Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, June 18th


Friday, June 18th

Inoculation Emancipation in Fitchburg!

Thank you for joining us last weekend at the Inoculation Emancipation Party sponsored by Minocqua Brewing Company! We look forward to seeing you at future stops of the Inoculation Emancipation Party. Didn’t get a chance to join us? Find progressive beers available for purchase near you!

Action for Quality Health Care with SEIU Healthcare!

We came together with SEIUH this week at Aspirus Riverview Hospital to send a powerful message to executives! Frontline workers held an informational picket and rally with community members and elected leaders. We called on Aspirus Health executives to stop threatening to increase our family healthcare costs and make other cuts. Thank you to Citizen Action of WI member, Joni Anderson for speaking at the event and to SEIU for hosting this important event!

Celebrate and Honor Juneteenth!

Eau Claire Juneteenth Celebration:

Join us on Saturday, June 19th from 2-6 PM at the Pine Pavillion in Carson Park. This event is free and open to the public and will feature entertainment from regionally based artists Irie Sol, Naalia and Samantha Moon. There will also be a spoken-word performance from Daminius the Artist. Stop by the Citizen Action table and catch up with your Co-Op Organizer to learn about upcoming events!

Juneteenth Celebration in Wausau:

Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery and is also known as ‘Freedom Day’ or ‘Emancipation Day.’ We are inviting the Greater Wausau community to come and celebrate Black freedom, families, and heritage as we share great food, drinks, music, and more! RSVP Now!

Email [email protected] with questions!

 

 

 

Take Action: For the People Act

The For The People Act is the boldest democracy reform in a generation. It’s a massive overhaul of voting, money-in-politics, and ethics laws — all to make our democracy more inclusive. Take Action: Tell your Senator we can’t wait any longer.

Contact Your Senator Now!


On Thursday The Supreme Court threw out the latest conservative effort to overturn the Affordable Care Act, protecting health coverage for tens of millions of Americans. Citizen Action put out an immediate statement. See coverage in UpNorth News.

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig was on the Jeff Santos show Thursday to respond immediately to the voting rights compromises just floated by Senator Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia). Listen here.

“The ACA Stands!” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

The panel learns the news that The U.S. Supreme Court dismissed the latest attempt to overturn the ACA just as we are beginning to tape this week’s episode. Listen to our immediate reactions and analysis. After digging into the ACA decision, our panel reviews the dreary final week of the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee state budget process, including terrible healthcare decisions and the rejection of bipartisan criminal justice reform compromises. The state’s 5 largest school districts tell Republican leaders they’re halting 2021-22 school year planning because of funding uncertainty caused by the draconian state budget cuts to education. Meanwhile, Assembly Republicans find time to target transgender teens, passing legislation banning transgender athletes from competing in womens sports. We close with a look at the increasing power of the QAnon caucus within Assembly Republicans, including a new push to bring the Arizona vote audit to Wisconsin as part of a plot to declare Donald Trump President. Is Robin Vos losing control of his caucus to the even more radical right?

Listen Now – Episode #497

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Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, June 11th


Friday, June 11th

SATURDAY, JUNE 12th, 11am – 7pm: Inoculation Emancipation Party

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Join the Minocqua Brewing Company and Citizen Action of Wisconsin on Saturday, June 12th from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM at Funk’s Pub for a party celebrating vaccination freedom with live music and #ProgressiveBeer. Music featuring Blues Legend John Primer and his Band, The Kim Wasserburger Band, the Tommy Bentz Band, and more!

The CDC recently relaxed masking protocols for large outdoor gatherings for anyone who is vaccinated. So proof of vaccination will be required to attend this event. Only folks fully vaccinated plus 2 weeks of full protection will be admitted.  RSVP NOW!

FREE BEER will be given to those who have had at least one dose in the month of June as a big “THANK YOU” for getting vaccinated for their health and the health of their community. Pick up your free beer at the entrance of the event. We’d love to have you stay but only folks fully vaccinated will be admitted. We hope you enjoy your free #ProgressiveBeer safely at home though!

Lastly, Citizen Action of Wisconsin will be giving 2 FREE pint glasses and 1 drink ticket with any donation of at least $20. Become a member for as low as $60 per year,  join our movement to organize people, and harness Wisconsin’s collective power to build a better future for all in our state. Sign up to attend now!

 Volunteers needed to verify vaccination cards and serve beer (bartending license not required). Volunteers will be given a free drink ticket to enjoy at the event. Indicate your interest in volunteering at the bottom of this form. 

Support our Virtual Fundraiser on June 14th with Sister District!

We’re being featured in Sister District’s State Bridges Event Series! Join us on June 14th for a virtual fundraiser and hear about our plans for the 2022 election cycle from Dr. Robert Kraig, executive director, and JoAna Bautch, Movement Politics Director! We need your support to elect progressive candidates ballot-wide!

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Join La Crosse: Solar on Schools for a special celebration on June 21st

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CELEBRATE the first La Crosse School District Solar Installations!
LEARN how you can help add more solar to our schools!
ENJOY free treats and music
ENTER to WIN a SOLAR SUMMER PACKAGE
4:30 p.m: Press Event
4:30 to 5:30: Tours of Solar Installation
4:30 to 5:45: Music
PLUS! Free treats AND your ideas for our solar future! Hosted by: SOLS: Solar On La Crosse Schools, Coulee Region Sierra Club, School District of La Crosse
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Mappy Hour!

Join Citizen Action’s Northwestern WI Organizing Cooperative, League of Women Voters, Wisconsin Conservation Voters, and other organizations for Mappy Hour!

We will be hosting a “Communities of Interest” Mapping Event in order to make sure the fair legislative maps are being drawn with the new census data etc.

Stay tuned for more info on beer incentives! 

RSVP NOW! 

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Attention college students across the state! We are currently hiring for our Fall 2021 College Organizing Fellowship cohort. The fellowship runs from August 9 – December 3, 2021.

As a fellow, students can expect to spend time building true student power on campus, as well as gain valuable leadership development experience and build intentional community with other BIPOC leaders.

To apply, click here or email [email protected] with any questions. Application closes at 11:59 PM on June 27

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This is NOT that; Episode #2: “Where is the creativity?”

After protests in 2020 elected officials have introduced a variety of police-related bills. Some of the bills are more responsive to the historic movement than others.

On this week’s show, we take a deep dive into a few of the new bills, as well as the original demands which have fueled marches in the streets for over a year.

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Citizen Action’s Driftless Organizing Co-op got a great story on its opposition to a new CAFO in Crawford County, the Roth Feeder Pig II expansion.

Citizen Action’s Director Robert Kraig was on the Rick Smith radio and TV show to talk about Ron Johnson’s latest defense of insurrection and attack on Black Lives Matter. Listen & Watch Here (interview with Robert begins at 21 minute mark)

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig was on the Jeff Santos show to discuss whether the Biden agenda is dead and what progressives should do now. Listen here.

Citizen Action Health Care for All Co-op Organizer Karen Kirsch wrote a column for UpNorth News on the abuses of Big Pharma. Read here!

“America needs a wealth tax” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

New blockbuster ProPublica research finds the wealthiest Americans pay a true tax rate of only 3.4%. Is America finally ready for a wealth tax? Next, the panel asks on the big question of the day: Can U.S. Senate Democrats get their act together and pass pass bills to protect American democracy? As infrastructure talks with Republicans stall, the only bi-partisanship Congress can muster is behind a nationalist anti-China agenda. Meanwhile horrendous racial disparities in health care access and vaccination access continue despite all the of the lip-service payed to health equity. Does any level of government have the courage to intervene? In the WI Legislature, Republicans look to delay local redistricting a year; and to give back federal Unemployment Insurance money. Meanwhile, a revised estimate of Legislative Republican’s cuts to schools finds it will cost the state $2.3 billion in federal revenue. We close the show by welcoming Peter Rickman from the Milwaukee Area Hospitality and Service Workers union (MASH) to discuss the Justice for Janitors contract campaign launching next Tuesday, June 15th at 3 pm in Milwaukee’s Zeidler Park.

Listen Now – Episode #496
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Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, June 4th


Friday, June 4th

Share a Brew with the CAW Crew!

Thank you to everyone who came out last weekend and celebrated the first stop of our Inoculation Emancipation Tour sponsored by Minocqua Brewing Company. We’re happy to announce the next stop on our tour will be on June 12th at Funk’s Pub in Fitchburg from 11 AM to 7 PM! The CDC recently relaxed masking protocols for large outdoor gatherings for anyone who is vaccinated.

