May 22, 2017

Door County Wisconsin: GOP Defiles Martha's Vineyard of the Midwest

Two futures for Door County Wisconsin: Life is in bloom
v. Our growing dead zones. Only one works for Wisconsin.
Attorney Ted Olson appeared on the national news shows back when federal litigation engaged the question whether states could deny marriage to same-gender couples, (Mal Contends).

In several appearances Olson was seen from Door County Wisconsin, a gorgeous retreat and destination in the northeastern Wisconsin peninsula jutting out into Lake Michigan.

Door County is another region of Wisconsin where generations-long families are attempting to sound the alarm about Republican-abetted water pollution and degradation, while at the same time telling vacationers to come to Door County. It's a mixed message.

If the Republican and Big Ag war on Wisconsin water continues apace, Door County will no longer face its public relations dilemma.

The war for clean, safe water will have been lost, as the lunatic in the White House continues to savage protections for clean water as well. Ted Olson will find another destination.

Former Door County Advocate editor out on his own since about last November, Lee Luft, is sounding the alarm. Wisconsin should listen.

From the Kewaunee County Comet:

In Door and Kewaunee Counties nearly every major waterway and water body is now listed on the EPA’s Impaired Waters List.

Not good. The column echoes concerns of 10,000s in the northeastern peninsula, yet reading Luft's prose resembles listening to a battered wife on TV afraid of retaliation from a felonious husband.

Luft laughingly presents the local Republican member of Congress as working to solve water-pollutions problems. Ahh, yeah.

Luft's warnings are necessary, but writing from fear of the toxic-toilet politicians and polluters is never a good posture

From the Door County Visitor Bureau comes word of Spring and early Summer, "Life is in bloom":

With 300 miles of shoreline, you can watch a sunrise and a sunset over the water without leaving the county. See thousands of acres of orchards, explore art galleries, devour delicious cherry pie, sip on local wines and brews, splash in the lake or paddle along the bluffs, stroll through five state parks or tour 11 historic lighthouses. No matter what you're looking to get out of your vacation, our 19 unique communities allow you to live life well.

Going to have to come up with a new slogan, if Republicans and polluters keep up their war against water.

Live life well just does not comport with millions of gallons of cow shit.

May 18, 2017

From Northern Wisconsin, Warrior in Our Midst, Support Katie Krow Kloth

Katie Krow Kloth - Human rights worker in Wisconsin

Protect what is sacred at all costs; entities that inherently sustain life such as water, air, and land are of the utmost importance


Katie Krow Kloth is more courageous than us all.

An indomitable human rights worker, intellectual and warrior, Katie needs our support as she battles forces intent on taking her liberty for protecting our Earth.

From Nick Vander Puy and Wisconsin Citizens Preserving the Penokee Hills Heritage Park:

News from the Front: I seed comrade Katie "Krow" Kloth tonight at the Iron County jail in Hurley, Wisconsin. She was extradited back to Wisconsin from the fight with the Black Snake in Dakota. We shared stories about sugarin, luminous yellow birch, chaga, nettin, pickin wild onions and bears coming out of their winter lodges. We laughed. She's reading "John Fire Lame Deer: Seeker of Visions" Next visitation is Sunday 2 pm for one hour.

From Support Krow
Arrested in North Dakota while supporting the struggle against the Dakota Access pipeline

On April 12, Krow was taken into custody, to Morton County Jail, where she awaits extradition. True to form—always thinking of others— she spent her last day on the outside supporting other No DAPL prisoners and rescuing a cat. Check the Updates and Solidarity page for more info. And please donate if you can, as Krow has a long road ahead and many legal fees outstanding.

Warning: The Red Power Media video below is quite graphic
Sick pigs attack, beat and imprison Katie Kloth



Below is Krow’s statement after her initial release from jail on February 27, and before turning herself in on April 12. Krow’s legal case set a precedent in North Dakota as the first case to release someone on bond preceding a formal extradition hearing.

In the wake of my recent and precarious freedom, I’m forever grateful to my support network of comrades and families and their ongoing help throughout my continued legal struggle. The legal front for the ongoing fight to protect the water is just beginning. More than ever, people need to recognize that there are different front-line struggles everywhere. We must be prepared to fight for lives worth living instead of just surviving in this tyrannical mess, engage actively in prisoner support, and bring our legal A-game to the table for folks in need; the fascist, white supremacist Trump administration is amping up military funding and police protections to better quell both ongoing and future acts of political defiance and revolution.

I have never desired the kind of attention my legal debacle is receiving, but because it exists, I want to share helpful insights from my wretched experiences within the legal system and stints of incarceration dealt to me throughout my adult life due to fighting for the preservation of clean water, air, and land.

