“The Nature of Domination — Clint Jones’s Lecture Series at UW-Stevens Point

Clint Jones at UWSP The Nature of Domination 1

What is the moral standing of NON-PET animals?
“…here, we would want to journey back to the rupture of humankind from otherkind.”
“Let us consider Life After Creation. On the 6th day, before God could pronounce everything good, there was a hiccup in the perfection of creation. Adam could not find a suitable companion among the inhabitants of Eden. When God created Adam, he said, “Let us create him in our image.” We can table the “us” aspect, and wonder in what image God created Adam, that Adam was understood to not need a companion.”

Clint Jones at UWSP The Nature of Domination 2

This talk deals with the larger questions…

“Why is there hostility between animals and humans, in early creation mythology?”
“Christian (Roman) creation stories. Greek creation stories. Jewish creation stories. Single-point origin, during the Bronze-Age struggles.
“So the presence of eminity seems especially pertinent. Why are Bronze-Age civilizations giving accounts of this in their cosmology? Their relationships to forms between earlier beings and animals that they encountered, carry over to the more ordered, sendentary civilizations…”

Clint Jones at UWSP The Nature of Domination 3

“Enmeshment” versus “Entanglement.”
It may be the case that the solution to the ecostential crisis lies in the complete rejection of Western culture.


“Know Your Rights” with Voces de la Frontera: Avoid ICE Custody

Voces de la Frontera of Milwaukee, a large grassroots organization dedicated to immigrants’ rights, held the “Know Your Rights” workshop at UW-Stevens Point on November 14, 2018, hosted by Student Government Association.

Voces de la Frontera workshop “Know Your Rights” on immigration problems, was held last night at UW-Stevens Point, hosted by Student Government Association. First snip deals with the New Sanctuary Movement that spun off from Voces de la Frontera.

This 2nd clip discusses various programs and campaigns that Voces is engaged in.

This 3rd clip describes how you and family need to be prepared in the increasingly like event, for immigrants, of an encounter with ICE, Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Voces de la Frontera “Know Your Rights” workshop in Stevens Point: Dealing with an ICE encounter, in realtime…

This 4th clip explains what to do during an encounter with ICE. Best advice?
“Stay Quiet.”

This 5th clip tells you what to do if you end up in ICE custody: The raising of legal funds to cover very expensive legal fees, bail and so forth.

The sixth clip is my question to Nancy Flores about how Voces de la Frontera recommends to deal with local law enforcement who may be over-cooperating with ICE, Immigration & Customs Enforcement.

Legislative Power Grabs by the Wisconsin Legislature, 2011-2016

Legislative Fiscal Bureau
One East Main, Suite 301
Madison, WI 53701
email fiscal.bureau@legis.wisconsin.gov
(608) 266-3847

February 4, 2016

TO: Representative Katrina Shankland
Room 119 North, State Capitol

FROM: Bob Lang, Director

SUBJECT: Unfunded Mandates and Items that Would Restrict Local Control

You asked that this office prepare a list of provisions enacted in the 2011-12 and 2013-14 legislative sessions that represent unfunded mandates or that would restrict the authority of local units of government. That list follows. The items on the list with page and line numbers are from either the state’s 2011-13 budget (2011 Act 32) or the 2013-15 budget (2013 Act 20). The page and item numbers refer to this office’s “Comparative Summary of Provisions” published either in August, 2011 (for 2011 Act 32), or in August, 2013 (for 2013 Act 20). For the other items on the list, the 2011 or 2013 act numbers are identified. ’
In addition, the list includes provisions of the 2015-17 budget act (2015 Act 55) that represent unfunded mandates or that restrict the authority of local units of government. The page and item numbers refer to this office’s September, 2015, “Comparative Summary of Provisions — 2015 Act 55.” Other legislative enactments by the 2015 Legislature to date are also provided.

Finally, the list includes bills that represent unfunded mandates that restrict the authority of local units of government that are included on the calendars of the Senate and Assembly for January, 2016, and February, 2016.


