Citizen Action Weekly; January 8, 2021

Citizen Action Weekly; January 8, 2021

Friday, January 8th

Citizen Action Statement on Trump Insurgents Breaching the Capital

Citizen Action’s Director had the following reflections on the storming of the Capital instigated by President Trump

Although most of us were shocked when our TV screens and social media feeds exploded with images of the first breaching of the U.S Capital since the British army burned it down in 1812, upon reflection we should not be surprised. This has been brewing for decades because of the actions of the most powerful people in American society. As excellent recent books by Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson, Nancy Maclean, Jane Mayer, and many others have documented, the malignant brand of right-wing conservatism that has seized control of the Republican Party and its voters over the past five decades is bent on unwinding democracy and majority rule to hold power and dictate national policy.

It is critical to understand that this has not been the work of a few demagogic politicians, not even Donald Trump who has merely exploited the opportunity. Many of the richest people in America, and the leaders of our largest and most powerful corporations, unsatisfied by the most equal distribution of economic benefits in American history from the end of World War 2 through the mid 1970s, deliberately invested in a movement to appropriate the lion’s share of economic growth for themselves. The electoral and communications machine that they built (and are still lavishly funding) used hatred, fear, and racism to build a voting base that will remain a danger to democracy long after Donald Trump has passed from the scene. According to a major poll, nearly half of Republican voters approve of the assault on the Capital! 

We have seen many GOP figures and some big corporate trade groups call for the removal of President Trump. We should not be fooled, they are repositioning themselves, and can be expected to continue to underwrite the proto-fascist movement that brought us to this dangerous precipice. One of Wisconsin’s Senators was a ring leader in overturning the democratic election of President-elect Biden, and two newly elected Wisconsin Congressman voted to overturn the election, even after the insurrectionists were cleared from the building. These are not strategic masterminds, but political weathervanes, reading the currents of public and elected opinion in their only party!

The real power behind the conspiracy continued to foment strategic racism to mobilize their base and seize power. As powerful thinkers such as Michelle Alexander, Ibraham X Kendi, Ian Haney Lopez, and Isabelle Wilkerson show, racism is not merely a matter of bias which can be vanquished through training and moral inspiration, it is a system deliberately created to serve the economic and political interests of the ruling elite. 

The best counter to organized money is organized people. The only answer to this on-going conspiracy against democracy and equality is to continue to build an antiracist progressive movement powerful enough and strategic enough to both achieve governing power and achieve fundamental structural reform. That is what Citizen Action leaders and members are working towards across Wisconsin. 

If you have not already, please join one of Citizen Action’s organizing co-ops and get involved. If you are already a co-op member, please contact your co-op organizer about getting more deeply involved in one of our major issue campaigns.

Citizen Action Statement on Charging Decision in Shooting of Jacob Blake

This week Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley announced his decision not to criminally charge the police officer who shot Jacob Blake seven times in the back this summer.

Citizen Action of Wisconsin stands in solidarity with Jacob Blake, his family and friends, hundreds of thousands of protesters across the country fighting for racial justice, and every person who loves humanity and is demanding real action to address America’s structurally racist criminal justice system.

As the Wisconsin Examiner reported: “Michael Graveley said his role was only to make a narrow legal decision over whether there was probable cause that the officers committed a crime.” Gravely and many legal analysts point out that it is extremely difficult to prove that a police officer in a shooting did not act in self defense, whether or not it’s true.

This means that the laws and legal precedents that have created the current self-defense standard have racist impact, as Black people continue to be shot and killed by law enforcement officers without legal consequences. This is a threat to the entire justice system, which cannot operate effectively when large segments of society justifiably do not have faith in its decisions.

Michelle Alexander’s penetratingly eloquent The New Jim Crow and Ibram X. Kendi’s brilliant pair of books Stamped from the Beginning and How to Be an Antiracist, call for every moral person to use their power to disrupt and unwind structural racism.

While DA Gravely may well be right that the case is unwinnable under current standards, this does not absolve him of moral responsibility. In the era of slavery and Jim Crow, heroic attorneys filed cases and DAs pressed charges that they knew would be shot down by a racist legal system. We should expect no less today.

Graveley’s decision also passes on responsibility to lawmakers, who have the power to create a legal system where black lives matter and everyone is truly equal under the law. But so far Wisconsin’s state leaders have not proposed or pursued effective action up to the scale of the problem.

For Professor Kendi, one can’t meet his definition of antiracist without both recognizing the deep racism in our society and in each of us, and taking effective action to replace racist structures. For him, the defining mark of antiracism is effective deeds, not words or personal reflection. All those with substantial power such as our political leaders, corporate leaders, and at a lesser level of power nonprofit leaders, and every person with love in their hearts for all humanity must do more.

Citizen Action asks every elected leader, and every person within the sound of our voice with influence over these leaders, to take meaningful steps to unwind the structural racism that made the murder of George Floyd and the shooting of Jacob Blake possible. Meanwhile, our thoughts and prayers are with Jacob Blake and his family.

Citizen Action of Wisconsin’s Green New Deal State Budget Priorities.

2021 is our best chance to win climate justice reform in over a decade. We can’t let this opportunity slip away! Citizen Action is fighting for a Green New Deal for Wisconsin rural and metro areas, both to head off a climate genocide and create true economic equity for everyone, especially for communities of color and rural areas excluded from opportunity.

Recently Gov. Tony Evers’ climate task force, Chaired by Lt. Gov Mandela Barnes, released its recommendations for action. But this does not mean they will be included in the Governor’s state budget.

We need your voice to be heard now to make serious progress on a climate transition that improves economic opportunity and racial equity.

We are calling on Gov. Evers to include the following policies in his state budget:

  • State funding for local Climate Action Plans (CAPs), to give every community the resources needed to develop and begin to implement climate & equity plans.
  • State funding for New Deal-style transitional jobs programs for getting everyone locked out of economic opportunity into energy conservation or renewable energy jobs that cut climate emissions.
  • To avert massive home energy shut-offs once the pandemic is under control, forgive all consumer utility debt run up during the health emergency.
  • Mandate all utilities to provide “on-bill financing” for home solar panels and energy conservation upgrades at no cost to homeowners and renters, slashing utility bills, and generating green jobs.
  • Allow cities and municipalities to raise building standards in order to cut greenhouse gas emissions and generate local renewable energy and conservation jobs.

Please contact Gov. Evers today and ask him to include these climate & economic opportunity policies in his next state budget scheduled for release on January 26th.

Take Action Now: What we can do RIGHT NOW to combat the climate crisis, a virtual climate change webinar

It is past time to take action to save the planet.  Now with Democrats in control of the Presidency, both houses of Congress and the Wisconsin Governor’s seat we have the political power to take real action on climate change.  We need to do everything we can on a national and personal level to stop the climate crisis.  

While we lobby for climate action on the state and nation level there are steps we should all be taking RIGHT NOW.   Citizen Action of Wisconsin’s Driftless Co-op is hosting a very special, virtual event to highlight actions we can all take now to save the planet.  Many of these action will reduce your carbon footprint, create jobs, save you many and boast your local community.  This is your chance to learn about personal actions you can take RIGHT NOW to reduce carbon output, save money and protect the planet. It will also be a chance to learn how you can win a $25 gift card to the Driftless Cafe.

