Co-op Year in Review - 2015

The Citizen Action Organizing Cooperative was officially launched in June of 2015, immediately after organizers and supporters recruited over 200 member-owners in 60 days in the greater Milwaukee area.  By the end of that same year, the Co-op had organized over 50 events and had...

Elected a 15 member steering committee - click here for list of steering committee members with contact information


Formed 5 issue development teams (click red links below for more information):


Held 11 trainings on topics including progressive messaging, Facebook for activism, health insurance open enrollment and more!

Held 3 big, all-member events open to the public including 2 Co-op assemblies, Russ Feingold rally where he announced his plans to expand economic opportunity

Launched our own organizing cooperative webpage. Check it out and share it with friends!

Click on each issue team's 2015 year in review report above to see what they've accomplished in 2015. For further questions related to Co-op activities, contact Co-op organizer Anna Dvorak at, 414-469-0118.

Youth Opportunity Team Year in Review - 2015

Youth Opportunity Team 

Child Nutrition Press Conference with Congresswoman Gwen Moore

  • Team members helped organize a press event to urge members of Congress to reauthorize funding for vital nutrition programs for children, including school lunches, summer meals, the Women, Infants and Children program (WIC), and more. Over 60 people attended.
  • Organizational partners included the Hunger Task Force and the Milwaukee Center for Independence
  • The press event was held at Merrill Park in Milwaukee, a summer meals site, and was a big community event in which children could get a free meal, books, play games and more
  • 6 co-op members helped canvass the Merrill Park neighborhood in Milwaukee to invite parents and children to attend


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Voting Rights and Good Government Team - 2015 in Review

Getting progressives elected, increasing voter turnout, and recruiting more people to get active and join the Co-op!

The Voting Rights and Good Government team has been meeting since September of 2015. Here’s what we’ve accomplished in the past 4 months:

Organizing around National Voter Registration Day (September 22, 2015):

  • Over 20 Co-op member-owners got trained to be Special Registration Deputies, the certification needed to register people to vote in the city of Milwaukee
  • On National Voter Registration Day, Co-op member-owners and organizational partners registered over 160 people

Actions to save the GAB and campaign finance laws

Co-op member-owners made over 1,300 phone calls to Citizen Action members in key state senate districts and urged them to call their senators and express opposition to bills that would eliminate the Government Accountability Board and gut campaign finance laws.

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Milwaukee Media Market Team - 2015 in Review

Dedicated to rolling back the conservative media monopoly...and creating a fair opportunity for progressive ideas to be heard.

A group of Co-op member-owners and others interested people have been meeting since September 2015 to develop a game plan to address the extreme right wing bias in Milwaukee area media. The group is pursuing two related projects.

First, we believe it could be feasible to purchase a radio station in Milwaukee, which would broadcast primarily progressive content. We recently met with the hosts of The Devil’s Advocates radio show, Mike Crute and Dominick Salvia (see photo), whose three-hour drive-time show is aired in the Madison area. They shared a plan for raising the money needed to purchase and operate a progressive leaning radio station in the Milwaukee area. 

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Milwaukee Healthcare Team - 2015 in Review

The ACA is here to stay!

Here’s what our team has accomplished since our first meeting in September of 2015!

Presentation at Marquette University on the high cost of healthcare in Milwaukee.

Member-owners helped with promotion of the presentation and turnout. ~40 students and community members attended.

Open enrollment promotion and trainings:

Held 2 open enrollment trainings for members and allies on how to promote open enrollment without a license, and how to message it to others at the office of the WI Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals. Over 30 people attended.

Launched a speakers bureau for trained members to speak to organizations about open enrollment. So far we have spoken to 16th St Community Health Center, Marquette University Social Welfare Department, Marquette Nursing Department, a Community Health Worker training program and more.

Social Media Countdown for Open Enrollment: Each day throughout the month of October, a photo of a Co-op member holding a sign with the open enrollment date was posted to the Citizen Action of Wisconsin Facebook page. The photos included a countdown to November 1st – the first day of the open enrollment period.

Phone bank calling Wisconsinites who likely are not enrolled in a healthcare plan and encourage them to go on the exchange ( and purchase health insurance. This is an ongoing effort through the end of the current open enrollment period, January 31st.

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Waukesha Healthcare Team - 2015 in Review

Yes to BadgerCare!

The Co-op's Waukesha Healthcare Team has partnered with Grassroots Waukesha and SOPHIA to address healthcare issues in Waukesha County. Our team believes that everyone deserves quality, affordable healthcare - no matter what - and our objective is to begin a dialog within the community about how the savings from federal Medicaid expansion funds (aka federal funds for BadgerCare) can help both the county and state reduce health care costs and insure more people.

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