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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Trump & Republicans Attack Wisconsin Election Workers

Trump & Republicans Attack Wisconsin Election Workers

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

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Bill Kaplan: COVID-19 apocalypse is here

Bill Kaplan: COVID-19 apocalypse is here

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“The pandemic has worsened across the country over the last two months, but perhaps nowhere as precipitously as in Wisconsin. Testing centers are overwhelmed, raising the risk of further spread as people who might otherwise learn they are infected delay isolating themselves” (NYT). Hospitals are near capacity, our medical heroes are at a breaking point and PPE is running out. The COVID-19 apocalypse is here.

There are 300,000+ cases, with 2,600+ deaths in Wisconsin. And, many of the sick will suffer lasting “damage (to) the lungs, heart and brain” (NYT). There have been 11 million cases and 250,000 dead nationally. Moreover, there is a leadership vacuum in Washington, despite the mounting horror.

“It seems clear Trump has checked out … . It’s pretty clear he feels wounded. Under those circumstances, the idea he’s going to pay more attention to the details of governance is ridiculous” (Norman Ornstein, conservative scholar). Wisconsin cannot wait for president-elect Joe Biden to take office.

Last week, a downcast, exhausted Governor Tony Evers delivered a statewide plea: “Wisconsin, this is serious. This crisis is urgent.” He implored Wisconsinites to take precautions – wear a mask, avoid crowds and limit social gatherings. Evers also relitigated the past, pointing out how GOP legislative leaders have repeatedly sued to have COVID-19 safety rules overturned. GOP Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, reacting to Evers, said it might be time to “hit the reset button”. However, he then listed all his grievances to the press, calling Evers a “dictator” for imposing a mask mandate. Enough!

Personal responsibility hasn’t worked. “An evaluation of state policies showed greater declines in daily COVID-19 cases after issuing mask mandates compared with states that did not have mandates” (JAMA). 34 states have mask mandates. Many GOP governors get it. Ohio GOP Governor Mike DeWine said: “Wear a mask, so that your friends, neighbors and family might live.” And, Utah GOP Governor Gary Herbert declared a mask mandate last week: “Under this requirement, all Utahns must wear masks in public … (and) in business settings … . We cannot afford to debate this issue.” Does Vos think those mask mandate conservatives are “dictators”?

Time for a reset. Governor Evers would be wise to ask a prominent Republican to serve in his administration to show goodwill and reinforce that safety rules are nonpartisan. GOP legislative leaders need to meet Evers at least halfway. The “Stop the COVID Spread” coalition (health care and business groups) could be helpful in that, and more.

For example, make the case that wearing a mask is not optional. Point out how Republicans across the nation support a mask mandate. Second, join the AMA in condemning “highly offensive claims that physicians are inflating the number of COVID-19 cases to increase (their) incomes.” Third, lend your skills to help Wisconsin manufacture N95 masks and freezers for vaccine storage. Important for rural hospitals.

Wisconsin is on its own until January. Wearing masks and social distancing (no holiday gatherings, political demonstrations) could help check the COVID-19 surge while vaccine developments advance.

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

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Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, November 13th

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, November 13th

Friday, November 13th

Attend Citizen Action of Wisconsin’s Virtual Fundraiser Wednesday, November 18th, 6pm

We won Wisconsin for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, and now it’s time to celebrate and to plan for big progressive advances in 2021!

Join us for our first virtual fundraiser!

We will be joined by Tammy Baldwin, and Mandela Barnes to give perspective on the big victory and lay out a vision for transforming Wisconsin and America. Citizen Action co-op member Emily Siegrist will also join us to discuss her very close election defeat in a gerrymandered Assembly District. She will tell us why we must continue to pursue taking back the Legislature.

We’re excited to provide an evening of celebration and discussion with our members and speakers. We look forward to hearing our guest’s thoughts on how we can win guaranteed health care for all, a Green New Deal, dismantling structural racism, and other big issues on the table.

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Governor Evers and Lieutenant Governor Barnes virtual healthcare state budget listening session. 

The Governor and Lieutenant Governor will be holding a series of virtual state budget public listening sessions providing you with a unique opportunity to make your voice heard.