Join us virtually and learn about:

  • Free small scale energy efficiency kits through the “Focus on Energy” program
  • Green Home upgrades including solar panels at no upfront cost
  • “Renewable Connect” programs offered by local energy utilities 
  • La Crosse’s “Solar on Schools” program
  • “Ready For 100” clean energy lobbying initiative 
  • Citizen Action of Wisconsin lobbying campaigns for climate action in the 2021-2022 state budget
  • On-Bill Financing programs
  • Sustainable Tiny Homes Project in La Crosse 

This virtual meeting will be your chance to learn about all the actions you can take now.  In order to have the greatest impact we all need to do our part to recruit as many people as possible to take action.  To that end we will be also be announcing a very special contest to see who can mobilize the most friends and families to take action as well!  The winner of this contest will receive a $25.00 gift certificate to the Driftless Cafe in Viroqua.

This meeting is open to the public.  

RSVP here for the Zoom link.  Please join us so that we can all take action to save tomorrow!

Thursday, January 28, 2021 7:00 PM –  8:30 PM CT

Tell Gov. Tony Evers we need a BadgerCare Public Option in his next State Budget

TAKE ACTION! Contact Gov. Tony Evers and tell him to make sure a BadgerCare Public Option is included in his next State Budget.

No matter what we look like, where we live, or what’s in our wallets, we all need good affordable health care. But for too long, we’ve let a powerful divide us to pad their own profits.

The COVID-19 pandemic reveals what has always been true, excluding people from health care is a threat to the entire community. Crippling costs deter the uninsured and everyone who can’t afford massive co-pays, deductibles, and surprise medical bills from seeking testing and treatment, helping the virus spread.

Millions of Americans have lost health care coverage due to job loss during the pandemic, and hundreds of thousands in Wisconsin.

Healthcare is a human right and no one should go bankrupt because they get sick or delay medical treatment because they can’t afford it.

We need to make sure BadgerCare is opened to everyone in Wisconsin as a public option, lowering premiums and eliminating large co-pays and deductibles, so that all of us can get the care we need without going bankrupt or having to wrangle with an insurance company.

New polling completed in late November 2020 by Badger State Research found 78% of Wisconsin voters support “creating a BadgerCare public option that allows people to purchase health care coverage through BadgerCare rather than private insurance.”

Ask Governor Evers to put Badgercare Public Option in the Budget!

Citizen Action in the News

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig was on the Pacifica Radio network during the Trump Insurrection to discuss its origins and the danger to democracy. The program airs on the 200 stations national radio network. Listen here.

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig responded to Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke’s claim that the Trump riot in the U.S. Capital was similar to the Act 10 protests. Read it here in UpNorthNews.

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig was on the Jeff Santos radio show to discuss the big Georgia special Senate election and governing in the Biden era. Listen here.

The power behind the insurrection” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We give our reactions and initial analysis of the unprecedented Trump insurrection at Congress. What does it mean for American democracy? We dig into how the shocking events at the Capital lay bare our white supremacist society. Insurrectionists were largely allowed to enter and leave Congress with little resistance and few arrests after sowing chaos in their effort to execute a right-wing coup. We welcome Lauren Jacobs, the Executive Director of the Partnership for Working Families, to discuss the real power behind the insurrection and how the progressive movement’s response and commitment to multiracial organizing around our values of caring for everyone can be an anecdote to Trumpism.

Listen Now – Episode #474

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Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, December 18th

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, December 18th

Friday, December 18th

Protect Wisconsin’s clean water by demanding an Environmental Impact Study on the Roth Feeder Pig II CAFO 

Whether we are white or Black, rich or poor, rural or urban, we all want clean water, fresh air and a habitable planet for our families.  But today, giant corporate farms are threatening the beauty and natural resources of the Driftless region.  Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) threaten our groundwater, our air, our local economies, our small farms, and our outdoor recreation.   You can help protect our waters RIGHT NOW with a few simple clicks.

On October 30th Vernon county saw the impact CAFOs can have when the area suffered a major manure spill and fish kill off.  Now a newly proposed CAFO, Roth Feeder Pig II, is posed to be the biggest hog CAFO in Wisconsin.  Attempts are being made to move forward on construction without an environmental impact study in a region that is susceptible to extreme rain events and sinkholes, both of which could lead to major water contamination.  By joining together across the state to protect our precious lakes and farmlands, we can make sure that the DNR completes an environmental impact study before construction of the Roth Feeder Pig II CAFO in Crawford county begins. 

You can help by clicking below to send an email directly to Wisconsin Government officials and Wisconsin DNR leadership demanding an environmental impact study.  Email submissions from anywhere in the state will be accepted and are encouraged.  Please take a moment to fill out this simple form to contact Governor Evers and the DNR to demand they protect Wisconsin waters!

Thank you to everyone who volunteered and donated toys for Citizen Action of Wisconsin Driftless Co-op’s first ever rural toy drive!

Last weekend Citizen Action of Wisconsin held its first ever toy drive to give back to farmers, farmer workers and families of undocumented farm hands.  Donation sites were set up in La Crosse, Adams County and Viroqua.  Despite the cold weather the day was an overwhelming success!  Over 250 toys were collected!  Those toys will be distributed throughout the Driftless Region’s farming communities.

We were so thrilled at how the day turned out!  A special thank you goes out to Citizen Action of Wisconsin members Joni Anderson, Jillian Richie, Paul Kruse, and Heather Talbot for braving the cold to help collect toys.  Thanks also go out to Tractor Supply Co in Viroqua, Adams Radio 106 in Adams, and UU of La Crosse for hosting our drop off locations.  Thank you to Adams County Democrats for co-sponsoring the toy drive and for their generous donation. Thank you to News Channel 8 in La Crosse for covering the event; you can read their story here.

Lastly a very special thank you to everyone who donated toys either in person or through the mail.  You all helped bring smiles to struggling rural families this holiday season!

Take Action: Join Us In The Demand for a BadgerCare Public Option!

Part of the healthcare co-op is pushing for Governor Evers to include a Public Option in the state budget. If we don’t talk about it, we will never get it.  We need to look for progress wherever possible and this is one avenue at the state level.  

All working families in Wisconsin should be able to purchase affordable health insurance & get the care they need. The choices our government makes now to help us weather the outbreak of this virus can also set a better course for the future of our communities. Now is the time for us to unite across our differences and make policy choices that help every-day people in pursuit of a safe, healthy, and thriving Wisconsin.

Take Action: Tell Gov. Evers We Need a BadgerCare Public Option! 

NC Organizing Co-op Members and Friends – SAVE THE DATE

In spite of living through a pandemic in 2020, a lot has been accomplished by our members and our organization throughout the year. And we would like to celebrate this work, as well as to continue planning for 2021. Currently, there are candidates seeking office for the Wisconsin Court of Appeals – District III and several school boards within the region, but there is much more to plan for in 2021. Please save the date and join us for a virtual get-together! If you lack the ability to use Zoom, there will be a call-in option too. This meeting is happening on Saturday, January 16th, from 10 am to 12 noon. We hope to see you there!

Sign Up to Phone Bank into Georgia with the People’s Action Health Care For All Team!

Do you like Democracy? Do you believe that health care is a human right? Do you want to see Mitch McConnell out of power? Then you should sign up to phone bank for the Georgia senate races with People’s Action health care team! he health care team is hosting the following events:

  • Wednesday, December 30th, 5-8pm CT – Phone Bank

Polls are tight, so these calls and texts could make the difference! You can sign up to participate HERE

Citizen Action in the News

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig was on the Jeff Santos Show for 60 minutes to discuss developments in the Biden Administration, assess key appointments, and progressive strategy. Listen here

Citizen Action’s Health Care for All Director, Claire Zautke, penned a column for Up North News on the importance of signing up for ACA during the open enrollment period. Read it here.

