Green Thermometer Spring Primary Election 2022 | Feb 15 2022

 

In color version of below doc

Green Thermometer Spring Primary 2022

County Candidates:
In service to the GMGP’s goal of political education, here
are some candidate summaries for citizens wishing to participate in
the February 15, 2022 primaries in Milwaukee County.  None of
the candidates are Green endorsed, but we tried to give these
candidates more context than simply a line on a page for voters to
weigh records and issues.

District 1:

Karen
Gentile
 – retired Sheriff who works
with children at the YMCA and other after school programming, and
at church.  Running to better the sheriff’s office and to roll
back covid-era mandates in order to restore public
education:

https://www.karen-gentile.com/

Liz Sumner – incumbent since 2020, owns SHOP boutique in
Shorewood, running again to continue working towards carbon neutral
and implementing recycling programs

Peter M.
Tase
 – Will appear on ballot
but left the race 2 weeks ago after “African shantytown” comment
according to JS reporting

District 3:

Jennifer
Current
 – landscape architect who says
she wants parks to be prioritized and not treated as commodities.
https://www.currentmke.org/

Eric
Rorholm
 – DSA endorsed, tennant
organizer, BLM organizer.  
https://www.ericrorholm.com/

Sheldon
Wasserman
 – Incumbent 2016-present; Assembly Member, Wisconsin State
Assembly, District 22, 1995-2009
and an
OBGYN at Ascension Medical Group Milwaukee

District 12:

Rosie King
 woman of color concerned about
medical freedom, puts most emphasis on the issue of mandates, but
also advocates to protect Milwaukee county parks.
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100077472844287

Juan Miguel Martinez
 DSA endorsed, union organizer for the Milwaukee Area Service and
Hospitality Workers Organization, focus on Green spaces and strong
unions, reallocate funding from Sheriff to mutual aid
efforts.

https://www.martinezforthe12th.com/?fbclid=IwAR1Vme-q4ulH_Z9oqhqpdg0_WtGmk00uDRVtMytB0m1UQP9Cwo_CjOZw-RA

Christian Saldivar Frias
nursing home care worker, ran in
Democratic primary for State Rep previously, platform:


https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100077958720914

Josh Zepnick- Democrat who
served in the State Assembly since 2003.  Was not re-elected
after 2017 admission (after allegations) that he kissed at least 2
women without their permission.  In a JS article he claimed he
has changed with his commitment to sobriety, and plans to add a 1
cent sales tax to fund public services, and focus on reckless
driving through the sheriff’s department.

Mayor’s race candidates:
The following is from a discussion of the
candidates at the last GMGP meeting.  Some issue stances have
been added for context as well as campaign websites.  None of
these candidates are Green endorsed, but the GMGP takes political
education seriously, and therefore talked about the field of
candidates that made it past the truncated ballot access season for
the special election

Marina Dimitrijevic,
on the Common Council (Working Families Party) favored by three of
our Green elders for her work on behalf of Milwaukee County –
violence prevention, endorsed by Citizen Action and Voces de la
Frontera, supported by organized labor, may need to be bolder if
she gets the job
https://www.marinaformke.com/platform

Ieshuh Griffin independent candidate
for the people – politically inexperienced – into increasing home
ownership opportunities and fairness in politics.  She charged
that Lena Taylor and Ernell Lucas had unattended petitions at
restaurants on the north side, and that there are disparities in
treatment for truly independent candidates which those enmeshed in
partisan machinery do not have.  https://mobile.twitter.com/IeshuhG

Lena Taylor State
Senator – into helping seniors and raising income, shows up at
community brainstorming, active with Get the Lead Out:

https://www.golenataylor.com/issues

Earnell Lucas one term
Sheriff – not running for reelection – into getting Milwaukee
Public Works Dept. up to full speed:
https://lucasformayor.com/issues/

Cavalier Johnson the Head of the
Common Council is the acting mayor but still retains his position
as Head of the Common Council. Cavalier Johnson was very close to
Mayor Barrett and will probably follow in his vein. Supported by
former County Exec. Abele
https://www.cavalierjohnson.com/issues

Bob Donovan on the Common Council seeking the
endorsement of the Police Union, farthest right candidate

https://bobdonovanformayor.com/issues/

Michael Sampson –
event entrepreneur, business friendly, seeks to get back to a
prosperous local economy after the detrimental covid
shutdowns
https://www.michael4mke.com/milwaukee

 

Stance V
Candidate Initials >

MD

IG

LT

EL

CJ

BD

MS

Green Endorsed

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

Endorsed/Works with Green activist
community

Y

Y

Y

N

N

N

N

Independent of 2 Party
System

N

Y

N

N

N

N

Y

Peace through public programs/
community policing

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

N

Urgently Address Lead
Crisis

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

N

N

Environmental
sustainability

Y

ok

N

N

Mass Surveillance

N

N

Y

Y

Y

Housing

Y

Y

ok

ok

N

Red: Signifies a non-Green stance
or refusal to address the issue

Blank: signifies unknown

Green: Signifies a fairly Green
friendly stance at least on the issue

Y/N – indicates Yes or No on issue,
ok indicates attention to the issue with a more moderate stance.
For example, if the candidate agrees that climate change is
important, but their stated solution is mostly symbolic, ok is used
to notate that.

