About Us

Wisconsin Citizens Media Cooperative is a group of citizen journalists who began covering the Wisconsin Uprising in February, 2011. We came from different walks of life, different professional backgrounds and different parts of the state to document the dismantling of democratic process and tradition taking place in our state under the rightwing onslaught of the Scott Walker regime.

WCMC members question Capitol Police Chief Tubbs and Department of Administration Deputy Chris Schoenherr about new rules restricting freedom of assembly and freedom of expression in the Capitol.

During the course of 2011, we discovered that our individual photographs, videos, and blogs were becoming trusted sources of information for events taking place in and around the Capitol. In the fall of 2011, we began meeting informally to discuss collaborating on stories. Walker’s Department of Administration’s new rules restricting freedom of expression and freedom of assembly in the Capitol were unveiled in December 2011 and formed the stimulus we needed to launch a formal media organization.

In January 2012 we incorporated as a non-profit worker cooperative in the state of Wisconsin. Currently, we are all unpaid volunteers engaged in this work out of our fierce determination to inform the public about the dismantling of the decades-long tradition of open government and participatory democratic structures in Wisconsin.

We hope to build the coop into a radically democratic media organization that reflects the needs of our community for information and that can serve as a model of grassroots news gathering for people in other parts of the country. In order to do this sustainably for the long-term, we need material, moral and community support.

Here are some suggestions for how you can help:

1) Donate money through our PayPal account

2) Bookmark and share our website

3) Utilize social media like Twitter, Reddit and Facebook to share our stories

4) Donate audio, video and computer equipment

14 Comments on “About Us”

  1. samantha September 24, 2012 at 5:15 pm #

    It is not easy to send you money. What happened to the DONATE link? The only reason I was able to donate is because I had done so before and still had the information in my Paypal account. Please make the DONATE link more prominent or at least easier to find.

    • ladyforward October 2, 2012 at 5:03 pm #

      Thank you for your comment, Samantha… and for your continued financial support! We now have the ‘DONATE’ button up and running! Sorry for the delay.

    • Rebecca Kemble October 2, 2012 at 8:36 pm #

      Donate button reinstalled today!

  2. Ted Voth Jr October 22, 2012 at 3:32 pm #

    Who took down the story for September 14? You? Repub hackers? I wanted to forward it, but it’s not on the website

    • Jim April 29, 2013 at 1:22 pm #

      yeah. repub hackers.

  3. Thomas Ray Worley January 6, 2013 at 12:21 am #

    It would help if you had a mailing address to send a check.

  4. wiNNie47 March 7, 2013 at 3:26 pm #

    How can one become a member of/participant in the coop?

  5. Bill Sumner September 12, 2013 at 2:56 pm #

    I have 12 cartoons (“Protestoons”) which were created between March and June 2011. If they could be incorporated into anything you’re doing I’d be happy to provide them. The originals are 8.5×11, in color, and have also been reduced to half-size so that they can be folded into ‘greeting cards’ (my favorite is the Governor Walker pinata card). Anyway, let me know if you’d like. In any case, best wishes for your endeavor.

    • wcmcoop September 15, 2013 at 11:23 pm #

      Thank you for your kind offer! Do you have digital copies of these images?

  6. Fred Milton Olsen January 30, 2014 at 3:04 am #

    Do you have any connections to the government? Are you connected to the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism or Public Radio or Television?

    Those groups are completely compromised and NOT working in the public interest. You must also watch out for people who might try to control you through funding– people in propaganda and disinformation units– and even people from foreign governments like Israel, who indeed operate right here in Wisconsin– primarily Madison and Milwaukee.

  7. Fred Milton Olsen February 21, 2014 at 7:40 pm #

    You are such a breath of fresh air in a media polluted world. I have been posting some of your stories at Madison TV station Facebook pages. Wisconsin Public Television takes the stories down right away and puts them in a different section of the page where you can’t see the pictures or entire headlines. I’m unconstitutionally banned from WPR’s facebook pages and so cannot leave anything there for you.

  8. Fred Milton Olsen March 5, 2014 at 9:32 am #

    News Department might want to check out increasing surveillance technology being used in low-income housing run by the city.

  9. David Woo March 13, 2014 at 5:04 am #

    Look into a dot coop top domain at http://www.domains.coop or http://www.identity.coop . It’s a program of the International Cooperative Alliance http://www.ica.coop to distinguish Principled Co-ops from entities that just call themselves “Co-ops” for marketing purposes (state laws vary and Wisconsin’s is pretty strong when it comes to Cooperative identity).

    Economic and political power emanates from ownership of revenue generating properties and the one percent figured that out long ago. Income inequality is just a symptom, ownership inequality is a cause of our societal ills and unbalanced economy. Look deeper into the concept of Cooperative Enterprise, because we get to keep our Co-ops if we can pay its bills on time.

    The ICA Definition, values and principles of Cooperation are a place to start.

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