June 2012

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Volume 1 Issue 1

What Comes
After the Recall ?
by Andrew Sernatinger

A year of campaigning and $80 million later the Wisconsin recalls are finally over. In a repeat of the 2010 election between the same two candidates, Walker actually improved his lead over Barrett, winning 53-46, with approximately 2.5 million votes cast, 350,000 more than were cast in 2010. Breaking down the numbers some, 59% of white people voted for Walker, as did most suburbs and small towns, and 38% of union households (rather than unionists) voted Republican; support for either candidate was largely related to the perception of how well this administration was creating new jobs. Most people had decided who they were going to vote for by April, and many people simply disagreed with the use of the recall for “political reasons”, choosing then to vote for Walker. “Walker spent 88% of the money to get And with the state being so closely split, 53% of the vote”. Walker was able to beWalker’s ability to turn out more voters gin fundraising in November as part of a certainly helped secure a victory. loophole in the recall laws, A numand coupled with the Citiber of news sites, This was not simply an is- zens United ruling he was commentators, sue of out-of-state mon- able to win a formidable left blogs and financial advantage over radical groups ey versus “underfinanced his opponents. He was then have written ex- people power”, but an is- able to keep a constant tensively on how sue of actual politics that bombardment of advertiseand why Walker ments across the state. beat the recall. did not break through the Beyond just the money, These all tend to Walker campaigned, as he usual lines. share criticisms of did in 2010, around job the recall process creation. Under Walker’s (if not strategy), and most have a basic administration, Wisconsin has been the agreement about the problem of turning only state in the US to actually have net movements into election campaigns. Here job loss, but as Forbes columnist Rick Unwe can briefly summarize the important gar noted Walker simply chose a different explanations of the recall elections: accounting method to skew the data in his favor. First, Reader Supported News reported,

Along with this, UW-Milwaukee professor Jeffrey Sommers suggested that Walker was able to win on taxes, following the strategy used in California’s Proposition 13—essentially substituting short-term property tax cuts for wage growth and pitting parts of the working class against each other. Walker was clear in his messaging on cutting taxes, while Barrett’s approach to taxation would place increased burden on working people for degraded services. Here we would note the absence of any discussion of progressive or heavy corporate taxation. In the course of the year’s campaigning, the messages from the Democrats were vague and unconvincing. Early on, the Democrats decided to play to the center, to disastrous results in last summer’s senate races and Walker’s recall both. Messaging chosen on collective bargaining seemed narrow and rein-

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forced the perception that the public sector unions were mainly concerned with themselves, rather than using the opportunity to have larger discussions about workers’ rights and living standards in Wisconsin. Instead, Barrett’s campaign focused on Walker’s divisiveness, corruption and unwillingness to work across party lines—issues that did not resonate with the politicized atmosphere. All said and done, Walker was able to mount a strong, well-funded campaign as against Barrett who was not able to make any significant inroads and mostly ran a “Vote Walker Out” campaign. The Democrats were without a compelling vision of their own, deserting the popular spirit of last winter’s uprising for typical party politics. This was not simply an issue of out-of-state money versus “underfinanced people power”, but an is> continued on page 7

It has been over a year since the provided health care program for unin- to provide and expand health insurance An important aspect of comprehensive Walker administration rushed the pas- sured Wisconsinites. The goal of Badger- coverage to ensure that 98 percent of sage of their controversial Budget Repair Care, at its implementation in 1999, was the population in Wisconsin was insured, sex education is information on sexuBill. Since then, the specifically targeting children ally transmitted infections (STIs). The attacks have kept and their mothers. most common STI is Chlamydia, known coming and women The 2011 Biennial Budget, passed have been hit espelast summer, cut $467 million of as a “silent” disease because symptoms cially hard. state funds from the BadgerCare may not occur. However, even without The main program. The manner in which symptoms it causes damage to women’s c o n t r o v e r s y o f cuts will occur, however, are left reproductive organs. In 2009, the DHS Walker’s budget to the Department of Health was the clause barServices (DHS) Secretary, Dennis reported that there were over 7,000 ring public sector Smith. The specifics are still not cases of Chlamydia in adolescents ages unions from colknown, but DHS estimates that 15-19. lective bargaining. 22,835 people will lose health Though it was not insurance coverage as a result of accurate information to teens about their reproductive organs, how contraception often said explicitly, these changes. works, the process of conception, as well this attack on pub New rules and stipulations in lic sector unions the public health system include as language and scenarios demonstrating was also a gendered higher premiums, denial of cov- clear sexual consent. The big controversy attack. The public erage to families sector (teachers, who have employ- This act imposes about sex education to nurses, bus driver-sponsored insur- criminal penalties teens focused primarily on ers, social workers, ance (regardless of and possible jail pregnancy. Wisconsin has a teen pregnancy rate that is etc.) is the primary whether that insurtime on physicians 27% lower than the nationemployer of women, ance exceeds their where women make income), denial of who provide wom- al rate, which the Healthy up 56% of governyoung adult supple- en with nonsurgi- Youth Act has been credited with keeping low. A crucial ment state workers mental coverage to cal abortions. part of this program has and 58% of municitheir parents’ plans, been having confidential pal workers. and preventing children from exand affordable family planning services Under the press enrollment in BadgerCare. guise of balancing To add to the list, the Healthy available to teens. The Walker budget further rethe state budget, Youth Act was repealed, which stricts women’s health by mandating pathe Walker adminhad mandated that public istration has also schools provide comprehensive rental consent for people under the age drastically cut Badsex education. Comprehensive of 18 to receive family planning services. gerCare, the state sex education provides medically Family planning is not simply for abor> continued on page 3