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig was on the Earl Ingram Show for 60 minutes to discuss the situation in Wisconsin, including the assault on democracy and the latest sabotage efforts of the do-nothing Legislature, and evaluate Governor Evers’ strategy. Listen here.

Citizen Action members called for an environmental impact statement on a Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) in the Driftless Region, Roth Feeder Pig 2. Read about it here.

“Sinking Snake Oil Ship” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We check in on the federal COVID-19 debate in Congress. After months of failure, are the nation’s lawmakers about to deliver meaningful relief? Claire presents new research quantifying the deep financial hardship the pandemic has inflicted on American families and why the failure of political leadership is so devastating. The Electoral College declared Joe Biden the winner this week as all legal options for the snake oil salesman-in-chief have now closed. That didn’t stop Sen. Ron Johnson from embarrassing himself this week with his sham hearing on the election. We talk about disturbing news that the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association emailed a document to thousands of law enforcement agencies comparing Black Lives Matter activists to terrorists. Also, the City of Milwaukee Common Council is prepared to turn down federal money for more police officers.

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Stay up to date! Stream our Annual Membership Meeting Today

Thank you to all who joined us for our first Virtual Annual Membership Meeting on December 5th! If you were unable to attend, the meeting is available for your streaming convenience

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Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, December 11th

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, December 11th

Friday, December 11th

Sign Up to Phone Bank into Georgia with the People’s Action Health Care For All Team!

Do you like Democracy? Do you believe that health care is a human right? Do you want to see Mitch McConnell out of power? Then you should sign up to phone bank for the Georgia senate races with People’s Action health care team! he health care team is hosting the following events:

  • Tuesday, December 15th, 5-7:30pm CT – Text Bank
  • Wednesday, December 16th, 5-8pm CT – Phone Bank
  • Wednesday, December 30th, 5-8pm CT – Phone Bank

Polls are tight, so these calls and texts could make the difference! You can sign up to participate HERE

Opportunity to Write Postcards to Win Georgia in North Central WI

Co-op member Nancy Stencil, is working with Women for Women – Wausau Chapter and the AFL-CIO to write and send postcards to help win Georgia! If you are interested in helping with this effort, click here for more details.

 

 

 

TAKE ACTION! Contact Gov. Tony Evers and tell him to make sure a BadgerCare Public Option is included in his next State Budget.  

We need to make sure BadgerCare is opened to everyone in Wisconsin as a public option, lowering premiums and eliminating large co-pays and deductibles, so that all of us can get the  care we need without going bankrupt or having to wrangle with an insurance company.New polling completed in late November 2020 by Badger State Research found 78% of Wisconsin voters support “creating a BadgerCare public option that allows people to purchase health care coverage through  BadgerCare rather than private insurance.”

CONTACT Gov. Tony Evers and tell him to make sure a BadgerCare Public Option is included in his 2021-2022 State Budget that he will introduce in late January 2021.

Are you running for office or considering running? Attend a Wisconsin Progress candidate training

Wisconsin Progress is excited to announce their annual winter training series and this year they are going virtual. Local elections are as important as they’ve ever been and their Advanced Local Elected Campaign Training is a great way to prepare for your run. They are offering shorter trainings this year on Field, Finance, and Communications so you don’t have to spend a whole day in front of your computer. 

All trainings will be offered through Zoom; sign up below to get access:

Saturday, December 12th, 2020 2pm-4pm – Virtual Field Training
Tuesday, December 14th, 2020 6pm-8pm – Virtual Fundraising Training
Thursday, December 16th, 2020 6pm-8pm – Virtual Communications Training
Monday, January 4th, 2021 530pm-730pm – Virtual Field Training
Tuesday, January 5th, 2021 2pm-4pm – Virtual Field Training
Thursday, January 7th, 2021 6pm-8pm – Virtual Fundraising Training
Saturday, January 9th, 2021 6pm-8pm – Virtual Communications Training

Citizen Action of Wisconsin Hosts Toy Drive to Support Farming Families and rural communities. Giving back to families that put food on our tables

2020 has been a rough year for everyone across the Driftless region. That is why Citizen Action of Wisconsin Driftless Co-op, along with the Wisconsin’s Farmers Union and Adams County Democrats are sponsoring a Sustainable Toy Drive during the month of December to collect NEW toys to be distributed to struggling farmers, families of farm workers, and families of undocumented farmhands in La Crosse, Adams and Vernon counties.  We want to make sure that we are giving back to the families that put food on our tables.

We are asking for sustainable toys such as books, puzzles, and wooden toys.  You can help by dropping off toys in person on  December 12th from noon to 4:00 at one of the following locations. 

  • Wisconsin 106 parking lot 1040 W Center st Adams Wisconsin 
  • UU Fellowship of La Crosse 401 West Ave s La Crosse 
  • Tractor Supply Co Parking lot 1202 N Main st Viroqua

It is our hope that people will donate to this community project to bring joy to children who might not receive a gift otherwise. 

Please consider shopping locally owned, small businesses for NEW sustainable toys to donate, for example:

If you wish to donate a sustainable toy by mail, or place an order online,  please send it to:

CAW Sustainable Toy Drive;

C/O: Ben Wilson

116 s Rock Ave, Apt 1206

Viroqua WI 54665

La Crosse event link

Viroqua event link 

Adams event link

For more information please contact Ben Wilson at 608-386-2847 or [email protected]

North Central Organizing Co-op Member Shares His Personal Affordable Care Act Story at Protect Our Care Virtual Press Conference with US Senator Tammy Baldwin

Open Enrollment for the Affordable Care Act is underway and ends on December 15th

On Monday, December 7th, NC Co-op member, Vik Verma was part of a press conference sponsored by Protect Our Care Wisconsin and Citizen Action of Wisconsin, to urge people to enroll in the ACA here in Wisconsin. 

The ACA was a lifesaver for Vik after a serious car accident in 2017.  He shared his story to emphasize how important it is to enroll in the ACA exchange if you don’t have coverage.

In addition to Lillian and Vik sharing their stories, our awesome US Senator Tammy Baldwin and our great Wisconsin Insurance Commissioner Mark Afable spoke about the importance of getting enrolled in the ACA exchanges. You can see the virtual press conference here.

Get enrolled!  The deadline is December 15!

Wausau Mayor Katie Rosenberg Meets With Citizen Action of Wisconsin Staff (and a photo bomber)

Citizen Action of Wisconsin’s Executive Director, Dr. Robert Kraig, Climate & Equity Director Rafael Smith, and North Central Co-op Organizer Joel Lewis met with Wausau Mayor Katie Rosenberg on Wednesday, December 9th. We all joined what Katie calls the World Peace Tour, and Organizer Joel Lewis learned that it’s hard to take a screenshot while giving a peace sign. He also learned that no matter who you’re meeting with, a double peace sign photobomb is not out of the question! The meeting was to discuss the lay of the land in Wausau, in terms of working toward the use of more renewable energy and a greener future. How this pertains to all people in the greater Wausau area was also a part of the discussion. We are so grateful to have had the time to have this discussion with Mayor Katie, and look forward to continuing to work toward a green and equitable future in Wausau.