The first virtual budget listening session will take place next week Tuesday, November 17 at 6:00PM and will focus on Healthcare and Public Health. 

This is a great opportunity to support making sure the Governor’s State Budget includes his 2018 campaign promise to expand access to healthcare to everyone by opening up BadgerCare as a Public Option to corporate healthcare.

Register to attend here.

If you would like to submit a written public comment, please do so here.

Each virtual budget listening session requires registration, which will close promptly on the day of the listening session at 6:00pm.

For more information click the link, to access the Governor and Lieutenant Governor’s 2020 Budget Listening Session website.

We encourage you to discuss our state budget healthcare agenda:

  1. Accept BadgerCare expansion (available federal Medicaid money)
    • Apply the saving to health equity funding, not more giveaways to the health care industry.
  2. BadgerCare Public Option (buy-in program on the ACA Marketplace)and expansion to 200% FPL The Basic Health Plan (under the ACA) ($52,000 Family of 4). The latter restores the income threshold to the pre-Scott Walker era. Feds pay 95% of the cost!
  3. Create a Wisconsin Prescription Drug Affordability Board, as was recommended by the Governor’s Task Force on Prescription Drugs.
  4. Caregiver wages and healthcare.
    • Higher wages for home care and personal care workers to address the shortage of caregivers and pay a living wage to one of the fastest growing professions in Wisconsin.
    • Increased healthcare and food assistance for caregivers.
      Earning disregard for caregivers wages when calculating eligibility for BadgerCare and SNAP, giving the eligibility at a higher income level and taking way the incentive to turn down hours desperately needed by Wisconsin seniors and people with disabilities.

TAKE ACTION: Contact your state legislators and tell them to publicly speak out against Trump’s scheme to overturn the will of Wisconsin’s voters

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Our democracy is based on the idea that we pick our leaders. In the epicenter of America’s coronavirus epidemic, amidst barriers that make registering and accessing the ballot box a challenge for many, Wisconsinites did just that. This election season, we turned out in record numbers, from Milwaukee to Douglas County, and everywhere in between, to vote for the future that we have been working towards throughout this long year—a future where all of us count.

The people have spoken, and now our government must deliver on their demands. The campaigning and voting is over, and it’s time for the governing to begin.

Unfortunately, President Trump and too many Republicans are attempting to overturn the election and subvert the will of the 3 million-plus people who voted in Wisconsin.

We need to speak up and tell our elected officials in the state legislature that they need to publicly oppose Trump’s effort to overturn the Wisconsin election.

CONTACT your state legislators and tell them to publicly speak out against Trump and the GOP’s scheme to overturn the will of Wisconsin’s voters.

Trump’s Stacked Supreme Court Could Overturn ACA Coverage and Pre-Existing Condition Protections for Millions of Wisconsinites

Citizen Action of Wisconsin Urges Justices to Put Partisan Politics Aside and Uphold the Law

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Statement in response to the Supreme Court’s hearing of the California v. Texas lawsuit to determine the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act Citizen Action of Wisconsin released the following statement:

“COVID cases are surging in Wisconsin to new levels, setting new records for infection and putting Wisconsinites’ lives at risk. During the biggest public health crisis of our lifetimes, we need more and better health care for all people, not less. And yet, during this global pandemic, the United States is taking up the Trump and Republican backed California v. Texas lawsuit that threatens to take health care away from millions of Americans.

Rather than protect and expand health care or lower drug prices, President Trump spent four years trying to repeal the ACA, weaken Medicaid and Medicare, and breaking his promises about lowering drug prices. In the last month before the election, his top priority was not COVID relief and recovery, but instead he focused on packing the Supreme Court with another right wing judge that opposes the ACA.

In defiance of past precedence, the legal opinions of experts across the political spectrum who argue that this case has no merit, and the harmful impact of overturning coverage for over 20 million people as well as pre-existing condition protections for 135 million more, this court could refuse to uphold the ACA. That decision would have dire consequences for Wisconsinites. Experts estimate that 153,000 Wisconsinites could lose coverage, including 41,000 young adults on their parents’ coverage and 28,000 children. Furthermore, without the Affordable Care Act, between 883,000 and 2.4 million Wisconsinites with pre-existing conditions could be denied coverage or be discriminated against and face much higher costs.

