Where I’ve Been
[Note: This blog will rarely be about politics, because politics dominate my academic research, and this blog is my escape from the world of research. I've been absent for more than a week, however, and the explanation is both political and personal.]
By now, if you’re in the U.S. — and perhaps if you’re anywhere in the world–you’ve heard about what is happening right now in Wisconsin. I live in Madison, which has quickly turned into the epicenter of protests against the Budget Repair Bill, which our new governor tried to force through the legislature in a matter of days, with no deliberation or negotiation with the people it would greatly effect. It would, among other things, strip public workers of their right to collectively bargain; cut funding to thousands of seniors, people with disabilities, and low-income families; change the state Family and Medical Leave Act law in a way that would detrimentally affect working parents; and imperil public transportation in many of Wisconsin’s cities.
As a state university employee, the daughter of a public school employee, the sister of someone with a disability who benefits from FamilyCare, a tax-paying citizen of the state of Wisconsin, and a person who strongly believes in the power of democracy, this is where I’ve been for the past week:
And that’s where I’ll be for as long as it takes to “kill the bill.”