisconsin campaign to take back our government from big money, visit http://wisconsinwave.org/shut-chamber-wisconsin

STEVENS POINT JOURNAL: WI Public Service Commission serves corporate interests, not public

January 2, 2015
Nick Hylla
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Special interests are driving Wisconsin's energy policy to the detriment of the public.

2014 will be remembered as a landmark year for renewable energy in the United States.

Last year saw the shale revolution; the Tesla Gigafactory; the end of cheap coal; fossil fuel divestment; the rise of community solar; the utility death spiral; renewable energy "fairness"; the value of solar; the Clean Power Plan; the U.S.-China climate agreement and more.

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For more info on Wisconsin Wave's WMC-Free Wisconsin campaign to take back our government from big money, visit http://wisconsinwave.org/shut-chamber-wisconsin

FOND DU LAC REPORTER: Wisconsin business coalition opposes "right-to-work" law

December 18, 2014
Scott Bauer
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MADISON — A newly formed coalition of more than 300 construction-related private businesses in Wisconsin announced Wednesday that it will work to defeat a right-to-work proposal being discussed by Republican leaders in the Legislature.

Formation of the group comes as talks proceed behind the scenes among Republicans who control the Legislature about the timing of a right-to-work bill and what form it may take.

Gov. Scott Walker repeated his message on Wednesday, during a brief speech to Republican state senators in the Capitol, that he sees right-to-work as a distraction from his agenda. He told lawmakers he wants them focused on his legislative agenda, but he also didn't promise to veto a right-to-work bill should it pass.

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For more info on Wisconsin Wave's WMC-Free Wisconsin campaign to take back our government from big money, visit http://wisconsinwave.org/shut-chamber-wisconsin

SUN PRAIRIE STAR: WMC's 2015 priorities include "right-to-work" law, tax cuts for rich

December 8, 2014
Kurt Bauer
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Wisconsin's transformation from an anti-business to a pro-business state has been remarkable, but it is also incomplete. There is more work to be done in order for our state to achieve its full economic potential.

Unfortunately, Wisconsin doesn't control its own economic destiny and wrong-headed federal policies and uncertain global economic and geopolitical conditions are holding us back.

But, that shouldn't be an excuse to take our foot off the reform accelerator in order to improve Wisconsin's business climate. Here are some reforms the 2015-16 Legislature should consider.

Worker Freedom: Should joining a private-sector union be voluntary as it is in 24 states or should it be mandatory?

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ALTERNET: Corporations get $760 from government for every $1 they spend on elections

December 8, 2014
Alex Eleffson
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The 2012 and 2014 elections were the most expensive in American history and were financed largely by corporate money. So why are American companies so eager to put up so much cash for political influence? Because it pays. A lot.

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For more info on Wisconsin Wave's WMC-Free Wisconsin campaign to take back our government from big money, visit http://wisconsinwave.org/shut-chamber-wisconsin

Why Washington should fear the silence of the anti-war movement

December 8, 2014
Ben Manski
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On this 73rd anniversary of the last declaration of war by the United States, as the Pentagon escalates its military actions in Iraq and Syria, the silence of the U.S. peace movement carries an ominous warning for Washington, DC. The streets of major U.S. cities are not filled with anti-war demonstrations, yet the apparent quiet does not signify consent. A look at history shows why.

Locking Up Black Dissidents and Punishing the Poor: The Roots of Mass Incarceration in the US

December 6, 2014
Mumia Abu-Jamal and Johanna Fernandez

This volume is a leap into the abyss that is the American Gulag. Our purpose is to explore the origins of the current system of carceral punishment, which began to mass-incarcerate poor and working-class African Americans and Latinos living in urban centers beginning in the late 1970s. We link the new characteristics of imprisonment as it then emerged to the campaign of state repression unleashed against the civil rights and black power movements in the 1960s. Some of those imprisoned are veterans of these movements, and are political prisoners.

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This essay appears in the November 2014 issue of the Journal of Socialism and Democracy.  To read more click here.

