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May. 23rd, 2014




Ed Schultz leaves the airwaves! - Probably another sign of the corporate attack on progressive radio.Collapse )

So, again, please try to keep the movement - and radio - and the LJ communities alive. Things seem bad now, but big changes are coming. Things will get worse before they get better. Please tell radio stations and corporations that you want progressive talk! Who knows why Ed Schultz left - but he remains online, and on msNBC. Whatever the reason he left, this is another symptom of progressive voices becoming silent. And, also, please open yourself up to ideas and voices from various directions! There is a LOT that true progressives share with many people on the, "far-right", such as MARCHing AGAINST MONSANTO, ( http://www.earthjustice.org ), anti-war, and so forth. A good book to check out regarding this topic is Ralph Nader's latest, "UNSTOPPABLE!"

Also, just FYI, http://www.kochbrothersexposed.com (.org?).

Feb. 24th, 2014

duh - bitch slap


Scott Walker: I rejected Medicaid health care funds because I ‘love the taxpayers’

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) explained on Sunday that he had refused to accept $119 million in federal money to expand Medicaid health care services for the poorest residents of his state because he loved taxpayers. ....... Vermont Gov. Peter Sh ... (Raw Story - http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/02/23/scott-walker-i-rejected-medicaid-health-care-funds-because-i-love-the-taxpayers/ )

Oct. 11th, 2012




AS GOES JANESVILLE - http://itvs.org/films/as-goes-janesville

Sep. 21st, 2012



Come to Bainport Tomorrow!!!

Support Freeport, Illinois, SENSATA workers tomorrow! The protest at the plant is near the Stephenson County Fairgrounds, at 2520 S. Walnut St., Freeport! The cross-country Bain Worker Tour Bus will arrive there at 10:30 AM, tomorrow. (The bus will also make stops in Wisconsin)... YOU CAN ALSO ORDER PIZZA FOR THE WORKERS via Logan's Bar & Grill (815) 232-4592. More information and PETITION at http://bainport.com/

BAINPORT Sensata workers march outside the RNC in Tampa, Fla.

Freeport’s Sensata Technologies workers to join Bain Worker Bus Tour Sept. 22:

(RockRiverTimes): FREEPORT, Ill. - Saturday, Sept. 22, the Bain Worker Bus Tour will make its first stop in Freeport, Ill., to visit Bainport and pick up Sensata workers before making its way across the country.

In recent months, workers at Freeport’s Sensata Technologies plant - who are currently facing the outsourcing of their jobs to China by Bain - have called on former Bain CEO and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney to intervene on their behalf.

As Romney continues to ignore Sensata workers’ plea for help, the workers will join fellow Bain workers in their effort to educate swing voters about Romney’s economic vision for the country, and take the campaign to save their jobs straight to Romney’s doorstep in Boston.

The tour, which will kick off with a rally in St. Louis Friday, will also make stops in Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Florida and at the presidential debate in Hempstead, NY. The trip will culminate in a day of action in Boston, where both Romney’s campaign and Bain Capital have their headquarters.

READ MORE HERE: http://rockrivertimes.com/2012/09/21/freeport%E2%80%99s-sensata-workers-to-join-bain-worker-bus-tour-sept-22/ and http://rockrivertimes.com/2012/09/05/sensata-workers-rally-against-%E2%80%98romney-economy%E2%80%99-romney-defends-bain-capital-in-acceptance-speech-2/

Check out nearby OCCUPY ROCKFORD - http://occupyrockford.org, and OCCUPY JANESVILLE - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Occupy-Janesville/305170099507932

Sep. 13th, 2012



Rock with Karen Lewis!

Wisconsin teachers lead a large caravan to Chicago, tomorrow morning, to march with CTU strikers. (Think of it as a field-trip for adults). See THIS ARTICLE for pick-up points and times! For those who can't go, there is also a vigil of solidarity at 5:pm tomorrow, (fri), at the Wisc State Capital. Everyone encouraged to keep the fire going.

Press release from the WEAC:

“The members of the Wisconsin Education Association Council offer their full support to the Chicago Teachers Union in a fight that is about much more than a contract for the 26,000 teachers.

“Unions provide a strong, collective voice for the profession – and we must stick together to ensure educators are treated fairly and that the professionalism of our members’ work is acknowledged.

“CTU is standing up for students and public education everywhere by fighting for an agreement that will be good for students, public schools and the profession of teaching.

“Our organization was founded on the principle of standing up for public education. In varying ways, Wisconsin educators are showing their support for CTU members, by wearing red to support public educators, donating to the solidarity fund or sending messages of support and encouragement.

