Citizen Action Weekend; Friday, December 9th
Attend Citizen Action’s Virtual Annual Meeting, Tomorrow, Dec. 10th, 10am!
Citizen Action members and supporters from around the state are invited to join us virtually for our Annual Member Meeting, tomorrow Saturday, December 10th at 10am for a review of our collective accomplishments in 2022, a preview of the 2023 Organizing Revival, and to get engaged to lead the way on the change we need.
- Annual Citizen Action Board Elections (members only)
- 2022 Year in Review presented by Robert Kraig, Executive Director
- 2022 Election Review presented by Priscilla Bort, Movement Politics Director
- Regional Co-op Updates
- 2023 Preview presented by Robert Kraig and Priscilla Bort
- 2023 Organizing Revival and Leadership Training presented by Kate Felton, Organizing Director
- Member to Member Social – meet other members from across the state, build relationships, learn from each other, and make new commitments in 2023.
2023-25 State Budget is the BEST opportunity to win bold investments in affordable health care, climate justice, and public education
The state budget debate is on, and Governor Evers holds more cards than ever before. The Governor won reelection by over 3 points, a landslide victory in evenly divided Wisconsin. Because of shamelessly gerrymandered maps that guarantee a supermajority Republican Legislature, the Governor is the only actor with a democratic mandate.
Despite a record $6 billion surplus, the MAGA dominated Legislature will try to ignore the people of Wisconsin yet again, and shower special favors on the wealthy and well connected, but only if we let them. It does not have to be this way if we all step up and do our part.
First, progressive activists must get off the sidelines, and work with organizing groups like Citizen Action of Wisconsin to mobilize powerful grassroots pressure that is felt in every Legislative district.
Second, with the wind of public pressure and an election mandate at his back, the Governor must lean into his own power, using his full Constitutional authority to reject any budget or budget provision that does not address the top priorities of the people.
We can win on health care, climate, and other key priorities, but only if you get involved.
Citizen Action’s Key State Budget Priorities.
- Tackle the health care cost crisis, by using the power of government to make medical care and prescription drugs affordable.
- Meet the climate crisis and create green union jobs for everyone locked out of economic opportunity.
- Fully Fund Public Schools.
- Reject more regressive tax cuts that shower further benefits on the wealthy and well connected.
TAKE ACTION & SIGN HERE to support Citizen Action’s progressive priorities in the 2023-25 State Budget.
Attend Governor Tony Evers State Budget Listening Sessions
Virtual Budget Listening Session
Wednesday, December 14, at 6 p.m.
Register to attend via Zoom here.
Budget Listening Session in Kenosha
Tuesday, December 13, at 5:30 p.m.
Register to attend here.
Budget Listening Session in Green Bay
Tuesday, December 20, at 5:30 p.m.
Register to attend here.
Bipartisan Infrastructure Law One Year Anniversary Roundtable
The Citizen Action Northwestern Co-op helped host a roundtable in Eau Claire on Wednesday about the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, to discuss how historic investments in broadband, roads, bridges, water infrastructure, public transit, passenger rail, and EV charging stations are beginning to benefit Western Wisconsin communities.
State Senator Jeff Smith (left) joined community leaders (including Citizen Action members) for the event co-hosted by Opportunity Wisconsin which attracted TV and radio coverage, including this story by WQOW News 18. Last month, the White House released details about how the law (officially called the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act) is a win for Wisconsin in this fact sheet.
Since it passed a year ago, over $2.7 billion in funding has been announced and is heading to Wisconsin with 160 specific projects identified for funding.
Attend the next Milwaukee Climate Action Meeting, December 15th, 6pm
Join Citizen Action Northside Rising and Southeast Wisconsin Organizing Co-op to get involved with climate action efforts in Milwaukee on December 15th, 6:00pm – 7:30pm.
Meet us at the Citizen Action Office or via zoom
We are looking for people committed to environmental justice and to building community with one another.
You will hear from local leaders who are already involved with environmental efforts and you will learn what you can do to support a strong Climate Action Plan that is before the Milwaukee Common Council and to oppose the WE Energy’s rate hikes as well. RSVP
Congratulations to Citizen Action president, Mark Thomsen on Trial Lawyer of the Year Award.
Mark Thomsen has been named the Robert L. Habush Trial Lawyer of the Year and was recognized for the honor last Saturday night at the Wisconsin Association for Justice 2022 Presidents’ Dinner & Reception in Milwaukee.
Congratulation Mark and thanks for your leadership! Also, Happy Birthday today, Mark!
Attend Citizen Action’s State Supreme Court Forum, January 11th, 7pm
We will be hosting a virtual State Supreme Court forum on January 11th, 2023 at 7pm for all Democratic and progressive State Supreme Court candidates!
The State Supreme Court is the next key race in getting Wisconsin back on track, including stronger and more representative maps and ensuring fair voting practices around the state.
When we win this race in 2023, we will FLIP the makeup of the court to a liberal, pro-voting rights, anti-gerrymandering majority! LET’S DO THIS!
Citizen Action in the News
Robert Kraig was on the Earl Ingram Show for the full hour to discuss Republican strategy in Wisconsin, and the possibility of a MAGA split.
Robert Kraig was on the Jeff Santos Show to discuss the big Georgia runoff, other national topics. Listen here (at 34 minute mark of video)
Listen to “51 is better than 50” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast
We discuss the political implications of Sen. Raphael Warnock’s win in Georgia. What are the new opportunities that a larger Senate majority present? We talk about President Biden’s push to move the first Democratic Presidential primary to South Carolina in 2024. Does it create a more equitable process? What does it say about whether Biden will run for a second term? SCOTUS takes up the Independent Legislature theory and it’s unclear where a majority of the court will land on this controversial case that would put another dagger into democracy. In Wisconsin, the special election for Senate District 8 now has 4 Republicans and 1 Democrat in the race. Is the seat vacated by Alberta Darling in play? We discuss the news this week that Milwaukee and Dane County are being subpoenaed in the DOJ’s false electors investigation against Trump. Robert has some reflections on President Biden’s support for organized labor and we congratulate Citizen Action president Mark Thomsen for winning the Wisconsin Trial Lawyer of the Year award. If you need healthcare coverage by January 1, 2023, don’t forget to sign up on Healthcare.gov by December 15th.
Listen to the show.
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