Bill Kaplan: GOP-led U.S. Senate refuses to act.

Bill Kaplan: GOP-led U.S. Senate refuses to act.

The U.S., including Wisconsin, is facing a twin catastrophe: an out-of-control COVID-19 pandemic and a cataclysmic economic meltdown. Public health efforts – masks, social distancing and contact tracing – have been undermined nationally by Trump and by Wisconsin GOP legislators. However, Wisconsin Democratic Governor Tony Evers has not given up. He joined GOP-led Indiana and Ohio in issuing a statewide mask mandate. Why?

More than 4.6 million COVID-19 cases nationally, over 54,000 in Wisconsin. U.S. deaths are about 155,000, approaching 1,000 in Wisconsin. Sun Belt states are setting one-day death records. Moreover, COVID-19 is spreading widely to rural areas, including Iron County, Wisconsin which has no hospital. Currently, almost all 72 Wisconsin counties have high COVID-19 activity.

A surging COVID-19 is crippling the economy and stymieing a recovery. “The U.S. economy shrank by a stunning 9.5 percent from April through June, a historic contraction …” (Washington Post-WP). Moreover, new claims for unemployment benefits totaled over a million for the 19th straight week. Yet the U.S. Senate refuses to act as over 30 million Americans, including hundreds of thousands of Wisconsinites, have lost $600 weekly federal jobless benefits. A delusional Trump said: “I think the recovery has been very strong. We’ve set record job numbers.” And, Wisconsin GOP Senator Ron Johnson, 7th-wealthiest U.S. senator, supported cutting the benefits to a paltry weekly $200!

Back in May the Democratic-led House saw the coming train wreck and passed relief and recovery legislation. All Wisconsin Democratic representatives voted yes, while state GOP representatives were opposed. The bill would help struggling state, local and tribal governments facing huge budget deficits due to declining revenues and increasing COVID-19 costs. The bipartisan National Governors Association said: “(W)ithout federal revenue replacement, state and local governments would need to cut more than $500 billion … eliminating more than 3 million jobs.” The bill also extended federal jobless benefits, funded education, food assistance, health and housing needs.

However, for months the GOP-led Senate did nothing. At the 11th hour the Senate finally rolled out a response – a glaring contrast to the House bill. Republicans have proposed billions for new military weapons, despite U.S. defense spending already accounting for about 60 percent of federal discretionary spending. Almost nothing for the millions going without enough food, but “boosts the ‘three-martini-lunch’ (tax) break, not food stamps” (WP). Then there is the easing of capital requirements for big banks, put in place to reduce their risky behavior. Help for Wall Street not Main Street.

Reminiscent of expanding the pass-through tax break in the March COVID-19 relief bill, inserted by Senate Republicans. What role did Wisconsin GOP Senator Ron Johnson play? He is the leading advocate of this tax break for the wealthy (70 percent of pass-through income goes to the top 1 percent). Finally, the Senate bill does little for millions of Americans who can’t pay their rent or mortgages. Shame.

As talks continued between Democratic congressional leaders and the Trump administration, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell adjourned the Senate and went home to Kentucky. Pathetic.

–Kaplan wrote a guest column from Washington, D.C., for the Wisconsin State Journal from 1995 – 2009.

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, July 31st

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, July 31st

Friday, July 31st

Request your absentee ballot today! Protect your health vote from home. 

All Registered Wisconsin voters are eligible to vote with an absentee ballot. You can request ballots for both the primary and general elections in 2020.

Request your absentee ballot today.

Primary Election is Tuesday, August 11th; Thursday August 6th is the last day to request your absentee ballot.

Volunteer to Send texts and/or Make Calls for Citizen Action of Wisconsin Endorsed Candidates who have contested Primaries.

Both the text messages and the call scripts will incorporate the Race Class Narrative Messaging that we’ve been testing over the past couple of months, and the call program will give you an intro into the Deep Phone Canvass model we’ve been developing with People’s Action!

Senate District 6: LaTonya Johnson
Senate District 30: Jonathan Hansen
Assembly District 8: JoAnna Bautch
Assembly District 9: Marisabel Cabrera
Assembly District 10: Tomika Vukovic
Assembly District 16: Melissa Sargent
Assembly District 17: Supreme Moore Omokunde
Assembly District 78: Lisa Subeck
Assembly District 96: Josefine Jaynes

Sign up here to get out the vote in these important races for the Tuesday August 11th Primary!

Texting will happen Tuesday, August 4th, and Tuesday Aug 11th from 4:00-6:30 pm.

SIGN UP FOR A TEXT SHIFT HERE!

Calls will happen on Wednesday August 5th from 5-8pm, and you will be able to make calls whenever you want after this initial training.

SIGN UP FOR A CALL SHIFT HERE

Take a stand against medical debt in La Crosse this Sunday!

Citizen Action of Wisconsin and SEIU Healthcare are taking a stand against medical debt. Join us for a socially distant rally and protest to let Gundersen know that they need to stop suing their employees and the community over medical debt!

Please use this form to RSVP for this important event.

As one of the largest employers and health care providers in our community, Gundersen Health System has a responsibility to our most vulnerable citizens. In just the past few years, Gundersen has taken hundreds of our community members to court for unpaid medical debt – including its own employees who cannot afford the who cannot afford the steep cost of the Hospital’s insurance plan.

Gundersen has been named one of the most profitable hospitals in the country.  Community members and Gundersen employees should be able to receive affordable services at a nonprofit Hospital without being sued, taken to collections, or having their wages garnished.

We demand Gundersen:

  1. Cease suing our community members and employees for medical debt
  2. Forgive existing medical debt
  3. Provide employees with affordable health insurance coverage

Remember to bring water and sunscreen.  Also please wear the color purple in solidarity.

PLEASE RSVP

You can read more about the Stand Against Medical Debt and why we are standing up to Gundersen right here.

Follow the brand new Citizen Action of Wisconsin Driftless Co-op page on Facebook

Citizen Action has rolled out a brand new public Facebook page for the Driftless region.  This page is the best place to stay up to date on important events, calls to action and campaigns Citizen Action is working on locally. This public page also makes it very easy to share this important information to everyone on your Facebook friends list with one simple click. Please use this link to like this page and share contact across the internet.

You can also help get the word out by joining our social media team.  We are recruiting a team to help share content from the new local Citizen Action page.  This is a very easy job but a very important one.  Members of the team will be called upon to share specific content on their own Facebook page.  Basically when a team member gets tagged in a post they are asked to simply click the share button.  It only takes a few seconds but it has a HUGE impact.  If you would like to join the social media team please contact Ben Wilson at ben.wilson@citizenactionwi.org.