by Jessi Indresano

War on Women: No Good News to Report… Yet

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The paper you’re looking at is the first full issue of a monthly left-community paper based in Madison, Wisconsin. The group of us producing this paper have all worked on a number of newspapers in the past: Madison Observer, Insurgent, and in Washington State the CounterPoint Journal and Olympia Works in Progress (our namesake). What all of these papers had in common was that they were free, locally focused papers, providing a space for news, commentary and debate not usually taken up by the bigger professional news media. These were “from below” efforts, looking at issues that affect our community through grassroots journalism and pointing to important organizing and movement work that is happening around us. It’s been a few years since Madison had such a paper, and we all agreed that we would like to see one come back. But isn’t there WORT and all those blogs? Well, yes, but every movement needs a paper. People see print and take it more seriously: it’s not just something you wrote in ten minutes and can edit if you made a mistake. There’s a degree of finality to it, which means that you have to really sit and think about what you’re doing—this is good for readers and writers both. If we use this as a “movement paper”, it means there’s deeper reflection and investment in responses. Another point, a paper is public: you can’t you only get a select audience, limiting other left community papers: there is an leave a blog on a bus or coffee shop for your reach in bringing out issues and editorial collective that’s responsible for just anyone to find—with the internet ideas. Lastly, a paper gives us something putting a paper together each month: to organize around, providing a common writing and soliciting stories and opinspace for stories, reporting and opinions ions, laying out an edition and taking it Your Ad Could Go Here! to go. to the printer, handling the finances. For Thinking about last year, where other people, we rely on your submisWe are happy to work with you to create the ad and space you need and want. was there a space to discuss what was sions: articles, editorials, opinion pieces, Advertisement shape and size can happening with all of Walker’s bills, the photographs, artworks, interviews, carchange to fit any image. activity of community groups, coalitions toons, etc. Working like this allows us to and trade unions, and what we might do? have a dedicated group of people make Advertising price list: These seemed to be spread out and made the project work for other folks who can it difficult for us to think about what we contribute as they’re able, with differ1/16 - $20 were doing as a movement. With Walker’s ent levels of commitment. If you’d like to 1/8 pg - $40 re-election and a new wave of attacks submit or are interested in the editorial 1/4 pg - $65 1/2 pg - $105 to come, we need a paper as a space to collective, please contact us at Madison. educate, inform and discuss. Hopefully, worksinprogress@gmail.com. If you like Works in Progress can be one contribu- what we’re doing, please consider donatLetter to the Editors: tion. ing some money or buying advertisement So how does this work? We’re space for your group or business. UW workers had an income reduction of 10-15% in the last year, so it building this paper off of a model of is no wonder they want a raise, but UW’s plan to reward only one third of faculty and academic staff is the wrong way to Community Highlight: do it. This corner is to show off the amazing groups we already have in our community. If state agencies’ long experience Groups that all too often get over-looked, but ones that highlight important issues with “merit” bonuses is any guide, we and do great work. Each newspaper will feature a different group. Let me know if you can expect UW raises to skew heavily to know a group that you think should have a highlight. the highest paid workers, managers, and human resource officers. The raises will You can reach me at tessaecheverria@gmail.com. probably also show a pattern of discrimiThis month it’s..... nation based on race and age, as other bonuses in the state do. Proud Theater The criteria for earning a raise Seeing June is national LGBT month I at UW appears subject to the whim of particular department heads. This policy thought it would be nice to highlight is an inefficient and ineffective way to some of the wonderful local work that is achieve the UW’s stated goals. Work- fighting to end homophobia. Proud Theers who show competence, independent ater was founded in 1999 by Sol Kelleythinking, and excellence in achievement Jones and Callen Harty. Since forming are likely to lose out while managers re- it has helped countless youth explore ward favorites and yes-men. This is not themselves and their sexuality in a safe good for a strong UW, and it is a far cry and caring environment. It is now ex from the principles of fairness and objec- panding out to more and more locations. tive job performance that were used for Mission: over 40 years in collectively bargained To Change the world through the power discover peer support security. Proud theagreements with the UW workforce, until of theater and the theater arts, and to ater not only connects queer youth with now. make a positive difference in the lives of each other, but also provides community This is a highly divisive plan in which most workers will get no raise, LGBTQ and allied youth through the ten- and mentorship. Over the years Proud ants of art, heart, and activism! Theater as helped innumerable youth while thousands of others will get “at with its positive engagement with overall least 5%.” By implementing this plan, health, self-esteem and stability. UW will pit peers and whole categories To find out more about Proud of workers against each other, feeding It is a program of Art and Soul Innova- Theater go to: bitter workplace resentment. UW should tions, a group dedicated to the advancego back to the drawing board on its com- ment of queer youth nationwide. Homophobia and transphobia present many www.proudtheater.org pensation plan. challenges in the lives of queer youth. Theater offers a space for self-expression, Sincerely, to explore different sides of yourself and Harry Richardson

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Editorial: Every Movement Needs a Paper