Proof of vaccination will be required to attend this event. Only folks fully vaccinated plus 2 weeks of full protection will be admitted into the event. We’re in need of volunteers to verify vaccination cards and give free beer to those who are newly vaccinated. Volunteers will be admitted for FREE and given a free drink ticket to enjoy at the event and other Minocqua Brewing Company freebies!
Sign up to volunteer now!

A FREE BEER will be given to those who have received at least one dose in the Month of June as a big “THANK YOU” for getting vaccinated. Pick up your free beer at the entrance of the event. We look forward to sharing a Progressive Beer with you on June 12th. Register Now!

Take Action: Protect our Driftless Waters!

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Whether it is the construction of the state’s largest hog farm in Crawford County, massive PFAS pollution in La Crosse County, or lead pipes in Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s clean water is under attack.  Water is life and it is time for Wisconsinites to demand that our leaders protect our water.  As a Wisconsinite living in, or connected to the Driftless Region you know how valuable our waterways are. Our Driftless waterways provide for our farms, our health, our recreation, and our tourism.  We all care about preserving the beauty and natural resources here in the Driftless.  Everyone deserves to know that they can turn on their tap and get clean, healthy drinking water.  Everyone should know that they can swim or fish in any of our rivers and streams.

Unfortunately, plans for the state’s largest hog farm are currently threatening the nearby Kickapoo River and surrounding waterways. These plans to expand the Roth Feeder Pig II CAFO into the state’s largest hog farm are moving forward without so much as an Environmental Impact Statement to make sure our waters will be safe!  These construction plans must be subject to an Environmental Impact Statement to protect the nearby Kickapoo River and all our waters!

When Governor Evers was elected and his administration came into office in January 2019, he set out to “bring science back” to the DNR. The time for that science is NOW!  Please contact Tyler Dixx with the Wisconsin DNR at [email protected] to demand the DNR conduct an environmental impact statement prior to expansion of the Roth Feeder Pig II CAFO!

Energy Burden Discussion with Citizen Action North Side Rising Co-Op!

As Black and Latinx neighborhoods in Milwaukee struggle with disproportionately high energy bills and homes that are often old, inefficient and non-weatherized there is growing recognition for the need to prevent any new fossil fuel infrastructures. We must do all that we can to prevent a huge climate crisis, WEC (WeEnergies’ parent company) is proposing to build a gas storage facility and we cannot allow that, there are better solutions! Join us, the Wisconsin Sierra Club, Alliance for Climate Education, Black Leaders Organizing for Communities and Save Ixonia for a Facebook live discussion on June 8th at 11 AM. Don’t miss the stream, create an alert now!

Protect Our Water! Attend Virtual Hearing on Jun 10th at 10 AM

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Attend a virtual hearing, hosted by the WI DNR, on the plans for Roth Feeder Pig II. Please register and attend the DNR hearing on the Roth Feeder Pig II CAFO.  Registration is open to the public.  When you register you will be asked if you are in opposition or support of the project.  We need as many folks as possible to stand against this project. This is your opportunity to make your voice heard and speak at the hearing!

Register here

“Farms, Factories, and the Future” online forum June 5, 1:00-5:00 PM

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Crawford Stewardship Project, Sustain Rural Wisconsin Network, Socially Responsible Ag Project, and many more allies will be co-sponsoring a virtual public forum on the direction of agriculture.

-Hear and inquire about Crawford County’s experience with a CAFO, proposed expansions, regulations, and lessons learned

– Engage with a panel of sustainable and regenerative farmers and experts about resilient pathways forward for agriculture

– Network and strategize with a panel of community organizers from across the Midwest
REGISTER HERE

Join La Crosse Solar on Schools for a special celebration!

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CELEBRATE the first La Crosse School District Solar Installations! Learn how you can help add more solar to our schools! Enjoy free treats and music. Attend for the chance to WIN a SOLAR SUMMER PACKAGE!
Event Break Down:
4:30 p.m. Press Event
4:30 to 5:30: Tours of Solar Installation
4:30 to 5:45: Music
Hosted by: SOLS: Solar On La Crosse Schools, Coulee Region Sierra Club, School District of La Crosse
Learn More

Citizen Action’s Driftless Area Organizing Co-op co-led a press conference opposing the proposed Roth Feeder Pig 2 Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) in Crawford County. You can see coverage on local La Crosse TV here.

Citizen Action’s Executive Director Robert Kraig was on the Jeff Santos show for 60 minutes to discuss the state of play with Biden’s agenda, protecting democracy, and the American Jobs Act. Listen here.

“Republicans embrace anti-vaxxers & the ‘Big Lie’” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss Legislative Republican’s scheming with their corporate patrons such as Wisconsin Manufactures and Commerce (WMC) to gin up a fake “worker shortage” to punish the unemployed. Does Robin Vos really believe Wisconsinites are lazy and irresponsible or is he just trying to exploit the working class? In a clear effort to mobilize a 2022 off-year election base of anti-vaxxers and conspiracy theorists, Legislative Republicans are supporting bills to make anti-vaxxers a protected category and pumping life into the “Big Lie” with bogus “Arizona style” voter fraud investigations into the 2020 election. Meanwhile new data from the Wisconsin Election Commission demonstrates minuscule voter fraud in Wisconsin elections, most of it generated by Jim-Crow still disenfranchisement of released prisoners. We close with a discussion on the centrality of the Senate filibuster in the success of the Biden agenda, addressing the nation’s major challenges and needs, and the survival of democracy itself.

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Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, May 21st


Friday, May 21st

Wausau is a Community for All. Marathon County (North Central Region) Makes the New York Times, But Not For a Good Reason.

The responses to a proposed Community for All resolution, drafted by the Diversity Affairs Commission, by some Marathon County Board of Supervisors, and members of the public, led to an article in the New York Times (photo to the right credited to Lauren Justice with the NY Times). The process of drafting this resolution began nearly a year ago, with a small group of elected leaders and the diversity affairs commission of Marathon County. It originally had the title No Place for Hate, but after that was seen as too inflammatory by some, it was changed to A Community for All Resolution. After a year of discussions and community engagement, the Executive Committee voted against bringing the resolution to the full board for consideration by a vote of 6-2.

A coalition of members and activists from the community called and emailed their Supervisors, urging them to support this resolution, but those pleas fell on deaf ears in many cases. Wausau Mayor Katie Rosenberg (photo credited to WAOW-TV), who formerly served on the Marathon County Board representing her district, felt compelled to respond to this decision by the Marathon County Board. She was joined by Marathon County Board Supervisors Yee Leng Xiong, Ka Lo, William Harris and members of the public to present a proclamation, declaring the City of Wausau a Community for All.

We commend Mayor Katie for being the positive voice that this community and world needs more of!

Appleton: Learn how to Lobby your Local Elected Officials and get ready to take Climate Action on May 27th!

The impacts of a looming climate catastrophe are becoming more common. Once in a century weather events, increased flooding, and increasingly weather volatile conditions are impacting our communities. This pain is being felt deeply by poor and working class people and in particular people of color. Our communities are on the front lines of the Climate Catastrophe and we know this moment calls for bold; decisive action from all levels of government. 

Our calls for action cannot simply exist with us. We must take our demands for bold action to stave off a climate catastrophe to our elected leaders. Lobbying your elected officials is one of our best tools to create the change that is desperately needed. Join a Citizen Lobby Training with our partners at Wisconsin Conservation Voters at 530 PM on Thursday, May 27th!

Lobbying isn’t just for the wealthy or well-connected; anyone can do it! Your voice is your power. When you attend the Citizen Lobby Training on May 27th, you will learn what lobbying is, how to have an effective meeting, and conduct mock meetings to practice what we learn. Make sure you sign-up here,

Join us next weekend! Inoculation Emancipation Party sponsored by Minocqua Brewing Company.

