Detroit Light Brigade Holders of the Light held this message on the steps of the Detroit Institute of Arts front steps (photo courtesy of the Detroit Light Brigade).
Detroit, MI - With the city of Detroit facing the possibility of having its collection liquidated to help pay bills, as part of a city bankruptcy plan, the Detroit Light Brigade shined their opposition to such an idea. About a dozen Holders of the Light showed up on the steps of the Institute of Arts to collectively spell out “NOT FOR SALE” in defense of the museum’s collection, which includes rare works by Bruegel, van Gogh and Cézanne.
A group of twenty-six come to the third Madison training and meet under a large “WE > KXL” banner.
President Obama, I oppose the Keystone XL Pipeline because:
“I love life, other living things, and this beautiful planet.”
“I want to give answers to the tribes whose women pray for healing the earth.”
“Our children deserve a climate stable future.”
“I value all life on our planet.”
“I think it is important we protect the Ogallala water Aquifer for future generations.”
Each participant in the training stated why they were willing to risk arrest to fight the Keystone XL Pipeline.
One after another stated why they oppose the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and why they were willing to risk arrest, resisting it, using non-violent, civil disobedience. A group of about twenty-five showed up for this third round of trainings in Madison, bringing the total number of those prepared here to over a hundred. Close to 80,000 have officially pledged to resist the tar sands pipeline, should the U.S. State Department recommend approval of its construction to President Obama. That pivotal decision would immediately call into action this group and others like it training around the country.
Participants watch several training videos.
Participants engage in a “Parallel Lines” exercise, where they practice a blockade.
Photo from the first #NoKXL training done in Madison at the Labor Temple.
Milwaukee, WI - It was hard to not have flashbacks back to 2011, the heart of the Wisconsin Uprising, when teachers came out in force to fight back against Scott Walker’s anti-union Act 10 legislation. Hundreds of educators and their supporters came out to send, and literally bring, a message to the School Board meeting, where the board was deciding whether or not to vote to negotiate a new contract. All MPS teachers have had their wages frozen this year and rather than cower it appears educators are fighting back.
Teachers began the evening by forming a picket line in front of Central Office, while the another group of teachers held an illuminated “STAND WITH US” message.
After some energetic chanting and marching for 15 minutes the group made their way into School Board meeting, bringing the illuminated message with them.
One teacher, Gail Milbrath was able to engage Superintendent Thornton as he walked through the assembled group of teachers. She was overheard asking him about working conditions.
Photo credit: Bonnie Brusky
After about 10 minutes into the meeting the Board went into executive session and later came out several hours later and ended up voting to lift the wage freeze on teachers, but stipulated that their was no money in the district left to give teachers a wage increase. This statement falls on deaf ears of teachers however, as the Superintendent was recently granted a 3% bonus from the very same School Board now denying teachers full negotiations. We’ll see where this all heads, but teachers are certainly not going to be satisfied with this mild victory and if tonight’s teacher action is any indication, teachers in Milwaukee are organizing and they’re upset.
The Overpass Light Brigade in Milwaukee and other light brigades around the country shined their feelings about Walmart during Black Friday sales.
The Light Brigade Network - Scenes of rabid shoppers pushing, shoving, stampeding, and punching their way to new flat screen televisions and tablets have been plastered across American’s televisions and computers since Black Friday sales opened Thursday. However, some of the groups that have visited Big Box retailers for Black Friday sales this year have had another more peaceful purpose. These groups didn’t show up for the hottest new door buster sales, but, instead, shined lighted messages against the madness unfolding before them.
The “protestors” are orderly and respectful, in sharp contrast to the manipulated greed of the shoppers and the avarice of our unrelenting consumer culture.
Members of the Overpass Light Brigade held this message outside a Walmart in Milwaukee.
Overpass Light Brigade – PDX held this message for Walmart shoppers in Portland.
Overpass Light Brigade – Massachusetts walked this message right under Walmart’s front entrance before being asked to leave.
The Northern Illinois Light Brigade teamed up with Occupy Naperville and Illinois Jobs With Justice for this message.
The Occupy Gainesville Light Brigade also visited a local Walmart for Thanksgiving Black Friday Sales.
Overpass Light Brigade – Austin also spent time in front of Walmart.
The Atlanta Light Brigade helped the group For Respect, who are currently helping organize Walmart workers around the country.
Overpass Light Brigade held this message over busy traffic in San Diego.
The Overpass Light Brigade Holders of the Light displayed this message Thursday night for Black Friday Walmart shoppers in Milwaukee (photo credit: Light Brigading on Flickr).
Walmart World - Thanks to corporate big box retailers like Walmart for leaving us all with these two horrible videos from this year’s Thanksgiving Black Friday sales. It’s images like these that really make you have to question the hollow, materialistic values that increasingly permeate American Society. Both videos were filmed at separate Walmart locations tonight.