Culture


Happy Freedom Day

Recap from the Juneteenth celebration in Wausau! Thank you, Mayor Katie, for announcing the proclamation declaring Juneteenth in Wausau Thank you to William for his inspiring remarks about the grandmother of Juneteenth, Opal Lee. As always, we appreciate the wisdom and knowledge from Darryl and his reminder that we are all Americans. I am so incredibly proud of Cara, and Faith and their entire family for sharing the story of Carma and keeping her memory alive. We passed our hundreds of Black history books for kiddos! Thank you to everyone who donated ...

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U.S. healthcare System working to be Part of Global Change

The US Healthcare system is a substantial contributor to climate change, responsible for about 10% of the nation's carbon emissions and 9% of harmful non-greenhouse air pollutants. If the global health sector were a country, it would be the 5th largest emitter on the planet. Fortunately, there are a growing number of cutting-edge Wisconsin and national health care facilities that have made significant progress by voluntarily incorporating sustainability into their work. Gundersen Hospital in La Crosse leads Wisconsin's pioneers. In 2008, then CEO Jeff Thompson, MD ...

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Poor People’s Campaign rallies to Washington D.C.

We will have a full story in our next edition of Middle Wisconsin.  In 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. organized low-income Americans of different backgrounds in a march on Washington known as the "Poor People's Campaign." Over fifty-years later, thousands of protesters gathered Saturday to deliver that same message at the Poor People's and Low-Wage Workers' Assembly and Moral March on Washington and to the Polls. The rally urged low-income voters to participate in the upcoming midterm elections and featured religious organizations, pro-democracy groups, labor ...

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Building Unity

Building Unity Democracy Tour Stop in Wausau, WI Wednesday, July 13, 2022 - 6:00 - 8:00 PM Universalist Unitarian Fellowship of Wausau - 504 Grant St.    Event Description: (outdoor event) This Democracy Tour Stop Event will include a community potluck outside of the UU Fellowship of Door Co. This will be an opportunity to share ideas about ways that we can both help to turn out the vote and also to build a movement for peace, justice, sustainability, and democracy.   About Building Unity and the Democracy Tour: Humanity is facing challenging ...

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An open letter to the Wisconsin Legislature: We need to keep guns out of the hands of abusers

Dear Legislators; A recent case that went before the State Supreme Court has shed some light on a troubling fact: Wisconsin has no laws prohibiting the possession or purchase of firearms by people who have committed violent misdemeanors. Daniel Doubek, a man who threatened the life of his estranged wife, is now allowed to obtain a concealed carry permit. It is absurd to say the least. The courts did their job, which amounts to interpreting the law, so it is clear to me that the job of changing the law is up to members of the State Assembly and Senate. In ...

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Victories for Justice

We have two victories in the struggle for justice and social progress to celebrate. I am referring to the confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court and the enactment of the Emmett Till Anti-Lynching Act. Martin Luther King claimed the “arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” But too often it has been hard to find much evidence for his optimism. Reading the news is more likely to bend one toward drink, cynicism and misanthropy than hope for the future. As a society, we have a long way to go to achieve liberty and ...

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Citizens are concerned about the planned sulfuric acid exploration drilling and mining at the Wausau-Reef Deposit

Water is one of the most important things in our lives. Plans were recently announced to commence a sulfuric acid mineral exploration drilling project to evaluate if an open-pit gold mine will be constructed. Citizens from the region are very concerned that groundwater will be placed in jeopardy of contamination. Without access to clean drinking water many aspects of everyday life will become burdensome and unhealthy. The first step in the process of this sulfuric acid mineral mining development is exploration drilling. Between 100 and 125 boreholes are estimated to be ...

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The Hmong Story: The History and Challenges of Resettlement

On April 6, the Hmong American Center, Inc. hosted The Hmong Story: The History and Challenges of Resettlement April is Hmong Heritage Month in Wisconsin. Since the arrival of the first Hmong family in 1976, the Hmong people have lived and worked in Wisconsin for over 45 years, and have greatly contributed to the state's rich history, culture, economy, and public service. Wisconsin is made stronger by the Hmong people who have found a home here. The Guest Speaker for this event was Lee Pao Xiong, who is currently the founding Director of the Center for Hmong ...

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Wisconsin Farmers Union News

Good day, friends and neighbors, Let’s all say it together, SpRInG PLEASE aRRive already! Meanwhile, I am certain it will be warmer by MAY 7, when we will have a spring membership meeting. We would love to see you there, at Whitewater Music Hall in Wausau at 1 pm. We will hear from Paul Daigle, Marathon County CPZ Department, about the EPPIC (Eau Pleine Partnership for Integrated Conservation) and watershed management, and updates from the state WFU staff. I am sure we will also discuss Kohlrabi Day!!  Watch for the card in your mailbox for more info and save the ...

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In Our Own Back Yard

Tuesday, April 12, a group of us here in Wausau, known to most as Women for Women, hosted Esteban Chiriboga, in our series “In Your Own Back Yard.” Recently, we have found ourselves deep in environmental issues, namely water. Here is a little recap of this month’s presentation. Water is Life. Our topic this month was Enbridge Line 5. To give you a little background, the original pipeline was constructed in 1953. It extends 645 miles between Superior Wi and Sarnia, Ontario. Line 5 has 287 stream crossings in Ceded Territories. It leaves 82% of inland lakes ...

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