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Sunday, October 27, 2013

An Evening of Solidarity with Democracy in Honduras - Friday, November 8, 2013 Time 7pm until 9pm

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 Fair Trade Coffee House - 418 State St., Madison WI

Enjoy a fun evening of Central American food and live music at Fair Trade Coffee House on State Street while supporting independent reporting on the upcoming elections in Honduras This event is a benefit to raise funds to help send three local journalists to Honduras to report on the upcoming presidential elections, as well as documenting the social movements in the region this November.


7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Fair Trade Coffee House

FOOD: an array of homemade Central American snacks including fresh patacones (fried green plantains), red beans, chips and salsas.

DRINKS: Fair Trade Coffee will be provided for guests (specialty drinks will be available to order).

MUSIC: Los Tremendos will be providing the musical entertainment that night. They are a three-person band specializing in acoustic covers. Some songs you have probably heard before and others will be songs more traditional to Central America.

PRESENTATION: About half way through the evening we will pause the music for a short presentation by the journalists who will be going to Honduras to provide election coverage. The presentation will include some recent history of Honduras including the 2009 military coup and an explanation of why independent journalism will be vital to bolstering true democracy in Honduras in the coming weeks.

SUGGESTED DONATION: $10-$20 sliding scale at the door. No one will be turned away.


On Nov. 24, 2014, Honduras will hold a presidential election, widely considered the first democratic election since the military coup in 2009. Three Madison-based independent journalists will be going to cover the elections and document any irregularities that might occur.

Since the coup in 2009, Honduras has seen a wave of politically motivated killings as well as the general silencing of journalists and activists on the left. The coup and the subsequent repression were done with the tacit approval of the US government and military which supplies much of the military equipment and training in Honduras. While mainstream media turns a blind eye to abuses, it has been independent journalists that have shined the light on the situation of the people of Honduras. Now, with elections fast approaching, it will be up to the independent journalists and activists from around the world to provide the support Hondurans will need as they go to the polls and to the streets.

WI 1848 Forward:An Evening of Solidarity with #Democracy in #Honduras - Fri., 11/8/2013 Time 7pm until 9pm #Madison 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Honduran general election, 2013 - Nov. 24th - Public Security Looms Large

Honduran general election, 2013

From Wikipedia ...
The Honduran general election, 2013 will be held in Honduras on November 24, 2013,[1] including presidential, parliamentary and local elections. Voters will go to the polls to elect:

Last week, in the midst of a political campaign that has focused heavily on public security, authorities in Honduras deployed 1,000 military police as part of an effort to address drug violence and organized crime in this Central American country, home to the highest homicide rate in the world. ...
If Hernandez wins the election, the military police approach is likely to become a permanent part of the security structure, Ungar said. But it is unclear what the outcome will be. While two parties—the centrist Liberal Party and the conservative National Party—have long dominated Honduran politics, it is now fairly certain that no party will win an outright majority, said Ungar. 
Frank warned that entrenched interests may cause trouble if Castro, who is campaigning with her newly created Free Party, wins the presidency. “Should Xiomara Castro win, we can predict that the elites who control the two traditional parties, along with other allies of the oligarchs, will do everything they can to make the country ungovernable, since they will be deeply threatened by any true efforts to restore the rule of law, end impunity, address corruption, protect the environment, and respect the rights of labor, indigenous people, and small farmers,” Frank said.
“In analyzing efforts that might be made to make the country ‘ungovernable’ or ‘unstable,’ after the elections, it's essential to bear in mind that the same actors behind those efforts are those that have already produced a disastrously chaotic situation, in which the rule of law has been thrown out the door,” she said.
“Rather than address the root causes of violence, it is dangerously militarizing the country,” she said of the government. “Without true economic development and the creation of good jobs, moreover, young people will continue to turn to drug trafficking and crime rather than let their families starve.” ...
On the ground reporting

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#Honduran general #election, 2013 - Nov. 24th  - WI 1848 Forward:  - Public #Security Looms Large < #Madison #WORT

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Rural Decline -> Irony: Walker adds $1800 to your healthcare costs and gives you $13 Property Tax Break


I don't doubt plenty of people have trouble, especially in rural areas, paying their property tax bill.  That is a problem the "Homestead Tax Credit" was designed to alleviate - does it need expansion.  Many rural areas also lack social infrastructure as well as physical infrastructure.

Why would a family with children want to move to or live in a place with no schools and little immediate access to health care.  Why would a retired person want to live there either - they may be stuck and getting to a doctor is really a major problem?  Why would someone growing up there, spending most of their time beiing bused to school, want to stay there when they can't get a job later; when they can go to a larger community get a job, meet other people their age, and have more of a social life?

Report: Scott Walker decisions drove insurance rates much higher in Wisconsin than in Minnesota

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Kraig said Wisconsin insurance exchange premiums for a single person are an average of 79 percent to 99 percent higher than premiums in Minnesota, before tax credits are applied. He said the average Wisconsinite will pay $1,800 more annually for health care.
Why have State Health care premiums gone up 12%????

#WIVote  - #Walker ups $1800 to #healthcare costs ...WI 1848 Forward:  ... and gives $13 #PropertyTax Break 

#Walker adds $1800 to your #healthcare costs ... WI 1848 Forward: Irony:  ... and gives you $13 #PropertyTax Break

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Message to WI congressional Rep Duffy - We all are on ACA, ObamaCare!

Rep. Duffy said on MSNBC Morning Joe (10/16/2013) that we should all be on #ACA including the Congress and the President.  Newsflash - we are!  One of the key provisions is that you get to keep the insurance you have - provided it is up to snuff.

ACA more than anything is an attempt to make it possible for everyone to have healthcare, especially the currently uninsured.

These are my opinions - this is what the GOP and WI Rep. Duffy stands for

  • They do not want your children to have coverage on your plan.
  • They do not want you to benefit being part of a group and thus qualify for an affordable plan.
  • They do not want you to be make choices about medical procedures.
  • They do want to mandate certain medical procedures in case you chose something they don't like - ultrasound, vaginal inspections.
  • They do want to make certain that certain medical options for procedures do not even exist.
  • They do want you to be denied coverage for previously existing conditions.
  • They do want you to be excluded retroactively from insurance coverage if they can find any omissions of conditions in your application history.
  • They do want you to declare bankruptcy if you have an uninsured medical experience.

Message to #WI congressional Rep #Duffy - We all are on #ACA, #ObamaCare ! vs #1% #elites #teaparty #Wausau #Ashland

Message to #WI Rep #Duffy - We all are on #ACA, #ObamaCare ! vs #1% #elites #teaparty #Wausau @Morning_Joe

Rep #Duffy #Elites #1% #Teaparty - Message to #WI - We all are on #ACA, #ObamaCare #Wausau #Ashland 

Monday, October 14, 2013

The GOP's little rule change they hoped you wouldn't notice

WI 1848 Forward: The # GOP's little rule change they hoped you wouldn't notice #wivote #99% #47% vs #1% #elites - #GriftersOnParade GOP