Citizen Action Weekly

Citizen Action Weekly; Friday, September 18th

Friday, September 18th

The Healthcare Co-op remembers the 200,000 lost lives to Covid

Donald Trump knew the true threat of COVID19, but chose to “play it down.” Now, we’re faced with a death toll of nearly 200K and our communities are suffering. We can no longer be silent.

Speaking to this tragedy were Robert Kraig, Citizen Action of Wisconsin,Mayor Tom Barrett, County Executive David Crowley, Rev. David Sinclair, Jeremiah MBC and Ms. Kristina Meekins, who lost a family member to COVID.

Watch WISN TV 12 video of event.
Listen to WUWM news story.

Be a voter safely from home this year. Request your absentee ballot today.

Absentee ballots for the November 3rd election are now being mailed out to voters. Request yours today. Protect your health and your right to vote, vote absentee.

Help volunteer for Citizen Action endorsed state legislative candidates!

Free time on Monday or Tuesday nights? Consider spending it volunteering for Citizen Action of Wisconsin at Phonebanking Mondays or Texting Tuesdays! Join thousands of volunteers in Wisconsin and across the country every Monday and Tuesday night to make calls and send texts for Citizen Action of Wisconsin Endorsed Member Candidates and presidential candidate Joe Biden. Below are sign up links!

RSVP for Phonebanking Mondays 5-8pm
RSVP for Texting Tuesdays 4-6:30 pm

Questions? Email Shannon at [email protected]

Citizen Action in the News: Structural Racism Research, Radio Interviews

A new 88.9 FM Radio Milwaukee series on structural racism featured in the Nonprofit Quarterly magazine cited Citizen Action of Wisconsin’s groundbreaking research on the funneling of state economic development dollars to wealthy white suburbs by the Walker Administration. “A 2014 report by Citizen Action of Wisconsin found that the state economic development agency under former Republican Governor Scott Walker focused its job creation efforts in largely white Milwaukee suburbs, in spite of the fact that the city’s Black unemployment rate is far higher. In certain zip codes in Milwaukee, over half of working age men are unemployed. The issue of lack of jobs in the city is exacerbated by transportation cuts that essentially isolate the suburban job market from the inner city.” Read the entire story here.

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig was on the Earl Ingram radio show for 60 minutes to talk about the elections, COVID-19, and the crisis in American democracy. Listen here.

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig was on the Jeff Santos radio show to discuss the Biden campaign. Is it is progressive enough? What will Trump do to steal the election? Listen here.

Thank you members for attending this year’s Southeast Co-op Assembly

Last Saturday, September 12th, Citizen Action’s Southeast WI Co-op had it’s annual assembly on line due to COVID-19. The assembly enabled us to feature our co-op leaders and endorsed candidates for the important November 3rd election.  Rep. Robyn Vining, Rep. David Bowen joined candidates Emily Siegrist and Sara Rodriguez at the assembly to discuss their important state assembly elections. They were able to discuss the many ways to get involved with these campaigns and win our elections. Members also broke out in to small groups to learn about our historic organizing efforts for Green New Deal in Milwaukee County, healthcare, and much more! If you were able to join us, please fill out this form.

If you would like more information about the meeting, please contact Trevonna Sims at [email protected].

We are proud to announce new state legislative endorsements for this upcoming election in the Southeastern co-op:

See full list of Citizen Action endorsed 2020 candidates.

Citizen Action, JONAH, and EXPO Candidate Forum

September 24th, 2020
7:00pm – 8:30pm
Virtual, Register here.

You are invited to attend a candidate forum hosted by Citizen Action’s Northwest Wisconsin Organizing Cooperative, JONAH, and EXPO.

This forum is to get our issue concerns in the hearts and minds of voters and potential candidates before the election. The focus of the forum will be to hear testimony from community members on issues of concern such as healthcare, incarceration, and affordable housing and get committed responses from the area’s State Assembly Candidates. All Assembly Candidates in the Chippewa Valley have been invited.

Meet and Greet with Amanda WhiteEagle and Sarah Yacoub, Wednesday, September 23, 7pm

Join us on September 23rd at 7:00pm via Zoom Meetings as we hang out with Citizen Action endorsed candidates, Amanda WhiteEagle (AD 92) & Sarah Yacoub (AD 30). We will be listening to their platforms, strategy to win the election, and answer any questions you may have.