BILL LUEDERS: WMC and other groups dropped big money in 2014 WI elections

December 4, 2014
Bill Lueders

Gov. Scott Walker and the Republicans rode to victory in the Nov. 4 elections because they got more votes. Period.

Redistricting may have produced fewer competitive districts. But unlike 2012, when the GOP won big despite getting fewer overall votes, this time the party maintained its 5-3 edge in Congress and tightened its control of both legislative houses by dominating turnout.

But money and redistricting did play a huge, perhaps decisive role. How huge? Consider the state’s races for Congress.

In the two-year funding cycle that began Jan. 1, 2013, Wisconsin’s House candidates raised $21.4 million, a new record. And that was just as of Oct. 15, with nearly three weeks to go.

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BARABOO NEWS REPUBLIC: WI state chamber's main product is misinformation

December 4, 2014
Pat Nash
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Well, it’s over. Republicans won their battle to re-elect Gov. Scott Walker and retain their majority in the Legislature. One of the reasons they won is due to the state’s chamber of commerce, the biggest business group in Wisconsin.

When most people think of a chamber of commerce, they think of an organization that works to increase business and prosperity in their state or community. When they think of its members, they think of people who work hard to run a business and want everyone in the community to thrive. And most of us assume that the leaders of these groups are people with integrity.

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Ben ManskI: Seattle WTO Uprising Still a Force in World Events, 15 Years Later

December 1, 2014
Ben Manski
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We live in an era in which it is increasingly normal for individuals not only to reject the power of corporations over their lives, but for some to even occupy public space and defy police and established authorities. Ben Manski discusses how this era was inaugurated on November 30th, 1999 in the streets of Seattle.

MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL: Incoming Attorney General names WMC lobbyist as top aide

November 25, 2014
Patrick Marley
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A lobbyist for Walmart, the state's biggest business group and more than a dozen other businesses and organizations will serve as the top aide to incoming Attorney General Brad Schimel.

Schimel, the Republican district attorney for Waukesha County, announced Tuesday that he had appointed Andrew Cook to serve as his deputy secretary.

"Andrew was a key adviser to my campaign, where he displayed his broad knowledge of civil law and state government," Schimel said in a written statement. "He is a trusted adviser and his abilities will serve the Wisconsin Department of Justice well in protecting our citizens."

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BARABOO NEWS REPUBLIC: Schultz's successor is beholden to WMC

November 19, 2014
Daniel Holzman
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Pat Bomhack did not have much of a chance against Howard Marklein for the Dale Schultz senate seat.

In the Oct. 20 candidates’ forum on 92.1 WRJC FM, Bomhack stated again and again that Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce bought $668,000 in TV attack ads against Bomhack. The American Federation for Children, a Wall Street for-profit, school voucher corporation, gave $50,000 worth of support for Howard Marklein. Marklein was silent.

Newspaper reporters were at the forum and wrote the story, but no journalist mentioned the WMC and AFC big donor support for Marklein. Bomhack’s message never got out. The missed story was, where were all the TV attack ads coming from, and what made Marklein so attractive to the AFC and WMC?

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UK students take to the streets to demand 'free education'

November 19, 2014
Common Dreams
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Those are the calls being voiced in the streets of London on Wednesday as thousands of students marched for publicly-funded ("free") education nationwide. The protest was also billed as a direct challenge to austerity cuts to higher education imposed by the conservative government led by David Cameron.

Why doesn't the US observe Armistice Day?

November 11, 2014
Rory Fanning
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On Tuesday, the United States should be celebrating its 95th Armistice Day, pausing as a nation to think about the terrible costs of war – including the loss of so many lives. Unfortunately, we replaced it with a very different holiday.

Remembering the Christmas Truce of 1914

November 11, 2014
Veterans for Peace
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December 2014 will mark the 100 year anniversary of the Christmas Truce of 1914. During 2014 VFP National will plan activities to share with chapters to celebrate this memorable moment in history.

Christmas Truce of 1914

During World War I, on and around Christmas Day 1914, the sounds of rifles firing and shells exploding faded in a number of places along the Western Front in favor of holiday celebrations in the trenches and gestures of goodwill between enemies.