Join the Minocqua Brewing Company and Citizen Action of Wisconsin for a party celebrating vaccination freedom with live music and #ProgressiveBeer. Music featuring Blues Legend John Primer and his Band, The Kim Wasserburger Band, the Tommy Bentz Band, and more…The CDC recently relaxed masking protocols for large outdoor gatherings for anyone who is vaccinated. So proof of vaccination will be required to attend this event. Only folks fully vaccinated plus 2 weeks of full protection will be admitted. FREE BEER will be given to those who have had at least one shot in the Month of May as a big “THANK YOU” for getting vaccinated for their health and the health of their community. Pick up your free beer at the entrance of the event. We’d love to have you stay but only folks fully vaccinated will be admitted. We hope you enjoy your free #ProgressiveBeer safely at home though! Lastly, Citizen Action of Wisconsin will be giving 2 FREE pint glasses and 1 drink ticket with any donation of at least $20. Become a member for at least $60 per year to join our movement to organize people and harness Wisconsin’s collective power to build a better future for all in our state.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED to verify vaccination cards and serve beer (bartending license not required). Volunteers will be given a free drink ticket to enjoy at the event. Indicate your interest in volunteering at the bottom of the registration page. Reminder, this is a 21+ event only. Register here!

Follow us on Twitter! Participate in our Tweetstorm on Wednesday, May 26th against Blue Cross Blue Shield!

On May 26th, Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance holders–including the People’s Action network–in collaboration with movement allies, and health care experts, will be calling on major insurance providers to stop monetizing health, instead, put into the practice of: Care over Cost. This campaign is meant to let health insurers, like Blue Cross Blue Shield, know that you think they should stop making profits by costing people their health. 

Taking care of others is how we take care of ourselves, and as the pandemic comes to a close, we want to uplift and expose how lives are being impacted under the corporate health insurance system.  Keep up with us on Twitter NOW!

HealthCare for All Weekly Talk

This week Karen Kirsch, our healthcare organizer and Dr. Mark Nuemann had guest and co-op member Zena Blom on.  Zena talked about her long road to a medical diagnosis and how an interruption in employment can be disruptive, if not life threatening.  If there is anything more evident about our healthcare system after Covid, is that tying care to employment is unconscionable. Karen and Dr. Mark will have a weekly talk to parse through the single payer approach which other countries are using and talk about the way forward to re-making the American healthcare system.

If you join them in the Webinar, after the show they will have a green room to talk more privately with any interested viewersRegister here. 

Take Action: BadgerCare Expansion!

This is our final chance to go all in for BadgerCare Expansion and expand care to over 90,000 Wisconsinites. Contact your legislators this weekend and demand they prioritize our health over special interest groups by supporting BadgerCare Expansion! Take Action NOW

New Podcast Alert! This is NOT that launching on Tuesday, May 25th.

How often have you found yourself streaming news updates, radio shows or podcasts and thought to yourself, “This is NOT That” ? Well, we’ve heard enough. This is a bi-weekly unfiltered conversation with a panel that centers Community, People and Politics. This is NOT that. 

Meet our Panel, Milwaukee Grown.

Rafael Smith leads civic engagement for Citizen Action of Wisconsin with a focus on climate and health equity in Milwaukee’s North Side, through his recent launch of North Side Rising Organizing Co-Op. Rafael Smith has led the early conversations around climate equity in Milwaukee and the priority to launch a Green New Deal at both a state and national level!  

JoAnna Bautch is a leading voice in Wisconsin Movement Politics. From supporting neighborhood leaders to get their names on local ballots to launching her own campaign for the Wisconsin State Assembly, JoAnna values authentic leadership and the journey it takes to get you on the ballot! 

Isaiah Holmes, investigative reporter for the Wisconsin Examiner is committed to bringing you FACTS. Isaiah has led the documentation around policing in Wauwatosa and is a part of the bigger conversation of police brutality on both a local and national level. Isaiah has led the documentation of the endless systemic oppression Black and Brown people continue to face in the City of Milwaukee.

Demonstrating our increasing strength in rural organizing, the Spring Green Valley Sentinel did a major feature story on the Citizen Action Driftless Co-op’s rally for BadgerCare Expansion aimed at Joint Finance Committee Co-Chair Howard Marklein, a key swing vote on BadgerCare. Spring Green is Sen. Marklein’s hometown. Read the story here.

Citizen Action responded immediately to Governor Evers’ declaration of a Legislative Special Session on BadgerCare Expansion. Read coverage which quoted us from Wisconsin Examiner and from Up North News.

Citizen Action Executive Director Robert Kraig discussed the humanitarian crisis in the Middle East and the need for a more progressive American foreign policy on the Boston-based Jeff Santos radio show, which runs in the Madison media market weeknights on Devil Radio 92.7 FM. Listen to the interview here.

“Evers calls BadgerCare Special Session” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

Our panel discusses Gov. Tony Evers’ declaring a special legislative session on BadgerCare Expansion with Shawn Phetteplace of the Main Street Alliance of Wisconsin. We also deconstruct a Republican state legislative effort to remove $300/weekly federal Unemployment Insurance benefits and completely cut-off the self-employed and gig workers. Citizen Action’s Movement Politics Director JoAnna Bautch joins us to announce the launch of a new Citizen Action podcast called This, Is Not That, featuring JoAnna, Citizen Action Climate and Equity Director Rafael Smith, and rising journalistic star Isiah Holmes from the Wisconsin Examiner. We close with a discussion of the CDC’s mass mask confusion created by publicly declaring that fully-vaccinated Americans need not wear masks indoors or outdoors, without revising public policy guidance for businesses and employers. What is the CDC’s motive? Will it lead to a resurgence of COVID infections?

Listen Now – Episode #493

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Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, May 14th


Friday, May 14th

Attend Milwaukee County Citizen Climate and Equity Lobby Training

Climate change and equity are finally getting the attention they deserve around Wisconsin and the country. But we need citizens like you to influence elected officials to prioritize climate action and equity.

You will learn about Milwaukee County’s local issues, how to build your network, and will leave with the tools and connections to be an effective citizen lobbyist for climate and equity funding at the local level.

RSVP to attend Saturday May 15th, 10:00-11:30am

Thanks all, Citizen Action Organizing Co-op member Ted Kraig and the Southeastern Wisconsin Climate Issue Team

Attend Rally for Fair Maps Monday, May 17th, Noon, at the Capitol!

After months of work, Wisconsin State Legislators are rolling out a bill to create an open, honest, fair, and transparent redistricting process.  We want to celebrate and demonstrate the public support for Fair Maps.

We invite you to safely join us Monday, May 17th at 12:00 pm on the Capitol Building Lawn in Madison!

Special Guests:  Citizen Action Members Senator Jeff Smith, Representative Deb Andraca, Community Leader Sachin Cheda,  Community Leaders and Activists Matt Rothschild, Debra Cronmiller, and others!

“Right to Harm” movie screening and discussion

Join us for an online screening of the documentary “Right to Harm”, A documentary discussing the damage CAFOs cause to communities. We will have a post-documentary discussion to hear everyone’s thoughts on the film and discuss how it relates to the water team’s advocacy for a strong nitrate rule in Wisconsin.

Tune in and find out what actions you can take RIGHT AWAY to protect Wisconsin’s clean waters!

Learn More and RSVP here


Citizen Action’s Climate & Equity Director Rafael Smith was the “Hero of the Week” in the Shepherd Express, Milwaukee’s alternative weekly. Read the article here

Citizen Action’s Executive Director Robert Kraig was on the Jeff Santos Show for 60 minutes to discuss the increasing threat that a handful of Senate moderates will block badly needed progressive reforms and hand control of Congress back to the neo-faschist right. Listen to the discussion here. The Boston-based Jeff Santos show runs in the evenings 8 PM to 11 PM here in Wisconsin on Devil’s Radio Network,which runs in the Madison media market and on live stream.

Join the weekly Citizen Action broadcast about healthcare and Medicare for All!

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Join Citizen Action Health Care for All Organizing Cooperative organizer, Karen Kirsch, and Dr. Mark Neumann every Wednesday at 7:00 PM to discuss America’s healthcare system with a special emphasis on Medicare for All. This broadcast will be available over Zoom and via Facebook.

WATCH this week’s show

If you stream the show via zoom webinar you will have the opportunity to enter the Green Room with Karen and Dr. Mark to talk more, ask questions or share your healthcare stories if you feel compelled to share. See you in the green room!
Please register here!

