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What can we afford?


Photograph: Students protesting budget cuts by Governor Scott Walker. Source: Politifact.com

I wanted to share some resources as we head into the national discussion of the budget. The budget, which has always been fraught with difficulties, has become even more of an ideological football in the past few years. The potential for that to worsen only increases with the looming presidential election. The budget, however, is a moral document as well as a fiscal one. It reveals to the nation and the world what we see as our priorities and what bears examination for exclusion. Below are resources from the Coalition for Human Needs that will serve to open this conversation.

Coalition of Human Needs

Several budget proposals were released this week for Fiscal Year 2016 and beyond. The differences in them highlight the major ideological differences and partisan priorities, both amongst themselves and when compared with the president’s budget released last month. While the House and Senate Budget Committee budgets cut taxes for the wealthy, cut human needs programs, and repeal the Affordable Care Act, the Congressional Progressive Caucus budget offers a plan to invest in broadly shared economic growth and economic security for all Americans.

Congressional budget resolutions serve as an outline, providing an overall total funding level for annual appropriations and including policy recommendations, but without the line-item detail of the president’s budget. Because it is not legislation, a Congressional budget resolution does not require the president’s signature. Usually, the only parts of the budget resolution binding on Congress are the appropriations funding levels, and those only become binding if the House and Senate can agree on a joint budget resolution, which is likely this year.

Below are some of the major points of each of the budget blueprints:

House Budget Committee Budget Resolution

Senate Budget Committee Budget Resolution

Congressional Progressive Caucus Budget Resolution

Next Steps in the FY16 Budget Process

Categories: Budget and Appropriations

The Story Project

In looking at our national priorities it is important to hear from those whose needs are most often on the chopping block. Below is a link to a story project that captures the voices of Americans living across a spectrum of different challenges:


Will Wisconsin make history again?

Wisconsin will hold elections on Tuesday to recall six Republican seats from the state legislature. These recall elections were a strong and pointed reaction to the attacks on unions made by Walker this past winter.

Wisconsin is popping up all over the news as the site of the most important elections of the year. What message will be sent to conservative lawmakers looking to disenfranchise workers, immigrants, and the economically poor? Will the message be that if you take on the working class with unfair and extreme politics you can expect to lose your seat? Or will it be a green light – after some protest politicians can expect to be able to push through their extreme agendas?

Check out the Rachel Maddow clip below (includes a mention of La Crosse) and go and vote on Tuesday! Then come back and let us know on the post which way will Wisconsin go.


Walker and Wisconsin

The story of what happened in Madison still reverberates around the blogosphere gaining new attention with the pending recall elections for Republicans on the horizon. Few of these blogs, however, are looking at the potential impact Walker and conservatives in the State House and Senate could have and are having on the immigrant community. Check out this great video from “The Real News” and learn more about the struggles of the Wisconsin immigrant community.


The Struggle Continues

Wanted share some relfections and links from a Wisconsin native about one of the biggest areas of social struggle to open in the United States since the famous Immigrant Rights March of 2006. Read, watch and dream with the links below!

Dear Friends,
Greetings from Wisconsin!
We wanted to share with you some links to videos and information highlighting the unfolding of events here.  I can say that personally as a person who is from Wisconsin, coming from white rural background, I love this place and the people who live here.  Needless to say, the experience of the past 2 weeks has been very emotional for me.   I think many of us are feeling an incredible opportunity and responsibility in this moment to find openings to connect to people and build relationships in a deeply transformative way. 
There is a lot of complexity here in terms of how white privilege and systems of oppression intersect and connect to the popular surge of protest in Wisconsin, and I think many of us here who are committed to racial justice are trying to hold that complexity and work with it to the best of our ability.  This includes working to prioritize supporting people of color led organizations who are part of the fight, lifting up pieces of the bill that are getting less attention but would directly impact low income communities of color, while also connecting to the many poor, working class and middle class white folks who are being moved and transformed by this moment.
 As a part of this, Groundwork has developed flyers and is trying to do “teach ins” at the capitol connecting the Budget Repair Bill to struggles for racial justice and pulling out how the bill will have a devastating impact on people of color across the state.   Other anti-racist allies on the UW Madison campus, PREA (Promoting Racial and Ethnic Awareness) have developed banners to march with that address both worker rights and attacks on Medicaid programs in the bill.   We are also trying to support and provide resources to some of the informal and formal organizations who are involved in organizing the mobilizations.   We will keep you posted as things continue to move forward. 
Here are some links that I have found helpful and I hope you will, too:
General websites about what is going on:
http://www.defendwisconsin.org/ — this website is run by the Milwaukee and Madison Teacher’s Assistant Associations and some of the other unions
Here is website from Coalition working to stop overhaul of Medicaid in the bill:

Analysis of affect of Budget Repair Bill on public transit and Medicaid:
People of Color and Disability Rights organizing:
MEChA action last week Wednesday in Capitol Rotunda:
Voces de la Frontera on Telemundo WI:
Video highlighting voices from people of color at Capitol:

Freedom, Inc. a grassroots SE Asian and African American organization in Madison has been doing incredible work getting youth to the Capitol and supporting political education in their communities.  Z! will be forwarding their soon to be launched website that features video interviews from their members. 

ADAPT Action occupying WI GOP headquarters yesterday demanding Medicaid provision be removed from Budget Repair Bill:
Police officers joining labor protests plus Walker saying he considered “planting troublemakers” on the prank phone call with David Koch have developed a very unique situation with the police:
Police Officer Convert from Fox News:
Madison Police Chief Troubled by Walker’s Statement
Just today the Wisconsin Professional Police Chief’s Association issued a statement saying they request the governor not evict the protesters from the Capitol and that they will be sending their members from around the state to sleep over.  We will see how this all unfolds.

Send us your love and support here!  And as Z! said, please consider attending your local state or city rally tomorrow in support of public employees.  ColorLines has been doing great work on this front and I hope you can check out their website as well. 

In Solidarity,
Cindy Breunig

From Cairo to Madison?

Wisconsinites unite!

No one, after watching democracy take beautiful, radical hold in Egypt, would have announced the next stop on the Democracy Express as Madison, Wisconsin. But as they say “never say never!” 

The United States is long overdue for some grass-roots edgy change and what better place than the state that collectively owns its pro football team?

Feed your soul with an article from Truthout, a clip from the Rachel Maddow show and watch democracy unfold!



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