Action Alert

Take action today: Vote on race-based mascot bill Tuesday, Nov 5

The Wisconsin Senate will take up the Schultz Senate Substitute Amendment to AB297/SB317 on Tuesday November 5. We need a large presence in the Senate Gallery that day. The Senate session starts at Noon. Please join us at the West Entrance of the Capitol (State Street) at 11:30 am for prayer and some words of encouragement. We will then proceed to the Gallery by Noon.

Action until then is to contact all Republican Senators and ask them to vote for the Schultz/Miller Substitute Amendment of AB297/SB317 and oppose the version of AB297/SB317 passed by the Assembly.

Below is the list of names, phone numbers and emails of Senators in leadership. Click here to find out who your Senator is and how to contact her or him.

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Photo courtesy of Stacy Harbaugh, Midwest Environmental Advocates
 
A rally of around 200 people organized in part by WNPJ took place at the State Capitol on Thursday, Oct. 24 to protest SB 349, introduced by State Sen. Tom Tiffany and Rep. Joan Ballweg. SB 349 would take away local governments' ability to pass ordinances to protect their air and water, regulate blasting, and recoup costs to taxpayers from industrial use of local roads. A public hearing on the bill lasted from 9:30 AM to 9:00 PM. Many citizens from western Wisconsin who spent hours on a bus to get to and from Madison were not allowed to speak before they had to return home, while representatives of frac sand mining companies and Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce got first billing from Tiffany & company.
 
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UPDATED: Special WNPJ Action Alert - Keep race-based logos out of schools

The state legislature is fast-tracking a bill (AB297) that would drastically undermine the current complaint process for race-based, overwhelmingly "Indian," school mascots and logos.

This Thursday, October 3 at 12 noon in Capitol room 415NW, the Assembly Committee on Government Operations and State Licensing will hold a hearing on AB297.  Please take action today and Thursday -- read on for details and check here and here for updates.

Among other things, AB297 would require complainants to gather the signatures of at least 10 percent of the school district's population on a petition, simply in order to address the situation.

It would also shift the burden of proof from the school district to the complainant, requiring that they "prove" that the logo or mascot "promotes discrimination, pupil harassment, or stereotyping."

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