Refuse faith-based discrimination

Tuesday, 05 May 2015 22:10

As religious leaders from bountiful and diverse faith communities, we are concerned with the recent flood of state-level religious refusal bills that have potentially harmful and unintended consequences for the people we serve.

As people of faith who have embraced God’s free will as a gift to us all, we have great respect for the religious freedom of all Americans.

Unlimited: The story of financing political campaigns in the post-Citizens United universe

Written by Bill Lueders. Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism Tuesday, 28 April 2015 18:56

Once upon a time in America, there were limits on how much people or groups could spend to influence an election. Now those limits are gone, as shown by the big-money apparatus forming to back Republican presidential aspirant Gov. Scott Walker.

Cruz candidacy exposes racist hypocrisy of ‘birthers’

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 24 April 2015 03:32

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz on Fox.

During Barack Obama’s first presidential run, right-wing zealots insisted he was ineligible for the position because he was not “natural born” — by which they meant born in America. At tea party rallies, on Fox News broadcasts and on right-wing websites, the so-called “birthers” demonized Obama as a foreigner backed by un-American forces in a nefarious scheme to wrest control of the country away from its people. There were months on end when you couldn’t go a day without encountering this bizarre, paranoid rhetoric, which was picked up by the mainstream media.

Lessons of Lincoln’s death unlearned

Written by Jamakaya,
Thursday, 09 April 2015 14:09

One hundred and fifty years ago this month, a stunning series of events altered the course of American history.

We often use this space to criticize the Republican Party of Wisconsin for putting the interests of its wealthy supporters above those of voters. So it’s with pleasure that we acknowledge the integrity a number of GOP lawmakers have shown in standing up to Gov. Scott Walker’s wrecking-ball of a biennial budget.

Remaking politics by the seat of our pants

Written by Mike McCabe,
Saturday, 25 April 2015 06:39

American democracy is caught on the horns of a dilemma. Most Americans are feeling fed up with the Republicans and let down by the Democrats — with good reason. Both major parties are failing the country. Yet a third party isn’t the answer. Like it or not, America has a two-party system.

So how do we get regular people back in the driver’s seat of our government when both major parties are catering to a privileged few at the expense of everyone else.

Cruz candidacy exposes birthers’ racist hypocrisy

Written by WiG Saturday, 18 April 2015 08:22

During Barack Obama’s first presidential run, right-wing zealots insisted he was ineligible for the position because he was not “natural born” — that is, born in America.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence

Of all the headlines about Indiana’s discriminatory anti-gay law, The Onion had the best: “Indiana Governor Insists New Law Has Nothing To Do With Thing It Explicitly Intended To Do.”

Veterans for Peace: Withdraw Maryland National Guard from Baltimore

Written by Veterans for Peace Thursday, 30 April 2015 07:07

Veterans For Peace would like to extend our condolences to the family of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old Black man who died in police custody from a fatal spinal cord injury. The loss of a child under any circumstance is tragic. However, losing a child to violence adds a deeper pain.

Veterans For Peace stands with the family and the people of Baltimore in their call for peace and non-violent change. As veterans who know war and the horror it brings, we know that violence only serves to cause more violence. Those who are most vulnerable are caught in the crossfire of violence, disrupting lives and destroying families. Violence is like a virus that escalates and spreads. It can easily spiral out of control into a dark morass of death. Knowing this, because we have participated in it, we call on all parties to take a step back and search for non-violent means to address the tensions in Baltimore and around the nation.

Fight against Walker budget cuts

Written by Jamakaya,
Friday, 24 April 2015 10:36

The state Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee is vetting Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed budget cuts to the UW System, environmental protections and services for the elderly and disabled.

Strengthen the link between MAM and O’Donnell

Written by Virginia Small,
Special to Wig
Friday, 10 April 2015 14:14

O'Donnell Park and bridge to Milwaukee Art Museum. - PHOTO: Eddee Daniel

Ever since The Milwaukee Art Museum’s winged architectural masterwork transformed the lakefront in 2001, residents have adopted it as an icon. We take pride in “The Calatrava,” the first U.S. building by renowned Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. Something besides beer has made Milwaukee famous. 

Barrett condemns Indiana law, Walker ducks

Written by James Rowen,
The Political Environment
Tuesday, 31 March 2015 09:00

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett

In a blog post today, James Rowen writes that he's proud of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett for his solid public statement against the Indiana 'free-to-discriminate' law roiling the nation.