Contact the La Crosse County Board to let them know that you support 100% clean, renewable energy by 2050

On August 20th the La Crosse County Board will be voting on a resolution committing La Crosse to 100% clean, renewable energy We need to let them know that La Crosse County has to stand up and lead the way by committing to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2050.  We need to send a message to our leaders on the county board that we support clean renewable energy!

Our planet is in crisis.  We must protect the environment for generations to come.  It is vital that our elected leaders hear from us NOW.   Wisconsin will not be immune to impacts of climate change, but we can be part of the solution! Climate scientists agree that we must limit global temperature increases to 1.5 degrees Celsius to avoid the most destructive and dangerous effects of climate change. This will require net zero carbon emissions by 2050, which means ditching fossil fuels and transitioning to clean, renewable energy.

This effort is being brought to you by Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters, Coulee Region Sierra Club and Citizen Action of Wisconsin.

For those of you outside of La Crosse County thank you for your support but please do not submit these forms.

Please use this form to send an email directly to your county board supervisors.

Please use this form to sign our digital petition.

CALL TO ACTION: Join in a phone banking day of action for Citizen Action of Wisconsin endorsed candidate Josefine Jaynes on August 6th

Citizen Action of Wisconsin endorsed candidate Josefine Jaynes is running in a tight primary for the Democratic nomination in Wisconsin’s Assembly district 96 covering Vernon, Crawford and Monroe counties.

Josefine is an inspiring 18 year old candidate who will bring a bold new progressive voice to Madison.  She is committed to protecting Wisconsin’s small farms, fighting climate change, protecting our water, making sure our schools are getting the funding they need and making sure that rural Wisconsin is protected and heard. She is the voice of the next generation of progressive leaders.  You can actually hear an interview with Josefine in this week’s “Battleground Wisconsin” podcast.

Josefine’s campaign is planning a major day of action in advance of the August 11th primary.  They will be hosting a phone bank next Thursday Aug 6th.  She is looking for volunteers from across the state to make calls to residents of district 96.  Official instructions on how to get involved in this phone banking event will be announced this weekend on Josefine’s campaign Facebook page.  You can also email Josefine directly at josefinejaynes@gmail.com and she will make sure you are connected and able to get involved.     

Let the City of La Crosse know that you support expanding voting access

Voting is one of America’s most important rights. Elections during the age of COVID-19 should not be a choice between voting and your health.  The City of La Crosse can take steps RIGHT NOW to expand voting access and ensure safe, free and fair elections through the rest of 2020.  Please take a moment and complete this form to send an email to La Crosse’s mayor, city clerk and deputy city clerk to let them know that you support the following plans to expand voting access and make sure that every La Crosse resident can vote safely.

  • Provide at least three secure absentee ballot drop boxes throughout the city
  • Strive to identify, prepare, and maintain the standard number of polling locations. At a minimum, the city should have at least seventy-five percent of an average election’s total number of polling locations open for Election Day
  • Develop and enact a plan for the recruitment and retention of poll workers to be made available to the public
  • Identify, prepare, and maintain suitable areas for drive through voting for both early and same day voting. Ensure that every in-person polling location has functional curbside voting as required by state statute

Please use the links below to sign our digital petition and send an email directly to the mayor of La Crosse (along with the city clerk) to let them know you support expanded voting options to keep everyone safe while they vote this November.

Please use this form to email the mayor and city clerk directly
Please use this form to sign our digital petition

Driftless Co-op Anniversary Meeting, Saturday, August 29th

On August 29th the Citizen Action of Wisconsin Driftless Co-op will have its one year anniversary of organizing in the area.  In honor of the big day we will be hosting a virtual meeting for all our members, friends and allies.

This will be a chance to hear about all the work we have done to expand healthcare, protect voting rights, fight climate change and elect progressive candidates.  We will also be laying out our plans for the rest of the year.  Several members will be presenting on projects they have been working on with Citizen Action.

We encourage everyone to come out for this very special virtual meeting.  Please use the link below to RSVP.  Space is limited so RSVP today!  Details on how to join this Zoom meeting will be sent once you RSVP.

Volunteer for Citizen Action endorsed candidate Joni Anderson and help flip State Senate District 14

Progressives have a chance to flip Wisconsin’s State Senate district 14 this year!  Citizen Action of Wisconsin member and endorsed candidate Joni Anderson is running as the State Senate district 14 Senator.  District 14 is an open seat in a very gerrymandered, rural area but we can win if we start organizing RIGHT NOW.

Joni is the vice president of her union.  She is a strong advocate for universal healthcare.  She sees the urgent need to fight against the climate crisis.  She will be a powerful ally for Wisconsin progressives and Citizen Action of Wisconsin.  For more information about her campaign you can visit her campaign Facebook page here.

Joni has no primary opponent but she is building a strong volunteer network now so that they can spring into action after the August 11th primary.  She is looking for virtual volunteers to phone bank, send handwritten postcards and share her message across social media.  No matter where you are in the state (or country) you can help by joining her volunteer team.  For more information on how to get involved please contact Joni directly at jonianderson56@gmail.com.  Please contact Joni NOW so that after the primary she has a team ready to go to flip State Senate District 14!

Virtual Town Hall and Volunteer opportunities for Supreme Moore Omokunde on Tuesday August 4th!

Join Citizen Action’s North Side Rising on Tuesday, August 4th at 5pm for a virtual town hall with State Assembly candidate Supreme Moore Omokunde. Supreme is running for District 17th on Milwaukee’s Northside.

As a member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, Supreme has been addressing the issues that matter to us the most – climate change and economic opportunity for Milwaukee. As co-chair for the Milwaukee City/County Climate and Economic Equity Taskforce that is developing and implementing a Green New Deal in Milwaukee creating good green jobs for the city. Green jobs are currently the fastest growing job sector in the US today that Milwaukee could really benefit from.

Now, Supreme is running for State Assembly to continue the fight for an equitable green new deal.

Join the town hall to hear more about his campaign and how you can help him.

