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VOICES Team on Special Assignments We've been publishing VOICES newspaper since 2005 and added the blog in 2012. It's fun -- it's informative -- it serves many purpose. Most posts here are actually written to be "pathfinders" -- collections of links, organized in paragraph prose that transparently show some of the sources we use for information. When we post news and views here, we definitely have a perspective -- which is why we blog about it -- but we respect that others may want to fact-check and come to their own conclusions. Our posts have many hyperlinks for more facts and perspectives. We will be picking up the daily updates here and our blog again, but perhaps not until spring. (2/3)

Mining Bill Is About Catapulting Walker's "Divide and Conquer" Across America (1/21)

How We Got MLK Day and Who Stood in the Way (1/21)

Martin Luther King Jr. Was a Radical, Not a Saint (1/21)

WSJ: “U.S. oil production grew more in 2012 than in any year in the history of the domestic industry” (1/21)

Scott Walker "Doubtlessly" Would Reward Tim Russell" With "Lucrative Government Job" (1/21)

94% of the $230 Trillion Credit Derivative Market Is Held By Just Four Banks (1/21)

A NM Teen Shoots 5, including 3 Kids, while GOP Senator Say Gun Safety Not a Major Issue (1/21)

Here is Who The NRA is Really Defending (1/21)

6 Foods That Companies Hype to Make You Think They Are Healthy (1/21)

The Myth of Human Progress (1/21)

Obama turns ‘austerity inauguration’ into a dash for corporate cash (1/21)

Obama: ‘When We Put Our Shoulders To The Wheel Of History, It Moves’ (1/21)

8 Surprising Things You Didn't Know About Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1/20)

Dulling Down Dr. King’s Message (1/20)

Scott Walker "Doubtlessly" Would Reward Tim Russell" With "Lucrative Government Job" (1/20)

Business Prepares To Market Its Latest Product: Immigration Reform (1/20)

Five Injured In Accidental Gun Show Shootings On ‘Gun Appreciation Day’ (1/20)

If You Believe These Right Wing Lies, You Shouldn’t Own a Gun (1/20)

Dear Whole Foods CEO, This Is What a Fascist Looks Like (1/20)

Beyond Being Poisoned: Confronting and Corporate Farming and Foodopoly (1/20)

The Right's Dangerously Bad History (1/20)

Did Walker Finally Get His Agent Provocateur? (1/19)

Shameless Walker Propaganda & Photo Ops: Using Our Troops (1/19)

Scott Walker "Doubtlessly" Would Reward Tim Russell" With "Lucrative Government Job" (1/19)

Scientific Study Predicts Acid Runoff From Immense Iron Mine Blasting (1/19)

How Richard Nixon Sabotaged 1968 Vietnam Peace Talks to Get Elected President (1/19)

No, Whole Foods, This Is What a Fascist Looks Like (1/19)

What's the Cure for Shorter Lives and Poorer Health in America? Can You Say "Public Option"? (1/19)

Is It Constitutional To Withhold Congressional Pay? (1/19)

Republicans Plan on Wooing Women Voters By Never Using the Word Rape (1/19)

Martin Luther King Did Not Agree With Gun Nuts and the NRA on the 2nd Amendment (1/19)

Republicans Use Taxpayer Dollars to Insert Religion into Public Education (1/19)

Federal Court Opens Door for Right to Work in Wisconsin (1/19)

Wisconsin Dept of Justice Dismisses Another Case for Capitol Activist (1/19)

Rep. Nadler: ‘Gangster’ Republicans threatening U.S. with another depression (1/18)

Why As Teachers We Refuse to Administer 'Misguided' Standardized Tests (1/19)

Lee Enterprise Propaganda Luncheon: Crappy Food and the Lie of Objective Journalism (1/18)

Was Kvon Smith A Terrorist Threat Or A Political Pawn? (1/18)

Paul Ryan’s own proposal endorses debt ceiling hike (1/18)

Zero Dark Thirty's 'Almost Journalism': Another Word For Propaganda (1/18)

Did Adelson's Wife Use Drug Clinic to Fund GOP War Chest? (1/18)

The Trillion Dollar Coin: A Debt Solution for the People (1/18)

Learning From Losers: The GOP Turns to Paul Ryan for Their Obama Strategy (1/18)

Craziest Anti-Obama Gun Reactions (1/18)

Why Obama's 2nd Term Should Be All About Taking on MLK's Anti-Poverty Crusade (1/18)

Twilight of the Pale Patriarchs (1/18)

Rep. Nadler: ‘Gangster’ Republicans threatening U.S. with another depression (1/18)

Santorum: LGBT rights, abortion, porn are ‘symptoms’ of college indoctrination (1/18)

Republicans gather at former plantation to discuss minority outreach (1/18)

