Singing for Justice

“Have you sung a song for freedom? Or marched that picket line? Have you been to jail for justice? Then you're a friend of mine”excerpt from “Have You Been Jailed for Justice” by Anne FeeneyIn Madison, Wisconsin people have been singing for freedom and justice at the state capitol every business day since March 2011! For over 2000 days people have come to the Solidarity Sing Along. As Governor Scott Walker, the object of this extraordinary protest, exits the political stage I think it is appropriate to honor these singers.This tour de force began in March of ...

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Make America America Again

Like nearly all Americans, I am the offspring of immigrants. The peasant farmers whose family name I inherited came from Ireland. They left a homeland savaged by famine, trading a grim reality of financial ruin and starvation for the promise of a new and better life. They were part of what might be described today as a massive caravan that took incalculable risk to make its way across a vast ocean seeking refuge and comfort from the Mother of Exiles.My immigrant ancestors settled first in New Jersey before journeying to northern Illinois and eventually Wisconsin. They ...

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HAVE THE TAX CUTS TRICKLED DOWN TO YOU?

HAVE THE TAX CUTS TRICKLED DOWN TO YOU?By Jeanne LarsonIn December 2017, the Republican majority rushed tax-cut legislation through Congress before the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis of the 505-page bill could be properly scrutinized.On April 9, 2018, reuters.com reported that the CBO estimates the immense tax cuts signed into law -- which Republicans said would pay for themselves -- will balloon the deficit for years to come. In just one year, 2017 to 2018, the deficit expands from $665 billion to $804 billion.On September 28, ...

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MAKING THE WORLD WORK FOR EVERYONE – A PALE BLUE DOT PART 1

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It is now the year 2019. Twenty-nine years since Voyager I sent the above photo of our planet. In a world seemingly bent on a path of self-destructive madness, when human-induced global warming and the quickly growing threat of nuclear war threaten the very existence of life on Earth, it is worth it, perhaps critically so, to recall the words of astronomer Carl Sagan in his 1994 book, “Pale Blue Dot.”“Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, ...

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THE UNIVERSAL ECONOMY UNIT XVIII: LESSONS FROM MONOPOLY

Most of us (especially elders like myself) have played the board game “Monopoly.” Interestingly, in spite of huge growth in electronic gaming, sales of “Monopoly” continue to do well. The face to face social interaction in board games is regaining its appeal. But the game of “Monopoly” also provides many lessons in understanding the current state of economic affairs. It is a microcosm of a macrocosm – specifically, macroeconomics.A quick review. . .The “Monopoly” board has various properties, utilities, railroads and other locations where players ...

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Ruminations on a happy new year

“They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.” Tom Bodett, author, and NPR personality. “Happy New Year” is one of the meaningless Hallmark platitudes of the season. You hear the greeting from friends and strangers. It is in the shopping mall Christmas music tape loop. The cards you get from the power company or your dentist wish you happiness. For a few weeks everyone is full of good will and peace on earth. At least until January 2nd. All humans seem to seek happiness. We ...

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DARK MONEY

DARK MONEY is a film by PBS. The film looks at the untraceable corporate money’s influence on our elections and elected officials.The film is set in Montana in the fight to preserve fair elections. A local journalist worked to expose the real-life impacts of the Citizens United decision. The film shows how American elections are bought and sold.This showing is sponsored by Wausau United to Amend and American Association of University Women (AAUW) Wausau branch.It will be shown at the UU Church on Thursday, January 24, 2019 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.The event is free and ...

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RETIREMENT FOR ALL

For years polls have shown the general public to be more supportive of specific policy issues than the close partisan elections would indicate. People from across the political spectrum want action on affordable health care, adequate public school funding, and rebuilding our crumbling public infrastructure. This is a golden opportunity for Democrats to LEAD even if they control only one of the branches of government. A bold agenda that addresses people's real needs and concerns could turn the “blue wave” of 2018 into a tsunami in 2020. As this week's special legisl...

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Martin Luther King Jr Celebration

Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration: ‘How Long? Not Long’Date: Monday, January 21, 2019Time: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pmLocation: Great Hall Grand TheaterAddress: 389 N. Fourth St., WausauTicket is $30 eachResidents of the greater Wausau area are invited to celebrate the life and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. with live entertainment, a keynote speaker and an announcement of this year’s Social Justice Award winner.The celebration will take place on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 21, inside the Great Hall of the historic Grand Theater in ...

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PUSH TO OVERTURN CITIZENS UNITED

On Tuesday, January 22, Rep. Lisa Subeck (D-Madison) and Sen. Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) will be holding a press conference to unveil their resolutions that would give Wisconsinites a chance to weigh in on the role of big money in elections. The resolutions propose a statewide advisory referendum urging our elected officials to amend the U.S. Constitution to overturn Citizens United v. FEC and related Supreme Court rulings, and to declare that only flesh-and-blood human beings have constitutional rights.The press conference will be at 10:00 a.m. in the Assembly ...

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