Occupy Milwaukee to Protest ALEC and Caterpillar Feb. 29

Media Release:



Contact, Dave Onken, dave@onken.us

Occupy Milwaukee to Protest ALEC and Caterpillar Feb. 29

Occupy Milwaukee announced today that as part of a National Day of Action on Wednesday Feb. 29 they will hold a rally outside the Caterpillar Global Mining plant in South Milwaukee to protest the undue influence they feel the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) exercises over state legislation throughout the country.  The rally will take place on Oak Creek Pkwy. just east of Chicago Ave at 3:00 p.m.

According to Dave Onken of Occupy Milwaukee, ALEC is a political organization comprised of and financed in part by corporate members who write “Model Legislation” favorable to their interests.  State lawmakers, almost exclusively Republicans, who are also ALEC members, introduce the Model Legislation into their respective state legislatures and work for their passage, Onken cited as examples the Wisconsin voter ID law and the legislation stripping public employees of bargaining rights signed into law by Governor Scott Walker.

ALEC, a non-profit organization founded in 1973, describes itself on its website as “a non-partisan membership association for conservative state lawmakers.”   ALEC also claims on its website that “each year close to 1000 bills, based at least in part on ALEC Model Legislation are introduced in the states.  Of these, on average, 20% become law”

Onken said that Caterpillar is being targeted locally because they are a corporate member of ALEC and manufacture mining equipment like that which would be used at the controversial open pit mine proposed for northern Wisconsin which is opposed by many people in the state.

Following the rally at Caterpillar the protesters plan to march to the nearby home of state assemblyman Mark Honadel, an ALEC member.

The local rally is part of a nationwide action initiated by Occupy Portland to raise Americans’ awareness of ALEC which Onken said is “the source of much of the controversial, conservative legislation that has been passed across the country in recent years.”

Nov. 19, 2011 Madison, WI.

Occupy Milwaukee Facebook page:


#f29, Shut Down the Corporations march on ALEC



Feb. 28, Stevens Point: ‘Protecting the Waters of the Penokee Hills’ with Frank Koehn


From Occupy Stevens Point:

Come learn about the Proposed Penokee Mining struggle and what it means for wildlife, water, the fish, jobs, public health and the future of Northern Wisconsin and Lake Superior- and also learn about things YOU can do to raise resistance to it. Frank Koehn (www.savethewatersedge.com) will be in town to give a presentation followed by a Q&A discussion!

Frank Koehn is a prominent activist in Northern Wisconsin. He is most notable for being the first Green Party candidate to be elected to office in the United States when he was elected Bayfield County supervisor on the Lake Superior Greens ticket in 1986. Koehn’s 12 years on the Board of Supervisors (1986–1998) is one of the longest tenures in elected office for any Green Party member, and the second longest among Wisconsin Greens. Koehn has also been active in environmental, treaty rights and human rights causes including opposition to the Crandon and White Pine mines, support of Ojibwe treaty rights, and support for the proposed Seventh-Generation Amendment to the US Constitution. Koehn has paid particular efforts to preserving Lake Superior. In many of these causes, Koehn worked closely with Walter Bresette. Koehn was also a schoolteacher in the South Shore Schools in Port Wing, Wisconsin until recently.

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012, 7 p.m.

The DUC Theater (Inside the Lee Dreyfus University Center)
1015 Reserve Street
Stevens Point, WI 54481

For directions call 608-445-4145 (Casey)

Jan. 25, 2012 Madison, WI.


Milwaukee: Dominion Gallery to Host Free The Cuban 5 Exhibit in May 2012



Contact: Stonie Rivera (414) 581-0978

Email: dominiongallery@hotmail.com

Excerpts from release (click on link above for full release):

(Milwaukee)  –    Dominion Gallery, in Riverwest is honored to be chosen to host the “Free the Cuban 5” exhibit. The exhibit, which opens May 4, 2012, is composed of the internationally acclaimed art of Gerardo Hernandez, one of the five men arrested and imprisoned in the United States for espionage in 1998, known as “the Cuban 5.” The Cuban 5 are:  Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando González and René González…

Antonio Guerrero works in pastels and acrylics. He is a painter of landscapes, as viewed from his prison cell as well as his memory. He is a painter of nudes and portraits, beautiful wild cats and other animals. Gerardo Hernandez is a political cartoonist, whose exhibit is called “Humor From My Pen.”

Dominion Gallery

804 East Wright Street

Milwaukee, WI 53212

(414) 581-0978



Tues-Fri: 3:00-8:00

Sat. 2:00 – 6:00



Solidarity with Nuestra America at the UNAC Conference—Register Now!

Go to https://nationalpeaceconference.org/registration.html

  • The struggles against US bases and military interventions in the Americas, the struggle against university budget cuts and tuition hikes in Spanish-speaking countries, and the wars at home against immigrant workers will be at the forefront
  • At the United National Antiwar Coalition conference in Stamford CT, March 23-25, 2012.
  • Hear a keynote address by Xiomara Castro de Zelaya.
  • Zelaya is the wife of former president Manuel Zelaya, who was ousted in a US-backed coup, and is now the presidential candidate of the new political party of the Honduran resistance front. The Liberation and Re-Foundation Party was formed on February 11-12 in Tegucigalpa.

Read about the Liberation and Re-Foundation Party founding on MRZine today: http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/2012/whitney230212.html


SAVE THE DATE: APR 14 – Nat’l Protest the DNC Organizing Meeting – Charlotte, NC

National Organizing Meeting for the Coalition to Protest at the DNC
DATE:  April 14 & 15
Location:  Charlotte, NC (exact location TBD)
If you are traveling from out of state, let us know how many and if you will need accommodations (house-share).
If you are based in Charlotte & can put people up, let us know! 

Questions?  Call Elena at 919-413-1276


Homeowner and Veteran Bobby Hull, Saved From Foreclosure, A People’s Victory!

On Monday, February 27th at noon, South Minneapolis homeowner Bobby Hull, supporters from Occupy Homes MN and Neighborhoods Organizing for Change and will publicly declare victory in their fight to save Hull’s family home from an unfair and avoidable foreclosure.  Following a three-month public campaign, Hull’s lender has agreed renegotiate his mortgage so that he and his family can keep their home!!



Feb. 29, South Milwaukee: Shut Down the Corporations, March on ALEC


From Occupy Milwaukee:

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is a far right think tank that writes “model legislation” to pitch to state legislators, all designed to benefit corporations and the 1% at the expense of the 99%…

Occupy Milwaukee won’t tolerate it any longer. Wednesday, February 29, we march on Caterpillar Global Mining and state assemblyman Mark Honadel to let them know that we are holding these corporations and politicians accountable for the actions of the organization they belong to and support, ALEC. An injury to one is an injury to all.

Wednesday, Feb. 29, 3-4:30 p.m.

Oak Creek Parkway, just east of Chicago Ave., South Milwaukee

Sign Making Event for this Action: https://www.facebook.com/events/303375813059524/
Monday, Feb 27, 6pm SIGN Making @ Riverwest Public House.
Join us in making signs and other creative items for shut down the corporations. bring yourself, your creativity, and if you have any supplies bring them also. useful items would be white fabric, fabric paints, acrylic paints, markers, empty gallon jugs,wooden dowels approx 4-6′ longs (approx 15), and of course, cardboard or poster board.

November 2011 Madison, WI.