June 2012

June 2012

“The fight we are currently leading in Quebec is the same as the ones Free from domination, oppression and domination from the corporate workers and students of Wisconsin and throughout the world are in. elites. We are only a small part of a global struggle against social and eco- We might only be writing the first lines of the story of a global fight, but nomic injustice. one thing is for sure, we all know the end of that story. We have to start to think about concrete ways to ensure solidarity In the end, our solidarity will beat their oppression! between our struggles. Quand l’injustice devient loi, la résistance est un devoir! Over the borders, over our own interests, over our differences, we can Which means: When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes a duty!” find a global link that unites us all. (From the Quebec student organization ASSESolidarite, We are eager to be free. sent by ASSESolidarite member Guillaume Lagault.) by Anna Ogden-Nussbaum Over the past three weeks, you may have as a means of allowing strikers to iden- Wednesday’s it spread even further across force concessions on the Walker adminnoticed people in Madison wearing red tify each other. The symbol comes from a North America, South America, and Eu- istration, we allowed the union leaders squares and marching down the street French saying “carrément dans le rouge”, rope. Casseroles have now been inte- and the Democrats to mold the narrative banging pots and pans, and into one of compromise, you may have wondered why. of “shared sacrifice”, and What you have witnessed is to redirect the energy Occupy Madison’s initiative of our uprising into the to keep our energy in the electoral process. streets, regardless of the result of the recall election, But despite the failure and to show solidarity with to recall Walker, all is a movement happening just not lost. The solidarity 1000 miles away. we felt in the Capitol has sustained itself in The world has seen a whole the subsequent months. series of mass uprisings over We can learn from our the past couple of years. defeats, take examples One of the latest in this sesuch as Quebec to heart, ries is the student uprising of and learn how to use our Quebec. In response to an own power for all the effort by the Charest govfights that are to come. ernment to raise tuition by We can see this happen80% in the province, huning already, as the end dreds of thousands of stuof the recall has allowed dents went on strike startthe movement to turn ing on February 6th. The its sights on the rankstudents have been in the and-file fightback going streets nightly ever since and on at Palermo’s Pizza, have been joined by unions, where workers in Milleft groups, and the general waukee are striking until community. Support for the their union is recognized. protests came particularly They have already faced after the provincial government passed literally “squarely in the red”, mean- grated into other movements such as the retaliation from the company, but show Bill 78, a draconian law criminalizing ing one is inescapably mired in debt. As anti-austerity protests in Spain, Occupy no signs of giving up. protest in groups of more than 50 people news of the movement has spread, people Wall Street, and the Mexican student unless the time, location, and route is ap- the world over have started wearing the protests. We can learn from our de- On June 7th, the UW Board proved by the police ahead of time. square as a gesture of solidarity; you may of Regents took a page out even have seen the band Ar- So, what rel- feats, take examples such of the Charest book and apcade Fire sporting them during evance does the as Quebec to heart, and proved a 5.5% tuition hike a recent Saturday Night Live Quebec uprising learn how to use our own across the UW System. This appearance. The second sym- have to Wiscon- power for all the fights that will increase in-state tubol is the noisy pots and pans sin, and why are are to come. We can see ition and fees past $10,000 march, called “casseroles” in we marching in a year. Now, will WisconFrench, which has taken over solidarity? Well, this happening already, as sin take a page out of the the streets every evening since there’s a rea- the end of the recall has Quebecois book and fight Bill 78 was passed. This is a son why tuition allowed the movement to back? form of protest which started in Quebec is the turn its sights on the rankas “cacerolazos” in Chile dur- lowest in Canada: Join Occupy Madison for and-file fightback ing the 1970’s and has popped the students there the next international Casup in various protest move- realize their own seroles day of action this ments ever since. collective power, and know how to use it Friday, June 22nd! We will be meeting at when the government attempts to force Veterans Plaza (top of State St) at 8 pm. Stand in Solidarity with Quebec Students. On Wednesday, May 30th, a them to take on more debt. Here in Wis- Bring your pots and pans, and watch the Make and wear your own red sqaure! Casseroles Across Canada day consin, we finally rose up in large num- Occupy Madison facebook page for upThe first major symbol of the movement is of action was called, which spread in- bers last spring after decades of attacks dates. the small, red cloth square, first adopted ternationally to many places including on the working class, but we didn’t know during the 2005 Quebec student strike Madison, and on the two subsequent our own power yet. Instead of using it to
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tions, but for STI screening and access to medical treatment. Additionally, eligibility for state assistance will no longer be based on a dependent’s income, but on their parents’. Both measures greatly im-

With a rollback in protective legislation, women in Wisconsin are even more vulnerable to discrimination and impoverishment.
pact the health and wellbeing of Wisconsin youth. Also written into the budget is the Women’s Health Block Grant. This cut “10% of all funding for family planning services and eliminated all state funding for any clinic that offers all-options pregnancy counseling services or any clinic that is affiliated with an organization that conducts or refers for abortions.” The main target of this clause is clearly Planned Parenthood.

In early April of this year, a firebomb exploded at a Planned Parenthood office in Grand Chute, Wisconsin. Later that month, the Coercive and Webcam Abortion Prevention Act was signed. This new law imposes criminal penalties and possible jail time on physicians who provide women with nonsurgical abortions. Planned Parenthood then lost a majority of state funds that it depended on to

• Cut $1,062,800 from mental health treatment services • Cut $417,500 from Community Support Programs and psychological services • Cut $959,200 from Department of Health Services licensing and certification activities • Cut $638,700 from AIDS/HIV services • Cut $610,000 from community health centers • Cut $316,000 from services and operations for congenital disorders • Cut $300,500 from funding for dental services • Cut $99,500 from rural health dental clinics • Cut $217,800 from emergency medical service aids • Cut $99,400 from lead poisoning and exposure services

provide birth control and cancer screenings. The Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health (WAWH) presented a comprehensive report at the Wisconsin Women’s Health Policy Summit this past May detailing how the cuts will impact women and children. WAWH’s report lists the following as points of concern: (see table).

More recently, a set of anti-women attacks have come from Republican Senator Glenn Grothman of West Bend. Grothman’s bill, quietly signed by Scott Walker, repealed Wisconsin’s 2009 Equal Pay Enforcement Act, which defined penalties for employers who discriminate against women. Nationally, women make seven cents to every dollar made by men in the same position with the same background and experience. With a rollback in protective legislation, women in Wisconsin are even more vulnerable to discrimination and impoverishment. Sen. Grothman is also working on passing his proposed Senate Bill 507, a bill that penalizes single and unmarried parents. 6.4% of households in Wisconsin are headed by single mothers, three times the amount as single fathers. To all women and their allies, please send us your stories. We want to know how women are standing up and fighting back.

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Hey NATO: 1984 is not an instruction manual!
“1984 is not an instruction manual!” one activists came together with anti-war geted towards repressing protest at the of having bottles of urine and feces. sign read. On May 20th, 2012, thousands groups and veterans to form the Coali- NATO/G8 meetings, but were quickly exof activists from anti-war, occupy, labor, tion Against NATO/the G8 (CANG8). tended indefinitely. At the holding facility, surrounded by at socialist, anarchist, queer, and environmental justice movements converged in downtown Chicago. Our mission: to protest the meeting of the North Atlantic Treaty Association (NATO).
By Heather Rosenfeld

