Tag Archives: Scott Walker

The Crowning of Mary Burke

Mary Burke may well end up being the Democratic candidate for governor of Wisconsin and she may also be a good candidate. While I have some concerns about her stands on Scott Walker’s Act 10, jobs, and on school vouchers … Continue reading

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Unions for Dummies

With Labor Day coming up it seems like a good time to examine unions and their place in our society. Ever since Scott Walker effectively ended collective bargaining for public employees in Wisconsin I have heard many statements about unions … Continue reading

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How Can We Keep from Singing

For two and a half years singers have been meeting at the Wisconsin Capitol rotunda to sing songs of protest against the Scott Walker administration and the slew of conservative legislation that has passed with the right-wing control of the … Continue reading

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The Problem with Permits

In the last week close to a hundred citizens have been arrested for singing in the Wisconsin Capitol building. Each one has been charged for gathering without a permit, which comes with a $200.50 fine. The singers are gentle, angry … Continue reading

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Song of Protest

This week marks two years that I have been going to the Wisconsin Capitol to sing four verses of “We Shall Overcome” to protest the Walker administration and the takeover of our state by corporations. I try to make it … Continue reading

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The Luck of the Irish

Apparently we Irishmen are either unwitting or unrepentant lawbreakers, but due to the luck of the Irish we get away with it with no consequences. For the past two years the Solidarity Sing Along and other protesters of the Scott … Continue reading

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We Are Still Here

Just over two years ago Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker introduced his “budget repair” bill which pretty much gutted the strength of public employee unions. It also allowed the state to sell heating plants and other state property to whomever they … Continue reading

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On Reading the Constitution Day (or Wisconsin Irony Day)

September 17, 2012 Dear Governor Walker, I will be stopping by the Wisconsin Capitol again this afternoon as I have done almost every day since March of 2011 to sing four verses of “We Shall Overcome” in the rotunda.  But … Continue reading

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Open Letter to Chief Erwin

August 27, 2012 Dear Chief Erwin, I haven’t met you yet, though I anticipate that some day I will.  I read about you today and feel as if I know you already.  In an interview with the Associated Press you … Continue reading

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Keep Fighting

Last Tuesday’s recall election was not the end of the world and it was not the end of the Wisconsin Uprising.  As devastating as it felt at the time it was in retrospect simply the beginning of the next phase.  In fact, … Continue reading

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Letter to Scott Walker on Ciara Matthews

Dear Governor Walker, Here it is, only three days after you survived the recall election and three days after you stood in front of your supporters and media and told all of Wisconsin that you wanted to put the past … Continue reading

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Election Day Peace

Since February 16, 2011 I have been protesting the Scott Walker administration–not because I was a sore loser about him winning the election, but because he unleashed bills and policies on Wisconsin that were meant to undermine decades of social … Continue reading

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