North Central Organizing Co-op Member Takes Part in National Living Room Conversation

NC Co-op member, community activist, and Wausau City Alder Tom Kilian was interviewed by CHEJ (Center for Health, Environment and Justice) as a part of their weekly living room leadership series. CHEJ is an affiliate of the Action Network and People’s Action. Tom started a grassroots fight in Wausau, in regard to decades of environmental contamination from industry in his neighborhood. He lives in a working-class neighborhood, and believes that it has not been a priority to remediate the years of pollution because of this fact. Tom’s activism led to the creation of the grassroots group Citizens for a Clean Wausau, and has spanned nearly a decade of researching and exposing the past that led to this contamination. You can see Tom’s full interview here.

And here’s an article from Wausau Pilot & Review about the interview.

Marathon County Board of Supervisors Passes a Fair Maps resolution!

After a second attempt (in 4 years) the Marathon County Board of Supervisors has passed a Fair Maps resolution, 19-17! Newly elected Supervisor Will Harris (Who was also endorsed by Citizen Action of Wisconsin) and Jean Maszk sponsored the resolution.  Those voting in favor were Supervisors Harris, Maszk, Beastrom, Buttke, Cihlar, Conway, Christensen, Fisher, Gonnering, Johnson, Krause, Lo, Leahy, Opall, Overbeck, Robinson, Rosenberg, Van Krey and Xiong. This was the result of a coalition of grassroots community members, who organized around this issue, contacted their Supervisors, and fielded calls to Supervisors from community members. At least half a dozen members of the NC Organizing Co-op played an active role in making this happen.

Here is the video of the meeting.

WSAW provided some coverage of this as well.

This follows Rusk County, which passed a measure to have a Fair Maps referendum question on their November ballot a couple of months back. Co-op members were also involved in that. There are more efforts happening in other parts of the NC region. Stay tuned for updates!

Citizen Action in the News

Citizen Action released a report on the impact of cutting the $600 federal supplemental unemployment insurance payment in Wisconsin. See details on our findings and full video of the press conference here, which included State Senator La Tonya Johnson. See and hear media coverage from ABC TV Madison; Up North News, and listen to an interview with Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig on WCLO Radio.

Citizen Action Health Care for All Director Claire Zautke did an interview on WORT Radio on prescription drug reform.

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig discussed the prospects for progressive influence in the Biden Administration on the Jeff Santos Radio Show. The program, which originates from Boston, is replayed on the commercial progressive radio stations in the Madison and Milwaukee media markets. Citizen Action’s Battleground Wisconsin is also featured on these stations every week.

“Trump mails in the election” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss President Trump’s disturbing pronouncement that the 2020 election should be delayed because mail-in ballots will make it inaccurate and fraudulent. Trump’s statement comes on the heels of a cratering economy and complete absence of Republican leadership on extending desperately needed COVID relief. We celebrate the extension of the moratorium on utility shutoffs last week and thank the leadership of Citizen Action’s new North Side Rising organizing co-op. We welcome progressive State Assembly candidates Kristina Shelton and Josefine Jaynes to discuss their August 11th primary elections.

LISTEN NOW – EPISODE #453
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Donate to Josefine Jaynes.
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“Trump mails in the election” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“Trump mails in the election” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss President Trump’s disturbing pronouncement that the 2020 election should be delayed because mail-in ballots will make it inaccurate and fraudulent. Trump’s statement comes on the heels of a cratering economy and complete absence of Republican leadership on extending desperately needed COVID relief. We celebrate the extension of the moratorium on utility shutoffs last week and thank the leadership of Citizen Action’s new North Side Rising organizing co-op. We welcome progressive State Assembly candidates Kristina Shelton and Josefine Jaynes to discuss their August 11th primary elections.

LISTEN NOW – EPISODE #453
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Donate to Kristina Shelton.
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Links:

Donald Trump calls for delay to 2020 US presidential election.
The GOP Stimulus Bill Guts Unemployment But Somehow Finds $7 Billion for Weapons.
Coronavirus relief talks hit impasse on Capitol Hill.
These Republicans Said Wisconsin Needed Another COVID Relief Bill. Now They’re Silent.
Editorial: Gov. Evers should stop hesitating and issue a life-saving mask mandate.
Number of Wisconsin Households Barely Getting by Swells to Nearly 550,000.
A pandemic. Marching in the streets. Economic hardship. Former governors ask where our government leaders are.
More than 25 federal agents coming to Milwaukee as part of ‘Operation Legend’.
Milwaukee’s Federal Deployment Will Not Be Like Portland, Swears U.S. Attorney.
State Regulators Extend Moratorium On Utility Shutoffs For Residential Customers.

 

Bill Kaplan: State congressional Republicans fail Wisconsin

Bill Kaplan: State congressional Republicans fail Wisconsin

Back in May the Democratic-led House anticipated that the toll from COVID-19 and its economic consequences would continue to be devastating. The House passed relief and recovery legislation, largely along party lines. The $3 trillion bill would help

state, local and tribal governments facing huge holes in their budgets; fund more COVID-19 testing and contact tracing; hazard pay for first responders and essential workers; extension of unemployment benefits; aid to education and help with housing problems. Wisconsin Democratic Representatives Ron Kind, Gwen Moore and Mark Pocan voted yes. However, Wisconsin GOP Representatives Mike Gallagher, Glenn Grothman, Jim Sensenbrenner and Bryan Steil shamefully voted no (Tom Tiffany was not yet sworn in).

The legislation would help Wisconsin avoid draconian budget and service cuts. The Wisconsin Budget Project said the bill would: “Allocate $8.5 billion to the state and $7.5 billion to local governments … provide an additional $1.9 billion in Medicaid dollars … (and) $1.4 billion for education … .” But the irresponsible GOP-led Senate refused to consider the House bill. In the middle of a pandemic Republicans played the fiddle while everything burned down. Wisconsin GOP Senator Ron Johnson, unlike Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin, had excuses when urgent action was needed. Finally, last week Senate Republicans bestirred themselves, but failed to pass anything. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said: “Hopefully, we can come together behind some package we can agree on in the next few weeks.”

But the need is right now! For example, the emergency $600 per week in extra unemployment benefits expired last Saturday in Wisconsin. Moreover, thousands of unemployed Wisconsinites face eviction. And, Wisconsin Democratic Governor Tony Evers “seeks another $250M in state budget cuts to offset pandemic revenue losses” (MJS). But University of Wisconsin System interim President Tommy Thompson pleaded no more cuts to the UW System. (Hint for Thompson – ask Wisconsin GOP legislators to approve federally funded Medicaid expansion. State savings from it could help the UW System). The state faces higher unemployment, on top of an epic farm crisis with over 2,000 dairy farms out of business! What’s wrong with Wisconsin
congressional Republicans?

