Citizen Action Weekend; May 19th – 21st
Call Governor Tony Evers today in support of BadgerCare expansion (608) 266-1212 or send a message.
VOLUNTEER with Citizen Action making calls to voters about expanding BadgerCare in the State Budget!
EVERY MONDAY, 3pm – 5pm.
Send a message to Governor Tony Evers Today!
Kanisha Johnson, a young mother of 1 daughter who suffers from mental health Issues, believes that expanding Badgercare would help families like hers get the healthcare care that they need.
Call Gov. Evers today (608) 266-1212
Join us for state budget meeting with Rep. Steve Doyle in the Driftless, Tuesday, May 23rd, 5:30pm
Join us at the Holmen Public Library for a conversation with 94th Dist. Rep. Steve Doyle on the state budget. We will explain the stakes for the La Crosse Area in changes the Legislature’s budget committee made to Governor’s state budget.
Earlier this month the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee stripped over 500 of the Governor’s priorities from the State Budget, including popular proposals such as BadgerCare Expansion, improved funding for public schools, child care, and paid family medical leave.
At a Budget listening session on Tuesday at Holman Public Library Rep Steve Doyle (D-Onalaska) and Citizen Action’s Executive Director Robert Kraig will explain the major changes, their impact on La Crosse and the Driftless Area, and what engaged citizen can do to restore vital public priorities to the final state budget.
Sign Up Here! to let us know you’re coming!
Feel free to call me with any questions. Kristie Tweed, Driftless Region Organizer; 608-317-1331;
Join us for state budget meeting with Rep. Darrin Madison in MKE, Thursday, May 25th, 6:00pm.
Join us in Green Bay to canvass about BadgerCare Expansion!
It’s all hands on deck to get Tony Evers to veto a budget that doesn’t include BadgerCare, and we need your help to get folks to take action! Join us in Green Bay to knock doors and talk with voters about BadgerCare expansion. We will be canvassing on Thursday, May 25th from 4-7pm, Saturday, June 3rd from 10am-1pm, and Thursday, June 8th from 4-7pm.
If none of these dates work but you would still like to canvas, contact Northeast Organizer Natalie Hoffman at (414) 216-1316 or [email protected] for more information.
Citizen Action Healthcare for All Organizing Co-op Update
This upcoming week is a busy one for the Citizen Action of Wisconsin’s Healthcare for All Co-op. We have a couple of exciting events planned for our members!
Join us on Wednesday, May 24th at 7pm for the Healthcare for All Co-op monthly meeting. We will be hosting our friends from the Wisconsin Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals as they inform us about their fight Milwaukee’s Ascension St. Francis Hospital. You will also get the chance to learn more about what you can do to get Badgercare expanded in Wisconsin.
We know that people feel empowered when they hear from others who went through similar situations as them. This is why it is important to share your story. If you are interested in sharing your personal stake in healthcare, please reach out to [email protected]. We would love to hear from you.
Are you interested in learning more about this year’s state budget? We are hosting a budget listening session on Thursday, May 25th at 6pm at Riverworks MKE. This will be an opportunity for you to speak with state representative Darrin Madison as we discuss important provisions that were excluded in this year’s budget, including Badgercare expansion.
A Call for Equity in Green Bay Schools
It’s about as nefarious as it sounds. In order to cope with declining enrollment and a $20 million deficit, the district determined (with outside help) that either staff would need to be cut, or buildings closed. So they came up with a plan that ultimately closes 11 of the district’s 42 school buildings.
However, these school closures would have a devastating impact on the Latinx community, and local organizers are gearing up to try and postpone the school board vote coming up on June 5th.
There is a petition that you can sign to show your support for postponing the vote until equity concerns are addressed. Organizers and community members have many equity concerns about this plan, particularly that “the school district’s plan did not adequately take into account the demographics of these schools and the disproportionate impacts on Latino students and other minority students”.
Imagine your neighborhood school growing up. What would the closure of that school have meant for you? School closures are disruptive to families, neighborhoods, and classroom learning, and these impacts will be felt disproportionately among minority students and families if this plan goes through.
Sierra Club hosting in-person “Know Your Utility” events in Western Wisconsin.
Learn more about energy in various parts of Western Wisconsin, by knowing your utility, whether that be Dairyland Power Cooperative or Xcel Energy, through in-person events throughout the region hosted by the Wisconsin Sierra Club. Citizen Action members and activists are invited to attend, so check out the details for each date/location below:
Citizen Action stands in solidarity with striking CUNA Mutual workers in Madison!
If you live in Madison area, join them on the picket line.
Citizen Action in the News
Robert Kraig was on the Earl Ingram Show (with Substitute host Stu Daniels) to update his statewide audience on the battle to include BadgerCare Expansion in the State Budget. Listen here. The program is broadcast statewide on the growing Civic Media Network, which is bringing progressive talk radio to every region of Wisconsin.
Listen to “Speaker Vos takes Milwaukee hostage ” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast
We discuss the shared revenue plan rammed through the State Assembly late on Wednesday by Speaker Vos. The plan harms Milwaukee by providing less shared revenue than other cities and towns, and contains poison pills opposed by Milwaukee voters and leaders. Now that Vos has called the Governor’s bluff, we call on Gov. Evers to wield his veto power if the Senate does not dramatically improve the bill. We are joined by freshman State Representative Darrin Madison, a rising star in progressive politics, to give us a report from the trenches and discuss Speaker Vos’ “hostage taking” of Milwaukee. We also return to the looming unwinding of Medicaid in Wisconsin. 309,000 Wisconsinites will likely lose healthcare coverage and 49,000 will end up uninsured and the gerrymandered Legislature says nothing about it and continues to block BadgerCare Expansion. Finally, we ask why the hell is a Waukesha 1st grade teacher who spoke out when the school district banned ‘Rainbowland’ being terminated by their superintendent, James Sebert, and why are 4 GOP State Legislators defending his authoritarian conduct?
Listen to the show.
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