For GOP, all crises, all the time

Written by Jamakaya,
Thursday, 24 September 2015 22:27

For the record: Bernie Sanders' remarks at conservative Christian college

Written by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders Monday, 14 September 2015 08:58

Here are excerpts from prepared remarks by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders for an address on Sept. 14 at Liberty University, an ultra-conservative Christian school founded by the Rev. Jerry Falwell in Lynchburg, Virginia. Sanders is seeking the Democratic nomination for president in 2016. Excerpts:

I came here today because I believe that it is important for those with different views in our country to engage in civil discourse – not just to shout at each other or make fun of each other. It is very easy for those in politics to talk to those who agree with us. I do that every day. It is harder, but not less important, to try to communicate with those who do not agree with us and see where, if possible, we can find common ground and, in other words, to reach out of our zone of comfort.

ALEC dictates Wisconsin’s public school policy

Written by State Rep. Chris Taylor Thursday, 10 September 2015 23:30

On the heels of a passed state budget that leaves our K-12 public schools without ample and consistent funding, I recently headed back to where the school privatization push began — the American Legislative Exchange Council, better known as ALEC.

ALEC and its members have become more powerful than citizens’ voices at the state Capitol. Despite urgent pleas from Wisconsin school superintendents, principals, teachers, parents and students for consistent and adequate K-12 public education funding, Republican legislators chose to dump more money into an unaccountable private voucher school system.

Ending trans exclusions in Dane County health care coverage

Written by Dane County Trans Health Group Wednesday, 02 September 2015 07:37

Transgender* people face major barriers to proper health care in Dane County. Estimates suggest that 0.3 percent of the population is transgender, and many will seek some form of medical care for gender transition, such as hormone therapy or gender confirming surgery.

This care is essential to our health and well-being and insurance coverage for it has been proven not to increase overall costs or premiums.

GOP ignores real issues to energize extremist base

Written by WiG editorial Sunday, 20 September 2015 08:47

Government shutdown veteran Ted Cruz

Republicans hope to energize their evangelical base by shutting down the government over Planned Parenthood.

Calling all kayaktivists and more:
Crude oil pipeline on rails threatens our waterways

Written by Citizens Acting for Rail Safety
and Milwaukee Riverkeeper
Saturday, 12 September 2015 07:35

The dangers of shipping crude oil over and along our waterways will be highlighted by clean water advocates gathering at the confluence of the Menomonee and Milwaukee Rivers, near the railroad swing bridge.

This bridge is one of many in the metro area where trains carrying volatile crude oil cross or travel near local rivers. The railroad system was not laid out with this kind of cargo in mind. Nationally, oil train traffic has increased more than 4,000 percent in the past five years, and oil trains are also much longer, which concentrates the risk of an accident, especially in urban areas.

Human migration is unstoppable

Written by Jamakaya,
Thursday, 10 September 2015 08:24

I’m a history buff, and one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned is that the history of the world is the history of migrations. A look at North America is instructive.

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.

At long last, cruel medical research on chimps will end

Written by Wayne Pacelle Tuesday, 15 September 2015 09:36


As of yesterday, Sept. 14, all chimps are listed as endangered under U.S. law -- both wild and captive chimps. This day marks the official end of unrestricted invasive experiments on chimpanzees in this country — a milestone in our long-running Chimps Deserve Better campaign.

Congress has become America’s largest kindergarten

Written by Wisconsin Congressman Mark Pocan Friday, 11 September 2015 15:49

We’re not even two years removed from the last time the tea party wing of the Republican Party held Congress hostage and forced the federal government to shut down for 16 days. Sadly, the wheels are already in motion for another shutdown.

-PHOTO: Facebook

Scott Walker’s supporters have released the first in a $7 million series of commercials to boost his sagging presidential campaign in the early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada. The 60-second ad, titled “Fight & Win,” begins with dramatic footage of angry protesters converging on Madison in 2011 after Walker proposed gutting public unions.

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.