LARSON REPORT

NEWSLETTER

 

May 4, 2017

     

 

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Office Phone: (608) 266-7505
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Email:
Sen.Larson@legis.wi.gov

 

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Madison, WI 53707

 

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COMMUNITY EVENTS
 

Supporting our neighbors and being involved in our community is of the utmost importance. Some community events that might be of interest to you and your family are listed below.


 

 

Annual Bay View Tragedy Commemoration
Date: Sunday, May 7 at 3 p.m.
Location: Bay View
Description: The event pays tribute to those lost in the tragedy of May 5, 1886, when the State Militia shot into a crowd of some 1,500 workers marching in an eight-hour-day rally, killing seven in front of the old Bay View Rolling Mills, then Milwaukee's largest manufacturing plant. The Bay View Tragedy played a significant role in Wisconsin's labor movement and the struggle of Wisconsin's workers to fight for their rights and improve their employment conditions.

 

Bay View Rolling Mills State Historical Marker Site
Northeast Corner of South Superior and
(MAP)
East Russell
Milwaukee, WI 53207

 

 

Mother's Day Events

Since 1914, Americans have taken the second Sunday in May to celebrate our mothers and mother figures, annually appreciating all that we owe them for their commitment to raising us and preparing us for the future.

There are tons of things to do in the area to celebrate Mother's Day -- ranging from running to taking art lessons -- to thank mothers for all that they do. Below are some of the events in our community:

 

"Run Like a Mother" 5K

Date: Sunday, May 14

Location: Wauwatosa

Description: One way to start off Mother's Day is the "Run Like a Mother" 5K at Hoyt Park. The 5K for women will start at 9 a.m. and children under 11 are able to participate in a 1 mile race starting at 8:30 a.m. The rest of the family can enjoy food and drinks and other fun activities. CLICK HERE for more information.

Hoyt Park
(MAP)
1800 N Swan Blvd
Wauwatosa, WI 53226

 

 

Floral Alchemy Bouquet Pop-Up Shop

Date: Sunday, May 14 from 8 a.m. to Noon

Location: Shorewood

Description: Stop by Colectivo in Shorewood between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. to enjoy some coffee, tea, or pastries while perusing Floral Alchemy's bouquet pop-up shop or walking around town. CLICK HERE for more information.

Colectivo

(MAP)

4500 N Oakland Ave
Shorewood, WI 53211

 


Spring Floral Show at the Domes
Date: Sunday, May 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Location: Milwaukee

Description: Visit the Mitchell Park Conservatory (the Domes) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the Garden Impressions Spring Floral Show and a wide assortment of jewelry for sale. CLICK HERE for more information.

Mitchell Park Conservatory

(MAP)

524 S Layton Blvd
Milwaukee, WI 53215
 


Free Admission at the Zoo For Moms

Date: Sunday, May 14

Location: Milwaukee

Description: The Milwaukee County Zoo will grant all mothers free admission on May 14. CLICK HERE for more information.

Milwaukee County Zoo
(MAP)

10001 W Bluemound Rd
Milwaukee, WI 53226

 

Dear Wisconsin Neighbor,

 

The state budget process continues to ramp up as the Joint Finance Committee is starting to vote on individual budget provisions. This should get more intense as the July 1st deadline for budget implementation nears.

Meanwhile, there's a lot of buzz happening -- at both the federal and state levels -- about our right to online privacy. More on this, and how you can get involved, below.

Additionally, with Mother's Day right around the corner, I have included a few family-friendly community activities in the sidebar. Hopefully warmer weather will find it's way to Wisconsin by then. Before that, this Sunday at 3 p.m., our neighbors in Bay View will be recognizing the Bay View Massacre. If you don't know this piece of local history in the nationwide fight for worker's rights, stop by and gain a new appreciation for how great Wisconsin is.
 

In Service,



Chris Larson
State Senator, District 7
 

 

Right to Privacy Protection

In modern society, we spend a significant amount of time online. We work, pay bills, look up items of interest, and stay in touch with friends and family. While we do this, there is a reasonable expectation that each of these private actions will be kept private. With more of our neighbors' lives being intertwined with their activities online, it's critical that each person have firm control over who has access to his or her sensitive, personal information and what they are doing online.

