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Fri Jan 24, 2014, 11:35 AM Jan 2014

WI teacher refused to accept award from Paul Ryan

This is apparently not NEW (must be a slow news day). My bad

During a ceremony last week in Wisconsin, a teacher outright refused to accept a reward from Rep. Paul Ryan, saying he couldn’t do so “in good conscience” because of the GOP congressman’s politics.

Al Levie, a high school social studies teacher, was one of three recipients of a Martin Luther King Jr. humanitarian award during a celebration honoring the late civil rights leader. Ryan, who represents the district, attended the ceremony and presented congressional recognitions to each award winner.

According to a report from the Kenosha News:

After Ryan spoke, Levie criticized the congressman’s policies before being walked off the stage. Levie had earlier stated that he would like to see collective bargaining restored in Wisconsin, fair immigration reform and a fair tax system among other suggestions.


His words aren’t audible, but according to the video’s captions he said, “I can’t in good conscience accept this award, as a humanitarian, Paul Ryan stands for everything I don’t believe in.”

“I would not accept the award from Paul Ryan because Paul Ryan is a lackey for the 1 percent,” Levie later says in the video.

“Paul Ryan had no business at a Martin Luther King event, it’s totally hypocritical. On the one hand he votes to slash health care, while on the other hand, King dedicated his life and he died for it — for people to have adequate healthcare, to have adequate jobs.”


Good for him, more people need to start calling these asses out, make them go back under the rocks they came out from under.

Video at link


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16. Scuba is right. I went back & checked a few different
Fri Jan 24, 2014, 02:26 PM
Jan 2014

sources, that's why I added the disclaimer at the top of the article. Apparently it happened originally in 2012 but for whatever reason more than one site is reporting it as if it happened this year.

Thanks for reading, I wish more people would stand up to them.



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9. Me too. I wish more people would stand up to these
Fri Jan 24, 2014, 01:14 PM
Jan 2014

phony tools when they attend things like this.



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15. More people need to start calling them out on it.
Fri Jan 24, 2014, 02:20 PM
Jan 2014

Real everyday people, not the talking heads on tv.

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