Opinion

ACLU statement on death of Tony Robinson

Written by ACLU of Wisconsin executive director,
Chris Ahmuty
Tuesday, 10 March 2015 05:13

On March 6, a Madison police officer shot and killed Tony Robinson, an unarmed African-American man. As further details of the shooting become known, the Madison Police Department and the city it serves will hopefully learn how to reduce officer-involved deaths. 

Mr. Robinson is the third individual to be killed by a Madison police officer in the last 10 months. Madison has a problem that cannot be ignored. Whatever this problem’s causes may be, the Madison Police Department needs to take all steps possible to reduce the likelihood of excessive use of force incidents and other types of misconduct, including biased policing.

Madison Mayor Soglin statement on death of Tony Robinson

Written by Madison Mayor Paul Soglin Monday, 09 March 2015 11:51

At the scene of the shooting, I said this is a tragedy beyond description. Today, we begin what will be a difficult period for our city. Madisonians honor and respect the young life of Anthony Robinson. I say this without knowledge of the indispensible facts of what happened Friday night but out of respect for the dignity of every person.

His mother and father, siblings, relatives and friends lost a loved one. His parents are living their worst nightmare. Our hearts, our thoughts go out to the family and friends who are grieving.

Bruce Jenner deserves chance to tell own story

Written by michael munson Thursday, 26 February 2015 13:37

Bruce Jenner has been in the public eye since before winning the gold medal in the decathlon at the 1976 Summer Olympics. He has continued living a high profile life on the reality show Keeping Up with the Kardashians, which debuted in 2007.

It is not surprising that Jenner’s gender is also in the public eye — by Jenner’s choice and by the actions of others, who are commenting on and projecting about reality TV star’s physical appearance and possible gender-related trajectory. 

Efforts to lower wages reaching new heights in Wisconsin

Written by Richard Trumka,
AFL-CIO president
Tuesday, 24 February 2015 06:53

The effort to lower wages in America is going to reach new heights in Wisconsin this week.  Wall Street billionaires and political extremists are joining together to force a vote on right-to-work legislation which is wrong for Wisconsin hardworking families.

This is a blatant attempt to silence workers’ voices to stop us from speaking out about lower wages and mistreatment at work. 

Gwen Moore: Walker continues assault on working-class Wisconsin

Written by U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore,
D-Milwaukee
Monday, 09 March 2015 11:25

In the ongoing assault on Wisconsin’s working class, Gov. Scott Walker signed another crippling anti-worker bill into law.

This so-called "right to work" legislation is nothing but a bald-faced attempt by our Republican governor and Legislature to protect special interests at the expense of working class families. I am reminded of Dr. Martin Luther King, who once said, "In our glorious fight for civil rights, we must guard against being fooled by false slogans, such as ‘right to work.’ It is a law to rob us of our civil rights and job rights."

Law against political falsehoods sets high bar for prosecution

Written by Bill Lueders,
Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 08:00

Dan Robinson is not claiming that a false statement made about him in a mailing to voters last fall cost him the election. But still, he thinks it was possibly a crime.

“This is why people lose faith in politicians and our system of government,” he says.

The arts can change minds and heal hearts

Written by Jillian Smith,
Special to WiG
Thursday, 26 February 2015 13:03

Running a theater company is like juggling chain saws — there are endless competing priorities. You want to create a season of works with artistic merit to excite performers and staff. You want works that pack a punch and wow audiences. At the same time, bills must be paid, so it is critical to select shows that will attract a wide audience. The two goals need not be mutually exclusive, but it’s a delicate balance. 

It’s easy to find works with strong entertainment value that are certain to do good box office, but they don’t always succeed in other respects. We want to speak directly to the hearts and minds of our audiences, inspiring positive thought, dialogue and change in our world. That is what we believe we were created to do as artists.

Fighting a real battle to help Milwaukee’s poor

Written by State Rep. Mandela Barnes Friday, 13 February 2015 06:58

When Milwaukee succeeds, Wisconsin succeeds. Unfortunately, in too many of our Milwaukee neighborhoods, innocent kids are dying, our children lack access to basic human necessities and our neighbors struggle to find jobs.

For far too long, our communities have been crying out in a fever pitch for their elected leaders to address these real problems. However, these calls continue to get paid only lip service by the Wisconsin Republicans who control our state government. 

Urban League statement on death of Tony Robinson

Written by Urban League of Greater Madison Monday, 09 March 2015 11:57

The Urban League of Greater Madison is deeply disturbed and saddened by the police shooting of 19-year old Tony Robinson. The thoughts and prayers of the entire Urban League movement go out to the friends and family of Mr. Robinson.  

Thanks to recent statewide legislation championed by state Rep. Chris Taylor and others, there will be an independent investigation. The Urban League is confident that Madison police will fully cooperate with this investigation. 

Dane County NAACP statement on fatal shooting by police

Written by Dane County NAACP Monday, 09 March 2015 11:04

The Dane County NAACP extends our thoughts and prayers to the family of Tony Robinson, the 19-year-old African American male who lost his life in a police-involved shooting.

Each new case of an African American person killed is a grim reminder of the urgent need for reform in the use of force against American citizens. Although excessive use of force disproportionately affects African Americans and people living in poverty, it can affect people everywhere regardless of race, age or gender.

Decoding the right-wing lexicon

Written by Jamakaya,
Columnist
Thursday, 26 February 2015 13:00

Choo-Choo: Dismissive term for high-speed and light rail used by right wingers who are so backward in their thinking they associate these 21st century wonders — fueling commerce and transit systems from Paris to Beijing — with the 19th century locomotive chugging into Petticoat Junction.

Sacrificing common-sense for ideology

Written by Jamakaya,
Columnist
Friday, 13 February 2015 09:53

Gov. Scott Walker’s brazen attempt to delete “truth” and “public service” from the Wisconsin Idea tells us everything we need to know about Walker, his administration, the GOP Legislature, their fat cat donors and their own perverted ideas for Wisconsin.

Since his first state budget in 2011, Walker has targeted public education. Hundreds of millions have been cut from K-12 schools, technical colleges and the university system. This attack is part of a decades-long campaign to defund public education through budget cuts, tuition freezes and transfers of tax dollars to vouchers for private schools, many of them religious.