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We Need to Get Serious About Equal Economic Opportunity in Milwaukee PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Robert Kraig   
Thursday, 18 August 2016 13:16

milw-riot-2016MILWAUKEE - Over the weekend, another young black man lost his life and civil unrest exploded in MIlwaukee.

Our hearts go out to all the residents of Milwaukee’s Sherman Park neighborhood who have experienced this weekend’s civil unrest, to the family of the young man who lost his life, and to the peace officers who have put their lives on the line to protect public safety. As public order is restored, it is important we take stock of what happened, and what we have to do together to create a Wisconsin where everyone has an equal chance to live a fulfilling life.

kraigAlthough the violence and property destruction seemed spontaneous to outsiders, for many African American residents it was a predictable outpouring of frustration flowing from unbearable racial inequality and exclusion. Shocking statistics support this, as the Milwaukee metro area has for many years consistently ranked among the worst in the country for African Americans across a variety of indicators including, segregation, incarceration rates, black male nonemployment, child poverty, and many others.

African Americans in Milwaukee, who came during the Great Migration to work and work hard and claim their piece of the American Dream, where drawn by the plentiful opportunities to work in union manufacturing jobs. They have borne the brunt of deindustrialization since the late 1970s. According to the UWM Center for Economic Development, the percentage of African Americans working in manufacturing declined from 54.3% in 1970 to 14.7% in 2009.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 August 2016 13:37
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Blue Jean Nation "A league of their own" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike McCabe, Blue Jean Nation   
Tuesday, 09 August 2016 11:43

nonpartisan-leagueMany Americans distrust both of the country’s major political parties this year, especially young voters, but is there another option?


ALTOONA, WI - Here we sit, with most Americans deeply dissatisfied with and alienated from both of the country’s major political parties. This condition is likely to worsen before it gets better, as young Americans are especially disgusted with the two major parties.

For the time being, the clear majority of Americans are feeling doomed to either sit out elections and surrender their vote or engage in the distasteful exercise of Lesser Evil Voting. The only alternative to LEV they can see is voting for a minor party like the Greens or Libertarians, and visions of spoiler candidates and wasted votes dance in their heads at the thought.

There is another option, but it is one scarcely remembered because it hasn’t been tried in a very long time despite proving successful in the past.

In the early 1900s, farmers in North Dakota were at the mercy of powerful cartels and couldn’t get fair prices for their grain or credit at a reasonable interest rate. They were at the mercy of powerful cartels. In hopes of getting out from under the thumb of the out-of-state tycoons who were gouging them, they banded together to form a political organization called the Nonpartisan League (NPL).

Some say the NPL was the idea of a former Socialist Party organizer named Albert Bowen. Others figure it was the brainchild of flax farmer-turned-political agitator A.C. Townley. One way or the other, Townley and Bowen teamed up and Townley was soon driving across the state in a Model T Ford spreading the word about the NPL. Bowen and Townley enlisted tens of thousands of followers.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 August 2016 11:54
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Have an Opinion about Your Internet Connection? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kathleen Vinehout, State Senator 31st District   
Monday, 08 August 2016 16:44

internet-ruralThis survey on Internet access now being conducted by the Public Service Commission will paint a more accurate picture of broadband coverage in Wisconsin. Participate and your responses will help inform lawmakers on how to bring our state into the twenty-first century.

Last Updated on Monday, 08 August 2016 19:28
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Brian Smith on Purple Heart Day PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Smith for Senate   
Sunday, 07 August 2016 10:23

afghanistanWAUPACA, WI – Sunday marks the annual National Purple Heart Day, commemorating the oldest American decoration for military merit given to those who have died or been wounded in combat.

brian-smith“Today we honor the incredible service, sacrifice, and commitment of our veterans, who have spent their lives upholding the freedoms that we all hold dear,” said Waupaca Mayor and State Senate Candidate Brian Smith in a statement. “The Purple Heart is an honor that should not be taken lightly, awarded in the name of the President of the United States to those who have been wounded or killed in service to their country."

“Now more than ever, it has become apparent that our veterans need a voice from their elected representatives,” Smith continued. “As State Senator, I will work to expand access to higher education, invest in job creation, improve health care services and strengthen workplace protections for our men and women in uniform. Today is a day to acknowledge the extraordinary sacrifice of those who have been wounded or killed in combat, and to be reminded of the importance of taking care of our veterans when they are home.”

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Residents can learn more about Brian at: www.BrianSmithforSenate.com.

 
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