Can America change its ‘ritual’ of black deaths?

Written by Jesse Washington,
AP writer
Thursday, 04 September 2014 12:10

The choir sang, the preachers shouted and the casket stayed closed. The body was taken to the cemetery, and Michael Brown was laid to rest.

Sydney claims victory in world cup of gay rugby

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 04 September 2014 12:00

The world cup of gay rugby, the Bingham Cup, concluded Aug. 31 with the hosting team, the Sydney Convicts, claiming its second championship in a row, beating the Brisbane Hustlers 31-0.

The biannual competition took place over three days in Sydney, with 24 teams from around the world, including the LA Rebellion, NYC’s Gotham Knights and the San Francisco Fog, each playing six games over three days. London’s Kings Cross Steelers, the world’s first gay rugby team, was favored to win, but lost to Brisbane in the semifinal match.

Federal judge upholds Louisiana ban on marriage equality

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 03 September 2014 11:25

A federal district judge has upheld Louisiana's ban on marriage equality.

The ruling by U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman in the Fifth Circuit is the first to uphold a ban against same-sex marriage since the U.S. Supreme Court decision in U.S. v. Windsor last summer. The ruling broke a streak of 21 consecutive federal court rulings for equality.

Wisconsin environmental group urges state to reject Smart Sand application

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 03 September 2014 08:09

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters is calling on the state to reject an application from an out-of-state frac sand mining company that is seeking status as a green company.

The environmental group is calling on Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp, who was appointed by Gov. Scott Walker, to reject the application for "Green Tier" status from Smart Sand, Inc. The Green Tier program was created in 2004 to reward companies for superior environmental performance. To qualify, companies must have a demonstrated commitment to protecting the environment.

Koch-backed ALEC infiltrates local governments

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 04 September 2014 12:07

Koch Brothers Exposed is now available in the updated Koch Brothers Exposed: 2014 Edition. — Photo: Courtesy

The organization that delivered stand-your-ground bills and suppress-the-vote measures to statehouses around the country is now following that old phrase: Think globally, act locally. 

Fast-food workers strike in Fight for $15

Written by By Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Wednesday, 03 September 2014 18:19

Fast-food worker Tim Roach has been doing some arithmetic and the numbers don’t add up to fairness.

Roach works at a Wendy’s in West Allis for $7.45 and gets 40 hours a week if he’s lucky.

LGBT group to march in New York's St. Patrick's Day parade

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 03 September 2014 09:51

Organizers of the world's largest St. Patrick's Day parade will lift a ban and allow a gay group to march under its banner in the New York City event in 2015.

The announcement comes in a year that saw the boycott of the parade in Manhattan grow to include Democratic New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Guinness beer also dropped its sponsorship in March.

Around the country, fast-food workers to strike on Sept. 4

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 02 September 2014 11:03

Fast-food workers in more than 150 cities — including Milwaukee, Madison and Wausau — will walk off their jobs on Sept. 4 as their movement to build a union and raise the minimum wage intensifies.

A day after President Barack Obama praised their campaign during a speech at LaborFest in Milwaukee, workers from Oakland, California, to Opelika, Alabama, said they will strike at the country’s major fast-food restaurants, including McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s and KFC.

Petition targets Walton Foundation push to privatize schools

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 04 September 2014 12:03

Labor and education. Both were on the minds of Americans with the three-day holiday weekend that commemorates Labor Day and signifies the end of summer and the start of a new school year.

Wisconsin city adopts ordinance banning bias based on gender identity

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 03 September 2014 11:58

Cudahy on Sept. 2 became the fourth city in Wisconsin to adopt a fully-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance that bans bias based on gender identity and expression.

The vote was unanimous, according to Fair Wisconsin, the statewide LGBT civil rights group.

U.S. to review possible protections for orange clownfish

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 03 September 2014 08:44

Finding a fish like Nemo is getting more difficult.

So the orange clownfish — the species popularized by the movie "Finding Nemo" — may warrant protection under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. The National Marine Fisheries Service made the announcement this week, following a request for review citing threats from global warming and ocean acidification.

Texas voter ID law goes on trial

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 02 September 2014 09:01

A U.S. District Court will hear oral arguments starting Sept. 2 on Texas’s photo ID law.

The trial will include arguments from the Texas State Conference of the NAACP and the Mexican American Legislative Caucus of the Texas House of Representatives, who will present evidence that the state’s ID requirement erects discriminatory barriers to voting.