Weekend Newsletter, December 15, 2023
Join Citizen Action of Wisconsin Today!
See you Sunday at 6pm for 3rd Congressional District Candidate Forum!
Join us for a virtual candidate forum featuring candidates challenging Derrick Van Orden for the 3rd Congressional District in Western Wisconsin. The forum will feature questions from Citizen Action Organizing coop members who live in the 3rd Congressional District. Citizen Action has 3 separate Organizing Co-ops located in the district, making this a huge event for us!
This forum is part of our endorsement process and will include a survey of attendees on their candidate preferences and if you think Citizen Action’s Board should vote to endorse in the Democratic Primary.
Citizen Action Driftless Organizing Co-Op Update
Join us for our Driftless healthcare team meeting on Tuesday, December 19th at 6PM. We will be reviewing our work so far, updating members on the BadgerCare Public Option bill and making our plan of action for 2024! Register here or email me with any questions.
We are swiftly moving into the spring election season. Candidates are collecting signatures and solidifying their place on the April ballot. The Driftless co-op will be interviewing local candidates for endorsement recommendations to our board and we would love your help. If you want to be a part of our endorsement team, please reach out to me.
Don’t forget the 3rd CD Forum on Sunday, December 17th at 6pm on zoom. Get to know the Democratic primary candidates running for Congress in the 3rd congressional district.
Happy Holiday Season!
To find out more about the Driftless Co-Op or become a member, please call or email me; Kristie Tweed, Driftless Co-Op Organizer, 608-317-1331 or [email protected]
Attend Eau Claire Coalition Winter Party coming up Jan 6th, 2024
The Citizen Action’s Northwestern WI Organizing Co-op invites area members and activists to the Coalition Winter Party in Eau Claire on Saturday, January 6, 2024 from 1pm-3pm at the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in downtown Eau Claire.
The gathering is a social opportunity to connect with a variety of advocacy organizations that have organizers and leaders in Eau Claire, and to look ahead to a new year of opportunities to organize and make change.
Co-sponsors include Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin, For Our Future, JONAH, Wisconsin Farmers Union, Power Up EC, and Wisconsin Public Education Network.
Join us for an end of the year celebration in the Northeast, Tuesday, December 19th, 6pm!
The Northeast Co-op is hosting an end of the year social next week on Tuesday, December 19th from 6:00-7:30pm at Glass Nickel Pizza on 416 Dousman St. in Green Bay. Come on out for some pizza and to talk about all of the great work we accomplished in 2023!
Stop predatory private college in Milwaukee
A broad coalition of Citizen Action allies is circulating a petition to stop the private Arizona College of Nursing (AZCN) from coming into Milwaukee. It is a predatory college that recruits students of color and veterans by offering them the dream of a nursing career. But like other predatory schools such as Everest, Sanford Brown and ITT Tech, it does not deliver on its promises.
It has an exceptionally high federal loan default rate of over 20% and low passing rates on the nursing state boards. It has been sued for fraud by 19 students in Texas. If allowed to locate in Milwaukee it threatens to battle existing and legitimate nursing programs for scarce clinical spots.
Please sign and circulate our petition urging Milwaukee Mayor Johnson and the Milwaukee Common Council to say No to the AZCN.
Listen to “Secretary of State Godlewski calls for Robert Spindell to go!” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast
We welcome Secretary of State Sarah Godlewski to discuss her call for Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu to remove Wisconsin Election Commissioner and disgraced Trump fake elector Robert Spindell from his position of authority over our election process. She encourages our listeners to call LeMahieu and their state legislators and urge them to replace Spindell. The Secretary also tells us why she opposes Robin Vos’ scheme to replace the Wisconsin Election Commission with a process where the Secretary of State runs elections under the full control of the gerrymandered legislature.
We also review the latest culture war battle initiatives by the Wisconsin GOP, the drive by Speaker Vos to eliminate the UW System’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusions Programs. At first the UW Board of Regents held firm against Vos’s threats, but then caved. We discuss how this effort by Republicans and the Biden impeachment in the U.S. House reveals that our democracy remains in a grave state of peril heading into the pivotal 2024 elections.
We also remind listeners to attend our 3rd Congressional District Candidate Forum this Sunday, December 17th, at 6pm. RSVP here. We close with Citizen Action Northeast Co-op organizer Natalie Hoffman to tell us about a climate victory in Green Bay last week and a holiday social the Coop is hosting next Tuesday evening in Green Bay.
Listen to the show!
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