People’s Action Holds Session 2 of Their Movement Builder’s Conference

Much of the Citizen Action of Wisconsin Field Team and some of their Co-op Organizers participated in the 2nd Session of the People’s Action Movement Builder’s Conference. This event brings Organizers from all across the country together to celebrate victories achieved through our collective work, and to work together to identify future goals and ways to implement them. 

As Organizers, we can sometimes feel like we’re on an island, all alone doing this work. Not only do these conferences help you hone in on your organizing skills, but it helps you to realize that you are not alone. You are one piece of a movement that is much larger than yourself! Together we are strong and we can move mountains if we stand together. 

“Trump enablers scheme & sue to overturn election” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We review a surreal week that saw Texas and 17 states sue Wisconsin and other states where Trump lost narrowly to overturn the election. In Wisconsin, Rep. Tussler, the chairman of the Assembly Elections committee, is holding a sham hearing Friday and has already said he is willing to defy the will of the voters. We talk about the issues the do-nothing-good Wisconsin Legislature and US Senate are ignoring, especially COVID 19 , and laud Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes’ broad Climate Task Force plan which was released this Wednesday. Will its provisions make it into Governor Evers’ state budget? Finally, we welcome Shawn Phetteplace, Wisconsin State Manager of the Main Street Alliance, to discuss the budget priorities of small business owners.

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Learn more about the Main Street Alliance and their priorities for President-elect Biden’s first 100 days.

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Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, December 4th 2020

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, December 4th 2020

Friday, December 4th

Attend 2020 Citizen Action of Wisconsin statewide membership meeting

On December 5th 2020 at 10:00 AM Citizen Action of Wisconsin will be (virtually) hosting its annual statewide membership meeting. This meeting will be open to all current members. During the meeting we will be electing the 2021 Board of Directors (including representation from the Driftless region). We will also be celebrating the amazing work that has been done across the state as we’ll as the work done by our individual co-ops across the state.

We have a lot to celebrate this year but we still have a lot of work ahead of us!  We hope to see as many of you as possible on this virtual annual meeting.  

RSVP to receive the Zoom link to join.

Tell Gov. Tony Evers we need a BadgerCare Public Option in his next State Budget

TAKE ACTION! Contact Gov. Tony Evers and tell him to make sure a BadgerCare Public Option is included in his next State Budget.

No matter what we look like, where we live, or what’s in our wallets, we all need good affordable health care. But for too long, we’ve let a powerful divide us to pad their own profits.

The COVID-19 pandemic reveals what has always been true, excluding people from health care is a threat to the entire community. Crippling costs deter the uninsured and everyone who can’t afford massive co-pays, deductibles, and surprise medical bills from seeking testing and treatment, helping the virus spread.

Healthcare is a human right and no one should go bankrupt because they get sick or delay medical treatment because they can’t afford it.

We need to make sure BadgerCare is opened to everyone in Wisconsin as a public option, lowering premiums and eliminating large co-pays and deductibles, so that all of us can get the care we need without going bankrupt or having to wrangle with an insurance company.

CONTACT Gov. Tony Evers and tell him to make sure a BadgerCare Public Option is included in his 2021-2022 State Budget that he will introduce in late January 2021.

Attend Gov. Evers/Lt. Gov. Barnes Budget Listening Sessions

Although the COVID-19 pandemic continues to keep folks safer at home, the governor is once again calling on Wisconsinites to share their thoughts on the 2021-2022 State Budget at a virtual listening session.

Thank you to the team who joined our Climate and Healthcare info session on Dec 1st to prep for the December 2nd State Budget Listening session! 

Wisconsinites who can’t attend a listening session can submit a written public comment on any topic at any time here.

If you are interested in participating in any of the remaining listening sessions, you can register to attend below.

Budget Listening Session on Criminal Justice Reform

Tuesday, December 8 at 6 p.m.

Register to attend here: //us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0oceCqrTwiHd0K_jwSm7v77A94JrrcbHRP

Budget Listening Session on Our Schools and Education

Wednesday, December 16 at 6 p.m.

Registration will be live one week before the listening session date.​

Attend The People’s Map Commission Meetings & Hearings 

If you can’t attend, submit written comments. 

Members of Gov. Tony Evers’ People’s Maps Commission will host a series of public hearings across Wisconsin to hear directly from experts and the public on redistricting. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Commission is conducting all hearings virtually, but may reassess this decision at a later point. There will be at least one hearing for each of Wisconsin’s congressional districts.

Members of the public are encouraged to provide testimony at public hearings by registering to testify. Written public comments are also welcome at any time during the public hearing process. They encourage members of the public to submit written comments in advance of their congressional district’s public hearing.

More Information and RSVP 

Driftless Co-op Toy Drive

2020 has been a rough year for everyone across the Driftless region. That is why Citizen Action of Wisconsin Driftless Co-op, along with the Wisconsin’s Farmers Union and Adams County Democrats are sponsoring a Sustainable Toy Drive during the month of December to collect NEW toys to be distributed to struggling farmers, families of farm workers and families of undocumented farm hands in La Crosse, Adams and Vernon counties.  We want to make sure that we are giving back to the families that put food on our tables.

We are asking for sustainable toys such as books, puzzles, and wooden toys.  You can help by dropping off toys in person on  December 12th noon to 4:00 at one of the following locations. 

  • Wisconsin 106 parking lot 1040 W Center st Adams Wisconsin 
  • UU Fellowship of La Crosse 401 West Ave s La Crosse 
  • Tractor Supply Co Parking lot 1202 N Main st Viroqua

It is our hope that people will donate to this community project to bring joy to children who might not  receive a gift otherwise. 

Please consider shopping locally owned, small businesses for NEW sustainable toys to donate, for example:

If you wish to donate a sustainable toy by mail, or place an order online,  please send it to:

CAW Sustainable Toy Drive, C/O  Ben Wilson
116 s Rock Ave. Apt 1206
Viroqua WI 54665

La Crosse event link –
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Viroqua event link – //fb.me/e/4U6nWeZBw
Adams event link – //fb.me/e/5EPQEbfor

Organizing the Driftless region in 2021 and beyond: building an urban-rural alliance

Over the past few years the Driftless region has become a political hotspot in the state of Wisconsin.  It is so amazing to see so many progressive groups create a permanent presence in the La Crosse area.  We are so happy to see allied groups such as Planned Parenthood, NextGEN, Wisconsin Conservation Voters, HRC, Our Wisconsin Revolution, LIT MKE, the ACLU, and Opportunity Wisconsin organizing in the area.  We know that together we all can mobilize our power and create real change!

Citizen Action of Wisconsin is both thrilled and proud to stand with such wonderful organizations.  It also allows us the chance to step back and look at the relationships being built on the ground and find where we fit in.  No one group can do it all.  While we want to be able to lend support to all the other groups and organizing efforts it is also important to find our niche.

After conversations with our local members, the local leadership team, and our statewide directors it seems clear that our local co-op should be focused on building a rural-urban alliance to fight climate change, fight for universal healthcare, improve rural quality of life, work on housing issues and elect progressives on the local and state level in areas both rural and urban.  We want to build a coalition of areas progressives that will fight for each other and break down the divides between rural and urban progressive voters.

We still want to stand by and support our amazing allies on all the wonderful work they are doing but we want to focus in on where we can make the greatest impact.  There seems to be a gap in area organizing around rural progressivism.  We want to fill that.  We want to be an organization that knows its urban members will stand up for rural members and rural members will stand up for urban members.  The only way that we can move Wisconsin forward is to make sure that no one gets left behind!