Despite Chicago’s police state, thousands gather to protest NATO meeting

NATO formed over fifty years ago. It currently includes 28 official member countries, mostly in North America and Western Europe. Like George Orwell’s 1984, in which the Department of Peace was the department in charge of waging wars, “treaty” has nothing to do with peace here. NATO had a major role in the Cold War, the Korean War, and the wars we witness, are affected by, and protest today. The war in Afghanistan over the last eleven years? NATO. The war in Iraq? NATO. Combined, NATO countries account for over 70% of military spending worldwide, and 75% of this comes from the United States. Perhaps the only good thing to come from the economic crises are austerity measures being applied to NATO. And they were meeting to talk about this. Photo by León Carlos Miranda And to continue the wars and militarism. And so the activists were there to speak back to this. But again, maybe it was a veteran who One of the put it best. Vince In anticipation of protesters, early accomplishEmanuele, formerly ments of CANG8 of the U.S. Marine Chicago mayor Rahm Emanu- was that the NATO Corps, one of the meeting was origiveterans who gave al, passed a set of ordinances nally supposed back his medals, said to be a combined “Our enemies are not that, going against the First NATO/G8 meeting 7,000 miles from in Chicago. The G8, home.” And they Amendment, restricting free or Group of 8, is weren’t. an annual meeting CANG8 has speech and protest. of leaders of eight initial victories even powerful counas Emanuel passes “sit down and shut tries, most of which are part of NATO. In up” ordinances. The days and weeks and March, the G8 meeting was moved to months before the NATO demonstrations Camp David. Though Obama said othgenerated an amazing sense of material erwise, many believe that this decision and strategic solidarity among activists was due to fear of encountering a mass who eventually converged in Chicago. of rightfully angry protesters. This was the case from the start, as so- Another accomplishment was cial, economic, and environmental justice the establishment of the Chicago Principles through Occupy Chicago. T h e C h i c a g o Principles assert solidarity and a respect for a diversity of tactics, allowing for direct action and peaceful protest. Key here was, and this was something activists who were Chicago natives and visitors for the protests noted, that a “separation of time and space” be maintained between different sorts of actions. In anticipation of protesters, Chicago mayor Rahm Emanual, passed a set of ordinances t h a t , g o i n g against the First A m e n d m e n t , restricting free speech and protest. They were originally tar-

least 50 police officers, Thistle improvised Emanuel’s police state begins in full force a song: “We have red balloons and glitter, in days leading up to NATO you have your guns and war. It’s an unfair Some of the worst police bru- fight, but it’s one that I will fight, until tality took place not at the main Sun- it’s won!” She said that the police officers day protest at all, but in the days and saw the humor, that it destabilized the hours before. On the near south side of oppressive situation. Chicago, an apartment in the Bridgeport Even so, they were held by the neighborhood was raided by cops earlier police for roughly six hours. in the week, after an almost month long Thousands take to the streets, investigation by the FBI, the secret ser- Veterans throw back medals, tired of vice, and Chicago police. The occupants “lies, corruption, and abuse”, are mournwere Bridgeport residents and Occupi- ing, and are “mad as hell” ers in from out of town. They were ac- Some activists said that they cused of making Molotov cocktails. The knew other activists who were intimievidence? Beer brewing equipment. One dated from coming because of the ruof the Bridgeport residents, Bill Vassilakis, mors of police brutality. Despite this, an who was released, says that they were estimated 10,000 protesters showed up accused of being anarchists, and “that for the Sunday rally and march. This rally is the only true statement made by the was legal, permitted, and described as state.” The real reason for the raid? “To ‘family friendly.’ spectacularize the state’s willingness to Peter Fugiel, an activist involved terrorize dissent,” Bill adds. with Occupy Chicago, says that, com Grassroutes Caravans (GRC), a pared to other antiwar demonstrations, bicycling and community-building group the Sunday march was larger than others based in Madison, coordinated a ride to have been since 2005 or so. He added: Chicago. Calling the ride “Cycles of Revo- “it’s especially significant in an election lution: Brake the Banks”, about a dozen year with a popular democratic president activists biked from Madison to Chicago who’s continuing these wars.” for the demonstrations. They stopped in The march started with an asMilwaukee and elsewhere along the way sertive yet festive tone. Some thought to do service projit almost too fesects. Thistle, an tive, more like a elementary school “No amount of medals, ribbons parade than a proteacher and radi- or flags can cover the amount test. For the first cal folk musician few blocks, cops based in Madi- of human suffering caused by at the perimeter son, describes the and on side streets ride as a tactic for these wars. We don’t want this were in your typiprotest as well, cal cop uniforms. saying “the GRC garbage. We want our human As the march went gives you a whole rights. We want our right to on, however, more ride to practice and more cops in cooperation and heal.” said Sargeant Maggie riot gear began to mutual aid on the appear. Some estiground as a com- Martin before throwing away mates put 5-6 cops munity.” This led per activist at the her medals. to stronger affinity front lines of the groups by the time march. Police had they arrived in Chicago, she suggested. been brought in from the suburbs and On the day of the Sunday protest, from other cities altogether. but before the march, many of the GRC- After marching through an eeers were arrested and accused of “pos- rily deserted downtown Chicago, we session of offensive chemical liquids and arrived at an intersection (Cermak and reckless conduct.” And what were these Michigan) that was the permitted end offensive liquids? Balloons filled with of the march. There, the legally agreed red paint, water, and glitter. Contact lens upon plan was to march west for a block saline solution. Water bottles. Oh, and a and turn around to fill up the block facvial of lavender oil. These were the same ing the stage. Police broke this agreeactivists accused by Fox News and NBC ment, though, and when the protesters

