Citizen Action Weekend E Newsletter, August 4th – 6th
Teamsters on strike at Leinenkugel’s Brewery. Local 662 calls for boycott of Molson Coors on Citizen Action Battleground Wisconsin Podcast!
Teamsters Union Local 662 is on strike at Leinenkugel’s Brewery in Chippewa Falls. Citizen Action Northwest Wisconsin Organizing Cooperative members, including Philip Swanhorst, visited the picket line in solidarity last weekend!
Join the workers on the picket line if you are in the area.
Support the Teamsters Local 662 Strike Fund.
Listen to Teamsters 662 Business Agent Dan Boley discuss the strike and call for a boycott of Molson Coors on the new Battleground Wisconsin Podcast.
Recognizing the 58th Anniversary of Medicare & Medicaid
The Citizen Action Northwest Citizen Action Organizing Co-op participated in a press conference in Eau Claire this week recognizing the 58th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid becoming law, celebrating the security and dignity of affordable health care coverage the programs have provided to millions of Americans.
The event attracted local television news stations, and highlighted improvements to Medicare under the Inflation Reduction Act that passed a year ago this month and that work to reduce prescription drug prices.
Pictured from left to right: Northwestern Co-op Organizer Jeremy Gragert, Co-op member and BadgerCare advocate Julia Bennker, Opportunity Wisconsin regional lead Reba Krueger, and retired dairy farmer and Medicare advocate Paul Adams.
Citizen Action Southeast Wisconsin Organizing Coop Update
Citizen Action Southeast Coop Organizer Kat Klawes attended the Green Schools Conference on Wednesday. Kat met with organizations and progressive organizers on efforts to reduce schools carbon footprint, increase green energy, and green playgrounds and spaces at schools in Southeast Wisconsin. Kat was joined by over 600 educators to learn and discuss solutions.
This work related to Kat’s efforts to continue to push forward goals stated in the City of Milwaukee Climate and Equity Plan.
Citizen Action 2023 Movement Politics Academy starts Sept. 28th!
What is the Movement Politics Academy?
Citizen Action’s Movement Politics Academy is a space dedicated to giving progressives the opportunity to learn how to run for office and run progressive campaigns, and achieve bold reforms needed to make Wisconsin a more just and equitable place for all. We’re a space that won’t talk about what “electable” and “qualified” means – we want to prepare you to be involved as you are, not compromise your values, and make the most out of your time.
Movement Politics is about bringing folks into this work who look like us and come from our communities. We’re working to replace the idea that politics is only for the wealthy and well connected few. It’s time to build a true multi-racial, cross-class movement – and we can’t do that without YOU. And don’t worry – you won’t be in this alone.
What will participants learn?
The academy will cover a wide range of both campaign and progressive movement topics, including messaging, volunteer and time management, as well as political education around movement values like healthcare and climate justice.
Applicants should read our platform and ask themselves how it compares to their own values. Full agreement is not required, but a willingness to learn and grow is a prerequisite.
We will have opportunities for individual community building for all participants, with specific cohorts geared towards marginalized identities that are often stereotyped and excluded in politics.
When is the Movement Politics Academy
The Movement Politics Academy will run from Thursday, September 28, 2023 – Thursday, November 16th, 2023.
The classes run from 6-7pm
This is a virtual learning academy.
Are you ready to apply?
The application is open to everyone ready to seriously commit to an inclusive progressive community that advances bold progressive reforms.
Women, trans, and nonbinary folks of color, youth, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, the working class, Veterans regardless of discharge status, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
The Academy application consists of values alignment questions and a willing commitment to progressive organizing and learning. Applicants must be able to answer both why they are interested in and why they are the right fit for the Academy.
The application launches August 7th, and closes September 3rd.
Look for application next Monday at Citizen Action’s facebook, twitter, Instagram pages.
We will have link to the application in next week’s Weekend.
Please reach out to Priscilla Rose Bort, Movement Politics Director, at [email protected], with any questions.
Citizen Action in the news
Citizen Action executive director Robert Kraig was on the Earl Ingram Show statewide today for 60 minutes on the latest indictment of Donald Trump, and what it means. This network is now in all Citizen Action cities (Milwaukee, La Crosse, Wausau, Eau Claire, Green Bay and Appleton.
Robert Kraig is on 9 AM to 10 AM every Wednesday with Earl.
Listen to “Historic Indictment & Investiture” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast
We discuss the Wisconsin flavor to the historic Trump indictment this week where the role of fake electors is central. We talk about the decades-long work that military sexual trauma survivors have done and what it all means in terms of President Biden’s new Executive Order updating the Military Justice Code.
We welcome State Representative Kristina Shelton to discuss the introduction of her BadgerCare Public Option bill expanding access to affordable healthcare for Wisconsinites and her attendance at the ALEC convention last week. We are also joined by Teamsters Local 662 Business Agent, Dan Boley to discuss the strike at Leinenkugels, how it is part of a broader national anti-union effort by Molson Coors, and how the Teamsters Local 662 will be calling for a boycott of Molson Coors products.
Janet Protesaiwicz is sworn in this week. We discuss whether it will be a new era of a progressive Wisconsin Supreme Court, as Law Forward immediately files a critically important gerrymandering case. Minnesota marijuana legalization has begun, leaving Wisconsin a weed revenue island. MAGA Rep. Van Orden bullies kids at the Capitol and Sen. Tammy Baldwin still has no serious GOP opponent.
Listen to the new show.
Support the Teamsters Local 662 Strike Fund.
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