Citizen Action Weekly

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, July 16th

Friday, July 16th

YOUR INPUT IS NEEDED to update Citizen Action of Wisconsin’s 8 year agenda platform.

Please click here to take an in depth survey about the issues and policies Citizen Action of Wisconsin works on and how we will work to change the world over the next decade!

Citizen Action of Wisconsin’s platform has 6 main issue areas: Criminal Justice Reform, Climate and Equity, Healthcare, Education, Democracy, and Immigrant and Refugee Rights.

We will share each overarching issue statement and then ask for your feedback to submit to the Board of Directors to guide organizational priorities regarding time and resources spent on each platform area.

In the next section of the survey, you have the option to provide feedback on the goals of each overarching policy area.  The Boards of Directors will review the feedback from all of you in September, and finalize the platform headed into 2022.

We use this platform in our candidate endorsement process as well as while we are working with you to conduct short and long term strategic planning, and implement campaigns at the statewide and local levels, so your input is vitally important!

Thanks for all that you do and for being a member of Citizen Action of Wisconsin!

Citizen Action of Wisconsin members attend Pfizer protest in New York City with other People’s Action affiliates to end vaccine apartheid.

Citizen Action of Wisconsin members joined People’s Action and Justice Is Global this Wednesday to SHUT DOWN traffic by the German Consulate and Pfizer World Headquarters to demand COVID Vaccines For All: THE WORLD CAN’T WAIT!

A HUGE shout out goes out to local Citizen Action members K.C. Cayo, Rita Simon, Gabby Gamble, and Lewis Kuhlman who traveled (along with Citizen Action of WI Northwest Cooperative organizer Breana Stanley) to New York City this week.

They joined with hundreds of other protesters from across the country to demand that Pfizer make the Covid vaccine available throughout the world.

Citizen Action launches NEW 2021 Movement Politics Academy

Citizen Action of Wisconsin is working to build a new kind of politics. A politics that is deeply rooted in changing structures of inequity and community engagement. That is why we are creating a robust leadership development program that recruits, runs, and elects movement leaders at all levels of government across our state.

Our Movement Politics Academy develops, prepares, and supports emerging leaders who have shown the desire and values of being movement leaders in the political sector. Our focus is on electing people of color, women, LGBTQ+ folks, and low-income people who want to build our progressive movement alongside our member organization in co-governing relationships.

Our platform is currently in revision, please view our most up-to-date platform here.

Where: All sessions will be occurring via ZOOM.
When: 9-week program- October 6 through December 8, 2021
Schedule: Every Wednesday, 6-7:30 PM and every other Saturday, 9:30 – 11:00 AM

Submit your application before September 3rd to be considered for the Fall 2021 Movement Politics Academy!

Contact our Movement Politics Director, JoAnna Bautch, at [email protected] with any questions.

If you are thinking of running for office we also encourage you to attend Wisconsin Progress one day training this summer that they are offering if you are considering running for office Attend a training near you or a virtual training.

Appleton: Saturday, August 7th
Virtual: Wednesday, August 10th
Eau Claire: Saturday, August 14th
Virtual: Monday, August 23rd
Racine: Thursday, August 26th
Janesville: Saturday, September 11th

Attend a Citizen Action Mappy Hour and “Deep Canvass” Training

Join us to create and submit a community map to the People’s Map Commission, and get trained to help us make “Deep Canvass” phone calls asking voters to advocate a Fair Drawing Process!

Milwaukee: Monday, July 19th, 5-8 pm
Citizen Action of Wisconsin Office, 221 S 2nd S, Suite 300, MKE.

Wausau: Thursday, July 22nd, 5-8pm
First Universalist Unitarian Church 504 Grant St, Wausau.

Rice Lake: Sunday, July 26th, 5-8 pm
Blue Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 230 W Messenger St.

Viroqua: Thursday, July 29th, 3-7 pm
Rooted Spoon 219 S Main St, Viroqua.

Citizen Action of Wisconsin Driftless Co-op Annual Meeting

Sunday, July 25, 2021 1:00 PM –  3:00 PM
Coon Valley Veterans Memorial Park,
93 Roosevelt St, Coon Valley, WI 54623
RSVP to event

Join us! Come enjoy a day in the park and help shape the future of Southwestern Wisconsin. The Citizen Action of Wisconsin Driftless Co-op is hosting its annual membership meeting on Sunday, July 25th at Coon Valley Memorial Park (just off Highway 14). We want to see each of you there and hear from all of you as we plan out the coming months and years.

We will be

  • Hosting a keynote speaker (TBD)
  • Recapping the work we have done over the past 12 months
  • Conducting a survey to help build the official Citizen Action of Wisconsin platform
  • Planning how we can build our power locally and across Southwest Wisconsin
  • Collecting stories related to healthcare and climate change
  • Potluck style snack table
  • Going on an optional group hike with a photo opportunity at Coon Valley’s own “selfie wall”
  • There is even a playground for the kids

RSVP to the event so we know how many people to expect.  Also if you know a progressive activist we are not connected with BRING THEM ALONG.


Listen to the new Healthcare For All Show

Join Citizen Action of WI Healthcare organizer, Karen Kirsch and Dr. Mark Neumann for the new Healthcare for All Show!

They discuss Sens. Tammy Baldwin, Raphael Warnock, and Jon Ossoff’s new bill that would create a federally run and funded Medicaid alternative for the 12 states that have not accepted Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act.

And much more! Listen now

RSVP to join the next show on Wednesday, July 21st, 7pm.