Act 32

Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection

– Working Lands Initiative — Repeal Authority to Enact Local Farmland Preservation Conversion Fees Gage 89, #7)

General Fund Taxes — Regulation of Alcohol Beverages

– Three-Tiered Beer Laws (Page 323, #1)
Natural Resources

– Limits local Regulation of State Licensed Bird Hunting Preserves (Page 497, #6)

Public Instruction

– Revenue Limits -— Base Reduction (Page 540, #5)

– Revenue Limits —— Prior Year Base Revenue Hold Harmless (Page 542, #8)

– Revenue Limits —— School Safety Expenditures (Page 543, #9)

– Revenue Limits —- Above Average Transportation Costs (Page 543, #10)

– Revenue Limits —— School Nurse Compensation Costs (Page 543, #11

– Student Information System (Page 574, #5)

Shared Revenue

– Levy Limit for Counties and Municipalities (Page 624, #1)

– Expenditure of Local Room Tax Revenues in Certain Premier Resort Areas (Page 633, #1)


– Repeal of Regional Transit Authorities (Page 670, #3)

– Bidding Requirements for Highway and Other Public Works Projects (Page 674, #12)

– Method of Bidding Local Projects (Page 676, #13)

– Bidding Requirements for Private Projects G’age 676, #14)

– Borrow and Disposal Sites for Transportation Projects (Page 692, #16)

– Local Government Reimbursement of Outdoor Advertising Sign Condemnation Costs (Page 693, #18)

Wisconsin Technical College System

° District Board Levy Limit (Page 816, #5)

– Fee Remissions for Veterans and Certain Dependents (Page 818, #10)
Workforce Development

– Prevailing Wage (Page 830, #17)

Other Acts

General Provisions

– Office of County Comptroller for Milwaukee County (Act 62)

– Prohibit Ordinances that Place Certain Limits or Requirements on Landlords (Act 108)

– Direct Annexations by Unanimous Approval (Act 128)

– Length of Time for Which Zoning Variance Applies (Act 135)

– Prohibiting a Local Government from Imposing a Moratorium on Eviction Actions (Act 143)

– Limiting Municipal Authority to Enact a Development Moratorium Ordinance (Act 144)

Natural Resources

– Shoreland Zoning Standards (Act 170)


– Seasonal Weight Limitations for Certain Vehicles Transporting Agricultural Crops (Act 52)

– Seasonal Weight Limits for Certain Vehicles Transporting Manure (Act 279)

Workforce Development

– Pre-emption of Local Medical and Family Leave Ordinances (Act 16)


Act 20

Children and Families

– Child Protective Services Appeals (Page 180, #9)

Financial Institutions

– Municipal Regulation of Residential Mortgage Loans and Real Estate Brokers (Page 265, #11 and Page 315, #11)

General Fund Taxes

– Repeal the Grain Storage Tax (Page 304, #4)

General Provisions

– Local Government Employee Residency Requirements (Page 305, #1)

– Commercial and Non—Cornmercial Radio Broadcast Facilities (Page 308, #5)

– Mobile Tower Siting Regulations (Page 310, #8)

– Prohibit Local Governments from Limiting the Sale of Certain Food and Beverages (Page 314, #9)

– Real Estate Brokers (Page 315, #11)

Natural Resources V

— Uniform Statewide Standards for Commercial Erosion Control (Page 545, #9)

Public Instruction

– Community Service Levy and Expenditures (Fund 80) (Page 566, #8, and Act 306)

Public Service Commission

– Utility Relocation Costs to Accommodate Urban Rail Transit Systems (Page 619, #4)

Shared Revenue and Tax Relief

– County and Municipal Levy Limit -— Adjustment for Certain Fee and Payments in Lieu of Taxes Revenue (Page 674, #3)

Wisconsin Technical College System

– District Board Levy Limit (Page 782, #6, and Act 145)

° Use of Levy for Payments on Noncapital Notes (Page 784, #9)

° Eligibility of Veterans for Tuition and Fee Remissions (Page 785, #11)