While millions of Americans would lose coverage and protections, the wealthy few and large corporations would receive massive tax breaks. Prescription drug corporations would receive a massive tax break from the repeal amounting to $2.8 billion annually and the richest households in Wisconsin would collectively receive $420 million in tax breaks.

For the sake of our democracy and our health, the Supreme Court must uphold the ACA as the law of the land and put aside partisan politics to act as a neutral arbiter in this case. The justices must prioritize sound legal judgement and the well-being of the nation over President Trump’s anti-health care legacy.”

Thank you to all the Driftless Co-op members who came out to volunteer, speak at, or attend all our local post election events!

November 7th “Voters Decided: Fighting for a Better Tomorrow” rally

Just hours after Joe Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 Presidential Election activists gathered at Copeland Park in La Crosse for a rally calling on all of us to stay committed to creating the change that we want to see in the world.  This was a different event than your normal political rally.  Newly elected leaders, stand up comics, activist leaders, musicians and community leaders all presented to remind everyone that the work is never over!

Over 50 people gathered for this fun day of activism, comedy and music in the park.  Special guest speakers included Francesca Hong (who had just been elected to the state assembly) and super star, Wisconsin, progressive activist, Nada Elmikashfi made the trip from Madison to remind Driftless region progressives know that they are not in this alone!  The day ended with everyone gather lining up with signs along Copeland Ave to let the public know that we are not done fighting!  A very special thanks to every speaker, entertainer and volunteer who made the day possible:

Wyatt Molling – UWL College Dems
Lincoln Freimund – local stand up comic
Lizz Brannonn – local stand up comic
Monica Kruse – La Crosse County Board Chair
Kathy Allen – local Sierra Club President
Nada Elmikashfi – super star activist
Francesca Hong – Assembly person elect from Wisconsin’s 76th district
Josefine Jaynes – candidate for Wisconsin’s 96th Assembly district
High Pri$e – La Crosse area rapper
Nick Dutton – local activist and now musician
K.C. Cayo – local activist and super star volunteer

The rest of 2020 for the Driftless Co-op

This election was a huge step forward, but it is not the end of our work to transform Wisconsin. We need everyone to come together to build energy for the big battles ahead in 2021 to win structural reform in Wisconsin and in Washington.

Moving forward Citizen Action of Wisconsin remains committed to creating change on the local, state and federal level.  As we enter the last few weeks of 2020 we will be working with our member leaders to lay the groundwork for the future.

In December we will be hosting our annual statewide membership meeting.  That is where we will be electing our board of directors.  It is so important that we elect a Driftless Co-op member on the board.  We need rural representation from this part of the state!

There is also a huge fight for a people’s budget in the state house in 2021.  We need to identify the issues/programs that need to be funded here in Wisconsin.  We also need to include the expansion of Badgercare into that fight.

We also need to identify progressive candidates for local office.  There are tons of local races next spring for mayoral seats and city council seats.  Local elected leaders have a huge impact on their communities.  We want to help our local, progressive leaders run winning campaigns.  We want to help them become true progressive leaders, creating a better tomorrow for their communities.  If you know someone interested in running for local office in 2021 please have them reach out to Ben Wilson ASAP at [email protected].  If you would like to schedule a meeting with the Driftless Co-op organizer, Ben Wilson, please use this link to Book A Meeting Now.  Whether you are a long standing member wanting to touch base about the future, someone looking to get more involved in the co-op, someone new to Citizen Action of Wisconsin looking to learn more or someone thinking of running for local office Ben would like to talk to you!

More big mobilization, calls to action, and announcements are coming soon!  Thank you all so much for everything you did to help defeat Donald Trump.  Now as we look forward to the future.  Take a minute for yourself, rest and get ready because the fight for tomorrow is never done!

The North Central Organizing Co-op Kicks Off First Two Wausau Green Homes Upgrades

Citizen Action’s North Central Wisconsin Organizing Co-op kicked off a new drive to energy retrofit homes for conservation and renewable energy. The program lines up low interest loans for our members, and commits them to work towards a large scale climate transition.