Citizen Action of Wisconsin North Central Organizing Co-op Has Eyes on Spring Elections

There are school board races, the race for WI State Superintendent, and the Wisconsin Court of Appeals. The Wood County Democratic Party has invited us to have the opportunity to meet the three candidates running for State Superintendent. 

Topic: WCDP General Meeting
Time: Dec. 7th, 2020 at 6:30 pm

Join the Zoom meeting here!
Meeting ID: 881 1403 9840; Passcode: 504837

Or, you can call in if you are not familiar or are unable to use Zoom. Here’s the call-in information: 312-626-6799, Meeting ID: 881 1403 9840; Passcode: 504837

Speakers: Jill Underly, Deborah Kerr, Sheila Briggs

Citizen Action in the News

Dana Kelley, Citizen Action’s lead organizer for our new North Side Rising Organizing Co-op in Milwaukee’s African American community, was covered in Wisconsin Public Radio’s story on Green New Deal policy in the Biden Administration. Read it or listen to it here.

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig spent a full hour on the Jeff Santos show talking about Biden’s cabinet appointments (so far) and the work of Congressional progressives to become a more powerful force in national policy. Listen here.

Are you running for office or considering running? Attend a Wisconsin Progress candidate training

Wisconsin Progress is excited to announce their annual winter training series and this year they are going virtual. Local elections are as important as they’ve ever been and thier Advanced Local Elected Campaign Training is a great way to prepare for your run. They are offering shorter trainings this year on Field, Finance, and Communications so you don’t have to spend a whole day in front of your computer. 

All trainings will be offered through Zoom; sign up below to get access:

Tuesday, December 8th, 2020 6pm- 8pm – Virtual Communications Training
Thursday,  December 10th, 2020 6pm-8pm- Virtual Fundraising Training
Saturday, December 12th, 2020 2pm-4pm – Virtual Field Training
Tuesday, December 14th, 2020 6pm-8pm – Virtual Fundraising Training
Thursday, December 16th, 2020 6pm-8pm – Virtual Communications Training
Monday, January 4th, 2021 530pm-730pm – Virtual Field Training
Tuesday, January 5th, 2021 2pm-4pm – Virtual Field Training
Thursday, January 7th, 2021 6pm-8pm – Virtual Fundraising Training
Saturday, January 9th, 2021 6 pm-8pm – Virtual Communications Training

“Vos’ COVID-19 plan fails Wisconsin” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss the adolescent and divisive COVID-19 legislation introduced by Robin Vos and Assembly Republicans that cuts funding for school districts and fails to address the historic pandemic bludgeoning Wisconsin families. We review Trump’s illegitimate lawsuit which seeks to change the rules of the game after the election and throw out hundreds of thousands of legal ballots in Milwaukee and Dane County. We kick off the State Budget fight that commences with Governor Tony Evers’ budget that he must present early next year. We discuss our top budget priorities, including a BadgerCare Public Option, Pharma Reform, and Green New Deal initiatives, and encourage our listeners to contact the Governor. Become a Citizen Action member and attend our Annual membership meeting this Saturday, December 5th, 10am – Noon.

Become a Citizen Action Co-op member today!

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Saturday, December 5th, 10am – Noon.

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Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, November 20th

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, November 20th

Friday, November 20th

Is the GOP Trying to Steal Wisconsin for Trump?

At a tumultuous Wisconsin Election Commission meeting Wednesday evening, GOP commissioners called into question all of the mail ballots in Milwaukee and Dane Counties applied for through the state’s own website! This paired with Trump’s overt attempt to strong arm the Michigan State Legislature intoto flaunting the will of voters, and one of Trump’s lawyers calling for battleground state legislators to do so, raises serious questions about the Wisconsin recount. Two Wisconsin Election Commissioners, Mark Thomsen and Chair Anne Jacobs, have said their strategy may be to use the recount to get before the conservative Wisconsin State Supreme Court to give the Legislature permission to name Wisconsin’s electoral college slate. The ploy seems to be a long shot, but we need to take it seriously.

Citizen Action is on top of the emerging story.

On our Battleground Wisconsin Podcast/Radio Show, we have an exclusive interview with Wisconsin Election Commissioner (and Citizen Action Board President) Mark Thomsen to discuss the GOP threat to the integrity of the Wisconsin election. In addition, Citizen Action Executive Director Robert Kraig discusses the GOP strategy to steal Wisconsin, and how it just might work, on a national radio program on the Pacifica Radio Network.

Citizen Action participated in a #BackOffMyBallot media event on Friday morning in Milwaukee with Souls to the Polls. 

Citizen Action Thanks Our Election Heroes!

This November, Wisconsinites turned out in record numbers and made their voices heard. Poll workers risked their lives to make sure that the election process went smoothly and that each and every vote was counted.

Here are some ideas for organizations and individuals looking to thank an Election Hero:

Video Thank You Messages! 

  • Record a message thanking election heroes in your town! Share your own election story and the story of the election heroes whose courage and diligence helped you cast your vote in 2020.
    • Be sure to use the hashtags #AllinWisconsin and #ElectionHeroes 
    • Be sure to tag your local leaders, such as your mayor, elections clerks or others. 

Tokens of Appreciation! 

    • Bring flowers, handmade signs or thank you notes to your local election clerks, post office, or postal workers union! 
    • Be sure to take a photo and share on social media with the hashtags #AllinWisconsin and #ElectionHeroes and letting us know where in Wisconsin you voted! You can also send photos to [email protected]
  • Send a Note! 
    • Send a note of thanks and encouragement to your local election workers as they continue to serve us in this historic election. 
    • Find the address for your clerk here! //myvote.wi.gov/en-US/MyMunicipalClerk
    • If you can, take a photo to share on social media, say what part of the state you’re in, use the hashtags #AllinWisconsin & #ElectionHeroes, or email to [email protected]!  
  • Social Media! 
    • Head on over to your mayor or election clerk’s facebook page and tell them they did a great job! 
    • Join the conversation on twitter to thank your local election heroes! Be sure to use the hashtags #AllinWisconsin and #ElectionHeroes and say where you’re from in Wisconsin! 

Healthcare Stories Wanted

We are once again, looking for healthcare stories.  Do you have a prescription drug that you really need but can barely afford?  Did you receive treatment recently and receive an unexpected healthcare bill?  Have you been treated for Covid but are now sitting on a giant medical bill?

You can make change by simply sharing your story with us.  Contact our healthcare organizer [email protected]

Citizen Action in the News

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig was on the national Pacifica Radio Network to discuss the possible conspiracy by the Trump campaign to invalidate absentee ballots in Milwaukee and Dane County, and throw the election to Donald
Trump. 

Listen here. The Pacifica Radio Network includes over 200 progressive radio stations.

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig discussed the Biden transition and the fight for progressive cabinet appointments on the Jeff Santos Radio Show. Listen here.

“Trump & Republicans Attack Wisconsin Election Workers” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We have a special interview with Wisconsin Election Commissioner (WEC) Mark Thomsen about Trump and the GOP’s baseless accusations that every Wisconsin election clerk conducted illegal election activities. Wednesday evening, Republican WEC commissioners asserted, with no evidence, that Milwaukee and Dane County would illegally restrict access to GOP recount observers. Commissioner Dean Knudson said he was willing to throw out all absentee ballots requested online through WEC, which if it happened would likely swing the election to Trump. Our panel also discusses the escalating COVID-19 crisis in Wisconsin, including Governor Evers’ extension of the mask mandate and his new COVID-19 legislation. We welcome Racine Education Association president Angelina Cruz to discuss the very strong letter WEAC leaders sent to Gov. Evers and DHS Secretary designee Andrea Palm asking for clear state standards on in-person schooling. We also talk about other local elected officials who are receiving threats for proposing local health measures that would slow the spread of the pandemic.

