Steps to LGBT progress in Milwaukee

Written by Jamakaya,
Friday, 28 August 2015 08:29


In 1975, the Gay People’s Union established a gay and lesbian community center in a flat on Milwaukee’s East Side. Called The Farwell Center, it played host to community meetings and housed the GPU VD Examination Center, which later became the Brady East STD (BESTD) Clinic. The Farwell Center location is currently occupied by Bronze Optical, a gay-owned business.

Standing in solidarity with Planned Parenthood

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 27 August 2015 08:33

Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin recently selected the Wisconsin Gazette as recipient of the group’s Voices award. No honor we’ve received makes us prouder than this one, particularly now.

Walker does more gesturing than talking in first debate — and with good reason

Written by WiG editorial Sunday, 09 August 2015 18:20

Scott Walker unveiled some new facial expressions at the Aug. 6 Republican presidential debate

The Federal Election Commission’s recent release of Scott Walker’s finances should give his supporters pause: The governor’s personal financial liabilities far outweigh his assets.

Time for major airlines to stop shipping Africa big five trophies

Written by Wayne Pacelle
Humane Society of the United States
Tuesday, 04 August 2015 12:36

Cecil the lion was widely photographed and somewhat habituated to a non-threatening human presence in Hwange National Park. — Photo: Brent Stapelkamp

Dr. Walter Palmer's behavior in killing and mutilating Cecil the lion is disgraceful. But he's not a one-off character. He's a very enthusiastic participant in the larger enterprise of globe-trotting international trophy hunting, where rich trophy hunters seek out and kill some of the largest animals in the world to fill their dens or private museums, get their names in the record books of Safari Club International, and brag to their buddies that they've killed the biggest and the grandest of creatures on earth.

Military’s massive use of fossil fuels must end

Written by Lenore M. Hitchler,
Special to WiG
Friday, 28 August 2015 04:37

The military produces massive volumes of greenhouse gases. In fact, the Pentagon is the largest single consumer of oil on the planet.

According to the 2008 CIA World Fact Book, only 35 countries consume more oil per day than the Pentagon. Bloomberg Business reports that the Pentagon spent $17 billion on petroleum in fiscal 2011.

Another war is not the answer

Written by Jamakaya,
Friday, 14 August 2015 07:53

An opinion piece in The New York Times.

Last March, while surfing The New York Times web site, I came across a headline that hit me like a physical blow.

Walker falls below the fray of Fox News debate, Kasich rises above it

Written by WiG editorial Friday, 07 August 2015 12:00

Ohio Gov. John Kasich

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s analysis of the first Republican debate of the 2016 presidential campaign ran under the headline “Scott Walker sticks to script, delivers safe, quiet performance.” That was the best the newspaper, which has mostly supported Walker over the course of his career, could say with accuracy about his appearance on Aug. 6 at Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena with nine other GOP hopefuls.

Why John Doe prosecutor should appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court

Written by Matt Rothschild,
Wisconsin Democracy Campaign
Friday, 31 July 2015 12:12

Special prosecutor Francis Schmitz has an obligation to appeal the decision by the Wisconsin State Supreme Court to dismiss the John Doe investigation. That decision legalized coordination between candidates and outside groups so long as those groups don’t say “Vote For” or “Vote Against” a certain candidate.

Reject taxpayer subsidies for Bucks ‘entertainment’ mall

Written by Virginia Small,
Special to Wig
Thursday, 27 August 2015 22:07

The law that provides state funding for the Milwaukee Bucks arena also gives the team owners the right to build arena “public plazas,” which would be used to generate revenue exclusively for the team.

The city proposes spending $20 million to create these misnomered “public spaces” to enrich the Bucks, not to serve public interests. They would help expand a Bucks-controlled entertainment monopoly, as mandated by the NBA.

GOP wants to overturn women’s choice

Written by Rep. Chris Taylor Friday, 14 August 2015 03:57

When I went to work as Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin’s legislative director in 2003, I was unprepared for the attacks the organization experiences on a routine basis. The staff and physicians who walk into women’s health centers every day are targeted, harassed and threatened. Their workplaces are vandalized. They keep going because they know that without PPWI, thousands of women in our state wouldn’t have access to birth control, cervical and breast cancer screening or treatment for sexually transmitted diseases. 

Walker's inability to manage his personal finances speaks volumes

Written by Louis Weisberg Tuesday, 04 August 2015 19:36

If tea party Republicans are right about the nation needing more successful business people in public office, then Gov. Scott Walker’s record at handling his personal finances affirms the opposite: that career politicians shouldn’t be trusted with taxpayer money.

Democracies die behind closed doors

Written by Jamakaya,
Thursday, 30 July 2015 19:33

Before the ink was dry on Wisconsin’s 2015–17 budget, Gov. Scott Walker and the GOP were planning to tighten their stranglehold on state government.

With comfortable majorities in both houses of the Legislature and a Supreme Court majority bought with campaign cash, the GOP had free rein to slash revenue, de-fund public education and services, end regulations protecting the environment and give millions more to private voucher schools and phantom “job creators.”