A couple of years ago, a member-led campaign that worked to promote a type of financing called PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy), led members and allies to ask an obvious question…How do we make it easier for homeowners to access energy upgrades, such as solar panels. PACE only has a history of working for businesses, not homeowners. Citizen Action staff were then involved in a process where they were able to work with financial institutions to offer something very similar to homeowners. Basically, if a person has a 15-year or 30-year mortgage, they can refinance their mortgage (this is a great time to do this because interest rates are at an historic all time low), and bundle in solar panels and other home energy upgrades to lower their energy bills and permanently reduce the carbon footprint of their home.

You can sell the home at any time after these upgrades (with a higher value) and there is a law on the books in Wisconsin that exempts property taxes from increasing as a result of the addition of solar panels. Over the past few months, we have been working with homeowners in the region to do these upgrades, and help them navigate the refinancing process.

Yesterday, the first two homes to do the solar upgrades in Wausau, “flipped the switch” to officially connect their solar arrays to their home and the grid. You can see a segment about this on Newschannel 7 WSAW. If you would like to sign up to do this for yourself or share it with others, you can do that here, and someone will follow up with you shortly.

Citizen Action in the News

Citizen Action’s Director Robert Kraig was on the Stan Milam radio show for 45 minutes to discuss the big Affordable Care Act repeal case before the U.S. Supreme Court, the prospects for prescription drug reform, the Biden/Harris health care plan, and other health care issues. Listen to the interview here.

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“Looking Forward” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast.

As COVID-19 surges dangerously out of control, we look forward to national and state course corrections. Next, we discuss the prospects for national healthcare reform in the coming Biden/Harris Administration. We evaluate Gov. Evers’ new COVID-19 Executive Orders, as health care workers and hospitals are on the brink. We preview the 2021-22 state budget process and the importance of pushing to include BadgerCare Public Option and other structural reforms in Governor Evers’ next two year budget.


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“Looking Forward” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast.

“Looking Forward” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast.

photo by: Rob Chandanais

As COVID-19 surges dangerously out of control, we look forward to national and state course corrections. Next, we discuss the prospects for national healthcare reform in the coming Biden/Harris Administration. We evaluate Gov. Evers’ new COVID-19 Executive Orders, as health care workers and hospitals are on the brink. We preview the 2021-22 state budget process and the importance of pushing to include BadgerCare Public Option and other structural reforms in Governor Evers’ next two year budget.


Attend Governor Evers and Lieutenant Governor Barnes virtual state budget listening session on healthcare, Tuesday, November 17th, 6pm.

Attend Citizen Action Virtual Fundraiser with Senator Tammy Baldwin and Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes
Wednesday, November 18th, 6pm-8pm
Sponsor and RSVP for the event.


Bill Kaplan: Wisconsin is at a COVID-19 tipping point

Joe Biden won a majority of the popular vote, is approaching 300+ electoral college votes and will become president on January 20, 2021. And, there will be no veto-proof majority in the Wisconsin GOP-led legislature. Now it’s time for governing, including compromise, negotiation, respect for opponents (they are not enemies) and acceptance of science.

I spoke with Doctor Bill Melms, Chief Medical Officer, Marshfield Clinic. He said: “We are at a tipping point in Wisconsin. As we continue to see increases in the daily rate of new cases of COVID-19, we must expect that the number of hospitalized patients will continue to increase as well.” There are now about 270,000 cases, over 2,300 deaths.

Doctor Melms explained: “We will not see the light at the end of this tunnel until we start to see the number of new cases decrease, and we will not see this until there is a change in behavior. … (Wisconsinites must) wear a mask, socially distance and avoid situations where others do not mask or distance. If you are told to quarantine, please do so.” This is nonpartisan advocacy based on science.

Ohio GOP Governor Mike DeWine understands. He said: “This virus doesn’t care if we voted for Donald Trump, (or) Joe Biden. It’s coming after all of us. … Most states … (have) put on a mask mandate. … It can work at the state level and it has worked.” Why? “Face coverings decrease the amount of infectious virus exhaled into the environment, reducing the risk an exposed person will become infected” (JAMA).