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Citizen Action Weekly; Friday, November 6th

Citizen Action Weekly; Friday, November 6th

Friday, November 6th

Citizen Action members play a significant role in Wisconsin victory for Joe Biden. 

Citizen Action members’ significant volunteer activity helped win Wisconsin for Joe Biden this week. In Wisconsin, Biden edged past Trump with record high turnout in Dane and Milwaukee Counties. In addition, a 2% increase in the rural vote for Biden in Wisconsin, as well as a shift to Biden in small and medium metro areas also helped make the final difference. 

Thank you to all the Citizen Action volunteers who helped us complete 23,630 conversations on the phones this fall with targeted voters in the City of Milwaukee and its suburbs and rural and small towns throughout Wisconsin. You were a part of helping Joe Biden win Wisconsin by 20,535 votes.

The Citizen Action program also helped elect (5) new state legislators and re-elect (4) Democrats to the State Legislature with a significant direct voter contact program that included 889,893 pieces of mail and a well funded digital program. 

Wisconsin upheld its reputation as an active, divided, battleground state with a record voter turnout of about 3.3 million — the most ever in the state —  which is at least 72% of the voting age population.

Thank you to every candidate that ran for office this fall. Now we focus on making sure every vote is counted!

November 7th “Voters Decided: Fighting for a Better Tomorrow” rally and protest Copeland Park La Crosse 1:00 PM 

We must do everything we can to make sure that we all stay involved and committed to creating a better Wisconsin and a better tomorrow!

Regardless of the results of November 3rd’s election activists need to stay focused on creating a better tomorrow.   Just because we won or lost an election that does not mean we can get lazy. Citizen Action of Wisconsin, SEIU Healthcare and Opportunity Wisconsin plan to bring activists together for a day of fun, entertainers and great speakers to remind us all that the fight is never over!  We need to stay active!  We need to keep fighting for action on climate change, racial justice in our state, police reform, a living wage, economic justice, healthcare for all, COVID relief, and everything else that will ensure a better tomorrow! In order to create the world we want, we have to stay active and keep organizing!

The day’s actions will start with a rally filled with entertainers and speakers at 1:00 PM in Copeland Park on La Crosse’s north side.  Climate activists, musicians, union leaders, Black Lives Matter activists, stand up comics and community leaders will energize the crowd and remind everyone that the work to create a better tomorrow is never done! 

After the entertainers and speakers will line up along Copeland Avenue.  We will have signs on hand with messaging about Black Lives Matter, climate change, unions for all, a living wage, and healthcare for all—everyone can grab a sign for the issue that means the most to them! We will also have supplies on hand for folks to make their own signs. Exact time is subject to change so RSVP to stay up to date.  

PLEASE RSVP USING THIS FORM TO STAY UP TO DATE WITH DETAILS ON THIS EVENT 

Masks, hand sanitizer, snacks and water will be available to everyone on site for free.  We want to do everything we can to prevent COVID infection so masks and social distancing are a must!

Special guest speakers include:

  • Local musicians and comedians 
  • Student activists and leaders
  • Newly elected Wisconsin Assemblywoman, Francesca Hong
  • Nada Elmikashfi
  • Coulee Region Sierra Club President, Kathy Allen 

Citizen Action of Wisconsin members in the Driftless region step up to protect the vote and to keep everyone safe and healthy on Election Day

Volunteers from Viola, Viroqua, Cambell and La Crosse came out on Election Day to help with the “Defend Democracy” campaign.  These wonderful volunteers were on site at three locations in the city of La Crosse to hand out PPE, help voters address problems casting their vote and be ready to react to any voter intimidation.

In total 13 volunteers from the Driftless Co-op came out to help.  Co-op members (and allies)  were set up all day at the Coulee Recovery Center, Main St Library and Black River Beach La Crosse polling location.  These election defenders were able to help countless voters, including many first time voters from nearby Viterbo University.  

Voters received help finding the correct polling location, getting the correct ID, and correcting problems after being turned away from voting.  Our team also dealt with polling site logistic problems such as sites lacking a drive-through option.  They also handed out PPE to stop the spread of COVID19.
A huge thank you to everyone who came out to help!  We are so excited that our wonderful volunteers were out helping voters from the minute polls open until the last vote was cast in La Crosse!

La Crosse activists gather to demand that every vote is counted at rally in La Crosse

In these uncertain times we have to make sure that many norms are upheld.  We have to make sure that votes are counted and no one has their voice stolen.  

The Citizen Action of Wisconsin Driftless Co-op, along with SEIU Healthcare and Opportunity Wisconsin hosted a rally, protest, march and media event to demand that NO ONE is able to stop votes from being counted.  We needed to step up and make sure that no election, big or small, is stolen before the votes are counted.

Activists, organizers, speakers and the media started the day at Riverside Park.  Several speakers presented their own stories about why everyone’s voice is so important.  Local Citizen Action of Wisconsin member Tommy Krob spoke about the unique struggles faced by college students when voting.  Local Citizen Action of Wisconsin leadership team member Amy Dummer spoke about the need for fair elections.

The protest then turned into a march to City Hall and several more speakers.  You can read all about the day’s event here and hereA huge thank you goes out to all the activists and community leaders who came out to demand that every vote is counted!

Members and Friends of the North Central Organizing Co-op Turned Out to Observe the Polls

Citizen Action members and friends did more than just help push turnout in our elections, but many of them volunteered their time and energy at the polls. As poll workers and poll observers throughout various parts of the state. 

Poll observers traveled between each polling site in their communities, to ensure that there weren’t any significant problems. Lastly, some set up tables outside of polling locations to distribute free PPE, pens, water and to assist anyone who had issues voting, or who had questions related to voting.

Thank you so much to all of our members who did so much to make this a smooth election process in the Battleground State of Wisconsin!

The Voters Decided Rally in Milwaukee 

We worked hard, turned out big on Nov. 3 and won Wisconsin! Voters have selected Biden to ensure we can care for our families and move us forward to a better future. It’s time we come together, that the will of the people prevails and Biden is sworn in as President.

The CAW Milwaukee co-op will join community leaders, canvassers, voters, faith leaders and everyone who put their hearts and souls into the Wisconsin victory for music, speakers and fun. We need to have each others’ backs and stay united as we move ahead in our continued fight for healthcare, fair wages, and justice.

COVID-19: Because the health and safety of our community is our top priority, please make sure to attend only if you are not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms and have not been exposed to someone infected with the virus within the last 14 days. Participants must pledge to adhere to 6ft social distancing rules and wear a mask at all times. These rules will be enforced.

#MyVoteIsEssential #VotersDecide
Saturday, Nov. 7 at 1PM
Zeidler Union Square
301 W Michigan St

For more information visit #VotersDecide or contact Trevonna Sims at [email protected]

Defending Democracy in West Allis

In a municipality adjacent to Milwaukee, West Allis experienced some of the worst lines in Wisconsin.  Ultimately this suburb ended up voting for Joe Biden but in the grand scheme of things, no matter who you vote for, you should not have to wait in line for two hours. This was a serious malfunction of Democracy and we should not accept this as normal.  Every eligible voter deserves an easy and unencumbered access to express their vote.  

