Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, April 16th
Friday, April 16th
Climate Week of Action Begins on Monday!
From our Drifless Co-Op to our North Side Rising Co-Op we’re taking action for climate justice statewide! No matter the color of our skin or the amount of money we make, we all deserve a Wisconsin that’s cleaner and more fair. We want a future where our communities are thriving, where our families are whole and earn a good living, and where the land, air, and water we depend on are healthy and beautiful. Unfortunately, some politicians are standing in the way, backed by fossil fuel industries that put us in this mess. They try to divide us by our skin color, our zip code, or how we worship. Together, we can create a Wisconsin where we protect our air and water, share in our economic prosperity, and build bridges across our differences. Good jobs in clean industries, protecting our families’ and children’s health — that’s something we all can agree on.
Join us for our first ever statewide week of action for climate justice! Take action from home or find the nearest outdoor and socially distanced event listed down below:
Digital Day of Action: Visit our Climate Action Hub!
4/20:Attend or Stream La Crosse Outdoor Cannabis Reform Press Event
April 21st: Virtual Press Event, Climate and Equity in the State Budget
April 22nd: Virtual Town hall, Climate Equity for All in WI
April 24th: Virtual Panel, Climate Leaders
April 24th: Outdoor, Fox Valley Climate Justice Rally
TAKE ACTION in support of legalized cannabis in Wisconsin.
Whether we are white or Black, Hmong or Latino, rural or urban we all want the same things for our families. We want to thrive economically. We want to support small, family owned farms. We want a more fair criminal justice system. We want safer options for pain management without the need for opioids. All of these things could be realized when our state legalizes cannabis. Unfortunately certain politicians in Madison are blocking positive change. They are preventing Wisconsin from keeping up with our neighboring states. Wisconsin has shown, through both polling and local resolutions, that it supports a cannabis reform. Legalization is an issue that has broad support across party lines in both rural and urban communities.
Build back better with unions. Pass the PRO Act.
The House of Representatives passed the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act) on March 9
President Biden is ready to sign the PRO Act into law if it gets through the Senate to his desk. Call your senators and tell them to vote YES on the PRO Act.
Our labor laws are outdated and no longer protect our right to form and join unions. The PRO Act is the most significant worker empowerment legislation since the Great Depression
The PRO Act will:
Hold corporations accountable for union-busting.
Protect workers’ rights to form and join unions, including in new industries like Big Tech.
Repeal “right to work” laws.
Stronger unions mean higher wages, safer working conditions and dignity for all people who work. Passing the PRO Act will be our first step in getting there. Act NOW
Support BadgerCare Expansion
Please use the link below to tell elected leaders in Madison that you support expansion of BadgerCare so that over 90,000 Wisconsinites receive the healthcare they need!
Ally to North Central Organizing Co-op, Citizens for a Clean Wausau, Wants you to Sign Up for Their Newsletter
Citizens for a Clean Wausau (CCW) is partnering with the North Central Organizing Co-op. The CCW receive funding from the Center for Health and Environmental Justice, which is connected to one of Citizen Action’s national partners, People’s Action. Most of the founding members of CCW, are also founding members of the North Central Organizing Co-op. They played a significant role in our North Central Co-op’s involvement in issues related to pollution, climate and equity. CCW now has a newsletter, and would love for you to subscribe to their email list to receive their newsletters. If you know of issues related to pollution, climate and equity in Wausau that should be highlighted, they are willing to consider publishing that information as well. You can sign up for the newsletter here.
Fox Valley Climate Justice Rally, Saturday, April 24th, 12PM
Citizen Action is proud to sponsor this event alongside ESTHER-Fox Valley, League of Women Voters of Appleton, Our Wisconsin Revolution, PopEarth, Sunrise Appleton, and Youth Climate Action Team.
Join us for a Climate Justice Rally in Appleton on Saturday, April 24th! From 12 PM to 2 p.m., we’ll be gathering on Houdini Plaza to demand climate justice and a sustainable future. We are calling on elected officials at all levels of government to address the climate crisis with the urgency demanded by science while creating good jobs and ensuring everyone has clean air, clean water, and a healthy environment.
Fill out this form to be sent information on how to take action and the list of demands for all levels of government.
La Crosse Community Clean Up Day
A spring cleanup event is being organized in the “Townsend”/ District 10 neighborhood of La Crosse. While not an officially recognized neighborhood, the residents of Townsend hope to help bring neighbors together and foster a sense of community after what has been a trying year in many households. The event will be held on May 1st, and services offered will be raking, mulching, gardening, gutter cleaning, window cleaning, and other misc. Yard Work tasks. Due to continuing COVID-19 social distancing requirements, we encourage everyone to mask up, and also not to request services be done inside your home.
Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig discussed the George Floyd murder trial, the latest police murders and abuse, and the state of play on Biden’s jobs bill on the Jeff Santos show. Listen here.
We discuss the Daunte Wright murder by Brooklyn Center police, the announcement that Jacob Blake’s shooter will face no consequences, and a state Department of Public Instruction finding that the Burlington school district is a hostile environment for Black students. We analyze the Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause in the face of a new COVID variant wave. The destructive course of the right-wing Legislature continued this week, as they plowed forward with regressive COVID relief and election bills certain to be vetoed. The U.S. Senate race heated up this week with the entrance of Citizen Action Organizing Co-op member and State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski as QAnon Ron Johnson prepares to share the stage with a right winger who believes the Jan. 6 riot was ‘staged’. We close with exciting news that the Milwaukee City/County Climate Task Force made bold proposals for use of American Rescue Act money to begin climate conversion, create good jobs and dramatically reduce racial inequality.
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