In Search OF Words For Muneer That Change Worlds

Racial Healing At The Soldiers Home


God willing at 2 pm this Saturday Cleo Pruitt, myself, perhaps Howard and 20 others will recapitulate the 2005 Soldiers Home unveiling of the Teju Bronze Monument to Soldiers of Color in the Rebirth of Freedom vision.

Here are some links to that historic event:

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/RebirthOfFreedom/PhotosFrom2005Ceremony

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/PruittBridgeWorks/RebirthOfFreedomProject2006

Please consider joining in at Old Main to here and grow the story of racial healing at the Soldiers Home.

This is not an official MPA, NAACP, Rebirth of Freedom, or any other organization.

It’s the manifestation of one of many networked agents and enterprises co-creating some kind of grand alliance to empower the citizens of the Great Lakes Sister Cities of Milwaukee Chicago and Detroit to make, grow, and care for our common and most sacred buildings and grounds.

Any of you or your friends and partners are invited to give voice at Old Main 2 to 2:15 this Saturday, 8/22.

If you wish a place on Sandy Syburg’s Purple Cow bus let me know.

I talked with Matt Cryer at the VA who said Bryan Walker was in charge of navigating any but informal entry to the grounds.
It is possible we may have to look in from afar.​

Howard and I also invite you to join in the creation of a living poem to Save the Soldiers Home, heal us peoples, and heal the planet. Hopefully once a year one or many of our youth might read it alongside Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.

Best,
Godsil 414 232 1336

Greater Bronzeville Stories

Growing Souls and Sklls”

The earth nation citizens who have graced the world with the Obama 2008 and Arab Spring 2010 stories have many more stories to grow, make, and imagine. Plese share your Greater Bronzeville story in the noosphere, i.e. the thinking envelope of Earth.

This wiki platform is one place to share. As is your facebook and other digital galaxies for the cultivation and care of your sacred life purposes in Greater Bronzeville.

Laudato Si

Green Diaper Babies

Earth Nation Americans

Critical software, e.g. English language, and hardware, e.g. the internet, are resources for American citizens to pragmatically advance some kind of Earth Nation vision, similar to when the North American colonies of the Crown
began to conceptualize an “American” identity back around the 1700s. The earth community has been growing a new organ
of consciousness, a planetary thinking network, an interlinked system of information and awakening consciousness Father
Teilhard de Chardin named the Noosphere. The noosphere is the Earth’s cerebral cortex, evolving a global net of self-awareness with instant feedback loops, increasingly easy planetary communication, a confluence of self-conscious awakenings. This new resource provides very small groups of people super-empowerment to change their local worlds, and link with other change agents who Walk Out Walk On, drawing upon Margaret Wheatley’s and Deborah Frieze’s new work.

Chicago As World City Of Great Lakes Heartland

TawnyMonIndustries

Flow!?


Rural Arts and Culture Summit Concepts

Earth Nation STEAM+ Networked Centers

S for science and spirituality

T for technology, teaching, theater

E for engineering, ecology, economics, and entertainment

A for art, agriculture, artisanship, aquaponics, and architecture

M for math, makers, music, and Metis

Vision Organizing For An American Earth Nation

An emergent American Earth Nation is advancing the commingling of all of God’s children and communion of beings.

The Rural Arts Summit, Worm Farm Institute,
Art of the Rural, and Sweet Water Foundation
Constitute vital and highly networked innovation centers…

Perhaps sparking Nobel Prize worthy collaboration experiments, via social learning and production networks
Over the next 30 years…

Where teachers are students, and students are teachers,
Following ABCD algorithms and models,

Asset Based “Chaordic” Development, focusing on
Resources we have, upscaling through evolutionary groping,
Failing fast and often to succeed…

Addressing metabolic and cultural rifts,
Harnessing digital resources in…

Linked airbnbn, school, culture wagon
buses, and innovation centers large and small…

Sparking resourced boomer and
Young(anyone under 50) genius “partnerships”…

Mixing art, science, commerce, and spirituality,
Preparing regions of the heart and mind, of soul,
Where Earth Nation Americans being born.

American earth nation apprentices,
Across borders, boundaries, and waters.

From Earth Nation homes, hostels,
Universities without walls…

Rural and urban Agora,
Permanent and pop up.

Upschooling and deschooling America,
Hands-on working with land, water, air, energy…Life!

Bringing eChoupal and Mitra’s Hole in the Wall pedagogy,
Esalen-like, integral, “door in the wall,” life potential adventures,
To, God willing, 30 years of experiments connecting…

Wormfarm Institute, Rural Arts Summit,
Art of the Rural, and Sweet Water Foundation
Culture Wagon SChool Bus projects across the land…

Co-creating the American Earth Nation Nobel Prize worthy
In time, God willing for my 100th birthday celebration in Milwaukee…

Where the waters gather and people are coming to
Imagine the Universe as the key revelatory text,
To imagine their cultureshed as Holy,
Preparing for the Great Spirit’s descent..

Great spirit ascents…
Our Great Work Projects.

Milwaukee Chicago Reedsburg Golden Triangle Experiment

South Side Chicago “Partners”

Sweet Water Foundation, Chicago Schools, Museums, and Communities

http://sweetwaterfoundation.com/swf-cte-launch/

http://sweetwaterfoundation.com/dcase-artist-talk-for-the-common-good/

http://sweetwaterfoundation.com/fulbright-foreign-sstudent-program-collaborates-with-swf/

Photo album of the Perry Ave Community Farm:
https://plus.google.com/photos/100043881418669189803/albums/6051124760891731601?authkey=CPmu56fuyJSdzgE

Photo Album of SWF General pics:
https://plus.google.com/photos/100043881418669189803/albums/5920370683839093457?authkey=CMWKqqHflsW2mQE

Milwaukee “Partners”

http://wuwm.com/post/experiment-sustainable-urban-community-takes-root-bay-view

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/MilwaukeeRenaissance/AgroecologyWorkLearnTours

Reedsberg “Partners”

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/CultureWagonMovementIndustry/HomePage

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fermentation_Fest

World “Partners”

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/AquaponsAcrossTheWaters/HomePage

Pragmatic Utopian Vision For Milwaukee Chicago Reedsburg Golden Triangle Experiment

Fields Cultivating Polyglot Youth Teams Acquiring Engineering Artisinal Art and Agrarian Skills Designing and Orchestrating E-enhanced Culture Wagons for Living Museum Centers and Networked Neighborhood Hubs Conveyed By SCool Bus Moments

30 Year Social Learning & Production Networks Advancing Golden Triangle Culture Wagon Ventures With Airbnb Connections, kicked off by harvesting 70th birthday parties for visionary 1% of the Boomers

Birthday Celebrations for New American Dreams, i.e. Placemaking Birthdays

  • boomer young collaboration experiments

  • discovering neighborhoods seeds for self-regeneration, i.e. weary houses into integral urban homes, empty lots into community gardens

  • Cool Buses that cross boundaries and weave associations

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Viva The Father of the Earth Poets, Jeff Poniewaz

Recording of Jeff’s poems as read by Antler at the Earth Poets & Musicians concert dedicated to Jeff, on April 18, at the Coffee House

Bruce J. “Jeff” Poniewaz
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/jsonline/obituary.aspx?pid=174689996
1946 - 2015

Poniewaz, Bruce J. “Jeff” Of Riverwest, passed away December 13 age 68 from pneumonia after surviving 9 years with stage-4 kidney/lung cancer with a 6-month-to-live prognosis. Born September 28, 1946, Jeff was a former Poet Laureate of Milwaukee and devoted his life to poetry and eco-activism. Author of Dolphin Learning in the Milky Way, a classic of compelling eco-poems which won a PEN Discovery Award and Ginsberg called “impassioned prescient ecological Whitmanesque/Thoreauvian verve & wit.”

Jeff taught Lit of Eco Vision at UWM for 20 years and in 1997 the MSO and Chorus performed the special “Song of the Rainforest” Concert he brainstormed to raise awareness of the Rainforest. In 2000 he was awarded an Earth Guardian Award at Milwaukee’s Earth Day Celebration. His work appeared in over 70 anthologies including Earth Prayers; Prayers for a 1000 Years; The Soul Unearthed; Burning the Midnight Oil and Gathering Place of the Waters: 30 Milwaukee Poets. In 1988 he founded the Earth Poets & Musicians Group which performed yearly here for 27 years. As Poet Laureate he created an event honoring the Indian poet, Rabindranath Tagore in which Indian musicians and dancers participated. Loving partner of former Milwaukee Poet Laureate Antler for almost 50 years. They met as teenage boys at UWM. Jeff backpacked and canoed in wilderness areas with Antler in his younger years and spent many a night around the campfire under the stars. Thanks for being my pal O Jeff! Memorial visitation begins at 11:00 AM, followed by sharing of memories at 1:00 PM on Saturday, April 25, at the Feerick Funeral Home. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/jsonline/obituary.aspx?pid=174689996#sthash.YLlcp5vc.dpuf

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South Side Chicago Renaissance

This wiki collaboration platform is widening its coverage to include renaissance moments of the Great Lake Heartlands “solutionaries,” as Grace Lee Boggs and Detroit creatives say it. The South Side Chicago Renaissance expression will begin with an interview with Orrin Williams, a storied young elder and founder of the Center for Urban Transformations(CUT), and key partner with Emmanuel Pratt’s Sweet Water Foundation teams.

Renaissance. You have often been referred to as the Buddha of the South Side Renaissance. Might you share your thoughts as to how that came to be?

Williams. It’s an interesting question given that you and Emmanuel are the only people that reefer to me as that. I treasure the reference though as it speaks to several things. I find it to be difficult for most Americans to contextualize what it means when people identify as Buddhists. Of the people I know you and Emmanuel are two people (there are others to be sure in my network) are able to contextualize and make the connection. That is not a lack of awareness or consciousness one the part of other friends but a tribute the two of you attach to my way of being and acting in the world. I think if you had conversations with other people I know and made the connections they would agree with that appellation.

Another element in why I think the appellation is okay is because one of the Eight Noble Truths is Right Livelihood which I’ve tried to abide by over the past 30 years or so refusing to to jobs that I thought were inappropriate because they exploited people and/or the earth. I love what I do and the people I work closely with. Certainly I’d love to make more money but I’ve turned down employment or refused to engage in certain activities when offered the opportunity because I didn’t think it was the “right” way to earn a living. Am I perfect hardly, but that leads me to my last point. There is a being, the historical Buddha, Shakyamuni Buddha but there are and have been many Buddhas. All beings have Buddhanature and capable of becoming a Buddha (one doesn’t have to be a “Buddhist”, because it is about how one lives their life). I hope that I am on that path and it is a path where daily practice matters. Once you become enlightened it is not over as the book title by Jack Kornfield suggests, “After Ecstasy, the Laundry…”

I hope my remaining life is such that I have earned the appellation, through practice…

Peace,

O

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Shrinking The Cancer of Stigma

Stigma shrinking is as important as
Carbon footprint shrinking.

It’s a necessary condition
For addressing the major challenges of our times.

Patricia Obletz Mental Health Activist: An Interview

Milwaukee Renaissance. You startled and awakened Milwaukee with an evocative image on the back of many Milwaukee buses of a person of unusual appearance getting punched in the face that had an equally unusual text alongside. Can you share that image, the story behind the image, and the impact of that image?

Patricia Obletz. That image is the oil painting “Out of Nowhere,” the first work to show up six months after Michael, my younger brother by four years died of sudden death syndrome on August 27, 2005. I’d moved to Milwaukee the summer before from Buffalo, New York, to visit family without need for a plane.

The following year, an x-ray revealed spots in my right lung, which by fall, had grown. Before surgery December 6, urgent need to raise mental health awareness in my new city inspired me to select that painting done after Michael died for a bus tail sign to accompany my message: “Put Your Money Where Your Mind Is. Mental illnesses run in every family. Ask your doctor for a mental health checkup.” The second batch of tail signs’ last lines read “Educate yourself. Call 800–273–8255.”

Partnered with Clear Channel Outdoors, and the following year with Titan Worldwide for three months in Chicago, the campaign hit the road in early 2007. Clear Channel Outdoors kept the signs in sight months on end in the Milwaukee area between 2007 and 2009. The media picked up my anti-stigma campaign, which expanded its reach. The impact became clear to me every time “Out of Nowhere” was in an art show and viewers said it was familiar, sometimes remembering the campaign. It facilitated open and honest conversation about personal experiences with mental health.

I’ve been working to help normalize serious and persistent mental illnesses in print, on TV/radio/web as well as in art galleries and marches since 1991.

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Sky Schultz Quaker House program: “Finding God in Nature, Science, and Mystical Poetry.”

I am giving the program at the Quaker Meeting House (3224 N Gordon Pl, Milwaukee, WI 53212) on April 16th at 7 pm. It is entitled “Finding God in Nature, Science, and Mystical Poetry.” This talk concerns the most important things I have uncovered in over a half century of research into many spiritual traditions, It concerns the root causes of suffering and what is refered to as “enlightenment,” In future iterations of the program I might call it: “An Extraordinary Spiritual Conversation: A Personal, Historical (and Hysterical) Exploration of Man’s Search for “God.” In the powerpoint at the Quaker Meeting house there will be many quotes from the world’s greatest spiritual teachers; and, of course, my “world-class humor and magic” :)

For decades of professional speaking I have billed myself as “The ‘Explorer Who Stayed at Home,” and a “spiritual humorist,” since I am inspired to find ways of saying serious things in entertaining ways. One of my heroes is Mark Twain because he found brilliant, humorous ways of talking about troublesome issues (although I do not share his sometimes dark and bitter attitudes. ) I do programs on Twain, Whitman, Rumi, Thoreau, and others which you might find of value.

By the way, I’m just setting up a new blog (http://skyschultz.blogspot.com\. with Jerad’s help. On the site is my award-winning film, “Common Miracles” about ecology in and around Lake Michigan and links to other spiritual and fun resources.