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arrived, rows of cops in riot gear pre- creates noise so painful that it can dam- massed up in the intersection. Thistle used; undercover cops were part of the vented peaceful activists from finishing age human hearing. of the GRC describes the spirit of the black bloc, identifiable by their matching the march. They also separated black bloc, even black boots and pants. Most anarchists protesters from the medic area though she her- don’t shop together for matching fancy and from access to water. Some self didn’t get boots (unless they are anarcho-capitalpassed out from the heat. to participate. ists? But then they wouldn’t be protest Nonetheless, thousands of “People who ing NATO.). protesters remained gathered to engage in the Remaining protesters were listen as almost 50 veterans of the black bloc tac- penned in and pushed back with billy Iraq and Afghanistan wars gave tic don’t have clubs. They held their ground for hours back their medals. The action was a master plan. before the protest ended. modeled after when Vietnam war You get a feel- Reported incidents of police misveterans had done the same thing, ing of being conduct numbered at around 70 for the decades ago. part of a swarm Sunday protest. This doesn’t include the “No amount of medrather than an raids, intimitation, or the arrests beforeals, ribbons or flags can cover the individual. It hand. And NATO decided to spend billions amount of human suffering caused allows you to of dollars on drones. by these wars. We don’t want this maneuver and Mixed aftermath garbage. We want our human move quickly, to The following day, however, activists had rights. We want our right to heal.” make decisions planned a march against Boeing, one of said Sargeant Maggie Martin bereally quickly the major profiteers and contributors to fore throwing away her medals. and have a big the war machine. Despite a police state Navy veteran Michael impact on how in Chicago, Boeing responded by tellApplegate echoed: “I’m returning t h e p r o t e s t ing their employees not to go to work. A my medal today because I want to goes.” well-earned win for activists. live by my conscience rather than The black bloc About 300 activists met again being a prisoner of it.” at NATO didn’t at Obama’s headquarters on Monday to Veterans also expressed have a big im- protest the police brutality of the previsupport for Private Bradley Manpact. There are ous days. Some activists are still facing ning, condemned sexual violence some reports of repercussions for participating in the in the military, and mourned civilcops getting hit anti-NATO demonstrations. Occupy Chiian deaths. by things like cago is coordinating prison support; see After the Veterans’ ralwater bottles, occupychi.org for more details. ly, some of the volunteer Peace but Sarah Fin- Carl Sack, a peace guide and also Guides for the protest encouraged kel, an environ- rider with the GRC, sums up the spirit of people to leave. And the police (in mental justice the demonstrations. “We were there tryfull riot gear) escalated intimidaactivist in Chi- ing to point out that there’s no democration tactics, brandishing batons, cago, wonders if cy in the system we live under, that when pulling down face masks, chanting they were even people are getting murdered for the inin unison for protesters to move. thrown by real terest of oil companies and the capitalist They also brought out, but didn’t protesters, ask- elites of the world, that somebody needs Photo by León Carlos Miranda use, what at least one protester ing “who were to stand up and say something, to chalreferred to as a “sound gun” (a Long the real people throwing those things?” lenge that power, to ultimately overthrow Range Acoustic Device, or LRAD) that Meanwhile, black bloc anarchists had Infiltration tactics were clearly being that power.”

By Duane Konkel

Waste Grows in the Darkness of the State’s Private Contracts
costly mistake? other state agencies do this, why the ex Instead of tackling the problem emption for UW? The message seems to of wasteful contracts, the Walker Ad- be that we do not care whether contractministration has tried to cover it up. The ing out wastes money or not. Or maybe Administration failed to produce the an- legislators think no one will notice the nual report on contractual sweetheart deals to services in October, even Instead of tackling the corporations if they are though it was a statutory spun as “flexibility” for requirement. Now the re- problem of wasteful UW. port is over 7 months past contracts, the Walker Little infordeadline. The Walker Ad- Administration has mation is available on ministration’s disregard for state contracts, and the public’s right to know tried to cover it up. this hides waste -- or is disturbing. worse. For example, no Our legislature is also making it one knows how many contract workers more difficult to find wasteful contracts. are laboring for state agencies and the The last State Budget exempted UW from UW, or where they all are. Many contract the requirement to perform Cost Benefit firms perform work out of state, creatAnalysis before signing large contracts ing jobs elsewhere with our tax money. for services (over $25,000). When all Government contract firms often donate money to political parties and candidates to shore up their future business prospects: this feeds the big-money politics that out-shouts the voice of ordinary voters and citizens. In other ways, too, our democratic voice is undermined by these taxfed corporations that plunder our public sector for profit. In 2004, the state hired Accenture to build a voter registration system even though Accenture had helped create Florida’s faulty felon lists that barred legitimate voters from the polls. Wisconsin had to fire Accenture in 2007 for its underperformance on this project. Since then, Accenture picked up other contracts with the state, including a substantial role on the $81 million UW payroll system project. This illustrates that accountability is not enforced for private contractors. Let’s end this waste and corruption. The first step is to demand that our state’s elected leaders mandate greater transparency of state contracts. Required, automatic, full accounting of these projects before and after completion would show clearly where the waste is greatest, so that we may excise it.

Privatization of state government hurts taxpayers, and the problem has gotten worse under Governor Walker. The state awards over $400 million to private contractors each year, with little oversight. In just one example, $13.8 million was wasted in DOT contracts for engineering services, just in the first four months of this year, according to a WISCTV analysis. At UW, Chicago-based Huron Consulting is billing up to $325 per hour for management consulting and IT services on several projects. One is the Administrative Excellence project that includes computer server consolidation. A similar computer server consolidation project in state agencies cost $110 million, nearly nine times the original estimate of $12.8 million. Is the UW repeating the same

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Jackpine Savages, Bolt Weevils, and Solidarity Tractorcades
By John Peck

On Sat. March 13th, 2011 over 50 tractors would motivate a farm kid in Bear Valley (plus a couple of manure spreaders and to drive a cranky tractor twice his age six a self propelled combine) converged on hours on a frigid morning to join teachers, Madison, WI for the Pull Together Farmer firefighters, and nurses at a faraway rally Labor Solidarity Tracin Madison? torcade. Over 150,000 Skyrocketing unemploy- Well, quite a lot people were there to ment, runaway poverty, it turns out if one takes greet the tractors as price rigging of com- the time and effort to they circled the State modity markets, greedy talk to some elders Capitol for the largest banks grabbing farmland and read a few books! protest in Wisconsin his- through foreclosure, tax Several dozen mostly tory. The NY Times had younger activists made declared the Wisconsin breaks for the rich while an effort to overcome Uprising “over” just the the poor suffer cuts to this cultural amnesia by day before after Gov- basic social services - taking part in a History ernor Walker managed these are not partisan is- of Radical Rural Politics to railroad his budget sues. in the Midwest series deform bill through the hosted by the Madison legislature. They were obviously surprised Infoshop, Rainbow Bookstore, and the by the continued agitation, bolstered by Madison Free School this last spring. The the likes of stereotypically conservative suggested readings covered over a cenfamily farmers from across the state. Did tury’s worth of amazing- yet largely forsomeone not get the memo or read their gotten – outbreaks of rural revolt which blog? Sadly, this ignorance of radical ru- helped set the stage for the statewide ral protest heritage was not limited to big solidarity that provided the backbone city pundits and even caught many Mid- and stamina behind the current ongowest-based organizers off guard. What ing protest (many of these discussions

