On August 6th, JASCers got a taste of Wisconsin politics during the Political Activism Forum sponsored by JASC, held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Panelists included former Madison mayor Dave Cieslewicz, reporter Mike Ivey for The Capital Times, political editor of Progressive Magazine Ruth Coniff, and Brian Moon, a reporter for the Wisconsin Radio Network. The panel gave an overview of how state and local government differ from politics at the national level. Panelists also discussed the recent political protests in Madison, which resulted in the failed recall attempt of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. Delegate Patrick Meuer of Edgewood College also presented on his experience as a student political activist.
The timing of the forum was significant, as 2012 is a particularly important year in politics for Wisconsin. The forum fell between the recent recall election for the state’s governor earlier in the year and the upcoming elections in November, in which Wisconsin is a key battleground state for the presidential election.