Wisconsin Wave

Uniting Wisconsinites for democracy and shared prosperity

This is an archived version of the Wisconsin Wave website.

Democratize Everything

Liberty Tree’s major work in 2006 employed local democracy to develop a new program area, Democratizing Defense. Liberty Tree provided legal, media, and other key strategic support to organizers in Wisconsin, Illinois, Massachusetts, and California who wanted to bring the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan home by placing anti-war ballot measures on municipal, town, and county ballots.

10 years of research, organizing, and action

The Liberty Tree Foundation for the Democratic Revolution incorporated in the summer of 2004 and went public in 2005 with the launch of its first website and quarterly journal. The following timeline gives highlights of some of the major developments and accomplishments of Liberty Tree in its work to “build a democracy movement for the U.S.A..”

The Original Liberty Tree

The first, famous Liberty Tree stood on the Boston Common, an American Elm with a political history. The elm was a commons tree in the pre-Norman ‘English borough’ tradition: A place for the people of the shire to gather on their own terms and for their own purposes.

In the decade of agitation that fed into the American Revolution, Boston radicals rallied beneath the tree’s canopy, speaking against imperial authorities and calling for home rule in the colonies.

MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL: Federal court reinstates WI voter ID law for 2014 election

A federal appeals court in Chicago Friday reinstated for now Wisconsin's voter ID law hours after the three-judge panel heard arguments on the subject.

The move by the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals clears the way for the state to implement the law for the Nov. 4 election, though it does not stop the ongoing appeal over whether the measure is unconstitutional.

"The state of Wisconsin may, if it wishes (and if it is appropriate under rules of state law), enforce the photo ID requirement in this November's elections," the unsigned two-page order reads.

The Wisconsin Wave is hiring a new Public Outreach Canvass Director!

Public Outreach Canvass Director

Job Description
Liberty Tree’s Wisconsin Wave project, a nonpartisan nonprofit organization working to build the grassroots democracy movement in Wisconsin, is hiring a full-time Public Outreach Canvass Director. Responsibilities include door-to-door canvassing to recruit members and raise funds, managing general canvass operations including hiring and training canvass staff, and participating in grassroots campaign development.

CAP TIMES: Does freedom of the press still apply in state Capitol?

The U.S. Constitution is absolutely clear in its language:

There can be “no law … abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.”

The Wisconsin Constitution is absolutely clear in its language:

“No laws shall be passed to restrain or abridge the liberty of speech or of the press.”

Yet Progressive magazine editor Matt Rothschild was arrested at the state Capitol last week while reporting on the arrest of participants in the Solidarity Sing Along.

Rothschild made it clear that he was a reporter doing his job.

JOHN NICHOLS: 16 states call to overturn 'Citizens United'

The most undercovered political movement in the United States — and there are a lot of undercovered political movements in the United States — is the broad-based national campaign to overturn the Supreme Court ruling that ushered in a new era of big-money politics.

WISCONSIN WATCH: Redistricting entirely responsible for GOP’s "success" in congressional and legislative races

In the aftermath of the Nov. 6 elections, words like “fickle” and “schizophrenic” are being bandied about to describe the Wisconsin electorate.

How else can anyone explain a group of voters who simultaneously picked Democrats Barack Obama for president and Tammy Baldwin for U.S. Senate while preserving a 5-3 Republican edge in its congressional delegation and giving the GOP a commanding majority in both houses of the state Legislature?

WSJ: New capitol police chief to clamp down on protests

Protesters soon will find the Capitol a less forgiving place for some civil disobedience, according to its new top cop.

Wisconsin Capitol Police Chief David Erwin said Monday he will soon begin clamping down on protesters, strictly enforcing the Capitol's rules in an effort to restore normalcy and safety to a building that has become home to regular demonstrations.