Earth Nation Mentschen: The Film

I prefer to begin with Mentschen of destiny doing their Great Work, in the Thomas Berry sense, in the fields of possibility available, for those with the eyes to see, in the Great Lakes Heartland. Here is where I hope to store, share, and connect their stories. Earth Nation Mentschen

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Godsil Reflections On Kenyan Oakland Roboticist Aquapon Farmer Eric Maundu Heart Haus Workshop​

Eric was way over the top brilliant, modest, and authentic. Strikes me that his commitment to the good cause comes from down, down deep, and I have a hard time imagining him not giving it his all for years to come. He has intensely studied the “earth story,” and drew the elegant and complex relationships of geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, biosphere, and “noosphere” with the energy providing sun all over the walls of the brainstorm and bread room.


Here’s a media report on his “Smart Aquaponics.”

http://www.itclips.net/2012/08/08/hello-garden-making-aquaponics-smart/

Eric has applied his robotics and software background to making gardens smart. His company, Kijani Grows, sells kits, components, installs gardens throughout the Bay Area, and teaches classes on aquaponics. :

“I feel knowledge of electronics and software programming makes me a better farmer than just having a hoe. Gardens that can communicate for themselves using the internet can lead to exchanging of ideas in ways that were not possible before. I can test, for instance, whether the same tomato grows better in Oakland or the Sahara Desert given the same conditions. Then I can share the same information with farmers in Iceland and China.”

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Aquaponics, for Eric, is a modeling of the earth story. Sensor enhanced aquaponics is a resource to provide support for human stewarding of these small worlds, tools for maintaining the balance of it all.

He moved from the earth and aquaponics modeling into a lucid and intelligible discussion of electronics and digital sensors, mixing white board graphics with sensor displays, then moving to the computer to display the results of his path-breaking labors. He maintained a passionate edge for 6 straight hours!

He has had a hard time making ends meet while deeply involved in his research and development. It all began after his return to Kenya following a 10 year green card journey, where a passion for farming, absent in his childhood as a farmer’s son, was intensely sparked. He hopes to farm in Kenya in time, and help people do sensor enhanced farming everywhere. But he can’t imagine making a living just growing food, agreeing with us, that the growth and distribution of knowledge, tech support, and experiences for schools and “early adopters” will be important source of revenue.

I intuit that you and he are at the beginning of an incredible journey of major importance. To me his work and his character are in perfect pitch complimentary with yours. I would welcome the “communion” and devote my peddling and connecting resources in support. I am also eager to introduce his Great Work to “Aquapons Across the Waters.”

I told him, and I mean it, that he is a man of destiny and it would be my pleasure and honor to support his quest on up through my 100th birthday.

:)

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Sweet Water Foundation Heart Haus Guest Eric Maundu Workshop On Digital Sensors For Aquaponics Systems

On Sunday, March 29 from 1pm-5pm, we will be hosting a gathering at the Heart Haus (325 E Euclid Ave) with a very special guest, Eric Maundu. Eric specializes in low-cost, do-it-yourself water quality sensors for aquaponics systems.

Check out some of his work at his company’s website at http://www.kijanigrows.com/

Eric is visiting from Oakland, California and has offered to run a workshop on DIY digital sensors for water quality in aquaponics, including measurement for parameters such as:

  • Temperature
  • pH
  • Total Dissolved Solids
  • Dissolved oxygen

We would love if you could join us for a comfortable and casual gathering at the Heart Haus to meet Eric and learn about how to capture data from our aquaponics systems.

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Global Fulbright Community To Advance A Sweet Water Integral Urban Home For Each and Every Neighborhood?

Through Life Long Social Learning Networks?

Nice Radio Show On Milwaukee’s Heart Haus Integral Urban Home

http://wuwm.com/post/experiment-sustainable-urban-community-takes-root-bay-view

Chicago “Sun Times” article on Chicago’s Think Do House.

Urban Homes As

  • School
  • Workshop
  • Farm

  • Lab
  • International hostel
  • Playground
  • Sanctuary

We are bringing into fresh being a 21st century homes and cottage industries local local economies in global networks.

For each American neighborhood, let us help manifest a
special house that’s multiform, multivalent, and mutualistic in essence…

That evokes awe and gratitude in Fulbright Scholars and everyday life long learners from across the world.

Fulbright International Scholars collaborate with SWF

Upon meeting in January at the SWF installation at the Chicago City Gallery in the Historic Water Tower, SWF Executive Director Emmanuel Pratt and Sarah Gleisner, Program Officer of the Fulbright Foreign Student Program with the Institute of International Education (IIE), began to explore opportunities for potential collaboration between the Fulbright Foreign Student Program Seminar on Youth Engagement and Empowerment and Sweet Water Foundation for the spring of 2015. Given Fulbright’s mission to increase mutual understanding between people of the United States and other countries and SWF’s mission is to democratize, globalize, and commercialize urban agriculture practices for resilient 21st century communities via hands-on, real-world learning grounded in concepts of community, equity, transformation and resilience, both Sarah and Emmanuel recognized a tremendous opportunity for cross pollination across the programs.

On both Friday March 20th and Saturday March 21st, approximately 80 of the 140 Fulbright scholars joined by Megan Spillman, the IIE Chicago Director participated in site visits to the Perry Ave Community Farm, the Think-Do House, and the CSU Aquaponics Center. On Saturday March 21st, 40 of the Fulbright scholars from 30 different countries worked directly with the SWF team, local residents, and Orrin Williams from the Center for Urban Transformation on the Perry Ave Community Farm helping to prepare for the 2015 harvest season. Contunued at

http://sweetwaterfoundation.com/fulbright-foreign-student-program-collaborates-with-swf/

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Artist talk

“In the emptiness, I find a visionary”

Chicago Sun-Times (IL) - Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Author/Byline: SUE ONTIVEROS

I knew something special had to be going on if my dear friend was calling before 8 on a
Sunday morning to invite me.

Still, that didn’t mean as I was agreeing that I wasn’t also thinking to myself, ‘‘So I am
going to just show up at 57th and Perry without an exact address, only with the
reassurance, ‘you’ll know the house when you see it.’ ’’

But as I drove through well-worn streets where so many homes and businesses are no
more, I could see she was right: there was no doubt which house it was. On the side of
the house is an almost-finished mural of regal-looking African Americans.

The building gives off this aura of “Yeah, I’m in the middle of emptiness; so what?” Once
inside, I realized that if the people who congregate here have their way, that emptiness
won’t be forever. And what you or I might see as emptiness, they see as opportunity
waiting to happen. It’s all in your perspective.

The answer to a host of urban problems — jobs, hunger, education — could very well
be right inside the front door. Literally. The walls are done in blackboard paint so ideas
and possible ways to implement them can fill them. And they do.

Oh, and the living room? It’s “living” alright. Herbs under grow lights sit in what was a
fireplace. An aquaponic system (a setup that basically grows plants and fish using the
same water) stands near a window.

Upstairs, along the stairway, downstairs, in the kitchen — something’s going on. Then
there are the two acres of land being farmed outside. The energy here is incredible.

And at the hub of it all is Emmanuel Pratt , a Chicago State professor and founding
director of the Sweet Water Foundation. You don’t run into true visionaries every day,
but Pratt , he’s the real deal. He looks at all of what’s going on here as a way to put an
end to the blight. But his ideas spring not from tearing down what’s left and embracing
gentrification (which, let’s face it, usually means moving out the poor people). He uses
what’s already here and gets kids, veterans, seniors involved in urban farming, green
initiatives and a lot more, not just at this location, but in other struggling neighborhoods.

One of the ways he’s doing that is by tapping into his incredible network of “doers.” The
day I’m here, so are others from Chicago Ideas Week. But Pratt doesn’t want to just
tout his programs; he gets the people in the room talking to one another about their
involvements, to get connections going. You connect the dots (err, people), and then
you’ve got a solid network going on.

The farming, the aquaponics. They’re not just to feed people well, although that’s a
good part of it. Pratt ’s trying to get kids and others to see the money-making
possibilities in green initiatives, to turn them into “eco-preneurs.” And why not?
Remember, Whole Foods is coming to 63rd and Halsted. Connection made.

Pratt doesn’t have trucks to haul the produce grown here around. Ah, but Washburne,
the culinary school at nearby Kennedy-King College, does. And there are connections
there. Who knows what’s next?

Yes, there’s a lot of work to be done. But Pratt and the Sweet Water Foundation can
see ways to bring people together and get things accomplished. Being able to see
solutions; why, that’s half the battle.

Email: sontiveros@suntimes.com

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How About a Traditional St. Patrick’s Day?

St. Patrick didn’t drink. In fact, one of the things the Celtic chieftains admired in him was that he could get a good night’s sleep without the drink. Other reminders for this time of year: sausage and salted pork are traditional Irish meats; corn beef is American. Cromwell’s armies brought cabbage to Ireland. Sir Walter Raleigh brought potatoes there from South America. The Celts wouldn’t have worn green, either—it’s the color of things that die. Purple was the color preferred by royals.

St. Patrick’s Day in America has morphed, party-animal style, into a day to get drunk or, to insult-the-earth—an excuse to dump green dye in the Chicago River and foam it up. Patrick’s real life and the many good stories about him are what’s worth remembering.

St. Patrick was the first published anti-slave activist in history. At a time when British Christians were stealing Irish from along the east coast of Ireland, Patrick wrote: “…But it is the women kept in slavery who suffer the most—and who keep their spirits up despite the menacing and terrorizing they must endure. The Lord gives grace to his many handmaids.” During his life, Patrick negotiated with the court of Coroticus in England for the release of slaves, and, by the end of his life, the Irish slavery trade came to a halt.

Click here for the full article
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Origami At Timbuktu Rites Of Spring Celebration

Previously known as St. Patrick’s Day All City Celebration, March 17, Club Timbuktu, 7 to 9 p.m.

A terrific origami master has agreed to lead Rites of Spring participants in a paper folding workshop.

Her name is Seon Joo So, and she teaches the Korean version of origami at her Shorewood studio, and at UWM and other venues. She’s just lovely and creates the most intricate, beautiful works of art.

Her website is www.socoolcrafts.com, and her studio is: So Cool Crafts Paper Arts & Crafts Studio
4160 N. Oakland Ave. #14 Shorewood, WI 53211 414–418–8924
www.socoolcrafts.com

Seon Joo will bring supplies for 20 people. If you think we’ll have more participants than that, please let me know

Archive of St. Patrick Brigid Celebrations Since 2006

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/StPatsAtTimbuktu/HomePage

Grandfathers

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Sweet Water Heart Haus Integral Urban Home Experiment

Lake Effect Listing – Friday, March 6, 2015

Friday on Lake Effect:

http://wuwm.com/post/experiment-sustainable-urban-community-takes-root-bay-view

More images on this great story at http://sweetwaterfoundation.com/an-experiment-in-sustainable-urban-community-takes-root-in-bay-view/

What the rising prominence of women means in terms of political, economic and social power – in Wisconsin and around the country. Later, how an old house in Bay View has transformed into an experiment in residential living and working. We’ll talk about Bucks up and down year with our sports contributor. And meet the 1960s pop star-turned award-winning producer, Peter Asher.

Guests:

  • Dorothy Thomas, speaker at LWV of Ozaukee County
  • Heart Haus feature
  • Howie Magner, Milwaukee Magazine
  • Peter Asher, musician​

The Heart Haus is embed in a global social learning and production network, including

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/EarthRenaissance/EmmanuelPratt

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/EarthRenaissance/DavidLi

http://inhabitat.com/interview-eric-mandu-on-turning-aquaponic-gardens-into-an-internet-connected-resource/

http://portfish.org/

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Social Learning and Production Networks For Gardens of Earthly Delights

Dear Adam,

I am wondering if you would be interested in reviewing volunteers from the Sweetwater Universe first galaxies called Sweetwater Organics and Sweet Water Foundation, to see if some appear to be worthy of your having some digital conversations to brainstorm possible collaborations over a 30 year experiment, God willing

Many are people of authenticity, competence, steadfast grit , and Grace.

Let me know and I will ask them for permission to share some of their applications, with you conceived as a “partner” with a social learning and production network of a thousand names.

What say?

Why not?

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Sweet Water Foundation’s Jesse Blom, the School of Freshwater Science, UWM Center for Water Policy & UN Global Compact Cities Program Collaboration

Sweet Water Foundation is happy to announce that its Milwaukee City Director, Jesse Blom, has enrolled in graduate studies at University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee (UWM), while continuing to spearhead SWF’s Milwaukee efforts. Jesse entered the Professional Science Master’s program at the UWM School of Freshwater Sciences in September 2014. The School of Freshwater Sciences has a 50 year history for internationally renowned research of freshwater ecosystems. Jesse’s coursework will focus on freshwater aquaculture, utilizing the school’s state of the art recirculating and flow-through aquaculture labs that are primarily used for studying yellow perch.

He is also working as a Research Assistant for the UWM Center for Water Policy, analyzing the economic and policy implications of water science. This year, Jesse is stewarding the Center for Water Policy’s efforts to mobilize the community around Milwaukee’s status as an Innovating City with the United Nations Global Compact Cities Programme. To this end, Jesse will be convening a cross-sectoral group from Milwaukee that includes representatives from public sector, private sector, and academia to organize activities around how the city can most effectively exchange information with other cities on the topic of water science.

SWF has been directly involved with the UN Global Compact Cities Programme since Milwaukee’s entry into the Programme in 2009, and remains in close contact with the Programme’s staff in Melbourne, Australia. Over the past two years, SWF has hosted two visiting scholars from Australia as a participant in the Global Compact Cities Programme - Julia Laidlaw of RMIT University in Melbourne, and Dr. Nick Rose of the Australia Food Sovereignty Alliance.

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Goddess of Wheat Grass and her beautiful boys! Hero quest stories to follow.

Wheat Grass Goddess enjoying wheat grass waters, elixir of life!

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Advancing Ecopreneur Badges

There are some very resourced people and institutions committed to harnessing the power of the internet for life-long, connected learning and credentialing. Sweet Water’s Jesse Blom and Emmanuel Pratt have been working with the MacArthur and Mozilla Foundations and others around aquaponics training in the AQUAPONS program. This has inspired me to advance a badge project to provide support for entrepreneurial endeavors that also heal the planet, i.e. ecopreneurs! Jared Brill has agreed to test this concept out with me and others.