Please register in advance for this meeting with this link.

Facebook event link to share with others

Get involved with Joni Anderson’s campaign for Wisconsin State Senate District 14

Joni Anderson is running in a tight race for Wisconsin’s State Senate district 14.  She needs volunteers now!  There are ways for people to get involved locally or from across the state.  Next week Joni’s campaign will be organizing teams to hang flyers on voter’s doors.  They are currently sending out postcards to voters across the district.  Very soon they will be launching a phone banking program.

You can get involved no matter where you are.  For more information please contact Joni directly.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 608-403-2226

Join Citizen Action of Wisconsin endorsed candidate Josefine Jaynes for a meet and greet this Saturday in Stoddard, WI

Come out this Saturday for a socially distant, masked candidate meet and greet with Josefine Jaynes and Brad Pfaff this weekend in Stoddard.  This is your chance to meet the candidates running to represent Southwest Wisconsin. This event will happen at the River Park Picnic Shelter in Stoddard from 1:00 to 2:00. All COVID-19 safety measures will be in place so bring your mask!

The candidates will be taking questions. Signs and candidate merchandise will be available on site. There will also be people on site to help folks register to vote and request an absentee ballot. As we all know 2020 is the most important election of our lives and it is vital to get to know the people we are sending to Madison!

For more information and to RSVP please use this link.

Join Endorsed congressional Candidate Tricia Zunker and State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski

Join Citizen Action co-op members Tricia Zunker and State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski for a virtual fundraiser! This will be an exciting and fun discussion of what’s at stake here and what we are doing to secure our win in November.

Questions for Tricia Zunker and Sarah Godlewski may be submitted in advance to [email protected] a donation through the website below to receive a Zoom link to the event.

Contribute here:

Citizen Action of Wisconsin is launching a rural issue team in the Driftless region.

Citizen Action of Wisconsin is forming a rural issue team in the Driftless region. We understand that multiple crises are hitting rural Wisconsinites at once. Whether it is the disappearing small family farm, water quality, milk prices, rural infrastructure, the corporate takeover of the agriculture industry, housing, saving the USPS, COVID, climate change and historic flooding, CAFOs, or the need to reach rural voters we want to have a member team that is ready to respond and help to plan campaigns to improve the quality of life for rural, progressives in the Driftless region.

We are currently recruiting 10-15 members to serve on this team. The rural issue team will be meeting at least once a month, virtually. Folks from La Crosse or other cities in the area are welcome to join if they have a commitment to protecting our rural voters.

If you are interested in joining this team please contact Ben at [email protected]. We are hoping to have our first rural issue time meeting in September. We are also actively expanding our membership into rural Vernon, Monroe, Crawford and Adams counties. If you know anyone in those areas who might be interested to learn more about Citizen Action of Wisconsin please connect them with Ben ASAP.

Bike to Work with the Wausau Mayor on National Bike to Work Day

Wausau Mayor, Katie Rosenberg will be continuing a Wausau tradition that started several years ago, by inviting community members to bike to work with her, this upcoming Tuesday, September 22nd. The starting Point is Marathon Park – Exhibition Building at 7:45 a.m. Ride to City Hall with the Mayor and enjoy a “grab and go” breakfast before you make your way to work or elsewhere that morning. Sponsored by the Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee of Wausau. For more info, please contact Brad at 715-261-6686.

“COVID-19 and the Sickness of Democracy” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss Wisconsin’s rapidly rising COVID-19 infection rate supercharged by the ill-conceived reopening of colleges and K-12 schools. We talk about the role of individual responsibility in containing the pandemic in the face of the worst national and state response in the developed world. Claire reviews a large national survey released this week finding the uninsured rate rose just before the country was hit by the coronovirus. We look at the huge opportunity Democratic State Assembly candidates have at winning seats previously thought safe for Republicans due to rigged district lines. What does winning these races have to do with creating fair maps? We welcome Citizen Action co-op member Emily Berge, who is a candidate for State Assembly in District 68 in the greater Eau Claire area, to discuss her campaign and what she is hearing on the ground.

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Learn more about Emily Berge for State Assembly District 68.
Volunteer for Emily Berge.
Donate to Emily.

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