Citizen Action Weekly: September 3rd
LISTEN to “Supreme Injustice” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast
We are joined by Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin president and CEO, Tanya Atkinson, to discuss the U.S. Supreme Court court’s midnight assault on Roe v. Wade, which rendered abortion illegal in the second largest state and may reach Wisconsin in 2022. We head into Labor Day Weekend with guest Laura Dresser, the lead researcher for the Center On Wisconsin Strategies (COWS) on their annual State of Working Wisconsin report released this week. Our panel also discusses WEAC’s call for vaccine and mask mandates in Wisconsin schools in the face of a wave of violence against educators and public health leaders by anti-mask and anti-vax protesters. Finally, the empire is striking back in Congress, as a united corporate America unleashes a massive lobbying and advertising blitz against President Biden’s visionary Build Back Better agenda. Can the newly united Democrats stand up to the pressure?
Learn more about Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin. Read the 2021 State of Working Wisconsin report from Center On Wisconsin Strategies.
Applications Closing Soon! Citizen Action of Wisconsin Movement Politics Academy
Have you ever thought about running for public office? Apply for Citizen Action’s Movement Politics Academy this fall. Our nine-week program will give you the tools you need to run an effective, progressive campaign, advancing on issues you will run on, build relationships and so much more. Learn more and apply now! Connect with Barbara Cerda, SEWI Co-Op Organizer with questions at [email protected].
Digital Workshop: How to Host Successful Nonpartisan, Voter Registration Events
Thousands of nonprofits around the country and hundreds of volunteers will join together on National Voter Registration Day (Sept. 28) with the goal of registering as many voters as possible. In collaboration with the Wisconsin Voting Rights Coalition, we’re organizing our members to make sure you have the resources you need to help our communities register to vote and ensure everyone has access to the ballot box. If you are interested in hosting your own event, please join us at this virtual training on September 9th at 6:30 PM!
New Episode! “Get It Together” This is NOT That Podcast.
A lot has happened since our last show. One of our hosts JoAnna went on vacation to New Orleans and left in time for the storms which downed 600+ tree’s in Milwaukee and knocked out power to thousands across Milwaukee County. Now that she’s back New Orleans is bracing for a hurricane. It’s also been one year since the shooting of Jacob Blake, and everyone’s still processing that. America is getting out of Afghanistan…kinda, evictions are going to climb, and politicians remain politicians. A lot is happening indeed.
Enter to win $900 worth of camping gear in support of solar on La Crosse schools!!!
When’s your next SOLAR-powered camping trip?
Our friends and allies at Solar on La Crosse Schools (SOLS) are hosting a major fundraiser and giving away a HUGE camping package. This sweepstake serves as one of the 2021-2022 fundraisers for SOLS and all proceeds will be used to put solar on La Crosse public schools! Will you be the lucky winner? The SOLS Sweepstakes package is valued at over $900 and only 200 entries will be sold. Entries are $20 each and the winner will receive:
- EcoFlow River Portable Power Station
- 110W Portable Solar Panel by EcoFlow
- Two TrunkTech Hammocks & Tree Slings by Grand Trunk
- One Eco-Friendly Soccer Ball by Waboba
Download the Sabadash app and search for “Solar on La Crosse Schools” to enter. Sabadash App is available for FREE in the Google Play and Apple App Store on mobile devices. Sabadash will show you all kinds of great deals that go towards good causes in the La Crosse area. Learn more and download Sabadash!
Support the thousands of Afghan refugees arriving at Fort McCoy in Wisconsin’s Driftless region.
As we all know the situation in Afghanistan is dire. Freedom-seeking, allies, and friends are fleeing after the violent takeover by Taliban forces. These refugees are scared and need our support. Many of these refugees are arriving at and staying at Fort McCoy outside Sparta Wisconsin (in the Driftless Region).
A La Crosse coalition made up of faith-based groups, progressive organizations and local American veterans are organizing efforts to provide relief and a welcoming message to these guests in our communities. You can help now!