“Trump’s America” is the most fascist and fabricated place we could have never hoped to experience; colonization and white supremacy inform Trump’s every awful decision. He and his innumerable goons from each so-called authoritative entity have declared war on the people.

Now that the “No DAPL” struggle to protect the water exists under this regime, people need to reevaluate their tactics. It is STILL time to warrior-up, but many aspects of the fights in our struggles must become invisible. This is a constant practice in killing the ego, as we do not need to lose any more rad comrades (especially black and brown folks) to the state or prison industrial complex. Incarceration does not “prove” a point that we deserve freedom. We must fight back to reclaim our freedom and spaces, while being creative to avoid capture.

In conjunction, we must continue to practice and advocate non-compliance with the state (cops and affiliated authoritative figures) as well as resist grand juries; both entities only seek to infiltrate, disrupt, and destroy our communities.

For those that are unaware, the police and FBI continue to harass and violently attack rad comrades both within institutions and in the relatively free world; in the greater Bismarck and Mandan areas indigenous people are especially targeted, as well as any other alleged accomplices perceived to be affiliated with the “NO DAPL” struggle. We must make a strong stand against these perpetration s in our communities. We do NOT accept nor recognize “their Amerikkka”, and cannot be “rehabilitated”.

Colonization and white supremacy are some of the root causes of our pain in this tyrannical and destructive capitalist empire. We are living during dark times, thus the realization that patience is key must come to light. The Zapatistas took 10 years to effectively organize their indigenous struggle for sovereign existence, and it took approximately six years to organize the halt of the world’s largest proposed open pit iron mine in the Penokee Hills of occupied Ojibwe territory.

The opposition that works to disrupt and dismantle our struggles and movements energetically equips the police and military with seemingly endless resources that easily trump anything “we” have on all fronts. We must be strategic, clever, and patient in our resistance efforts and desires for industrial capitalistic collapse.

We do NOT need “everyone,” we need the RIGHT people, however there is something to be said about strength in numbers. It would behoove us to ban together with as many rad folks as possible from different classes and demographics that are willing to genuinely embrace a diversity of tactics to dismantle the status quo. To paraphrase the Black Panther Cubs, the white priveleged and destructive ruling class will not give up their power easily. Pegging ourselves against each other only serves “THEIR” system’s interests.

The law and government policies are STILL largely written by the predominantly white, elite 1% ruling class, and that is still whom the law benefits and protects; this means corporate and industrial “America” reigns supreme. The law does not benefit the majority of water protectors, indigenous people, undocumented folks, people of nonchristian religious denominations (especially muslims), people of color, folks in the LBGTQA community, or any minority for that matter.

Protect what is sacred at all costs; entities that inherently sustain life such as water, air, and land are of the utmost importance. Without a healthy land-base, we are no “people” and there are no people. As the Cree proverb says, “… you cannot eat money.”

Since colonization has deeply penetrated the spirit, mind, and bodies of most peoples, decolonization begins when we not only imagine ourselves and our conduct when left up to our own devices, but we actually start to embody ancient teachings, more intuitive modes of operation, and natural restorative justice for all creatures, all the while being careful not to culturally appropriate. We must actively deconstruct the mental, physical, and spiritual damage done by brainwashed white supremacist mainstream society, and the widespread institutionalized oppression it breeds.

Decolonize our ways of thinking about “activism” by leaning more toward grassroots resistance to combat the ever- expanding capitalist nightmare. Do, “… not act like rabbits, act like wolves… turn fear and panic into the sharp blade of survival,” (courtesy of Three Day Road, by Joseph Boyden).

If we are to support and work toward the return of Turtle Island and all of it’s lands and waters to the indigenous people therein, we must abandon all white liberal tactics and approaches, and strategies derived from such things. They do not apply to all people and originate from a privileged upbringing sheltered from many forms of oppression, and often use colonized means, words and intentions in an already unjust system. This liberal approach hinders long term revolution and multiple insurrections.

We all exist on a spectrum of colonization and decolonization, but the majority of the white “ruling” class is so far removed from their ancient tribal ways and land-bases that they continuously make spirit-less decisions and do not understand reverence for land, water or air. Praying alone will NOT stop their greed and destruction. As many Lakota people I respect have said, “We must meet the creator halfway,” actions speak louder than words. Both prayer and the implied warpath coexist as ancient traditions in innumerable cultures.

