This blog represents my opinions and my opinions alone, and certainly doesn't represent the collective thoughts of any of the Boards or organizations that I serve on. Unfortunately I make all sorts of miistakes, I'm a picky eater, I can't sing and I just recently found out I have been spelling certain words in my vocabulary wrong my entire life. That being said, I still continue to muddle ever onward. Welcome.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Occupy Nichols November 18th?

Blast it, the Rag beat me to a post on this already. Must not have much going on on a Saturday night...

So someone left me a comment on the Occupy Nichols movement, which is apparently calling for a full-on occupation of the Nichols building on November 18th. From their website:

Occupy Nichols is a leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions. The one thing we all have in common is that We Are The 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%. We are using the revolutionary Arab Spring tactic to achieve our ends and encourage the use of nonviolence to maximize the safety of all participants.

Fact. Nichols School has stood at the current location since 1869. The facility and grounds have been used by the community for education for 142 years. The current building was constructed in 1935.

Fact. In October at the annual meeting of the Monona Grove School district approximately 40 citizens voted to allow the school board sell Nichols Schools.

Fact. This means that .01% gave your rights away to the school board with little or no knowledge or information about the type of deal the district will get from the 1% for the property. These 40 citizens were in large part politicians and administrators from Monona and the Monona Grove School Board.

Once again, wealth will be transferred from the 99% to the 1% - all in the name of progress and additional property taxes. This leaderless movement is asking why not a senior center, a recreation center and youth center? We want the building and grounds to be utilized for something that furthers US and not THEM.

Does this community NEED another drugstore, department store or condominium complex that is all financed with bonds from another TID? Who pays for failed TID? The 99% who assume the risk - while the 1% assume the profits. What will the 99% receive from the selling of Nichols? A large candy bar at Halloween for our children? We want more and ask our leaders to STOP the transfer of wealth.

Hmmmm, not really sure what this has to do with Arab Spring, huge transfers of wealth to the school board or large candy bars, but I, for one, can't wait to see who will show up on the 18th. And I sure hope I will still get my king-size 100 Grand bar and and my 100k in cash.


  1. I am sympathetic to the Occupy movement on the coasts and here in Monona.

    That piece of land has been serving the 99% for 142 years and in one large swoop, the district will give it away to the 1%. What is going on in Wall Street is going on in Monona.

    Yes. I understand the district is broke. Yet the city always seems to find money for another TIF. Why can't the city of Monona find away to buy that site and let it continue to serve the 99%? I for one would be pay more property tax to see any number of things put into that location other then another nameless business.

  2. Where does it say that you are getting money?

  3. I would strongly disagree that the district is broke as suggested by the first comment. The district has a reliable revenue stream, it is paying it's bills, and has a moderate debt level compared to it's annual budget. The only problem is the revenue caps, and these weren't imposed by the School District, but by the State.

    It was also the State that cut aid to the district because they don't know how to balance a budget like local cities or districts do. And the State isn't broke either, it just doesn't want to spend money on public education. The current overall budget is 1.5 billion more then Doyle's last one, but Walker's budget has 800 million less for schools.

    If you want to stand up for the 99%, focus your efforts at the State level.

  4. I really don't think the individual(s) behind this are saying that school board members will profit from the sale of Nichols. Am I missing where it says this? Their point seems to be that the individuals who will profit will be people such as developers who are typically quite wealthy compared to the average Monona Grove citizen. What they seem to be saying is that now that much of the building stands unused, why not use that space for the public good? These people are thinking about a big picture, new way of looking at this sort of situation. Not sure I agree, because if a business goes in that space it may create jobs, but it is an interesting idea and one we cannot examine if we're going to make this issue about certain individuals and not ideas.

  5. "really don't think the individual(s) behind this are saying that school board members will profit from the sale of Nichols. "

    The real question is why is Jessica crying foul when none exists? #pattern

  6. Uh, it's called a joke, as in a sense of humor. Try it out.

  7. Can you tell me what side of the building the occupy meeting will be at on Fri? (Front or back)

    I also assume that camping is alright on the former playground and field.

  8. New information is posted-on the occupy site.
    Does anyone know how this is all going to work?

  9. When in it comes to fights that really matter-many people in this town run scared-the whole town should be out there this afternoon.

  10. What's Taking place i am new to this, I stumbled upon this I have discovered It positively useful and it has aided me out loads. I hope to contribute & assist other customers like its aided me. Good job.

    Here is my web page - how do payday loans work

  11. Latest Stocks and Shares Rates, Exchange Rates of International Market News Updates, Brokers Directory, National News, Stock Markets, TopNews Arab Emirates, Dollar Exchange Rates, Current Exchange and More Forex Business Update News.

  12. Excellent blog you've got here.. It's difficult to find excellent writing like yours nowadays.
    I seriously appreciate people like you! Take care!!

    Feel free to visit my web-site; party pills cheap

  13. I like it how they managed to upgrade the system.

  14. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

  15. Hеy would you mind stating which blog platform you're using? I'm
    going to start my own blоg soon but
    I'm having a difficult time selecting between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal. The reason I ask is because your layout seems different then most blogs and I'm looking for somethіng completely unique.
    P.S Μу аρologies for
    being off-topic but I had tο аsk!

    Heге іs mу blog post; best legal hallucinogenic drug