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By Bruce Fealk on August 11, 2013

I haven't contributed here for at least a couple years, but events happening in Madison, WI, where my two beautiful grandchildren live, compel me to write something about the really heartwarming Solidarity Sing Along.

When likely presidential candidate, Scott Walker, dropped the bomb, the revoking of collective bargaining rights for most public employees, thousands, then hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets and even occupied the Capitol for a couple weeks in 2011.

Then in March of 2011 a few people started what became the Solidarity Sing Along. Every day for more than two and a half hears the Sing Along takes place in the Capitol rotunda from 12-1 p.m. The Sing Along sings adapted union songs, folk songs, etc.

In June of this year a federal judge issued a temporary ruling on a case brought by one of the regular singers. The judge issued a temporary ruling until the full trial takes place in January 2014. As part of his ruling the just said that groups of 20 or more needed a permit to hold an event in the rotunda.

The Solidarity Sing Along takes the position that under the First Amendment, they don't need a permit to conduct the daily Sing Along.

About three weeks ago, the Capitol Police stepped up their intimidation of the Solidarity Sing Along (SSA) and started arresting people participating in the Sing Along, handcuffing and giving tickets to more than 200 people since the crackdown on the Sing Along began.

On Wednesday of this week, I was one of the 20 or so people that was handcuffed and given a ticket for unlawful assembly, which carries a fine of $200.50. The people that have received tickets have been going to court on every ticket and requesting jury trials.

On Tuesday of this past week, the Capitol Police started warning tourists,observers and even legislators that they could be arrested for even observing the Sing Along.

I captured on video an officer going from person to person warning them that if they continued to observe the Sing Along they were subject to arrest.

I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't witnessed it with my own eyes.

By Bruce Fealk on September 25, 2011

From 1949 until 1987, the Fairness Doctrine required broadcasters to operate in the public interest and provide equal time to opposing points of view.

The 2007 report The Structural Imbalance of Political Talk Radio found that 91% of talk radio was conservative and only 9% liberal. According to the report, every weekday there are 2,570 and 15 minutes of conservative talk radio broadcast and only 254 hours of progressive talk radio. That is hardly fair and balanced.

Sue Wilson, a former broadcaster herself, is taking on the issue head on. In 2009 she produced and stars in the movie, Broadcast Blues. Recently Wilson set out on a media tour for the film hoping to inform the public about what they can do to take back the public airwaves from the conservative talkers.

Why is this topic important to the country? According to Wilson, there is a direct correlation between the predominance of right-wing talk radio and voting patterns. “Only about five percent of the country gets to hear any progressive thought on the radio. We are seeing there’s been a shift in the voting patterns. Why do you think Scott Walker and the Tea Party and all these people are thriving, because there’s a drumbeat of propaganda? People are no longer able to differentiate between fact and fiction,” Wilson said.

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By Bruce Fealk on June 13, 2010

Van Jones, who spent a short time as President Obama’s green jobs advisor, and who is currently serving as a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and as a policy advisor at Green for All took a few minutes to answer some questions before he spoke to about 500 progressive activists in Lansing on Saturday.

During the interview, Jones was asked a broad range of questions. Jones still has contacts in Michigan, including Andy Levin and Governor Granholm. He said that in Washington D.C. Governor Granholm is seen as the gold standard of an industrial belt governor that really sees this clean energy opportunity and is going for it.

When asked about Governor Bobby Jindal’s recent press conference regarding the BP oil spill and the loss of jobs being caused by President Obama’s temporary moratorium on new deep water drilling, Jones responded,

“I think we have obviously a lot to grieve at this point. We have eleven workers who lost their lives because a foreign corporation came to the United States, corrupted our government, slagged up our coastline, killed eleven workers through criminal negligence and now destroyed a precious ecosystem and economy, a big chunk of America’s beauty has been destroyed because of this one company."

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By Bruce Fealk on March 7, 2010

Last week an internal Republican National Committee document was leaked that was put together by the finance director. In the document low dollar donors are said to be reactionary and motivated by fear.

High dollar donors are said to be motivated by their egos...

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By Bruce Fealk on January 21, 2010

In what is a very sad day for the United States of America, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that corporations have the right of free speech and can give unlimited amounts of money to political campaigns.

Mark today down in your calendar as a day that America changed forever, from one theoretically controlled by the will of the people to one controlled by corporations, both American and foreign owned.

We must fight back. Please add your name to the petition. Click here.

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By Bruce Fealk on January 8, 2010

As we are all aware, the country's great newspapers and even local newspapers are at risk. In May of 2009, our local paper, The Rochester Eccentric, which had been purchased by Gannet, died a slow, but unnatural death.

Ever since May 2009, my community in southeast Michigan has been without a local news source. Immediately my thoughts turned to trying to save the paper. I called the managing editor, but to no avail. It was simply too late. The decision had been made and there was no changing the minds of the powers that be.

What to do. Why not start my own newspaper. But how?

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By Bruce Fealk on December 6, 2009

Right wingers have been touting for months that the $787 billion stimulus bill that was passed withing days of the President taking office hasn't worked.

Well, guess what, they're wrong.

This report by ABC News has some doubters that have changed their minds and are now convinced the President and the Democratic Congress did the right thing by passing the stimulus bill.

By Bruce Fealk on December 2, 2009

President Obama made a huge mistake last night in announcing 30,000 more troops going to Afghanistan. We will not be solving any problems in Afghanistan by sending more troops. We cannot win in Afghanistan. What we are facing in Afghanistan is not a military problem. We cannot win the hearts and minds of the Afghan people by bombing them.

I respect the idea that President Obama got in put from many sources in order to come to his decision, but he didn't hear from the Afghan people, who are sick of 30 years of war. Our military families cannot withstand the stress of two wars with multiple deployments. Our soldiers are committing suicide at ever increasing rates. Hundreds of thousands of our troops who have served in Iraq and/or Afghanistan have post traumatic stress disorder. It is past time for us to leave Afghanistan to solve its problems on their own. America cannot afford to stay in Afghanistan in blood or treasure.

By Bruce Fealk on November 27, 2009

Congressman David Obey has finally been raising the idea of paying for the war in Afghanistan. 10 more years in Afghanistan will cost $900 billion, about the same as the cost of health care for all Americans.

Congressman Obey is finally saying America has to pay for its wars with a progressive tax surcharge specifically meant to pay for the war. Do you think the wealthiest people in this country are willing to pay for the war with 5% of their income? Are you willing to pay for the war in Afghanistan with even 1% of your income? I think I know the answer. Let me know what you say.

By Bruce Fealk on November 25, 2009

This is NOT the change we voted for. President Obama is continuing the same disastrous policies of the Bush regime. It's time for the people to take to the streets and the announcement of the escalation of the war in Afghanistan is the day the honeymoon is over.

Demonstrations are now planned in San Francisco, Chicago, New Haven, CT; Hartford, CT and Seattle. If you would like to plan a demonstration, join us at or 866 973 4463.

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