Tommy Thompson, former Wisconsin GOP governor and now president of the UW System, has taken bold action: A mask mandate, social distancing, widespread testing, contact tracing and housing to quarantine the sick. He said: “I’m of the opinion that when you have … an outside enemy like this virus, you have to fight it on a bipartisan basis.” He has appealed to the country “to come together”.

We need to find common ground. The state health system is overwhelmed, especially in rural areas. Doctor Melms said: “While rural and urban health care organizations face some of the same fundamental challenges, some of those challenges are magnified in the rural setting. Staffing is a prominent example.” Moreover, rural hospitals lack intensive care beds, adequate transit and enough PPE.

To move forward I propose the following: Wisconsin Democratic Governor Tony Evers would be wise to ask a prominent Republican to serve in his administration to reach out to GOP legislative leaders. I would suggest Governors Evers touch base with Thompson, former GOP state Senator Dale Schultz and retiring GOP state Senator Luther Olsen. And, take a look at how North Carolina (NC) Blue Cross-Blue Shield, doctors, Nonwoven Institute and Freudenberg Performance Materials are collaborating to manufacture N95 masks in NC. We could do the same in Wisconsin.

Finally, Doctor Melms recommended: “Spend the (Thanksgiving) holiday with your household contacts and not with your extended family and friends. There will be better days ahead.”

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

“All In WINsconsin” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“All In WINsconsin” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We review this week’s historic election that saw huge turnout nationally, including Wisconsin. We discuss how the blue wave this year was met by an almost equal red wave resulting in some disappointing results down ballot based on expectations buoyed by failed polling and the Trump campaign’s ability to expand its base. We shout out Milwaukee and other cities where Black and Brown communities successfully organized and turned out in large numbers putting Biden over the top. We analyze significant progressive gains in the Milwaukee suburbs that resulted in 2 new state assembly members and some heartbreaking narrow defeats for Emily Siegrist and few other state legislative candidates. The panel previews healthcare reform in a Biden Administration that must contend with a likely GOP U.S. Senate. We close with a call to action to get serious about combating COVID-19 outbreak in Wisconsin and America.
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Citizen Action's 2020 Virtual EventCitizen Action’s 2020 Virtual Fundraiser featuring U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin and Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes.  Sponsor or RSVP for Event


Despite Rudy Guliani’s false claim, ballots did not just materialize.
Biden’s Wisconsin Win Fueled by Historic Shift in Conservative-Leaning ‘WOW’ Counties.
Judge ‘shocked’ USPS disregarded order for postal inspectors to search for undelivered ballots.
Wisconsin reports record-breaking day for new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, positivity rate.

“Election of the Century” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“Election of the Century” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss the big election and the prospect of making major Democratic gains in the State Legislature. Next, we dissect Assembly Speaker Robin Vos’ 11th hour turnaround on addressing the raging COVID-10 pandemic. Has he finally been persuaded by science, or is he desperately fighting for his political life? In a Battleground Wisconsin exclusive, we release a shocking voice mail of a disgruntled parent left for a union leader which perfectly reflects the hatred and disrespect of public employees fomenting by radical right politicians. Finally we delve into what progressives are organizing for protecting the vote on election day and post-election challenges to the vote count and majority rule from from Trump, radical right judges, and the State Legislature. Subbing for Claire Zautke on the panel this week is Citizen Action Movement Politics Director JoAnna Bautch.
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Sign the PLEDGE to ensure every vote in Wisconsin is counted.
Wisconsinites are signing this pledge calling on our elected leaders to ensure the integrity of our elections and that every vote is counted. When you sign the pledge, we’ll follow up with key information about how to plug into gatherings in your community or online. Sign and share.

Read more about how you can help defend democracy.

Watch new documentary film, Can You Hear Us Now?
Watch Citizen Action hosted Q&A with the film’s director, producer, key actors in the film and Citizen Action co-op member and candidate for State Assembly, Emily Siegrist.