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Chronicling Connected Learning AQUAPON and Ecopreneur Junior Apprentice Badge Earners Sky Schultz and James Godsil

Here are many images of the development of Jesse Blom’s aquaponics demo at the Heart Haus.

https://plus.google.com/photos/109845088482426938135/albums/6112581128371039777

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Emmanuel Pratt and Teen Creative Agency/Sweet Water Foundation Aquaponics As Art Installation at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

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The Googoal

Sole focus= Healing The Planet

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Clair Sprenger and Sky Schultz at Heart Haus Friday Potluck Brunch

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Walnut Way Founders Cuba Story Beginning Soon

Larry and Sharon Adams said “We’re going to Cuba this year!”

To be continued

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Vamanos A Cuba

Interested?

godsil.james@gmail.com

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Sharing The Sacred Fire of St Patrick’s Brigid’s Timbuktu Celebration

to be continued

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Boomer Younge Connected Learning

To be continued

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The Tomb of the Unknown Poet

by Jeff Poniewaz

Why no Tomb of the Unknown Poet?
Wasn’t he killed as sure as the Unknown
Soldier?

Didn’t he die running wild after
the wildest beauty the same
as Wilfred Owen?

Didn’t he step on the toes of landmine
minds?

Wasn’t he mowed down by machine-guns
of mechanization?

Didn’t he throw himself on the grenade
of scorn lobbed at Poetry?

Drape a green flag of living grass
over his casket.

Blow his taps on panpipes:
phoenix syrinx!

Unknown Poet launched into the Unknown
like a poem in a manila envelope
addressed to Immortality

Care of the worms who edit scrupulously
but send no rejection slips.

May the Father of the Milwaukee Earth Poets be remembered beyond the 7th generation!

The Earth Poets & Musicians in July 2010.
from left: Harvey Taylor, Louisa Loveridge Gallas, Jahmes Tony Finlayson, Suzanne Rosenblatt, Jeff Poniewaz and Holly Haebig.
(photo by Jeffers Larson)

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Milwaukee and Chicago Public School Students To Lead TupperWare Aquaponics Workshops, Summer 2015?

Sky Schultz and James Godsil will be attending an Emmanuel Pratt TupperWare Aquaponics( Pratt Demos) tutorial tomorrow, at the Sweet Water Foundation Perry Avenue Community Farm and Think Do Lab House. We will quite possibly be sharing this technology to some of Jesse Blom’s Milwaukee Public School Aquaponics Teacher Cadre and their students at Heart Haus workshops this Spring, with hopes that, by the Summer of 2015, there will be a Milwaukee public high school student earning some summer money teaching the Pratt Demo system to people at the Heart Haus Aquaponics Lab. Here are some pictures of the Pratt Demo.
Hoping collaboration involving MSOE, MATC, and Shorewood’s New Horizon High School.

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Godsil Koller Wiki Experiment

We are experimenting in the petrie dish of peer to peer, optimally open sourced, laterally scaling, globalizing, social learning and production networks.Koller

We aspire to harvest miracle cascades. Godsil

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Panoramic Of Sweet Water Foundation ASM Roosevelt University Demo.

The preceeding picture is a panoramic taken by asm participant Damian Alvarez of other Aquaponics STEAM participants engaging in conversation about the basics of Aquaponics. Turning the traditional classroom into an elevated living learning coworking dynamic environment!

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Godsil Sen Wiki Experiment

We collect stories that humans and buildings tell us. Sen.

We connect resourced boomers with young genius. Godsil.

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A Milwaukee Farming Jubilee!

Farmers and Friends –

Let’s celebrate Farming as a profession and lifestyle on Wednesday December 17th 5:30 pm at Braise Restaurant! I want to recognize all the hard work that Milwaukee farmers put in this season, and the fact that, as a society, we oftentimes take farmers for granted. Let’s rejoice with tasty food from Braise, cheering holiday spirits, and live jazz from the fantastic Walker’s Point Trio! Bring yourself, your family, a farming friend – there’s no charge! Just don’t forget to wear your best farming attire – and PLEASE invite all Milwaukee area farmers to join!

Cheers!

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Introducing #MacArthurGeniusProspect Emmanuel Pratt To Nation’s Top Geography Professors

I have been blessed with time spent with some of the nation’s leading lights, none whose impact for the good cause will be any greater than Emmanuel Pratt’s, accelerating a South Side Chicago Renaissance.

These include MacArthur Geniuses Will Allen and Joel Rogers, presidential candidate Eugene McCarthy, Pulitzer Prize winner WH Auden, “Servant of God” Dorithy Day, Nobel winner Saul Bellow, Pacem in Terris awadee Saul Bellow, Oscar winner Forest Whitaker, JFK Advjsor Roger Hilsman, and actor activist Danny Glover

I hope the AAG Chicago Conference winds up spending time with Emmanuel and team at the Think-Do Lab House and Perry Avenue Community Farm!

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Bits Atoms Cells

The Sweet Water Foundation’s There Grows the Neighborhood initiative brings resources from a global social learning and production network. These networked “partners” include Boomer Millennial Partnerships experimenting ways of harvesting multiple values from mindful configurations of Bits Atoms Cells.

Integral Urban Homes, Agroecology Work Learn Tours, and Community Farms are three initiatives that will be explored at a Sweet Water/Chicago Museum of Science and Industry Hacking Hunger conference in Spring/Summer 2015 at the Perry Avenue Community Farm and Think Do House.

Since its 2010 incorporation, the Sweet Water Foundation has advanced in collaboration with Earth Renaissance”partners” across the waters, as well as some major institutions we are proud to be working with.

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There Grows The Neighborhood

The Sweet Water Foundation will be updating our social learning and production networks “partners” at this wiki equipped web platform.

My first offering is a Heart Haus brainstorm potluck on Faith Communities
Hacking Hunger through There Grow The
Neighborhood Experiments, with a focus
on boomer milennial local economies
experiments in integral urban homes
and agroecology work learn tours.

What’s yours?

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Introducing Ben Koller’s Heart Haus

The pages of the Milwaukee Renaissance have chronicled the people and the projects advancing some kind of renaissance in the venerable city where the waters gather, our Milwaukee. It is my honor and pleasure to share the story and the visions of a heavy lifter of this renaissance, Ben Koller, who while yet new to his 30s, has built layer upon layer of small accomplishments 20,000 leagues deep.

The Mecca Project

Here are some media links regarding Ben’s work to bless Milwaukee with a proper place for
Robert Indiana’s MECCA Floor.

Milwaukee Journal Front Page (Print & Online):

http://www.jsonline.com/entertainment/arts/ready-to-be-floored-again-colorful-mecca-court-returns-for-one-night-b9980894z1-220602071.html

NY Times Article Front Sports/Business Page (Print & Online):

http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2013/09/28/sports/basketball/Mecca-Court.html?_r=0

ESPN 30 for 30 “The Floor that Made Milwaukee Famous.”:

http://grantland.com/features/30-for-30-shorts-mecca-the-floor-that-made-milwaukee-famous/

Work 2 Do Music Video/PSA:

www.youtube.com/work2domilwaukee

More to come!

Godsil

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Within Our Lifetime Network Twitter Town Hall

Thursday November 20th at 8pm ET

Featuring Rachel Godsil
Co-founder and Director of Research; The Perception Institute
#GotBias? Join an online conversation with national expert on implicit bias Rachel Godsil and the Within Our Lifetime Network.

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Emmanuel Pratt Notions

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Core El Centro Menu For Milwaukee AgroEcology Healthy Living Tours

CORE/El Centro is located in a beautiful, radically green, accessible building. Tour elements could include:

  • tour of rooftop production garden, with honeybees, grey water systems and delicious fruits/vegetables/herbs

  • tour of Wisconsin ‘ s first urban Creamery - delicious cheese curds, goat cheese specialties and more

  • cooking class/lunch. We could discuss specific menu if you’d like to help prepare a meal, otherwise we can recommend local caterers/cafes from the neigborhood.

  • yoga

  • Tai Chi

  • Seated exercise/dance

  • chair massage

  • acupuncture

Depending on what kind of tour/activities you are interested in, we could negotiate a price, but typically we ask $30–50/hr. We have both indoor and outdoor options, but considering a late spring/early summer visit would increase the chances for some delicious products from the roof.

I welcome other thoughts/additions to the tour visit

Stephanie Callaway

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The Story Of a Song Inspired By Grace Lee Boggs’ “The Next American Revolution”

Shared With India and Tibet

quiet rEVOLution – a song by Jess Vega Gonzalez with KT Rusch, inspired by Grace Lee Boggs’ book, The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-first Century.

Jessica’s Story of the Song

I came to this book on my first visit to Detroit for the ReImagine Work conference in 2011. It was the first, but not the last time, I would meet Grace. Not that Grace remembers who I am, but that is no matter. Grace Lee Boggs is connected to quite a few friends important to me, and that’s really good enough for me.

The book sat unread for a couple more years on my shelf until winter 2013, when I found myself taking the bus to my problematic jobs and wanting something to read. The ReImagine Work conference had changed the way I understood the jobs system and its uselessness, and I thought it was about time to read the book. Good thinking, finally. And like all good thinking, I figured writing a song would help the message spread.

So the song manifested itself, and I passed the song and the book along to my friend and musician-partner-in-crime KT. She added a second ukulele part and encouraged that we play it out at Universal Love Band shows. So we did – January 2014 was the song’s debut, and we’ve played it around the world since.

Yes, literally around the world. In March, KT and I traveled to India to visit Venerable Kungchok Chopel, an elder Tibetan Buddhist monk and friend of KT’s for many years at Drepung Loseling Monastery in exile in Mudgod, Karnataka, India.

Deep history here. Definitely a place where people are devoted to growing their souls, a seat of the quiet revolution. Drepung Loseling Monestary is dedicated to the study of preservation of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition of wisdom and compassion. A center for the cultivation of both heart and intellect, it provides a sanctuary for the nurturance of inner peace and kindness, community understanding, and global healing. And we found ourselves there, without words, to visit our friend.

Venerable Kungchok is in his late 80’s. He escaped Tibet during the 1959 uprisings. The Chinese army pursued him with dogs and bullets. He suffered four bullet wounds, still clearly visible, through each forearm and each buttock, but managed to survive and cross the Himalayas into Buxa, India. He recovered for five years in a Christian missionary hospital. India donated land in Karnataka state to the budding Tibetan refugee community and Ven. Kungchok was one of the founders of Drepung Monastery in exile. He was the only member of his Gyapa of Tibetan monks to survive. He cooked for everyone for years and was known for his happiness and great food. He was able to re-establish his home chapel, Gyapa Kangsten, at Drepung. He is currently one of the oldest living monks and still teaches. We have heard other lamas call him the Buddha.

This version of quiet rEVOLution was recorded in Ven Kungcok’s room on the first day we reunited with him in March 2014, on the first rain of the season. It was joyous and emotional. We laughed, we cried, we drank butter tea!

If I could speak to the beauty of that moment, I would dare not say a word. But that is the depth of music – it does much more. I hope you will find in it some happiness.

To the quiet revolution. To growing our souls.

The Song Sung!

http://www.driveplayer.com/#fileIds=0BzQgN2ezcWYPZ2tPOHdIdjFzd3FlNnROMmIzYUxCcmlHaGc4&userId=103485499393040319321

The Lyrics

Having a quiet revolution over here

Growing my soul

The have-nots are not trying to get what the have’s have got [x4]

We don’t want your privilege, your suburbs, your schools

Not your whiteness, not your straightness, not your patriarchal rules

Not your chemicals in your vegetables, or even your Whole Foods

We are building, we are building something new.

My bridges are gardens, my streets lined with fruit trees

My food is your prayers, the soft sound of bees

Clean water form great lakes and rivers and streams

Reminded of my Mother in all that I see

CHORUS

Young people and elders come back to the center

Remind us how to play and tell stories together

Forgive me my sins against the ancestors

Commodifying everything, less meaning and surrender

Listen to the womyn, the queers, the dark-skinned ones

Give the gift back its joy, and its freedom to love

I tell the time by the sunshine, the month by the moon

More music, better life. Now, not a moment too soon

CHORUS​

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Pink House Benefit

Lil Rev has had to cancel, yet other special surprise guests are stepping to the fore.
A great time will be had by all!

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Sharing Images Inspired By Grace Lee Boggs

Hoping to draw upon our own work and ask others to provide some images manifesting Grace’s visions and concepts.

Here are some of my favorite from Grace’s and Scott’s “The Next American Revolution”
chapters on “A Paradigm Shift in Our Concept of Education” and “We Are the Leaders We’ve Been Looking For.”

I would very much appreciate learning of some of your favorite Grace vision concepts
and permission to share them at http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/GraceLeeBoggs/HomePage

  • We are the leaders we’ve been waiting for

  • Freedom schooling America

  • Grass roots transformative energies

  • Ground up change we can believe in

  • Faith in human possibilities

  • Healing and redeeming from shameful legacies

  • Energies from renewed hope and a commitment to a just cause

  • Steps to a more responsible and self-governing community

  • Project notion of a “more human” human being

  • Replace command and control factory education model

  • Address outrage of prison industrial complex

  • The Young are the creators of knowledge and social change

  • John Dewey’s notion of education through active work in the process

of living, manifesting “the social spirit,” beyond mere cognitive training,
harnessing human impulse to make, active listening, and schools
embed in life

  • Gandhi’s intellectual development through socially useful labor, which

handles all of the little things of village life

  • Gandhi’s insistence of learning through the Heart Hand and Head,

drawing upon the resources of community, nature, and the world

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Earth Dance Farms and An Ignatian Response To The Ferguson Tragedies

For all who are hearing about EarthDance for the first time, we are an organic farm school, operating our programming on Missouri’s oldest organic farm, located in Ferguson, MO.