Strive to be more invisible as necessary, listen to decolonized wisdom, and always recognize there’s a difference between “olders” and elders. Restrict conflict and dissent to internal discussions within struggles, otherwise we do the fascists works for them; this largely means stop making stupid Facebook posts; people are incriminating themselves and other people due to the enormous size of their annoying egos. Security Culture is paramount; more antiquated forms of communication are typically safer, and modern technological devices in general are often easily surveiled. Be smart and remember that people have been imprisoned for simply SAYING things, aside from doing them, and, oh yeah, Trump is Czar.

There is no reason to be bored in general, or confused about what or where the “resistance” to the status quo and it’s ongoing destruction are… It IS and NEEDS to be everywhere! Privileged yuppies should NOT be allowed to escape to the suburbs out of the reaches of oppression or the resistance. We must be invisible, but simultaneously seen and felt everywhere. Be effective, NOT symbolic.

In Struggle for the Wild,
Krow/ Twig/ Katie Kloth
About Krow’s Case

On February 4, while supporting the No DAPL struggle, Krow (Katie Kloth) was assaulted and arrested by a Bureau of Indian Affairs officer (there is video of the incident below). She was walking on a public road, away from the Sacred Stone camp, when she was chased down by the officer. It is believed that she was specifically targeted because of her ongoing involvement and visibility within the No DAPL resistance, which had resulted in two arrests on misdemeanor charges previous to this incident. Krow was also known at Standing Rock for being an advocate for creating a unified front in fighting the pipeline.

Krow has been charged with violation of felony probation and was held at Morton County Correctional Center until February 27. The probation is from previous charges in Wisconsin stemming from an environmental protest against mining in the Penokee Hills in 2013, for which she served nine months in jail. After a bail reduction hearing, Krow was assigned a cash-only bail of $100,000. The stipulations of the judge required that the bail be paid in full. Donations to support Krow will go towards paying lawyers, commissary, postage, travel for supporters visiting Krow, and/or helping Krow with basic needs.

Krow is an activist, artist, forager, sustainable farmer, biologist, and amazing person loved by many within the environmental movement. We need to show her as much solidarity and support as we can at this vital time. In Krow’s own words, “We must negate state repression by protecting ourselves and land-bases therein; we must not give our people up, and recognize that to be in solidarity with one another is more akin to the idea of ‘harmony’ than ‘unity.’ Harmony implies that we can all do different things within the same song, and still find conclusion together.”

Whether you are a direct action environmental activist or simply support the No DAPL struggle and protection of the land and all of its people, join us in supporting Krow, in solidarity with all things wild and free.

Contact Krow’s support team at supportkrow@riseup.net

Wisconsin Rep Offers Self-Limiting Bill Guiding Cops to Preserve Life

Madison, Wisconsin — In the better-than-nothing-I-guess category comes a bill in the Wisconsin legislature suggesting in essence police employ measures not to kill people quite so often.

The police-please-stop-killing-people proposed legislative package is in memo form.

The memo is being circulated to Wisconsin Assembly members seeking legislative sponsors for what will be three separate bills. Legislators have until May 31 to sign on as sponsors.

Because the bills are drafted by a Democratic legislator, Rep. Chris Taylor, (D-Madison), the gerrymandered Wisconsin legislature controlled by Republicans will not allow the package to pass and most likely not allow a vote.

The bills themselves are self-defeating and self-negating reform.

The legislative package amounts to a tame set of proposed guidelines and principles that fail to address the reality that post-911 police act as occupying armies in communities and are allowed to kill, harass, abuse, arrest, fine amid myriad other police-state tactics against the citizenry committed by our friends in blue and military-black. (Think of a gang of anti-intellectual thugs with bad attitudes flying under the color of law with a siege mentality, lined up in opposition to people especially the darker ones.)

Consider not killing people, is the force of legislation.

Rep. Taylor's press release is reproduced below:

Rep. Taylor Announces Safe Communities Package
Legislation aimed at making law enforcement and community members safer


MADISON – Today, Rep. Taylor (D-Madison) joined legislative colleagues and community leaders to circulate legislation regarding law enforcement use of force principles, aimed at reducing incidents of officer-involved deaths and increasing safety for everyone in the community, including law enforcement.

Currently, law enforcement agencies are required to have a written policy on when force is used, but very little guidance is given about what should be in that policy. All of the policy recommendations incorporated in the legislation come directly from law enforcement professionals, including both individual officers and national groups and taskforces that have studied policing issues. Additionally, the Law Enforcement Standards Board (LESB) has indicated these principles are entirely consistent with the way law enforcement officers are trained.

A piece of the package would require a law enforcement agency’s use of force policy to incorporate that the primary duty of law enforcement is to preserve the life of all individuals, that deadly force should be used as a last resort, that officers should use skills and tactics that minimize the likelihood that force will become necessary, that if officers must use physical force, it should be the least amount of force necessary to safely address the threat, and that officers must intervene if they witness a colleague using excessive force.

“Adopting more specific use of force standards makes everyone safer,” said Rep. Taylor. “Departments around the country have seen quantitative success in reducing officer injury, the use of force, and officer-involved deaths. Having these principles, which are consistent with the way officers are trained, in a written policy, is important so that the community can see these critical pieces are an expectation.”

Other pieces of the package specify that at least 8 of the annual 24 hour officer training requirement focus on use of force options, emphasizing de-escalation. Additionally, the package directs the LESB to establish a model use of force policy addressing interactions with the mentally ill and other vulnerable populations. Finally, the package requires that a law enforcement agency’s written use of force policy be published online to increase transparency and accessibility.

“These are common-sense reforms that communities and law enforcement can agree upon to enhance the safety of everyone in the community,” said Rep. Taylor. “It’s time to move forward together.”

May 17, 2017

Walmartization of Wisconsin's Dairy Heritage

Clean water activists in Saratoga, Wisconsin fight for
water and oppose the siting of a proposed factory farm
Wisconsin residents are working to preserve a way of life, and revitalize a beautiful state primed for tourism and recreation.

Big Ag's response is a hard 'no.'

The Wysocki Family of Companies wants to begin operations of a massive factory farm sited in Saratoga, Wisconsin.

The problem for Wyscoki who first blindsided the region in 2012 with his plans is massive opposition to this project and a milk glut that makes the whole idea irrational for the foreseeable future.

That Wysocki's project would devastate a four-county region in central Wisconsin is not a concern for this corporation.

Over the entire state, citizen action is fighting the "Walmartization" of Wisconsin's dairy heritage, (Rome Saratoga Friendly, Kewaunee Cares).

By Don Ystad of Rome, Wisconsin

An interesting historical perspective on the milk lobby. Demand dwindles as consumers question the health benefit of drinking milk, and family farmers are driven out by the factory farmers. Meanwhile commerce in rural towns evaporates as small dairy farmers hang it up. The Walmartization of our dairy heritage.

And, Wysocki has now filed for appeal of the recent ruling reversing his vested rights. It makes one wonder why Wysocki would persist with his plans for a 5,300 cow dairy CAFO in Saratoga in a declining market, and in a residential/recreation area where local government and citizens are lined up by the hundreds to make his life miserable if he is successful in his appeal to the supreme court. I don't pretend to know about any behind the scenes negotiations that may have happened, but if the alternative is to abide by Saratoga's ordinance limiting the size of a farm and manure application, it's no wonder he would appeal.

So, what do we do in the meantime? Keep the pressure on our legislators to try to undo the lobbying influence of big agriculture. Support the legal actions being taken by Clean Wisconsin against the DNR for issuing high cap wells permits that ignore cumulative effect. Have your well tested to establish a baseline. For Rome-area people, you can register for testing and get your bottle at the Rome Town Hall on Saturday, July 15th - watch for details. Let's keep moving forward until we know Wysocki is finally defeated.

Read on - interesting article from National Public Radio.

Don
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When's the last time you had a glass of cow's milk?

Americans are drinking a lot less milk than they used to. According to the U. S. Department of Agriculture, the average person drinks 18 gallons a year. Back in the 1970s it was more like 30 gallons a year. We once hoisted a glass with dinner, soaked our breakfast cereal or dipped into the occasional milkshake.

Marion Nestle, a professor of nutrition, food studies and public health at New York University and author of Food Politics, says, "The dairy industry has a lot of public relations that it is going to need to do to convince the public that it is producing a product that is healthy, good for animals, good for people and good for the planet."

May 16, 2017

Central Wisconsin Is Determined to Stop Proposed Factory Farm

Protect Wood County Wisconsin and Its Neighbors, says
a growing citizens movement in central Wisconsin
News the corporation owning a proposed factory farm is seeking Supreme Court review of a state appellate decision threatening the project has citizens determined to stop the operation of the complex first proposed in 2012 and sited in central Wisconsin.

Even as the Wysocki Family of Companies plans to pollute the region with 10s of millions of gallons of liquid cow manure annually while depleting ground and surface waters, communities plan to protect the water and their homes.

The case is 2015AP001258, Golden Sands Dairy LLC v. Town of Saratoga, [(Wisconsin Court System), (Mal Contends), (Mal Contends), (Golden Sands Dairy LLC v. Town of Saratoga, (Wisconsin Court System), (Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune), (Mal Contends), (WSAW-TV)]. [Note, enter   15ap1258   in the Appeal Number field, leave the rest of fields blank and hit search at bottom-left of the linked Wisconsin Supreme Court page.]

