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Flashback 2014: The year the world learned it’s lethal to be black in America

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Thursday, 11 December 2014 12:11

Eric Upchurch of Madison’s Young Gifted and Black Coalition marches with his hands raised. — Photo: AP/John Hart

“Hands up, don’t shoot,” “I can’t breathe” and “black lives matter” will go down in history books as the defining phrases of 2014. Those words were chanted during rallies, vigils and demonstrations throughout the nation during the year’s final months.

Palin to appear at conservative event in Iowa

Written by The AP Wednesday, 10 December 2014 14:29

Sarah Palin will appear at a conservative event in Iowa in January.

Congressman Steve King and Citizens United President David Bossie announced this week that the 2008 vice presidential candidate will participate in the “Iowa Freedom Summit.” The event will be held in Des Moines on Jan. 24.

Fuel exports soar under Obama

Written by Dina Cappiello,
AP writer
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 11:49

Solar panels glisten from every thatched hut on the crowded island of Gardi Sugdup, one of the largest in a remote chain off the Panamanian coast. But the tiny emblems of green energy offer no hope against climate change.

They have helped the island's Guna people reduce what was already a minuscule carbon footprint. The Guna cook with clean-burning gas. They use a small amount of diesel fuel to power fishing boats and a generator that lights bare bulbs dangling above dirt floors after sunset. They own one of the most pristine stretches of tropical rainforest in Panama, cleansing the atmosphere of carbon dioxide naturally.

Reaction to the Senate's CIA torture report

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 09 December 2014 14:33

The Senate Intelligence Committee on Dec. 9 released a report on the CIA's harsh interrogation techniques at secret overseas facilities after the terror attack of Sept. 11, 2001.

A 600-page summary from the 6,000-page report has been declassified after months of disputes between the committee and the CIA over redactions. The summary concludes that the CIA repeatedly tortured detainees, including using the simulated drowning technique called "waterboarding." The report also concludes that the information gathered using torture produced no security benefits and accuses the CIA of repeatedly lying to Congress, the White House and the American public.

'Millions March' set for NYC this weekend

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 11 December 2014 08:53

-Photo: communitytable.com

New York City organizers are hosting a "Millions March" to continue the momentum that has been building across the country in a sustained effort to call attention to the scourge of police violence in black communities.

Museum working to preserve plywood art in Ferguson

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 10 December 2014 12:32

The Missouri History Museum and the Regional Art Commission are working to preserve art that has been added to plywood meant to protect storefronts or cover damage from protesting in Ferguson and St. Louis.

The wood has been enhanced with drawings, bright colors and positive sayings, such as “listen with love” and “heal the world,” since a grand jury last month declined to indict white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed, black 18-year-old.

Poll: Sharp divisions in reaction to Brown, Garner decisions

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 10 December 2014 06:21

A new poll from the Pew Research Center and USA Today shows 50 percent of Americans believe the grand jury made the right decision not to indict Police Officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown.

About 37 percent say the grand jury made the wrong decision, and 13 percent don't know.

MoveOn polling members: Should Elizabeth Warren run for president

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 09 December 2014 10:52

There's a good chance WiG readers signed into their email at some point on Dec. 9 and found a message from MoveOn.org inviting them to vote on whether Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren should run for president in 2016.

A news release from MoveOn said the national grassroots progressive Democratic organization stood poised to put its full weight behind an effort to convince Warren to run for president "pending a vote of its membership."

Today in history: Dec. 11

Written by The AP Thursday, 11 December 2014 05:12

Today is Thursday, Dec. 11, the 345th day of 2014. There are 20 days left in the year. 

Highlights in history on this date: 

Today in history: Dec. 10

Written by The AP Wednesday, 10 December 2014 12:00

Today is Wednesday, Dec. 10, the 344th day of 2014. There are 21 days left in the year. 

Highlights in history on this date: 

Fish and Wildlife protects red knot as threatened species

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 09 December 2014 14:53

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Dec. 9 announced the red knot is now protected as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.

The robin-sized shorebird, which twice a year makes an epic 9,000-mile migration between southern South America and the Canadian Arctic, has declined by 75 percent since the 1980s. Threatened by loss of an essential food, horseshoe crabs, as well as habitat destruction, the bird is also at risk from climate change, which threatens to destroy many of its shoreline stopover areas as well as its breeding habitat in the far north.

New coalition forms to push for end to capital punishment

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 09 December 2014 10:43

With the country’s final executions of 2014 are scheduled to take place in Georgia, Missouri and Texas this week, a new coalition has launched a campaign to push for an end to capital punishment.

The goal — to mobilize the 90 million Americans who support ending capital punishment — was announced early on Dec. 9 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.