Fauci: COVID-19 vaccine likely not available until next year.
As the crush of COVID cases continues, Wisconsin is on track to run short of ICU beds in two to six weeks.
While in court to stop mask rules, Robin Vos calls to remove politics from COVID response.
Vos Admits, ‘Obviously, What We’re Doing Now as a State Isn’t Working’.
State Supreme Court accepts case that could wipe out Evers’ emergency COVID-19 orders.
Will the Wisconsin Legislature be won with coattails?
New Marquette Law School Poll finds Biden lead over Trump stable at five percentage points.

Citizen Action Weekly; Friday, October 23rd

Citizen Action Weekly; Friday, October 23rd

Friday, October 23rd

Citizen Action Movie Night! Advanced screening of Can You Hear Us Now? Wednesday, October 28, 6pm

Join Citizen Action of Wisconsin for a very special online screening of the documentary film, “Can You Hear Us Now?” on Wednesday, October 28th at 6pm. The film unravels the ways that years of one-party rule have reshaped democracy in a state once known for its progressive history.

Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes will introduce the film and we will be joined by the film’s director and producer for a Q&A session following the film that will include Citizen Action co-op member and candidate for State Assembly Emily Siegrist. Emily will talk about her experience running to win in a gerrymandered district.


Help volunteer for Citizen Action endorsed state legislative candidates!

Free time on Monday or Tuesday nights? Consider spending it volunteering for Citizen Action of Wisconsin at Phone banking Mondays or Texting Tuesdays! Join thousands of volunteers in Wisconsin and across the country every Monday and Tuesday night to make calls and send texts for Citizen Action of Wisconsin Endorsed Member Candidates and presidential candidate Joe Biden. Below are sign up links!

RSVP for Phone banking Mondays 5pm-8pm.
RSVP for Tuesdays 4pm-6:30pm.

Questions? Email Shannon at [email protected]

We need your help on Election Day to make sure everyone can make their voice heard safely and free from intimidation 

Please join us in defending democracy! Our democracy depends on ordinary people, like you and your friends, who make sure elections run smoothly and everyone’s vote is counted. You can make sure we have a safe, fair, efficient election for all. You can help protect Election Day voters from COVID, discrimination, voter suppression,and  intimidation. Now more than ever it is so important that we help everyone exercise their right to vote!

Do you live in one of these cities: Eau Claire, La Crosse, Green Bay, Wausau, or Milwaukee? You can help the election day process in Wisconsin by being a Poll Observer, providing COVID safety materials and much more. Fill out this and we’ll get you plugged in!


Once you sign up you will be prompted to register for special virtual training.  Your local Citizen Action of Wisconsin organizer will be in touch to schedule your volunteer shift.

Democracy itself is at stake in this election.  Please consider volunteering. If you don’t feel comfortable volunteering for any reason please share our sign up page with friends and family over social media,  text, or email!

Milwaukee Covid-19 Memorial, Sunday, October 25th, 10 AM

With 600 deaths in Milwaukee County in the past seven months alone, the pandemic has taken an unprecedented toll on our community. To make matters worse, there has been no public opportunity to acknowledge the lives that have been lost and the toll it has taken on our families. We are coming together to help create a public space to honor the lives we have lost and help our community heal from this tragedy.

Join us, the Milwaukee Service Area Workers, Black Leaders Organizing for Communities, and Souls to the Polls in sharing our Milwaukee COVID-19 Memorial.

Saturday, October 25th, 10am, at MacArthur Square, 841 N. James Lovell St. Milwaukee.

RSVP at Facebook event page

If you have a loved one that has passed away from COVID-19, feel free to submit their photo and story to [email protected].

Please join us for very important post election rallies and protests in La Crosse

November 4th “Protect the Results” rally Riverside Park in La Crosse at 3:00 PM (?)

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

Community leaders and activist leaders will be on site to speak about the importance of fighting voter suppression now and in the future.  Signs, masks, snacks and water will be available to everyone on site.  We ask that everyone practice social distancing and wear a mask to keep everyone safe.