As you can imagine, the recent notoriety of our home base has come as a shock. Though you may be seeing images Ferguson on the news, trust me, they do not capture the diversity and true character of our town. We invite you to learn more about how EarthDance is working with partners all over St. Louis to develop our farm as an oasis of peace, a thriving ecosystem, a hub for agricultural education, and a space for community celebration. As Program Director at EarthDance, I would love to be in touch with you if have advice to offer us, or would like to collaborate.

If you are local, please join us for a free event coming up Sunday, October 5th, 2–4pm, at the farm.

Rachel Levi
Program Director, EarthDance
www.earthdancefarms.org

office 314.521.1006
cell 773–398–6515
rachel@earthdancefarms.org

Our Mission:
EarthDance sustainably grows food, farmers, and community, one small farm at a time, through hands-on education and delicious experiences.

Become a fan of EarthDance on facebook! http://www.facebook.com/earthdancefarms

See what we’re all about here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BezN90K3ik

Make a donation here:
http://www.earthdancefarms.org/get-involved/donate/

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Emmanuel Pratt’s Think-Do Aquapaonics Lab Demo for the HIVE

​Chicago Learning Network
​Mozilla Foundation Festival Maker Party competition at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

Winner goes to The Maker Party in London!

Here are the contestants:

Names

  • AQUAPONS - A Think-Do Lab Demo by SweetWater Foundation
  • Mini Mass Action Day by Mikva Challenge + Free Spirit Media
  • Vinyl Cutter Extravaganza! by YOUmedia @ CPL
  • Cardboard Moving Challenge by CodeCreate
  • Yesterday I Was, Today I Am: Narrative GIF Workshop by NVAM
  • Get Into Art! by The Art Institute
  • Birds of Hope by Intuit: Center for Outsider Art

​Here’s a note regarding last year’s event.

​This year, Mozilla Festival hosted a Maker Party on Oct. 26 in London, England. The party was modeled as a mini-MozFest, featuring hands-on activities for young creators. Visitors joined makers and educators from across the globe to code LED displays, animate stories, design games, build robots, remix videos and much more. Here are all the stations that were present for the event. They represent many organiztations from NYC, Chicago USA, Toronto CA, Indonesia, San Fransisco USA, India. Many participants produced a “Teaching Kit” via Webmaker Thimble, which share the “how-tos” of each maker station (linked to below). Upon creating a teaching kit participants were awarded this Maker Party Teaching Kit Badge:​

https://juliavallera.makes.org/thimble/mozfest-maker-party-at-a-glance-hacked

to be continued…

Godsil

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Boomer Millennial Old House Transformation Experiment

I call 325 E. Euclid The House With a Thousand Names, inspired by Joseph Campbell’s “Hero With A Thousand Names.” Millennial heavy lifters Ben Koller and Miguel Castro call it the Heart Haus.

At the beginning of summer 2014

Ben Koller’s team transformed the inside floors of what was a homely house

Heart Haus located in a “Euro American” hamlet that is gracefully receiving Ben’s “Northside Friends” in a city needing racial healing

In Boomer Millennial IntegralUrban Home transformations the families of the “partners” chip in. Ben’s Mom Judie and sister Anne helped with the planting and the painting, which includes a white board for the breaking bread/brainstorm room

Olde boomers get new lease on life and make new friends!

Miguel’s “Green Room” sprouts tour

Sweet Water Aquaponics Demo Room

The start of front yard food garden as art aspiration

Backyard micro farm August 4, 2014

Costa Rica Earth U. Prof, Sweet Water Foundation Milwaukee Director, Wisconsin’s top soil producer with Ben & Miguel at brainstorm/bread braking room

Eco Tourism destination, with ex-Milwaukee Bucs Rich Neiman and friend John O’Brien

Anne Koller giving first digital conference presentation

With Ryan Scaife of Project Hope in Tanzania

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From Sweet Water To Earth Nation Eco Tours: Centering In Milwaukee Chicago

I am beginning coordinate Sweet Water/Sweet Soil Eco Tours with a number of Milwaukee Chicago, regional, national, and global trailblazers. Some kind of emerging “Earth Nation!”

Might you share some of your story so I can provide you with the most appropriate menu of tours? I will be developing this service over the seasons and years, with new partners representing different kinds of adaptation genius. You can follow this elevating menu of Earth Nation Eco Tours at

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/EarthRenaissance/HomePage

Earth Nation Eco Tours

They can range from commercial scale aquaponics and composting, to school and family digitally enhanced and connected aquaponics demos, linking up with Shanhai and Mumbai, to Chicago repurposed factories or the 2 acre Perry Avenue Farm of the Sweet Water Foundation, the Victory Garden Concordia Gardens or one of their hundreds of family victory gardens, and many more, in Chicago, Reedsberg’s Worm Farm Institute and Fermentation Fest partners, and on and on and on.

Here’s a bit of my story:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_U0x6xI7wAE

http://hbr.org/product/Milwaukee—B5---James-God/an/313064-PDF-ENG

If the latter document interests you let me know.

Godsil

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Introducing Grass Roots American and Chinese Collaboration To Marry Urban Agriculture With Thinker Makers Agile Manufacturing

Yesterday Shanghai’s David Li introduced me to China’s Eric Pan to accelerate our shared commitment to “ecopreneur” collaborations across the waters, with a start up focus on urban agriculture and agile manufacturing. At the time I was with three of America’s top matchmakers of this union, Emmanuel Pratt, Franklyn Berry, and Jia Li Lok Pratt, who were delighted, as this picture suggests, by the prospect of teaming up with David and Eric. I asked David to send me some digital links to essays that would inform our work and share the good news. Here is the first article he sent, followed by some of my favorite quotes therein.

http://www.hackedmatter.com/news/2014/5/19/state-of-shanzhai

From “Made in China” to “Made With China”

As China’s DIY makers are coming together with manufacturers, they are spurring a shift in industrial production, from “made in China” to “made with China.”

Chinese and American Robin Hoods And Virtual Sherwood Forests

David Li, co-founder of XinCheJian, Shanghai’s first “maker space” (essentially, an open-access workshop), says the Robin Hood spirit is inspiring legitimate and often quite innovative products, as the socially progressive maker movement teams up with hard-nosed manufacturers.

From watches, bags and shoes to touchscreen tablets, fast food and electric cars — you can find thousands of knockoff brands in China. Large, highly coordinated networks of innovative companies take the products and services we love in the U.S., alter them relentlessly and make them … better. Then they speed them to one of the world’s largest consumer markets and sell them at devastatingly low margins.

Core Tenets of Shanzhai Business Model Worthy of American Attention

The problem with U.S. innovation? Our broken business models. American companies were built to be predictable, not adaptable. Trends like mobile, social and the cloud are major disruptive forces and businesses are struggling to keep up. Instead of fearing the Shanzhai, we can look at their 4 core tenets to reorganize the way we do business:

-Build nothing from scratch
-Innovate process at small scales
-Share as much as you can
-Act responsibly in the network

By adopting the philosophy of the Shanzhai “copycat culture,” companies can innovate faster and remain competitive.

But China’s rapid growth in open source hardware and maker communities challenges our assumptions. They show an alternative version of innovation, built on a home-grown version of open source that has developed in China’s small-scale factories over the last 20 years. Makers in China show that this history of open manufacturing will change not only what we understand by making, but also where we locate innovation.

San Francisco Chinese American CEO Highway 1 Accelerator Program

PCH a major manufacture based in Shenzhen has recently launch an accelerator program Highway1 in San Francisco and here is how the CEO’s take on Shanzhai:

WSJ: Why is Shenzhen still attractive for PCH?

Casey: The “shanzhai” culture is really important (Shanzhai literally means “mountain fortress.” Once a term used to suggest something cheap or inferior, shanzhai now suggests to many a certain Chinese cleverness and ingenuity.) It has this disruptive culture of wanting to be different, of wanting to be fast, wanting to show what’s possible.

The Economist Covering This Development

The Economist has also published several articles on how Shanzhai will be relevant to the innovation in China and the potential to change now new hardware are created.

What gives these young Chinese firms a potential edge is their close connections with the so-called shanzhai production networks centred on Shenzhen, China’s high-tech manufacturing hub. The term shanzhai is often used pejoratively to refer to Chinese copycat producers of mobile phones and other electronic devices, based on copied designs and knock-off brand names. But its literal meaning is “mountain village”, and it refers to bandits who opposed corrupt rulers and hid in the countryside—much like Robin Hood in English folklore. David Li, co-founder of XinCheJian, Shanghai’s first “maker space” (essentially, an open-access workshop), says the Robin Hood spirit is inspiring legitimate and often quite innovative products, as the socially progressive maker movement teams up with hard-nosed manufacturers.

Silvia Lindtner of U. of Cal. Irvine Shanghai Partnership

Silvia Lindtner of the University of California, Irvine, and Fudan University in Shanghai, who follows the startup scene in China, is not surprised. The two sides complement each other, she says. The founders of hardware start ups, often steeped in the open-source culture, partner with factories rooted in the Chinese culture of shanzhai, which translates as “mountain stronghold”. It used to mean pirated electronic goods but now stands for open-source manufacturing.

Much more to come!

Godsil

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Family Care and IRIS 2.0

We wanted to share this update from DHS regarding Family Care and IRIS 2.0.

Also please note that the Milwaukee and Madison hearings will NOT be held on the 14th. They are being rescheduled and the new dates will be posted on the DHS website - and we will also share them. Have a great holiday weekend and we will keep you posted!

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Important Dates for MICAH

September 12, 11:30 am: Good Jobs for Milwaukee!!
Tell the Milwaukee City Council: Make sure the Bucks say YES to good jobs before you say YES to the arena development deal. Join us to canvass neighborhoods n key City Council districts and thal wiht people about ensuring that the Bucks arena development results in good jobs for the people of Milwaukee. 1862 W. Fond du lac Ave. RSVP to Peter Rickman rickman.peter@gmail.com

September 24th, 6 pm: Unnatural Causes: Is inequality Making us Sick
Join MICAH as we host a community talk backs around the movie Unnatural Causes. Is inequality making us sick? After the movie we will discuss issues we face in our own neighborhoods and ways we can better the communities we live in. Refreshments will be provided at each event. Community Talk Backs Location: St. Martin De porres 3114 N 2nd Street For questions or concerns please contact Dakota Hall, Youth and Young Adult Organizer 414–374–8841 ext 21

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WWFP Fusion Voting and Candidates

By Chris Johnson and Robert Miranda, KINGFISHmke

September 4, 2015

Wisconsin Working Families Party (WWFP) state director, Milwaukee County Supervisor Marina Dimitrijevic, recently said in an interview that WWFP will be using “fusion voting” as a means to get candidates that WWFP endorses elected to office. In that interview, co-host Robert Kraig, Executive Director of Citizen Action of Wisconsin, interjected to ask Dimitrijevic for a clarification about WWFP ballot access. He wanted confirmation that WWFP planned to use fusion voting, which he stated could “theoretically” allow candidates to be both a WWFP and Democratic candidateand if WWFP “succeeds in the future,” candidates will be able to run as WWFPkeep? Republican candidates as well. He noted that for now, all of the “progressives” happen to be Democrats, but in the future there could be “Republican progressives.” Dimitrijevic did not confirm or deny, instead she discussed the success that voter fusion had most recently in Oregon and other states.

What exactly is fusion voting? Well, here’s one way it works.

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Family Care Public Hearings have been scheduled - 9/14 hearing in Milwaukee

Make It Work Milwaukee/Mental Health Task Force Update

Below please find the schedule of public hearings the Wisconsin Department of Health Services has announced to gather input into the formulation of a waiver application the legislature has directed the Department to prepare that would make substantial changes to Wisconsin’s existing long-term care system.

The Milwaukee Public Hearing is scheduled for:
September 14, 2015, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Milwaukee Medical College, HRC Auditorium
8701 Watertown Plank Road, Milwaukee, WI 53226

The Biennial budget gave DHSD authority to move forward with major changes to Wisconsin’s long term care system. As a reminder the main points of these changes would include:

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Bernie Sanders Deserves Latino Vote

By Robert Miranda, Editor: Wisconsin Spanish Journal

September 3, 2015

Hillary Clinton defended her call to deport children from the U.S. who are fleeing violence in Central America.

Clinton, without any hesitation, abandoned migrant children seeking safety from violence. Her action has demonstrated for Latinos why we must not be tricked into voting for her.

Clinton said, “U.S. immigration authorities should focus on expediting the deportation cases of children and people locked in family detention.”

Clinton is pandering for the crazy people vote. She wants to show these people, most of whom want a wall built on the border, that she can be just as nasty as Donald Trump.

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September 16th Briefing on 2016 Milwaukee County Department Budget Requests As Submitted to the County Executive

When: Wednesday, September 16, 2015 3:00 PM
Where: IndependenceFirst, 540 S. 1st St.

Sponsored by
Make It Work Milwaukee! Coalition In partnership with Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force

The budget briefing will be followed by a short business meeting to discuss 2016 Milwaukee County Budget priorities– all are welcome to attend

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Medicaid Managed Care Forum Info and Wisconsin DHS Family Care/IRIS Town Hall meetings

Make It Work Milwaukee/ Mental Health Task Force Update

Many of us attended yesterday’s Medicaid Managed Care forum hosted by the National Council on Disability at the Capitol which included discussion of how Wisconsin will move forward with major redesign of Family Care and IRIS, and some of the experiences with integrated managed care in other states. WisconsinEye taped the forum and it is available online at http://www.wiseye.org/Home.aspx

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Vital Voices for Mental Health

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Black community conditions continue to worsen because our “progressive friends” have other agendas

By Chris Johnson, KINGFISHmke.com, and Robert Miranda, KINGFISHmke.com

August 31, 2015

For two weeks KINGFISHmke has pressed Wisconsin Working Families Party (WWFP) state director, Marina Dimitrijevic to answer a simple question.

We asked Milwaukee County Supervisor Dimitrijevic if in fact WWFP has a contractual agreement with the firm, Nation Consulting. Her response was to meet with KINGFISHmke to discuss the work of WWFP and our online news network.

As we pointed out in prior articles Thad Nation, through an Astroturf nonprofit called Coalition for the New Economy, gave $5,000 in unrestricted cash donations to the reelect Governor Scott Walker political action group, Americans for Prosperity (AFP), in 2012.

You will note that in 2012, tens of thousands of Wisconsinites converged on the state Capitol to protest against Governor Scott Walker’s union busting ACT 10 initiative.

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The dog ate my teacher - Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

Our back to school podcast looks at the growing teacher shortage in Wisconsin and the country. We also discuss the continued staff turnover at the discredited WEDC, increasing the minimum wage for tipped workers, and more. Click here to listen to podcast #208

Citizen Action in the News

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Democracy Crumbles Before Our Eyes

Fri. 8/28/15: Now will you fight for gun control legislation?

Tues. 08/04/15: Milwaukee makes another Top 10, the 10 worst large cities… We need new leadership

Tues. 08/04/15: David Clarke for Mayor… Really? Look at the members: what do they all have in common?

By Chris Johnson, Editor/Publisher, KINGFISHmke.com

Sat. 7/4/15: WI GOP Attacks Democracy in Dark of Night:

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Highlights from 2015 so far: The Good News and Pivotal Facts

Fri.. 8/28/15: Sanity at Work:

Tues. 8/25/15: WI Gov. one of four GOP presidential wannabes whose failures were shamefully public yesterday after the market plunged deep and fast yesterday, by Washington Post

Wed. 8/5/15: Sanity at work: Abele and Lubar Help Startup Businesses

Tues. 8/4/2015: Wisconsin’s Walker Exposed Yet Again:

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August 17, 2015 Letter from Secretary Rhoades regarding plans for stakeholder input regarding the changes to the Family Care and IRIS

Make It Work Milwaukee/ Mental Health Task Force Update

Many of you have been asking about how Wisconsin Department of Health Services will obtain stakeholder input as they move forward with major changes to Wisconsin’s long term care system, specifically to Family Care and IRIS. The Survival Coalition of Disability Organizations had contacted Secretary Rhoades to offer suggestions regarding this process and request information. Please see the link below for her response.

http://www.survivalcoalitionwi.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Survival-Coalition-Signed-Response.pdf

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4 Troubling Truths About Black Boys and the U.S. Educational System

This crisis begins in homes, stretches to K-12 educational experiences, and leads straight to the cycle of incarceration in increasingly high numbers.

By Matthew Lynch

August 26, 2015

Most people like to think that American K-12 schools, workplaces and courthouses are pillars of fairness, but statistic after statistic all point to a crisis among the young, Black men of the nation. This crisis begins in homes, stretches to K-12 educational experiences, and leads straight to the cycle of incarceration in increasingly high numbers. In America’s prison systems, black citizens are incarcerated at six times the rates of white ones - and the NAACP predicts that one in three of this generation of Black men will spend some time locked up.

While there are many areas of improvement that we could look at changing for more successful outcomes for black men, I will discuss just four indicators that illustrate the current situation for black boys in the U.S., with the hope of starting a conversation about what we can do to produce a stronger generation of Black young men in our society.

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Do you want to subsidize the billionaires’ Bucks arena? Make your voice heard:

PUBLIC HEARINGS: Room 301-B of City Hall, 200 E. Wells St.
Mon., Aug. 31 at 4 PM Steering Committee. Comptroller’s report on subsidy costs.
Tues., Sept. 15, 9 AM Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee
Wed., Sept 16, 9 AM Finance and Personnel Committee
Tues., Sept. 22, 9 AM Vote by Common Council in its chambers, Third Floor, City Hall

Before you go, please review economic outcomes of sports arenas in other cities – not good for taxpayers! In addition to the article links below, do a search yourself. The rich get richer when taxpayers give them land and money to build sports arenas, sometimes destroying established local entertainment venues. If you cannot attend these public hearings, please urge your representatives to vote against building a new arena.

http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2012/09/if-you-build-it-they-might-not-come-the-risky-economics-of-sports-stadiums/260900/
http://billmoyers.com/groupthink/how-has-a-new-professional-sports-arena-affected-your-city/
http://news.illinois.edu/news/04/1117stadiums.html

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We’re making progress!

Recent articles indicate that the Department of Corrections has made some of the changes related to the use of Solitary Confinement for which we began to advocate last October. Check out our website for specifics on our policy recommendations. WISDOM leaders were interviewed about the new DOC changes this week in the following posts:

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Save the Date - Briefing on Proposed 2016 Milwaukee County Department Budget Requests

As Submitted to the County Executive

Sponsored by:
Make It Work Milwaukee! Coalition

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015 3 PM
IndependenceFirst 540 S. 1st St.

The budget briefing will be followed by a short business meeting of the Make It Work Milwaukee Coalition and Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force to discuss County Budget priorities – all are welcome

Agenda in formation – stay tuned for details!

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WI Gov. 2011 to Present & Wanna Be

By Jennifer Vulpas

In 2011, after Union workers demonstrated in the Capitol square in Madison and during that time, Governor Walker was fooled into believing that David Koch called him in support of breaking up unions. I was struck by what a “puppet” our Governor had become. I wanted a placard to carry in Madison in support of public unions. I wanted it to encompass everything that Governor Walker seemed to be. So I made him appear to have no focus (since Governor Walker doesn’t seem to help people who are needy, and together with the state legislature, they are governing without any acknowledgment to an opposite opinion — like a kingdom), money seems to be his main goal and he has someone who pulls his strings.

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We Cannot Let Children Go Hungry!

By Anna Dvorak, Community Organizer: Citizen Action Organizing Cooperative

Join us for a press conference to call for continued federal funding of school lunches, summer meals and more. Make sure our kids get the food they need to grow and learn!

Citizen Action will be joined by Congresswoman Gwen Moore, MPS Superintendent Darienne Driver, the Hunger Task Force, and the Milwaukee Center for Independence.

Member-owners, educators, friends, family, young, old - all are welcome!

WHEN: August 26, 2015 at 11:45am - 12:30pm

WHERE: Merrill Park, 461 N 35th St (35th and Clybourn St) Milwaukee, WI 53208

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#BlackLivesMatter & Progressives

By Citizen Action of Wisconsin

#BlackLivesMatter & Progressives - Battleground Wisconsin Podcast
We welcome Brandi Grayson, co-founder of Young, Gifted and Black and Nate Hamilton, co-founder of The Coalition for Justice to continue the important conversation between #BlackLivesMatter and white progressives that we began on last week’s podcast.
Click here to listen to podcast #207
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Special Podcast:”WalkerCare will repeal healthcare for millions” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast
Robert Kraig tells you everything you need to know about Scott Walker’s plan to turn the clock back by repealing the health care law, ending care for millions of Americans and dramatically increasing the cost of health insurance for tens of thousands of Wisconsinites.

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Walker’s bait & switch health “plan”

By Erik Kirkstein, Citizen Action Health Care Organizer

“‘Walker’s supposed plan is not serious health policy. It is a campaign document which provides nothing more than window dressing for a massive roll-back of the freedom to access quality affordable health care,’ said Robert Kraig, Executive Director of Citizen Action of Wisconsin.’”- Wisconsin Radio Network, 8/18/15

As his Presidential poll numbers continue to freefall, Walker is now moving even further to the right fringe, unveiling Tuesday in Minnesota an extreme health care plan and promise to repeal Obamacare on day 1 of his presidency (never mind the Constitution which says it is Congress that repeals laws).

Strangely Walker chose Minnesota to make his big announcement, a state with substantially lower health insurance rates than Wisconsin because it has taken advantage of health care reform.

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WWFP Executive Director Admits WWFP is Tea Party of the Left UPDATE

By Chris Johnson, Editor, KINGFISHmke.com

On Citizen Action of Wisconsin’s “The Battleground Wisconsin” podcast this week, executive director of Wisconsin Working Families Party (WWFP), Milwaukee County Sup. Marina Dimitrijevic admits that this independent political organization is the “Tea Party of the left.” You can hear it for yourself here. The discussion regarding the WWFP being the Democrats’ version of the Tea Party begins at approximately four minutes and 15 seconds into the interview.

Sup. Dimitrijevic also talks about how the WWFP will use “fusion voting,” which is a system in which the same candidate may be nominated by two or more different parties, with the parties listed separately on the ballot but combining their votes to determine the overall tally for the candidate they share.
A candidate that would most likely support billionaire projects like the Bucks stadium, the Wisconsin XXL pipeline, and the Milwaukee downtown streetcar. These are the type of candidates they will be pushing for. More to come from this interview this upcoming Monday.

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Governor Walker Continues Deception and Obfuscation of Record

By Robert Miranda, Editor, Wisconsin Spanish Journal

August 14, 2015

In recent articles, Scott Walker made the statements that, if elected, Hillary Clinton would be the “great deceiver” and that she can not be trusted.

Governor Scott Walker attempts to shift public attention from his deceptions, verbal manipulations and mismanagement of government. His actions have negatively affected Wisconsin.

What moral or ethical authority does Governor Scott Walker have to call someone deceptive when his behavior clearly shows that he continues to practice deception, corruption, and wrongdoing? Here are the examples — you judge for yourself.

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Building Healthy Milwaukee Social Reality

By Ben Rader, Psy.D.Licensed Clinical Psychologist

The Milwaukee Affiliate for Social Living (MASL) is an organization of mental health clinicians and community members dedicated to the promotion of a healthier social reality, through public education, professional training, and community enrichment.

MASL operates from the perspective that individual physical and psychological health and wellness occurs in concert with healthy families, communities, and social order. Founded on the principles of Individual Psychology, which espouses a democratic, creative, and purposeful view of the individual operating in social contexts, MASL approaches its work as being an open and invested inquiry into human experience, as it occurs locally, impacted by broader social realities.

The city of Milwaukee offers for us a backdrop in which contemporary problems and concerns are played out in the interpersonal transactions that describe our shared experience, and shape the individual and social outcomes of its people. Challenges that are endemic to Milwuakee, provide a telling portrait of the human condition and it’s relationship to broader social factors.

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County Executive Abele To Hold Budget Town Hall Meetings

Make It Work Milwaukee / Mental Health Task Force Update

County Executive Abele will be holding Town Hall Meetings to get input from the community on priorities for the 2016 Milwaukee County Budget. This is an important opportunity to share priorities for people with disabilities and older adults in the 2016 budget. The County Budget provides funding for many essential services for people with disabilities including transit, paratransit services, housing, benefits counseling, services in the criminal justice system, mental health and substance abuse and much more. You can share your priorities for the 2016 budget with County Executive Abele at these hearings – please help spread the word. The first session is Tuesday August 18th and the second is Wednesday August 19th – see the details below.

Tuesday August 18th, 2015 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Wauwatosa Civic Center, 7725 W. North Ave.
Wauwatosa, WI 53212

Wednesday August 19th, 2015 9:30 - !1:00 a.m.
Mitchell Park Pavilion on the Lagoon, 2200 W. Pierce St.
Milwaukee, WI 53204

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Healthy Minds Make Healthy Bodies & Money

An Interview with Experts at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

By Patricia Obletz, Editor, www.MilwaukeeRenaissance.com/PeaceOfMind/

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”
---Frederick Douglass

Behavioral/mental problems run in every family. Helping children and their parents manage the symptoms is a driving passion for two experts at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin (CHW) Psychiatry & Behavioral Medicine Department: Medical Director, Robert P. Chayer, MD, and Director of Mental Health Services, Tracy R. Oerter, MS. Chayer is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, and Vice-Chair of Child and Adolescent Services at Medical College of WI Psychiatry Department; Associate Professor. Oerter launched her career in mental health 20 plus years ago and has been at Children’s Hospital for the past 12. She works overtime to reduce stigma, promote suicide prevention and improve access to mental health services to all children and adolescents with innovative and collaborative partnerships.

When asked about the health disparities seen at Children’s, Chayer said they find a disproportionate amount of concurrent physical and mental health issues because they’re based in a pediatric hospital. Oerter added that kids don’t often come to Children’s for emotional trauma, but the trauma surfaces once they’re admitted.

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The Wisconsin Working Family Party Bedfellows

By Chris Johnson, KINGFISHmke.com

August 10, 2015

Recent articles regarding the newly formed and announced political party Wisconsin Working Family Party (WWFP) have brought rise to questions regarding who makes up this party and what differentiates them from the Democratic Party of Wisconsin (DPW). The most comprehensive account about the creation of this party is a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article initially published on July 31 of this year.

WWFP describes itself as, “a grassroots independent political organization that fights for Wisconsin’s working families.”

The executive director of WWFP is former Milwaukee County Board chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic and the Deputy Director is former Milwaukee County supervisor and two time candidate for city of Milwaukee alderman, Eyon Biddle.

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Walkernomics Won’t Work for USA, Either

By Robert Miranda, Editor, Wisconsin Spanish Journal; /PeaceOfMind/InMyMindsEye

Time Magazine 8/6/15 Fox News debate in Cleveland transcript below illustrates clearly the pipe dream that is Walkernomics:

CHRIS WALLACE: Governor Walker.

(APPLAUSE) Governor Walker, when you ran for governor of Wisconsin back in 2010, you promised that you would create 250,000 jobs in your first term, first four years. In fact, Wisconsin added barely half that and ranked 35th in the country in job growth. Now you’re running for president, and you’re promising an economic plan in which everyone will earn a piece of the American dream.

Given your record in Wisconsin, why should voters believe you?

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SUPERVISORS WEDDLE AND RAINEY BLAST CHRIS ABELE AND HECTOR COLON OVER ENERGY ASSISTANCE CONTRACT

They Say Move to Award Energy Assistance Contract to UMOS and Community Advocates Defies Last Week’s County Board Vote Granting an Extension to SDC

Milwaukee County Supervisors Martin Weddle and Khalif Rainey today blasted County Executive Chris Abele and Health and Human Services Director Hector Colon for taking “emergency” action to award $2.2 million for a low-income energy assistance program contract to UMOS, Inc. and Community Advocates after the County Board directed them to keep the contract with the Social Development Commission for six months.

The Board voted 13–4 with one abstention on July 30 to grant the six-month extension to SDC and reject Colon’s recommendation that the contract be moved to UMOS and Community Advocates. But Colon issued an order on Wednesday awarding the contract to UMOS and Community Advocates, saying “given the time critical benchmarks of the 2015/2016 energy application season, the department does not have sufficient time to implement the board’s recommendations.”

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Wisconsin Working Families Party is the Democrats’ Tea Party

By Chris Johnson, http://www.kingfishmke.com/

August 5, 2015

Reprinted with permission.

Last week, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel published an article about Milwaukee County Supervisor Marina Dimitrijevic stepping down from her position as chairwoman and discussing her new role as director of a new political party called the Wisconsin Working Families Party (WWFP). This newly launched political party is marketed as “a coalition of labor and community organizations,” These are two groups that historically caucus with the Democratic Party. Why is there a need to start another Democratic party? Sup. Dimitrijevic was quoted as saying, “We’re basically trying to take our state back, starting at the local level.” Isn’t that what the Democratic Party is supposed to be doing?

The launch of this new party comes shortly after the Democratic Party of Wisconsin (DPW) Convention, which was held in Milwaukee at Potawatomi Hotel and Casino in June. At this convention, elections for statewide officers were held and the state Democratic party delegates elected Martha Laning as the new party chair, upsetting establishment favorite Jason Rae of Nation Consulting.

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Important South Side Public Safety Meeting

Community Public Safety Meeting

Please join Ald. Pérez, Ald. Donovan and Police District 2 Captain Morales for a public meeting to discuss crime issues on the south side.

Where: Ascension Lutheran Church – 1236 S. Layton Blvd.
When: Wed. Aug. 5th at 6 p.m.

This is your opportunity to address your concerns regarding crime and police response directly to your elected representatives and to Captain Morales.

Reunión para Seguridad Pública de la Comunidad

Por favor únase al Consejal Pérez, Concejal Donovan y el Distrito 2 de Policía, Capitán Morales para una reunión pública para discutir temas de criminalidad en el lado sur.

Dónde: Ascensión Iglesia Luterana - 1236 S. Layton Blvd.
Cuándo: Miércoles 5 de agosto a las 6 p.m.

Esta es su oportunidad de tratar sus preocupaciones con respecto a la delincuencia y la respuesta de la policía directamente de sus representantes electos y al Capitán Morales.

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Asking for Sheriff Clarke’s help to stem south side auto theft crisis

243% increase in 8th Aldermanic District in five years

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan

August 4, 2015

My first obligation as alderman is to protect the interests and the health, safety, and welfare of my constituents. When those interests are NOT being served, I am compelled to take action.

I am asking Sheriff David Clarke for assistance in putting the brakes on the auto theft crisis we’re seeing on the south side. I believe the help is needed because it appears the Milwaukee Police Department simply is not up to the task, despite the best efforts of the fine rank and file officers.

It gives me little pleasure, and makes me extremely angry, to point out a few of the statistics I have garnered from online city records:

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GOP has lost its foundation and standing

By Robert Miranda, Editor, Wisconsin Spanish Journal

August 3, 2015

As more and more information comes forward regarding Walker’s Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), it is without question that Walker’s allies continue to look for ways to stop the bleeding and embarrassment that WEDC has caused.

The GOP once touted its resolve to be a fighter and protector of taxpayers. They vowed to fight against waste, fraud and corruption in government. But after news reports of WEDC loans being given without proper oversight, companies using those loans to buy luxury cars, companies receiving WEDC support while shipping jobs overseas, and companies going under yet given loans anyway, in addition to companies failing to produce jobs after receiving WEDC money, Republican leaders have resorted to desperate attempts to stop the political damage by initiating an effort to change the open records laws, and are now trying to remove elected representatives from being members of the WEDC board of directors. Clearly they have something to hide.

A corrupt core of GOP leaders have taken the GOP away from its marketing brand of being professionals who can balance the budget to create jobs, to prevent tax increases and to give tax breaks aligned to job creation for the purpose of creating jobs. Obviously, these goals are no longer are the creed of the GOP.

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Upcoming Events

Schools and Communities United General Meeting

Monday, August 3rd at 5:30pm. Washington Park Library 2121 North Sherman Blvd, Milwaukee

You’re invited to the Schools and Communities United General Meeting on Monday, August 3. Join us as we plan the next steps to fight the takeover of Milwaukee Public Schools. There will be brief reports on the MPS takeover plan, community schools, and schools defense committees. The meeting is open to Schools and Communities United members, parents, students, educators, and all supporters of Milwaukee Public Schools.

Support Drivers’ Card Legislation

Wednesday, August 5 at 10am. State Building 819 N. 6th Street Milwaukee, WI

Driver’s Cards for the undocumented is important for all of us!! Learn more about this issue on www.prayforjusticeinwi.org

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The Big WEDC Lie Update &WI Rep’s Response

By Robert Miranda, Editor, Wisconsin Spanish Journal; /PeaceOfMind/InMyMindsEye

Walker announced that the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics’ stats were “inaccurate.” He promoted bogus stats his people at the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) created, which showed WI’s numbers as much more favorable. The media fell for the propaganda and the big lie was on.

Recently, Walker’s administration made an Interesting change in key executive positions of the DWD and Financial Institutions.

Longtime deputy director Jonathan Barry was moved out of DWD and sent to Public Safety. Walker’s peeps then moved Georgia Maxwell out of Financial Institutions to become deputy director of DWD. There is grumbling at DWD that Maxwell has no clue of labor economics and it appears the move was more an attempt to get a Walker loyalist inside DWD who will follow direction without question-someone whose trust is without question.

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Mental Health Board meetings - option for members of the public to receive notice of board meetings

ByMental Health Task Force

Milwaukee County and the City of Milwaukee offer a free “E-Notify” service for members of the public to register to receive email notice of committee meetings, hearings, events, and the like from Milwaukee city, Milwaukee County, Public Schools, Elected officials, agencies, etc.

An option has now been added to this service for the Milwaukee County Mental Health board – members of the public will now be able to sign up to receive notification for Milwaukee County Mental Health Board meetings through the E-Notify system. The link to register is : https://itmdapps.milwaukee.gov/Portal/login.jsp?from=/Enotify/index.jsp If you do not already have an “E-Notify: account, you will need to set one up.

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Wisconsin on the losing end!

By Robert Miranda, Editor, Wisconsin Spanish Journal

July 28, 2015

As Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker seeks the GOP nomination for President of the United States, he would like to use what he has done in Wisconsin as a real example of what he would do as President. But what Walker wants to show you, and what Walker has done, are two entirely different things.

Walker’s ECONOMIC SECURITY plan fell apart when he decided to follow political agendas that do not generate jobs, increase incomes or expand the middle class.

Ask yourself: “Is this the person you want in the White House?”

The facts:

1. WISCONSIN EMPLOYMENT 38th WORST IN USA IN 2014 — WAS 20TH BEST IN 2010: Walker not only failed to fulfill his promise of creating 250,000 jobs in his first term, Wisconsin now ranks 38th worst in the nation and last in the Midwest.

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Walker’s WEDC, A Costly and Corrupt Venture

By Robert Miranda: Editor, Wisconsin Spanish Journal

Chris Johnson: Editor/Publisher, KINGFISHmke.com

Walker’s declaration of an economic emergency in Wisconsin when he became governor was the seed that sprouted the creature known as WEDC.

Shortly after Scott Walker was elected Wisconsin governor in 2010, his first major initiative was to get rid of the Wisconsin Department of Commerce and replace it with a public-private experiment called the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC); the action was known as legislation Act 7, which he signed into law.

To ensure his centerpiece for creating 250,000 jobs in Wisconsin materialized, Walker placed himself as WEDC’s board of directors chairman to move a policy that was “business friendly.” His aim was to dole out loans, grants and tax incentives to businesses that will help Walker achieve his 250,000 new jobs promise before the end of his first term as Wisconsin governor.

But that didn’t happen. What did happen however was a whirlwind of problems and mismanagement at WEDC.

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SPLC maps hate by tracking pro-Confederate flag rallies across America

As Confederate flags are removed from government facilities across the Deep South, a backlash is brewing. Flag supporters are staging rallies, and the SPLC is exposing the involvement of white supremacist groups in this reactionary movement. Use our interactive map to track protests like the one last weekend by the North Carolina-based Loyal Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.

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Three Ways We Fix Health Costs

By Kevin Kane, Lead Organizer, Citizen Action of Wisconsin

If we want affordable health insurance we need to use all tools available to get rid of waste and abuse while driving innovation forward. Unfortunately much of that is decided at the Statehouse, which means we need to fight for affordable healthcare right here in Wisconsin.

Here are three ways Wisconsin could reduce the cost of healthcare:

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Got Your Back

By Kevin Kane, Lead Organizer: Citizen Action of Wisconsin

The Obama Administration just showed once again that they have your back when it comes to the cost of healthcare, which is greatly needed here in Wisconsin.

The CEO of Healthcare.gov just sent a letter to Walker and other states encouraging them use their power of #RateReview to challenge insurance companies who are proposing big rate increases. You may not have heard of #RateReview and that might be because the Walker Administration has never used this tool to challenge insurance companies looking to price gouge consumers. But it is very important.

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An open letter to the Wisconsin media

By Jeri Bonavia WAVE - Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort <wave@WaveEdFund.org>

The recent “Open Government” scandal didn’t just reveal the dangers of letting lawmakers operate in secret. It showed how skilled and effective the media can be at exposing these backroom deals and protecting the public interest.

It’s high time they apply that same fierce energy, journalistic zeal and unflinching courage to exposing the secret shenanigans that produce dangerous gun laws here in Wisconsin.

And if this scandal proved anything, it’s that our voices have power — so I’m asking you to raise yours.

Read my Open Letter to the Wisconsin Media and add your name to demand they apply the same hard-hitting investigative journalism to help break the gun lobby’s grip on our gun laws.

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MENTAL HEALTH CARE IN MILWAUKEE: Then, Now and Next

By Barry Blackwell, M.D.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The woes of mental health care in Milwaukee have deep and tangled roots, many of them fed by overt and covert discrimination, stigma and deafness to the lived experiences and plight of people and families struggling to cope with the social consequences and inadequate treatment of their ailments.

The largest city in the State of Wisconsin, long (but no longer) known for a progressive political climate has become the place where treatment of those with mental illness is viewed as seriously flawed while the capital Madison, 90 miles to the northwest, is seen as among the most enlightened. How did this come about, are we on the cusp of final remediation and, if so, what must we do to secure and preserve its success?

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Monthly Education Meeting July 2015 “Nutrition”

Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force:

NAMI Greater Milwaukee
Monthly Education Meeting Series

Food for Thought: Nutrition and Mental Health
Monday July 27, 2015, 6:30pm—8:00pm

Is there a link between nutrition and mental health?

Come join us at NAMI Greater Milwaukee as Aleisha Anderson, a Licensed Acupuncturist and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioner, and Sarah Philipp, a Certified Holistic Nutritionist talk about the link that connects mental, emotional and physical health. They share how to discover a “happier” place of eating foods you enjoy, feeling satisfied, and discovering your own connection between nutrition and mental health.

Location: NAMI Office 3732 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53208 (please enter from the rear of the building, where parking is available).

No registration is required-if you require special accommodations, we will attempt to meet any requests.
Please contact Aaron Arteaga at 414–344–0447 or aarona@namigrm.org

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State Budget & Bucks Arena Town Hall

July 23, 2015 from 6–7:30pm

Please spread the word

Find out how the $73 billion state budget and the $500 million proposed Milwaukee Bucks arena deal will impact you. I welcome you to join invited guests from the state, City of Milwaukee and Milwaukee County for a briefing and question and answer session. Please, stop by my Town Hall Meeting tomorrow night, Thursday, July 23 from 6–7:30pm at Greater New Birth Church, 8237 West Silver Spring Drive, Milwaukee, WI. To RSVP, click here. To help spread the word, please forward this email or share the event on your Facebook wall.

WHO: All interested persons
WHAT: Town Hall Meeting to discuss the state budget and Bucks arena deal
WHERE: Greater New Birth Church, 8237 West Silver Spring Drive, Milwaukee, WI.
WHEN: Thursday, July 23 from 6–7:30pm

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Rep. Zamarripa Code Talk Not Convincing - GOP Passing the Buck

By Robert Miranda, Editor: Wisconsin Spanish Journal

July 21, 2015

The pressure to pass a deal that will keep the Milwaukee Bucks in Milwaukee is being put on the shoulders of the Democratic Party.

Republican messaging experts are attempting to create a narrative that will clear them of failing to keep the Milwaukee Bucks in Wisconsin because they don’t have the votes.

So to make themselves look like they’ve been working hard to keep the Bucks in Milwaukee, Republicans are pointing the finger towards the Democrats in an attempt to shift blame away from the GOP.

Democrats on the other hand continue to look like deer on the road, staring into oncoming lights unable to move before getting smacked for not responding to the GOP for their failure to muster up the votes they need in order to pass the Bucks deal.

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Ending Homelessness in America

July 21, 2015

By: Sylvia Mathews Burwell, HHS Secretary

For a year, Bobbie was homeless. She was one of the half-million Americans who face the uncertainty, on any given day, about where they will find their next meal, where they can get care when they are sick, and where they will sleep at night.

Bobbie was lucky to find the Stout Street Health Center – a community health center in Denver, Colorado that provides integrated health care and housing support for the city’s homeless population.

She told a local reporter that without the men and women working in the health center, “I don’t know where I would be.”

Last week I had the opportunity to visit the Stout Street Health Center and see the work they do for up to 18,000 men, women and children experiencing homelessness every year.

What if we could guarantee that no more Americans would have to face what Bobbie did? What if, in just a few years, we could help the more than a million people including children, families and veterans who have no place to call home? What if we finally and completely ended homelessness in the United States?

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Patient and Family Education Series Update

Howdy!!

Here is the updated schedule for the Patient and Family Education Series.
Moreover, please feel free to forward to other interested parties.