Democrat Kristina Shelton has big ideas.

Democrat Kristina Shelton is the Program Director at the YWCA of Greater Green Bay where she advocates for the needs of Green Bay residents. Kristina is a former educator who was elected to the Green Bay School Board in 2019 and is its Vice President.

Health Care

Kristina Shelton has never backed away from taking on the big challenges. She currently fights for our kids on the Green Bay school board. Now she has some big ideas for improving our health care. Kristina believes 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.

With Kristina Shelton’s experience, we can trust her to fight for everyone to have affordable health care. Kristina will accept the federal Medicaid money that will expand BadgerCare to 82,000 people in Wisconsin. Kristina also supports opening up a BadgerCare “Public Option” so everyone can have health insurance in Wisconsin.

Kristina understands that prescription drug costs have become an emergency and no one should have to choose between medicine or groceries.

Kristina knows that reproductive care is healthcare. She is committed to protecting reproductive rights for Wisconsin women, and ensuring that the full scope of sexual health services are accessible to all.

COVID-19 relief while fighting the climate crisis.

Kristina Shelton believes Wisconsin must help working families struggling economically to survive during the coronavirus crisis, and can do so in a way that also begins to address the climate crisis.

During the New Deal, America addressed the pain of the Great Depression in a way that also built the foundation for the postwar economic boom.

Kristina Shelton will fight for a similar approach to the COVID-19 depression, creating jobs and income for struggling working families in a way that also builds the sustainable green economy we need to avert a climate catastrophe.

Most recently, she won the 2019 “Activist of the Year Award” from Citizen Action’s Northeast Wisconsin Co-op.

Kristina has been married to her husband, Jon, for 14 years. Together, they have two kids attending school in the Green Bay Area Public School District.

“Uncontrolled Contagion” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“Uncontrolled Contagion” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

The panel digs into the uncontrolled spread of COVID-19 in Wisconsin, now one of the worst 19 states in the country in containing the virus. How bad is it? What is the State Legislature, the Evers Administration, and local governments doing about it? As the federal cut-off of pandemic unemployment benefits looms, the panel discusses dissension in the ranks of the GOP, and the likely inadequate proposal they will make to the Democrats. We also look at the immense economic impact being inflicted on working Americans, and the disproportionate impact on communities of color. Will right-wing conservatives in The Senate and the White House get their act together, or will they unleash a historic wave of utility cut offs, hunger, evictions, and foreclosures?
Listen Now – Episode #452
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Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, July 17th

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, July 17th

Friday, July 17th

Citizen Action announces more 2020 State Legislative Candidate Endorsements

Friday afternoon, July 17th the Citizen Action Board announced more candidate endorsements in state legislative elections. There will be more endorsements coming throughout the summer.

Senate District 16: Melissa Sargent
Senate District 18: Aaron Wojciechowski
Assembly District 37: Abigail Lowery
Assembly District 38: Melissa Winker
Assembly District 69: Brian Giles
Assembly District 78: Lisa Subeck
Assembly District 81: Dave Considine
Assembly District 85: Jeff Johnson

Milwaukee County Election
Register of Deeds: Israel Ramon, Citizen Action Healthcare Co-op member

Vote safely and conveniently from home in 2020! 

All Registered Wisconsin voters are eligible to vote with an absentee ballot. You can request ballots for both the primary and general elections in 2020.

Request your absentee ballot today.

  • Primary Election is Tuesday, August 11th; Thursday August 6th is the last day to request your absentee ballot.
  • General Election is Tuesday, November 3rd; Thursday, October 29th is the last day to request an absentee ballot.

Green Bay Mayor Eric Genrich & Sen. Dave Hansen endorse Citizen Action co-op member Kristina Shelton for 90th Assembly District!

Green Bay Mayor Eric Genrich and state Sen. Dave Hansen joined other Democrats this week as they endorsed Northeast WI Co-op member Kristina Shelton in the 90th Assembly District primary.

The backing from Hansen and Genrich comes less than a week after Democratic leaders in the Assembly threw their support behind Shelton, a member of the Green Bay School Board.

The primary election is Tuesday, August 11th.

“Words cannot express how tremendously honored I am to have the support of Mayor Genrich and Sen. Hansen. In their own way, they have both fought hard for the working people of Green Bay, and knowing I have them behind me shows the community that I am the one clear choice for Democrats on August 11.” — Kristina Shelton

Request your absentee ballot today!
Donate today to Kristina Shelton.
Volunteer to help the campaign!

Citizen Action holds 4 media events on Wednesday to urge Congress and the President to take action on COVID-19 relief & demand WE Energies and utilities stop power “cut offs”.

This Wednesday, July 15th, Citizen Action held 4 media events and a rally and march in Milwaukee telling Congress and the President to take urgent action in the next ten days to maintain existing pandemic relief efforts and expand them with new investments to address the full depth of the employment crisis in Wisconsin. The media events and the march in Milwaukee demanded that WE Energies and other utilities end planned “cut offs” of customers on July 25th.

When Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) in March, it was impossible to know that the pandemic would continue to spin out of control after the four month sunset of many of its provisions. It is now essential for Congress to pass a new round of relief, extending current benefits and dramatically expanding them to the scale of the crisis.

Milwaukee: North Side Rising leads rally and march to We Energies.

In Milwaukee, Citizen Action’s North Side Rising organized a rally that called for federal action to provide financial assistance to institutions and individuals still struggling in Milwaukee during the pandemic. The rally included Supreme Moore-Omokunde, who is running for State Assembly District 17, who advocated for the Jobs for Economic Recovery Act and for calling for a moratorium on We Energies and utilities from cutting of power to those who can’t currently pay their bills.

Sign our petition calling on We Energies to stop the “cut offs”

The rally featured La Tesha Johnson who, like a lot of people, has been out of work for months. Before the pandemic, Johnson was going to start training with the U.S. Census Bureau, but it was delayed because of the coronavirus.

“I’ve always been one of those people that has kept a job, a good job. To me, being out of work is not easy … my life has changed. The community has changed; the world has changed,” said Johnson. Member of the Milwaukee City/County Climate Equity Task force and NAACP leader, George Martin, spoke passionately at the rally about the huge opportunity before us to make a transition to a green economy that creates good paying green jobs for Milwaukee residents.