After the speakers we will be marching to La Crosse City Hall to let the city clerk know that we demand everyone’s voice be heard!  PLEASE RSVP USING THE FORM TO STAY UP TO DATE WITH DETAILS ON THIS EVENT 

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

Hopefully on November 7th we know that Trump’s reign of terror over American will be coming to an end.  Hopefully by then Joe Biden is President elect and strong progressive candidates have won their seats.  Citizen Action of Wisconsin, SEIU Healthcare and Opportunity Wisconsin will once again be bringing activists together to remind them that the fight is never over!  We all have our issues that we fight for and we need to stay active and keep on fighting for action on climate change, racial justice in our state, police reform, a living wage, economic justice, healthcare for all, COVID relief, and everything else that will ensure a better tomorrow!  Just because we win an election that does not mean we can get lazy.  In order to create the world we want to stay we have to stay active and keep organizing!

The day’s actions will start with a rally and speakers at 1:00 PM in Copeland Park on La Crosse’s northside.  Climate activists, union leaders, Black Lives Matter activists and community leaders will be on site to speak about their vision for Wisconsin.  Masks, hand sanitizer, snacks and water will be available to everyone on site for free.  We want to do everything we can to prevent COVID infection so masks and social distancing are going to be a must!

At 2:00 Pm we will hand out signs and line up along Copeland Ave.  We will have signs on hand with messaging about Black Lives Matter, climate change, unions for all, a living wage, and healthcare for all.  Everyone can grab a sign for the issue that means the most to them and we will also have supplies on hand for folks to make their own. The exact time is subject to change so RSVP to stay up to date.  PLEASE RSVP USING THIS FORM TO STAY UP TO DATE WITH DETAILS ON THIS EVENT. 

“Drive for Change” voting caravan and activism fair in La Crosse on October 24th!

Come out for the #laxdrive4change voter caravan and activism fair October 24th in La Crosse. Over a dozen local organizations will be coming together to drive voter turnout, activate neighborhoods with low voter turnout, drive attention to the election, presenting to area activists and mobilizing folks for post election organizing.

We will be driving a caravan through areas in La Crosse with low voter turn to encourage people to vote. Then at 2:00 meet with us in Riverside Park to meet organizations working to make life in the Coulee Region better and learn about how you can have an impact during this election and afterwards!

Visit the Facebook event page RIGHT HERE for more information 

Citizen Action in the News: Another Award for Citizen Action’s Green New Deal Work in Milwaukee

Citizen Action’s Climate & Equity Director Rafael (Rafe) Smith won a Conservation in Action Award from the Wisconsin Conservation Voters “for his work to create and lead the Milwaukee City-County Task Force on Climate Change and Economic Equity and his commitment to fighting for equitable climate solutions focused on good jobs and a healthier community.”  Rafe and two Citizen Action Southeast Wisconsin Organizing Co-op members are on the task force that is writing a comprehensive climate translation and economic equity plan for the Milwaukee region. The award was presented at the annual Green Tie Gala last weekend. This is the second major environmental award Rafe has won in the last two weeks, showing how the Citizen Action Green New Deal team that he leads is putting us on the map in the climate movement. As we reported last week, Rafe won a major award from Midwest Environmental Advocates.

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig led off a national news program to discuss the all important Wisconsin presidential race, the dangers of voter suppression or outright theft of the election,  and the impact of the raging pandemic.The program airs on over 200 Pacifica Radio Network stations.  Listen to the 20 minute interview here.

Citizen Action and our national partners released a devastating new report on Thursday that shows 8 Wisconsin billionaires have seen their net worth increase by $11 billion or 28% during the pandemic. This is 5 times more than the state and local budget shortfalls in Wisconsin caused by the GOP’s refusal to allow further coronavirus relief. Read all the details, and which Wisconsin billionaires have taken the most from our rigged economy, here.

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig was on the Jeff Santos show to discuss the Wisconsin presidential race, and the strategy of the Biden campaign. Listen here. The Boston-based program is running a live Wisconsin election specials Tuesday nights from 7 to 10 PM on Talk 92.7 in Madison.

Help with Lit Drops for Tricia Zunker and Jeff Johnson in Wausau.

