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Update from DPW Chair, Martha Laning July 3 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Martha Laning   
Tuesday, 05 July 2016 09:52

martha-laningMADISON - I wanted to recap a few things: the big Supreme Court decision this past week, a Common Sense Gun Safety legislation rally we saw Democrats put together, a new study showing Scott Walker's priorities are designed to help the rich, the death of the Government Accountability Board, and the draft of the new DNC platform.

SUPREME COURT DECISION SUPPORTS WOMEN

On Monday, June 27, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States struck down crucial parts of the restrictive Texas anti-abortion law HB2. The law imposed strict requirements on abortion providers and impeded women from getting the safe health care they need. The Supreme Court concluded the restrictions HB2 imposed on clinics were unnecessary, offered no medical benefits sufficient to justify obstructing abortion access, and violated the Constitution. Immediately extending the reach of Monday’s ruling, the Supreme Court denied an appeal over a nearly identical Wisconsin law. The Supreme Court dashed the hopes of Scott Walker and Republicans to reinstate state laws requiring abortion doctors to hold unnecessary admitting privileges at local hospitals, which were struck down as unconstitutional by a federal appeals court in 2015. The Supreme Court’s decision reminds us why it is so important we support Hillary Clinton and other Democrats. It is critical in order to protect women’s constitutional rights to safe and accessible contraceptive and reproductive health care and moving our society forward.

A WIN FOR WISCONSIN WOMEN

This week, our Executive Director Kory Kozloski and I attended an event hosted by Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, where we celebrated the Supreme Court’s decision not to hear Scott Walker’s appeal to uphold our regressive anti-women’s health legislation. This comes in the wake of their decision to strike down laws in Texas that were making it nearly impossible for women to successfully seek an abortion. A woman’s personal health care decisions should be made by a woman, with her family, her faith and the counsel of her doctor. The Supreme Court sent a clear message today that the Wisconsin Republican law is unconstitutional.  Women, Democrats, and Planned Parenthood have a lot to celebrate this week.

WISCONSIN DEMOCRATS STANDING STRONG

Representative Mark Pocan, accompanied by Madison Mayor Paul Slogan, State Representatives Christ Taylor and Terese Berceau, and Michael Johnson of the Boy and Girls Club led a press conference to continue the call for common-sense gun-safety legislation. It is clear the pressure we Democrats are applying is working, as it was announced today that there will be a vote in the House on gun legislation. This comes after we saw Democrats occupy the House floor for 26 hours, demanding the House hold a vote. Thank you to our Democratic legislators who fought for this issue to keep Americans safe.  We are all better off when we work together and I am glad to see the Republicans starting to move on this important issue. Democrats, Republicans, and sportspersons alike agree we need to keep guns out of the hands of terrorists and criminals to help keep Americans safe.

THE BROKEN WALKER AGENDA

This week, information requested by Democratic State Representative Gordon Hintz was released by the Wisconsin Legislative Fiscal Bureau, showing Governor Walker and Wisconsin Republicans’ tax legislation is giving a $21 million tax break to 11 of Wisconsin’s wealthiest taxpayers. It is shameful they would prioritize a group of people, who are estimated to make $35 million or more per year, over everyday Wisconsinites who are struggling to get ahead. According to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, the Manufacturing and Ag tax credits have cost the state twice as much as initially projected. The credit essentially eliminates state income tax for manufacturing and Ag business.

In response to why this credit was put in, both Governor Walker and Wisconsin Manufacturing and Commerce point out that manufacturing jobs have increased.  That really irritated me.  Wisconsin manufacturing jobs didn’t increase because of this tax credit.  Wisconsin has added a lot of jobs because of President Obama's policies, which prevented our country from going into a depression and have pulled our whole country out of the Great Recession. I live in one of the highest manufacturing areas of the state, and we have great business leaders and workers who made compromises to get through the hard times of the Recession so that they could build their lives back up after the crash. The jobs that have been added are not due to the manufacturing tax credit but due to recovery from the Recession.

Giving huge tax breaks to millionaires while under-funding schools, our university system, local communities, and our infrastructure is wrong.  This is just the latest in a long list of Governor Walker and Wisconsin GOP moves that have left middle-class Wisconsinites in the dust while the richest few race further ahead. Wisconsin deserves better.