– Eligibility of Children and Spouses of Certain Veterans for Tuition and Fee Remission (Page 786, #12)

Other Acts

General Provisions

– Milwaukee County Governance (Act 14)

– Limitation on Development Regulation Authority (Act 74)

– Restriction of Landlord—Tenant Ordinances (Act 76)

– Create Milwaukee County Mental Health Board (Act 203)

– Limiting Security a Tovsm May Require as a Condition of Plat Approval (Act 280)

– Nonconforming Uses and Manufactured Home Communities (Act 347)

Natural Resources

– Ferrous Mining Law -— Zoning Limits (Act 1)

– Sport Shooting Ranges Grandfathered (Act 35)

– Limiting Crossbow Restrictions (Act 71)

– Sport Shooting Range Immunity (Act 202)
Public Instruction

– Requires Additional Credits in Mathematics and Science for High School Graduation (Act 63)

Public Service Commission

– Municipal Utility Customer Information (Act 25)

– Unpaid Bills of Municipal Utilities (Act 274)


– Alcohol Beverages Identification Scanners (Act 215)

Safety and Professional Services

– Local Building Code Restrictions (Act 270)


– Energy Emergencies and Vehicle Weight Limits (Act 217)

– Operation of Agricultural Vehicles on Highways (Act 377)

Wisconsin Technical College System

– Requires District Boards to Give Veterans and Service Members Priority in Registering for Courses (Act 56)


Act 55

Children and Families

Work Experience Program Drug Testing and Treatment (Page 177, #4, as it relates to the     Children First program)

District Attorneys

–Special Prosecutor Appointments (Page 223, #5)

Employment Relations Commission

High—Deductible Health Plan Alternative for Local Protective Service Employees (Page 243, #5)

General Provisions

–New Methods for Towns Contiguous to a Third-Class City to Incorporate (Page 304, #3)

–Energy Savings Performance Contract (Page 307, #4)

–Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District (Page 308, #6)

–Mental Injury Duty Disability Benefits from Retirement Systems of First Class Cities and
Counties With a Population of 500,000 or More (Page 310, #9)

–Extension of Water or Sewer Service Between Municipalities (Page 311, #11)

–Prohibit Local Governments from Imposing Time of Sale Requirements (Page 312, #12)

–Duties and Powers of the County Executive in Populous Counties (Page 313, #13)

–Limitation on Town and County Conditional Use and Insurance Requirements (Page 314,  #14)

–Municipal Public Building Plan Information and Public Plan Rooms (Page 317, #16)
Health Services

Changes to Family Care, IRIS, and Aging and Disability Resource Centers (Page 345, #1)

Funeral and Cemetery Aids (Page 372, #5)

Division of Municipalities Into Election Wards (Page 458, #4)
Natural Resources

Urban Bowhunting (Page 520, #3)

Shoreland Zoning Standards and Ordinances (Page 532, #9)

Areawide Water Quality Management Planning for Dane County (Page 541, #21)
Public Instruction

– Notice of Educational Options (Page 600, #3)

– Participation in Athletics and Extra—Curricular Activities Gage 605, #5)

– Geographic Representation for School Board of Unified School Districts G’age 606, #7)

– Civics Assessment Requirement for High School Graduation (Page 630, #24)

Safety and Professional Services

– Religious Waivers to Certain One— and Two-Family Building Code Provisions (Page 662,


– Iocal Electrical and Multifamily Sprinkler Code Ordinances (Page 664, #17)

Shared Revenue and Tax Relief

– Property Tax Bill Information (Page 688, #2)

– Local Government Lodging (“Room”) Tax (Page 691, #2)

– Public Fire Protection Charges (Page 694, #3)

– Milwaukee County and Provision of Services or Funds for a Rail Fixed-Guideway

Transit System (Page 729, #5)

– Rail Property Exemption from Local Special Assessment (Page 732, #5)

Other Acts

General Provisions

– Exemptions from Licensure and Fees for Disaster Relief Work (Act 84)
Public Instruction