Every Saturday until the election, Women for Women Wausau Chapter and friends will be doing lit drops (no doors) for Zunker, Johnson, and Biden, 10 am-2 pm at the Marathon County Dems office (218 Sherman Street, Wausau, WI 54401). Pick up your lit and a packet and go! Please bring back any unused packets and the turf. We need all hands on deck! Mask up!! There are also postcards, printed by Citizen Action of Wisconsin for Women for Women, available if you would prefer to help in this way. Just write a personalized message and add a stamp that will be provided.

From Tricia Zunker:

Marathon County friends: looking for volunteers to drop lit for me (WI-7) and Jeff Johnson (WI AD 85) this weekend. Nancy Stencil, Rita Pachal and Dorothy Miller are leading the effort along with Women for Women and I’m so grateful to them. But more volunteers would help immensely. Please e-mail: [email protected] to sign up.  This is *just* dropping lit to targeted voters, no door knocking. Here are some other ways to help:

Letters to the Editor. A great way to convince people to support candidates is through Letters to the Editor. Share your personal story and reasons why you’re supporting Tricia Zunker and submit them to your local newspaper, either online or through mail. These small actions can help to defeat Tom Tiffany in November and get the right people in Congress representing us. For more questions or information, please email the Zunker campaign at [email protected]

Support on social media. Share/like/follow/retweet on social media to help amplify this critical campaign:
Twitter: @TriciaforWI
Instagram: triciaforwi

Alberta Darling said Republican state legislators have done enough to fight the surging coronavirus pandemic.

State Senator Alberta Darling said Republican state legislators have done enough to fightthe surging coronavirus pandemic.

Alberta Darling shamefully said, “We don’t need to come in because we gave (Gov. Evers) all the flexibility that he needs.” Yet, Darling and other Republican lawmakers have gone to court to try to limit his ability to act on his own to protect the health of Wisconsin residents.

Sadly for Wisconsin, Darling co-chairs the Legislature’s budget committee and has held no hearings for the last 6 months. It’s time for Alberta to stop getting paid for doing nothing to protect the health of Wisconsin.

Read the full Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel story demonstrating the complete failure of Darling to represent the 8th Senate District.

It’s time for change.
Vote Neal Plotkin for State Senate, District 8.

Can You Hear Us Now? Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We welcome documentary filmmakers, Susan Peters and Jim Cricchi, who will be debuting their outstanding film Can You Here Us Now? next week on Wednesday at 6pm. The film looks at the ways that years of one-party rule in Wisconsin have reshaped democracy in a state once known for its progressive history. We also talk with State Assembly candidate August Schutz who is running the gerrymandered 62nd District in Racine County. We discuss the shocking COVID-19 numbers in the state and our failed response from Republican leaders like Ron Johnson who asserts we are flattening the curve and State Representative Joe Sanfilippo who said the government has no role in helping deal with the pandemic. We released a report this week finding Wisconsin billionaires are getting richer during the pandemic. Also early voting has started in Wisconsin with long lines in many cities as the state prepares for potential militia activity on Election Day.

Listen Now – Episode #464

Read Citizen Action Report: Wisconsin Billionaires’ Net Worth’s Jump $11 Billion or 28% Since Pandemic.

Learn more about August Schutz for State Assembly District 62
Donate to August Schutz.
Volunteer for August Schutz.

Volunteer to help defend democracy at the polls on Election Day.

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Do Nothing State Senator Alberta Darling must go!

Trump supporter State Senator Alberta Darling said Republican state legislators have done enough to fight the surging coronavirus pandemic.

Alberta Darling shamefully said, “We don’t need to come in because we gave (Gov. Evers) all the flexibility that he needs.” Yet, Darling and other Republican lawmakers have gone to court to try to limit his ability to act on his own to protect the health of Wisconsin residents.

Sadly for Wisconsin, Darling co-chairs the Legislature’s budget committee and has held no hearings for the last 6 months. It’s time for Alberta to stop getting paid for doing nothing to protect the health of Wisconsin.

Read the full Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel story demonstrating the complete failure of Darling to represent the 8th Senate District.

It’s time for change.

Vote Neal Plotkin for State Senate, District 8.
Vote early or Tuesday, November 3rd.

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