This from our friends at Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice:
Are you fed up with rich folks and corporations buying elections? Please take action! Join us Fri., Feb. 29th, from 8-10:30 AM in Downtown Milwaukee to protest the WI Manufactures & Commerce “money collection” meetings.
ISSUE: Right now the WMC is in the process of raising millions of dollars from corporations to run attack ads against Supreme Court Justice Butler who is up for election Tuesday, April 1. Last spring the WMC spent $2.2 million on attack ads to help Annette Ziegler win a seat on the Court. We can’t let that happen again. The WMC is inviting CEO’s to a round of breakfasts to ask them for money to fund Butler attack ads. Join us in picketing at the three remaining “money collection” meetings. We have enough placards (Don’t Let WMC Buy Our Supreme Court) for 100 people. So join us, dress warmly and we’ll have a good time!
ACTION THIS FRIDAY, FEB. 29, 8 AM to 10:30 AM: We will meet in front of the M&I Bank office where the WMC meeting is taking place. The address is 770 Water Street in Downtown Milwaukee. Join us later if you cannot make it at 8 AM.
ACTIONS NEXT WEEK: Those of you who live near La Crosse or Eau Claire, can you help picket?? Wednesday, March 5 ‘ Picketing 8 to 10:30 AM in La Crosse at the Gundersen Lutheran ‘ Onalaska Clinic, 3111 Gundersen Dr., Onalaska Friday., March 7 ‘ Picketing 8 to 10:30 AM in Eau Claire at the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce, 101 North Farwell Street, Suite 101, Eau Claire.
BACKGROUND INFO ON ISSUE FROM PAUL SOGLIN
Here is the link to WMC’s website for more information as to what they are doing: WMC Regional Meetings: Wisconsin Supreme Court Unbound (When you go to this site it says page canceled. Wait and about 30 seconds later an Adobe page will open up. See what the WMC is saying about the present Supreme Court – you’ll be surprised. Buzz Davis)
Dave Zweifel: Shining the Spotlight on WMC
Below are some other articles and editorials. (We picketed WMC in Madison, Wausau and Green Bay in the past two weeks.)
Our Legal System Shouldn’t Be For Sale ‘Wausau Daily Herald editorial’¦By the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign’s calculations, almost $6 million was spent — most of it by special interest groups, and $2.2 million of it by one group alone. Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, which represents businesses and chambers of commerce, buried television stations with that much cash’¦
Group protests business lobby Wausau Daily Herald -news
Protesters target WMC The Capital Times – news
Associated Press: Protesters Picket WMC Over Funding Of Political Ads