The prospects for Wysocki to succeed at the Wisconsin Supreme Court in this litigation are not conditioned on case and statutory law in Wisconsin with respect to an area of property rights in vested rights law.

Industrialized agriculture is power-politics, corruption of the law and the will to destroy entire communities without regard to anything or anybody beyond money for the publicly subsidized Wysocki corporation.

The Republican Party has backed Wysocki with a series of legislative and regulatory assaults on the generations-long commitment of Wisconsin to protect water.

Of the several sources contacted who oppose the Wysocki factory farm in central Wisconsin, all say they do agree their families mean little in the face of the Republican Party's commitment to abdicate protecting Wisconsin waters by simply declaring that protections such as Wisconsin's Public Trust doctrine have been misinterpreted by policymakers.

The language on the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources webpage now reads in part: "Wisconsin citizens have pursued legal and legislative action to clarify or change how this body of law is interpreted and implemented."

The Republican Party of Wisconsin looks for increased clarity in the coming months, (Johnson, Wisconsin Public Radio).

After-all, with respect to public water resources, recall the Orwellian report that "at just this moment it had been announced that Oceania was not after all at war with Eurasia. Oceania was at war with Eastasia," (Orwell, 1984).

From an email communication sent to supporters of Protect Wood County, (Wisconsin), and Its Neighbors, a motley crew of Winston Smith Wisconsinites refusing to bend to the threat to their homes and their health.
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Phone contact this afternoon to the clerk's office of the Wisconsin Supreme Court confirmed Wysocki has appealed the State Appellate Court decision regarding vested rights.  He officially filed his appeal today to the Wisconsin Supreme Court. 

What now and what does this all mean?  First, the court will determine if it will indeed hear the case or reject the appeal. According to www.wicourts.gov The losing party in the Court of Appeals may ask the Wisconsin Supreme Court to hear the case, called a Petition for Review. The Supreme Court receives about 1,000 petitions for review each term, and agrees to hear approximately 100 of these cases (Sept.-June).

The Wysocki -vs- Saratoga case will first receive a preliminary review to determine if it should even be considered by the Justices.  If it is determined that no review is appropriate the case is over and the State Appellate ruling stands.  If it is determined that it may be a reviewable case it will then go before the Justices, it takes the vote of at least three justices to take a case on a Petition for Review and have it placed on the Supreme Court calendar.

There is no solid information on how long it will take to determine if our case will be heard at the Supreme Court level. We will be watching this closely and will let you know as soon as we hear a determination.

What can be done while we wait?  First and foremost, we continue to bring forth the truth regarding the effects of the proposed CAFO to our community and groundwater in a very public and outspoken manner.  Multiple avenues are open to us to continue to spread the word about Wysocki and the potential contamination from his proposed project.

Once again we need all hands on deck spreading the word loud and clear to Wysocki that we will continue to fight back no matter how far he chooses to push.

Assistance needed in the following areas.

Parade Crew Needed
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June 18th
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Once again we are looking for fresh ideas and friendly faces to join our Parade Committee.  We need to start brainstorming and organizing this year's float for the Cranberry Blossom Parade.

Participating in the parade allows us to connect with thousands of locals to spread the word about our situation and our fight. This event is an excellent opportunity to share our message and encourage others to stand with us.

The parade date will be upon us faster than you think, do not delay and register your commitment today.

Please click here to sign up for Parade Committee

Sign Crew

Spring repairs are needed after winter weather damage.

Some of our ladies need attention.  Sun damage, old age, and winter weather have taken a toll on signs throughout the community.  We are looking for volunteers to hit them with a little fresh paint and perhaps replace ones that have come down over the past few months.  Anyone willing to assist in this endeavor would be greatly appreciated. 

We will also be ordering new plastic signs for those lost to the winter snow.  We will keep you posted as to when these become available.

Please click here to sign up to be a part of the Sign Committee

Water Testing Event

Plans are in the works!

We have no idea what will happen in the courts with Wysocki. What we do know is we are not about to let our guard down and become complacent.  Instead we will continue to be proactive in protecting our community.  Part of being proactive is once again conducting tests to prove our water in Saratoga is pristine.

This is just a heads up that we once again will be hosting a water testing event later this summer.  We do not have specifics cemented in stone, but wanted to alert everyone to be watching for further information.

Regardless of the latest court decision, our fight with Wysocki is not over.  Everyone is once again encouraged to have their water tested and included in the town's records.

Stay tuned for further updates coming soon.