– Requiring Individuals Operating Certain School Lunchrooms to Hold Certificates of

Food Protection Practices (Act 46)

– Requiring a Primary for the Election of School Board Members and Requiring School

Boards to Adopt a Policy for Filling Vacancies (Act 63)

– Operation of Agricultural Vehicles on Highways (Act 15)

– Seasonal Weight Limitations for Certain Utility Vehicles (Act 44)
Wisconsin Technical College System

– Charging Resident Fees to N on—Resident Veterans and their Family Members (Act 21)
ASSEMBLY CALENDAR — January 12, 2016
Local Revenue Options

– Prohibit Local Real Estate Transfer Fees (SB 279)
SENATE CALENDAR — January 12, 2016
General Provisions

– Acquiring Land by Adverse Possession (SB 314)
ASSEMBLY CALENDAR — January 19, 2016
Children and Families

Model Procedures for Investigating Abuse or Neglect (AB 667)

Regulation of Alcohol

Municipal Liquor License Fees (AB 612)
SENATE CALENDAR — January 20, 2016
Implements of Husbandry and Agricultural Commercial Motor Vehicles (SB 448)

Conveying Interests in Local Government Land for Construction of Natural Gas Lines (AB 319)

Fire Suppression Systems at Certain Fairground Buildings (SB 478)

Health Insurance for Survivors of Local EMT, Law Enforcement and Fire Fighters who

die in the Line of Duty (SB 192)

Going Armed with a Switchblade (AB 142)
ASSEMBLY CALENDAR — February 9, 2016

County and Town Zoning Modifications (AB 563)

Government Actions Affecting Rights to Real Property (AB 582)

Restricting a Local Government’s Ability to Prohibit or Restrict a Person from Renting
Out a Residential Dwelling (AB 5 83)

Acquiring Land by Adverse Possession (SB 314)

Implements of Husbandry and Agricultural Commercial Motor Vehicles (SB 448)

Expand Life Savings Skills Instruction Requirement (AB 545)

Eliminate Local Options Regarding Alcohol Beverage Licenses (AB 624)

Replacement of Nonconfonning Structures (AB 523)

County Shoreland Zoning (AB 603)

Christmas Trees in the Rotunda or Church (AB 648)

Workers Compensation Law Changes (AB 724)

Inspection of Certain Residential Dwellings (SB 87)

When “Antifa” Were Black: The United League of Mississippi vs. The Klan

During the struggle to Free Eddie Carthan, the first black Mayor in Tchula, Mississippi, I had the chance to meet a United League organizer who was in town to meet with the student tour group I was traveling with. The tour of the deep south states, from the “Bootheel” in Missouri-Arkansas area, through Mississippi, rural Alabama, ending up at the King Center in Atlanta. The story of the United League and how they had stood up to the Klan in Holmes County and made them back down and back out, stuck with me all these years.

With the flood of news stories and endless commentary and bitter dispute about the modern Anti-fascist groups (“Antifa”) I thought it would be good to review the United League history, since they were a model of how to fight old-school/new-school fascism, which is the Klan. Fascist history in the USA traces back to the fall of Black Reconstruction in America in the 1870s, with the rise of the KKK to serve as storm troops to enforce a new form of suppression of black labor–the Jim Crow system in the south. So the League is as relevant today as they were in the 1970s-1980s.

Pushing the Klan Aside in Mississippi: My Memory of Alfred Skip Robinson


Skip Robinson; Photo by Jim Alexander


Alfred “Skip” Robinson is one of the most dynamic and charismatic individuals I have ever met. I first heard of Skip after a national demonstration in Tupelo, Mississippi in November of 1978. Several of my comrades in the Black Liberation Movement attended a demonstration and rally organized by Skip and the United League of Mississippi (UL) to support their boycott of the commercial district in Tupelo to challenge police misconduct and economic inequality in Tupelo. At that time the UL under Skip’s leadership had organized a series of boycotts in Mississippi to challenge white supremacy and institutionalized racism.