Members of the Citizen Action North Central Organizing Co-op meet the Just Budget Tour in Rhinelander (Oneida County)

Members of the North Central Organizing Co-op joined Northwoods Activists and community leaders in Rhinelander, on May 7th, to stand in solidarity with the Just Budget Coalition. The Coalition for a Just Wisconsin Budget is a new nonpartisan coalition supported by over 36 organizations. The idea to form it came out of the Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice (WNPJ) which is a 30 year old 501(c)3 organization that fosters collaboration for peace, justice, sustainability and democracy. Building Unity, a shared project of several groups, is currently hosting information about the Coalition on its website.

Speakers and attendees to the event in Rhinelander, called on the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) and the State Legislature to support Gov. Evers’ proposal in the state budget to expand BadgerCare, to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, to support criminal justice reform/more monies for treatment and alternatives to incarceration, marijuana legalization, to support efforts to address climate and equity, and to increase support for public education.

LaCrosse Area Public transportation users, lovers, and advocates!

La Crosse Area Transit Advocates is hosting a special online Transit Talk program on Tuesday, May 18 at 6:30 p.m. with guests Mayor Mitch Reynolds and MTU Director Adam Lorentz. We will make sure participants can ask questions during the program. Alternate text

We’ll hear about what changed because of COVID-19, what’s new and coming, and how the city can support and promote a strong, accessible, affordable, convenient public transportation system.

You will need to register in advance to receive the access link or dial-in information. Once you register, we will send you the link no later than May 17. It is not an automated process, so don’t be alarmed if you don’t get your link right away. It would be best not to share your link with others so we can avoid “zoom bombing.”

You will be able to join the Webex program by computer or by phone. To get the access link, please register here

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Celebrating our next generation! Congratulations Josefine Jaynes

Congratulations to Josefine Jaynes (the first candidate ever endorsed by the Citizen Action of Wisconsin Driftless Organizing Co-op) on your recent election to be the Chair of the 3rd Congressional District Democratic Party of Wisconsin.

Josefine you are the voice of the next generation and the exact kind of leadership the Wisconsin Democratic Party needs! Citizen Action of Wisconsin looks forward to working with you to make Wisconsin a better place for everyone!

“Anti-Vax Ron Johnson” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

Our panel discusses Senator Ron Johnson’s continued anti-vaccination lies while the county struggles with slowing vaccination rates. How many will die because of Johnson’s political ambitions and loyalty to the ex President? We update the state budget battle following Republican’s action in the Joint Finance Committee to strip hundreds of popular items. We also review the latest rash of terrible GOP bills on everything from school vouchers to more attacks on the voting process being pushed through the Legislature and certain to be vetoed by Governor Evers. Vital Federal pandemic recovery money will start to roll out to states and local governments as Wisconsin discovers our share will be $700 million less. Legislative Republicans are also preparing to impose more Unemployment Insurance barriers to acquiring vitally needed benefits, following other red state Governor’s blaming the unemployed, while a new conservative report pushes privatization of Wisconsin’s unemployment system in the wake of pandemic dysfunction at the agency. What could go wrong? We close by encouraging our listeners to attend the Fair Maps Rally at the State Capitol next Monday, May 17th at Noon.

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Citizen Action Weekly: Friday May 7th


Friday, May 7th 

State Budget Update: Take Action!

Thursday, 12 Republicans on the Joint Finance Committee in the Wisconsin State Legislature voted to remove 280 publicly popular ideas in Gov. Evers Badger Bounce back budget, including Badgercare expansion, marijuana legalization, Prescription drug affordability Board, and many others.

This is not the end! Every state legislator still has to vote on the state budget and they need to hear from you! We need your voice now to restore BadgerCare expansion and other very popular programs in the State Budget.
TAKE ACTION NOW!

Citizen Action Northcentral Organizing Co-op fights to Expand BadgerCare!

This Wednesday, May 5th, Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Elected Leaders, and residents from Langlade, Oneida and Lincoln County came together to urge Sen. Felzskowski and the JFC to Expand BadgerCare. Leaders from counties within Senate District 12, gathered in Merrill, WI. to call on Sen. Mary Felzskowski and the Joint Finance Committee, to support Governor Evers’ proposal to accept the federal money to Expand BadgerCare. 

You can see a segment about this on WSAW News Channel 7

Citizen Actions members and regional organizers led rapid response events in three Senate districts of Joint Finance Committee members ahead of action to strip Governor Evers’ major reforms from the state budget. Our focus was BadgerCare Expansion. See coverage from ABC Eau Claire; NBC Eau Claire; and CBS Wausau. More local coverage from weekly rural papers is in the works, including our event in Spring Green, the hometown of Senate Joint Finance Committee Chair Howard Marklein.

Citizen Actions Director Robert Kraig was quoted by Wisconsin Public radio debunking the latest cry of poverty from Wisconsin’s wealthy hospital systems. Read and listen here.

Citizen Action’s Director Robert Kraig was on the Jeff Santos Radio Show for the full hour to discuss criminal justice reform, and the life and death battle for the future of the country in the U.S. Senate. Listen here.

Rally for Fair Maps!

After months of work, Wisconsin State Legislators are rolling out a bill to create an open, honest, fair, and transparent redistricting process.  We want to celebrate and demonstrate the public support for Fair Maps.

We invite you to safely join us Monday, May 17th at 12:00 pm on the Capitol Building Lawn in Madison !

Special Guests:  Citizen Action Members Senator Jeff Smith, Representative Deb Andraca, Community Leader Sachin Cheda,  Community Leaders and Activists Matt Rothschild, Debra Cronmiller, and others!

JOIN Citizen Action Driftless Organizing Cooperative: YOU can help progressive build our movement in rural, Southwest Wisconsin!

In just a year and a half, the Citizen Action Driftless Organizing Co-op has done so much and with your help, we can do SO MUCH MORE!  As more and more Wisconsinites receive their COVID vaccines and we inch closer to some normalcy, our Movement is starting to flex our muscles in public once again! 

This week our activists gathered in Spring Green, home of State Senator Howard Marklien, to demand their Senator support expanding BadgerCare to cover over 90,000 hard-working Wisconsinites who are currently without any health coverage.  

Even during the COVID-19 crisis we still managed to help pass Wisconsin’s first resolution in support of Medicare for All in La Crosse County.  We generated over 5,000 emails to elected leaders in Madison on issues like climate change, BadgerCare, cannabis reform, and much more!  We helped pass a resolution committing La Crosse County to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2050. We collected 100s of toys to be distributed to struggling farm workers and undocumented workers so their Christmas would still be magical even during COVID. We mobilized 30 members to attend lobby visits with every Southwestern Wisconsin State Representative and State Senator.  We helped organize two major protests in Viroqua supporting the BLM movement and supporting social justice.  We put construction plans for two area CAFOs on hold indefinitely. We helped prevent a Republican super majority in the State Senate and we help lead Donald Trump to retirement!  We helped elect La Crosse’s most progressive mayor ever and helped elect 10 of our own members to local and state offices!

We are asking you today to sponsor the work of the Citizen Action of Wisconsin Driftless Co-op. Becoming a dues-paying sponsor of our Driftless co-op means that you will be helping our efforts to build the progressive movement in rural Southwest Wisconsin.  You will also be helping to flip several of Wisconsin’s most flippable seats!

Sponsors can choose to donate anywhere from $5/month to $50/month to support our efforts. Our members fight for climate justice and so much more, from our local city hall all the way to the US capitol. I ask that you join our Citizen Action Organizing co-op today and make a difference in the fight for people-powered change.   Membership means having a voice in the organization leading Wisconsin to a more progressive tomorrow!  

“Right to Harm” movie screening and discussion

Join us for an online screening of the documentary “Right to Harm”, A documentary discussing the damage CAFOs cause to communities. We will have a post-documentary discussion to hear everyone’s thoughts on the film and discuss how it relates to the water team’s advocacy for a strong nitrate rule in Wisconsin.
Tune in and find out what actions you can take RIGHT AWAY to protect Wisconsin’s clean waters!
Learn More and RSVP here

Milwaukee Residents, Attend Climate and Equity Lobby Training!

Hi Milwaukee County Residents, Ted Kraig here inviting you to participate in a very important Climate and Equity Lobby Training being hosted by Wisconsin Conservation Voters.

Climate change and equity are finally getting the attention they deserve around Wisconsin and the country. But we need citizens like you to influence elected officials to prioritize climate action and equity.

You will learn about Milwaukee County’s local issues, how to build your network, and will leave with the tools and connections to be an effective citizen lobbyist for climate and equity funding at the local level.

