Working for peace year-round

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

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. 

Parsing the 2014 elections

Written by WiG Thursday, 13 November 2014 18:43

A race is lost, and so is a rising star.

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.

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.

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. 

Moving forward in Milwaukee

Written by James H. Hall Jr.,
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

Memo to media covering protests in Ferguson, Missouri

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

The road to Wisconsin Gazette

Written by Jamakaya,
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.

-Photo: North Shore for Mary Burke

When Chris Abele took over as Milwaukee County Executive after Scott Walker resigned prematurely to become governor, he found the office in a shambles. Walker had accumulated so much deferred debt that the county was paying more to service it than to provide county services. At a recent political forum, Abele said that no one in county government had even received a performance review when Walker was in charge.

There’s got to be a better way

Written by Jamakaya,
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.