Another quick and dirty post, a guest post essentially, featuring the suggestions of Ta-Nehisi Coates commenter torrilin on how to help the folks in Wisconsin as they struggle to keep their civil rights — please note the bottom-line message: “But if you live in WI, the biggest thing is to get to the city clerk and VOTE!” Indeed.
Ian’s Pizza is a Madison institution, and has been delivering pizza to the protesters. (608) 257-9248 is the location within walking distance of the Capitol. If you can’t get through, Glass Nickel and Topper’s Pizza should also be able to help, but they can’t deliver by walking, and the Square is frequently getting corked by car drivers protesting.
The ACLU is doing heroic work getting information out and keeping legal observers on the ground. They’re also helping with the legal challenges… pretty much all votes in the WI legislature since this started have had fishy stuff going on, so there’s a court battle for each one. They are reporting that the police are in riot gear today, so Red Cross donations or heading off to donate blood is not a bad idea either. Donating to an umbrella organization isn’t bad… that way money can get spread around as needed.
I haven’t yet found links for more specific legal defense funds.
https://secure.actblue.com/pag… – that’s for recalling the eligible Republicans. 3 out of those 8 won their seat by less than 1000 votes.
Dale Schultz is the lone Republican who voted against the (ahem) bill last night. He listened to his constituents and will need money for his re-election campaign. He is not presently eligible for recall.
8 of the Democratic Senators are up for recall. I don’t know how many of them are vulnerable, but they will need money to mount a defense. So donations to the WI Democrats will help there too.
We have 60 days to gather signatures for a recall petition here, and we’ve used up about 10. Recall petitions need to have 25% of the vote for signatures. It takes money to keep volunteers in food, coffee, and gas money, and all of those are critical for getting signatures on the recall petitions.
But if you live in WI, the biggest thing is to get to the city clerk and VOTE!