Chris Christie: NRA Ad Mentioning Obama’s Daughters ‘Reprehensible’ (VIDEO) (1/18)

More Walker Attacks on Unemployed/Underemployed (1/17)

Powerful Business Lobby Pushes For 70 Year Old Eligibility for Social Security, Medicare (1/17)

How Many New York Police Does It Take To Beat Up a Young Black Male? (1/17)

Pennsylvania House Republicans Introduce Bill To Rig The 2016 Presidential Election (1/17)

Obama’s EPA Shuts Down Damning Fracking Study (1/17)

Obama's Race To The Top Drives Nationwide Wave of School Closings, Teacher Firings (1/17)

Republicans Call Him a Dictator, But Obama Has Issued Fewest Executive Orders in 100 Years (1/17)

Reagan Only Supported Gun Control Because He Was Senile, Prominent Gun Advocate Suggests (1/17)

Obama talks to the nation about gun control, but House Republicans won’t listen (1/17)

Coca-Cola's New Ad Campaign Claims the Company Is Fighting Obesity? Oh, Please (1/17)

Do Hunter-Gatherer Societies Raise Their Children Better Than Americans Do? (1/17)

The Big Three: Obama’s Top Priorities For His Second Term (1/17)

Paul Ryan No Policy Wonk, Writes Bill to Empower Rapists (1/15)

Obama warns Republicans against debt showdown (1/15)

GOP ‘Prioritization’ Scheme Exposes Scale Of Debt Limit Threat (1/15)

Pain in Spain: Austerity Falls Mostly on the Middle Class, And Yet… (1/15)

RNC Chair: Rig The Next Presidential Election For Republicans (1/15)

NASA: “The current warming trend is unprecedented in the past 1,300 years” (1/15)

Could This Scary Report Get Americans to Care About Climate? (1/15)

CHARTS: Everyone Is Throwing Away Too Much Food (1/15)

Does the NRA Really Have 4 Million Members? (1/15)

Scott Walker Uses Capitol Police to Go After First Amendment Rights (1/15)

Presidents Bush and Clinton Also Used Executive Orders to Reform Gun Laws (1/15)

Overview: America's Gun and Violence Crisis; And: How the 2nd Amendment Got Hijacked by the NRA and Antonin Scalia (1/15)

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VOICES Team on Special Assignments We've been publishing VOICES newspaper since 2005 and added the blog in 2012. It's fun -- it's informative -- it serves many purpose. Most posts here are actually written to be "pathfinders" -- collections of links, organized in paragraph prose that transparently show some of the sources we use for information. When we post news and views here, we definitely have a perspective -- which is why we blog about it -- but we respect that others may want to fact-check and come to their own conclusions. Our posts have many hyperlinks for more facts and perspectives. We will be picking up the daily updates here and our blog again, but perhaps not until spring. (2/3)

Mining Bill Is About Catapulting Walker's "Divide and Conquer" Across America (1/21)

Did Walker Finally Get His Agent Provocateur? (1/18)

Shameless Walker Propaganda & Photo Ops: Using Our Troops (1/19)

Scott Walker "Doubtlessly" Would Reward Tim Russell" With "Lucrative Government Job" (1/19)

Lee Enterprise Propaganda Luncheon: Crappy Food and the Lie of Objective Journalism (1/18)

More Walker Attacks on Unemployed/Underemployed (1/17)

Paul Ryan No Policy Wonk, Writes Bill to Empower Rapists (1/15)

Obama warns Republicans against debt showdown (1/15)

Walker Borrows Massively for Sham Budget Fix (1/12)

Email This to Scott Walker & WI GOP Cohorts (1/12)

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Week of August 5, 2013 The Wisconsin's Department of Administration & Capitol crackdown on the daily noon hour solidarity singalong is getting more dangerous for the peaceful singers who are being arrested and given citations for singing protest songs against Walker without permits inside the state capitol rotunda. It is disturbing to watch how peaceful participants in this Mon-Fri event are approached, confronted, and arrested.

Week of July 29, 2013: Wisconsin Rep. Chris Taylor and Sen. Dave Hansen introduce a bill to create a Citizens United advisory referendum asking voters if they support allowing corporations to spend unlimited amounts of money on political campaigns. The Money Out, Voters In coalition, which backs the bill, includes 32 grassroots organizations in Wisconsin. This non-binding referendum would give voters the opportunity to advise their legislators of their position of allowing corporations to spend money to influence the outcomes of Wisconsin elections.

Week of July 15, 2013 Noah Weeth Feinstein presented with Milwaukee Teachers Education Association (MTEA) at this springs Fighting Forward workshops in Madison, Wisconsin (June 12-15, 2013). While efforts to privatize public schools, primary and secondary are often covered in news media, the increasing ways which public post-secondary education is being privatized is largely under the radar -- Mr. Weeth Feinstein explains what is happening at UW-Madison and across the UW system.