“We feel it’s important to show our support for these professionals. We will stick together and speak with one voice – because based on what we’ve witnessed in Wisconsin, what happens in our various communities and states impacts the profession as a whole.”

Jul. 15th, 2012

lennon studio


"Bread and Roses, 100 Years On," by Andy Piascik

One of the most prolific strikes in United States history, the Lawrence Textile Strike was a strike of immigrant workers in Lawrence, Massachusetts, during January–March 1912, led by the Industrial Workers of the World. The Lawrence strike is often referred to as the "Bread and Roses" strike, (or, "The Strike for Three Loaves").

(Thanks to the great bobby1933 for this History Quiz):

Though 100 years have passed, the Bread and Roses strike resonates as one of the most important in U.S. history. Like many labor conflicts of the 19th and early 20th centuries, the strike was marked by

(a) obscene disparities in wealth and power,
(b) open collusion between the state and business owners,
(c) large-scale violence against unarmed strikers, and
(d) great ingenuity and solidarity on the part of workers.

Which of the above is most likely to be absent in today's economic conflicts?

... See this ZMagazine Article, (also reprinted in the June-July 2012 issue of The Catholic Worker).

''We want bread, and We want roses, too.''Collapse )

Jul. 10th, 2012

cunning plan


Be heard

I thought this survey, by the Wisconsin Democratic party, might be of interest to those still watching this community:


I took the opportunity to suggest that candidates should take the anti-corruption pledge, and advertise that fact widely to voters - I really think that money in politics is going to be a defining issue this fall, and will (hopefully) engage a lot of voters.

Jun. 5th, 2012

abe boombox


The Elephant in Scott Walker's Courtroom

The Elephant in Scott Walker's Courtroom: A John Doe Investigation, a Rise to Power, and a Crazy Case By Charles P. Pierce:

MILWAUKEE — Lon Robinson sat down at the defendant's table in Room 634 of the stunningly un-air-conditioned Milwaukee County Courthouse with Waupun already in his eyes. He was a junkie who'd stolen an old lady's checks from her mailbox, clumsily erased the payee's name, and replaced it with his own. He got away with it once, for eight bucks. But then he'd gone back to the same bank, twice, for over a grand each time. He'd even helpfully supplied his fingerprints to the bank officer who, neither having been born a fool nor worked hard to become one in later life, called the cops. So Lon Robinson sat in Judge David Hansher's courtroom and got himself sent away for two years for what Hansher kept calling, with admirable understatement, "a crime that was truly lacking in sophistication."

(While reading Robinson the list of rights he would surrender with his guilty plea, Hansher explained that Robinson would lose the right "to vote in any election... or any recall election." This got something of a laugh from the assembled suits. Robinson didn't seem to get the joke.)... (link above)...
cheers - milk dancing



Turn-out looks like it may be above 70%

(The higher the turnout, the worse for Walker).

Jun. 4th, 2012

three - no border



Walker’s lead in Wisconsin recall election tightens in new poll:

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (Morry Gash/AP)Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker maintains a narrow lead in his recall election, but his standing has diminished in recent weeks, according to a new poll released on the eve of the election.

Walker leads Democratic challenger Tom Barrett, the mayor of Milwaukee, by just 3 percentage points in a new survey of likely voters (pdf) conducted by Public Policy Polling. Walker leads Barrett 50 to 47 percent, down from the 50 to 45 percent matchup PPP found in a poll conducted three weeks ago. The margin of error for this week's poll is plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.

According to PPP, Walker—who was targeted for a recall after waging war on state public employee unions in 2011—is winning among men, whites, seniors and residents of the Milwaukee suburbs. Barrett leads among women, minorities, young voters and residents of Milwaukee County and greater Madison. Barrett is also winning independent voters 48 to 46 percent, a lead that is within the margin of error.

Currently, polls, campaign finance statistics and anecdotal evidence suggest Republicans are more engaged and excited than Democrats for the June 5 race.......

Not with Ed Schultz in town. He's broadcasting from THE MIC 92.1 right now. According to John Nicols, a poll today confirms the above. (Folks in Chicago/Rkfd. can listen to WCPT AM 820, or FM 92.5, 92.7, 99.9)

Here's a great site provided by eviltracey

Ben and Jerry’s co-founder wants to rubber-stamp dollar bills with Occupy messages

Riddle me this: Who cut the cheese, fed it to the rats, and called it, ''balancing the budget''?Collapse )

Other communities: chicagoforpeace, circle_of_fire, rockfordcentral, economic_sanity, the_recession, o_c_c_u_p_y

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