Posted on July 31, 2012
It’s becoming more and more apparent that we’re in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. They’re all around you. They’re your neighbors, your bartender, the teenage kid that bags your groceries at the supermarket down the street. Hell, even your parents or your kids may be zombies. They walk around, basically brain dead from all of the advertisements telling them to consume, consume, consume. They’re so caught up with finding the nearest Starbucks to purchase their Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino that they don’t even notice the homeless man sitting near the subway stop, asking for money so he can purchase the first meal he’s had in the past two days.
These zombies don’t care that our government is using their tax money to drop bombs on other countries and kill innocent civilians. They don’t care that legislation is being passed that not only allows, but actually encourages the destruction of our environment. They don’t care that education funding is being slashed in an attempt to keep future generations less educated and, therefore, more docile.
So, how do we deal with these zombies? You can’t just shoot ‘em in the head…. Well, I s’pose you could, but I tend to stay away from promoting violence. Instead, you organize, mobilize, and get out there to educate them. That could mean something as simple as handing out flyers on the street, or something as big as a mass action to shut something down (a bank, a mountain top removal site) in order to bring awareness to a specific issue. Yes, many people still won’t listen. But, as long as we continue to educate and take action, there will be some who will take something away from it.
Posted on July 12, 2012
So, I’m sure many of you have heard that I’m moving to New York City in a couple of weeks. Now, I don’t want anybody out there thinking I’m giving up on Wisconsin, or anything like that. I’m simply taking the next big step in my life, and doing what I feel like I need to do at this point in time.
Wisconsin has been good to me for the last 21 years and 7 months of my life, and even through the struggles of the last year and a half, it hasn’t changed my opinion of my home state. In fact, it made me fall even more in love with Wisconsin. Seeing all of the people who stepped up and fought back when under attack was completely awe inspiring. It opened up my eyes, and helped me find my calling in life.
Although the outcome on June 5th may not have been what we had hoped it would be, it’s impossible for me to even consider calling it a failure. Us Wisconsinites have been through a lot together, and I could never, for a hundred million years, forget about that. From sleeping in the Capitol, to marching outside with 150,000 people, to the sing alongs every weekday for over a year, to getting arrested for exercising our First Amendment rights, to Walkerville and the senate recalls last summer, to collecting almost 1 million signatures for the recall of our governor, to the Overpass Light Brigade, to the hard work we all put in during the recall election. All of that is nothing short of a win in my book.
My move to NYC is not a “well, fuck Wisconsin” kind of a move. It’s an “okay, I worked my ass off in Wisconsin for the last year and a half, and now I’m ready to try a new route and use what I learned in Wisconsin elsewhere.” I will be going there to share stories from Wisconsin, and hopefully inspire people there. I’m also hoping to hear stories from NY, some of which I may share with you guys in hopes of inspiring you, as well. I will learn, I will teach, and I will continue to keep people updated on what I’m doing. I’ll be getting plugged back into the occupy movement (I was out at OWS last fall), and will be sharing stories, pictures, etc. Instead of hearing what’s going on out there from the corporate-run media, or from a random blogger you don’t know if you can trust – you’ll be hearing it and seeing pictures from me.
I also was offered the perfect job out in NYC. The job positions were set up specifically for struggling activists who need some extra cash. It will allow me the flexibility to be very involved with occupy (I choose when I work, and can work up to 5 days a week – or less), but also make enough money to get by. Plus, the job involves helping to recruit city employees into a union, which is something that I’m very interested in and passionate about.
So, what I’m trying to say is that I’m not giving up on Wisconsin – I’m just taking the same fight to another state. This is the next step in my fight against the injustices in this world. And no matter where my life takes me from this point, I will never, ever forget all of you, and all that we have accomplished in our state. Thank you, Wisconsin, from the bottom of my heart. And please keep in touch :)
Posted on July 12, 2012
Posted on July 4, 2012
Just remember that the Declaration of Independence includes the right of a revolution, which is the right or duty of the people of a nation to overthrow a government that acts against their common interests: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
Posted on July 3, 2012
Posted on July 3, 2012
Posted on July 2, 2012
Update: My views have changed significantly since I wrote this blog post. I do encourage you to read the blog post below, but you can also my updated blog post here.
Recently, some people have been condemning me for my decision to either vote third party, or write-in my vote, possibly a vote of “no confidence” – I haven’t decided quite yet. I feel like many of these people don’t even somewhat understand why I have made that decision, and are making assumptions. So, I will attempt to explain it further in hopes of helping those people understand, and hopefully respect my decision, even if they don’t agree with it.
Well, first of all, I am not a Republican or a Democrat. It’s not my fault that we have a two-party system, and that neither of the two parties even somewhat represent my views. Of course, my views are closer to that of the democratic party, but still, not close enough. I refuse to look past my views, opinions, morals, and values to vote for somebody who doesn’t even come close to representing them.
Second of all, in my opinion, the presidential election is fictitious. Both parties are bought by corporations, and I believe our votes are, too… In other words – your vote doesn’t count. They will elect whoever they want. It’s been proven that it is possible to flip the votes, but they’re doing a good job at making sure the general population either doesn’t know this, or at least making sure they don’t believe it.
Thirdly, I believe that voting for (D) or (R) in the presidential election is only making things worse. It keeps more people pacified and unwilling to do anything to actually create change. They – the evil corporations and the politicians who are bought by them - want you to vote so you feel like you have a voice, but in the end, they’re going to do what they want anyways. And I feel like by voting for the “lesser of two evils”, I would just be playing their game, and giving them more power. Real change will not happen while people continue voting for either of the two evils.
Instead, we need to resist the system and take away their power by not voting for (D) or (R) in the presidential election. It’s obvious that with the way the system is currently set up, we can’t rely on any president to be a voice for the people, so we need to take it upon ourselves to make sure our voices are heard. But, not voting, or voting third party is not enough. We also need to take action – organize, mobilize, occupy, strike, takeover. Women didn’t gain the right to vote by voting, did they?*
And as my soulmate – were he still alive – Eugene V. Debs says: “It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don’t want and get it.”
*Just as a quick side note, I had somebody bring up a good point about the women who did try to vote, and were arrested for it. My point was that they didn’t make the change AT the ballot box. They did it by resisting the status quo, which included going TO the ballot box as a form of civil disobedience.
Posted on July 2, 2012
Today we delivered about 15,000 signatures to Palermo’s, asking them to stop the harassment, and to respect their workers. About 150 people gathered to watch the delivery – strikers, union members, MICAH members, and other citizens. The strikers and supporters walked the picket line together for awhile before delivering the petitions:
Here is the delivery truck for the petitions:
And this is Daniella, the daughter of one of the strikers, who helped to deliver the petitions:
Daniella, her mother, and Joe from MICAH, leaving the pizza boxes full of petitions at the feet of the police officers, who then carried the boxes inside:
Today was a very empowering day – both for the strikers and the supporters. It was great to see so much support from the community, and from the people around the nation who signed the petition. This fight isn’t just about the Palermo’s workers, but all workers nationwide and worldwide. If just one worker is treated without respect, and we allow it to happen without standing up for them, then the rights of all workers everywhere are also threatened. We must continue striving towards better working conditions and more rights for all workers everywhere.
Posted on July 1, 2012