Following the rally, people marched from Victory Over Violence Park to WE Energies in downtown Milwaukee demanding justice and mercy during this pandemic to “keep the lights on!”  The march was lead by Rev. Jonathan Barker, Min. Adante Jordan and Rev. Dana Kelley, Lead organizer of North Side Rising.

State Representative Jodi Emerson leads Eau Claire pandemic event.

State Representative Jodi Emerson (AD 91), Eau Claire City Council member Emily Berge, and Citizen Action Wisconsin’s Executive Director Robert Kraig joined together in Eau Claire Wednesday to urge congress to extend unemployment relief to thousands of families struggling to make ends meet during the COVID-19 pandemic. Emerson and Berge, who is also a Citizen Action endorsed candidate for the 68th assembly district, made a point to explain that this isn’t about people not wanting to work, but rather unable to due to businesses wrestling with their bottom line, child care, and health concerns.

Madison leaders speak out on pandemic relief and jobs creation

Citizen Action of Wisconsin hosted a major press event with Executive Director Robert Kraig, Madison’s Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway and representatives from Kids Forward and the United Way to advocate for pandemic relief packages.  Presenters spoke of the need to pass Tammy Baldwin’s legislation to extend the federal pandemic unemployment benefits AND to create millions of federally subsidized jobs.  You can read more about this event here and here.

In Green Bay, Mayor Eric Genrich and Citizen Action urge extension of Pandemic Relief

“We really don’t have the resources to respond in a way that’s necessary, so that’s why we’re relying on the federal government that does have the resources at their disposal… They need to act expeditiously, as quickly as possible to respond to the needs of these families that are going to have these benefits cut off in the next few weeks.” Green Bay Mayor and co-op member, Eric Genrich

You can find out more about our Green Bay event here! Both members Desiree May and Eric Genrich spoke at the event, along with Kevin Kane.

Sign Petition to Stop the WeEnergies “Shut Offs”

Home Healthcare Workers deserve so much more

The ladies of the Care in Action team held a zoom party with the main goal of advocating for better benefits for home healthcare workers.  There is a shortage in this workforce and because now, more than ever people are starting to realize how valuable and noble these workers are.  They allow people to live as independently as possible in their own homes.

Governor Evers appointed a task force to study the shortage and we only had a short amount of time to submit public written advocacy in the form of an online survey.  Many members of the healthcare co-op stepped up and submitted a uniform push for higher pay, health coverage and paid leave. We submitted over 60 surveys statewide and I am sure our effort was noticed.

If you want to join us email karen.kirsch@citizenactionwi.org. We have a great camaraderie while also making the world a better place.  Friendship and change is very uplifting during this time so you should join us.

Make Medicines Work with Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes

Medicines can’t work if nobody can afford them. That’s why people all across the country are coming together to MAKE MEDICINES WORK. Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes, Maine State Senator Rebecca Millett, experts on pharmaceutical monopolies and grassroots leaders directly impacted by this crisis joined us last Thursday in a special live event hosted by the Action Center on Race & the Economy (ACRE), Center for Popular Democracy (CPD), People’s Action, Public Citizen and Social Security Works.

This is just the beginning of this campaign so there will be plenty of opportunities to be active around this issue. Email Karen at karen.kirsch@citizenactionwi.org

You can watch the whole event here, if you missed it.

La Crosse County joins 70+ other communities demanding Guaranteed Health Care for All

This week the La Crosse County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution calling on Senator Ron Johnson, Senator Tammy Baldwin, and Representative Ron Kind to work toward the immediate implementation of universal health care, like Medicare For All Act of 2019.

The resolution is one of more than a dozen that have been passed in 2020. The effort is organized by numerous local, state, and national organizations and elected officials, including Citizen Action of Wisconsin, the Coulee DSA, Public Citizen, and Our Wisconsin Revolution.

County Board Chairperson Monica Kruse stated, “Our voices will join those of the many other counties across Wisconsin and throughout the nation demanding a more equitable, more efficient and more inclusive healthcare system.”

“Single payer, publicly funded, national healthcare insurance is the most economical and most equitable way to achieve full healthcare services for all people,” agrees Citizen Action of Wisconsin Driftless Co-op member Mark Neumann.

The Medicare for All Act of 2019 would guarantee comprehensive health care coverage for all Americans and would eliminate co-pays, deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs that are keeping needed health care out of reach for residents of La Crosse County.

Volunteer to Help Citizen Action endorsed State Assembly candidate, JoAnna Bautch

Calling all volunteers! Join Team JoAnna for volunteer opportunities every weekend (including this weekend) leading up to the August 11th primary election. Pick a date or a few that work best for you and help us connect with voters across the 8th Assembly District on Milwaukee’s near south side. We will have a variety of safe volunteer activities for folks to engage in.

Sign up here: https://forms.gle/oYyZSJ5je4AxnFeKA
Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/JoAnnaforWI/events

Northwestern Co-op Virtual Coffee w/Your Co-op Dates! 

We will be having numerous “Coffee w/Your Co-op” events in July! We are working on building our membership and activism in the rural communities across Northwestern Wisconsin and we need your help! Please ask 1-2 friends to join us virtually on the date that corresponds to where they live and let them know how they would be paramount to our important organizing work in 2020 and beyond! Please register for one of the dates below (BYOCoffee!)

July 17th – St. Croix, Polk, and Burnett Counties – Register Here
July 24th – Pierce, Dunn, and Pepin Counties – Register Here
July 31st – Eau Claire, Trempealeau, and Chippewa Counties – Register Here

Driftless Co-op hosting a candidate town hall with endorsed State Assembly candidate Josefine Jaynes

Please join Citizen Action on July 21st at 6:00 PM for a very special town hall with State Assembly candidate Josefine Jaynes.  Josefine is running for the 96th Assembly seat covering Vernon, Crawford and Monroe Counties.

Josefine was one of the first candidates to receive a Citizen Action endorsement in the new Driftless Region Co-op.  At age 18 Josefine is also the youngest candidate Citizen Action of Wisconsin has ever endorsed. Josefine is committed to fully funding our public schools, ensuring that every Wisconsinite has access to healthcare, addressing the housing and daycare shortage in the district and safeguarding our water both for our health and our tourism. Even though Josefine has spent her entire life surrounded by politics she has committed to not being a career politician. She wants to get in, make the kind of changes Wisconsin needs and get out.

This very special, virtual, town hall is open to the public (even those outside of her district) but RSVP is required to join.  Please use this link to RSVP.  You will receive the Zoom link after you RSVP.  Space is limited so reserve your spot now!