Thanks so much!

John

John Schneider MD FAPA
Chief Medical Officer
Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division

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GALLERY NIGHT at GALLERY # 105 featuring Oils by Patricia Obletz

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FAQ re long term care changes in the budget

Make It Work Milwaukee/ Mental Health Task Force Update

Now that the budget has been signed into law, what does that mean for Family Care and IRIS? There will be changes to the way Family Care and IRIS operate. These changes will unfold over the course of the next two years. The shift to the new long term care system will happen after the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approves a waiver–which will contain details on the kinds and levels of services offered and how the new program will run. Wisconsin’s Survival Coalition for Disability Organizations has developed a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) regarding the long term care changes approved in the budget. You can view the FAQ online at:

http://www.survivalcoalitionwi.org/index.php/2015/updates/faq-long-term-care-state-budget-outcomes/

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Support Drivers Cards for Immigrants in Wisconsin!

Drivers’ Cards = Safe Roads, Healthy Communities

SOLIDARITY RALLY
Thursday, July 23, 6:30 pm
Emmaus Lutheran Church, 1925 Summit Avenue, Racine

Undocumented immigrants are not able to get a drivers’ license in Wisconsin. WISDOM calls for new statewide legislation for Drivers’ Cards. A Drivers’ Card could not be used as a Federal ID; could not be used to get on an airplane; would not be a step towards legalization. BUT it would allow undocumented people to drive legally and purchase insurance.

SHOW YOUR SUPPORT. Join faith leaders, WISDOM leaders from around the state, Representative JoCasta Zamarripa, and other elected officials!

In WISDOM, we work on many different issues, but at the deepest level we recognize that what effects one of us effects all of us.

JOIN US!!!

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How the Billionaires Bought Justice for Scott Walker

Scott Walker is the perfect example of how billionaires can purchase justice a la carte to protect their pet politicians.

Now that’s not to say that Scott Walker himself is a billionaire. But he has a well-known relationship with billionaires like the Koch Brothers - and their assorted front groups. And in short, that’s why the Wisconsin Supreme Court dropped its John Doe probe into whether Scott Walker criminally violated campaign finance laws to win his recall election in 2012.

The Koch brothers and their front groups, particularly the Wisconsin Club for Growth, along with the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce group (also known as the WMC) have been setting up this ruling for almost a decade.

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“John D’Oh & Dough 4 Bucks” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss the democracy imperiling Wisconsin Supreme Court decision to end the John Doe case against Gov. Walker and conservative groups for illegal campaign coordination during the recall election. We welcome Sen. Chris Larson to review this week’s vote in the state senate to help finance a new arena in Milwaukee. Listen to podcast #202

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$20 Million Settlement Reached in Labor Trafficking Cases Coordinated by SPLC

Company at center of SPLC trafficking suit agrees to pay $20 million to hundreds of exploited workers

A $20 million settlement agreement has been reached to resolve numerous labor trafficking lawsuits that we spearheaded against Signal International, a Gulf Coast marine services company that was found liable in our suit earlier this year for defrauding and exploiting workers it lured from India. A federal jury awarded our clients $14 million, but this settlement will also cover some 200 others represented, at no charge, by law firms we recruited and coordinated.
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PRESS CONFERENCE - CITIZEN OVERSIGHT AND WAKE-UP CALL FOR NBA BUCKS PROJECTS

JULY 17, 2015

NOTIFICATION CALL - SATURDAY, JULY 18, 2015, 1:00PM,
Citizen Oversight and Wake-up Call on NBA Milwaukee Bucks Projects Press Conference

17th & Vliet, MLKING Park, Milwaukee, WI.

Right back response needed for your attendance.

Contact: Mary Glass, mpapublicpolicyreview@gmail.com
414.610.1044

SEE BELOW.

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Bradley Crossing Lease-up - new accessible affordable apartments available

Mental Health Task Force/ Make It Work Milwaukee Update

JFS Housing, Inc. has opened four new buildings (1-, 2- & 3-bd units) on their current Bradley Crossing campus (corner of Sherman Blvd and Bradley Rd.) – see below for more details and please help spread the word to those who may benefit from these new accessible apartments.

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Docking Governor Walker’s Salary

By Robert Miranda, Editor: Wisconsin Spanish Journal

July 16, 2015

Wisconsin taxpayers continue to pay Governor Scott Walker’s salary, benefits and Mansion. We’re paying for many other things to support the governor and his family so that he can focus on working to represent the people of Wisconsin.

But as of late, Governor Walker has been putting in more hours working for Scott Walker’s aspiration to become president of the United States.

So while candidate Walker travels across the country and the world in pursuit of the presidency, why are Wisconsin taxpayers paying his salary and benefits during work hours that he clearly is not representing or working on behalf of the people of Wisconsin?

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UPDATE On Open Records Violations: As of July 17, 2015, still no response:

Hard copy mailed:

July 1, 2015
WI Attorney General Brad D. Schimel
Dept. of Justice
17 W. Main St.
PO Box 7857
Madison, WI 53707–7857

Dear Attorney General Schimel:

It has come to my attention that, despite your public assertions (6/1/15 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) that you will uphold and expand the Wisconsin Open Records Law, the WI Department of Corrections continues to withhold from the Felmers O. Chaney Advocacy Board the public records containing the answers to these questions:

  • How many paroled or on probation people by race break a rule, but don’t commit a crime, yet get sent to Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility (MSDF) for evaluation of whether they return to prison or go to an Alternative to Prison (ATR)? This procedure effectively cuts off these individuals from their families and usually ensures that they will lose their job attained after being released from prison.

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Final State Budget: The Good, the Bad, and the UGLY

After months of battle, the dust from the budget process is settling at the State Capitol. Last weekend, Governor Walker signed the state budget into law.

There is no question this budget was one of the worst in history for conservation. But, because of conservation voters like you weighing in time and again, we walked away with some victories, too. Let’s start our budget summary with those victories you fought so hard for – and won.

The GOOD

Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program – Governor Walker tried to freeze the popular land protection program, but conservation voters like you weighed in almost 14,000 times with members of the Joint Finance Committee and the Governor to save it from extinction. Citizens held meetings with their legislators, wrote letters to local newspapers, and asked friends and family to join in. The thousands of stories you shared with legislators about the importance of this program brought it back to life, restoring over $33 million for land protection in Wisconsin.

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Please join us on Saturday July 25 for a unique opportunity: RESPECTING THE HUMANITY OF PRISONERS

Saturday, July 25, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
First Unitarian Society, 1342 North Astor Street, Milwaukee

A unique encounter with the stories, letters, poems, artwork, and essays of Wisconsin prisoners and their families, where we will explore and discover that which reveals their feelings, experiences, and hopes.

Event Co-Sponsors:
ACLU of Wisconsin, The Body & Soul Healing Arts Center, First Unitarian Society, JusticePoint, MICAH, Prison Action Milwaukee, Project Return, Wisconsin Community Services (WCS), WISDOM

Presented by the Buddhist Peace Fellowship - Milwaukee

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Immigration Action and More!

1) WISDOM has an important immigration action in Racine!

Next Thursday, July 23, 6:30 pm
Emmaus Lutheran Church, 1925 Summit Avenue, Racine

The event will lift up the issue of Drivers’ Cards for immigrants. WISDOM is calling on Wisconsin to join the growing number of states that allow undocumented workers to drive legally. WISDOM has long supported this initiative, which will make our roads safer, allow thousands of people to breathe easier as they go to work or to church or take their children to school, and which will make life much easier for law enforcement.

We will rally people to support the efforts of State Representative JoCasta Zamarripa, who will soon be introducing a bill in the state legislature to allow for drivers’ cards. Besides Rep. Zamarripa, we expect other legislators will join us. And, we will be joined by a couple of busloads of people coming from the Gamaliel National Training.

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Scott Walker, F-Bomb, My Mom

By Jeri Bonavia WAVE - Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort

Monday, fresh from announcing his bid for the White House, Governor Walker bragged to supporters about his “A+” NRA rating, pretending it was all about being “fierce advocates for our hunting heritage…”

Give me a break! Scott Walker has been working shoulder-to-shoulder with the radical gun lobby, helping them force their reckless “anyone, any gun, anywhere” vision on our state. That’s not protecting our hunting heritage; that’s an affront to our hunting heritage — and it’s an ugly attack on our values and the culture we cherish.

This photo, from a new gun shop in Wisconsin called F-Bomb Ordnance, says it all. THIS is the gun industry’s terrifying new vision of the forests and fields of our state:

There’s a whole slide show of these alarming paramilitary-fantasy photos on F-Bomb’s website, along with the tagline: “BE THAT GUY!”

No thanks!

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2016 Follow-Up Q & A regarding 2016 BHD budget

Mental Health Task Force Update

Mental Health Board member and Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force Co-chair Mary Neubauer had submitted follow-up questions regarding the 2016 Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division Budget request. The response to budget follow-up questions and related attachment 1 are attached to this message for your reference. Sincere thanks and appreciation to the BHD staff for responding to the original questions and the follow-up questions regarding the 2016 BHD budget request.

Followup questions 1
Followup questions 2

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Good News and Calls for Action

1) Congratulations! Sometimes, hard work really does pay off. Because of the efforts of WISDOM, and about 30 other organizations and coalitions, Governor Walker vetoed the provision from the budget that would have expanded the Payday Loan industry. Thanks to all of you who made phone calls and who helped raise awareness about this attempt by the legislature to sneak through a provision that could never pass if it had to be explained in public.

2) If you have not already done so, this week would be a good time to contact your State Senator and Assembly Representative to ask for their support in the effort to encourage the President to “Ban the Box” for federal jobs and for federal contractors. This would mean the removal of the box on job applications that asks if you have ever been convicted of a crime. (That question can still be asked later in the process, but it would remove it from the very top of the application.) Click here to find your state legislator.

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7/12/2015 State Budget Vetoes

Mental Health Task Force/ Make It Work Milwaukee Update on State Budget

Governor Walker signed the biennial budget today. It included a total of 104 vetoes. The Governor’s veto message and the full list of vetoes can be found online at: http://doa.wi.gov/Documents/DEBF/Budget/Biennial%20Budget/Governor%27s%20Veto%20Message/2015-17%20Veto%20Message.pdf

Here is a listing of vetoes of particular interest to the disability community – there may be additions as we continue to review the approved budget and the Governor’s vetoes.

BadgerCare Plus Coverage for Childless Adults
Section 1797

This section requires the Department of Health Services to submit two reports to the Joint Committee on Finance regarding changes to the BadgerCare Plus coverage for childless adults. The first report must be submitted to the Committee prior to submitting a waiver amendment to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and must summarize the provisions of the waiver and estimate the fiscal impact of any changes. The second report is required to be submitted to the Committee summarizing any provision approved by the federal government and must estimate the fiscal impact of those approved provisions.

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Common Ground Update - Town Hall Meeting Tuesday

TOWN HALL MEETING - District 4

Tuesday, July 14th

  • 5:30pm - Pre-meet
  • 6:00pm - Meeting

Central Library - Centennial Room, 733 N 8th Street, Milwaukee

if you can attend. You do not need to be from District 4 to attend.

Wear your Common Ground T-Shirt!

Meeting will center around the plans for the Arena along with other District issues. Click HERE for flyer.

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Survival Coalition Sends Veto request to Governor Walker:

Survival Coalition has worked with and appreciated the diligence and attention Joint Finance Committee members and other legislators have taken to listen to constituents concerned about how changes to a critical and complex long term care system, Medicaid, personal care, and education can directly impact the daily lives of people with disabilities. While the committee has made modifications, substantial concerns remain.

There are several areas of the budget that may result in negative or disproportional impacts to people with disabilities and their families, or are large scale changes in which Survival Coalition is not confident all the necessary technical and other fixes are included in the final budget bill.

You can find the full letter on our website or click this link:
http://www.survivalcoalitionwi.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Survival_Governor_VetoRequest_070915.pdf

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WEDC Investigation Is Needed

BY Robert Miranda, Editor: Wisconsin Spanish Journal

July 11, 2015

As Scott Walker announces a run for the White House, the sleaze and incompetence of his office have become obvious to the public, causing many questions to arise.

The Republican Party’s open records tampering failed. The failed initiative was followed by another taxpayer give-away article published by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel at the hands of Walker’s corporatestein monster, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC).

The corporate monster WEDC took another hit after it was reported that WEDC lent $1.2 million to a businessman who had a history of troubled finances.
http://m.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/jobs-agencies-loaned-12-million-to-businessman-with-troubled-finances-b99535110z1-313434331.html

Just last week, Scott Fitzferald stated to the media that Walker and his office were directly involved in the drafting of the proposed changes to the Open Records Law. But Walker is not one for taking a fall. To take focus away from his own reason why he would like to see the Wisconsin open records law changed, Walker told conservative talk show host Charlie Sykes on WTMJ-AM that the idea didn’t come from him. Interesting. Walker did not initiate the removal of the open records changes from the budget until all hell broke loose from the political left and right.

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Letter from the WCMH to Governor Walker regarding biennial budget

Mental Health Task Force Update

As you know the state budget has been approved by the Legislature and has gone to Governor Walker for his review and approval. The attached letter is from the Wisconsin Council on Mental Health and asks Governor Walker to consider vetoing some budget provisions which as seen as “potential to have a significant and disproportionate impact on adults and children with mental health disorders”. Also note that the new Chair of the Council Is Matt Strittmater of LaCrosse. We look forward to working with Matt and thank outgoing Chair Shel Gross for his tremendous leadership and his partnership with the Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force.

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Major WEDC Issues & Timeline

By Robert Miranda, Editor: Wisconsin Spanish Journal

July 10, 2015

The Mother Jones report: “Scott Walker’s Office Was Part of a Sneaky Effort to Keep His Records Private” link is below. It seems clear that this action, to tamper with Wisconsin’s open records law, comes on the heels of several news reports published in media outlets all over Wisconsin highlighting a loan given to a failing corporation without staff review. Reports indicate that taxpayer money was used by the Building Committee Inc. to pay for luxury cars including a Maserati.
http://m.motherjones.com/politics/2015/07/scott-walker-wisconsin-open-records

The link below is to an article in which it gives a quote by Paul Jadin, once a key WEDC administrator who left the agency not long after its creation.

