HONOR THE DEAD, DEMAND THE TRUTH!
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Wisconsinites have joined together and prevented Scott Walker’s radical plan to take away worker rights for three months, but he is not done. As we learned from their illegal attempt to jam through the budget repair bill in the dark of night, Walker and his allies are so hell-bent on taking away the rights of Wisconsin workers that they are prepared to use any and all means necessary to achieve their goals. Now, with their first cynical attempt at union-busting tied up in the courts, Walker’s allies now say they’re ready to add the rights-stripping measures to the state budget now flying through the legislature. Reintroducing plans to take bargaining rights away from workers into Scott Walker’s fatally-flawed state budget would consolidate Walker’s attacks on Wisconsin’s middle class into a single, horrific piece of legislation. Scott Walker’s budget: * Raises costs in health care and food assistance programs that are relied upon by 1.2 million workers, unemployed, retired and disabled people in Wisconsin * Breaks up and corporatizes the UW System, raising tuition and threatening closure of campuses * Guts the ability of Wisconsin Technical Colleges to prepare and retrain working people * Eliminates advanced placement and science and technology course in schools * Rolls back recycling and conservation programs throughout Wisconsin Despite all of this, Scott Walker’s fatally-flawed budget still has plenty of room for gifts for his dearest friends. Containing $200 million of tax breaks for corporations and the wealthy, as well as hundreds of millions of dollars in giveaways to his largest donors, Walker’s budget is a bonanza for the donors and corporate lobbyists who surely wrote it. The legislature must reject this horrifying budget and start over. The attacks on working families, seniors, students, the poor, and the environment and our rights must end. Join We Are Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Wave at the State Capitol at 2:30pm on Saturday, May 14, because our fight continues and we will not be silenced. Join us.
On September 24, the FBI raided the homes and offices of peace activists in Minneapolis and Chicago. They seized computers, phones, documents and other personal items. The FBI has also been contacting other activists in an ongoing investigation of alleged "material support of foreign terrorist organizations." At this point 23 citizens have been issued subpoenas to testify before a Grand Jury in Chicago. Refusal to testify can result in a grant of immunity followed by jail for contempt if the refusal continues. The federal prosecutor can also issue criminal indictments leading to trial. All welcome to hear the stories of two dynamic and courageous women from neighboring state, Meredith Aby and Sarah Smith, peace and social justice activists who have been involved in this assault on our civil liberties.
MAPC intends to hold a planning meeting on Tuesday, May 10th for a global solidarity demonstration. Most aspects of this event have not been determined, but the action would likely happen soon.
Over the past three months, major demonstrations have occurred in countries around the world including Libya, Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Britain, Greece, and The United States. While the rallies in Wisconsin recently have been historic, it is almost certain that events in Egypt and elsewhere helped to embolden demonstrators here. In addition, many solidarity actions occurred nationally and internationally with an emphasis on the situation in Madison. A reciprocal demonstration may help to boost the campaigns both here and abroad. Please join us in our efforts to show the oppressors that people around the globe stand as one in defiance to dictatorship, repression, military responses to peaceful protests, and corporate hegemony.
THIS IS AN RSVP ONLY EVENT! PLEASE GO TO www.moveon.org/forum FOR MORE INFO
The impact of corporate influence on our political structure at every level has threatened the very fabric of our democracy. Our representatives largely respond to the needs of the richest 1% of the American public - and the corporations they own - while the working class receives a dwindling share of our elected officials' attention. Move On will hold a potluck and community forum regarding the political crisis facing everyone in the United States. Mike McCabe - Executive Director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign - will be the keynote speaker.
A Special Screening of "The Good Soldier," the documentary film featuring Veteran Will Williams
Directed by award winning filmmakers Lexy Lovell and Michael Uys, "The
Good Soldier" follows the journeys of five combat veterans from
different generations of US wars as they sign up, go into battle, and
eventually change their minds about what it means to be a good soldier.
One of those featured is Madison's irrepressible Veteran for Peace, Will Williams. Williams will introduce the
"It's hard to imagine watching a more affecting movie than "The Good
Soldier" ... because it may be as affecting a movie as I've ever seen.
It took one seemingly simple question---What makes a good soldier?---and
reduced the answer to its essence. That being, the ability to kill other
human beings. Using the voices of veterans from WWII, Vietnam, the Gulf
War, and Iraq, each gave this exact same answer, and they all spoke not
only of their guilt and regret, but also of how at some point during
their time in the military they needed to kill. Their reasons were
different, but the training that gave them the skills and permission was
not. I found it both hard to watch and hard to turn away from, and I
know I'll never look at the words 'collateral damage' in the same way
again. Really powerful stuff." - Jason Albert, the Onion
"...a wonderful film...with great emotional power. It was a brilliant
idea to hear veterans of the various wars -- World War II, Vietnam, the
first Gulf War, the Iraq War -- because the net effect is to deal, not
just with one odious war, but with the phenomenon of war as a universal
evil. It is especially important, if we are to ditch forever the idea of
'good' wars, to tackle head on the war which is generally considered
morally unassailable -- World War II." - Howard Zinn, author of A
People's History of the United States.
Hearing for Assembly Bill 203, the Bill to Protect Wisconsin's National Guard from Unlawful Overseas Deployment
Assembly Bill 203, the bill to enact legal safeguards to protect
*Tell state legislators: Wisconsin can have a carbon free /and/**
nuclear free future!*
*Come to Carbon Free, Nuclear Free Lobby Day on Tuesday, February 23!*
The Clean Energy Jobs Act, Wisconsin's climate change bill, would boost
energy efficiency and renewable energy. However, the current draft
would also gut the state’s safeguards on new nuclear reactors. Most
significantly, the bill would completely remove the requirement for a
national nuclear waste repository, before new nuclear reactors can be
built here. This would not only open up Wisconsin to more stockpiles of
radioactive nuclear waste, but also increase the risk that the Wolf
River Batholith region could once again be high on the list for a
national nuclear waste repository.
If you want to keep our current safeguards on new nuclear reactors, join
us for Carbon Free, Nuclear Free Wisconsin lobby day in Madison on
*/Meeting with your legislators is the most effective way to have your
The RSVP deadline for our Carbon Free, Nuclear Free Wisconsin lobby day
is February 16. Please contact us before then, so that we have time to
set up your appointments with your state legislators. We’ll send you
details, and see you on February 23!
Here’s what you can expect on February 23:
· From 8 a.m. on, gathering in our Capitol meeting room, coffee
and breakfast provided
· Starting at 9 a.m., informational sessions about the bill, the
nuclear issue in Wisconsin and what to expect during meetings with your
· Meeting with your legislators in the morning and/or afternoon,
depending on their schedules
· Starting at noon, lunch will be available in our Capitol meeting
There's one remaining public hearing on the Clean Energy Jobs Act, when you can raise concerns about the pro-nuclear language in the current draft. That's the Assembly hearing on the entire bill (Assembly Bill 649), at 10 a.m. on Monday, February 15 in room 412 East of the state Capitol building in Madison.
Everyone who registers can speak for a few minutes. (Since we're seeking to remove one bad part of an otherwise good and important bill, you can register as "informational" rather than "opposing" or "supporting.") We'll have Carbon Free, Nuclear Free signs that you can hold, to make our presence known.