“Stand Against Medical Debt” Rally and Protest August 2nd 3:00 PM

Citizen Action and SEIU Healthcare are taking a stand against medical debt. Join us for a socially distant rally and protest to let Gundersen Healthcare System know that they need to stop suing their employees and the community over medical debt!

Please use this form to RSVP for this important event.

We demand Gundersen:

  1. Cease suing our community members and employees for medical debt
  2. Forgive existing medical debt
  3. Provide Gundersen employees with affordable health insurance coverage

Remember to bring water and sunscreen.  Also please wear the color purple in solidarity.

PLEASE USE THIS FORM TO RSVP
PLEASE USE THIS FORM TO SIGN OUR DIGITAL PETITION AGAINST MEDICAL DEBT

 

“Schools during COVID-19 pandemic” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to surge, and Wisconsin state government is at a standstill, Wisconsin municipalities are stepping up with new mask ordinances. Citizen Action holds news events around the state to call attention to the damage inaction in Washington is doing to the economic well being of working families. Without urgent action by the middle of next week, the unemployed will be cut-off of enhanced unemployment assistance, and we are already facing a wave of utility cut-offs, evictions, and foreclosures. As corporate leaders and their political puppets demand the reopening of schools, we welcome Ben Ward from the MTEA (the Milwaukee teacher’s union) to discuss whether it is even possible to have in-person classed safely when the pandemic continues to rage. We also talk with Voces de la Frontera’s Christine Neumann-Ortiz and Mario Ramirez about their follow up meeting with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services concerning the outrageous decision to withhold the COVID-19 infection numbers of businesses.

Sign MTEA petition to open schools safely.
Sign our petition to stop the We Energies shut offs!

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“Schools during COVID-19 pandemic” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“Schools during COVID-19 pandemic” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to surge, and Wisconsin state government is at a standstill, Wisconsin municipalities are stepping up with new mask ordinances. Citizen Action holds news events around the state to call attention to the damage inaction in Washington is doing to the economic well being of working families. Without urgent action by the middle of next week, the unemployed will be cut-off of enhanced unemployment assistance, and we are already facing a wave of utility cut-offs, evictions, and foreclosures. As corporate leaders and their political puppets demand the reopening of schools, we welcome Ben Ward from the MTEA (the Milwaukee teacher’s union) to discuss whether it is even possible to have in-person classed safely when the pandemic continues to rage. We also talk with Voces de la Frontera’s Christine Neumann-Ortiz and Mario Ramirez about their follow up meeting with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services concerning the outrageous decision to withhold the COVID-19 infection numbers of businesses.

LISTEN NOW – EPISODE #451
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Wisconsin sees 821 new coronavirus cases as more counties bumped to ‘high’ activity levels.
Milwaukee community organizers call for more federal coronavirus assistance and a continued moratorium on power disconnections.
Madison mayor urges state, federal aid to assist communities during pandemic.
Local leaders urge extension of current unemployment benefits. In Brown County nearly 1,000 people filed their initial application in the last week alone.
Don’t let the utilities shut off people’s power.
Wisconsin won’t name businesses with multiple COVID-10 cases.

 

Bill Kaplan: Trump and Johnson, dead wrong about COVID-1

Bill Kaplan: Trump and Johnson, dead wrong about COVID-1

photo by: Gage Skidmore

Trump and Wisconsin GOP Senator Ron Johnson’s incompetent response to COVID-19 continues to hammer the economy. Double-digit unemployment nationally, and in WI. “The Wisconsin Economic Forecast, a state report, said … that it could take two years for the state to recover to pre-coronavirus employment levels, with personal income growth projected to fade dramatically this year and next” (Washington Post-WP). Meanwhile, COVID-19’s toll skyrockets.

More than 3.2 million cases nationally, over 36,000 in WI. U.S. cases are on track to rise to 100,000 a day. COVID-19 deaths are increasing nationally to past 135,000 and over 800 in WI. Health experts predict a death toll of 200,000 soon. Moreover, COVID-19 is hitting northern rural WI (Ashland and Douglas County). Community spread in rural WI would be catastrophic for a region that is uninsured and is underserved by hospitals and doctors.

However, Trump and Johnson continue to be dead wrong about COVID-19. “White House officials … hope Americans will grow numb to the escalating death toll and learn to accept tens of thousands of new cases a day …” (WP). Trump said: “I think we are going to be very good with the coronavirus. I think that, at some point, that’s going to sort of just disappear, I hope” (WP). Trump also falsely claims “99 percent” of COVID-19 cases are “totally harmless”. He wants us to forget the dead and thousands with long-term serious health problems. Johnson, on Trump’s wave-length, said: “I think we overreacted. We closed too much of our economy down … .” But premature state reopenings, failure to wear masks and limited adherence to social distancing caused the renewed surge.

All reminiscent of when Trump and Johnson opposed controlling the spread of COVID-19 by heartlessly comparing COVID-19 fatalities to auto-related deaths. But they were wrong on the science, pretended COVID-19 deaths would be similar to or less than the 40,000 annual auto accidents deaths and overlooked the fact that auto accidents aren’t contagious. It’s the same when Trump and Johnson pushed unproven medication such as hydroxychloroquine. And, who can forget when Trump thought it might be useful to ingest disinfectants!

Trump and Johnson are now attempting to take health coverage and protections from 23 million, including hundreds of thousands in WI. Again, they have gone to the Supreme Court – in the middle of a pandemic! All on top of nearly 27 million, including 446,000 Wisconsinites, losing private health insurance because COVID-19 is out-of-control. Wisconsin Democratic Governor Tony Evers has done his best, e.g., helping enroll about 85,000 in Medicaid.

However, more could be done if the GOP-led WI legislature expanded Medicaid like 37 other states. “Missouri’s the next red state test for Medicaid expansion at ballot box” (Forbes). The business community, hospitals and doctors have gotten behind the August 4 vote. WI GOP state Senator Luther Olsen wants the legislature to consider Medicaid expansion. Interim UW System President (former GOP governor) Tommy Thompson should weigh in. State savings from federally funded (90%) Medicaid expansion would help the UW System.

— Kaplan wrote a guest column from Washington, D.C., for the Wisconsin State Journal from 1995 – 2009.

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, July 10th

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, July 10th

Friday, July 10th

Watch a very special Citizen Action town hall with Senator Tammy Baldwin about pandemic relief and job creation.