*For those politicians who have
served in office already, their political records were also a
factor in these determinations.

 

Most Effective Climate Activist Organizations, etc.

1.Home – The Global Climate and Health Alliance

Primarily for health care workers but good for anyone. Uses World Health Organization resources and health care worker resources to battle climate catastrophe as a health crisis world wide.

2.Beyond Oil & Gas Alliance (beyondoilandgasalliance.com)

Created by Denmark and Costa Rica (climate catastrophe mitigation alliance of governmental entities)

Members include in alphabetical order: Costa Rica, Denmark, France, Greenland, Ireland, Quebec, Sweden and Wales as core members; California, New Zealand and Portugal as associate members. Italy joined as a “friend” of BOGA.

Accepting applications now until Jan. 16th, 2022 for key positions

3.The Greater Milwaukee Green Party’s “All We Can Save” battling climate change book is available to borrow from Greg Banksvision74us@yahoo.com.  It was written recently by 60 women leaders of the climate activist network. It expertly tells how to talk to others about the problem and has many other useful tools.

4. Strike! – advice from Dr. Jill Stein (2 time Presidential candidate for the Green Party) and Fridays for the Future founder Greta Thunberg

5. 97% of the engineers say the bridge ahead is going to collapse, 3% say not to worry, would you keep driving? – Make this sign

  1. Indigenous Environmental Network – https://www.ienearth.org/ advancing bold, grounded and interlinked strategies across the country, including Michigan – very current and active
  1. 350.org – Divestment focused – over 40 trillion successfully divested from the fossil fuel industry so far

Phil Runkel interview-Catholic Wkr Archivist | 350MKE Fridays for Future | noon, WI ave & Water St

Consider showing up any Friday from noon to 1pm at WI ave & Water St to protest big bank investment in fossil fuel.

I did yesterday and interviewed activist and Catholic Wkr Archivist Phil Runkel:

More on Phil:

https://madisonvfp.org/tag/phil-runkel/ 
https://www.catholicworker.org/about/acknowledgements.html 
https://madisonvfp.org/tag/iraq/

Phi Runkel, Catholic Worker Archivist and I were convicted of trespassing on the Volk field military base in Juneau County, Wisconsin on November 12, 2019.

Project Censored | introduction/overview

 

How do you question and “vet” popular media stories for corporate bias?

https://consortiumnews.com/2020/05/08/ray-mcgovern-once-we-were-allies-then-came-micimatt/

The corporate-controlled mainstream media have become a cornerstone of the Military-Industrial-Congressional-Intelligence-Media-Academia-Think-Tank complex, MICIMATT, if you will.

Project Censored will help you find stories not covered by the MSM.

An early wave of Internet Social Media acct-purges | Oct 2018 project censored

Here is an overview of projectcensored’s annual review process for their top 10 news stories: https://archives.kpfa.org/data/20210219-Fri1300.mp3.

A few of their top ten stories:

https://www.projectcensored.org/1-missing-and-murdered-indigenous-women-and-girls/

https://www.projectcensored.org/2-monsanto-intelligence-center-targeted-journalists-and-activists/

https://www.projectcensored.org/3-us-military-a-massive-hidden-contributor-to-climate-crisis/

https://www.projectcensored.org/4-congressional-investments-and-conflicts-of-interest/


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Censored

projectcensored weekly podcast

https://kpfa.org/program/project-censored

projectcensored weekly podcast RSS feed: https://kpfa.org/program/project-censored/feed/

projectcensored basics

Project Censored Mission

Who We Are | Staff

Media Freedom Foundation

Classroom

History of Project Censored

Our Work

Endorsements


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Justice for Julian | Presenting a Peculiar Case

By Tomas Ward & Kerri Bruss

The First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee recently presented a live-streamed video conference titled “The Trial of Julian Assange and Its Implications for Press Freedom.” Ann Batiza, a Milwaukee-based researcher, academic, and peace activist served as host of the call. Local Greens were among the attendees. Two speakers with first-hand knowledge of the arbitrary detention (as determined by a UN body in 2015), torture, and extradition trial of the Australian Wikileaks publisher described a now decade-long persecution intended to suppress dissent and opposition to US imperialism. The physical and legal assault ultimately threatens to criminalize investigative journalism.