The Radical Rural Roots Behind the Wisconsin Uprising

Short Reading List:
"The Prejudice Against Country People" - by: Wendell Berry. Progressive, April 2002. http://www.soc.iastate.edu/soc130/Readings/Prejudice%20Against%20Country%20 People.pdf "The Very Picture of Anarchy - Women in the Oshkosh Woodworkers Strike of 1898" - by: Virginia Glenn Crane. http://darrow.law.umn.edu/documents/Very_Pictures_of_Anarchy_crane.pdf "Riot, Revolution, Repression in the Iron Range Strike of 1916" - by Neil Betten. Minnesota History Magazine, Summer 1968. http://collections.mnhs.org/MNHistoryMagazine/articles/41/v41i02p082-094.pdf "Revolt of the Timber Beasts - IWW Lumber Strike in Minnesota" - by: John L. Haynes. Minnesota History, Spring 1971. http://www.mnhs.org/market/mhspress/minnesotahistory/xml/v42i05.xml "Standing Tall With Big Annie" - by: Daina Paiz Engel. Michigan History Magazine, July/ Aug. 1999 Black Settlers in Rural Wisconsin - by: Zachary Cooper. State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1977. Born in the Country - A History of Rural America - by: David B. Danbom. John Hopkins Univ. Press, 2006. Farm and Factory: Workers in the Midwest, 1890-1990 - by: Daniel Nelson. Indiana Univ. Press, 1995. "Farmers Take a Holiday" - Chapter 5 in Toward the Cooperative Commonwealth: An Introductory History of the Farmer Labor Movement in MN (1917-1948) - by: Thomas O'Connell. Union Institute, PhD Thesis, 1979. http://justcomm.org/fla-hist.htm "Movement Made of Young Mexican Americans Seeking Change: Critical Citizenship, Migration, and the Chicano Movement in Texas and Wisconsin, 1960-1975" - by: Marc Simon Rodriguez. Western Historical Quarterly, Autumn 2003. Farm Labor Movement in the Midwest - by: W.K. Barger and Ernesto M. Raza. Univ. fo TX Press, 1993. Powerline: The First Battle of America's Energy War - by: Barry Casper and Paul Wellstone. Univ. of MA Press, 1981. Raising Less Corn and More Hell: Midwestern Farmers Speak Out - by: Jim Schwab. Univ. of IL Press, 1988. Hard-Pressed in the Heartland: The Hormel Strike and the Future of the American Labor Movement - by: Peter Rachleff. South End Press, 1999. "Slaughterhouse Fight: A Look at the Hormel Strike" - by Steve Boyce, Jake Edwards and Tom Wetzel http://ideasandaction.info/2010/08/25th-anniversary-of-the-hormel-strike/ "Hold the Pepperoni - Tyson Workers on Strike" - by: Ricky Baldwin, Z Magazine, Aug. 2003. http://www.zcommunications.org/hold-the-pepperoni-tyson-workers-on-strike-byricky-baldwin "The Crandon Mine Saga" - Douglas J. Buege. Z Magazine, Feb. 2004. http://djbuege.com/nevermind.html "Crandon Mine Victory in Wisconsin Won by Historic Alliance" - Debra McNutt and Zoltan Grossman. Earth First Journal, Brigid 2004 http://www.earthfirstjournal.org/article.php?id=15 "Making a Statement With Our Tractors" - by: Joel Greeno. Other Words, May 9, 2011. http://www.otherwords.org/articles/making_a_statement_with_our_tractors

are also archived as podcasts as part of an ongoing oral history project- for relevant links visit: www.madisoninfoshop.org). It was no historic accident that this latest episode of popular resistance was dubbed the Cheddar Revolution. A m o n g the best speeches from last year’s capitol protests was that by Tony Schultz, a young community supported agriculture (CSA) farmer from Athens, WI. Before the massive crowd on March 13th he invoked the words of the famous 19th century Minnesota Populist and Farmers Alliance leader, Ignatius Donnelly: Photo by Tessa Echeverria “The interests of tion by political parties or the divide and rural and urban labor are the same. Their enemies are identical.” Both rule tactics of business union bureaucrats. the National Farmers Union and the The failure to launch a statewide general Non Partisan League (NPL) proved espe- strike was probably the worst stumble of cially effective in the early 20th century the Cheddar Revolution, though the inat mobilizing farmers across the Mid- spired multi-day sick-out by members of west to join other working class allies Madison Teachers Inc. (MTI) had a major in support of many rights now taken for impact. Joel Greeno, was another chargranted: the eight hour day, limits on ismatic and articulate organizer behind child labor, workmen’s compensation, women’s suffrage, minimum wage and the March 13th tractorcade. This young progressive taxation. In North Dakota, dairy farmer from Kendall, WI patiently the NPL even created state owned banks explained in countless media interviews and grain mills to counter rampant Wall that any attack on workers’ rights to colStreet corruption. Woody Guthrie in- lectively organize through unions was voked this legacy in his famous “Farmer also an attack on farmers’ rights to do Labor Train” song and it certainly reso- the same through co-ops – and the manated in Tony Schultz’ words that day, jority of dairy farmers in the U.S. depend traveling around the world via YouTube upon such marketing in common for their to be heard by protesters from Cairo to survival. The cooperative tradition in the Athens to London. (You can watch it Midwest stems largely from Scandinayourself at: http://www.youtube.com/ vian immigrants, who settled over a century ago. Along with their appreciation watch?v=cKOvqXoWB7s ) Shortly after the Teaching As- of lefse, cinnamon, and lutefisk, came sistants Association (TAA) kicked off the advocacy of reciprocity, mutual aid, and Uprising with a We Love UW Valentine’s solidarity. Cooperatives remain a bedrock Day march on the capitol February 14th, of Wisconsin’s economy today – in fact, 2011, the Madison Branch of the Indus- there are 844 co-ops with 2.7 million trial Workers of the World (IWW) made members, generating $5.6 billion in sales a call for a General Strike, and later the per year, now operating statewide. So AFL-CIO affiliated South Central Federa- when cheering Union Cab drivers greeted tion of Labor (SCFL) passed a resolution the tractorcade with picket signs prosupporting education around a general claiming “Cooperatives Have Principles” strike. Flying squads of Wobblies ar- there was nothing lost in translation. Skyrocketing unemployment, rived from across the country and an runaway poverty, price rigging comiconic Eric Drooker image of the IWW’s black cat soon decorated t-shirts, plac- modity markets, greedy banks grabbing ards, buttons, and the very walls of the farmland through foreclosure, tax breaks State Capitol itself. Similar “silent agita- for the rich while the poor suffer cuts to tors” had taunted the timber barons and basic social services - these are not parmining magnates a century ago when tisan issues. Yet, many outside observers the IWW led a series of strikes across the were surprised to learn that there were North Woods from Minnesota to Wiscon- Republicans and Libertarians (along with sin to Michigan. Founded in Chicago in Democrats, Independents, and Green 1905 by the likes of Mother Jones, Big Party supporters) within the tractorcade. Once again, a deeper grasp of rural hisBill Haywood, Emma Goldman, and Lucy Parsons, the IWW was the first to wel- tory would have made this reality obvious. Over 11,000 Wisconsin family farmers come women, African Americans, and immigrants into its One Big Union. Through (one out of seven) rely upon Badger Care, the Agricultural Workers Organization, so asking them to “sacrifice” more while the IWW was also the first union to se- Walker doled out millions to his cronies riously organize amongst migrant farm (including $13.6 million in income tax reworkers, with over 100,000 “harvest stiffs” bates for factory farm operators alone!) in its Midwest ranks by the end of World was just too much to stomach. Similar War 1. Being strictly non-partisan and rural grievances were the rallying cries industrially organized, putting all work- behind the National Holiday Association ers in the same union regardless of trade, and the Farmer Labor Alliance that took the IWW is not prone to electoral coopta> Continued on page 7

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sue of actual politics that did not break through the usual lines.

In the meantime…Public Sector Unions in Decline
As the recalls charged forward with the support of organized labor, public sector unions facing Walker’s attacks have been in decline. On August 25th 2011, Act 10 went into effect, officially ending automatic dues collection and recognition, turning Wisconsin’s public sector into an open shop. Since that time, the Wall Street Journal reported that the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)’s membership statewide has just about been cut in half, American Federation of Teachers (AFT) has lost about a third of their membership, and the Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC) laid off a large fraction of their staff. As this was happening, unions contributed millions of dollars and dedicated many staff to the recalls (the total spent on both sides was about $30 million), making way for the criticism that that money could have been better used to train union members and organize to keep the unions together. A case in point was over a strike and lock-out at Manitowoc Crane in Manitowoc Wisconsin, when union workers there took action against their private employer attempting to bring Act 10 to the private sector. The Machinists Union there went out on strike with little support, especially with so many of AFL-CIO staffers dedicated to the recalls. A point that was made by the labor left is that this “all-in” strategy with regard to the recalls neglected workplace issues and shied away from militancy that could have created pressure on the Walker administration directly. While it may be alarm>Rural Radicalism continued from page 6

ing to see the labor officialdom opt for a strategy to change elected officials rather than a workplace strategy, it is in many ways expected: after the wave of militancy that brought them into being in the 1960’s and 1970’s, public sector unions turned to lobbying as their primary focus, with a limited culture of member mobilization.

unthinkable only a few years ago, is making Wisconsin a Right-to-Work state. Right-to-work legislation prohibits fair share agreements between unions and employers, allows workers to opt out of paying union dues, undermining unions and workplace solidarity. Lastly, while the Penokee Mine, partly on tribal land, in northern WisA point that was made by the consin fell through This Changes Things. labor left is that this “all-in” last year, the project may return in Where does a strategy with regard to the the coming year. Walker victory leave us? recalls has neglected union W h a t ’ s r e In terms of policy it’ll ally worth thinkorganizing and shied away ing about is how certainly be more of the same. Both Walker and from militancy that could this will shift the Barrett are committed have created pressure on the balance of politito capitalist austerity, cal power in Wismaking workers pay for administration directly. consin. For thirty the crisis we have been years, the Demoin since 2008; in the 2010 race, Barrett cratic Party of Wisconsin has had a very repeated that he was going to “give Mad- close relationship with public sector ison a haircut”, indicating his intent to unions, based off of bargaining between cut state programs. the state and the unions, where hypo Having survived his recall, an thetically the Democrats were the politiemboldened Walker will increase the cal advocates of the public sector. But the wave of attacks that he brought about decline of the public sector unions will since his term began last year. A first area actually affect the strength of the Democratic Party. This is not because the party will lose union money for campaigns, which is relatively small c o m p a r e d t o corporate funding, but because the union political infrastructure will not be able to continue as their membership srhinks. During elections in general and this recall in particular, unions put their members to work in Get Out The Vote (GOTV) drives while lending of focus will be dismantling the public staff for campaigning. This creates a repension system: in a recent article in lationship between union and party, and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Jason with the decline of public sector union Richwine of the conservative Heritage support the Democratic Party will not Institute wrote a defense of the “mod- have the same reach as it did previously. erate reform”. Another potential threat, More to the point, problematic as the tie the Cheddar Revolution, it was the defeat this year of one of Walker’s major corporate welfare schemes for the North Woods - the proposed Gogebic Taconinte (GTAC) open pit iron ore mine in the Penokee Hills near Lake Superior. This successful grassroots campaign was built upon the lessons learned from earlier episodes of cross cultural rural urban coalition building that also brought together tribal communities, family farmers, hunters, and fishing enthusiasts with environmentalists, faith based groups, social justice and anti-corporate activists. Two such examples include the 1990s Crandon Mine fight (which pitted the mythical Hodag and its many allies from Earth First! to the Mole Lake Sakaogon against the mercenaries of Exxon/Kennecott/Rio

between unions and Democrats is, the absence of union sway on the Democratic Party opens the Democrats up to even more blatant corporate influence for resources needed to win election, and we can expect the Democrats to shift even further to the right. In such a situation the dynamic between the capitalist parties, and the impact that has upon ordinary people, is likely to change. Are there opportunities here? There is increasing need to respond to the crisis, and Walker’s attacks in many ways point to what a movement will have to take up: new (and old!) forms of worker organization, demands for the protection and extension of public services, engagement with Walker’s strategies including demands for a just tax system, development of independent politics as the Democrats move further to the right and experimentation with militant tactics, especially as the contracts binding public sector unions disappear.

