Opinion

Flashback 2014: What’s up with state’s air, land and water?

Written by Anne Sayers,
Special to WiG
Friday, 12 December 2014 14:06

Anne Sayers. — PHOTO: Courtesy

If you breathe air or drink water, listen up. The Legislature has the ability to impact your air, land and water — and all indications are that the session beginning Jan. 5 will not be a positive one for our natural resources. A review of the last session combined with the recent election results shed a little light on what we’re up against. 

Beginning the journey to racial healing

Written by Sharon E. Davis,
Special to WiG
Friday, 12 December 2014 07:13

Sharon E. Davis. — PHOTO: Courtesy

We as human beings had the ability to dig ourselves into this ditch of racism and we can dig ourselves out. Here are seven things I know for sure about racism:

NAACP Milwaukee: From Milwaukee to Ferguson to Staten Island

Written by James H. Hall Jr. Tuesday, 09 December 2014 05:51

Obviously and unfortunately, there are many similarities among the matters involving Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, Eric Garner in New York and the Dontre Hamilton situation here in Milwaukee.

Actually, it is even clearer than in the other two cases that the victim — Dontre Hamilton — was not approached by a police officer based on an alleged reasonable suspicion of criminal activity, as there was no suspicion of crime in Mr. Hamilton’s case, and still the interaction led to the same outcome — his death at the hands of a police officer.

Memo to media covering protests in Ferguson, Missouri

Written by ColorofChange.org Monday, 24 November 2014 13:57

ColorOfChange.org, the nation’s largest online civil rights organization, is urging both local and national media to be particularly mindful of their coverage of the protests in Ferguson, Missouri and across the country in the wake of the grand jury’s impending decision regarding Officer Darren Wilson.

Recognition of the dangers posed by a hostile media climate for Black people is crucial at this very important juncture in our nation’s history. In the wake of yet another young life lost to police violence, hundreds of thousands have taken to the streets to express their outrage and demand better of law enforcement, as well as our justice system. This is a constitutional right. Our media should aid in the protection of those rights, rather than contribute to a racist drumbeat against them.

Flashback 2014: State’s GOP assails women’s health

Written by Tanya Atkinson,
Special to WiG
Friday, 12 December 2014 14:01

In Wisconsin, we have a long history of working together to ensure our friends, family and neighbors have access to essential health care, and we believe in a government that trusts people to make personal health decisions. But our elected leaders have embarked on a divergent path.

O’Donnell Park sale leaves public out in the cold

Written by Pat Small,
Special to WiG
Friday, 12 December 2014 15:04

Public parks are rarely sold to for-profit corporations. But Milwaukee County may soon sell the postcard-perfect Lakefront promontory O’Donnell Park to Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. On Dec. 18, county supervisors will vote to approve or reject the proposed sale.

The cost of doing business with Boss Vos

Written by Saul Newton,
Special to WiG
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 08:09

Robin Vos. — PHOTO: Courtesy

Formalizing a decision already hinted at in 2013, the National Basketball Association included as a condition of  the Milwaukee Bucks’ sale that a new arena be constructed to house the team. If a new arena was not constructed, the league could buy back the team, potentially resulting in Milwaukee losing the Bucks as our professional basketball franchise.

Progressives must step forward, then run

Written by Scott Spector,
Special to Wisconsin Gazette
Thursday, 13 November 2014 15:58

The midterm election results were obviously not everything that progressives were hoping for. However, many strong progressive champions were elected to the Legislature across Wisconsin. This includes two new state senators — Janis Ringhand in Janesville and Janet Bewley in Ashland. Four new progressive state assembly members under the age of 35 also were elected on Nov. 4, which means we now have 10 Democrats under 35 serving in the Legislature. The youth movement among progressives is alive and well.

Progressives have important work to do to rebuild our infrastructure. This will not happen overnight. If we want to be successful, we must first focus on recruiting and electing champions to local office. Mayors, county board supervisors, town board chairs and school board members all serve as an important check on conservative overreach coming from the state Capitol. They are the officials who have to endure the consequences of the policies created by the Republican majority. In the years to come, we must rely on these local elected officials to provide a voice for progressives — and to make it clear that decisions made in Madison affect Wisconsinites every day. 

To progressives: Make 2015 the year of no regrets

Written by Scot Ross,
Special to WiG
Friday, 12 December 2014 09:24

Scot Ross. — PHOTO: Courtesy

With November’s elections failing to achieve a change in leadership, the year 2014 was disappointing for progressives. 

Flashback 2014: Toasts to lesbian, gay artists and divas of 2014

Written by Jamakaya,
Columnist
Friday, 12 December 2014 13:00

Alison Bechdel. — PHOTO: Courtesy

Congrats are due to two bona fide lesbian geniuses: artist Alison Bechdel and legal eagle Mary L. Bonauto. Both received prestigious MacArthur Foundation genius grants in 2014. 

Working for peace year-round

Written by Jamakaya,
Columnist
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 11:08
peace

Maybe you’ve seen the hardy band at busy intersections, rain or shine, with signs urging you to “Honk for Peace!” Maybe a team of canvassers came to your door this fall asking you to vote for peace and human needs. 

The road to Wisconsin Gazette

Written by Jamakaya,
Columnist
Thursday, 13 November 2014 15:46

The first cover of Wisconsin Gazette.

Wisconsin Gazette celebrates its fifth anniversary this month. It’s a wonderful accomplishment in this era when newspapers are struggling and face competition from so many digital distractions.