The quote is clearly a smoking gun statement directly from Jadin’s mouth.

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CALL GOVERNOR WALKER NOW!

The State Legislature pushed through a potentially very damaging provision in the state budget that is now before the Governor. Please call the Governor’s office, (608) 266–1212, right now - even after hours - and leave a message: VETO THE EXPANSION OF THE PAYDAY LOAN INDUSTRY. it will only take a minute.

Background: At the very last minute, the Joint Finance Committee added language which would dramatically increase the amount of business that could be done by predatory Pay Day Loan businesses. As the article linked here makes clear, the new law would allow predatory lending establishments to get involved in all kinds of businesses, ranging from insurance to liquor stores, thus increasing their capacity to squeeze even more money from the people who can least afford it.

Besides being bad policy that makes it easier to exploit vulnerable people, it is a policy change that was introduced in a very undemocratic way. There has been no hearing on the matter, and no public discussion. There is not even a single legislator willing to claim it as his or her idea. It is something the legislature is ashamed of: it is why it was done by night.

The Governor needs to veto the provision and instruct the legislature to have the courage to debate the issue on its own merits, rather than try to sneak it into the budget.

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Hearing Regarding Home Care Workers - You are Invited

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Common Ground - Need your vote on the WPR Arena Poll TODAY

VOTE TO OPPOSE PUBLIC MONEY FOR ARENA ON WPR SITE!

COMMON GROUND ON WPR - JOY CARDIN SHOW THIS MORNING!

IMPORTANT: Vote to OPPOSE public money (your money) to help build the arena NOW!

Please vote on the WPR Poll NOW! Tell your friends to vote!! It’s important our voice be heard.
http://www.wpr.org/big- question-taxpayer-money-new-milwaukee-arena

If you missed Keisha Krumm on the Joy Cardin show, you can download or listen to it here:
http://www.wpr.org/shows/big- question-should-public-help- pay-new-milwaukee-arena

We don’t mind a new arena - it’s great to have new sports arena. What we do mind is our hard earned money paying for it for a long time when they have the money to pay for it themselves.

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Information about July 9th Mental Health Board Meeting

Mental Health Task Force Update

Reminder: The next Mental Health Board meeting is scheduled for Thursday July 9th, 2015 at 3 PM. It will include time for public comment on the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division’s Outsourcing of Acute Behavioral Health Services. The meeting will be held at 3 PM at Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex Auditorium, 9201 Watertown Plank Rd. Click here to view flyer. If you are not able to attend the meeting, and wish to submit testimony, contact the office of BHD Administrator Pat Schroeder for guidance on submitting your comments. The number is 414–257–5202. The Mental Health Board web pageis http://county.milwaukee.gov/BehavioralHealthDivi7762/Mental-Health-Board.htm. There is still no mechanism to sign up to receive notice of these meetings - the only opportunity to get information is that web page, so please spread the word to your network.

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Belling, Trump! Bigots Who Know No Better

By Robert Miranda, Editor: Wisconsin Spanish Journal

July 8, 2015

The face of bigotry doesn’t necessarily have to be white. The common face of bigotry is ugly, and bigots have an abundance of that.

For Milwaukee’s Mexican community, the racist attack by Mark Belling of WISN radio was a wakeup call for Latinos. It was a notice to the community that no matter how hard Latinos worked. No matter how hard Latinos provided for their families. No matter how hard Latinos contributed to the general well-being, economic prosperity and cultural enrichment to society, in the eyes of Bigots like Mark Belling, we’re still nothing but “WETBACKS.”

Now Donald Trump comes to the front of the world stage and proceeds to insert foot in mouth.

After riding down on his escalator stairs in one of his overrated hotels and casinos, Trump waltzed up to the podium to give his presidential announcement speech. From there he proceeds to say that, when Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. “They’re sending people that have lots of problems. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.”

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Can you, the People believe the disingenuousness and lengths Bauman and Stamper will go

By Mary Glass, Editor: MPA Public Policy Review

  • Union officials say one of the main obstacles to an agreement is the transit system’s plans to hire retirees as part-time drivers.

Milwaukee Alderman Robert Bauman and Alderman Russell Stamper II released a joint statement:

“The work stoppage by the Milwaukee County Transit System bus drivers may be just another news story for many across Milwaukee and the metro area, but for tens of thousands of City of Milwaukee residents it is a major, life-altering hardship.

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Last Minute Effort By Governor Walker Posse to Undermine Open Records - Democracy

By Robert Miranda, Editor, Wisconsin Spanish Journal

July 7, 2015

What does Governor Scott Walker and his posse have to worry about? What are they trying to hide?

This past week the State Republicans tried to sneak in a rider amendment to gut Wisconsin’s open records law as lawmakers prepared to pass the biannual state budget. The rider amendment basically would have prevented the public from accessing documents the public is entitled to review to ensure our government is operating cleanly.

The last minute effort was thwarted however when grass roots groups from liberal and conservative sides of the political arena raised objection in unison. Not only did the public come out in force to stop this sneaky anti-democratic action, Republican law makers and Wisconsin’s Republican attorney general cried foul.

Who introduced this rider? Turns out that was a secret as well. Apparently, no one wants to claim authorship of this attempt to block the public from obtaining documents from the government.

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Now GOP Wants To Gut Open Records Law in Wisconsin: http://www.wisfoic.org/ and http://host.madison.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/republicans-vote-to-dramatically-scale-back-oversight-of-lawmakers-other/article_8901f2df-1ec2-5e74-b6ea-4a1f006aacf5.html

Dear Attorney General Schimel:

It has come to my attention that, despite your public assertions (6/1/15 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) that you will uphold and expand the Wisconsin Open Records Law, the WI Department of Corrections continues to withhold from the Felmers O. Chaney Advocacy Board the public records containing the answers to these questions:

  • How many paroled or on probation people by race break a rule, but don’t commit a crime, yet get sent to Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility (MSDF) for evaluation of whether they return to prison or go to an Alternative to Prison (ATR)? This procedure effectively cuts off these individuals from their families and usually ensures that they will lose their job attained after being released from prison.

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Update on 2016 budget for Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division

Mental Health Task Force Update

We would like to update you on the current status of the 2016 Behavioral Health Division Budget. We continue to add links with budget information to the Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force web page.

The next Mental Health Board meeting is scheduled for Thursday July 9th, 2015 at 3 PM. It will include time for public comment on the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division’s Outsourcing of Acute Behavioral Health Services. The meeting will be held at the Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex Auditorium, 9201 Watertown Plank Rd. Click here to view flyer. If you are not able to attend the meeting, and wish to submit testimony, contact the office of BHD Administrator Pat Schroeder for guidance on submitting your comments. The number is 414–257–5202.

Thanks to Mental Health Task Force Steering Committee Mark Flower who spoke at the June 25th Mental Health Board meeting and presented a portion of the Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force budget Testimony, and also shared copies of the Task Force survey on County Budget priorities. These are both posted on our web site at: http://www.milwaukeemhtf.org/2015/06/04/2016-milwaukee-county-behavioral-health-division-budget.html

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All PEOPLES CHURCH OFFICE HELP NEEDED: transit rider support

Dear Friends,
As you know, the transit work stoppage means working folks that ride the bus need help to get to work. All Peoples has been blessed to organize carpools the past 2 days. We’ve got riders and drivers lined up for tomorrow as well.

OUR GREATEST NEED IS HELP STAFFING THE OFFICE. WE NEED TO RECEIVE CALLS AND CONNECT THEM WITH DRIVERS.

If we do not get sufficient volunteers we will have to move the effort out of the church or jeopardize rides for folks.

If you can help with the office, please complete the attached form. Pastors, if you can share your admin staff for a volunteer shift that will make a huge difference!!
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1GngyzszS9DzDcUq8ZSpV5nni51MzatqN7552EYvdRBc/viewform?c=0&w=1

Peace, Pastor Steve

Can you help drive for transit rider support? https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Vam1FZsMSrXiQH29mChLJJ47_McY0MSJO6R5J1aSpSI/viewform?c=0&w=1

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Milwaukee County - BHD - Family Advisory Council - July 22, 2015

Hello!
We are pleased to announce our “Kick-Off” of our new Behavioral Health Division - Family Advisory Council (FAC)

The FAC will advise on BHD services with a focus and opportunity to engage family members and significant supports of those individuals served in order to improve the family and patient experience.
Please share this exciting information.

Jennifer Bergersen, MSW
Chief Clinical Officer, Milwaukee County BHD

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Governor Walker: Hey! Don't Worry About It! WEDC Shame

By Robert Miranda, Editor, Wisconsin Spanish Journal

June 30, 2015

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has a hot mess on his hands. His signature jobs-making agency, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, or WEDC, has become an albatross riding along in a repo man sought Maserati.

But before we indulge in the notion that we too can possibly have Wisconsin taxpayers buy each of us a Maserati, allow me to bring you up to speed on what WEDC is and why you should pay attention to what can be potentially Governor Scott Walker’s biggest scandal to date.

WEDC was created in 2011 by Governor Walker, who decided to replace the Wisconsin Department of Commerce with the WEDC. Why did he do this? Well, Walker, who promised that he would create 250,000 jobs in the state his first term in office, created WEDC to help him achieve that lofty goal.

But as anticipated by those who saw Walker’s action as nothing more than a pipe dream, Walker did not reach his goal of 250,000 promised jobs.

However WEDC, the agency that was supposed to help Walker create jobs instead created the hot mess for Walker I previously hinted at.

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Upcoming Events!!!! June 30th

ISSUE NIGHT!!!

Issue Night will be held Thursday, July 16th, (Fellowship 5:30pm) Meeting will begin at 6:00pm at Mt. Zion Baptist Church 2207 North 2nd Street
All MICAH Taskforces will be present at this meeting. If you are looking to get involved or learn more information about the taskforce please come and join us at issue night

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The NEW BREED of Politicians spoke at SATURDAY TALK, June 27, 2015

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Why JURSIK, SCHMITT, JOHNSON, TAYLOR, OMOKUNDE, WEDDLE and RAINEY must not let the People down

June 25, 2015

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BREAKING: SPLC wins groundbreaking lawsuit

Just hours ago, we won a landmark court victory in the fight for LGBT rights and acceptance.

After a three-week trial, a jury in New Jersey agreed with us that JONAH – a group promoting gay-to-straight “conversion therapy” – violated that state’s consumer fraud law by claiming it could change someone’s sexual orientation.

Our case exposed conversion therapy for what it is – an abusive scam that our expert witness called “a form of sexual abuse.”

It put to rest the idea that LGBT people suffer from a mental disorder and should be “cured.”

We’ve made history today. This is the first verdict ever to proclaim that conversion therapy is a fraud.

I couldn’t be prouder of our legal staff and our clients for speaking out against this practice – one that inflicts harm on too many young people and stigmatizes the LGBT community.

This victory belongs to all of us. Thank you for supporting our work.

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Walker should be ashamed

Gov. Walker signed it.

My phone has been ringing off the hook with reporters asking for comments after Gov. Scott Walker signed a package of NRA-backed bills into law yesterday afternoon.

I can sum up my response in one word: Shame.

Barely a week after nine church-goers were slaughtered at their own bible study and smack in the middle of one of the worst sprees of gun violence Wisconsin has ever seen, and THIS is what Walker calls leadership? It’s appalling.

Make sure everyone knows where Gov. Walker’s priorities are by sharing this graphic on Facebook right now — while the news is still spreading.

Our elected officials should be spending their time passing laws that we know will save lives and reduce gun violence — starting with background checks on all gun sales.

Instead, Gov. Walker just showed exactly what his A+ NRA rating means by repealing the 48-hour cooling-off period formerly required to buy a handgun in our state.

I couldn’t put it any better than state Representative Lisa Subeck:

“Instead of heeding the public’s call for commonsense reforms that keep us safer, Governor Walker and legislative Republicans have chosen to bolster their credentials with the NRA and other extreme right-wing interest groups.”

I couldn’t agree more. If you feel the same, show it — call Walker out right now.

Let’s go,
Jeri

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Call to Action: Oppose Rent-to-Own

OPPOSE EXEMPTING RENT-TO-OWN IN STATE BUDGET

WISDOM has a history of working to ensure consumer protections, especially on issues that impact those with limited incomes. Many of our affiliates have worked on payday loan and auto title loan issues. We call on your support once again! Joint Finance Committee and the state Legislature are trying to sneak in policy to permit rent-to-own stores to not disclose interest rates during the final stages of Wisconsin’s budget process.

Background:
Rent-to-own stores let people rent products like electronics or furniture with the option of eventually buying them. Many such stores don’t operate in Wisconsin because the state’s Consumer Act forces them to disclose their interest rates, which can run more than 200 percent. Using high-cost financing contracts that require customers to make weekly or monthly payments, rent-to-own stores have a business model to intentionally prey on the poor much like payday loan stores.

What’s at stake:
Without credit checks or down payments, rent-to-own agreements are especially attractive to customers with poor or no credit. However, the interest rates charged on these transactions can be as high as 200 to 400 percent. An appliance costing $600 retail can end up costing a customer $2400. Currently, Wisconsin treats rent-to-own transactions like credit transactions and requires certain consumer protections, including the disclosure of interest rates. The Joint Finance Committee is working to remove these protections by exempting rent-to-own agreements from the Wisconsin Consumer Act.

What you can do:

  1. Call your legislator: Tell them that proposed policy in the state budget to exclude Rent-to-Own transactions from the Wisconsin Consumer Act is wrong! It’s wrong to charge 200–400% interest rates and not disclose the cost upfront! Consumers should know and understand the total cost and terms of what they are purchasing. Need help finding your legislator? http://legis.wisconsin.gov/

  2. Join the press conference: Advocates will be holding a press conference at 10:00 am on Monday, June 29th in the Assembly Parlor at the State Capitol in Madison.

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