Nils Melzer, UN Special Rapporteur on torture, Professor of International Law at the University of Glasgow, and Human Rights Chair at the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, shared how he was first approached by Assange’s legal team to intervene on his behalf in late 2018. Melzer initially refused to engage with the case as he, like most of the public, had come to believe that Julian Assange actually was the “rapist, traitor, hacker, and spy” the relentless media propaganda campaign presented him as, and he resolved to not allow such an individual to manipulate him.

Approached again in March 2019 when Assange’s lawyers feared he may soon be expelled from the Ecuadorian Embassy, and at which time they presented him with a few key documents as well as a case summary, he “figured that my professional integrity demanded that I at least take a look at the material.” Once he looked into the actual facts of the case, “what I found filled me with repulsion and disbelief,” as the “narrative I had in my mind was not supported by the evidence.” As he no longer knew what was true or which source could be trusted, he decided to meet with Assange, who by this time was incarcerated at London’s maximum security Belmarsh Prison following his arrest on April 11 after the Moreno government withdrew his political asylum.

For his initial visit with Assange, which occurred over a 3 day period in early May 2019, Melzer was accompanied by two highly experienced medical specialists. He wanted to have an objective medical assessment in addition to his own. By his own admission he did not expect to find anything “dramatic”, however what he did find shocked him. He and the other doctors, who had conducted their own independent assessments, all concurred that Assange “showed all the symptoms that are typical for a victim of psychological torture.” The aim of such treatment is “destabilizing a person through isolation, through threat scenarios, constant arbitrariness, changing rules, and people being purposely pushed to their physical, emotional, and psychological limits through non-physical stressors.” Having observed Assange in this diminished and broken state in Belmarsh, he resolved to complete a full investigation.

Melzer found serious flaws with the rape allegations against Assange in Sweden. He was able to review the original police documents as he is fluent in Swedish. What those documents revealed was clear; namely that the two women involved were concerned with possible HIV transmission rather than rape. It was local police who changed the nature of the case. This occurred shortly after Wikileaks revealed the Afghan War Diary, at the time the largest public expose in US military history, that had followed on the heels of the April 2010 release of the Collateral Murder video which depicted the “gunning down of two Reuters journalists and 10 other unarmed civilians.” Sweden is a close ally of the US in the Afghan War. Britain and other countries exposed by Wikileaks are also parties to the alliance. The implication of this is that Western governments colluded to concoct a serious charge against someone they perceived as an enemy.

Wikileaks’ journalistic ethics were also discussed at the UU meeting. To date, Wikileaks has never published false information. Assange has not stolen or hacked information, but rather received it as a journalist would receive it, then published what he received from sources if it was in the public interest to do so. Assange also took great care to redact documents in order to protect lives. Melzer believes that Wikileaks published evidence of grave war crimes, and that there are criminals in uniform who should be prosecuted. He said, “Those who commit the crimes are the traitors, not the whistleblowers who expose them.” He concluded that the campaign against Assange is about criminalizing the truth.

Ray McGovern, (whose hair/beard grows in disheveled witness to the uncivilized treatment accorded his friend Julian), a former CIA analyst and presidential daily briefer for three presidents, co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS), and an activist for peace and justice, opened his remarks  with a quote from Death of A Salesman: He’s a human being, and a terrible thing is happening to him. So attention must be paid. He’s not to be allowed to fall into his grave like an old dog. Attention, attention must be finally paid to such a person.

He then went on to describe the warm and caring spirit of his friend Assange, whose “devotion to justice puts other people’s fate above his own.” This portrayal is in contrast to media reports of his having an abrasive personality. Ray presented multiple photos of Julian sharing poignant moments with friends and family, including an image of him lovingly holding his then newborn while still confined in the Embassy. Julian’s children (Gabriel and Max) are growing up without his presence in their lives. So are his partner Stella and his own parents, who are all involved in his fight for freedom. The contrast in Julian’s appearance in a few short years is stark, and no doubt a result of the arbitrary detention and psychological torture he has been subjected to for the past decade.

McGovern believes Assange’s technical skills for digital transfer of forbidden information made him a major threat to and consequently a target of global elites. He also speculates that people with information could have used Wikileaks to save lives in past crises such as Vietnam and 9/11 had it been available at the time.

Ray continues with a reference to a favorite though little known MLK Jr quote from his Letter from a Birmingham Jail that speaks to the need for “disclosing truth”, which he compared to a boil: Like a boil that can never be cured so long as it is covered up but must be opened with all its ugliness to the natural medicines of air and light, injustice must be exposed, with all the tension its exposure creates, to the light of human conscience and the air of national opinion before it can be cured. McGovern believes that Julian’s view about injustice is similar and that he was willing to pay the price for exposing it, as demonstrated by his efforts to help get Edward Snowden to safety in 2013, even as Julian himself was already being persecuted by the state.

