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Jason Huberty – Wisconsin State Capitol

Thursday, 13 December 2012 | buzz
Solidarity Sing Along

On Thursday, December 13, our host Tony Castaneda speaks with “the most arrested man in Madison,” Jason Huberty. Jason, a political activist, has maintained a steady presence at the State Capitol, receiving 19 citations, around $200 per citation, till date. Although thirteen citations have been dismissed, there are still six that remain. Since July, 112 citations have been issued in total at the Capitol.   Jason explains what the presence around the capital is like. Since March 2011, a solidarity sing-along has taken place each weekday, either within the Capitol Rotunda or outside. The Department of Administration, which sets the rules for how the Capitol is run, has issued that groups of four or more must obtain a permit to hold an event inside the Capitol. Jason reports that there has been a drop in attendance at the Capitol since the new rules have been instated.   Jason explains the change that he has seen since people began protesting in March 2011, “People who came down last year in February and March, they saw a lot of cooperation between everyone who was down there. I’d say that’s still the case, but now, when you go to the Capitol, you don’t know whether or not you’re going to get a ticket, simply for being there. And that’s happened to several people who’ve never had police contact, not while they’re at the Capitol, they’ve just been there exercising their right to speech and peaceably assemble.”   They also discuss the amount of resources the state spends on ticketing and pursuing the individuals at the Capitol. Jason has observed at least ten police officers posted each day, monitoring the solidarity singers, four Department of Justice Attorneys General who are prosecuting the cases; twenty local lawyers and forty citizens involved with the cases. The National Lawyers Guild in Madison helps people find attorneys that are willing to help the individuals who have been cited. Since Chief Erwin has become the Chief of the Capitol Police, Jason says, the number police officers present at the Capitol to monitor the solidarity singers and protestors has grown.   A Bake Sale will be held this Saturday, December 15 at the fountain on State Street to help raise funds for the direct legal costs to those going to trial.   Visit the Facebook page – Solidarity Sing Along   Listen to the interview: more »

Campus Women’s Center presents Vagina Monologues

Thursday, 6 December 2012 | buzz
Vagina Monologues

On Thursday, December 6, our host Tony Castaneda speaks with Illeana Rotger and Maggie Meer, from the Campus Women’s Center (CWC), which is putting on a production of the Vagina Monologues. Illeana, a Gender and Women Studies and Spanish major and intern at the CWC, is the Director of the performance. Maggie Meer, a Theater major, is an actress in the performance.   Written by playwright Eve Ensler, the Vagina Monologues is a collection of women’s stories and experiences about their sexuality, their bodies, and their environments, “it’s a show about women’s empowerment, what women experience in their lives not just with their sexuality, but violence, war and rape” explains Illeana. The monologues are a combination of serious and humorous stories, performed in solo and group pieces. The monologues cover the experiences of “every type of woman.” The script this year this includes a new ending piece One billion rising, which is about women coming together to collectively fight against violence committed on them and other women.   The performances are based on an abridged script of the original Vagina Monologues. The rights to the abridged version are owned by V-Day, an organization that campaigns against violence to women, and which is celebrating its 15th anniversary. The organization distributes the script free of charge to groups that wish to get involved and perform the piece.   Maggie reads an excerpt of the performance on-air.   Vagina Monologues, December 6, 7, 8 2650 Humanities Building Fri and Sat @ 7PM Sun @ 2PM   Learn more about the Campus Women’s Center Contact them at Read more about V-DAY   Listen to the entire interview here: more »

Gary Storck: Marijuana Legalization Efforts

Thursday, 15 November 2012 | buzz

On Thursday November 15, host Tony Castaneda speaks with medicinal marijuana activist and spokesperson and chair of Is My Medicine Legal Yet (IMMLY), Mr. Gary Stork. He says that the election results from last week, regarding legalization of marijuana in states of Colorado and Washington, was a ‘huge victory’ for marijuana activists. Colorado now allows people to grow a total of 6 cannabis plants, in addition to possessing a legal ounce of marijuana; Washington also allows an ounce of marijuana. “We’re finally starting to see the Marijuana prohibition crumble after 75 years” comments Gary.   Gary qualifies the difference between the medicinal use of marijuana and a law allowing general use: those with specific health conditions are exempt from the law prohibiting the use of marijuana, and are allowed to possess and even grow small amounts of it. Under a full legalization law, anyone over the age of 21 can access marijuana without needing a medical reason. They speak about initiatives across the nation, among various states, to begin legalizing the use of marijuana. He speaks specifically about Wisconsin as well, “We did a poll back in 2002, and we found that over 82% of people wanted the state legislature to pass the medical marijuana law. At that time we thought the lawmakers would see this poll and they would do it, but unfortunately they have different priorities…but eventually, marijuana legalization advocacy is going to affect [the legislators]…it’s affecting them right now. It might be a longer road here, but things are beginning to change very fast.” Gary explains that at the Wisconsin state-level, the second offense of any amount of cannabis is considered a felony.   Gary explains the benefits of legalizing cannabis, that it would even improve the economy of Wisconsin. He has even referred to marijuana legalization as the “mother of all job creators.” He also explains the various uses the hemp plant can be put towards, including being a source of food, paper, building material, and even fuel. “It used to be a great crop for Wisconsin farmers, it helped us win WWII.” Hemp foods, Gary says, is an industry by itself.   Is My Medicine Legal Yet is working with Representative Chris Taylor’s office who will now be handling the medical marijuana issue. Gary and activists from Madison NORML will also be working on revisions on the Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act. He also hopes to have the latest version of the medical marijuana bill in Wisconsin …. more »

Occupy Madison encampment faced with 48 hour eviction notice

Thursday, 8 November 2012 | buzz

On Thursday, November 8, Tony Castaneda talks with Daniel Callahan and Brian Gee, homeless residents of Occupy Madison, as well as Brenda Konkel, of the Madison Tenant Resource Center. The 15 tent homeless encampment on the 800 block of East Washington Ave has been served a 48 hour eviction notice by the city of Madison. They will need to leave the premises by Friday Nov 9 at 3pm. Daniel, who has been with the Occupy movement for over a year and homeless in Madison “on and off” since 1979, says that the mayor, who had said that he would hold off on an eviction until they were able to obtain housing, has gone back on his promise. He also says that the mayor has not yet visited them since the eviction.   Brian Gee explains that despite many of the occupants being skilled laborers, they still found themselves homeless, due to lack of employment, Brian himself has been a carpenter for 15 years, and has done electrical, plumbing, and stick build construction. He lost his job one and half years ago. Before arriving in Madison in hopes of obtaining work, Brian lived in Stevens Point, where he was homeless for one month. He explains that upon arriving in Madison, he went to Porchlight for assistance in finding a job; he says, “the first thing I ended up hitting was Porchlight…and they literally didn’t help me at all. I had to do everything on my own.”   When discussing the difference in treatment of the homeless among different locations, Brenda Konkel mentions Appleton as having a strong homeless program. “There’s not much of a homeless population… [Because] they’re only homeless for 30 days, they’re able to get people into housing really quick.” She also describes Minnesota as having one of the best programs in the US: their ‘housing first’ program ensures that housing is placed as the priority, “if you don’t have a home base to work from, it’s really hard to do the rest.”   They believe that Madison has more resources than the city is actually willing to put in towards the homeless. Brenda says, “If we have $50,000 for a music video [in the budget], we can put that towards running a comprehensive day center…so at least they could have a place during the day to be able to use the computer, shower, store their stuff…” With the present situation, one must move to several different centers to do each …. more »

Mining Legislation: Al Gedicks

Thursday, 8 November 2012 | buzz
Bad River

On Thursday November 8, host Tony Castaneda speaks with UW Lacrosse Professor Al Gedicks about the resurgence in the mining rush, and the attempts to get rid of anti-mining environmental laws. Al Gedicks is also an organizer with the Midwest Coalition Against Lethal Mining (MCALM).   The reintroduction of the mining bill is a top priority on the agenda for the upcoming session. Al comments, “It is a fundamental assault on the environmental protections and the public participation provisions that have been won by environmental battles that have gone back to the 1970s. This is a bill that was written by [mining company] Gogebic Taconite in cooperation with Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce Association to pave the way for a gigantic open pit iron mine in the Penokee hills in the bad river water shed next to Lake Superior and next to the sacred rice wells of the Ojibwe tribe….” Al explains that the passing of this bill would “set a dangerous precedent for future mining proposals of which there are many…that could affect the environment, health, and economies of these northern communities.”   There is a resistance movement against the bill, Al reports, “a broad coalition of interests has mobilized to defeat that bill, AB 426 the iron mining bill, and will reconvene when the legislation does to work against the passing of that bill.”   There will be a discussion of the issue “Connecting Common Struggles: Destructive Mining in El Salvador and Wisconsin” this Sunday at Edgewood College. Community representatives from El Salvador and Wisconsin will come together to discuss the problems that their communities are facing with the mining threat and legislation.   6:30 – 8:00 PM Sunday November 11 Edgewood College, Washburn Heritage Room, Regina Hall   Listen to the entire interview here: more »

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