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The Nation’s Allison Kilkenny reports on US UnCut’s Actions!

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On March 26th US UnCut held an international day of action. In the UK 400,000 people walked the streets of London in protest. All over the States in places like Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and Seattle people got out and held actions in Bank of America. Please take a moment to visit the Nation’s Website. For photo’s from Chicago’s action Photo’s and Video click the corresponding link

Yours truly was interviewed by Ms. Kilkenny for her report. Below is the quote from me that was published. I thank Ms. Kilkenny for speaking with me and I felt proud to be able to add my voice to the voice of the people.

Chicago’s William Shehan, a US Army veteran, explained that he feels it’s his duty to protest this practice of corporate tax evasion. “As a Veteran I swore to defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic,” Shehan’s written statement says. “The behavior of the corporations and elected officials has made it necessary for ‘We the People’ to alter or abolish our relationship with the aforementioned organizations, replace the elected officials, repeal unjust laws and to put in place safeguards to insure a secure future.

Activist Poet Calvin Trillin’s poem to WI Gov Scott Walker

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Recently I came across a magazine call “The Nation.” I find it interesting to read as an alternative to the usual suspects, i.e. Newsweek, Time, New Yorker. In the current issue there are articles on the following topics:

  1. Letters section “Scrap the Constitution?” and “Epps Replies”
  2. Article on “The Spirit of Wisconsin” by John Nicols
  3. Article on “The End of Secrecy” by Micah L. Sifry
  4. Article on “After Berlusconi, Nichi?” by Frederika Randall

And much more but, I wanted to share my favorite piece from this issue. I enjoy the poetry of Stuart Dybek, Carl Sandburg and Walt Whitman to name a few. Today I will add to that list Calvin Trillin. Below is the poem with credit to “The Nation” and Calvin Trillin.

Scott Walker said that he was just a bloke

Who, knowing that his state was going broke,

Saw saving measures that he must invoke.

But then, when he obsequiously spoke

To someone who he thought was David Koch

(It wasn’t Koch; a guy had played a joke),

The phone pals made it clear they’d like to choke

Off unions’ rights, and saw this as the stroke–

A stoke disguised within a budget cloak–

To start the unions’ going up in smoke.

No surprise there.

I hope you enjoyed the poem as much as I did and if you would like to learn more about what “The Nation” shares with its readers please visit their website at www.thenation.com

Thank you to comalliwrites from twitter for pointing out that I was a victim of auto correct. Trillin’s name was spelled incorrectly.