There will be two training session next week to choose from please RSVP to attend below for the date that works best for you:

Thursday, May 13th, 6:30-8:00pm
Saturday May 15th, 10:00-11:30am

Thanks all,
Ted Kraig and the Southeastern Wisconsin Climate Issue Team

“COVID vaccine waiver” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss the partisan vote in the Wisconsin Joint Finance Committee which removed 280 publicly popular items from their state budget, including BadgerCare Expansion. Does this end the budget fight or is it really just getting started? Our panel talks about a Federal court ruling this week invalidating the CDC’s eviction moratorium. What is this Trump-appointed judge thinking? We also dig into why the green transition will largely exclude people of color and women if it does not include fundamental structural reform or our economic system. We welcome Tobita Chow from People’s Action to discuss President Biden’s bold move to suspend the patents of Big Pharma corporations to get generic COVID vaccines to the rest of the world. Is this the end or just the beginning of the fight with Big Pharma to prioritize lives over profits during the worst global pandemic in a century?

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Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, April 30th


Friday, April 30th

Renew the Promise. Pass The PRO-ACT.

We have one of the best opportunities since the New Deal to restore the right to organize. Passing the PRO Act is one of the most important things we can do to advance a bold progressive agenda on everything we care about, from health care to racial justice to climate change.

From our Driftless Co-op to our Southeastern Co-op we believe workers rights are human rights. The right to a safe and equitable workspace, no matter where you work, who you work for, how much money you make, we all deserve to be respected, protected, and have the freedom to advocate for ourselves. 

Restoring the right to join a union on a New Deal scale will diversify and energize both American politics and organized labor. The sectors ripe for organizing – retail, fast food, agriculture and food processing, the gig economy, low wage caregivers and paraprofessionals, and the emerging green economy – have the potential to inject into our movement tens of millions organized low wage workers, disproportionately women and people of color who are denied living wages. This will contribute more to economic and political equality than any single governmental action within our reach. Now more than ever we must come together and #PasstheProAct for workers everywhere.

Take Action: Contact your Senators or join us on May 1st!

On Saturday, May 1st join Voces de la Frontera Action and VDLF Essential Workers Rights Network to demand of Congress and the Biden Administration to keep their promises to: STOP DEPORTATIONS, COVID RECOVERY FOR ALL, and CITIZENSHIP FOR ALL. Register NOW

 

New Citizen Action Healthcare Zoom show to debut next Wednesday at 7 pm

Citizen Action Healthcare Co-Op Organizer, Karen Kirsch, and Dr. Mark Nuemann will be hosting a weekly webinar to talk about the issue of Healthcare, with an emphasis on Medicare for All.  The first show will be Wednesday, May 5th at 7:00 PM.  The show will feature guests, members of the co-op, and other interesting people that Karen and Dr. Mark simply like. It will stream on FB live but if you prefer to stream it on Zoom, please register.  By registering to stream the webinar, you will have the opportunity to join Karen and Dr. Mark after the show in the green room to chat and answer any questions and/or hear your healthcare stories after the show.  Sign up here!

Dr. Mark was a Franciscan brother for twenty years and for six of those years he was a medical missionary in the central African country that was called Zaire at the time. He served as a pediatrician for thirty-five years. He continues to serve as a father and husband in the La Crosse community.

 

BadgerCare Expansion is within our grasp! Over 90,000 Wisconsinites are counting on us to help them get the healthcare they need!

It looks like Howard Marklien, State Senator for District 17, might be the deciding vote on whether BadgerCare Expansion makes it into the state budget.  If he votes no there is basically no chance of expansion before 2023.  He is the JFC chair and reports are showing that he is on the fence.  We’re statewide to launch a very fast, very heavy pressure campaign targeting him.

 We’re activating as many people in the 17th District as possible, in every way possible. Please visit and share our digital petition and be on the lookout for a major day of action at his Spring Green office in the middle of May. We’re recruiting folks from SD 17 to write letters, send postcards and write letters to the editor.
If you know anyone in the district please connect them to our Driftless Organizer, Ben Wilson at [email protected]   

“Can You Hear Us Now” movie screening and discussion

A nonpartisan coalition of Wisconsin organizations in Congressional District 3 is proud to host this special screening of Can You Hear Us Now?, a powerful new film that shows the personal and political impact of gerrymandering in the state of Wisconsin.

 Watch the film anytime between May 2 – 5 then join a live Zoom discussion (May 5, 6:30pm to 7:30pm) about what’s happening in Wisconsin to pass legislation and draw fair maps in 2021.

 Register for both the film screening and Zoom discussion at bit.ly/3rdCDs

 The Zoom discussion link will be sent on May 5th.
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“Right to Harm” movie screening and discussion

Join us for an online screening of the documentary “Right to Harm”, A documentary discussing the damage CAFOs cause to communities. We will have a post-documentary discussion to hear everyone’s thoughts on the film and discuss how it relates to the water team’s advocacy for a strong nitrate rule in Wisconsin.

 Tune in and find out what actions you can take RIGHT AWAY to protect Wisconsin’s clean waters!
Learn More and RSVP here

This week Citizen Action and the Wisconsin AFL-CIO co-hosted a Capitol press conference promoting the Protect the Right to Organize
(PRO) Act, the boldest labor law reform since the New Deal, and we got great statewide media coverage. The event was co-emceed by Wisconsin AFL-CIO President Stephanie Bloomingdale (also Board Chair of Citizen Action Education Fund) and Citizen Action Executive Director Robert Kraig (pictured above). See coverage in
Wisconsin Examiner, ABC TV Madison, CBS TV Milwaukee, Wisconsin Radio Network, WORT Madison, and CBS TV Madison. More news stories on our PRO Act work are in the pipeline.

Citizen Action’s Climate Week of Action (which spanned 2 weeks of actions) continued to draw media coverage around the state.See stories on CBS 5 Green Bay/Fox Valley; and ABC 18 Eau Claire. Citizen Action co-op members are working to support climate transition investments in the state budget. That is of course an uphill battle with the conservative packed Joint Finance Committee, which is about to re-write Governor Evers’ two year state budget.

Citizen Action’s Executive Director Robert Kraig was on the Jeff Santos Show for the full hour to discuss the latest outburst of police killings of Black men and the end game on the filibuster. Listen here.

“Historic Investments” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

Our panel discusses President Biden’s American Family Plan which makes historic investments in paid leave, child care, and tax fairness, but misses an opportunity on prescription drug affordability. Senator Tammy Baldwin and other progressive U.S. Senators are urging President Biden to approve a COVID vaccine patent waiver so all counties can have access to COVID vaccines, while QAnon Ron Johnson spent the week disputing the effectiveness of masks in slowing the spread of COVID. We welcome Eric March from Wisconsin Cannabis Activists Network (WI CAN) to talk about marijuana reform organizing at the local level in Wisconsin. We close with organizer Karen Kirsch from the Citizen Action Healthcare for All Organizing Coop who joins us to discuss her new weekly Facebook live talk show which focuses on healthcare policy, focusing on Medicare For All. The show debuts next Wednesday, May 5th, 7pm – 8pm.

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Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, April 23rd


Friday, April 23rd

Citizen Action Praises Chauvin Guilty Verdict: Calls for Transformational Reform of the Entire System

Citizen Action of Wisconsin praises this week’s the murder conviction of George Floyd’s killer, former Minneapolis Police officer Derrick Chauvin, and calls for the structural reforms needed to end the police assault on Black lives.

“This murder conviction is a step forward and a great relief to everyone who cares about true human equality, but it must only be a start, not an exoneration of the system that made it possible,” said Robert Kraig, Executive Director of Citizen Action of Wisconsin. “The downside is that the verdict required singling out one police officer while giving cover to the police department in Minneapolis (and others around the country) for the responsibility of a structurally racist system that does not truly respect Black life. The only real solution is an unwinding of the current systems of policing and mass incarceration and its replacement with a new balanced system that truly promotes community safety for everyone in America.”

“The truth is, without the over policing of Black and Brown communities, the over funding of police departments compared to nonviolent interventions, and the social and economic investments needed in low-income and marginalized communities, George Floyd would not have had to fight for his life after being accused of a petty crime. This verdict does not change what we know to be true: the deadly official violence aimed at Black people in America will not end until we uproot the whole system, root and branch, and replace it with a system that equally values all human lives, especially Black lives and the many others that are devalued by our out of control system of policing and mass incarceration.”

