Packers’ call for national anthem unity Thursday night is riling fans

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A request by the Green Bay Packers for fans to join them in locking arms during the national anthem Thursday at Lambeau Field has done little to calm the debate. “We’ve had a steady stream of feedback beginning Monday morning. We’ve heard on both sides of the matter,” said the Packers’ director of public affairs. > Green Bay Press-Gazette

Ryan opposes protests during anthem

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U.S. House Republican Speaker Paul Ryan told journalists on Tuesday that athletes who protest during the national anthem have the right to do so, but that he believes such demonstrations should not take place during “The Star-Spangled Banner.” > Reuters

Pocan takes a knee on the U.S. House floor

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U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan showed his support for NFL players on the floor of the House quite literally this week. After President Trump said NFL players who take a knee during the national anthem should be fired, the league and its players stridently responded in unity against him Sunday. Rep. Pocan followed suit Tuesday. > WXOW La Crosse

Madison police investigating racist graffiti at prominent city park

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Madison police are investigating graffiti that was found Wednesday on a historical marker in James Madison Park overnight. Painted in red spray paint were swastikas and the words “Trump rules” and “Antifa sucks”, police said. > Channel 3000

10 steps Wisconsin progressives need to take in the Age of Trump

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Speaking as part of a Cap Times Idea Fest panel last weekend, Matt Rothschild of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign provided responses to “What’s Next for Progressives in the Age of Trump?”. Among the take-aways are these 10 recommendations for how Wisconsin progressives can constructively move forward. > Wisconsin Democracy Campaign

Wisconsin Republican leader introduces resolution to condemn ‘antifa’ violence

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Two weeks after the Wisconsin Assembly unanimously passed a resolution to condemn racism, violence and intolerance following a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke (R-Kaukauna) is asking his colleagues to denounce violence committed by anti-fascist — or antifa — protesters in Berkeley over the weekend. > Cap Times

Wisconsin has its own history of siding with white supremacy

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What erupted in Charlottesville can arise anywhere in America—including Wisconsin. Lest we forget, a white supremacist was found recruiting on the UW-Madison campus just last year. And during the Trump campaign, a Trump supporter on public display in Camp Randall stadium paraded about in a costume depicting the lynching of President Obama. > Janesville Gazette