Newsletter Spring 2015
Understanding the anger
Douglas Hoeft was my world history teacher in high school. Mr. Hoeft was a
gifted educator, and one of the things he taught me was that, “as soon as we say something can’t happen we have opened the door and invited it in.”
That’s where--it seems to many of my brothers and sisters of color--we
are in Madison. White Madison said that Ferguson couldn’t happen here, but from the perspective of people of color living in Madison, it did.
It happened here: an unarmed black teenager was shot and killed by a police officer.... (view entire newsletter)
Newsletter Fall/Winter 2014
Robbing Peter to Pay Paul?
Robbing Peter to pay Paul, it’s an old expression. As the story goes, in the late 1600’s the Old St. Paul’s Cathedral in London required frequent and expensive upkeep. To keep up with the renovations and repairs a tax was imposed and was called the ‘Paul tax’. At the same time in Rome, St. Peter’s Basilica was under construction and to help build the Basilica, the faithful were asked to make donations known as the ‘Peter tax’. So Catholics in London were expected to give to both, but those with limited funds would ‘rob Peter to pay Paul.’ Today in more general usage, we mean taking something from one person or source and using it to pay another person or source.
Robbing Peter to pay Paul, that’s how one might describe the proposed 2015 Dane County Human Services budget.... (view entire newsletter)
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Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice Petition on Health Care Reform Event
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Partners in Change:
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SB 207 Remedy in Search of a Problem:
Walker and His Henchmen Try Rolling Back More Civiel Rights Protection: