Archive | September, 2013
January 22, 2013  Overpass Light Brigade, Madison WI on the eve of the legislature hearing the mining bill. Photo: Rebecca Kemble

Militarized Mining in Wisconsin

September 27, 2013  by Al Gedicks [This is a reprint of an article in Z Magazine  vol. 26  no. 10, October 2013, copyright Al Gedicks.] Armed guards protecting extractive resource operations is not an uncommon sight in Central and South American countries where there is growing community resistance to ecologically destructive mining and oil projects. As […]

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UPDATED: Journalist and Public Blocked from Open Meeting

September 5, 2013  by Nicole Desautels and Rebecca Kemble The Wisconsin State Senate Committee for Workforce Development, Forestry, Mining and Revenue passed SB 278 on a party line vote this morning. The bill allows Gogebic Taconite to close off 3,500 acres of Managed Forest Land for public access immediately upon enactment of the law without […]

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DJ Ted Offensive and Norman Stockwell enjoy the view. Photo by Lisa Wells

WORT’s First Solar-Powered Broadcast

September 15, 2013  by Rebecca Kemble On Saturday, September 14, 2013 Madison’s community-owned and -operated radio station WORT made history with it’s first solar-powered broadcast. The broadcast was part of the anti-commercial, pro-community Boombox the Wasteland event that “seeks to reclaim and revitalize the unused space at Union Corners, on Winnebago and S. Sixth St., […]

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The Penokee Hills above and strip mined land for iron ore in MN below. Photos by Joel Austin

This Aggression Will Not Stand, Man!

September 15, 2013  by Rob Ganson [This is the text of a speech given by Rob Ganson at the Sawyer County Democrats picnic on Saturday, September 14, 2013. As Rob took the microphone and stood reading his narrative, one of the plastic chairs about 20 feet in the west begin to move in his direction. […]

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Gov. Walker, WEDC press conference.

Scott Walker and the Morality of Work

September 10, 2013  By Mike Hobbes On March 12, 2011, the day 14 Wisconsin Democrats returned to the State Capitol from their now infamous escape to Illinois, Senate Majority leader Scott Fitzgerald said of them, “Today the most shameful 14 people in the state of Wisconsin are going to pat themselves on the back and […]

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Medea Benjamin joins an anti-drone march in Madison on August 11, 2013. Photo by Leslie Amsterdam

Live From Planet McKenna: Distort, Deceive

September 9, 2013  By Bill Dunn “Broadcasting live from Planet Madison, where everything is beyond parody,” is how Vicki McKenna opens her “Upfront” show on WIBA-AM. Going by my dictionary’s definition of upfront as frank, honest, candid or forthright, I must either say, “Vicky, thy name is perfidy” or “Please, check your sources, or lack […]

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Sen. Jauch Slams Tiffany and Grothman Over Bill Catering to Mining Company

September 3, 2013  by Sen. Bob Jauch [Sen. Bob Jauch (D-Poplar) responded to the recent Tiffany/Grothman plan to restrict public access to 4,000 acres as another blatant assault on Wisconsin values, traditions and law by GTac, a company owned by Chris Cline, the West Virginia coal magnate who believes he is above the law and […]

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GTac has already left behind a mess from drilling core samples.

Senators Tiffany and Grothman Shill for Mining Company

September 2, 2013  by Bobbi Rongstad Managed Forest Law (MFL) offers tax breaks per acre of land in return for owners’ agreeing to work with professional foresters on long-term sustainable management of their forests. Municipalities are awarded a percentage of the sale when timber is harvested. Owners can choose from having their land open to […]

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