The whole Citizen Action of Wisconsin team supports and fights alongside George Floyd’s family and the people demanding justice and accountability. But we also know that Justice is not just Chauvin’s conviction. Justice would be George Floyd being alive.

We came together Statewide to launch a Climate week of Action, we are incredibly grateful to all of our members, staff and community for supporting us in the fight to secure a more equitable and green Wisconsin! On Thursday, April 22nd, we were joined by the Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes, State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski, Rep. Supreme Moore Omokunde, La Crosse Mayor Mitch Reynolds and People’s Action lead climate organizer Ben Ishibashi to discuss the importance of demanding climate action NOW! A big thank you to everyone who made this event possible and joined us at various events throughout the week! 

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Citizen Action supports the introduction of the Civilian Climate Corps.

Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14) introduced the Civilian Climate Corps for Jobs and Justice Act, which establishes a Civilian Climate Corps (CCC) administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service within AmeriCorps. This legislation updates, modernizes, and expands the concept of the New Deal-era Civilian Conservation Corps: ensuring that all Americans who want to participate may do so, regardless of race, age, or gender; broadening the range of eligible projects; providing 21st century health and education benefits; deepening partnerships with unions; and preserving Tribal sovereignty.

A diverse and equitable group of 1.5 million Americans over five years will complete federally-funded projects that help communities respond to climate change and transition to a clean economy. Civilian Climate Corps work will reduce carbon emissions, enable a transition to renewable energy, build healthier and more resilient communities, implement conservation projects with proven climate benefits, and help communities recover from climate disasters.

“The Civilian Climate Corps updates one of the New Deal’s most successful programs to jump start a climate transition and dramatically improve economic opportunity and racial equity. The CCC is exactly the kind of bold and innovate program we need to both address the climate crisis and create badly needed good union jobs for everyone in the U.S. that wants to be part of the emerging green economy.” — Robert Kraig, Executive Director of Citizen Action of Wisconsin.

CONTACT your member of Congress
in support of the CCC and the Green New Deal.

Lt. Governor Barnes and Green Bay Leaders join Citizen Action in Green Bay 

Elected officials and Green Bay community leaders joined with Citizen Action to call on all Levels of Government to meet the looming climate catastrophe with the urgency required. Among the speakers were Lt. Governor Barnes, Representative Kristina Shelton, Mayor Eric Genrich, and Green Bay Sustainability Commision Chair Seth Hoffmeister.  

“Wisconsin is poised to become a leader in the fight for Climate Justice and create communities that ensure that our transition to clean and renewable energy is just and equitable for all.” said Noah Reif, organizer for the Northeast Wisconsin Co-Op. “Governor Ever’s proposed budget prioritizes funding Local Climate Action Plans so all communities in Wisconsin can do their part. Local Climate Action Plans provide cities like Green Bay a road map to meeting the ambitious goals set out before us.

You can watch the full press conference here. 

Our Northeast Co-op Stands in Solidarity with Justice for Jonathon

On Sunday, April 18th, Co-op members spoke and stood in Solidarity with a multi-racial and multi-generational coalition of leaders demanding an end to racial violence. This Rally and March was led by Justice for Jonathon Tubby and the coalition is building local power to stand up against institutional white supremacy. 

Jonathon was 26 when in 2018, he was unarmed and cuffed when he was killed by Green Bay Police. Our co-op affirms that Black Lives Matter, that Native Lives Matter, that No one is Illegal on Stolen Land, and that we must Stop Asian Hate. 

If you wish to support the family and their ongoing fight for justice, please Donate here.
Read about the rally here.
Watch the rally here.

Citizen Action Driftless Organizing Cooperative holds 420 media event with allies to support cannabis reform in the state budget

Tuesday, April 20th, Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Leaders Igniting Transformation, and Tree Huggers Co-op, held a news conference in support of legalization of Cannabis, an issue currently being debated in the state budget process. The event put a special focus on the positive impact for small farmers and rural communities in the region. 

All Wisconsinites should have the freedom to have thriving, safe communities but are currently suffering economically, medically, and through racial and social injustice. All while our small farms are disappearing.

Huge strides can be made in all of these areas by supporting the governor’s proposal to legalize and tax medicinal and recreational cannabis in Wisconsin. That is why Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Leaders Igniting Transformation, and Tree Huggers Co-op are gathering for a news event on April 20th to support the legalization provisions contained in the governor’s 2021-2022 state budget.

Read and watch media covering the event

TAKE ACTION to support legalization of marajuana in the state budget

Citizen Action North Central Organizing Cooperative holds media conference on climate.

Members and leaders of Citizen Action of Wisconsin North Central Organizing Cooperative held a media conference to call on the Joint Finance Committee to approve funding in the Governor’s proposed budget that responds to the threat of climate change and also improves economic opportunity and equity, especially for people who lack access to good jobs. 

Provisions of Governor Evers’ proposed state budget, such as resources for local communities to do climate action planning and on-bill financing to make residential energy improvements accessible to everyone, will fight climate change, create clean, good paying jobs, and allow Wisconsinites and local communities to save money on their energy bills. 

Speakers also focused on the opportunities ahead for climate action in our local municipalities, like Wausau, and why support for local communities is vitally needed in the 2021-2022 state budget. Speakers at the event included; Rep. Katrina Shankland (D – AD 71), Hans Breitenmoser, Lincoln County Board Supervisor, Tom Kilian, Wausau City Alder Dan Barth, Climate Leader. Watch media event.

Close out our Climate Week of Action with a Virtual Panel!

Join the Citizen Action SEWI Organizing Co-Op to learn about the work climate leaders are doing on the ground around environmental justice! We will be joined by Marco Marquez with Alliance for Climate Education, Ricky Diaz with BlueGreen Alliance, Lucero Serna at Urban Ecology Center and Alejandra Hernandez a Conservation Policy Associate at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute.
RSVP HERE!

Earth Day Event in the North Central Region, Saturday, April 24, 10am

The Citizen Action of Wisconsin North Central Organizing Co-op is joining 14 other groups to plant 15 trees in observance of Earth Day, on Saturday, April 24th at 10 am

There will be a virtual Earth Day panel to follow. If you don’t like Zoom, you can join by phone at 1-929-205-6099 [Meeting ID: 902-485-9538]  Password will be asked for, it is 123

The Earth Day panel and tree plantings are sponsored by Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL) – Rib Mountain Chapter and Northern Area congregations Organized to Make an Impact (NAOMI)

Topic:  What are the steps we can take toward creating MLK’s vision of a Beloved Community here in Wausau, with special consideration (but not limited to)  caring for the Earth. Keynote speaker, Alder Tom Kilian, speaking on environmental justice.

When/Where:  April 24, 2 PM by Zoom or Phone
Tree planting 10 am, Fern Island, Wausau, WI             

Milwaukee Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa thanks Citizen Action on Earth Day.

Happy Earth Day to my constituents and all of the people of the City of Milwaukee and the great state of Wisconsin! Earth Day 2021 marks the 51st anniversary of this holiday. Every year a theme is chosen for the day and this year’s theme is: “Restore our Earth.”

As Google says, so aptly:

“This Earth Day—and everyday—we encourage everyone to find one small act they can do to restore our Earth. It’s bound to take root and blossom into something beautiful.”

And so today I would like to pay homage to the work of Citizen Action of Wisconsin. Citizen Action of Wisconsin is an issue-focused coalition of individuals and organizations committed to achieving social, racial, economic and environmental justice.

In 2019, Citizen Action of Wisconsin led the effort to create the first ever City/County Task Force on Climate and Economic Equity in Milwaukee with the help and guidance of Alderman Ashanti Hamilton.

Under the leadership of Executive Director Dr. Robert Kraig and Climate & Equity Director Rafael Smith, goals have been set to reduce Milwaukee’s net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 45% by 2030 and reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

This, while at the same time, also ensuring that the task force will be addressing racial and economic inequity through the creation of “green” jobs in the most diverse city and county in the state.

So I encourage constituents to get involved with this organization. This week Citizen Action is celebrating Earth Day 2021 with “Climate Action Week.” You can look at a menu of events and actions you can be a part of by clicking here
And again, happy Earth Day 2021 to all!

Join us Monday, at 1:30pm, for a Capital news event to promote the Protect the Right to Organize (PRO) Act.

