Citizen Action Weekend Newsletter, December 22st
Happy Holidays from Citizen Action of Wisconsin.
Give the gift of membership in Citizen Action.
WATCH Citizen Action 3rd CD Candidate Forum and take our survey.
Our Congressional District 3 Forum was Sunday, December 17th, and we had a GREAT time! We want to thank Rebecca Cooke, Tara Johnson, Rep. Katrina Shankland, and Eric Wilson for taking the time to participate, as well as give a shoutout to our wonderful question askers and folks who gave membership pitches!
If you haven’t had a chance to watch it yet, or just want to watch it again and share it with folks, you can watch it here.
Now we need to hear from you! Take our straw poll today and let us know what you thought about what you heard, and if you believe Citizen Action should endorse in the primary! (PS: Everyone is welcome to take the straw poll, CD3 resident or not!)
Citizen Action Northeast Organizing Co-op End of Year Party
Citizen Action Northeast Organizing Co-op had a blast at our end of the year celebration at Glass Nickel Pizza in Green Bay! It was great to spend time with our members, meet some new faces, and reflect on all of the great things we accomplished together in 2023.
We even had three new members sign up to join the Northeast Co-op at our event!
We look forward to taking this momentum forward with us into 2024, and hope that you will join us in a critically important year of organizing! To join the Northeast Co-op, visit https://www.citizenactionwi.org/northeast-wisconsin/.
If you would like to connect further, please reach out to Natalie Hoffman at (414) 216-1316 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.
Senator Brad Pfaff signs on as co-sponsor of BadgerCare Public Option.
Citizen Action Southeast Organizing Co-Op engages with MKE City Plans
The City of Milwaukee is continuing the Growing MKE initiative, engaging in a range of activities including conducting listening sessions, distributing surveys, compiling recommendations, and holding stakeholder meetings to gather diverse input and shape comprehensive zoning reforms. Citizen Action members have been attending listening sessions and submitting comments in favor of zoning that allows for walkable communities and expanded public transit.
Growing MKE is ran by City of Milwaukee Department of Neighborhood Development and current proposals include: enhancing Housing Choice & Equity through diverse and affordable options, stimulating Economic Development by increasing housing to bolster the city’s tax base and support services, improving Connectivity by creating walkable, well-connected neighborhoods, and promoting Climate Resiliency with sustainable, environmentally-friendly housing developments.
The City of Milwaukee DCD’s Growing MKE has a set of draft recommendations for review from Milwaukee residents. View the draft recommendations. Read about it here. Milwaukee residents are asked to take a survey related to the suggested recommendations, take the survey here.
Citizen Action Southeast Organizing Co-op works for education equity in Kenosha
Kenosha Unified School District has recently announced plans to close 6 schools in 2023. Citizen Action members have been engaging in discussions and meetings with groups in Kenosha to advocate against school closings and more equitable use of funding, resources, and to ensure community voices are heard.
Interested in learning more or getting involved? Email SEWI Co-Op Organizer Kat Klawes at [email protected].
Citizen Action in the News
On the day of President Biden’s visit to Milwaukee, Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig was on the Earl Ingram Show for the full hour to break down the Colorado Supreme Court decision to remove Donald Trump from the ballot under the Authority of the 14th Amendment. Will SCOTUS overturn the decision? What does it mean for 2024 and beyond?
Listen to “Biden v Trump II in 2024” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast
Following President Biden’s visit to Milwaukee this week we discuss if he can turn around his 2024 chances? We talk about the politics and the stakes, how the President’s reelection prospects are impacted by the war in Gaza, a possible bad deal on immigration, and this week’s 14th Amendment decision in Colorado.
We debrief Citizen Action’s 3rd CD Candidate Forum this week and encourage people to listen to the replay and fill out our survey. Big union news this week with the TruStage workers union settling their contract after a long dispute and we review the Amazon case before the Wisconsin Supreme Court, which has major implications for misclassified independent contractors and corporate skirting of employment responsibilities.
Finally, we discuss State Senator Brad Pfaff signing on as a co-sponsor of the BadgerCare Public Option, the health care cost impact of a ThedaCare and Froedtert merger.
Listen to the show.