On Wednesday July 8th Citizen Action was very proud to host a town hall about pandemic relief and job creation with special guest Senator Tammy Baldwin.  Over 150 Citizen Action members and reporters from eight media outlets joined us for this important call. You can watch the recording of the town hall here.

Senator Baldwin is leading the charge to offer relief during this pandemic.  She is introducing legislation to extend the $600 a week federal unemployment benefit, create millions of transitional federally subsidized jobs, pass another relief package and kick start a new “New Deal”.

You can take action to help right now.  We need to contact our representatives in Congress RIGHT NOW and let them know that we support these relief packages and a major jobs creation program.  You can use this link to automatically send an email to your representative in the US House and Senate letting them know you support these important pieces of legislation. It only takes a minute but it can have a huge impact on how the country recovers from the COVID19 pandemic!

Northwestern WI Co-op General Party Meeting – July 11 at 10:00am

Join us on Zoom on July 11, 2020 at 10am for a gathering of our Northwestern Wisconsin Co-op members!

We will be discussing what we have done so far this year, where we are heading, and what Citizen Action is doing for the 2020 elections.

Register in advance here for your Zoom link.

“Stand Against Medical Debt” Rally and Protest August 2nd, 3:00 PM

Citizen Action and SEIU Healthcare are taking a stand against medical debt. Join us for a socially distant rally and protest to let Gundersen Healthcare System know that they need to stop suing their employees and the community over medical debt!

Please use this form to RSVP for this important event.

As one of the largest employers and health care providers in our community, Gundersen has a responsibility to our most vulnerable citizens. In just the past few years, Gundersen has taken hundreds of our community members to court for unpaid medical debt – including its own employees who cannot afford the Hospital’s insurance plan.

Gundersen is one of the most profitable hospitals in the country. Community members and employees should be able to receive services at a nonprofit Hospital without being sued, taken to collections, or having their wages garnished.

We demand Gundersen:

  1. Cease suing our community members and employees for medical debt
  2. Forgive existing medical debt
  3. Provide Gundersen employees with affordable health insurance coverage

Remember to bring water and sunscreen.  Also please wear the color purple in solidarity.

PLEASE USE THIS FORM TO RSVP

PLEASE USE THIS FORM TO SIGN OUR DIGITAL PETITION AGAINST MEDICAL DEBT

La Crosse County Residents contact the county board RIGHT NOW and let them know you support Medicare For ALL

We are living through the worst global pandemic of our lives.  Americans across the country have lost their jobs, their income, and their access to healthcare.  This moment, more than any moment in American history, is showing us just how dangerous it is to have healthcare tied to employment.  La Crosse County needs to stand up with counties, and cities, across the country to demand a universal single payer healthcare system so that no one goes without the health coverage they need to live!  Please use this form to contact the county board and let them know that La Crosse County supports universal, single payer healthcare!

Universal single payer healthcare will not only make sure that EVERY AMERICAN can access the healthcare we all need, it will also boast our economy both locally and nationally.  It will allow Americans to look for the kind of employment that allows them to follow their dream without the worry of losing healthcare.  It will take the burden of providing healthcare off the backs of our local employers.  It will end the toxic political influence of the health insurance industry.  Most importantly single payer healthcare will guarantee that every American is able to see a doctor, or receive life saving healthcare, when they need to regardless of income.

You can help make health coverage a reality for every American, regardless of income by urging the La Crosse County Board to pass a resolution in support of Medicare For All.  Dozens of places across the country such as Austin Texas, Warren County Tennessee, Cook County Illinois, and Philadelphia Pennsylvania have all passed similar resolutions.  There is a national movement of cities and counties showing Washington that Americans need healthcare; La Crosse County needs to add its voice to that movement.  Together all of these resolutions will show Washington that America demands a universal, single payer healthcare system NOW.

If you live in La Crosse County please use this form to send an email to members of the La Crosse County Board letting them know they need to pass a county resolution showing supporting Medicare For All.  Once you fill out this form, and customize the email if you want, your email will be sent directly to every member of the La Crosse County Board.  If you are outside of La Crosse County thank you for your support but please do not submit this form; this form is for La Crosse County residents only.

Citizen Action of Wisconsin is hosting a candidate town hall with State Assembly candidate Josefine Jaynes

lease join Citizen Action on July 21st at 6:00 PM for a very special town hall with State Assembly candidate Josefine Jaynes.  Josefine is running for the 96th Assembly seat covering Vernon, Crawford and Monroe Counties.

Josefine was one of the first candidates to receive a Citizen Action endorsement in the new Driftless Region Co-op.  At age 18 Josefine is also the youngest candidate Citizen Action of Wisconsin has ever endorsed.  Josefine is committed to fully funding our public schools, ensuring that every Wisconsinite has access to healthcare, addressing the housing and daycare shortage in the district and safeguarding our water both for our health and our tourism.  Even though Josefine has spent her entire life surrounded by politics she has committed to not being a career politician.  She wants to get in, make the kind of changes Wisconsin needs and get out.

This very special, virtual, town hall is open to the public (even those outside of her district) but RSVP is required to join.  Please use this link to RSVP.  You will receive the Zoom link after you RSVP.  Space is limited so reserve your spot now!

Action Opportunity: Help these Endorsed Candidates Win on August 11th!

The August 11th primary is fast approaching! In addition to making sure that you have your absentee ballot requested and filled out, you can make a huge impact in supporting two of our endorsed candidates:

Kristina Shelton is in a tough race against the incumbent in Assembly District 90. She continues to demonstrate a commitment to her community and her experience, integrity, and vision to lead is greatly needed in the State Assembly. You can help learn more about her action opportunities by visiting https://www.kristinaforassembly.com/volunteer.

Jonathon Hansen is in a primary to represent the Democratic Party in Senate District 30. Jonathon tirelessly served his community during his time on the De Pere City Council. He brings that same determination to his run for State Senate. Jonathon will fight to bring a living wage and affordable, quality healthcare coverage to the people of Wisconsin, no matter your ZIP code. His pride in serving every single resident of his community, district, and state will move Wisconsin forward. His campaign is looking for people to make phone calls before his Primary on August 11th! You can sign up here: https://bit.ly/Phone4Hansen

Volunteer to Help JoAnna Bautch

Calling all volunteers! Join Team JoAnna for volunteer opportunities every weekend (including this weekend) leading up to the August 11th primary election. Pick a date or a few that work best for you and help us connect with voters across the 8th Assembly District on Milwaukee’s near south side. We will have a variety of safe volunteer activities for folks to engage in.