The Wisconsin AFL-CIO and Citizen Action of Wisconsin are partnering on a news event at the State Capitol next Monday, 1:30pm, to call attention to one of the most transformative pieces of legislation to pass the U.S. House of Representatives in decades. The event will include leading state legislators to discuss the critical importance of the bill for economic opportunity and prosperity in Wisconsin.

The Protect the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, now pending before the U.S Senate and strongly supported by President Joseph Biden, is one of the most impactful pieces of progressive legislation in decades to have a realistic chance of passage. It will do much to reverse the anti-worker actions of former Governor Scott Walker for private sector workers.

The PRO Act is more than labor law reform, it’s civil rights legislation to close racial and gender wage gaps, and to ensure dignity and due process for workers, regardless of where we were born, who we are or what type of work we do. The PRO Act is important for all workers, especially those who have been marginalized. It will increase protections for women, people of color, immigrants and the LGBTQ community by giving workers new tools to address injustices and win a fair wage.

A Joint Resolution is being circulated in the State Legislature expressing support for the PRO Act. U.S Senator Tammy Baldwin is a cosponsor of the Senate bill.

What: Capital News Event to Promote Protect the Right to Organize (PRO) Act
When: Monday April 26, 2021 1:30 PM
Where: State Capitol, State Street Steps
Who:

  • Stephanie Bloomingdale, President, Wisconsin AFL-CIO
  • Robert Kraig, Executive Director, Citizen Action of Wisconsin
  • Senator Bob Wirch, Ranking Democrat, Senate Committee on Labor & Regulator Reform
  • Representative Chris Sinicki, Ranking Democrat, Assembly Committee on Labor & Integrated Employment


Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig discussed the Derrick Chauven verdict just before the decision was announced on the Jeff Santos Show and the Pacifica Radio Network hours after the decision. The Oshkosh Advance-Titan covered Citizen Action’s response to the guilty verdict. For more discussion listen to this week’s Battleground Wisconsin (below). Citizen Action’s Northeast Co-op also got coverage on the police killing of Jonathan Tubby.

An event to promote Governor Evers’ proposal to legalize marijuana that we did in coalition with allies  got good media coverage in La Crosse on both TV and in the daily newspaper.

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig discussed the new FoxConn deal, which is only better compared to the old one negotiated by Scott Walker, on the Rick Smith Radio Show. For more coverage of Foxconn listen to this week’s Battleground Wisconsin (below) .

Citizen Action supported Senator Tammy Baldwin’s new bill to lower the Medicare eligibility age to 50, and we got coverage in the Northwoods.

“A verdict on America” Battleground Wisconsin Wisconsin

We welcome JoAnna Bautch, Citizen Action Movement Politics Director, as a guest panelist. The panel responds to the guilty verdict in the Derrick Chauvin trial and puts it in perspective. We discuss the police reform recommendations from Wisconsin’s Legislative racial disparities task force which was set up by House Speaker Robin Vos to avoid taking meaningful action. The Fox con continues, with a scaled back version that is still a terrible deal for Wisconsin. Switching to the national scene, we have a great conversation on the growing bipartisan anti-China politicization in American politics with Tobita Chow, the Director of People’s Action’s Justice is Global project. We also review Citizen Action’s Climate Equity Week of Action, putting a focus on major Green New Deal opportunities at the federal, state and local level.

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Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, April 16th

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, April 16th


Friday, April 16th

 Climate Week of Action Begins on Monday!

From our Drifless Co-Op to our North Side Rising Co-Op we’re taking action for climate justice statewide! No matter the color of our skin or the amount of money we make, we all deserve a Wisconsin that’s cleaner and more fair. We want a future where our communities are thriving, where our families are whole and earn a good living, and where the land, air, and water we depend on are healthy and beautiful. Unfortunately, some politicians are standing in the way, backed by fossil fuel industries that put us in this mess. They try to divide us by our skin color, our zip code, or how we worship. Together, we can create a Wisconsin where we protect our air and water, share in our economic prosperity, and build bridges across our differences. Good jobs in clean industries, protecting our families’ and children’s health — that’s something we all can agree on.

Join us for our first ever statewide week of action for climate justice! Take action from home or find the nearest outdoor and socially distanced event listed down below:

Digital Day of Action: Visit our Climate Action Hub!
4/20:Attend or Stream La Crosse Outdoor Cannabis Reform Press Event
April 21st: Virtual Press Event, Climate and Equity in the State Budget
April 22nd: Virtual Town hall, Climate Equity for All in WI
April 24th: Virtual Panel, Climate Leaders
April 24th: Outdoor, Fox Valley Climate Justice Rally

TAKE ACTION in support of legalized cannabis in Wisconsin.

Whether we are white or Black, Hmong or Latino, rural or urban we all want the same things for our families. We want to thrive economically. We want to support small, family owned farms. We want a more fair criminal justice system. We want safer options for pain management without the need for opioids. All of these things could be realized when our state legalizes cannabis. Unfortunately certain politicians in Madison are blocking positive change.  They are preventing Wisconsin from keeping up with our neighboring states. Wisconsin has shown, through both polling and local resolutions, that it supports a cannabis reform. Legalization is an issue that has broad support across party lines in both rural and urban communities.

You can make a difference RIGHT NOW!

Build back better with unions. Pass the PRO Act.

The House of Representatives passed the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act) on March 9
President Biden is ready to sign the PRO Act into law if it gets through the Senate to his desk. Call your senators and tell them to vote YES on the PRO Act.

Our labor laws are outdated and no longer protect our right to form and join unions. The PRO Act is the most significant worker empowerment legislation since the Great Depression

The PRO Act will:

  • Hold corporations accountable for union-busting.

  • Protect workers’ rights to form and join unions, including in new industries like Big Tech.

  • Repeal “right to work” laws.

Stronger unions mean higher wages, safer working conditions and dignity for all people who work. Passing the PRO Act will be our first step in getting there. Act NOW

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Please use the link below to tell elected leaders in Madison that you support expansion of BadgerCare so that over 90,000 Wisconsinites receive the healthcare they need!

Show your support by using this link to email elected leaders in Madison

Ally to North Central Organizing Co-op, Citizens for a Clean Wausau, Wants you to Sign Up for Their Newsletter

Citizens for a Clean Wausau (CCW) is partnering with the North Central Organizing Co-op. The CCW receive funding from the Center for Health and Environmental Justice, which is connected to one of Citizen Action’s national partners, People’s Action. Most of the founding members of CCW, are also founding members of the North Central Organizing Co-op.  They played a significant role in our North Central Co-op’s involvement in issues related to pollution, climate and equity. CCW now has a newsletter, and would love for you to subscribe to their email list to receive their newsletters. If you know of issues related to pollution, climate and equity in Wausau that should be highlighted, they are willing to consider publishing that information as well. You can sign up for the newsletter here.

Fox Valley Climate Justice Rally, Saturday, April 24th, 12PM

Citizen Action is proud to sponsor this event alongside ESTHER-Fox Valley, League of Women Voters of Appleton, Our Wisconsin Revolution, PopEarth, Sunrise Appleton, and Youth Climate Action Team.
Join us for a Climate Justice Rally in Appleton on Saturday, April 24th! From 12 PM to 2 p.m., we’ll be gathering on Houdini Plaza to demand climate justice and a sustainable future. We are calling on elected officials at all levels of government to address the climate crisis with the urgency demanded by science while creating good jobs and ensuring everyone has clean air, clean water, and a healthy environment.
Fill out this form to be sent information on how to take action and the list of demands for all levels of government.

La Crosse Community Clean Up Day

A spring cleanup event is being organized in the “Townsend”/ District 10 neighborhood of La Crosse.  While not an officially recognized neighborhood, the residents of Townsend hope to help bring neighbors together and foster a sense of community after what has been a trying year in many households.  The event will be held on May 1st, and services offered will be raking, mulching, gardening, gutter cleaning, window cleaning, and other misc. Yard Work tasks.  Due to continuing COVID-19 social distancing requirements, we encourage everyone to mask up, and also not to request services be done inside your home.

Contact Kristin Ringgenberg for more details  


Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig discussed the George Floyd murder trial, the latest police murders and abuse, and the state of play on Biden’s jobs bill on the Jeff Santos show. Listen here.