If you could spare a few dollars to donate please contribute at https://cclse.org/afghanistan-refugee-assistance/. Your donation will help provide clothing, hygiene products, transportation for refugees to practice their faith, and so much more. You can even find a link to Target and Amazon Wishlists if you would like to pick out what to donate.
Find volunteer opportunities here in and around the Driftless area. Very soon they will be posting volunteer needs related to the Afghanistan crisis.
WATCH the NEW Healthcare For All Show
Watch this week’s Healthcare For All Show with Karen Kirsch, Dr. Mark Neumann, and their guest, Emma Hood, an RN who worked in Canada. The panel discusses America’s healthcare system with a special emphasis on Medicare for All.
RSVP to join next Wednesday’s Healthcare for All Show via zoom webinar for the opportunity to enter the Green Room with Karen and Dr. Mark to talk more, ask questions or share your healthcare stories.
Take Action: Lobby For Fair Maps!
On Monday, September 27th, fair maps supporters from around the state will gather virtually to meet with our legislators and advocate for fair maps. Our two demands: take up the People’s Maps Commission Maps and pass legislation that fixes the problem of partisan gerrymandering permanently.
Given the uptick in cases of the highly transmissible COVID Delta variant, we have determined that a virtual event is the safest option.
Contact Carlene at (608) 513-7655 or [email protected] for more information.
Rescheduled: Northwestern Wisconsin Healthcare Issue Team Meeting
Our new meeting date will be on Tuesday, September 14th at 7 PM! Register Here
Celebrating our Northeast Wisconsin Regional Co-op and Members!
When we say that our Citizen Action Organizing Co-op is made up of exceptional people, we mean it! Our members have stepped up in the month of August to plan amazing events and use their platforms to advance policies that will create a Wisconsin where we can all thrive, with no exceptions.
Co-op Member and Brown County Supervisor Cassandra Erickson drafted and introduced a Medicare-4-All Resolution that would indicate the county’s vocal support for fixing our fractured healthcare system. Without her and the activism of fellow co-op members, this resolution would not exist. If you want to learn more about the Brown County Medicare-4-All Resolution and Action team, you can click here to register for our next meeting on Tuesday, September 7th.
In partnership with Build Back Better, our co-op held a Climate Solutions & Centering Climate Justice Roundtable on August 26th in Menasha. We were joined by co-op members Eau Claire City Councilor Kate Beaton, State Representative Kristina Shelton, and head of the ESTHER Environmental Justice Task Force Terry Dawson. Additionally, this roundtable would not have been possible without coalition partners like Wisconsin Conservation Voters and ESTHER- Fox Valley. You can watch the full livestream by clicking here.
Finally, our own Dr. Kristin Lyerly helped to organize a Pack the Park for Fair Maps Rally at Bay Beach in Green Bay. The fight for Fair Maps was energized by dedicated co-op members and now we have a renewed opportunity to tell our elected officials that they cannot pick the people, the people pick them. Thank you to Kristin and all of our co-op members who came from far and wide to send a message that the people of Wisconsin are demanding fair maps.
All of this work is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the incredible leadership that our co-op members show on a regular basis. Thank you to all of our Northeast Wisconsin Co-op members and our statewide membership for your constant support and dedication.
Northeast Wisconsin, Save the Date! September 25h
Citizen Action of Wisconsin Co-op Members and Supporters, make sure to keep Saturday, September 25th open! Our Northeast Wisconsin Organizing Co-op will be hosting a Build Power to Win Power in 2022 Fundraiser and Celebration. We are going to do all we can to ensure that our celebration is done safely to ensure that everyone who attends can enjoy it safely. More information coming to you next week!
Citizen Action in the News
Citizen Action’s Director Robert Kraig was on the Jeff Santos Show for the full 60 minutes to discuss how to get to yes on voting rights and infrastructure in the U.S. Senate. Listen here.
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