Citizen Action Weekly: Friday May 7th

Friday, May 7th 

State Budget Update: Take Action!

Thursday, 12 Republicans on the Joint Finance Committee in the Wisconsin State Legislature voted to remove 280 publicly popular ideas in Gov. Evers Badger Bounce back budget, including Badgercare expansion, marijuana legalization, Prescription drug affordability Board, and many others.

This is not the end! Every state legislator still has to vote on the state budget and they need to hear from you! We need your voice now to restore BadgerCare expansion and other very popular programs in the State Budget.

Citizen Action Northcentral Organizing Co-op fights to Expand BadgerCare!

This Wednesday, May 5th, Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Elected Leaders, and residents from Langlade, Oneida and Lincoln County came together to urge Sen. Felzskowski and the JFC to Expand BadgerCare. Leaders from counties within Senate District 12, gathered in Merrill, WI. to call on Sen. Mary Felzskowski and the Joint Finance Committee, to support Governor Evers’ proposal to accept the federal money to Expand BadgerCare. 

You can see a segment about this on WSAW News Channel 7

Citizen Actions members and regional organizers led rapid response events in three Senate districts of Joint Finance Committee members ahead of action to strip Governor Evers’ major reforms from the state budget. Our focus was BadgerCare Expansion. See coverage from ABC Eau Claire; NBC Eau Claire; and CBS Wausau. More local coverage from weekly rural papers is in the works, including our event in Spring Green, the hometown of Senate Joint Finance Committee Chair Howard Marklein.

Citizen Actions Director Robert Kraig was quoted by Wisconsin Public radio debunking the latest cry of poverty from Wisconsin’s wealthy hospital systems. Read and listen here.

Citizen Action’s Director Robert Kraig was on the Jeff Santos Radio Show for the full hour to discuss criminal justice reform, and the life and death battle for the future of the country in the U.S. Senate. Listen here.

Rally for Fair Maps!

After months of work, Wisconsin State Legislators are rolling out a bill to create an open, honest, fair, and transparent redistricting process.  We want to celebrate and demonstrate the public support for Fair Maps.

We invite you to safely join us Monday, May 17th at 12:00 pm on the Capitol Building Lawn in Madison !

Special Guests:  Citizen Action Members Senator Jeff Smith, Representative Deb Andraca, Community Leader Sachin Cheda,  Community Leaders and Activists Matt Rothschild, Debra Cronmiller, and others!

JOIN Citizen Action Driftless Organizing Cooperative: YOU can help progressive build our movement in rural, Southwest Wisconsin!

In just a year and a half, the Citizen Action Driftless Organizing Co-op has done so much and with your help, we can do SO MUCH MORE!  As more and more Wisconsinites receive their COVID vaccines and we inch closer to some normalcy, our Movement is starting to flex our muscles in public once again! 

This week our activists gathered in Spring Green, home of State Senator Howard Marklien, to demand their Senator support expanding BadgerCare to cover over 90,000 hard-working Wisconsinites who are currently without any health coverage.  

Even during the COVID-19 crisis we still managed to help pass Wisconsin’s first resolution in support of Medicare for All in La Crosse County.  We generated over 5,000 emails to elected leaders in Madison on issues like climate change, BadgerCare, cannabis reform, and much more!  We helped pass a resolution committing La Crosse County to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2050. We collected 100s of toys to be distributed to struggling farm workers and undocumented workers so their Christmas would still be magical even during COVID. We mobilized 30 members to attend lobby visits with every Southwestern Wisconsin State Representative and State Senator.  We helped organize two major protests in Viroqua supporting the BLM movement and supporting social justice.  We put construction plans for two area CAFOs on hold indefinitely. We helped prevent a Republican super majority in the State Senate and we help lead Donald Trump to retirement!  We helped elect La Crosse’s most progressive mayor ever and helped elect 10 of our own members to local and state offices!

We are asking you today to sponsor the work of the Citizen Action of Wisconsin Driftless Co-op. Becoming a dues-paying sponsor of our Driftless co-op means that you will be helping our efforts to build the progressive movement in rural Southwest Wisconsin.  You will also be helping to flip several of Wisconsin’s most flippable seats!

Sponsors can choose to donate anywhere from $5/month to $50/month to support our efforts. Our members fight for climate justice and so much more, from our local city hall all the way to the US capitol. I ask that you join our Citizen Action Organizing co-op today and make a difference in the fight for people-powered change.   Membership means having a voice in the organization leading Wisconsin to a more progressive tomorrow!  

“Right to Harm” movie screening and discussion

Join us for an online screening of the documentary “Right to Harm”, A documentary discussing the damage CAFOs cause to communities. We will have a post-documentary discussion to hear everyone’s thoughts on the film and discuss how it relates to the water team’s advocacy for a strong nitrate rule in Wisconsin.
Tune in and find out what actions you can take RIGHT AWAY to protect Wisconsin’s clean waters!
Learn More and RSVP here

Milwaukee Residents, Attend Climate and Equity Lobby Training!

Hi Milwaukee County Residents, Ted Kraig here inviting you to participate in a very important Climate and Equity Lobby Training being hosted by Wisconsin Conservation Voters.

Climate change and equity are finally getting the attention they deserve around Wisconsin and the country. But we need citizens like you to influence elected officials to prioritize climate action and equity.

You will learn about Milwaukee County’s local issues, how to build your network, and will leave with the tools and connections to be an effective citizen lobbyist for climate and equity funding at the local level.

There will be two training session next week to choose from please RSVP to attend below for the date that works best for you:

Thursday, May 13th, 6:30-8:00pm
Saturday May 15th, 10:00-11:30am

Thanks all,
Ted Kraig and the Southeastern Wisconsin Climate Issue Team

“COVID vaccine waiver” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss the partisan vote in the Wisconsin Joint Finance Committee which removed 280 publicly popular items from their state budget, including BadgerCare Expansion. Does this end the budget fight or is it really just getting started? Our panel talks about a Federal court ruling this week invalidating the CDC’s eviction moratorium. What is this Trump-appointed judge thinking? We also dig into why the green transition will largely exclude people of color and women if it does not include fundamental structural reform or our economic system. We welcome Tobita Chow from People’s Action to discuss President Biden’s bold move to suspend the patents of Big Pharma corporations to get generic COVID vaccines to the rest of the world. Is this the end or just the beginning of the fight with Big Pharma to prioritize lives over profits during the worst global pandemic in a century?

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