THE DEATH OF THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY BOARD

This week, several of our most distinguished Wisconsin legislators and Democratic Party leaders held a press conference in front of the Capital to address the unjust end of the nonpartisan Government Accountability Board. State Senators Jon Erpenbach and Mark Miller, as well as Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca, stood alongside former State Senate Majority Leader Judy Robson to discuss how Scott Walker and the Republicans are doing everything to strip openness and transparency from government in exchange for deception and secrecy. Our leaders explained that the Government Accountability Board was a model for our nation, and eliminating it in favor of the old toothless partisan oversight is bad for Wisconsin.  Wisconsin voters lost a huge ally on Thursday when the GAB was closed in exchange for this new partisan organization – our state is taking a big step backward to a time when lack of oversight left both parties with individuals that broke the law.  Unfortunately, this is just another chapter in the long book of Governor Walker and Republican’s attempts to push forward their damaging agenda by any means necessary. Democrats believe our elected officials should be held accountable for their actions and should be in full view of the public.


DNC PLATFORM

I wanted to highlight that the DNC has released draft resolutions for how our party will be moving forward. This covered everything from education to raising the minimum wage to tackling climate change. If you want to read in more details about the platform, click here.

 
Lamont Lilly Leads WWP Community Conversation PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisc Bail Out The People Movement   
Tuesday, 05 July 2016 08:46

Lamont LillyLilly is the Vice Presidential candidate of the Workers World Party. Milwaukee event on Thursday, July 7 is free and open to the public.


MILWAUKEE, WI - Lamont Lilly, Vice Presidential candidate for Workers World Party (WWP), will be leading a community conversation about BUILDING PEOPLE'S POWER Thursday, July 7 at 734 N 26th Street in Milwaukee at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Monica Moorehead, WWP Presidential candidate, will join the meeting via Skype.

Mr. Lilly's Campaign Manager Ms. Teresa Gutierrez, will also be speaking July 7. WWP activists and supporters are now collecting signatures for Mr. Lilly and his presidential running mate Ms. Monica Moorehead to obtain ballot status in Wisconsin.

Announcements will also be made July 7 about how participants can travel to Cleveland to protest the RNC and to Philadelphia to protest the DNC.

Mr. Lamont Lilly is a leading member of the Durham, North Carolina., branch of WWP and a member of WWP's National Committee. As a people's journalist, as an activist, an organizer, and a speaker, Lilly has traveled widely to stand in solidarity with struggles against racism and imperialist war, for people's justice and for socialism.

Lilly was born in 1979 in Fayetteville, NC. A military veteran, he graduated from North Carolina Central University, and then worked for several years as an educator and nonprofit program coordinator, focusing on African American youth leadership and academic development. His focus on youth continued as he became an activist.

In 2010, he traveled to Colombia in South America as a human rights delegate with Witness for Peace, advocating for displaced Indigenous and AfroColombian people. In 2015, Lilly went to Syria and Lebanon in a delegation led by Ramsey Clark and Cynthia McKinney. In Beirut, he spoke as a Black Lives Matter representative at the International Forum for Palestinian Solidarity. In Damascus, where millions are displaced by war, he met with Syrians defending their sovereignty and opposed to the U.S. instigated destruction of Syria. He also met comrades of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

Inside the U.S., he has gone wherever the struggle called, including Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Oakland, Los Angeles, and New York. From the Baltimore rebellion after the police killing of Freddie Gray to the Days of Grace actions in Charleston, S.C. in the wake of the racist massacre at Mother Emmanuel AME Church, Lamont Lilly is always there on the ground—as a journalist providing consistent revolutionary inside perspective on the Black Lives Matter movement and the continuing struggle for Black Liberation, and as a tireless organizer whose energy and enthusiasm have helped encourage a new wave of activism among oppressed and working-class youth.

Lilly's political commentary has been featured in Workers World newspaper, Truthout, Counterpunch, the LA Progressive, Black Youth Project, the Durham News, and Triangle Free Press.

Lilly was awarded a 2015 Local Hero Citizen's Award by Indy Week of Raleigh-Cary-Durham-Chapel Hill N.C. for "pushing for workers' rights and police reform."

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For more information about the Moorehead-Lilly campaign: https://www.facebook.com/mooreheadlilly2016 or http://www.workersworldparty.org

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 July 2016 09:01
 
Ron Johnson’s “Ponzi Scheme” Blunder PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Monday, 27 June 2016 08:31

ron-johnsonMADISON - Senator Johnson will not let facts get in the way of his ultra-conservative talking points. This week, while visiting an Americans for Prosperity office - the Koch Brother’s backed network to which Senator Johnson has outsourced his campaign - Johnson said that “Social Security is — it’s a legal Ponzi scheme.” Johnson continues to insist in the preposterous claim despite the fact that PolitiFact called the same analogy “mostly false” last year.  

At the same event, Johnson reiterated his calls to privatize Social Security. Unlike average Wisconsinites, Johnson does not have to worry about retirement security after receiving a $10 million golden parachute from his former company. But even Senator Johnson recognizes that his plans are bad for middle and working class Wisconsinites, saying, “currently, politically, you can’t do it [privatize Social Security].

Last Updated on Monday, 27 June 2016 08:38
 
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