Opinion

Outside special interests rule Wisconsin at the expense of its citizens

Written by Mike McCabe,
Special to WiG
Thursday, 30 October 2014 13:16

The cover of the Federalist Papers.

Our nation’s founders wrote the Federalist Papers to articulate their vision for a new independent nation and justify their proposed design for a new government. They wrote using pseudonyms due to fear for the authors’ liberty and life if the crown discovered their true identities.

Outside special interests rule Wisconsin at the expense of its citizens

Written by Mike McCabe,
Wisconsin Democracy Campaign
Friday, 24 October 2014 17:30

Our nation’s founders wrote the Federalist Papers to articulate their vision for a new independent nation and justify their proposed design for a new government. They wrote using pseudonyms due to fear for the authors’ liberty and life if the crown discovered their true identities.

Scott Walker: Incompetent idealogue

Written by Jamakaya,
Columnist
Friday, 03 October 2014 05:00

I’m pumped about electing Mary Burke Wisconsin’s governor and ending Scott Walker’s divisive policies and incompetent administration.

Walker built his rep on standing firmly in support of Act 10, the GOP law that repealed the right to collective bargaining by public sector unions. This corporate-backed effort was sold as a means of government-streamlining and tax reduction. It intentionally targeted organized labor, the only force able to vie against the power and influence of private interest groups in the political arena.

A romp through local gay history

Written by Jamakaya,
Columnist
Thursday, 04 September 2014 11:39

40 years ago: In 1974, the Gay People’s Union worked with the Milwaukee Health Department to set up a free VD screening clinic for gay men on East St. Paul Avenue. The clinic moved to Farwell Avenue when GPU opened a center there in 1975. The clinic continues to serve people today as the BESTD Clinic on Brady Street.

Lesbians who had graduated from the “freespace” coming-out groups and were looking for ways to get involved in lesbian issues created Grapevine: A Lesbian Feminist Action Core in 1974. In its first years, Grapevine had a political focus. It evolved into a social group that sponsored potlucks and camping trips. It was revered for providing a non-bar atmosphere in which newly out lesbians could meet women and learn about the LGBT community in Milwaukee. 

Jason Collins: Common ground and conversation

Written by By Jason Collins Wednesday, 29 October 2014 09:59

Jason Collins on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

I feel that we can all help start more conversations in regard to leadership, diversity inclusion and respect. The old adage never judge a book by its cover applies to all walks of life. I remember when I first went to Stanford University, I participated in a group activity with my entire freshman dorm. All of us were apprehensive about this new chapter in our lives. The leader had us stand in a straight line and would pose a question to the group. Students would either take a step forward or stand still based on their individual response.

There’s got to be a better way

Written by Jamakaya,
Columnist
Thursday, 16 October 2014 17:32

As election campaigns reach a fever pitch, voter disgust with political ads and campaign spending is soaring. Since the U.S. Supreme Court lifted restrictions on the amount of money private individuals and corporations can funnel through interest groups to influence elections, billions will be spent to buy our government and dictate its priorities this year and in the presidential election of 2016.

The justices who made the Citizens United decision in 2010 said that First Amendment free speech rights trumped concerns about political corruption, which courts could deal with on an individual basis. They evinced little consciousness or care about financial inequality in the United States, assuming a level playing field that would be fair to all interest groups. That’s hardly the case.

Marching to protect our homes

Written by Mary Beth Elliott,
Special to WiG
Thursday, 18 September 2014 10:04

Many Wisconsinites will be heading to New York City to join the largest climate event in history, the Peoples’ Climate March, on Sept. 21. Why are so many of us so keen to go so far? The answer lies in yesterday’s heroes and today’s backyards.

To be or not to be: pondering suicide

Written by Jamakaya,
Columnist
Thursday, 21 August 2014 12:06

An early report of Virginia Woolf's death.

Suicide freaks us out.

Moving forward in Milwaukee

Written by James H. Hall Jr.,
NAACP-Milwaukee
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 09:51

The NAACP Milwaukee Branch is pleased with the action that Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn took to discharge the officer, Christopher Manney, for violating procedures in connection with the tragic shooting of Dontre Hamilton.

We have advocated that the department should aggressively rid itself of those officers who are incompetent, corrupt or racist. Such officers not only do a disservice to citizens and the community, but also undermine the efforts of all other officers in the department who do follow procedures and engage with citizens in a respectful manner as they carry out their duties to serve and protect.

In our camp, on our ballots

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 17 October 2014 12:30

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin endorses candidates who support family planning and a woman’s right to choose. In the Nov. 4 general election, endorsed candidates include:

GOVERNOR: Mary Burke

Why the Roosevelts are relevant

Written by Jamakaya,
Columnist
Thursday, 18 September 2014 10:02

From

In 1969, Angela Lansbury starred as the madwoman Countess Aurelia in the Broadway musical Dear World, with music and lyrics by Jerry Herman. The show was a bomb, but Lansbury won the Tony Award that spring and the show is noted for one great tune, a passionate anthem to denial called “I Don’t Want to Know.”

Liberal Jews wrestle with faith in Israel

Written by JANE EISNER Thursday, 07 August 2014 07:44

Last Shabbat, as my husband and I were walking home from a long, lovely lunch with friends, I noticed scribbling on the sidewalk. Since the letters were written in white chalk and were upside-down from where I stood, it took a moment to decipher their meaning, and another moment to get over the shock.

This was on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, the epicenter of the liberal American shtetl, a place so ubiquitously Jewish that even the smallest grocery store posts Friday night candle-lighting times each week. So to see even this mildly anti-Israel graffiti was a surprise. For the first time since we moved to the neighborhood a couple of years ago, we felt uncomfortable, targeted, as people who care about Israel and as Jews.