The UL was probably the most dynamic movement in the Black freedom struggle during the late 1970s. The Black Panthers, SNCC, Republic of New Africa, Us Organization, and other Black Power organizations had been severely crippled by the U.S. government’s COINTELPRO program and other repressive campaigns, as well as by the movement’s own internal conflicts and challenges. Several key activists of the movement had been incarcerated, exiled, even assassinated due to government repression. The oldest Black Civil Rights group, the NAACP, also suffered a decline after being defeated in a U.S. Supreme Court lawsuit. The Reagan Administration began to dismantle some of the gains of the Civil Rights Movement. The late 1970s also witnessed a resurgence of the KKK.

Skip, the UL, and their efforts in Mississippi represented a beacon of hope to the Black freedom struggle of the 1970s.

The Full Story: Pushing the Klan Aside in Mississippi: My Memory of Alfred Skip Robinson

“Byhalia, Mississippi”

Alfred ‘Skip’ Robinson and Mississippi in the 1970’s

The character of Ayesha in Byhalia, Mississippi is extremely proud of her father-in-law Quincy for his participation in the protests in Byhalia in 1974. Detailed in our previous post The Once and Future Mississippi by Donald J Simon, these protests and the ensuing boycott of Byhalia businesses were led by Alfred ‘Skip’ Robinson, founder of the United League of Marshall County. On Monday January 4th, we are pleased to welcome Dr. Akinyele Umoja to WPCONVO to share his personal recollections of working with Skip Robinson and the United League. Dr. Umoja is a Professor and Department Chair of the Department of African-American Studies at Georgia State University and the author of We Will Shoot Back: Armed Resistance in the Mississippi Freedom Movement.

Skip’s father Tom Robinson taught Sunday School in Red Banks, Mississippi and worked as a farmer and carpenter. Before his death in 1958, Tom had bought over 2,000 acres of Mississippi land and had sent twenty of his twenty-one children to Rust College in Holly Springs, MS. His one child who didn’t go to college was his fourteenth child Skip, who had already found work as a brick mason. ¹

After meeting Medgar Evers in Jackson, MS in 1960, Skip became more politically active. In 1965, his home was firebombed in Holly Spring, MS where four years later, he and Henry Boyd Jr. set up headquarters for the United League and organized their first boycott protesting the disproportionate number of positions for black teachers and administrators as Holly Spring’s schools were desegregated.²

In 1975, Time Magazine called the United League’s efforts in Byhalia “nearly 100% effective for eight months. It has cut business in some Byhalia stores by as much as 75%. Six white merchants have already declared bankruptcy, and others may soon follow.”

After the success of the Byhalia boycott, the United League under Skip’s leadership won landmark cases on black employment, voting rights and education. Further effective UL protests took place in Mississippi during the 1970’s in Canton, Lexington, Okolona and most famously in Tupelo in 1978 where confrontations occurred with the Ku Klux Klan due to protests over local police brutality.³


“Blacks ain’t going to spend their money here and no one can force them, until there is justice done for Butler Young Jr. and a history of others…The history of Marshall County is that if anyone wants to kill any black, just bring him to Byhalia, because you can get away with it.”Skip Robinson, 1974

List of organizations mobilizing to help immigrant children at the southern border

Here’s a list of organizations that are mobilizing to help immigrant children at the southern border-with links to donation pages they operate.

1. American Gateways provides legal services and representation to detained parents. It’s currently seeking volunteers to represent detained parents and is accepting donations.