Voters were anxious as they spent time in line, unsure if they had the right documents or were at the correct polling location. Our group of volunteers did their part in ensuring voters felt prepared and ready to cast their vote by handing out water, masks, and directing them to the election protection phone number!

Thank you to our Citizen Action Members for volunteering to protect our democracy and ensure every vote was counted!

Citizen Action in the News

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig was on national Pacifica Radio to discuss Joe Biden’s comeback win in Wisconsin, and radical right attempts to challenge the result. Listen here. Pacifica Radio Network has over 200 radio stations affiliates across the U.S.

Citizen Action’s Driftless Area Organizing Co-op received great press coverage this week for leading public demonstrations to protect the vote and defend democracy. See coverage from WIZM Radio La Crosse; and CBS TV 8 La Crosse 

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig was on the Jeff Santos Show election day to project the results and aftermath. Listen here

In case you missed it last week, Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig was on the Earl Ingram Show for 60 minutes to discuss the road ahead to real structural reform in Wisconsin and nationally. Listen here..

“All In WINsconsin” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We review this week’s historic election that saw huge turnout nationally, including Wisconsin. We discuss how the blue wave this year was met by an almost equal red wave resulting in some disappointing results down ballot based on expectations buoyed by failed polling and the Trump campaign’s ability to expand its base. We shout out Milwaukee and other cities where Black and Brown communities successfully organized and turned out in large numbers putting Biden over the top. We analyze significant progressive gains in the Milwaukee suburbs that resulted in 2 new state assembly members and some heartbreaking narrow defeats for Emily Siegrist and few other state legislative candidates. The panel previews healthcare reform in a Biden Administration that must contend with a likely GOP U.S. Senate. We close with a call to action to get serious about combating COVID-19 outbreak in Wisconsin and America.

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Citizen Action Weekly; Friday, October 30th

Citizen Action Weekly; Friday, October 30th

Friday, October 30th

Parting is such sweet sorrow! Please join Citizen Action of Wisconsin staff in expressing our gratitude to our 2020 Deep Canvass Phone Banking Team and saying goodbye for now!

Citizen Action of Wisconsin launched our Deep Canvass program back in January of this year, and our big dreams were to have 8 staff across the state knocking doors.  When COVID hit, we had to adjust quickly. Due to the amazing leadership of Statewide Field Director (and Northwestern Wisconsin Organizing Co-op Member) Zoe Roberts and the awe inspiring talent, hard work, passion and dedication of each and every Field Team member, we were able to build the program out and as of Oct 1st our Field Team has grown from 8, to 50+ amazing individuals from across the state.

When they wrap up their final shift on Tuesday Nov 3rd, they will have made more than 300,000 dials to persuadable voters talking about Healthcare, Climate, Citizen Action of Wisconsin Endorsed member Candidates, and Joe Biden.  Just since August 14th, they have had honest and open conversations with more than 6500+ Wisconsinites about what matters most to all of us, and how by coming together on Nov 3rd to vote for candidates who care for all us, we can make sure that no matter if we are Black, White, Asian, Latino, Indigenous or a new comer, where we live in Wisconsin, or what’s in our wallets, that all of us can take care of ourselves and our loved ones and still pay the bills and put food on the table.  #allinforWisconsin

THANK YOU Citizen Action of Wisconsin 2020 Field Team!

Still wondering what you can do to help on Election Day?  Be a Democracy Defender!

Join Citizen Action of Wisconsin Democracy Defender team and help observe at one of the polling locations we are hosting across the state, as well as hand out masks, sanitizers, and other COVID safety materials to poll workers and voters!  Sign up below to become a Democracy Defender!

Polling Site Click the link to sign up!
Douglas Complex  North side of Milwaukee
Martin Luther King Jr School North side of Milwaukee
American Legion Germantown
Marathon Park East Gate Wausau
Atonement Lutheran Church Green Bay
Chippewa Falls Technical College Eau Claire
Coulee Recovery Center La Crosse

Covid Memorial in Downtown Milwaukee Hits a Cord

Healthcare for All Director, Claire Zautke kicked off a press conference to talk about the 600 empty chair Covid 19 Memorial that took place in front of the Milwaukee County Courthouse.  We set up 600 chairs to represent the approximately 600 Milwaukee residents that are no longer with us due to the uncontrolled pandemic.  President Trump’s response had been dismal to say the least and we will continue to sound the alarm bells until we see a cohesive national plan which must include free and easy access to testing, contact tracing, free treatment and universal mask wearing.  Joining her were State Senator LaTonya Johnson, State Senator Chris Larson, Congresswoman Gwen Moore, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barett and Pastor Greg Lewis. The display made national news and was even on the front page of the Milwaukee Journal.  It didn’t need to be this way.  

Healthcare Co-Op and the ACA

We started off the week with a press conference about the ACA with Congressman Mark Pocan and Tanya Polhill from Watertown and ended the week with Member Zena Blom and County Executive Tom Nelson. As you can imagine, Democrats are hammering the real life consequences that could come with repealing the ACA.  It’s no exaggeration to say many people will die early if there is no replacement plan.  This is what the Co-Op was meant to do.  Real members talking about their real life stories and doing it in an educated way.    They were not just repeating what was given to them.  They know policy and they blended that knowledge with their own story masterfully.    

Citizen Action Movie Night a Huge Success!

Thanks to all the Citizen Action members who joined us for Wednesday night’s special screening of Can You Hear Us Now?, the new documentary that looks at democracy, voter disenfranchisement and state elections in Wisconsin.

Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes‘s lead of the night with a call to change the character of Wisconsin’s state legislature. 

Following the film Citizen Action hosted a Q&A featuring the film’s director, Jim Cricci, and producer Susan Peters. The Q&A also featured Citizen Action co-op member and candidate for the state legislature, Emily Siegrist, who one is in a tight race this year to win in a gerrymandered Assembly district. “Democracy Celebrity” Sheila Plotkin, and the inspiring community leaders and former candidates for the state legislature Jenni Estrada and Rebecca Clarke who were featured in the film also participated in the live discussion. 

If you missed part of the Q&A or the film, you can watch it again at the Citizen Action of Wisconsin screening site.

Please help us to get the word out about Can You Hear Us Now?

In this last pre-election week, the film is a moving testament to what’s at stake in state and local elections around the country. You can help by inviting others to watch the film and by posting your reactions and links to the trailer on social media. 

Citizen Action of Wisconsin members come out for the #LaxDriveForChange car caravan and activism fair

On Saturday October 24th activists from across the Driftless region joined for a day of action to drive election turn out and remind everyone that activism never stops!

The voter caravan began at the old Shopko parking lot in La Crosse.  25 cars lined up and drove through the city of La Crosse districts with low voter turn out.  These 25 cars were decorated and made as much noise as possible to make sure that they got noticed and remind everyone how important voting is!  After a quick stop at La Crosse City Hall, to show off the absentee voting drop box, the caravan ended at Riverside Park where nearly a dozen progressive groups were gathered.

These groups were on site to talk to voters about the need to keep organizing and keep fighting for the world they want to see.  The activism fair sent a message that just because the election will soon be over the fight never stops!  Creating change involves action 24/7!

A special thanks to event organizers Marie Lindberg (the La Crosse organizer with Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin) and Kat Sletten (local activist hero).  These two women made the day possible!  La Crosse’s progressive movement owes so much to these amazing women!  A special thank you also goes to all the groups on site for the event including LIT MKE, the ACLU, Vote Mob, Our Wisconsin Revolution, Habitat for Humanity, the Bridges Church, Cia Siab, The Driftless Voter Coalition, and The Free.  

