Forward Wisconsin Hoodie


The story behind the design:
On election night in 2010, Wisconsin swept from a moderate blue state to a conservative red state with piles of help from wealthy donors without Wisconsin roots. After the corporate agenda began Wisconsin’s demolition, over 1 million Wisconsin citizens have stepped from the confines of comfort and voiced their dissent. Republicans have become Independents and the middle-class has banded together. Taxpayers took to the streets and an uprising began. Wisconsin’s battle for citizen representation continues and Fighting Bob La Follette is remembered forever.


Forward Wisconsin Hoodie

Heather Navy Blue Retro Unisex/Men’s Forward Wisconsin Hoodie. American-made and hand-printed in Wisconsin with eco-conscious water-based ink. Triblend Sweatshirt fabric, full of comfort and blended with ringpun combed cotton, rayon & poly. Wisconsin Workers back design, Forward hood print and left chest logo. A variation of this design is also available in a Men’s T-shirt or Women’s T-shirt.

Machine wash cold, Available in Men’s and Women’s T-shirts and a zip hooded sweatshirt.

Documented History:
The conservative lobbying group Citizens United was founded in 1988 by Tea Party activists Charles and Bill Koch, best known as the Koch Brothers and as owners of Koch Industries – a corporate behemoth. The Citizens United organization and their corporate financiers banded together to sue the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) and disassemble the 2002 McCain-Feingold Act officially known as Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act. The Citizens United case advanced to the Supreme Court and the case overturned the Campaign reform law. The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of Citizens United citing the First Amendment prohibits the restriction of independent political expenditures by labor unions, corporations, or organizations, and thus the grand expansion of private money and specifically the Koch Brothers money exploded into the American political landscape.

Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold was at the heart of Congress’ attempt to reform campaign finance laws and thus he and Wisconsin were the Koch Brother’s first targets. With bottomless bank accounts, conservative Republicans seized control of the Senator Feingold’s seat, the Wisconsin state legislature, and the Wisconsin Governorship.

After narrow Republican victories in the 2010 election sent Wisconsin swinging to a red state with a Super-majority, Republican Governor Scott Walker used some chicanery to end collective bargaining for public unions (excluding the 2 unions that supported his political campaign). Over a hundred thousand Wisconsin citizens converged at the Capital and the streets of Madison. Wisconsin became a political hotbed as Democratic State Senators left Wisconsin so the public could show their displeasure. The incident received some international attention however the Republicans held a super majority with control of all branches of government and thus the vote passed as it was designed to.

Senator Feingold has gone on to create the non-profit group Progressives United and Wisconsin continues to fight an uphill battle against the Republican super majority, the Koch Brothers, Governor Walker, the corporate lobbies, and their bottomless pockets.

Additional information

Weight 1 lbs

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