Week of July 1, 2013: Jesse Hagopian teaches history and is the Black Student Union adviser at Garfield High School, the site of the historic boycott of the MAP test in 2013. Jesse is an associate editor of Rethinking Schools magazine, a founding member of Social Equality Educators, recipient of the 2012 Abe Keller Foundation award for “excellence and innovation in peace education,” and a 2013 Secondary Teacher of Year nominee by the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences.  Hagopian talks about the successful MAP testing boycott at Garfield High School in Seattle at MTEA on June 20, 2013.

Week of June 24, 2013: Stan Karp taught English and Journalism in Paterson, New Jersey for 30 years. He now directs the Secondary Reform Project for New Jersey’s Education Law Center and is an editor of Rethinking Schools magazine. On June 20th. he shared his vision for public education at MTEA.

Week of June 17, 2013: Fighting Forward, a gathering of working people, community, and labor activists, students, and educators held a 4-day conference in Madison Wisconsin.  MTEA President Bob Peterson addressed the conference about the attack on public schools and how the current administration and legislatures intend to privatize Wisconsin's schools.

Weeks of February 3- 17, 2013: No Unsafe Mines. Please join us at a recent rally in Madison and then a march to Wisconsin Manufacturing & Commerce. Please listen to what Frank Koehn (4:20), Marc Rosenthal (7:16), Dave Blouin (14:15) Andy Heidt (21:30) have to say on the mining bill. Watch the march to WMC (24:40). We close this episode with a short music video by Bill Breitsprecher and his upbeat solo finger-style guitar arrangement of When You Wish Upon A Star (26:22)

Weeks of Jan 20 - Feb 2, 2013: Idle No More Rally, Madison, Wisconsin. Don't believe what the media is reporting -- that Wisconsin has a "new" Gov. Scott Walker that will avoid divisive issues and seek bipartisanship. On a cold Sunday evening, Native Tribes and supporters gathered at the Capitol to demand that Wisconsin honors treaties with Native American Nations. Wisconsin Senator Lena Taylor also talks about her business experience.

January 13:  Clip of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Last Speech & Poor People's Campaign. MLK youth and young adult book talks (7:45). First Lady Michelle Obama on mentoring (13:22). Mentoring Positives & Will Green (18:24).

January 6:  Problems at Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. Zero Dark Thirty is a film to AVOID (10:02). Alfred McCoy talks about his book Torture and Impunity and explains the truth behind the disinformation presented in Zero Dark Thirty.

December 9:  PAndrew Rogers Speaks On It: FCC Petition to Deny WISN-AM License; The Assassination of Fred Hampton (12:06); Stephanie Kimball Speaks On It: 350 Madison (16:52); LogistiCare Hijacking the State for Millions (20:04)

December 2:  The Media Action Center of Wisconsin files to revoke the broadcast licenses of WISN-AM and WTMJ-AM; LogistiCare is leaving the State of Wisconsin (8:06); Food Not Bomb feeds the hungry (17:58); and Will WIlliams speaks on military recruitment (20:24).

November 26:  The Media Action Center of Wisconsin files to revoke the broadcast licenses of WISN-AM and WTMJ-AM; LogistiCare is leaving the State of Wisconsin (8:06); Food Not Bomb feeds the hungry (17:58); and Will WIlliams speaks on military recruitment (20:24).

November 19:  Alfred W. McCoy talked about his new book, Torture & Impunity: The U.S. Doctrine of Coercive Interrogation at Madison's Overture -- this week, the entire show is an edited version of his remarks.  VOICES also has McCoy's entire presentation online for those that want the complete details of how America has institutionalized torture while disregarding international law.

November 12:  Bruce Springsteen speaks on it; President Barack Obama shares his experience, strength, and hope with Madison the day before his historic re-election (4:20).

November 5:  Senator Lena Taylor speaks on the right to vote; John Washburn, election integrity (5:20); Senate committee hearing, LogistiCare, AARP (11:20); Betsy Ott, Peace Corp (17:00); Senate committee hearing, election integrity, part 2 (22:50).

October 29:  Senate committee hearing, election integrity, part 1; Senate committee hearing, Logisticare, service failures (6:50); privatizing prisons (11:30); Veterans for Peace, stop the drones (19:20); Paul Ryan Hearts Ayn Rand (23:20).

October 22:  Senate committee hearing, Logisticare, WRA; WSOR to WATCO (11:40).

October 15 :  Tammy Baldwin speaks on Bascom Hill; Senator Lena Taylor speaks on her early years (7:10); LogistiCare or LogistiSCARE (13:00); Veterans for Peace march to end the wars (22:20).

