Courtesy of postcrescent.com
With my deepest and most heartfelt thanks, Joanne was kind enough to let me reproduce it here, from her Facebook page:
Dear Walker & Hopper:
I AM WISCONSIN.
Conceived, born, raised,
educated, employed + unemployed,
living still, and hope to die.
My father is a forester, methodist, veteran.
My mother is a seamstress, CCD teacher, devout Catholic.
Both sides farmed. I come from
hardworking, determined, long-lived stock.
I am unemployed. I am pro-union.
I have worked for pay in homes, yards,
restaurants, offices, computer labs, warehouses,
thrift stores, and college classrooms.
I have a Ph.D.
I have been a literacy tutor, humane society
volunteer--I’ve donated money, food, blood,
I am a daughter, wife, sister, aunt, niece,
cousin, friend, mentor. I will be a mother.
I will not see my children’s future spoiled.
I sewed my own wedding dress + changed my alternator.
I am a deer hunter who bakes vegan cookies.
I’m equal parts June Cleaver + meat cleaver.
I am educated, creative, passionate. Complex.
I have been Chippewa Falls, Holcombe, Eau Claire,
Prairie du Chien, Milwaukee, Fond du Lac, Green Bay.
I am Oshkosh.
I stand before you in my science
camp T-shirt + thrift store skirt.
I am not a slob. If I were
lazy, I wouldn’t be here.
You may not remember folks
like me, but I WILL RECALL
I am Wisconsin, and I am
The following are Joanne's words regarding the manifesto:
This is the text of the sign I wore on my back when I marched at the capitol last. It is my manifesto, my statement of purpose, and every word is truth. My manifesto was limited to the size of what I could carry on my back, could have used some better planning, had to have an amendment over my two-poster limit and I had to tie it around my throat like a cape to keep it all visible. I broke the lines in the same way that my medium and handwriting dictated.
I fight for the people I love, the people I have loved, the people I will love. I fight for the land beneath my feet. I fight for people who don't agree with me, because I still want them to have a beautiful future. Yes, some of you tagged will not agree with me. I still offer you my story, my motivation, my intent, and the better future I hope we will share.
This is why I fight. This is why I will not give up. I have made this note visible to "Everyone"--feel free to share it, to comment on it, to think about it--whatever makes you happy. This is why I fight, for better I hope, not worse. The war isn't over. In true badger fashion, we dig in and hold fast.