Share Tweet Google Plus We arrived early to the eerily fortified University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee campus, cameras in hand. Police were everywhere, whole sections cordoned off with temporary metal barricades, motorcycle cops buzzed the neighborhood, and sniffing dogs, nose to the ground, moved in their purposeful patterns zigzagging their handlers behind them. Donald Trump would … Continue reading Student Coalitions Rise Against Trump Hate
Share Tweet Google Plus We greeted those arriving to the Music Under Glass event at the Mitchell Park Domes, Thursday night, to remind them that it was the current County Executive Chris Abele whose mismanagement put the future of this Milwaukee landmark in jeopardy. Unfortunately for Milwaukee, Abele’s destruction doesn’t end here. Milwaukee has over … Continue reading Milwaukee Has Had Enough of Chris Abele
Share Tweet Google Plus Food and Water Watch has just published a report: The State of Public Water in the United States. It is an excellent read, filled with history of public water utilities and useful data about the cost of water across the country, from both public and private, for-profit providers. It’s also long, … Continue reading Privatized Water: All About the Profit
Share Tweet Google Plus By Michael H. Carriere As the national spotlight remains on Flint, Michigan, Republicans in another Midwestern state – Wisconsin – are quietly easing restrictions on the private purchase of municipal water systems. This attempt to privatize water and sewer utilities is just the latest in a long line of policies put forward … Continue reading Is Wisconsin the Next Flint?
Share Tweet Google Plus A reporter at Wednesday’s press conference in Milwaukee asked Senator Larson (D) a question about the validity of the comparison between the toxic poisoning in Flint, Michigan, and the Water Privatization Bill (SB432 and AB554) that is moving through the Republican controlled Wisconsin legislature faster than cherry pits through a coyote. … Continue reading There Is No Clean Water Without Clean Government
Share Tweet Google Plus This is how the legislative process now works in Wisconsin. A company called Aqua America registers as a lobbyist, hires former Republican legislator and Assembly Majority Leader Steven Foti as a lobbyist, and he works to get a new law passed that will bring business for Aqua. The company has had … Continue reading Who is Aqua America?
Share Tweet Google Plus You turn on your tap and orange colored rusty crud comes out. It smells bad and tastes worse. You’ve been told not to drink it, not to bathe in it, not to wash dishes in it, yet there are few alternatives. Worse, you now understand that it is laced with lead, leached … Continue reading Detroit Light Brigade & the “Arrest Snyder Road Trip”
Share Tweet Google Plus Illumination Against Gentrification. Photo by Patrick Chang. In Beautiful Trouble: A Toolbox For Revolution, the tactic “Light Brigading” is described “To broadcast a message through collective action; to frame nighttime actions with a key message; to make creative use of overlooked public spaces.” The end of 2015 brings us an inspirational … Continue reading Community Building Through Light Brigading
Share Tweet Google Plus In the summer of 2012, 371 Productions and Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, created a short film entitled “Be Visible.” Overpass Light Brigade was honored to be part of this project. The filming with OLB took place overnight – from 7pm until 7am – in several locations around Southeast Wisconsin: on a … Continue reading Be Visible
Share Tweet Google Plus “Justice delayed is justice denied.” That’s the way Nate Hamilton described the seven months his family has waited since it was announced the U.S. Justice Department was launching a federal investigation into the death of his brother, Dontre. Dontre Hamilton was gunned down at Red Arrow Park in April of 2014 … Continue reading What’s The Holdup, Feds?