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Mary Jo lives in Madison, WI
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October 10, 2014
A good friend asked me to get to the point: “Why are you running for Governor as a write-in at a time when there is such a divide between the people of the state? I am told you will siphon off votes from people who would have voted for Mary Burke.”
My answer is this: I have been running for governor since January of this year in two different forms. I continue to run because I know the issues that many care about but are not talked about. It is the same political game and we need to stop playing with the voters.
Nothing makes this more clear than the Voter ID law that sent the election into a tail spin as it confused and immediately halted the absentee vote. The law was introduced in the spring. I loudly spoke out against the bill in committee and from the assembly viewing gallery.
There are many issues I have passion about. One is access to government and voting is the
entry point for Wisconsin’s citizens. I am also passionate about taking the money and influence out of politics now.
That said, it is not enough. So I continue to run because I actually have a vision of inclusive
people-led governance that was so needed at the state level even before Scott Walker took office. What would committees, task forces, and even agencies look like if they were taken back from corporate rule? What does citizen engagement look like? Look at the grassroots in this state. People in their communities, affected by big oil and proposed pipelines or expansions, headed to the town halls and attended meetings (give the time they did this — like “this past summer”) Citizens addressed, wrote and signed proposals that asked for environmental impact studies where there were none. They stood up to mining and pipeline companies. Local control is not always enough. In areas starved for jobs but rich in resources, like the frac sand mining areas, they need the state to help.
The DNR needs instate PROTECTIONS not just regulations. If elected I will reconfigure the administration with citizen-panels in state agencies and in the committees that shape and define policies. Current policies are damaging the earth, limiting the worker, and keep people in wage poverty with jobs that are not long-term or sustainable.
Below is a short list that I would like to focus on.
- legalization of hemp and marijuana
- stopping the oil pipelines/stopping the mines/protect the water
- renewable energy/local food production/solar power production
- reduce prison system to half of its size
- local control tax monies, environment, schools
- money out of politics, public elections, include forums, tv/radio/print access
- women’s healthcare and birth control/abortion access
- dissolve unnecessary committees, task forces, and hybrid agencies
- creative solutions, community town hall meetings, cooperatives, job share, child care, ride share, participatory budgets, shared resources, offices space, land, resources- food, water, fuel
- open regional State Bureaus to decentralized power.
- improve workers rights, with worker input, including immigrant and migrant labor
On our earth environment, the line was drawn in the streets of NYC on Sept 21 at the 400,000 person strong Climate Convergence. Winona LaDuke spoke about eco-economies last Wednesday at a Marathon County Democratic party- supported event at the labor temple in Wausau. The event focused on Paul DeMain’s race for Senate Seat 29 in Wisconsin. Her emphasis was on the White Earth Tribe in Minnesota (our bioregional neighbor) and an energy study they did. LaDuke lives on this reservation and is a leader and tribal member. The study showed that humanity needs to develop energy/food economies that support the eco-systems we live in and want to keep healthy for another thousand (or more) years. In their study they learned that 50% of their reservation energy and food costs were going off the reservation which hurt the local economy there. Since that report, a move toward total local control in energy and food is happening, with gardens and solar panel kits. Paul DeMain said if elected he would continue these conversations and will do so around the untapped potential of maple sugar in the State of Wisconsin. He listed many examples of employment that is local and sustainable. This is the leadership I support. It is a leadership that is realistic, critical of harmful means of employment, and locally based. Rebroadcast is here:http://www.indiancountrynews.com/
My question goes out to all, including the supporters of the larger meta-narrative of the wonders of global extraction economics that the national democratic party promotes when they omit discussion of the environmental crises. This meta-narrative focuses just on the realm of exceptional individuals and people. It is the one that we saw this week in the campaigning for Mary Burke that Michelle Obama did. We hear a lot about people but what about the earth? Listen carefully to what is not said.
Written: October 09, 2014
October 8, 2014
The Penokee mountains in northern Wisconsin and the area of a proposed mine that is on hold. Let us think about and dream of that area, its trees, the animals, the soil and of course the water and not about it as something we ‘take’ from but instead preserve.
A 22 miles by 4 mile open-pit mine dug there will be the largest in the world. Though there are over 22 similar proposed mines around the world. The owners of the mining company, Gtac have an office in Iron county in the town of Hurley an old mining town. The town boosts of its mining heritage. But the truth be told is that only 35 jobs will be created if the mine goes through because much of it is automated, not like the mining shafts of olden days. Those jobs will be filled with local workers either. So that mine is a no go, but let’s keep thinking of ideas that can inspire and boost the counties revenue, at the same time looking far out into the future to protect Lake Superior and the surrounding watersheds.
The ideas brewing between Ashland and Iron counties, are collaborative meetings that go beyond just tourism to include small scale sustainable food production, cooperative grocery stores, mobile butchers. That area surrounds Lake Superior the largest fresh water source in the world. Why would we ever let that be poisoned? The Chippewa Band of Bad River Tribe, lives there near the proposed mine on Lake Superior. I stand with Bad River to protect the waters.
As governor will repeal Act 1 an act that along with the proposed Iron Ore Mine in the north opened up of the state to all mining, that includes frac sand mining in central Wisconsin. Three years, two hundred mines later, local control needs state protection. Local groups, town by town, county by county protect the water and removal of hills, sometimes, but some times entire hills from two sides are removed. Those areas are not restored. These are not healthy jobs, and many that had been unemployed were glad to take the work up.
As governor, I will place a moratorium on mining until water and air quality standards are evaluated and confirmed by the EPA to be safe for workers and those that live near the sites. I will also set up a western bureau office that will be shared with another governmental office for approachable governance. Job creation in the affected mined areas, will include restoration work of trees, wetlands, and prairies. We need legalization of hemp and marijuana in the state of wisconsin, now, and later. With controls of water use to grow.
example: This past spring, the governor of Tennessee signed into law an approval for hemp production that the Department of Agriculture manages. Here is a link for more information. http://www.tn.gov/agriculture/regulatory/industrialhemp.shtml