The arts and culture of all sorts add flesh to the bones of civic life and spice to the food that sustains us all!
These pages will be an exploration of the different artists in the visual, performing and literary arts who make us think, inspire us to dream, compel us to share with our fellows and in general to be more human and humane!
Creative Action Network - ONE OF THE NETROOTS NATION14 EXHIBITORS! - See America Project-See Wisconsin - A collection of posters and notecards of scenic Wisconsin for your use or for special occasion or holiday giving!
Penokee Arts - Explore the Iron Hills - an online version of a traveling art exhibit that was last seen in this part of the state in Milwaukee last year.
Portal Wisconsin.org - An online gallery of contemporary Wisconsin artists
Art for These Times --Artists using folk art and graphics to address political issues.
ON JOB'S DILEMMA:
I heard upon his dry dung-heap
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With our Governor and so many of our elected officials becoming Koch addicts and Kochaholics, we thought that we would start a page of links with information about the Brothers Koch.
So heeere we go....... IN ALL CASES, CLOSE THE NEW WINDOW TO COME BACK TO THIS PAGE WHEN YOU ARE THROUGH WITH THESE LINKS.
This one is old but newly found! Click on the graphic and the show will start (with SOUND).
Real Koch Facts - General Information
Robert Reich explains America's Koch Problem - CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO and chance to sign petition!
Koch Money - Where it Comes From and Where it Goes
and another view from ProPublica
Crooks and Liars - the Kochs (and other big money donors) corrupting our political system
If you want to do your bit to fight the Kochtopus: Do Not Buy Koch-Made Consumer Products! HERE IS WHAT THEY ARE!
Go to the National Pipeline Mapping System public viewer to see what is underground near you!
Other links of interest, mostly Facebook pages - These MAY close this window, so BE CAREFUL!
Tools of Democracy
One of the most important tools of democracy is your vote! Another is your human voice!
To use either one effectively, you need to be registered to vote AND you need to know who your legislators are so that you can tell them what you think and what you want them to do for you!
REMEMBER - they work for you! You pay them with your tax dollars and you hire them with your votes! IF YOU DO NOT VOTE, YOU ARE LETTING SOMEONE ELSE HIRE THE LEGISLATURE!!!!
To find your legislators, FIRST locate your ZIP+4 code. You will need this to find your US Representative. Then click on the link below:
If you want to SEE where the Assembly District boundaries are (and how they got tangled up after the 2010 redistricting), click on THIS LINK. It will take you to the interactive map for the State Legislature Redistricting server, where you can zoom down to the street level to see just how complex the redistricting gerrymandering can get! WARNING - this will be SLOW!!!!
Click on GERRYMANDERING to get to the Wikipedia article on gerrymandering as a political process.
With thanks to the Crawford Stewardship Project's Forest Jahnke for this article.
Politics In The Air!
We will try to keep you political junkies posted on all things locally political.
First of all, find your legislators! Check out this link-click on the word WISCONSIN and you will be taken to the state legislature website to locate your state senator and representative. Be prepared with your ZIP+4 code because this page also has a link to the U.S. House of Representatives page to locate your US Representative!
Start with My Vote Wisconsin - your guide to the local election scene, presented by the Government Accountability Board (GAB).
For real political mainliners, try the GAB website itself! It is full of lots of good stuff.
If you want to keep track of what your federal legislators are doing, there is always GovTrack.us who lets us know how our selected legislators (ours or those we just want to keep an eye on) are voting.
If you come across local links of interest, please let us know. Most county boards are available online (usually delayed but sometimes live).
Comments are always welcome as are links to other sites.
Just a reminder - YOU are the BIGGEST part of the solution!