Battleground Wisconsin · Structural racism demands structural solutions now

We discuss the Daunte Wright murder by Brooklyn Center police, the announcement that Jacob Blake’s shooter will face no consequences, and a state Department of Public Instruction finding that the Burlington school district is a hostile environment for Black students. We analyze the Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause in the face of a new COVID variant wave. The destructive course of the right-wing Legislature continued this week, as they plowed forward with regressive COVID relief and election bills certain to be vetoed. The U.S. Senate race heated up this week with the entrance of Citizen Action Organizing Co-op member and State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski as QAnon Ron Johnson prepares to share the stage with a right winger who believes the Jan. 6 riot was ‘staged’. We close with exciting news that the Milwaukee City/County Climate Task Force made bold proposals for use of American Rescue Act money to begin climate conversion, create good jobs and dramatically reduce racial inequality.

Listen Now – Episode #488
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Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, April 2nd


Friday, April 2nd

Complete your plan to vote by April 6th

 

Health Care Week of Action – We’re Not Done Yet!

On Saturday, Citizen Action launched a Health Care Week of Action with a virtual press conference in Green Bay starring Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes, State Representative Kristina Shelton, State Representative Lee Snodgrass, and Northeast Co-Op member Renee Gasch. Since then, we’ve held events in Hudson, Eau Claire, and Wausau. 

As we continue to prioritize the health and safety of our communities, our week of action was completely virtual. We kicked off the week on Saturday in Green Bay. Monday, we fueled up for the week in Wausau. Tuesday we hosted our first ever joint Lobby Day with Main Street Alliance and Progress North! We heard from Gov. Tony Evers, JFC Member Sen. Latonya Johnson, and Small Business Committee ranking member Rep. Robyn Vining. We concluded this week’s virtual events on Thursday in Eau Claire  with a roundtable discussion.

But we’re not done yet! We still need you to take action by visiting our action pages to email your legislators in support of BadgerCare Expansion, prescription drug affordability, investing in caregivers, and a state public option. And next week we’re holding two more press conferences – one in Milwaukee and the other in LaCrosse – so keep your eyes peeled for more news stories about this important issue!


Tell Your Legislators To Support BadgerCare Expansion!

Even before the pandemic, tens of thousands of Wisconsinites struggled to afford health insurance, were forced to buy very low quality coverage, or went uninsured because they were forced to choose between health care and other essentials like housing and food. The pandemic has only made it worse. Many people in our community who lost their jobs or had their income affected by the pandemic also lost their health insurance. That’s why BadgerCare Expansion is now more important than ever. We have an opportunity to help our neighbors live healthy lives, no matter where they live, what they look like, or what’s in their wallets. 

It is critically important that we make our voices heard in support of this life saving policy. The Legislature will get pressure from corporations and the wealthy few who benefit from keeping health care costs high, but we can beat them! Tell your legislators that you demand they prioritize our health over special interest groups by supporting BadgerCare Expansion!
 You can use the link below to send an email to your State Senator and State Representative in support of the BadgerCare Expansion. You may use our template email, or customize it with your own story.
Thank you for taking the time to contact your legislators about this critical issue.
Contact your state representative now!

 

Attention Caregiving Advocates in the Healthcare Co-op

On Wednesday, March 31st, President Biden unveiled his jobs and infrastructure plan, which includes 400 billion for home and community based services. 

This is a big moment to rebuild a caregiving system that works for everyone, please let Congress know you support this initiative. 

 

Sign up for a lobby visit with Sen. Brad Pfaff to promote Badgercare Expansion 

Citizen Action of Wisconsin members will be meeting, virtually, with State Senator Brad Pfaff on April 15th at 3:00 PM to discuss the need to expand BadgerCare, control prescription drug costs and fund caregivers across the state.  

We are looking for passionate activists from State Senate District 32 to come and tell their personal story or just join the call to show support.  You can sign up to join this visit here. Your local organizer will follow up with you with more details and get you ready for the meeting.

Sign up to attend here and your organizer will follow up with you

Northwestern Wisconsin Leaders call for Badgercare Expansion, Prescription Drug Affordability, and Expanding Resources for Long-term Care.

This week the Northwestern WI Organizing Cooperative kicked off their healthcare week of action by hosting a press conference in Hudson, Wisconsin which is Represented by Rob Summerfield, a member of the Joint Finance Committee. Local leaders such as Summerfield’s 2020 opponent, Sarah Yacoub, former State Senator Patty Schachtner, and retired doctor Rita Simon all spoke about why the budget proposals in Gov. Tony Evers’ 21-23 budget is necessary to keep all Wisconsin communities healthy and thriving. 

The co-op ended the week with a healthcare round table with Senator Jeff Smith, Representative Jodi Emerson, and opening remarks by Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes. We heard from local therapist and mental health advocate, Kevin Fooley, in regards to the increase of mental health resources in the budget as well. 

TAKE ACTION NOW to expand Wisconsin’s commuter rails

Citizen Action of Wisconsin believes that Wisconsin needs modern rail service that connects rural and urban areas while providing transportation options that reduces the cars on our roads. 

Right now the Wisconsin DOT is considering expanding daily rail service between Chicago and Minneapolis. That route currently operates once a day, the proposal would increase service to twice a day. This would increase rail travel to communities like La Crosse, Portage and Wisconsin Dells and add additional service to Milwaukee.

This would be an important first step in creating a modern, statewide rail service. The DOT is collecting comments NOW through Friday April 9th about the proposed expansion. Click here to leave a comment for the DOT 

Celebrate Earth Month by competing in an Eco Challenge

April is Earth Month and it is time for each of us to take action to protect our planet! You can start by joining the Citizen Action of Wisconsin Driftless Co-op Eco Challenge team!

An Eco Challenge is a fun way to earn points while you take action to fight climate change.  Some actions are personal like recycling, offsetting your carbon footprint or installing LED light bulbs.  Some actions improve your community such as promoting mass transit or supporting community gardens.  Some involve taking action directed at our elected leaders.  You earn points with every action you take.  You also learn about the impact small actions can have!

 By joining our co-op Eco Challenge team you can compete with other teams or other team members.  You can see what actions everyone on the team is taking..  Signing up is quick and easy.  After the month is over you will have made a difference and hopefully added new habits to our daily routine that will help fight climate change

Click here to learn more our join our team!

 

Have you returned your absentee ballots? Complete your plan to Vote by April 6th.

Take Action to get the Medicines We Need!

The Healthcare Co-Op has been working on prescription drug prices.

For the past year, we have seen up close how our collective health relies on our health as individuals. We have experienced devastating gaps in access to treatment, and we know that the only path forward is affordable medication for everyone. But even now, as our country is just beginning to recover from a global pandemic, a Trump-era roadblock stands in our way.

Under Donald Trump, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) proposed a new rule that would make it harder for people in the U.S. to get the medicine we need. The proposed rule would end the government’s power to break pharmaceutical monopolies to stop abusive pricing for drugs invented through our tax dollars. 

We have an opportunity to stand up against this oppressive NIST rule. Please join us in opposing the rule, and demanding that the new administration act in the interest of everyday people.


Citizen Action Action Executive Director Robert Kraig was on the Jeff Santos show for the full hour to discuss progressive strategy on removing the filibuster to pass the bold reforms we need. Listen here

Citizen Action of Wisconsin leaders and members were the driving force in the very successful state budget Health Care Week of Action. In events across the state, Citizen Action leaders and progressive elected leaders made the case for BadgerCare Expansion, a BadgerCare Public Option, a Prescription Drug Affordability Board, and investments in caregiving. All of these provisions are in Governor Evers’ state budget now before the State Legislature. See news coverage from Up North News, Fox 11. The Health Care Week of Action press activities will continue next week! Keep an eye out for more stories next week as we continue to talk about the state budget’s the important investments in health care.

“Building 21st Century Infrastructure” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We dive into the exciting details of President Biden’s historic Build Back Better plan released Wednesday. Will it pass? Does it go far enough? Back in Wisconsin politics, we discuss next Tuesday’s Spring General Election and encourage listeners to volunteer this weekend for Jill Underly and local endorsed candidates. The panel evaluates the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s 4-3 decision to overturn Gov. Evers’ mask mandate. Is there a valid legal argument or are right-wing justices acting like politicians in robes? Claire updates us on this week’s Citizen Action Healthcare Week of Action focused on important state budget priorities. We also shine a light on Legislative Republican’s sham hearings peddling conspiracy theories about the 2020 election.

Listen Now – Episode #486
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