Sign up here: https://forms.gle/oYyZSJ5je4AxnFeKA

Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/JoAnnaforWI/events

North Side Rising Presents: Rally for Good Green Jobs, July 15th, Noon

Join North Side Rising for a rally on Wednesday, July 15th,  12-1:15 pm, at Victory Park, 2601 N Doctor M.L.K. Jr Dr. The rally will support bring awareness and support around the need for Good Living Wage Jobs on the North Side of Milwaukee; the most impoverished, disproportionate, and most affected by the negative effects of COVID-19, Racism and Mental Health Disorders perpetually infringed upon our community city after city, state after state, and generation after generation! Now is the time to right those wrongs and level the playing field. If you truly believe black lives matter then sand up for what matters to black lives and that is their inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Rally Topics:

  • Publicly Subsidized Job Funding on the Federal level (The Need for Living Wage Jobs and what Good Green Jobs look like/do)
  • The End of Work Share Date, July 31, (The need to extend it especially due to End of Utilities Moratorium and the continued crisis of the COVID-19 Pandemic)
  • The End of Utility Moratorium Deadline Date, July 25 (Our Demands, Solutions and Actions to take)

Speakers:

  • Milwaukee County Supervisor Supreme Moore-Omokunde
  • State Senator Latoya Johnson
  • NAACP Rep. George Martin

Do You Live in Marathon County? You’re County Board Supervisor Needs to Hear From You!!

Several community members have worked with Marathon County Board Supervisor, Will Harris, to get a referendum question on the ballot asking if people support Fair Maps (an end to partisan gerrymandering). This proposal has passed the Executive Committee narrowly, and will now be presented to the full board. County Board Supervisors rarely hear from their constituents, and contacting your Supervisor (or helping recruit others to do the same) could be the difference that it takes to get this passed through the full board. Time is of the essence. If you are willing to help with these efforts in some way, please contact NC Organizing Co-op Organizer Joel Lewis at 715-551-2525 or joel.lewis@citizenactionwi.org.

Tell our Gov Task Force that we want equitable green jobs!

Wisconsin has fallen behind other states in addressing climate change. A state task force will advise the Governor on strategies the state can take to mitigate and prepare for global warming. The task force is looking to hear from speakers to emphasize the need for Bold and Equitable actions meaning:

Bold: We need recommendations that help reach the 100% carbon free goal set by Governor Evers. We need to reduce emissions quickly and on a large scale. Our recommendations need to be bold.

Equitable: Communities of color have higher rates of air pollution than white communities. They are disproportionately home to more fracking and other fossil fuel production sites and they bear the greatest impact from severe weather catastrophes. The solutions we recommend should build up communities of color, not continue to tear them down.

Our Climate Equity team will demand the task force to subsidize jobs to take on mitigation and climate change in our communities. The climate equity team is an initiative established by Citizen Action to look at ways to effectively stop climate change and a healthy economy and environment for everyone. To be equitable, we put a major focus on black and brown people who have experienced economic depression since deindustrialization in Wisconsin.

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For more information, visit the official webpage at https://climatechange.wi.gov/Pages/Home.aspx or

contact the co-op organizer at trevonna.sims@citizenactionwi.org

We Want to Help You Make Your Home More Energy Efficient and Help Support Union Jobs

Citizen Action of Wisconsin has helped convince multiple banks through a public campaign to offer green home upgrades, where the bank provides resources to help cut a home’s carbon emissions and utility bills that pay for themselves right away.

Now, we are launching a project to train and coach homeowners through the steps of accessing solar through this campaign victory, where they can help create good jobs, fighting climate change through this “green mortgage” program saves more than it costs from the get go!

Citizen Action of Wisconsin is currently accepting applications for 20 homeowners from Northern Wisconsin to be fellows in this program at this time and participate in this “Group Buy”. Fellows chosen will be trained through video meetings and 1-1 coaching sessions to undertake and communicate how to fight climate change at home. Fellows will only be chosen if we are confident we can reduce their costs and cut their carbon emissions, with extra consideration for Citizen Action members and/or those from historically under-invested areas (especially rural and communities of color) and/or union members. You do not need to be a Citizen Action member for consideration.

Through this group buy, we will achieve better savings, and help push the industry to be better at delivering carbon-cutting upgrades to people in the Northwoods!

After submitting the information, you can schedule a call to discuss how we might be able to help! (Questions? Email Kevin.kane@citizenactionwi.org and Joel.lewis@citizenactionwi.org).

Sign up here!

Northwestern Co-op Virtual Coffee w/Your Co-op Dates! 

We will be having numerous “Coffee w/Your Co-op” events in July! We are working on building our membership and activism in the rural communities across Northwestern Wisconsin and we need your help! Please ask 1-2 friends to join us virtually on the date that corresponds to where they live and let them know how they would be paramount to our important organizing work in 2020 and beyond! Please register for one of the dates below (BYOCoffee!)

July 17th – St. Croix, Polk, and Burnett Counties – Register Here
July 24th – Pierce, Dunn, and Pepin Counties – Register Here
July 31st – Eau Claire, Trempealeau, and Chippewa Counties – Register Here

Citizen Action in the News

Our virtual town hall with Senator Tammy Baldwin drew some good media coverage. See coverage in Up North News and WXPR Radio.

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig was on the Jeff Santos Radio Show this week to discuss how Democrats can win a landslide election and govern effectively. The Boston-based show is available on-line and airs in the evenings on the two commercial progressive radio stations in Milwaukee and Madison.

Media Stories 

“Forecast: Hot & Humid” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss the latest Wisconsin Supreme court ruling upholding most of the Lame Duck power grab. The panel then moves to the deadly Wisconsin COVID-19 surge, and the movement towards mask mandates at the local level. Will Governor Evers pursue a state mask order? We tee-off on the troubling decision of the Wisconsin Department Health to withhold the names of businesses with multiple COVID-19 cases. Are they caving to Republican corporate interests? On a more positive note, we look at the bold New Deal-style jobs initiatives highlighted by U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin on a statewide town hall hosted by Citizen Action. Could it be used to protect family incomes, and jump start a green climate transition that also dramatically reduced racial inequality? We also discuss the looming July 25th cut-off of enhanced unemployment benefits, which would leave the unemployed and work-share participants high and dry. We close with an analysis of the just announced Biden-Sanders platform comprises aimed at party unification. Does it signal a new progressive-moderate alliance within the Democratic Party?

Listen Now – Episode #450
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