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Justice Prosser: “I didn’t mean to choke her.”

28 Aug

"oh, I barely choked her."

For those that follow TSM, you will remember the coverage we gave misogynist Justice David Prosser back in March of 2010, when he called  Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson a “bitch,” and threatened to “destroy” her.  Well, it appears that Prosser is intent on keeping his promise as he now goes after Justice Ann Walsh Bradley, by choking her.

Allow me to refresh your memories of the particulars back in June of this year. The Supreme Court of Wisconsin chose to uphold  Gov. Scott Walker’s  anti-public employee union legislation.  Prosser, the good conservative lap dog that he is, wanted to release the decision immediately as per his instructions from the state legislature. Chief Justice Abrahamson disagreed. Prosser and Abrahmson argued about this out side of Justice Bradley’s office, with Prosser standing outside of the office door. At this point, Prosser claims that Bradley “charged” at him and it was just a reflex that he grabbed her neck (Interesting reflex, given Prosser’s history).

There are many things about this scene that bother me, but Justice Patience Roggensack’s admonishment of Bradley pushed me over the edge: “Ann you do realize you goad him.”  Even if that were true, does this allow for physical attacks?  I’m sorry, but this is like saying if a woman dresses provocatively she deserves to be raped.  Are we to understand that Prosser should not be held responsible for his behavior?

Am I the only one that remembers Prosser’s words, “There will be a war against you and it will not be a ground war?”  This has gone way beyond partisan politics.  Bradley has repeatedly reported that she is worried about her safety–I know I would be as well. For more context, I share part of Bradley’s interview with police:

Justice Bradley stated her intention was to get close to him to make sure he knew that she meant it. Justice Bradley said she wanted to look him in the eyes and recalled that she did not point at his face, but was pointing over his right shoulder towards the door that was behind him.

Justice Bradley said it was at this point Justice Prosser grabbed her by the neck in what she described as a “choke hold.” Justice Bradley did not recall Justice Prosser squeezing or applying pressure around her neck. Justice Bradley could not describe how many seconds Justice Prosser’s hands were around her neck, but she did recall being able to yell something to the effect of, “Get your hands off my neck.”

Again, I maintain that it is immaterial how long Prosser had his hands around her neck.  You do not lay hands on another person!  My fear is that the fall out from this will be to blame Bradley, the woman, rather than hold Prosser accountable for his actions. As of Thursday, the special prosecutor said no charges would be filed.

I am disheartened that we still scapegoat women and other marginalized populations; have we no memory of Anita Hill?

Walker and Koch Brothers: Pollute Wisconsin

14 Apr

Walker and Koch: Polluting Wisconsin

Just when you think you can not despise Scott Walker and his bed fellows: the Koch brothers and David Prosser anymore than you already do, we continue to find out information that makes them even more nefarious. At this point, most people are painfully aware of the deals Walker made with the Koch Brothers to crush public employee unions, but now we also know that Prosser and Walker worked to allow Koch’s  Georgia Pacific paper plants to pollute Wisconsin by pouring thousands of pounds of phosphorus into the water.  A report by the state government showed that Georgia Pacific is responsible for about 9% of total phosphorus pollution in the Lower Fox River near Green Bay. People of Wisconsin, let us all hope you can recall Walker.  Click here to see the full article.

Women’s History: April 6

6 Apr

Happy Birthday, Rose Schneiderman

Happy Birthday, Rose Schneiderman.  As we wait to see if Wisconsin Justice Prosser will be re-elected, I wanted to celebrate Schneiderman.  Schneiderman was best known as a social reformer, suffragist,  and she founded the Jewish Socialist United Cloth Hat and Cap Makers’ Union.  Schneiderman’s response to the tragic deaths at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company serves as a harbinger as to what can happen if we strip away bargaining rights and render unions eunuchs:

I would be a traitor to these poor burned bodies if I came here to talk good fellowship. We have tried you good people of the public and we have found you wanting. The old Inquisition had its rack and its thumbscrews and its instruments of torture with iron teeth. We know what these things are today; the iron teeth are our necessities, the thumbscrews are the high-powered and swift machinery close to which we must work, and the rack is here in the firetrap structures that will destroy us the minute they catch on fire.
This is not the first time girls have been burned alive in the city. Every week I must learn of the untimely death of one of my sister workers. Every year thousands of us are maimed. The life of men and women is so cheap and poverty is so sacred. There are so many of us for one job it matters little if 146 of us are burned to death.
We have tried you citizens; we are trying you now, and you have a couple of dollars for the sorrowing mothers, brothers and sisters by way of a charity gift. But every time the workers come out in the only way they know to protest against conditions which are unbearable the strong hand of the law is allowed to press down heavily upon us.
Public officials have only words of warning to us – warning that we must be intensely peaceable, and they have the workhouse just back of all their warnings. The strong hand of the law beats us back, when we rise, into the conditions that make life unbearable.
I can’t talk fellowship to you who are gathered here. Too much blood has been spilled. I know from my experience it is up to the working people to save themselves. The only way they can save themselves is by a strong working-class movement.

How sad that we don’t seem to have learned the necessary lessons from history and how germane Schneiderman’s words are today. RECALL.

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