Driving up highway 13 the other night, just north of Washburn, WI, you might have seen a strange sight if you looked through the willow and dogwood and cattails and reeds towards the beach. Weird lighted letters were dancing down the coast, lining up on the sand bar where the Sioux River cuts into the … Continue reading Water People Unite: Reflections on Ice
This has been a year of intense activism focused upon water and indigenous rights in general, and we at the Overpass Light Brigade have tried to use our visibility to give focus to these issues. Last January hit hard and cold and the freezing weather was a match for the frozen hearts of our state … Continue reading A Year of Water and Indigenous Struggle
After weeks of media silence, with only whispers of “DAPL” or “Sacred Stone” or “Standing Rock” in social media and the alternative press, the Dakota Access Pipeline protest has hit the media with a loud bang. “Oil Pipeline Protest Turns Violent in North Dakota.” “Violence Erupts as Native Americans Resist Oil Pipeline.” “Violence Erupts At … Continue reading Report from DAPL Protest: Cannon Ball, North Dakota
“We Are Water” in multiple languages, as expressed in this new video collaboration between Minnesota filmmaker Dusan Harminc and the Overpass Light Brigade. We’ve been shooting this for the last month in various locations throughout Wisconsin, and hope to highlight the power and beauty of the natural environment. Think of it as a “love song to … Continue reading Overpass Light Brigade Releases Newest Movie, “We Are Water”
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 by Wisconsin Republicans to … Continue reading Is Wisconsin the Next Flint?
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 success nationally selling its … Continue reading Who is Aqua America?
ACTION REQUEST: Be sure to contact the Wisconsin State Senators on the Workforce Development Committee to register your opposition to SB432 (aka AB554). Senator Roger Roth: Sen.Roth@legis.wisconsin.gov Senator Richard Gudex: Sen.Gudex@legis.wisconsin.gov Senator Duey Stroebel: Sen.Stroebel@legis.wisconsin.gov Senator Chris Larson: Sen.Larson@legis.wisconsin.gov Senator Julie M Lassa: Sen.Lassa@legis.wisconsin.gov +++++ There is a bill rapidly working its way through the … Continue reading From Flint to Madison: Our Water is Under Attack!
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 from pipes due to … Continue reading Detroit Light Brigade & the “Arrest Snyder Road Trip”