DRIVEN VOICE FORMIDDLE WISCONSIN VIEWSFROM THE MIDDLE OF THE STATEFOR THE MIDDLE CLASS
September 16, 2011
Concert for Voters . . . . . .1
Working Wisconsin . . . . . .3
Hmong Perspectives . . . . 4
Grassroots Wisconsin . . 5The Essay Page . . . . . . . .7
Letters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
The Literary Page. . . . . . . 9
Beyond Wisconsin . . . . . 11
Challenging the Myth . . .12
© 2011Middle Wisconsin
IN THIS ISSUE:
And you know those fund raisers people are always having for victims of cancer or other medical disasters to pay for their bills? Those need to stop. It’s not right. Notbecause you care about your neighbors, but because a medical emergency shouldnot conclude with an economic emergency. It’s time for universal healthcare.” JonErpenbach paused for the crowd gathered around the stage at the 400 Block of Wausau. He spoke on a beautiful, sunny Sunday to a group gathered for music, food,friends, and voter registration.
A twelve hour concert may sound ambitious, and it was, especially since this is thefirst concert coordinated by Middle Wisconsin. Despite the stretch of time, the sched-ule was packed with talent and a variety of entertainment. Starting with Bart Hobsondressed as Mark Twain on the banjo, to the Sol-idarity Singalong straight from Madison, to Jimer on the cello with Sloppy Joe, and ending withthe rambunctious rock of Doug Kroening and theRailers, eight musical acts played with distinctflair and passion, and all agreed to do so for free. The crowd ebbed and flowed throughoutthe day, enjoying the entertainment, singing,dancing, hanging out with friends, kids’ activi-ties, and eating sno cones and eggrolls. Estimates of total attendees range from 600 up to 1000, although it is difficult tosay just how many people filtered through.
up of speakers also helped draw a crowd, starting with our favorite politicallyactive farmer, Tony Schultz, who drew upon the wisdom of Eugene Debs to focus onhis message of unity. Dave Obey, a political legend in Wausau, spoke to the im-portance of the parties working together again, something that Middle Wisconsin hassought as an objective from the beginning. After Erpenbach’s rousing speech, DonnaSeidel spoke of her background and appreciation for the social systems that allowedher to get an education and be successful. I found Pat Kreitlow to be an incrediblypersonable politician with the ability to articulate the values of the community andpoint to clear policy changes.
In addition to food vendors, several information tents were available. Middle Wiscon-sin made thirty new contacts for our email list and sold out of many sizes of t
shirts. Several unions were represented and the Democratic Party tent was busy with
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Dave Svetlik, Jim Mattes,
A Concert for Voters in Review
By Mandy Wright
Individuals consideringrunning for MarathonCounty Board must file by December 1st.