For more information about this event please check out the news coverage from News Channel 19.  

Volunteer in Vernon County to help elect Josefine Jaynes and Brad Pfaff

Join the Vernon County Democrats for a “Get Out The Vote” no-contact literature drop on Monday, November 2nd! We will be lit dropping door cards in the Viroqua area for Dem Candidates, VP Joe Biden, Rep. Ron Kind (CD-3), Brad Pfaff (SD-32), and Josefine Jaynes (AD-96).

The pick up location will be at the Vernon Dems office (504 E Decker St) in Viroqua. We will have everything you need, including turf maps, literature, and our target addresses. We can also drop the literature packets off at your house if need be.

This will be the final push to get voters to the polls. Please sign-up today!

Pick a time and meet at the Vernon County Democratic Office in Viroqua (504 E Decker St) to pick up or a packet.

Imaging a Healthier Wisconsin with Kristina Shelton and Kristin Lyerly

No matter where we come from in Wisconsin, unaffordable prescription drug prices are putting our health and economic security at risk. Powerful drug and insurance corporations divide us to pad their own profit. As more people live longer, working millennials become parents, fewer households can rely on stay-at-home caregivers, and the meaning of family evolves — providing care has become too unmanageable for many to handle alone. As we continue to face the threat of COVID-19, more of us are feeling the pressure and strain of a Healthcare System than ever before. While it might be a little earlier for new years resolutions, Citizen Action is imagining a Healthier Wisconsin. You can watch our first two conversations with Krsitina Shelton, which focuses on the role caregiving plays in our economy and health, and Kristin Lyerly, who speaks to the importance of lower prescription drug costs, the need for patient centered care, and her work on the frontlines COVID-19. Both candidates are running for state assembly, check them out and give them a hand in the last four days of their races!  

Early Voting in Full Swing in Green Bay!

Thank you to all of our members and allies who have helped make this early vote season on Green Bay, our most successful one in recent memory! Whether it’s been voter care as folks wait in line or working with elected leaders like Eric Genrich to consistently improve our community’s early vote system, you have made a huge difference over the last few weeks. We are looking forward to an awesome election day and are still looking for observers on election day. You can sign-up for a shift here!

November 4th “Protect the Results” rally Riverside Park in La Crosse at NOON

Even when the voting is done we have to do EVERYTHING we can to make sure that every vote is counted.  Unfortunately most people expect that the GOP will try to stop votes from being counted, that Trump will declare victory during the counting, or that some other shady action will sow discord. Citizen Action of Wisconsin, SEIU, Opportunity Wisconsin and partners across the state, plan  a rally and march on November 4th  in  Riverside Park, La Crosse, with simultaneous events in Madison, Milwaukee, Green Bay, Kenosha, and Superior. These events  will draw attention to the fact that EVERY VOTE must be counted and that voter suppression, even after Election Day, is WRONG.  Any form of voter suppression violates our very democracy.  

Community leaders and activist leaders will be on site to speak about the importance of fighting voter suppression now and in the future. After the speakers we will march to La Crosse City Hall to let the city clerk know that we demand everyone’s voice be heard!  

PLEASE RSVP USING THIS FORM TO STAY UP TO DATE WITH DETAILS ON THIS EVENT 

Signs, masks, snacks and water will be available to everyone on site.  We ask that everyone practice social distancing and wear a mask to keep everyone safe.  

If you are worried about health and safety but still want to make sure every vote is counted you can still get involved.

Everyone’s health and safety are the most important things during this moment in America.  If you don’t feel safe coming out to an in person event, that is OK. If you are worried about staying safe after the election, that is OK.  

We want to make sure you are taking care of yourself!

If you don’t feel that you can come out, you can still help.  You can share this page with your friends and family.  You can share this page on social media.  Getting the word out on this event will be a huge help.  You can also sign the petition to demand that every vote is counted this year.

If you want to stay up to date on actions in your area, please fill out the form below.  A local organizer will be in contact to schedule a time to talk to you.

November 7th “All in Wisconsin: Keep Fighting for a Better Tomorrow” rally and protest Copeland Park La Crosse 1:00 PM 

We hope that on November 7th we’ll know that Trump’s reign of terror over American democracy will soon come to an end. We hope that by then we’ll know that Joe Biden is president-elect and that strong progressive candidates have won election. But just because we win an election that does not mean we can get lazy. 

Citizen Action of Wisconsin, SEIU Healthcare and Opportunity Wisconsin will once again bring activists together to remind  us all that the fight is never over!

We need to stay active! We need to keep fighting for action on climate change, racial justice in our state, police reform, a living wage, economic justice, healthcare for all, COVID relief, and everything else that will ensure a better tomorrow! In order to create the world we want, we have to stay active and keep organizing!

The day’s actions will start with a rally and speakers at 1:00 PM in Copeland Park on La Crosse’s north side. Climate activists, union leaders, Black Lives Matter activists and community leaders will  speak about their visions for Wisconsin. At 2:00 PM we will line up along Copeland Avenue. We will have signs on hand with messaging about Black Lives Matter, climate change, unions for all, a living wage, and healthcare for all—everyone can grab a sign for the issue that means the most to them! We will also have supplies on hand for folks to make their own signs. Exact time is subject to change so RSVP to stay up to date.  

PLEASE RSVP USING THIS FORM TO STAY UP TO DATE WITH DETAILS ON THIS EVENT 

Masks, hand sanitizer, snacks and water will be available to everyone on site for free.  We want to do everything we can to prevent COVID infection so masks and social distancing are a must!

Special guest speakers include:
Francesca Hong
Nada Elmikashfi
Kathy Allen – Coulee Region Sierra Club President
More speakers will be announced very soon!

There are some Great Candidates in the North Central Organizing Co-op Region, and There is Still Time to Help Them

Our Organizing Co-op has worked several election cycles since forming, and we are just so impressed with all of the candidates running in central and north central Wisconsin. Here is a list of those candidates. If you would like to help any one of these candidates, you can reach out to their campaign directly, or contact North Central Co-op Organizer Joel Lewis to find out how you can help. You can see a list of all of Citizen Action of Wisconsin’s endorsed candidates across the State here.

There are still ways to Help Tricia Zunker Get Across the Finish Line

1) Phone banking Saturday-Tuesday – Sign up for a shift 

2) Submit a letter to the editor at [email protected] 

“Election of the Century” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss the big election and the prospect of making major Democratic gains in the State Legislature. Next, we dissect Assembly Speaker Robin Vos’ 11th hour turnaround on addressing the raging COVID-10 pandemic. Has he finally been persuaded by science, or is he desperately fighting for his political life? In a Battleground Wisconsin exclusive, we release a shocking voice mail of a disgruntled parent left for a union leader which perfectly reflects the hatred and disrespect of public employees fomenting by radical right politicians. Finally we delve into what progressives are organizing for protecting the vote on election day and post-election challenges to the vote count and majority rule from from Trump, radical right judges, and the State Legislature. Subbing for Claire Zautke on the panel this week is Citizen Action Movement Politics Director JoAnna Bautch.

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Sign the PLEDGE to ensure every vote in Wisconsin is counted.

Wisconsinites are signing this pledge calling on our elected leaders to ensure the integrity of our elections and that every vote is counted. When you sign the pledge, we’ll follow up with key information about how to plug into gatherings in your community or online. Sign and share.

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