Citizen Action Weekly; Friday, January 28th
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Friday, January 28th
JOIN US! Citizen Action’s Milwaukee Mayoral Candidate Forum, Saturday, Jan. 29, 9am, virtual through Zoom.
Join us and the top candidates to hear their vision for the future of Milwaukee. We will be joined by Earnell Lucas, Marina Dimitrijevic, Lena Taylor, and Chevy Johnson to participate. This event is part of our endorsement process.
Citizen Action Board makes endorsements in the Spring Primary Election.
Late last week, Citizen Action’s Board completed its first round of Spring Election endorsements. All endorsed candidates were recommended by Citizen Action Organizing Cooperative leaders after completing candidate questionnaires based on the new Citizen Action platform. The primary election is Tuesday, February 15th; The general election is Tuesday, April 5th. The Board will be considering more Spring Election endorsements after the primary election.
Antonio Godfrey Sr., Fond Du Lac School Board, At-Large
- At-large seat. There are 5 candidates and 4 seats need to be filled.
- Antonio previously served on the Fond du Lac School Board and was the first Black man to serve on the board. Antonio was ppointed to the Board in June 2020 but lost his election in April 2021 to anti-mask, right-wing candidate.
Liv Miller, Brown County Board Dist #5
- Running for an open seat.
- Previous staff member for State Representative Jimmy Anderson
Noah Reif, Brown County Board Dist #4
- Running in an open seat but against an incumbent who was moved to district #4 with redistricting.
- Citizen Action Northeastern WI Co-op organizer.
Juan Miguel Martinez, Milwaukee County Board Dist #12
- Open seat.
- Union organizer with Milwaukee Area Service & Hospitality workers union.
- Also endorsed by UAW, Voces de la Frontera, and DSA.
Nick Ross, Appleton School Board, At-large
- At-Large seat. Four open seats. Nine candidates. Eight will make it through the primary.
- Nick participated in Citizen Action’s inaugural Movement Politics Academy last fall.
Listen to “Investigating Wisconsin’s fake electors”Battleground Wisconsin Podcast
We welcome State Senator Chris Larson for an extensive conversation about revelations he and Rep. Brostoff dug up this week about the direct role of Wisconsin Congressman Scott Fitzgerald in sending forged Trump electors to Congress. Will Fitzgerald and his conspirators in the Wisconsin GOP be investigated by Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul? The panel also comments on the big news that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer will retire this year, setting off speculation about the nomination of the first African American woman on the high court. We also discuss the continued fight for the Build Back Better agenda, Vice President Kamala Harris’ visit to Milwaukee to promote federal infrastructure money for lead pipes, and the smear campaign of corporate Democrats targeting President Biden’s Chief of Staff Ron Klein for daring to empower the progressive wing of the Democratic Party.
Meet Citizen Action Driftless Organizing Co-op Member of the Week: Kathy Allen
Throughout 2022 we will be spotlighting one of amazing members. Our first “Member of the Week” is a founding co-op member who has devoted her entire life to combating the climate crisis, Kathy Allen. Kathy lives in La Crosse and works at Saint Mary’s University in Winona.
Kathy is a powerful voice on our leadership team, she is president of the local Sierra Club, and she has been leading our efforts to work with the La Crosse School district to create a Climate Action Plan. Kathy is at every event and happy to step into any role required; she is not afraid to step outside her comfort zone. Her passion for climate protection extends into her personal life as well. She lives by the values she shares as an activist. Every decision she faces or purchase she makes is as ethically sourced and sustainable as possible.
In her free time Kathy is an avid bicyclist. She travels to Wisconsin’s Northwoods every year to compete in the Fat Tire bike race. She loves to spend a day biking the bluffs, hills, and mountains. You might even see her around La Crosse walking her adorable schnauzer Mazey.
The successes we have seen across the Driftless Region would not be possible without Kathy! Congrats Kathy on being our first member of the week!
In The Wash: A Virtual Workshop about Water Quality in Wisconsin
Thursday, February 24, 2022 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Whether we live on 100 acres in Vernon County or in the heart of Milwaukee we all need, and deserve, clean, fresh water. Water is life! Unfortunately, Wisconsin water is under attack from lead pipes, factory farming, PFAS pollution, and fossil fuel companies. Our water must remain clean for our outdoor recreation and our in-home use! You can help protect our water by joining us for our “In the Wash” interactive, virtual event.
RSVP now so you can receive the link to join. We will be hearing from local elected officials from across the state, from Water Defenders who have fought to protect water on indigenous land, an expert on the impact factory farming has on local water tables, and from everyday Wisconsinites like you who have been impacted by water contamination.
You will walk away from this event with actions you can take RIGHT AWAY to help protect Wisconsin waters!
Citizen Action in the News
Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig was on the Jeff Santos radio show for a full hour to discuss how we can achieve Medicare for All, and the state of the Biden presidency. Listen here.
Listen to “Birthday Wishes” This is NOT that podcast
It’s JoAnna’s birthday! As we reflect on one of the hosts getting ready for another year of life, we also take a look at ongoing conversations around public safety in Milwaukee. In the capital, new bills to sustain law enforcement and the criminal justice system are eclipsing investments into other community needs. With a mayor’s race on the way, the city and state continues a battle of ideologies between what comes first. Health, or safety.
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