Citizen Action Summer Potluck Community Event

Thursday, July 29, 2021
4:00 PM –  7:00 PM CT
Sprecher Brewing Outdoor Oasis
2200 W BENDER Rd, Glendale

Join us for our first big event of the summer in southeast Wisconsin. Catch up with like minded community members while sharing your specialty dish. We will have brief speeches at 5:30pm to talk about what we need to do to make sure Trump 2020 is firmly behind us. We can’t let up. So bring a chair and bring a friend! We will have dessert, drinks and serving wear. Because we will be in a public park, no glass or carry-in alcoholic beverages are permitted. There will be restrooms nearby. 

More information and RSVP 

Citizen Action Northeastern Wisconsin Co-op Leadership Meeting July 28th, 6pm

Members from the Citizen Action of Wisconsin Northeastern Wisconsin Organizing Co-op will come together to regroup and plan for the rest of 2021, and start thinking forward to 2022!

We want you to come too! Not a member, no problem. Come see what we are about.

Wednesday, July 28th, 6-8 pm. The location is still TBD, expect a call from Noah soon if you haven’t heard from her already.

RSVP Here!

Citizen Action Northwestern Wisconsin Co-op Leadership Meeting, Wednesday, July 21st, 6:30pm

The NWWI leadership team will be hosting an annual meeting on Wednesday, July 21st, 2021 at 6:30pm to strategic plan the remainder of the year as well as membership recruitment. This event is in person (if vaccinated) and also via zoom. If you are interested in getting more involved with a specific issue team, please come to this meeting!

Citizen Action Office
505 Dewey St South
STE 204
Eau Claire, WI 54701

RSVP here. A Zoom link will be sent prior to the meeting.

Citizen Action North Central Wisconsin Co-op Leadership Meeting, Thursday, July 29st, 6pm

On Thursday, July 29th, at 6 pm, members, leaders and friends of the North Central Organizing Co-op will be gathering for a potluck-style meeting at the homes of one of their members. This is the first time we are having a meeting like this since the pandemic began! We will be outside if the weather permits, but there is room in the home to accommodate us if the weather does not cooperate. We will be respecting people by encouraging mask wearing if we need to go indoors.

Children and families are welcome, and there is a neighborhood park adjacent to the property. This event will take place at the Pagoria home, in Wausau’s Riverview neighborhood. RSVP

Local Organizer, Joel Lewis, will be reaching out to you to personally invite you, and coordinate food and the agenda, or you can RSVP by Clicking here! We plan to do a year in review, have a survey on our new movement politics candidate platform that is currently in the creation phase, and give some updates on membership and current issue campaigns and leadership opportunities. We hope to see you there!  This is a membership meeting, so we ask that you are a current member, a sponsored member, or an active participant in the work that we do. You can become a member or renew your membership here.

Join Citizen Action of Wisconsin & Milwaukee Area Service Workers (MASH) in advocating for Justice for Janitors, Wednesday, July 21st, 11:45AM.

Next week downtown Milwaukee janitors go to the bargaining table to negotiate a new contract. They are rallying to show the bosses that they will fight to win $15 and a union — and we need you there.

WHAT: Justice for Janitors Contract Rally
WHEN: Wednesday, July 21 — 11:45 gather-up
WHERE: Broadway & Mason — march half a black to front of 250 E Wisconsin.

Citizen Action in the News

As one of the biggest projects Citizen Action has taken up in western Wisconsin this year is a fight against plans to build the largest hog farm in the state of Wisconsin.  The “Roth Feeder Pig II” CAFO plans threaten our waterways, our drinking water, our clean our and our way of life!  These plans would leave the Kickapoo River vulnerable to major pollution.

The campaign received national media attention appearing in In These Times Magazine this week.

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig commented in the Wisconsin State Journal on the Republican state budget that was signed by Governor Tony Evers last week, calling attention to the fact that the Governor’s messaging and his embrace of a regressive tax giveaway to the wealthy obscures the damaging impact of the budget from voters, making it harder to pick up legislative seats next year and to mobilize the Democratic base.

In other budget related news this week Senator Tammy Baldwin joined the two U.S. Senators from Georgia by introducing a bill to provide Medicaid coverage directly in the 12 states still refusing to agree to expansion. Wisconsin again failed to expand BadgerCare in the budget signed by the Governor last week. Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig was quoted by UpNorth News on the new bill, which was included in the budget passed by Bernie Sanders’ Senate Budget Committee this week.

Robert Kraig was also quoted in the Eau Claire Leader Telegram on the new Child Tax Credit, which began hitting mailboxes this week. While Senator Ron Johnson called it a “special deal” Robert called it “the greatest progress made against the scourge of child poverty in over half a century.” The tax credit cuts child poverty by 45% in Wisconsin, but expires in one year. The budget that passed the Senate Budget Committee this week makes it permanent.

Robert Kraig spent the full hour on the Jeff Santos radio show discussing whether Democrats will ever get to Yes on predicting democracy in America from the GOP voter suppression onslaught in every state under full Republican control. Listen here.

“Building the political movement we need” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We debrief our disappointment with the state budget and the Democrats embrace of regressive and permanent state tax cuts. We look at the role we all play in creating the progressive political future we want to see in Wisconsin and that Governor Evers is only one (admittedly important) player in the Democratic Party universe we seek to change. Citizen Action’s Movement Politics Director, JoAnna Bauch, joins us to discuss the new Movement Politics Academy she is launching this October for people who are considering running for office to pursue structural change in their community and our state. We review major federal news that Senate Democrats have agreed to a $3.5 trillion budget package that includes significant climate, child poverty, healthcare, and education investments. Claire also provides the details of Sen. Tammy Baldwin’s new legislation to expand Medicaid in the 12 states currently refusing to accept federal money.


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