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Freedom Rider: Wisconsin Assault on Workers

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They are once again threatening to de-fund public broadcasting and end all federal funding for birth control and for planned parenthood, which provides for a variety of health services. The Republican base never has to fear that its demands will go unmet. Their leaders understand the importance of keeping their supporters happy and never cease to use political theater to insure continued activism on the party's behalf.

The Wisconsin crisis can be the catalyst for a new movement of political activism or it can be the nail in the coffin. If progressives refuse to acknowledge that they must begin to separate themselves from the Democrats, it is the coffin. Wisconsin represents a turning point in history. It is a wake up call about the Democratic Party, not the Republicans. The Republicans are doing what they have always done and the Democrats are allowing the travesty to take place. It is time to choose sides, and those who have always chosen the Democrats need to begin seeing that they must choose another way out.

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Margaret Kimberley's Freedom Rider column appears weekly in BAR. Ms. Kimberley lives in New York City, and maintains an edifying and frequently updated blog at More of her work is also available at her Black Agenda (more...)

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