Citizen Action Weekend
Weekend Newsletter, January 5, 2024

Weekend Newsletter, January 5, 2024

January 5th

Happy New Year from Citizen Action of Wisconsin.
Become a member of Citizen Action today.

Support Citizen Action’s 2024 Battleground Fund talking directly to voters!

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.

RSVP for the Winter Party today!

Take the CD3 Straw Poll Before it Closes on January 7th!

Have you taken the CD3 Straw Poll yet? Time is RUNNING OUT! Make sure to submit your thoughts on the forum and on an endorsement before the poll closes at the end of the day Sunday, January 7th!

If you didn’t catch the forum in December, or if you want to watch it again and share it with folks – CLICK HERE! (PS: Everyone is welcome to watch and take the straw poll, CD3 resident or not!)

Click here to take the CD3 Straw Poll now!

Citizen Action Driftless Organizing Co-Op Update

2024 is here and it is going to be a busy year in the Driftless Co-Op and around the state and country. It is imperative that we come together to defend our democracy and elect people who will represent our values and goals.

We are jumping right in with our spring election endorsements. Our local team will develop review candidate survey submissions, interview candidates and then make a recommendation to our board of directors. Our first round of early endorsement interviews start on January 23rd.

After endorsements are made we will jump into supporting candidates and will need your help reaching out to voters. If you are interested in joining our endorsement team or helping support local candidates, please contact Kristie Tweed, Driftless Co-Op Organizer at [email protected].

Even though we will be busy with movement politics in 2024, we will continue our local work on fighting healthcare issues in the Driftless including improper coding and claim denials. We will also continue lobbying for climate action plans to be implemented in counties, municipalities and school districts around the region.

Thank you for the work you did in 2023! We hope you had a wonderful Holiday season and were able to rest and rejuvenate. Now let’s get excited to make meaningful change in 2024!

To find out more about the Driftless Co-Op or become a member, please call or email me, Kristie Tweed, Driftless Co-Op Organizer, at 608-317-1331 or [email protected]

Movement Politics is in Full Effect at Citizen Action North Central Organizing Coop. 

As the NC Organizing Co-op works on the list of candidates that could be the type of people that are willing to work in co-governance with Citizen Action of Wisconsin, we have to stand in awe of the number of people that have emerged.

Something that is even more exciting, is that a significant number of the candidates are Co-op members. On the Wausau City Council alone, we have two seats, with two co-op members running for the same seat! We also have candidates that we are looking at who are running for school board, county board or city council, in Lincoln, Oneida, Marathon, Wood and Portage counties. Thanks to the work of our members and their action in their communities, we are seeing more people running, and we are seeing more people that are willing to work for the people and the planet.

These are regular people that do not have any big money behind them. And, in some of these races, there are candidates with a radical agenda, that support things like banning books, or opposing LGBTQ+ rights. We need to work together to stop people with that agenda from being elected!

If you would like to help in any of the mentioned counties, with getting these local candidates elected, please reach out to Organizer, Joel Lewis, at [email protected] or give him a call at 715-551-2525.

Citizen Action in the News

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig was on the Earl Ingram Show for the full hour to discuss the pivotal 2024 election in Wisconsin.

Listen here.

Listen to “Organizing Our Future in 2024” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

Welcome to 2024 where our pivotal battleground state elections will again take center stage. We jump in and dissect this week’s news. The GOP Legislative leadership asks the Wisconsin Supreme Court to reconsider their redistricting decision; a new court ruling allows clerks to correct minor errors on absentee ballots; and a brewery owner sues to remove Trump from the Wisconsin ballot under the 14th Amendment.

In a revealing and shameless display of voter suppression and encouragement of drain brain, the GOP leaders introduce a bill encouraging UW students to not vote in Wisconsin. Legislative Republicans to potential long term residents, “We don’t want you here. Go home!”

Robert does his best to fill in details on the policy positions of Senator Tammy Baldwin’s likely opponent, multimillionaire businessman and perennial candidate Eric Hovde. In climate news Wisconsin trails badly on solar adoption. Will Governor Evers use the huge investments offered by the Biden Administration to close the gap with neighboring states? Also, Insulin prices plunge for Wisconsinites due to a little known provision of President Biden’s American Rescue Plan.

We close with a discussion of a new labor organizing drive by over 100 workers at Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin and encourage the organization’s board of directors to recognize the union and move forward with a more powerful organization prepared to deliver on its critical mission.

Listen to the show!

SIGN petition in support of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin workers.

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