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The whole world is watching

Written by Jamakaya Sunday, 09 March 2014 11:10

It is very painful to read about the terrible injustices inflicted on LGBT people in countries outside the U.S.

Open-pit mine an offense against the land

Written by James Rowen,
Special to WiG
Friday, 21 February 2014 15:44

You might think it’s a little early to be talking about Earth Day 2014, since the annual event is held on April 22.

AFL-CIO responds to House GOP immigration 'standards'

Written by AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka Monday, 03 February 2014 14:08

Seven months after 68 U.S. senators overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan immigration bill, House Republicans respond with a flimsy document that only serves to underscore the callous attitude Republicans have toward our nation’s immigrants.

We said at the beginning of 2013 and we reiterate at the beginning of 2014: A roadmap to citizenship is vital to protecting working families’ rights and keeping families together.  In 2013, Americans made clear they support a path to citizenship for the 11 million aspiring Americans. So should House Republicans. Half-measures that would create a permanent class of non-citizens without access to green cards should be condemned, not applauded.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's State of the State address. Transcript

Written by Transcript Thursday, 23 January 2014 08:03

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker delivered his fourth State of the State address on Jan. 22.

Here is the text, as prepared for delivery:

Wisconsin’s solar industry eclipse

Written by WiG Friday, 21 February 2014 16:06

As we celebrate the return of the sun after an exceptionally cold winter, we mourn the state’s loss of leadership in the rapidly growing solar-energy industry.

The triumph of love

Written by Jamakaya Sunday, 09 February 2014 12:05

Valentine’s Day 2014 is shaping up to be one of the happiest for many gay and lesbian couples in America.

Abetted by the 2013 Supreme Court decision that repealed part of the Defense of Marriage Act, nine more states legalized same sex marriage in the past year, bringing the total to 17 states and D.C.

Digital obsession can cost lives

Written by Jamakaya Friday, 24 January 2014 16:55

I saved someone’s life today.

Rodgers’ ‘outing’ spotlights cultural challenges

Written by WiG Saturday, 11 January 2014 20:12

Unfortunately, a number of professional athletes have made insulting remarks about gay people. Their hateful statements, uttered by high-profile, macho role models and amplified by the media, have reinforced negative perceptions and hostility toward gays. They’ve also made it more difficult for young people who are questioning their sexual orientation to talk about and process their feelings.

But Aaron Rodgers is not one of those athletes. To our knowledge, he’s never said anything publicly about LGBT civil rights, marriage equality or anything else related to sexual orientation. 

Voices of pride and protest

Written by Jamakaya Friday, 21 February 2014 15:57

February is Black History Month, and this year I got reacquainted with two African-American poets, one gay and one lesbian, who were pioneers of pride, protest and justice.

No medals for Olympic Committee

Written by WiG Sunday, 09 February 2014 11:18
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PUTIN CORRUPTION ON THE WORLD STAGE: Russian despot Vladimir Putin arrives at the welcome ceremony for Russia's Olympic team on Feb. 5 in Sochi, Russia. Bribes and kickbacks to Putin's cronies have made the games the most expensive — by far — in Olympic history.

When the International Olympic Committee chose Sochi to host the 2014 Winter Games, it inadvertently put a spotlight on one of the world’s most unapologetically corrupt, bigoted and despotic nations. If committee members thought the event would have a civilizing effect on Russia, they should have looked to the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin.

Roads keep lawmakers in cash

Written by WiG Friday, 24 January 2014 15:24

With the billions spent on road building in Wisconsin, why are our local roads in such poor condition? Part of the answer is that money allocated for repairs is actually being spent on unnecessary new construction projects.

Weighing when to use the scales of justice

Written by Katie Belanger Saturday, 11 January 2014 20:02

For a brief time, marriage equality existed in Utah.

While I couldn’t be happier for my friends at our sister organization Equality Utah, I was as shocked as many of you to learn that Utah achieved full marriage equality before Wisconsin.