2. Asylum Seekers’ Advocacy
3. American Immigration Lawyers Association –CARA Family Detention Project (update at Sep 6 , 2018) The CARA Project is currently recruiting attorneys, law students and paralegals with experience in asylum work. The group asks volunteers to be fluent in Spanish or willing to work with an interpreter.
American Immigration Lawyers Association
Suite 300, 1331 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005-3142
Phone: 202-507-7600

4. Annunciation House is helping serve immigrants and refugees in El Paso. The organization is accepting donations here:

5. Baker Ripley’s team of immigration attorneys are providing representation to detained families seeking asylum as well as working to reunite children and parents.
DONATIONS PAGE https://www.bakerripley.org/get-involved/donate

6. Catholic Charities–Rio Grande Valley
700 N. Virgen de San Juan Blvd.
P. O. Box 1306
San Juan, TX 78589
phone: 956-702-4088 fax: 956-782-0418
955 W. Price Rd.
Brownsville, TX 78520
phone: 956-541-0220 fax: 956-544-7580

7. Circle of Health International has staffed a clinic caring for refugees and asylum seekers immediately upon their their release. Their McAllen clinic is currently seeing upwards of 100 patients a day.

8. Comfort Cases is raising money to provide backpacks to the separated immigrant children. Each case will contain items such as blankets, pajamas, toiletries, a stuffed animal, a book, a journal and art supplies.

9. Diocesan Migrant & Refugee Services is the largest provider of free and low cost immigration services in West Texas and says it’s the only organization in El Paso serving unaccompanied children.

10. Justice for Our Neighbors provides free and low-cost legal services to immigrant individuals and families in Texas.
donate button http://njfon.org/donate/

11. Kids in Need of Defense

12. Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center (El Paso-based ) provides legal representation to immigrants who might not be able to afford it otherwise. It’s accepting volunteers and donations.. http://las-americas.org/
http://las-americas.org/ Has Donate Button at top right on page.
Contact Us!
T: (915) 544-5126 F: (915) 544-4041
E: administrator@las-americas.org

13. Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service is raising money to provide immigrant children “immediate shelter and beds, medical services, counseling and therapy to help them deal with the trauma of family separation.”

14. RAICES Texas

15) South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR)

16. Tahirih Justice Center is providing free legal and social services to immigrant women and girls fleeing gender-based violence.

17. Together Rising is collecting money that’ll go to advocacy groups that are working to reunify immigrant children with their families.

18. The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights is looking for more child advocates to visit the immigrant kids inside the detention centers weekly and accompany them to immigration proceedings. It is also raising money for advocates who will deal specifically with family separation cases.
DONATE button https://www.theyoungcenter.org/donate-to-the-young-center/
The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights
6020 South University Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60637,
United States

Endorsement of Katrina Shankland

We, the executive committee and membership of the Stevens Point Area Green Party, are formally endorsing Representative Katrina Shankland in the upcoming November 6th election.  Greens do not typically endorse Democrats, however, we feel it is important in the current political climate to sow the seeds of solidarity whenever possible. Though our political goals do not always align there is enough overlap in our platform with the Portage County Democratic Party to see in Katrina a ready and steadfast ally.  We recognize Katrina as someone who takes seriously what an “elected representative” is and is supposed to do.

Katrina has been a strong ally on many of the issues we care about from expanding public transit, to limiting high capacity wells, protecting wetlands, advocating for expanded medicaid coverage, and she has called out, and taken stances on, issues of racial bias where other elected leaders have opted not to make their positions clear or, worse, are on the wrong side of the issue.  Katrina has been an outspoken advocate for, and supporter of, our efforts to raise awareness of key political discourses including the environmental lecture and book series started this year by our UWSP campus chapter.

Katrina takes to heart her role as an elected representative and listens empathetically to the citizens of her district.  She is a strong, confident leader who champions both social and environmental causes that affect not only us, but the quality of life of all the residents of the state of Wisconsin.  We are lucky to have such a strong leader representing us in Madison and look forward to continuing to work with her for the betterment of our community, county, region and all of Wisconsin.  Join us on November 6th in casting your ballot for Katrina Shankland!

Rebels With Causes — Major Resource List on Non-Violence Praxis.

Here’s a valuable compendium of resources on praxis for non-violent direct action (NVDA). Compiled by a group of high school teachers around Portland, Oregon. Brought to our attention during the time of High School Walkout (about Parkland, Florida) in March, 2018.

Just click green link.  Should open in a new Tab on your browser windows.