Archive for March, 2011
Tags: March 19 2011, Supermoon
Tags: David Koch, Ian Murphy, Madison Wisconsin protests, Sly in the Morning, WTDY
Longtime and often controversial Madison radio personality John “Sly” Sylvester interviewed Ian “Fake David Koch” Murphy on WTDY Friday morning. Murphy has been in Madison for the last week basking in a warm civic welcome for his role in unmasking Governor Scott Walker’s alarmingly chummy ties to the darkest of American corporate interests. We’ve made more than half a dozen family outings to the Capitol in recent weeks. The crowds and the spirit of collective resolve have been life-changing for all of us. In our peregrinations among seas of galvanized protesters we’ve stumbled into meeting both Sly and Murphy on separate occasions. Murphy in a packed Starbucks on the Square last Saturday, and then Sly Thursday afternoon on the Capitol steps when we pulled Augie from Cambridge Middle School at noontime and drove into the city. (Sly that evening was interviewed on Fox’s “O’Reilly Factor” and predicted: “Walker’s done.”) Our photo ops below.
Tags: Madison 3/10/11, Madison Wisconsin protests
Tags: Local 311 Pipes & Drums, Madison Wisconsin protests, Mahlon Mitchell, Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin
Firefighters begin march down State Street after Saturday afternoon’s labor rally at the Capitol. At the front is Mahlon Mitchell, 13-year veteran with the Madison Fire Department and current president of the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin. Directly behind Mitchell, Local 311 Pipes & Drums. (Photo: Coffee Spew)
Tags: Cambridge Wisconsin, Madison Wisconsin protests, Nikolay Middle School, The Cambridge News
The Cambridge News, March 3, 2011 / Letters to the Editor
I am an eighth-grader at Nikolay Middle School. These past two weeks my view of our administration and teachers has lessened significantly. I imagine you have figured out that I am talking about the local reaction to the protests that are occurring at our State Capitol regarding Governor Scott Walker’s heinous bill attacking unions and collective bargaining.
Our teacher’s union in Cambridge decided that it was best for all of us if they stayed here in our schools. I have talked to some of my teachers and they have told me that the reason they made this decision is because they respect and like the Cambridge administration and wanted to stay here and teach; they told me it was for our education. Well let me tell you, the administration is going to be affected by this bill just like the rest of us. The school administration should be up at the Capitol protesting right along next to our teachers.
On Friday, Feb. 19, I went to school, begrudgingly, as I would’ve much rather been at the Capitol along with the rest of the state. Shortly before lunch it was announced on the loudspeaker that some students at Nikolay Middle School were planning a walkout and that it would not be a good choice. With our own principal away at a conference, we were told, “the issue that has arisen is Madison’s problem, not Cambridge’s,” and “let the adults handle this adult problem.”
I was fuming by the end of this.
We were also told that a “discussion forum” would be held during the second half of our lunch period. I was prepared to express my views in a respectful way, of course, because I respect my peers and authority figures. But we received something much less inclusive than a discussion forum. We instead received a lecture in which we were talked down to and threatened with suspension and even expulsion.
Students are opinionated and engaged. We know what’s happening, so why not encourage us to examine current issues and experience education in the world beyond the classroom?