With every click, data is sent through your internet provider to Google, Microsoft, and companies you've likely never heard of. Through the capture of this data, corporate America -- from regularly visited sites like Facebook to less-known ad firms -- can profile and track your internet use, filling your screens with advertisements tailored to your interests and search history.

At some time or another, each of us has noticed this -- the banners and sidebars advertising a vacuum cleaner you've been researching or a store that you ordered from online. This specific use of data collection may not strike you as concerning or bothersome; sometimes it's even helpful. But where is the line drawn and what are state and federal lawmakers doing to protect sensitive personal information?

As digital technology has continued to spread and advance, Americans have lost more privacy than many of us realize, going far beyond being targeted for specific ads.

Recent federal actions by Trump and other Republicans have created a dangerous privacy gap, ripping open the door to your personal
information being grabbed and sold without your consent or knowledge. For instance, when you enter in your social security number or other information on a website, that data could be used and sold to someone by your Internet Service Provider. Democrats believe in an inherent right to privacy and we're fighting back on the national Republican efforts to make your privacy a commodity to be sold by internet providers. 

Protecting our personal information from being bought and sold without our consent should be a nonpartisan issue. Despite this, the U.S. has a long way to go when it comes to governing technology and protecting our personal data. We can stand to learn a lot from our neighbors in Europe, where this issue has been diligently worked on for years. The European Union has taken a consumer-focused, strict approach to privacy laws. Europeans can tell companies to stop profiling them, and they have greater control over what happens with personal information that gets collected. There's also a complaint process and serious penalties for companies that do not comply with the privacy laws.

Read more about the European Union's privacy laws, here.

What Just Happened at the Federal Level?
Under the Obama administration, the U.S. had been on its way to strengthening our laws and safeguarding our information. Under rules created by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Internet Service Providers would have been required to get opt-in consent from consumers before sharing web browsing data or other private information with advertisement firms or other third parties.

Unfortunately, the federal government has irresponsibly reversed course on implementing the new FCC Internet privacy rules that were designed to address the capture and use of a customer's personal information by an internet provider. Congressional Republicans caved to corporate interests and voted to pull the curtain of privacy on every internet user in the country. They passed legislation to allow the sale of data collected by internet providers without notifying users and without limits on who can purchase this private data. While the public was still absorbing what this law change could mean, President Donald Trump hastily signed the measure into law behind closed doors and without explanation.

The federal failure to implement these crucial privacy safeguards has left the personal information of internet users at risk, and leaves the urgent matter of protecting their right to privacy to state governments. A number of states have taken swift action to protect their neighbors, including Minnesota and Maryland.

Senate Democrats Take Action
In April, the Senate took up a broadband expansion bill, Senate Bill 49. Given its urgency, Senate Democrats introduced an amendment to the bill to protect online privacy for our Wisconsin neighbors. This amendment passed the Senate, and the bill was awaiting for passage by the Assembly.

But instead of taking a strong stand for our neighbors and protecting their right to privacy, Assembly Republicans betrayed concerned Wisconsin consumers by switching course and voting on a version of the broadband bill that did not include these vital privacy safeguards. To become law, one to the versions of the bill must pass both houses. Find out how you can advocate for the bill to pass with internet protections included in the Take Action section below.

Internet Privacy Act Proposed
Beyond Senate Bill 49/Assembly Bill 123, the issue of privacy concerns is not going away. For these reasons, I have introduced the comprehensive Internet Privacy Act.

If enacted, the Internet Privacy Act (LRB-3273) would protect consumers by prohibiting an internet service provider from using, disclosing, or permitting access to a customer's proprietary information unless the customer approves of the data usage.

Additionally, this bill:

  • Establishes different customer approval requirements for capture and use of sensitive and nonsensitive customer information.
     

  • Offers stronger protection for financial information, health information, information pertaining to a child, Social Security numbers, precise geolocation information, content of communications, web browsing history, and smartphone or tablet computer application usage history.
     

