“I was honored to visit the cathedral this evening and pay my respects to Archbishop Romero, who remains an inspiration to people all around the world,” said President Obama. If Obama really wants to pay his respects to Archbishop Romero, he should close the military training facility at Fort Benning. Or better yet, stop conducting a covert war in Yemen.
President Barack Obama took the extraordinary step of stopping by Archbishop Oscar Romero’s tomb at the end of his Latin America tour. "Stop the Repression in Honduras"
The Archbishop was a fearless defender of the poor during El Salvador’s brutal civil war. He was assassinated by rightwing death squads a few weeks after asking President Carter to cut off military funding to his country, as the Salvadoran military was terrorizing its citizens.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker held the bill signing ceremony in his office at the Capitol this afternoon. Protesters outside could be heard clearly as they shouted “Shame! Shame! Shame!”
Walker signed the bill with confidence. He wore a red tie and dutifully gave out the pens he used to his political pals.
He began by thanking Majority Leader Fitzgerald for his leadership and singled out GOP representatives Suder, Ellis, Vos, and Darling. He touted the “courageous leadership” of the Republicans and said the bill was “good for the middle class for years to come.”
The voting happened so fast. Decades of labor law was undermined in ten quick seconds, as the Wisconsin Assembly voted 53-42 to strip workers of their right to collectively bargain.
Throughout the hearing, Democrat after Democrat got up and made impassioned pleas against the bill. (See my colleague Ruth Conniff’s piece about the day in the assembly.)
Prank caller Ian Murphy, who pretended to be rightwing billionaire (and Scott Walker supporter) David Koch, visited Madison this weekend and took in the protests. Murphy is a folk hero around here. His punking of the governor gave huge momentum to the burgeoning pro-democracy movement.
Prank caller Ian Murphy, who pretended to be rightwing billionaire (and Scott Walker supporter) David Koch, visited Madison this weekend and took in the protests. Murphy was invited to Wisconsin by a schoolteacher from Fond du Lac who flew him out to the Badger state.
Right now, the courts are deciding whether or not to continue the lockdown of the Wisconsin Capitol building. The current restrictions, put into the place earlier this week, have hindered the ability of protesters to enter the building.
“We are trying to keep some people out of the building,” State Sen. Glenn Grothman told MSNBC the other day. “Right now, the building is becoming a pigsty. People are staying overnight. The building smells.”
“They’re making history in Madison—that’s why I’m here,” said musician Tom Morello, as he kicked off the noon rally at Wisconsin’s capital.
We are one week into the showdown between workers and Governor Scott Walker. Despite the frigid temperatures (it feels like 14 degrees) and snowy skies, about 5000 people rallied outside the Capitol building at noon.
Back in 2008 at the Personal Democracy Forum in New York City, Arianna Huffington was on a journalism panel entitled, “A New Media System? Or Old Wine in New Bottles?”
Huffington said that the bottles are definitely new, but it’s not entirely new wine. It’s a mixture. “There’s an awful amount of good that we want to keep from the old media: accuracy, fact checking, ferreting out the truth,” she said.
Wisconsin State Representative Don Pridemore has released a draft of a bill inspired by the racist Arizona SB 1070.
“I want Wisconsin to be recognized as a state that will be on the side of Arizona,” Pridemore told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel last fall after Republicans took control of the state legislature and the executive branch.
More than half of all states are getting a new governor this year, making this incoming class one of the largest in American history. The Republicans made huge gains in the states, with 18 new GOP governors taking office.
The Midwest took an especially hard hit, as most Great Lakes states now have Republicans in their governor’s mansions.
But in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin, the new GOP govs are being greeted with protests.
A mining company based in Wisconsin is suing the government of El Salvador for one hundred million dollars under the Central America Free Trade Agreement, also known as CAFTA.
The company is taking advantage of “foreign investor protections” in the free trade agreement. These protections for capital can undercut local environmental laws. And that’s the case in El Salvador.
Commerce Group, which is based in Milwaukee, owns the San Sebastian Gold Mine near the town of Santa Rose de Lima in eastern El Salvador.