"Behind Curtain #3 – Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC)" - Madison

Event Dates: 
03/23/11

Madison Infoshop has an action plan this week: Join in and "Pull Back the Curtain" on who is really managing the Scott Walker Agenda:

 
Beginning on Mon March 21st through Fri. March 25th, Wisconsinites will be shedding much needed light on the corporations and individuals behind Gov.  Scott Walker and his hideous budget initiatives. Through creative and  poignant strategies, concerned citizens will take action to draw attention  to the puppeteers behind Gov. Walker.
 
  MON., MARCH 21ST      "Behind Curtain #1 – Georgia Pacific"
 
Mon is recycling day in Maple Bluff, and in light of Gov. Walker’s
proposal to eliminate state recycling requirements and state taxpayer
support for local recycling programs, citizens are taking advantage of
their last chance to dispose of paper, plastic, glass, and metal in a
responsible manner with a drop off at the governor’s mansion (99
Cambridge Rd. in Maple Bluff) beginning at 7:00 am.  Not surprisingly, one   of Gov. Walker’s major corporate donors, the Koch Brothers, spent $21  billion to acquire Georgia Pacific, the nation’s largest paper company, a massive peddler of throwaway products, and global climate change denier.   Volunteers will also be on hand at the mansion to provide citizens a list of Georgia Pacific products to avoid at the store.
 
  TUES., MARCH 22ND   "Behind Curtain #2 – Menards"
 
At 4:30 pm on Tuesday, picketers will show up at Menards off Mineral Point  RD (430 Commerce Dr) to encourage people to boycott the bigbox
retailer.   John Menard Jr., the retail kingpin, happens to be
Wisconsin’s richest person – with a net worth of $5.2 billion in 2010
according to Forbes magazine.  Mr. Menard is also a staunch Walker
supporter and does double duty as the treasurer for Wisconsin Manufacturers  and Commerce (WMC) – for more on this corporate frontgroup, see below.
 
  WED., MARCH 23RD     "Behind Curtain #3 – Wisconsin Manufacturers &   Commerce (WMC)"
  
WMC, Wisconsin’s largest business lobby, is among the leading funders and agenda setters for Governor Walker’s brutal budget. Recently, WMC found a  new chair, Kurt Bauer, President of the Wisconsin Bankers Association, to  help lead its assault on Wisconsin. As good Midwesterners, people will  visit Mr. Bauer’s home at 5:00 pm on Wednesday in Middleton (4521  Ellington Way) to congratulate him on his new job.  Well wishers are  encouraged to dress nicely and bring appropriate gifts that truly express  their heartfelt sentiments.
 
  THURS. MARCH 24TH      "Behind Curtain #4 – M&I Bank"
 
To draw attention to M&I Bank’s funding of the Walker governorship, as
well as their sordid track record of foreclosing on bankrupt farmers and
evicting hapless renters, citizens are urged to join a statewide day of
action targeting the rogue bank.   Since receiving $1.7 billion in
taxpayer bailout money in 2008, M&I has been busy bankrolling Governor
Walker’s attack on working and poor families, while holding the assets of
wealthy elites who pay virtually no taxes.  It is time to confront M&I’s
greed and toxic corporate citizenship by sticking it to them where really
it hurts – in their pocketbook.  In Madison, a local non-profit will
withdraw its monies from M&I Bank at 1 W Main St at 12 noon on Thursday,  while other actions will be happening throughout the state.
 
  FRI. MARCH 25^TH    'Behind Curtain #5 – Wisconsin Tavern League"
 
The Tavern League of WI contributed $13,500 to Walker in
three separate contributions. Wisconsin has some of the highest rates of
alcohol related problems nationwide which are the result of permissive
alcohol norms encouraged by poorly regulated consumer advertising that
leads to the corporate beer takeover of our communities.  Those who no
longer wish to see such “crap on tap” will be visiting the headquarters
of the WI Tavern League at 4:30pm at 2817 Fish Hatchery Rd,  Fitchburg.

For more info, please check out the respective Facebook event pages or call  #262-9036.