  • Prohibits providers from refusing to provide broadband internet access service because a customer or prospective customer does not grant approval to the provider to use, disclose, or permit access to proprietary information.
     

  • Requires that internet providers notify customers of the following:
    1) the types of customer proprietary information that the provider will collect from providing broadband internet access service, and how it will use the information
    2) the circumstances under which the provider discloses or permits access to each type of customer proprietary information that it collects
    3) the categories of entities to which the provider discloses or permits to access the customer's proprietary information and the purposes for which that information will be used by each category of entity
    4) the customer's rights to grant, deny, or withdraw approval concerning the customer's proprietary information. The notice must also include access to a mechanism that the customer can use to grant, deny, or withdraw approval at any time.
     

  • Requires providers to take reasonable security measures to protect customer proprietary information from unauthorized use, disclosure, or access and requires notifying customers if a breach occurs that could cause harm to them.
     

  • Creates a mechanism for accountability by allowing civil forfeitures and/or criminal penalties against internet providers who steal personal data or violate customer privacy.

The Internet Privacy Act would allow those wishing to protect their privacy the opportunity to do so. Making sure our neighbors can protect their privacy should be a bipartisan priority, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to recognize and safeguard that right for each of our neighbors.

See a copy of the bill draft, here.

Net Neutrality: More Attacks Pending at Federal Level
On the federal level, Trump's FCC head recently unveiled a plan that would take the responsibility of monitoring privacy practices of internet providers away from the FCC and put it back into the hands of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). 

Under the FCC, internet providers are treated as a public utility and are therefore subject to the privacy rules set forth by the FCC. Reclassifying and shifting authority to the FTC means service providers will not face the more strict privacy protections of the FCC.

Remember the vacuum ad? Under the FTC, companies like Facebook and Google collect data showing what sites their users browse and what apps they use without having to ask for permission first -- they only need to provide a way to opt-out, which is something that internet users rarely do and companies make difficult to choose.

However, while Google or Facebook may show you ads related to a previous search, your internet service provider has a much greater potential to collect sensitive data, like health information or your Social Security number. As your connection, your internet service providers can basically see everything you do online.

That's one reason why the Obama-era FCC rules are critical to protecting privacy, as consumers would have had to opt-in to their data being collected and sold by internet provider corporations, rather than solely being offered a way to opt-out.

Making matters even worse, shifting internet service providers from being governed by FCC to FTC also ends up in reclassifying broadband as an information service rather than a telecommunication service -- effectively killing the net neutrality protections adopted in 2015.

Net neutrality ensures that consumers see the content and services of their choice, without internet service providers controlling or even blocking content. The change being proposed would open the door to deep-pocket favoritism, allowing providers to pick and choose what they want their users to see.

Wisconsin can and should be leader in fight for privacy. While Trump Republican's in Washington may want to sell us out, our state has the ability to pave the way to ensuring we have a say in protecting our information. In addition, net neutrality protections are crucial to ensuring big companies like Charter and Comcast aren't picking winners and losers on the internet. Therefore, in addition to working on legislation to protect the privacy of our neighbors, I will be working on ways to make it clear that net neutrality is a vital safeguard to be protected.


 

Take Action:

When Wisconsin GOP leadership in the State Assembly took up a version of the broadband bill that failed to fill the privacy protection gap left by Trump and his followers, they betrayed our trust and our right to privacy.

You can help make our Wisconsin values clear by calling Senate and Assembly leadership today -- as they are in control of what bills get scheduled for a vote.

Who:
Senate Majority Leader Fitzgerald at 608.266.5660

Senate President Roth at 608.266.0718

What:
Privacy matters: don't pass a broadband expansion bill without privacy protections.

 

In Case You Missed It
Each week, the Larson Report strives to provide up-to-date, in-depth information to its readers. Between editions, a lot happens in Madison and our Wisconsin communities. I want to make sure you know the most pressing issues facing our neighborhoods across the state. Below are some of the top stories from the past couple of weeks:
  • Mid-America Update
    Recently, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Mid-America Steel Drum company for over a dozen serious violations, resulting in over $108,000 in federal fines.

