Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Photo of zombies demonstrating at Capitol today during the march "Students are as good as dead to legislators". Special thanks to @MissPronouncer.
One Year of Food = One Week of Tax Cuts. What's Wrong With This Picture?
by Abby Zimet
The numbers continue to astound. The GOP House plan to slash over $900 million from three federal nutrition programs could deprive up to 500,000 women, infants and children - and they threw in some seniors for good measure - of the food they need. Most of that - $833 million - is equivalent to one week’s worth of Bush tax cuts for the rich. It would reduce the federal deficit by less than one-tenth of a percent. They call this "righting the ship." Positively Orwellian.
nstitutions including Harvard and Vanderbilt reportedly use hedge funds to buy land in deals that may force farmers out
Harvard and other major American universities are working through British hedge funds and European financial speculators to buy or lease vast areas of African farmland in deals, some of which may force many thousands of people off their land, according to a new study.
Researchers say foreign investors are profiting from "land grabs" that often fail to deliver the promised benefits of jobs and economic development, and can lead to environmental and social problems in the poorest countries in the world.
Solution Revolution and This Is What Democracy Looks Like shared a link.
Just to give y'all a sense of how big the election theft issue is, check out Voting News, and subscribe to their daily Voting News.
When politics trumps honor ....what is left?
COME TO THE PUBLIC HEARING on Election and Campaign Reform in Madison, Wi | Thursday June 9th, | Election Integrity
Committee on Election and Campaign Reform.The committee will hold a public hearing on the following items at the time specified below:
Thursday, June 9, 2011. 10:15 AM - Begin at 10:15 AM or upon conclusion of the Executive Session. 225 Northwest, State Capitol
LRB 11-2195/1 and LRB 11-2196/1 will be concluding co-sponsorship June 7 and will be issued an AB number, and a revised notice will be posted shortly afterwards. Assembly Bill 28. Relating to: reporting of information by nonresident registrants under the campaign finance law. By Representatives Spanbauer, Bernard Schaber, Bernier, Hintz, Hulsey, Mason, Pope-Roberts, Rivard and Steineke; cosponsored by Senators Harsdorf, Cowles, T. Cullen and Holperin.
LRB 11-2195/1. Relating to: residency of election officials. LRB 11-2196/1
Relating to: creation of a task force on the elections process and election technology.
Bryan Bliss The hearing will be about election equipment, election security , procedures for voting and procedures for reporting out of state registrants and campaign donors. this meeting is all about ELECTION INTEGRITY ( or the lack thereof ).
Getting into the Capitol. Use either Martin Luther King or the North Hamilton entrance - usually doesn't take more than a few minutes to get through security, unless you happen to be in line behind a big group. That's less likely, now that school field trips are pretty much over. Be prepared to take metal off and out of pockets, and to have security look through bags. Signs are ok, if they're not on sticks. MORE INFO HERE
wisaflcio Wisconsin State AFL-CIO: "Come on down to #Walkerville to get the new #WIunion buttons - 'Whose tents? Our tents?' " Follow them on Twitter: @wisaflcio
"Activists, who have been locked out of the Capitol by Governor Walker’s administration despite numerous court orders telling the administration to re-open the Capitol, have responded by setting up a tent city on the Capitol Lawn called “Walkerville.” More than 300 people have been sleeping on the lawn of the Capitol all week lawn in protest of Walker’s attempt to pass the bill."
Nirtana Goodma http://www.realclearpoliti
Testifying: I've had a couple of people ask me about the logistics of testifying at the Committee meetings, so I'll put that here. If you are going to testify, make sure you see Bryan's thread, which will address CONTENT of the testimony.
Getting into the Capitol. Use either Martin Luther King or the North Hamilton entrance - usually doesn't take more than a few minutes to get through security, unless you happen to be in line behind a big group. That's less likely, now that school field trips are pretty much over. Be prepared to take metal off and out of pockets, and to have security look through bags. Signs are ok, if they're not on sticks.
Tomorrow's hearing is in 225 NW. That's up two flights, since you're entering on ground floor, not first.
When you get to the hearing room, there will be a staff person outside the room, with slips of paper to fill out - for people wanting to speak or just to register for or against. If you print up the linked agenda, you'll have the bill numbers being heard. Fill out a separate slip for each bill. If the staffer isn't outside the room, just go ahead in - sometimes they go inside to listen or to turn more sheets in to the committee.
EVEN IF YOU DON'T THINK YOU WANT TO SPEAK, please register to speak, just in case. I used to think I didn't want to testify - but then I'd listen to other testimony or to the questions of the legislators, and decide that I just HAVE to say something!!! If that's the case, then you want to be in the queue. If you register to speak, and end up not speaking, then your opposition or support for a bill is still counted.
Take some extra copies of your notes or prepared statement, to turn in after you've spoken.
They usually hear from invited guests first, and then take the rest of the public pretty much in the order that people filled out the slips. People are usually allowed 2 or 3 minutes to speak, depending on how many are there to testify.
RE: holding signs. We finally have things pretty well opened up for holding signs in the committee meetings. Unless you are planning an action or demonstration, we suggest that a sign be no larger than about the size of your torso, so you can hold it in front of you without blocking anyone else's view. The staffer might ask you to leave signs outside the room. That's up to you, if you want to insist on your First Amendment rights or not - it's been a focus of ours for the last couple of months, so we might push that ourselves, but if you really want to keep your focus on testifying, then you can just leave signs out in the hallway.
PLEASE TESTIFY, IF AT ALL POSSIBLE.!!! Look them in the eye, and tell them what you think and feel. Even if the vote on the bill goes the wrong way, you'll know that you did everything you could, and your testimony will be in the record.
In Wisconsin, Legislative Urgency as Recall Threat Looms - NYTimes.com
"In just the last few weeks, Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, has signed legislation to require voters to show photo identification cards at the polls and to deregulate elements of the telecommunications industry. And the Republican-dominated Legislature is now in the midst of advancing provisions to expand school vouchers, to allow people to carry concealed weapons, to cut financing for Planned Parenthood and to bar illegal immigrants from paying in-state tuition at Wisconsin’s universities.
Why the urgency? Republicans, who suddenly swept into control of this Capitol in last fall’s elections, face a deadline of sorts. Though the lawmakers insist that their hurry-up offense is just living up to campaign promises, there is a threat looming: They are at risk of losing their newly won majority in the State Senate as early as next month."Full Article Here - NYTimes.com
WALKERVILLE WANTS YOU.....pack up your tent and join us in Madison. You and your family and friends are needed.
14 for "THE 14" | Jeremy Wallace
Are you in the Madison area? We are trying to make 14,000 calls for the Fab 14 this week. Some of the Fab 14 and the Fightin Assembly will be stopping by. We have had a good start with 61 volunteers on Monday but really need to step it up over the next five days. Get out of the heat today and sign up for a shift!