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05
Sep
2013
Alex Oberley

Wisconsin Senate Fast-Tracks Bill To Close Off 4,000 Acres for Mining Company

GTac lobbyist Bob Seitz testifies in favor of the mine under police protection

In defiance of long-standing law in Wisconsin, a multibillion-dollar mining company is closer to being exempted from state law and will be able to ban any citizen from entering a 3,600-acre area near where Gogebic Taconite is attempting to mine for iron ore.
 
The Senate Committee on Workforce Development, Forestry, Mining, and Revenue passed Senate Bill 278 on a party line 3-2 vote in a hurried executive session this morning. All Democratic amendments were summarily dismissed by Senators Tiffany (R-12), Grothman (R-20), and Darling (R-8).
 
Local native tribes and a variety of opponents make it clear the mining process will cause significant damage and environmental pollution to the land and the vital Bad River watershed.

30
Aug
2013
Alex Oberley

Wisconsin Joins the Fight For Fifteen

Yesterday three cities in Wisconsin were amongst 58 others across the United States as thousands of low-wage workers walked off their jobs to demand a living wage, safe working conditions, and the right to unionize without being penalized. "The Fight For Fifteen" is landmark nationwide effort, deemed to be the largest coordinated fast food strike in U.S. history as employees mobilized across the country in advance of Labor Day.

(An abridged version of this article is published here.)

28
Aug
2013
A.O

Free Damon Terrell Now!

At Monday's Solidarity Sing Along in the Wisconsin Capitol building we were greeted with the face of true brutality in the form of the Capitol Police commanded by Chief David Erwin. As the singers were in full voice, CJ Terrell was selected out of the group on this day to be arrested. Suddenly, officers took it upon themselves to also single out his brother, ASO President Damon Terrell. As captured on several videos of the altercation and assault by the police, Damon backed away with his hands in the air saying "no, this is an illegal arrest." An officer then lunged for him eventually catching him by the back of his neck at which time additional officers moved in to throw him to the ground. As they violently attempted to bring him "under control" video evidence clearly shows officers pulling his limbs in different directions. One officer is seen repeatedly kneeing him in the torso. . . . .

26
Aug
2013
Alex Oberley

ASO Press Release on Today's Capitol Police Brutality

MADISON - Today in the Wisconsin State Capitol, founding members of the Autonomous Solidarity Organization (ASO) were physically assaulted and brutalized by Capitol Police officers.
 
As arrests in the Wisconsin State Capitol have skyrocketed this summer, ASO President Damon Terrell has been doing his part as a concerned citizen to document arrests and monitor police behavior. Today, Damon was observing and filming the Solidarity Sing Along when he was deliberately and violently targeted for arrest. Having been calmly informed that Damon was not participating in the event and therefore not subject to lawful arrest, an officer lunged at Damon's head while three other officers tackled him from the sides. Damon was thrown to the marble floor and pinned beneath the officers' knees while his limbs were pulled in separate directions to ensure he would "submit." He was then carried out of the Rotunda and lain down on his face while the police awaited the elevator.

26
Aug
2013
A.O

ASO Statement Against Continued Police Brutality in the Wisconsin Capitol

The ASO continues to applaud the ongoing efforts of people from all over Wisconsin who refuse to be intimidated by police orders that have been proven to be unconstitutional time and time again. Firefighters, fellow officers, clergy, children, mothers, grandparents, veterans, private or public sector workers, and retirees have all attended the Solidarity Sing Along at the state Capitol. The Capitol Police, under the direction of Chief David Erwin, have arrested them all with seeming impunity.
 
 

02
Aug
2013
A.O

ASO statement of solidarity for the Solidarity Sing Along

The Solidarity Sing Along | August 1st, 2013

The Autonomous Solidarity Organization (ASO) stands and sings in solidarity with those members of our community who have come for over 2 years now to sing truth to power in the Wisconsin State Capitol building. In that time we have seen many rights decimated in our home state. Now the Capitol Police have declared this wonderful, peaceful demonstration of civil discourse and freedom of speech unlawful - and respond by arresting Vietnam veterans, clergy, mothers, grandparents, and even children.
 

20
Jun
2013
A.O

General Assembly & Board Meeting this Saturday, June 22

The ASO will have a General Assembly this Saturday, June 22, at 4 p.m.  A board meeting will follow, any member is welcome to stay for that.
 The meetings will take place in the fourth floor conference room of 122 State Street.

30
May
2013
Alex Oberley

March in Milwaukee with the Palermo Workers Union this Saturday

 This Saturday, June 1, marks an entire year the Palermo's workers have been on strike.
Nearly one hundred of them, fully half of the factory staff, joined in. Consequently, because justice is an increasingly foreign concept, they've also been out of work for a year. This is a titanic commitment to trying to better their workplace and achieve something resembling a decent compensation. And Saturday is a huge human effort to try to get CEO to actually come to the table for once and try to bargain with the workers who've built his company - an 18-mile march from the factory to the CEO's mansion in Mequon.

27
May
2013
Alex Oberley

Third Annual People's Bratfest was another resounding success!

ASO members with volunteers & performers from PBF III

   The third annual People's Bratfest had another successful year of community-building and charity fundraising organized by the Autonomous Solidarity Organization (ASO). The ASO raised funds for six local charities and non-profits. Over 2,300 brats were sold at an all-day event at Library Mall on Saturday, May 25, with several pounds of food donated to the local homeless community.

14
May
2013
Alex Oberley

The Third Annual People's Bratfest

Presented by the Autonomous Solidarity Organization, the People’s Bratfest is a family-friendly event that supports local businesses and family farms and is the only Bratfest in town with 100% of the proceeds going to local charities.

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