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the Midwest by storm in the 1930s, triggering the famous 1933 Wisconsin milk strike. Back then, fed up farmers and their allies had few qualms about running banksters out of town with penny auctions or dynamiting scab creameries. During the powerline fight across central Minnesota in the 1970’s, hundreds of farmers defied state troopers using anhydrous ammonia, livestock manure, and whatever other means were necessary. Ultimately millions of dollars of sabotage, including midnight toppling of powerlines was done in the name of the Bolt Weevils and these heroic tales of grassroots resistance are still being passed down to rural children today. If there was any silver lining to

Algom), and the water privatization fight need to raise less corn and more hell in that kicked Nestle/Perrier out of the state the years ahead. in 2002. Other rural struggles are now underway in Wisconsin - against factory farms, fracking sand mining, high voltage powerlines, low level drone flights, to name a few. In order to win these latest battles, rural folks and their friends will continue to draw upon this historic legacy of radical resistance. To paraphrase the 19th century Irish immigrant and Populist soapboxer, Mary Elizabeth Lease, we all still

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Madison’s Second Vegan Fest
by Joshua Kissel

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June 2012

Mad City Vegan Fest took place Saturday the 9th at the Goodman Community Center on the east side. The festival drew a number of Madison area residents as well as at some from the Milwaukee, Chicago, the Twin Cities and beyond. The Vegan Fest seeks to provide a space where vegan culture can be celebrated as a way “to alleviate the suffering of humans and animals alike”, while also providing information to those interested in veganism. Veganism for those unsure is an idea whose proponents do their best to avoid using products produced by animals such as a meat, dairy, and leather. Mad City Vegan Fest featured a showing of regional and national animal welfare and rights groups as well as sample tables from various companies and cooperatives that provide everything from vegan meat analogs or baked goods to artisan soaps, yard supplies, and even sailing vacations. Along with these various exhibiters the event brought in speakers like Colleen Patrick-Goudreau to lead cooking demonstrations showcasing how delicious and desirable vegan food can be as well as folks who were able to talk about the health and political issues surrounding veganism. I spent most of the time I was there welcoming folks to the festival and handing out programs. I caught the final speaker, Chef Njathi Kabui, an immigrant from Kenya who is an organic farmer with a master’s degree in Medical Anthropology and Urban Studies, who gave a talk titled, “Veganism, Health, and Food Justice in Modern Day Kenya.” I ended up being very happy I was able to attend, and not just for the wonderfully prepared millet and beet dish. Chef Kabui talked about his family history with food activism dating back to his grandfather advocating against the exporting of Kenyan foodstuffs for fear of a famines (foreshadowing famines merely two years later)

Kabui’s talk avoided the often limited political discussion that veganism engenders. Instead, Kabui articulately argued for the intertwining of animal and human liberation. Speaking about Kenya, Chef Kabui explained lack of control over food is the most destructive oppression someone can be under. Without control of one’s food, other concerns are necessarily subordinated. As a vegan, my concern for others includes animals. But veganism is really only possibility for me because I am lucky enough to live under certain social conditions, with some autonomy over my foods choices, which allow me to conceive of extending consideration to other animals. If I want others to choose to avoid using animals to satisfy their needs I first must ensure they are sufficiently empowered to make that kind of decision. Chef Kabui’s underlining message seemed to be if we are compassionate, justice oriented individuals, and I think most vegans are, we must not, in fact cannot liberate other animals unless we join other human beings in liberating ourselves. Like the previous year, this year’s Vegan Fest was a wonderful experience. I enjoyed many samples and some great food and even stocked up on some vegan marshmallows from Chicago Soy Dairy, but by far the most enjoyable part was listening the lectures. Even as a self-professed leftist, sometimes it feels like the struggle for veganism and the struggle for a world beyond capitalism are explicitly linked. But as Kabui reminded me, these struggles are linked and animal liberation is impossible without also ensuring human liberation. http://veganfest.org (website for the festival) http://organicsandsound.com (Chef Kabui’s organization)

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Save Civil Service in Wisconsin
By Tony Reeves

Inefficiency, incompetence, and corruption can ruin a business, and are even less welcome in our tax-funded public services. Wisconsin instituted Civil Service in its state government over 100 years ago to address these problems, and to counter patronage and the “spoils” system. However, recent threats to the Civil Service system have weakened it, to the detriment of Wisconsin citizens and to our reputation for clean government. For example, Governor Walker removed the Dept. of Commerce from the Civil Service. Now the professionals at the quasi-private WEDC serve at-will and “at the pleasure” of political appointees, making them vulnerable to corruption when handling large funds for economic development. Will projects funded really be the best ones for our state, or just best for friends of the Governor and his party?

An early motto of Wisconsin’s Civil Service was “The best shall serve the state,” but that’s not true when political appointees fill more key positions. The Budget Repair Bill (Act 10) also removed certain positions from the Civil Service – including agency Chief Counsels, Public Information Officers and Legislative Liaisions. Some faces stayed the same, but in other cases these positions are now occupied by pure party hacks who never would have been judged qualified under Civil Service. Civil Service means hiring government employees based on real merit – competitive recruitment and objective criteria. The revival of so-called merit pay at the Department of Justice, UWMadison, and elsewhere, also compromises Civil Service and clean government. There is no rational system for distributing these arbitrary bonuses. It

is a true “spoils” system: a few managers are given the power to run fiefdoms based on their personal whims. Vague explanations of “market-based” raises and “merit-based” awards should not fool us, especially when people doing the same type and quality of work are paid differently for no good reason. Favorites and flatters will be rewarded. Objectivity and fairness, and competently doing the state’s business, become distant second considerations. UW’s Human Resources Design project runs directly counter to Civil Service principles. Proposals include abandoning hundreds of current job descriptions, collapsing many job categories in one “broadband,” changing the compensation system without research or evidence, and dropping long-standing practices such as respecting seniority in granting vacations, and requiring just

cause for discipline. These changes will radically realign the campus community and compromise the quality, competence, and independent thinking we expect from our faculty and staff. This will lead our great university in the wrong direction. Civil service is a system for clean government that’s been around since the Qin dynasty (221-207 BCE) and was important in the Roman Empire. The federal government adopted Civil Service reforms after a disgruntled office-seeker shot President McKinley. Wisconsin was one of the early states to establish Civil Service on June 17, 1905, under Governor Bob LaFollette, Save Wisconsin’s Civil Service to make sure our public agencies are not “Open for Business” to corruption and incompetence.

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