McGovern expressed his fear that the powers that be are hoping Julian will catch Covid-19 and die in Belmarsh, which considering his compromised health, is a very real possibility. He closed with a call to action: “it’s up to us to build some arks, folks,” as the rain that has been predicted “has been falling for ten years now”, and that a “truth-teller is worthy of all the support we can give them.”

A lively discussion followed the presentations by the two speakers. An attendee identified as Dr Deepa Driver disclosed that she had been a legal observer at Julian’s September 2020 extradition hearings and she stressed that the psychological torture continues to this day. She stated that she was appalled at the way access was denied to legal and press observers at the trial, and that Julian, including his family and supporters, continue to be treated with “very little humanity”, and also that minimal attention was paid to his due process rights. The case in her view seemed to “follow the pattern of the Stratfor leaks, where they said that they would move Julian from country to country, treat him like a bride in prison, and make him eat cat food.”

Deepa also stated that Julian still had not received the warm clothing supporters provided him in October; this despite the fact that the heating system in the prison had broken down several times, and the temperature in London has been below zero on recent nights. She reiterated that this kind of treatment of a “highly intelligent, visionary, human being is unconscionable” and we have to come together to oppose this kind of behavior. We need to do it for the protection of whistleblowers, for the freedom of the press, for Julian, but most importantly, we have to do it for the protection of citizens’ right to know “about the crimes governments commit in their name.”

Nils Melzer clarified that while the UK judge’s decision to not extradite Julian to the US was what Assange’s supporters were hoping for, it was also very misleading in that her judgement confirmed the entire narrative of the US prosecution. It basically confirmed that if a journalist publishes information the government does not want published, regardless of public interest, it can be prosecuted as espionage. He also mentioned that the judge went even further with her ruling; namely that such journalism would be punishable under the Official Secrets Act of the UK, which sets a precedent on both sides of the Atlantic. More broadly, as the OSA is a model for other secrecy acts in the whole of the Commonwealth, if the judgement stands it essentially sets an “emerging worldwide” precedent.

Melzer argues that if it becomes a crime to tell the truth, then we are truly “living in a tyranny” with no democratic check on government power. Not known for being an alarmist, Melzer was emphatic that this judgement is “urgent, alarming, and fundamentally dangerous.” He also went into some detail about the appeal process, and mentioned that even if the US loses its appeal and the decision stands that Assange will not be extradited, it won’t be because he’s right but because he is currently too weak and would likely be a suicide risk in the oppressive US prison system. So if the government should ever determine that his health has improved, Julian could again be detained for potential extradition by any country that would allow him to reside there. He agrees that Dr Driver was spot on with her reference to the Stratfor playbook as we are watching it play out in real time, and stresses that there is “no reason at all for anyone to be relieved” by this judgement.

There is joy in sharing information that is being totally and deliberately suppressed by the mainstream media. Attendees likely came away with a greater intention to follow Ray McGovern’s call to get out there and make some noise for Julian Assange.

Please email Ann Batiza at annwisc@gmail.com if you are motivated to take action.

Ann also encourages you to visit https://assangedefense.org/ where you can sign up to Defend Julian Assange.

A shorter version of this post originally appeared at https://literatenaturalist.wordpress.com/2021/02/02/justice-for-julian/

 

Sun 11am live zoom forum | Trial of Julian Assange / Press Freedom | Nils Melzer & Ray McGovern | Jan 17

Join us Sunday 11am – 12:20pm Chicago time for a live zoom forum on the on “The Trial of Julian Assange and its Implications for Press Freedom.”  with Nils Melzer and Ray McGovern.

Sign up to receive the zoom link here:

sign up: https://form.jotform.com/201556689531058

This event is presented by First Unitarian Church of Milwaukee – more …. I’m forwarding this for the event organizer – thanks for your work Ann!

Nils Melzer, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture; and Ray McGovern, former CIA Russia analyst, presidential daily briefer for George H.W. Bush and current peace activist (who is growing his beard in solidarity with Julian Assange), will discuss this unprecedented extradition trial of this Walkley-award-winning publisher and seven times (including 2020) nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize, Julian Assange. Notably, Mr. Assange said:

“If wars can be started by lies, peace can be started by truth.”

Amnesty International, the ACLU, Rebecca Vincent of Reporters without Borders, Laura Poitras writing in the New York Times, Barton Gellman writing in the Guardian, Alan Rusbridger former editor of the Guardian, Glenn Greenwald now on Substack, editor Marty Baron of the Washington Post and editor-in-chief Dean Baquet of the New York Times have all described the threat to press freedom posed by this extradition trial.  It is time that the public also understood what is at stake.

Please join us at 11am Sunday for this live zoom forum with Nils Melzer and Ray McGovern, moderated by Ann Batiza.

Please share this email and the flyer with your peace and justice networks.  Thank you for caring about press freedom and truth.

Best regards,

Ann Batiza
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
414-238-3903