Citizen Action Weekly; Friday, January 7th
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Friday, January 7, 2022
Start 2022 by joining a Citizen Action Organizing Cooperative.
2022 is a critical year and we need you to get involved!
Citizen Action has members across the state through its local chapter system (called Organizing cooperatives), including the Driftless Region, Northwestern, Northcentral, Northeastern, and Southeastern Wisconsin. In addition, we have a Healthcare For All Cooperative and are developing a new African-American lead cooperative in Milwaukee called North Side Rising.
Join an Organizing Cooperative Today!
Winning in 2022 starts with YOU!
Volunteer to call critical voters in key areas of Wisconsin.
Citizen Action’s Professional Deep Canvass Field Team is running volunteer deep canvass call parties on Tuesday evenings. JOIN us next Tuesday, January 11th at 6pm to call important 2022 voters.
We started making volunteer calls in November 2021 and have already had volunteers help us from around the country, including New Jersey, Maryland, Georgia, California. People across the nation realize Wisconsin is the key to winning the U.S. Senate this fall by defeating Ron Johnson.
Join us on Tuesday evenings in January to learn more about our revolutionary Deep Canvass model and make calls to important voters in key legislative districts about healthcare, climate, education, and other issues. Share your stories and connect with voters to help expand the progressive voting base for 2022–one deep canvass call at a time. Each session starts with a short deep canvass training to build participant skills. Consider this your invitation to Party With the Pro’s!
Join us for Citizen Action’s Milwaukee Mayoral Candidate Forum, Saturday, Jan. 29, 9am, virtual through Zoom.
The next City of Milwaukee Mayor must be someone who works with the people of Milwaukee to make progress on racial justice, to address climate change and the energy burden put on communities of color, to ensure that everyone has access to a well paying job and the transportation to get to that job.
Join us and the top Citizen Action candidates to hear their vision for the future of Milwaukee. This event will be connected to Citizen Action’s endorsement process.
Invited candidates will be announced in next week’s Citizen Action weekly!
Citizen Action Driftless Organizing Co-op team meetings
The Citizen Action Driftless Organizing Co-op has an exciting variety of campaigns planned for 2022. We will be focused on growing our membership so we can fight for clean water, make sure our schools take action on climate, activate climate activists from UWL, protect small farms and win elections!
If you want a seat at the table join the co-op and join one of our co-op issue teams!
Our rural issue team meets the second Tuesday of the month, at 6:00 PM, via Zoom. These are our leaders working to protect our clean water, expanding broadband coverage, protecting small farms, and giving voice to rural progressives!
Our co-op leadership team meets the fourth Sunday of each month at 6:00 PM via Zoom. This team is the backbone of our co-op. These are the super volunteers and the planners. This team helps to design our local issue campaigns, help plan our events, and so much more.
If you would like to join the Driftless Organizing Co-op or join an issue team please contact Ben Wilson at [email protected]. If you live in Southwest Wisconsin and you are not a member of the Driftless Co-op you can join here. Your membership helps make our progressive policies a reality in the Driftless Region!
Urge the City of Appleton to take action on Climate!
Before the Appleton Common Council meeting on January 19th, the city’s Climate Change Taskforce is presenting its report to the City.
No matter the color of our skin or the amount of money we make, we all deserve a country that’s cleaner and fairer. 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.
The City of Appleton has already taken a critical step in creating that future. Thanks to the work of the City Taskforce on Resilience, Climate Mitigation, and Adaptation, the community has a strong list of recommendations to follow that will reduce Appleton’s Carbon Footprint. Now is our time to act and let our elected officials know that now is the time to act and do their part to combat climate change!
If you live in the City of Appleton and want to show your support, you can sign our petition by clicking here and contact your alder by clicking here! The Climate Change Taskforce for Appleton has completed our report with a list of strong recommendations being made to the City. At the presentation, we will go over the top recommendations being made and members of the Taskforce will be able to answer your questions.
We would like to acknowledge the work of our own co-op members, Terry Dawson, who served as the chair of the Climate Change Task Force and Penny Bernard Schaber, who serves as a task force member!
Here is the link for viewing the report: Climate Action Plan Proposal
(pictured above: Rally for Climate Justice in Appleton, April 2021)
Primaries for Spring Elections in 2022 heat up in the North Central Region
Citizen Action North Central Organizing Co-op is interested in a number primaries, including Wausau City Council in Districts 1 and 4, the Lincoln County Board of Supervisors in Districts 12 and 17, the Oneida County Board of Supervisors in Districts 3 and 6, and a Primary for the Mayor of Rhinelander.
There are also 5 candidates running for Wausau School Board, to fill 3 seats. Several Co-op members are seeking re-election, as well as a graduate from our Movement Politics Academy for Candidates.
We are in the process of getting candidate questionnaires out to the candidates in these races. Once the questionnaires are returned, the North Central Steering Committee/Nomination Committee will consider interviews with those candidates that they are interested in endorsing and then make recommendations to the State Board for Citizen Action of Wisconsin.
To get involved reach out to [email protected]
Citizen Action in the news
As we enter 2022, Citizen Action members and supporters are well aware that this is a pivotal year for the future of the American experiment in democracy. In case you missed it, Citizen Action’s Executive Director Robert Kraig sat down for a 25 minute interview on the central role of Wisconsin in the plot against democracy.
You can watch the entire interview here, which took place in Citizen Action’s new Vliet Street office on the West Side of Milwaukee.
Listen to This is NOT that podcast
As 2022 commences, we re-cap the biggest stories from 2021 that stuck with us until then end.
We also look forward to what may come this year, from various elections to confronting a slew of unfinished business lingering still from 2020.
Listen to “Does 2022 have 2020 vision?” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast
Welcome to 2022, as COVID rages through Wisconsin and the country, we discuss escalating infection and hospitalization rates, as our deranged U.S. Senator draws national ridicule (again) for his bizarre comments on the vaccine and religion. Our panel talks about the ongoing tragedy of the stalled TRIPS vaccination waiver at the WTO, which is putting Big Pharma windfall profits over vaccinating the world. Is Ron Kind one of the Democrats siding with Big Pharma against public health and safety? We reflect on the 1 year anniversary of the January 6th insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and President Biden’s blistering critique of Trump and the Republicans for their conspiracy against democracy. Congressional Democrats look to finally pass a voting right bill, can they get through the objections of Senator Manchin and Sinema? Meanwhile, Wisconsin Republicans introduce a bill to nullify elections, and continue to double down on their sham election investigation. Green Bay mayor Eric Genrich is pushing back and asking a judge to punish disgraced election investigator Michael Gableman for his bullying and lies.
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