SO, we have been super busy for the last few months;
In June we went to Washington for 3 weeks and visited our families. Benjamin's Brother Alex graduated with his associates' degree, and I got to see my Sister Lena's house. It was pretty fun. We also discovered that our kids are great at traveling! We stopped by Yellowstone National Park, Mt Rushmore, and a bunch of other historical sights; Our kids traveled really well. We didn't even bring along a movie player!
Also, at 12 noon Wisconsin time we all sang a couple of Songs from the Solidarity Sing a Long. My kids saw one day that it was 12 noon in Wisconsin (10am in Washington) and they started singing 'Bring back Wisconsin to me' and 'watch him stew'. I have never been more proud. Except perhaps the time when my 2 year old raised his little fist during the chorus of "Solidarity Forever".
I have also been able to get back into helping with the recall efforts. I have gone canvassing for Fred Clark and the Democratic Party a few times already, but this weekend I got to be a part of 'Get Out the Vote'. I went door-to-door and encouraged or reminded People to vote on Tuesday. It was quite different from working with the Democratic Party. My main hang up was remembering to tell people which group I was with.
By the way, if you vote in a primary election for a democrat, then you are instantly labeled as a democrat leaning voter. So if you vote in primaries across party lines, be prepared to get lots of visitors around election time!!
This week I am planning on attending the assembly "debate" on the State's redistricting plan. It violates current law, so a new law will also be passed to make it legal. Then every city and county will have to redraw their lines, and set aside their own carefully made maps that they have been making for the past few months.
This will cost money, but I am sure that it will be pushed through like everything else.
I really hope that these "taxed too much" people show up and protest the unconstitutional waste of public money that this redistricting entails.
The Assembly has also hired a set of lawyers to represent them- these lawyers drew up the redistricting plans, and they will stay on after the redistricting is over. The State Government has a legal team already, but they are not being used; Perhaps this is to avoid the scrutiny surrounding their dealings.
I put nothing past the Republican Party of Wisconsin. I believe that they are capable of every crime that exists. I also beleive that their support plays off of peoples' fears and latent racist and classist ideas. In America today there is a large group that will blindly follow this extreme fascist agenda simply because it is wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross.