Bluegrass and Americana lovers from across the Midwest traveled to Eau Claire last weekend for Pert Near Sandstone's Blue Ox Music Festival. The three-day event was riddled with high temperatures and thunderstorms, but festival-goers persevered to catch their favorite acts.
Abortion rights activists gathered to protest against the overturning of Roe v. Wade on Friday, June 24 at the Wisconsin Capitol. The Supreme Court issued a decision on Friday morning in the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization. The 6-3 decision overturns the prior decisions of Roe v. Wade (1973) and Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992). As a result of the ruling, regulation of abortion is left up to individual states. In many states, including Wisconsin, this means that abortion access is effectively or near-totally banned. Many protestors expressed fear and uncertainty about the decision. A large number of protestors also expressed uncertainty about the future of reproductive healthcare, LGBTQ+ rights, and access to contraception.
Protestors gathered at the Wisconsin Capitol on June 11, 2022 to protest against gun violence and in favor of gun control. Madison-area students affiliated with March For Our Lives, a national student-led gun control advocacy organization, led the protest. A number of the students, as well as community members, activists and gun violence survivors spoke to the crowd. The protestors marched down State Street to Library Mall, where a moment of silence was held for victims of gun violence. After a few more speeches, the protestors marched back up State Street to the Capitol building. Despite the pouring rain, a large crowd of protestors remained throughout the event hoping to seek an end to gun violence.