After six months of inaction that inspired demonstrations and widened the wedge between Milwaukee police and the city’s black citizens, Police Chief Edward Flynn fired an officer who killed a mentally ill man in downtown’s Red Arrow Park.
Wisconsin state Rep. Melissa Sargent, D-Madison, on April 28 introduced a measure to raise the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour.
“Wisconsin workers are the true profit creators for our economy but barely make enough to make ends meet,” said Sargent in a news release. “Here in Wisconsin we take care of each other, and we believe that if we work hard and play by the rules, we should all have a fighting chance.”
There’s a popular misconception that all of us in Madison are hippies, that we wear sandals, tie-dye and batik year-round; that we only put down our protest signs to pick up a joint; that we still watch Cheech and Chong, and are permanently stoned unless we’re at a Badger game, when we’re drunk and wearing red.
The Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice is encouraging progressive voters to call members of the legislative Joint Committee on Finance to urge support for Medicaid expansion in the state.
WNPJ said the committee is reconsidering the issue and "could, with your help, add the acceptance of federal Medicaid funding to the upcoming budget — meaning that roughly 170,000 more Wisconsinites could get the health care that they need."
U.S. Reps. Mark Pocan of Wisconsin and Jan Schakowsky of Illinois marked Earth Day with the introduction of the Protect Our Public Lands Act, H.R. 1902. Pocan said the bill would ban fracking on public lands.
“Our national parks, forests and public lands are some of our most treasured places and need to be protected for future generations,” said Pocan, a Democrat from Madison. “It is clear fracking has a detrimental impact on the environment and there are serious safety concerns associated with these type of wells. Until we fully understand the effects, the only way to avoid these risks is to halt fracking entirely. We should not allow short-term economic gain to harm our public lands, damage our communities or endanger workers.”
One of the 14 bullets fired by a Milwaukee police officer at a mentally ill man killed in a downtown park in April hit him in the back, according to official autopsy results released Monday by an attorney for the man’s family.