    Let's hope this isn't the end of this.
    Willful neglect that puts workers lives at risk, just for the sake of increased profit, is immoral and illegal.

    If proven true, the company shouldn't be rewarded with a slap on the wrist while workers and neighbors will have to pay for the long-term impact on their health.
    Someone truly needs to be held accountable or this will happen again. And again. And again. Read this Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article for more information.
     
  • Remembering the Armenian Genocide
    Southeastern Wisconsin is fortunate to be the home of a strong, proud, and vibrant Armenian community.
    Today, I was honored to stand with some of our neighbors and speak at a ceremony in the Capitol commemorating the 102nd Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.

    From 1915 to 1923, through massacres and death marches, over 1,500,000 Armenians in the Ottoman Empire perished and hundreds of thousands more were torn from their homes and banished from their ancient homeland.
    Despite the overwhelming evidence and solid documentation, the Turkish government has refused to recognize or accept responsibility for the genocide of the Armenian people. Denial of this tragedy deprives not just the Armenian people of their history, but also denies the world the opportunity to better safeguard against such atrocities in the future.

    With the fire of intolerance being fanned at the highest levels of government here and abroad, it is our moral responsibility to remember the tragedies of the past and stop them from happening again.
    Click here to see a Facebook post about this topic.
     
  • Supporting Survivors of Sexual Assault
    April 26 was recognized as Denim Day, a day to wear jeans in support of sexual assault awareness. The day honors an Italian woman who was forcibly raped by her driving instructor. After the assault, the woman sought justice, but the case was dismissed because the chief judge ruled that because she was wearing tight fitting jeans, she must have had to help remove them for consensual sex rather than the forcible rape she endured.

    Every two minutes in the U.S. one of our neighbors is sexually assaulted. Often, these attacks are perpetrated by a family member, friend, partner, or someone else the victim may know.

    Blaming survivors of sexual violence for being assaulted gives criminals a free pass and is absolutely immoral and wrong. Survivors deserve support, both emotionally and through public policy. By working together, we can stand up against sexual assault not just on Denim Day, but every day.
    Learn more about Denim Day, here.
     
  • Remembering Workers Who Have Lost Their Lives
    April 28 was Workers' Memorial Day, which is a day to remember workers who have been killed by incidents or illnesses caused by their work and is also the day the Occupational Safety and Health Administration was established in 1971. This day also serves as a reminder that there is much more to be done to ensure everyone has a safe work environment.

    Across the state and nation, services were held to honor workers who lost their lives or were seriously injured due to a workplace incident and to stand in solidarity with Wisconsin workers.

    Wisconsin's tradition of fighting for fair treatment and safe working conditions run deep in our history. From our factory workers, nurses, and firefighters to construction workers and teachers, these are the everyday heroes who help shape our future, keep us safe, and drive our economy.

    All of our neighbors deserve to go to work each day knowing they have security and protection from preventable tragedies. Read more about Worker's Memorial Day, here.

     
  • Day without Latinxs, Immigrants, and Refugees
    On May 1 we celebrated Wisconsin's "Day without Latinxs, Immigrants, and Refugees."

    Through efforts spearheaded by Voces de la Frontera, neighbors from across the state are standing up to Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke's scheme to rip families apart using anti-immigrant federal policies.

    Clarke is recklessly pursuing joining the Trump administration in their implementation of 287(g), which gives local law enforcement the ability to operate as federal immigration agents. Many of our neighbors oppose the program as it allows law enforcement to stop and question people based on their appearance, which will undoubtedly increase tensions and mistrust of law enforcement in our communities.
    Instead of embracing America's heritage as a nation of immigrants, Sheriff Clarke and the Trump administration want to divide our country further.

    This is just the latest controversial action by Sheriff Clarke. He is also facing justified anger for his gross mismanagement of the Milwaukee County Jail, including the recent tragic death of Terrill Thomas by dehydration. Click here to read an article about the event.
     
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