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Still the elephant in the room

Written by Jamakaya,
Columnist
Friday, 25 July 2014 13:25

From a poster for a Take Back the Night action.

Thirty-five years ago, as editor of Amazon: Milwaukee’s Feminist Press, I reported on the murders of Heather Halseth, Alice Alzner, Joanne Esser, Janet Marie Bey and Nancy Lynn Radbill. 

Lesbian-themed summer reading

Written by Jamakaya,
Columnist
Thursday, 10 July 2014 19:49

Sarah Waters has published five novels that have been literary sensations and bestsellers. Tipping the Velvet is a lesbian romp across the stages and back alleys of late Victorian England. Affinity and Fingersmith are riveting psychological and sexual thrillers. The Night Watch is a World War II drama about love and loss, and The Little Stranger is a great ghost story.

We have to wait until September for Waters’ erotic thriller The Paying Guests. She declared, “There will be lesbians,” to the delight of her core readers, who were disappointed by the lack of lesbians in her last book. In the meantime, Bloomsbury has published a Sarah Waters essay collection that offers fresh insights into her work. 

Cronyism underscores Walker’s contempt of government

Written by WiG Sunday, 06 July 2014 13:52

-PHOTO: rocknetroots.blogspot.com

Gov. Scott Walker and his tea party acolytes despise government (even though Walker’s worked in it nearly his entire career). They preach that government is inherently tyrannical, wasteful, inefficient and corrupt. Their overriding agenda is to eliminate as many government agencies and regulations as possible and turn public functions — from school systems to prison systems to sewage systems — over to for-profit corporations.

Love wins and chaos ensues

Written by Jamakaya,
Columnist
Thursday, 26 June 2014 16:55

We all knew it was coming, yet U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb’s ruling against Wisconsin’s same-sex marriage ban sent many of us into a flutter of activity that bordered on chaos — blissful chaos, but chaos nonetheless.

Quick! Leave work early! Get down to the courthouse! Bring your ID, some money for the license! Do you have the rings? Pick up the kids! Call mom and dad! Oh my God, it’s really happening! Hurry!

House Republicans undermine Obama’s environmental plans

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 24 July 2014 22:52

Determined to protect their fossil-fuel backers from the financial consequences of the environmental policies put forward under President Barack Obama’s green energy agenda, House Republicans on July 11 attached a bevy of amendments to the fiscal 2015 energy and water spending bill. 

Milwaukee County Board Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic. — PHOTO: Courtesy

On June 6, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele announced to a cheering crowd at PrideFest that he was keeping the courthouse open that evening for same-sex couples to get married. Abele didn’t want lesbian and gay couples who’d been waiting for years to have to wait any longer after a federal judge overturned Wisconsin’s same-sex marriage ban earlier that day.

Lego’s building blocks to diversity

Written by Steve Clines,
LEGO
Friday, 27 June 2014 13:49

From a 1980s LEGO ad campaign.

Through a partnership between Madison Metropolitan School District, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Welcoming Schools program and Gender Spectrum, elementary school students analyzed LEGO sets and marketing and, taking inspiration from a LEGO ad from 1981, came up with a 21st century ad to remind LEGO that “diversity is perfect.” LEGO responded:

Van Hollen’s heartless choice pits him against history

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 26 June 2014 15:00

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen finds himself on the wrong side of history. - PHOTO: Courtesy

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen vigorously sought — and obtained — a stay of U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb’s decision finding the state’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional. A joyous week in Wisconsin that saw more than 550 same-sex couples marry came to an abrupt halt, and Van Hollen asked the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn Crabb’s decision.

Hope for the future: Climate change is no longer a problem to be solved in some distant future

Written by From the Brattleboro (Vermont) Reformer Tuesday, 08 July 2014 05:26

Hardly a day goes by that we don’t hear about the dire consequences of climate change and the impending doom it will bring on the planet and all of mankind. Heat trapping gases created by our reliance on and addiction to fossil-fuel energy sources are raising the temperatures in our oceans and our atmosphere, melting ice caps throughout the polar regions and causing extreme weather patterns all over the globe.

On the record: Quotes from the news

Written by Compiled by Louis Weisberg Friday, 27 June 2014 13:46

“Why can’t a legislator press for legislation that benefits a person who has contributed to their campaign? Isn’t that the essence of representative government?

BRAD SCHIMEL, GOP candidate for Wisconsin Attorney General, answering a question posed by the liberal group One Wisconsin Now.

Taxpayers subsidize billionaires’ political ads

Written by Mike McCabe,
Special to WiG
Sunday, 15 June 2014 15:58

That the billionaire Koch brothers are spending upwards of $1 million to launch an election-year advertising campaign in Wisconsin to sing the praises of Gov. Scott Walker’s policies comes as no surprise. What might not be readily apparent to casual observers is that taxpayers are subsidizing this electioneering.