October 8:  Air Force One flies into Madison, Wisconsin, and addresses a massive crowd at Bascom Hill.

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LogistiCare cancels NEMT contract, not leaving Wisconsin, wants more $$$!  Providence Service Corporation, a company that largely profits from taxpayers money while privatizing services like mental health care and educational services, has used its subsidiary, LogistiCare, to take millions of dollars out-of-state, leaving some non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) clients without rides to medically necessary health care appointments and refusing to pay some transit service providers for rides that have been provided.  Click HERE for more.

Coincidence? Walkergate, Providence Service Corp, and LogistiCare. The ongoing criminal probe into crimes that underlie Scott Walker's ascent to political stardom took an odd twist in November.  Is it just coincidence that we saw a “Walkergare” felony conviction, the prosecutor started naming names, Providence Service Corporation's CEO suddenly resigned, and then LogistiCare terminated its contract?  Click HERE for more.

Massive fail: WEDC will not collect more than 1/3 of its loans, by Bill Breitsprecher.  In July 2011, Gov. Scott Walker and his GOP colleagues created a quasi-private organization, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, to replace the Wisconsin Department of Development, a public agency. When he ran for Governor in 2010, Walker promised to create 250,000 new jobs and WEDC, bestowing the new organization with an $81 million annual budget.  Click HERE for more.

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Sen. VOICES TV Exclusive: Rep. Peter Barca Speaks on It
One hour before an audit was released documenting millions of dollars of misplaced  money by Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, Barca, a WEDC Board Member, pin-pointed what problems exist and how they need to be fixed.  Thanks, Rep. Barca, for standing-up for fiscal responsibility.

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Rep. Barca's Senate Testimony 12/17/2012 (.pdf)

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Block Grants Moved OUT of WEDC

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Assistant DA Landgraf's PPT Knocks Down Dan Bice and Gannett Propaganda -- More Indictments Likely

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Missing $19 Million Earns Praise from Scott Walker

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Ending Same-Day Voter Registration in Wisconsin Will Cost MORE than $5.2 Million and Result in Lawsuits

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Sheriff Clarke Sues to Keep Troubled Jail Scott Walker Gave Him

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Walker Recall Election Anomalies Always Favor Scottie

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Richard Charnin: 2012 Election Recorded Vote, True Vote, and Fraud Factor

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FCC Misplaces Petitions to Deny Broadcast Licenses to WISN-AM & WTMJ-AM


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Bridge Builders bring the community together by Betty Banks.  During a recent visit to Madison, Deval Patrick, Governor of Massachusetts stated that this election comes down to "what kind of America do you want to live in?"   Click HERE for more.

Amy Dean: Help Obama Find His Shoes!  Progressives need to pressure Obama to stick up for workers as promised. President Barack Obama’s re-election is a huge relief‡¡Àwe dodged the Romney/Ryan bullet.     Click HERE for more.

Here for You: Madison’s WYOU.   WYOU has been Madison's own community television station for over 35 years. It is located in the Social Justice Center on Williamson St. At WYOU, anyone can learn to use quality cameras, record and edit video and audio, use footage from a variety of sources and pull it all together to produce shows that air on our channel and/or your own website.    Click HERE for more.

Local Health Care Organizations & Public Health Come Together to Increase Immunizations and Keep Dane County Healthy.  Over the next couple of months you may see some familiar faces on the sides of Madison Metro buses or on posters throughout the community. The Dane County Immunization Coalition is launching a new immunization awareness campaign focused on "Community Immunity".   Click HERE for more.

December 2012, Multi-Cultural Holiday Children’s Books.  Those watching cable news networks know that the holiday season is here. One of the “star” pundits on a major right-leaning network has once again proclaimed there is a “war on Christmas”, sad, but an annual occurrence.  Click HERE to read more.

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Booklist:  Multi-cultural chapter books for emerging readers (.pdf)

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Booklist:  Multi-cultural picture books for pre- and early readers (.pdf)

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Bear Book Talks
(www.bearbooktalks.com )  Bogey bear is a good bear and a good reader (for a little baby bear).  This is his website and it features all of his favorite picture books!

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Sen.VOICES TV Exclusive: 350.org Divestment Campaign, Stephanie Kimball Speaks on It

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From the Desk of Sen. Lena Taylor: Happy Holidays


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Speak on it!  The Second Amendment & History of Mass Shootings in U.S.  This month we are looking at the history of mass shootings in the United States. But we must first look at the Second Amendment: When its was ratified, its authors owned slaves, abuse of women was customary, and its authors used muskets.   Click HERE for more.

Building Comm-UNITY:  Around the Community.  Our monthly collage of people that we see sharing.

Project Babies.  For more on this important outreach program, please visit their website (www.projectbabies.org).


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