Pretty interesting piece about the high-level advocacy work he’s doing in Sudan.
This Friday at noon.
Wisconsin’s huge response to Governor Scott Walker’s outrageous “budget repair bill” is a stark reminder to each of us that the power is in our hands to shape the quality of our lives. Our first priority must be the well-being of hard-working American families. Aren’t they the ones who have disproportionately suffered from the struggling economy, rising health care costs, and corporate irresponsibility and greed?
Solidarity events are being organized all across the country this week. Join thousands of New Jersey residents in Trenton this Friday.
Stand Up for Working People!
Rally at 12 Noon at the Statehouse
Friday, February 25, 2011
In New Jersey, our Governor and many legislators are trying to legislate away job security for teachers, civil service rights for State and Local Government workers, and healthcare and pension benefits for us all. Everyone can see it: Wisconsin may have been first, but New Jersey is next.
We must bring the movement of thousands of workers in Wisconsin here to New Jersey to prevent Christie and his allies in the State Legislature from eliminating workers’ rights.
All over the State on Friday, union members from the private and public sector and their allies will wear red. Thousands of workers will converge on the Trenton State House where they will be joined by Wisconsin Workers, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, leaders of Unions and our community allies.
We need you to join in this Fight. We need you AND your family members to come to the Rally and to wear RED on Friday. Stand up for the middle class!
Send this to your wingnut relatives- it’s so easy, even they can understand!
Holy crap, you have to hear this. A blogger pretends to be oil billionaire and Walker supporter David Koch and calls Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker:
Confirmed: Governor Walker’s office confirms in a statement that prank Koch call was really Walker: http://wapo.st/i4hFu4
From Ian’s Pizza, near the Capitol:
If you are here to learn how help feed the protesters in Madison, here’s how you can do that:
Call us at 608-257-9248, then press 1. As we have just three phone lines it may take a while to get through, and we apologize in advance for that.
For online ordering we have partnered with both badgerbites.com andcampusfood.com to process our online orders. If you would like to order online, please put 115 State Street as the delivery address, and add in the notes that you would like to help feed the protesters.
While we thought about it, we will not be setting up a Paypal account, even though we realize that would make it easier. Please understand it’s not because we don’t want to help you out; we really just don’t want to over-promise & under-deliver.
It’s important to us as a business and as individuals that if we say we are taking your hard-earned money to help feed supporters, that we will make sure that happens. By taking phone calls and online orders only we can ensure that the money you spend with us does indeed get made into pizza that goes to the capital.
We truly appreciate all the enthusiasm, and know that many of you want to help feed the protesters, but we are also just one small business. Believe us when we say we are not really accustomed to getting pizza orders from the entire country (let alone internationally!)
Thank you for your understanding!
I love binder clips, I use them for all kinds of stuff. Here’s yet another use!
Radical Republicans doing what they’re doing in every state with a new Republican governor:
Seats on one side of the Indiana House were nearly empty today as House Democrats departed the the state rather than vote on anti-union legislation.
A source tells The Indianapolis Star that Democrats are headed to Illinois, though it was possible some also might go to Kentucky. They need to go to a state with a Democratic governor to avoid being taken into police custody and returned to Indiana.
The House came into session twice this morning, with only three of the 40 Democrats present. Those were needed to make a motion, and a seconding motion, for any procedural steps Democrats would want to take to ensure Republicans don’t do anything official without quorum.
With only 58 legislators present, there was no quorum present to do business. The House needs 67 of its members to be present.
House Speaker Brian Bosma said he did not know yet whether he would ask the Indiana State Police to compel the lawmakers to attend, if they can be found.
Today’s fight was triggered by Republicans pushing a bill that would bar unions and companies from negotiating a contract that requires non-union members to kick-in fees for representation. It’s become the latest in what is becoming a national fight over Republican attempts to eliminate or limit collective bargaining.
Conducted by Nick Hornby, so what could be better?
If you’ve never seen “The Wire”, I strongly urge you to watch it — yes, every single season. As Simon says:
The Wire is a Greek tragedy in which the postmodern institutions are the Olympian forces. It’s the police department, or the drug economy, or the political structures, or the school administration, or the macroeconomic forces that are throwing the lightning bolts and hitting people in the ass for no decent reason. In much of television, and in a good deal of our stage drama, individuals are often portrayed as rising above institutions to achieve catharsis. In this drama, the institutions always prove larger, and those characters with hubris enough to challenge the postmodern construct of American empire are invariably mocked, marginalized, or crushed. Greek tragedy for the new millennium, so to speak. Because so much of television is about providing catharsis and redemption and the triumph of character, a drama in which postmodern institutions trump individuality and morality and justice seems different in some ways, I think.
But if you really don’t have the time, I’d suggest catching up on the first season of “Treme”, his series about post-Katrina New Orleans. (Do it quick, the new season starts in March.) A truly powerful look at how the failure of our institutions to do their jobs destroys communities — and many of the people within.
And somehow, he still manages to make it all entertaining.