topics

Home amid hatred this July Fourth

Written by Jamakaya,
Columnist
Saturday, 04 July 2015 04:43

Our national holiday this year is marked by hatred and hope.

NAACP Legal Defense fund responds to Haley's call to remove Confederate flag

Written by NAACP Legal Defense
and Educational Fund
Tuesday, 23 June 2015 14:07

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund issued the following statment after South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley called for the removal of the Confederate flag at the state Capitol:

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s call to remove the Confederate flag from the state Capitol is a welcomed and long overdue act of responsive leadership that is much needed in the Palmetto State.The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc.  has long voiced its opposition to the flag’s use on state property as it represents a symbol of white supremacy, hate, and terror.

3 cheers for Alison Bechdel

Written by Jamakaya,
Columnist
Friday, 19 June 2015 07:05

On June 7, the musical based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir "Fun Home" won five Tony Awards, for best musical, best director, best actor, best book and best original musical score. 

Wisconsin congressman pushes for equality in Social Security benefits

Written by U.S. Rep. Ron Kind,
D-Wisconsin
Saturday, 06 June 2015 19:26

As we celebrate Pride Month this June, we reflect upon the gains our nation has achieved in equality. While much progress has been made, there is still much work ahead of us. As a strong supporter of marriage equality, I was proud to introduce the Social Security and Marriage Equality Act earlier this year in an effort to ensure equality for all legally married couples to receive Social Security benefits.

Hail a hero: Thanks Frank Kameny

Written by Carl Fillichio Friday, 03 July 2015 04:41

Where would I be without the work I love? There is nothing more rewarding to me than working on behalf of American workers. Serving Labor Secretary Thomas Perez is an honor and a joy and I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished as a public servant during my “tour of duties” as an appointee in the Clinton and Obama administrations. The work is exhilarating, interesting every day and has become a central part of who I am.

Black Lives Matter coalition: cancerous racism allowed to flourish

Written by Black Lives Matter coalition Monday, 22 June 2015 13:46

Charleston’s Emanuel AME church, which is steeped in the incredible history of resistance to slavery, will now be known as the site of an unspeakable and tragic act.

Our hearts go out to the families of those killed. We also keep in our thoughts a congregation that lost its pastor and a community mourning the loss of its neighbors.

The cheap thrill of retaliation has no place among elected officials who are paid to serve the public, not their egos. But some of Wisconsin’s Republican leaders are on a payback binge that’s noteworthy for the sweeping changes it will make to the nature of democracy in the state and the irreparable harm it will wreak on our quality of life.

Gay Pride marches on

Written by Jamakaya,
Columnist
Friday, 05 June 2015 19:49

Gay Pride season is back, and I am once again faced with writing a Pride-themed column. This is quite a challenge. It’s probably about the 30th Pride column I’ve written over the years and I’m running out of angles!

GOP presidential candidates and Confederate flags

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 02 July 2015 09:45

Dylann Roof and his Confederate flag. — PHOTO: Courtesy

When the Third Reich fell, Allied Forces immediately banned the swastika from public display. They knew that letting it remain would give Nazi sympathizers a rallying symbol and provide a measure of acceptance to the subhuman atrocities committed under Adolf Hitler.

Open letter to the Sup’t of Milwaukee Schools

Written by Madeline Dietrich Friday, 19 June 2015 07:09

I wish to call to your attention to an oversight, a failure to act by Milwaukee Public School administrators, which undoubtedly contributed to the suicide of one of Milwaukee Public Schools’ best and brightest teachers this past school year. While the blame for her death cannot be fully placed on the Milwaukee Public School District, it is my opinion that if key personnel had responded appropriately, this teacher might be alive.

GOP plots revenge on Legislative Audit Bureau, taxpayers will pay for it

Written by WiG editorial Wednesday, 10 June 2015 10:38

The cheap thrill of retaliation has no place among elected officials who are paid to serve the public, not their egos. But some of Wisconsin’s Republican leaders are on a payback binge that’s noteworthy for the sweeping changes it will make to the nature of democracy in the state and the irreparable harm it will wreak on our quality of life.

Choose best system for registering voters

Written by Andrea Kaminski Friday, 05 June 2015 02:50

With nine months before the next statewide election, this is a good time to work on improving and updating our election systems in Wisconsin. For example, online registration is a convenient option for people who are registering for the first time or simply updating their address when they move. Significantly, it improves the accuracy of the voter database and reduces work by local election clerks.