Fight back against WE Energies’ assault on clean energy in Wisconsin

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 18 September 2014 10:08

Sustainable energy is one of the world’s fastest-growing industries — and it’s the best medicine available for our dying planet. But thanks to the state’s current leadership, most of whom owe fealty to the fossil-fuel industry, Wisconsin is losing out on the jobs as well as the environmental rewards of having proactive sustainable energy policies. 

Why the Roosevelts are relevant

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


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.”

A romp through local gay history

Written by Jamakaya,
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. 

For the record: Who said what?

Written by Compiled by Louis Weisberg Thursday, 21 August 2014 11:52

Little League star Mo'ne Davis. — PHOTO: Courtesy Sports Illustrated

“Last week, this week, maybe next week, (Mo’ne Davis) owned the sports conversation. How often do you get to say this about a 13-year-old girl? It’s the easiest type of story to identify as a cover story.”

For the record: who tweeted what?

Written by Compiled by Louis Weisberg Thursday, 18 September 2014 10:05

“This is a deeper laceration in this country. If you think that this is going to blow over, this is going to be the longest hangover in race relations, ever.”

Singer/songwriter PHARRELL WILLIAMS commenting to CNN’s Don Lemon on the aftershocks of last month’s events in Ferguson, Missouri.

Mining the bottom of the political pits

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 04 September 2014 11:46

The latest court documents released from the John Doe investigation of Gov. Scott Walker’s political activities provide an unsurprising but depressing look at how low American politics has sunk.

Michael Brown and the politics of racism

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 21 August 2014 12:15

When Barack Obama was elected president in 2008, progressives were overcome with optimism. Finally it seemed as if America was entering a post-racial era. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream of an America where people are not judged by the color of their skin felt within reach. 

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.

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.

On the record: So so and so said …

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 04 September 2014 11:44

“I think a lot of people want to be able to walk into a grocery store, particularly, a lot of the women, want to go and buy a bottle of wine for dinner, go down, buy a six-pack or two six-packs, buy dinner and go home rather than what I described as three stops in Pennsylvania.”

To be or not to be: pondering suicide

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

An early report of Virginia Woolf's death.

Suicide freaks us out.

Some favorite pictorials from cyberspace, Aug. 7

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 07 August 2014 07:36