“Health is Wealth” This is NOT that Podcast

“Health is Wealth” This is NOT that Podcast

Bucks in Six! The Milwaukee Bucks are the Eastern Conference champions and we are waiting to find out if Governor Evers will sign the budget approved by the state Legislature last week. This week we welcome Jamaal Smith from The City of Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevention. We talk about access to resources, the challenges in organizing our community and unlearning generational trauma.

LISTEN to Episode #4: Health is Wealth

Listen to previous episodes:

Episode #3
Episode #2
Episode #1

Meet the “This is NOT that” Panel, Milwaukee Grown.

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

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

Isiah Holmes, investigative reporter for the Wisconsin Examiner, is committed to bringing you FACTS. Isaiah has led the documentation around policing in Wauwatosa and is a part of the bigger conversation of police brutality on both a local and national level.

Citizen Action Weekly; July 4th Weekend

Citizen Action Weekly; July 4th Weekend

Friday, July 2nd

“State Budget Blues” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss the disastrous Republican State Budget that cleared the Legislature this week. After digging into the budget’s many failings, we ask: why did 7 Democrats vote yes? We continue our call for the Governor to veto the state budget, although the signs are not promising. Next we turn to the looming presence of Donald Trump on Republican politics, and the panic he engendered this week among Wisconsin Republicans. It got so bad that State Senator Chris Kapenga bowed to him in a “dear leader” letter worthy of the most authoritarian leaders in the world, drawing national ridicule. Meanwhile U.S. Sen Ron Johnson’s reckless anti-science crusade which reached new lows this week. Robert tells us about the launch of an “End Child Poverty” campaign with news events in Eau Claire, Milwaukee, Appleton and Wausau, next week. We close with a special guest, Angela Lang, Executive Director of Black Leaders Organizing for Communities (BLOC) to discuss their campaign to induce Gov. Evers to call for an Executive Commission on safety and policing.

Listen Now – Episode #499
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It’s time for hospitals to step and support BadgerCare Expansion!

Hospitals and health systems have a tremendous amount of influence on the Legislature. Their support could be game-changing in the fight for BadgerCare Expansion. So far, though, they have been nearly silent on the issue. That’s why it’s important for the leaders of our local hospitals and health systems to hear that we expect them to speak up in support of building a healthier community, starting with BadgerCare Expansion.

This form will allow you to send emails to the executives of Gundersen, Mayo, and Prevea encouraging them to speak out in support of BadgerCare Expansion. Feel free to use our template email messages or customize your own.

Join us for the Citizen Action of Wisconsin Driftless Coop Annual membership meeting, Sunday, July 25th, 1pm

Come enjoy a day in the park and help shape the future of Wisconsin!  The Citizen Action of Wisconsin Driftless Co-op is hosting its annual membership meeting on Sunday, July 25th at Coon Valley Memorial Park (just off Highway 14).  We want to see each of you there and hear from all of you as we plan out the coming months and years.

We will be

  • Hosting a keynote speaker (TBD)
  • Recapping the work we have done over the past 12 months
  • Conducting a survey to help build the official Citizen Action of Wisconsin platform
  • Planning how we can build our power locally and across Southwest Wisconsin
  • Collecting stories related to healthcare and climate change
  • Potluck style snack table
  • An optional group hike with a photo opportunity at Coon Valley’s own “selfie wall”
  • There is even a playground for the kids

Please RSVP below so we know how many people to expect.  Also if you know a progressive activist we are not connected with BRING THEM ALONG.

Sunday, July 25, 2021 1:00 PM –  3:00 PM CT
Coon Valley Veterans Memorial Park, 93 Roosevelt St, Coon Valley, WI 54623

Update on our fight against the Roth Feeder Pig II CAFO

One of the biggest projects Citizen Action has taken up locally this year is a fight against plans to build the largest hog farm in the state of Wisconsin.  The “Roth Feeder Pig II” CAFO plans threaten our waterways, our drinking water, our clean our and our way of life!  These plans would leave the Kickapoo River vulnerable to major pollution.

Citizen Action of Wisconsin (along with Crawford Stewardship Project) have been leading a major effort to ask the DNR to conduct an Environmental Impact Statement before they approve the building permits.  The DNR comment period has ended but we are very proud to announce that we helped to generate almost 1,000 contacts to the DNR requesting an Environmental Impact Statement.  These contacts were collected (and sent to the DNR) through phone calls, emails, petitions, and postcards.  We even recruited 78 activists to attend the virtual DNR hearing about Roth Feeder Pig II.

Now we wait for a decision from the DNR.  It could be weeks or months until we hear anything new.  If/when the DNR approves the permit we still have the chance to fight against the construction of this farm.  If the DNR approves construction the final decision on whether to build will be made by the Crawford County Board.

We are already creating plans to fight when the decision is made.  We will be looking for volunteers to canvass homes in Crawford County to find folks to sign a petition and call their county board rep.  If you are interested in getting out and canvassing when the time comes please reach out to Ben Wilson at [email protected]

Our water is all connected.  We have to do everything we can to protect our Driftless waters.  We will not stop fighting until there are no plans for ANY CAFOs in the Driftless region.

La Crosse YWCA Racial Justice Workshops

YWCA La Crosse now offers Racial Justice Workshops! The first of our summer sessions will be held virtually, over the course of 5 consecutive Wednesday evenings, beginning on July 14th at 5pm. The second series will take place in-person, over the course of three 8-hour days, August 30th through September 1st. Future workshops will be posted on our FB page, as they are scheduled. Workshop fees are $250 per participant. Scholarships are available. To get information or register, contact our Mission Impact Coordinator at [email protected]

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Medicare for All booth at La Crosse Interstate Fair

Dr Mark Neumann (La Crosse Alderperson, healthcare activist, and local Citizen Action leader) will be hosting a booth at the La Crosse Interstate Fair to talk about Medicare for All July 14-18!  Mark will be stepping out to reach beyond the free mongering and talk to folks about the positive impact a single payer healthcare system could have on their lives!

If you are planning to head to the fair be sure to stop by Mark’s booth.  If you would like to help out and work the table for a few hours contact Mark directly at [email protected]

Learn More About the Fair Here

Watch this week’s episode of the Healthcare for All Show

Dr Mark Neumann and Karen Kirsch talked with Andre Walton of Our Wisconsin Revolution about Medicare for All. Learn about what first activated him around the issue and what he thinks are the most common misconceptions about Medicare for All. Andre was instrumental in leading the Medicare for All resolution in Milwaukee County.

Join us LIVE every Wednesday night at 7pm.

Watch this week’ show Now!

Citizen Action in the News

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig was on the Earl Ingram Show for the entire hour discussing the dreadful state budget that just reached the Governor’s desk, and where to go from here. Listen to the whole interview here.

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig was on the Jeff Santos Show for the full hour to discuss whether Joe Biden has given into conservative Democrats and what’s next. Listen to the whole interview here.

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“State Budget Blues” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“State Budget Blues” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss the disastrous Republican State Budget that cleared the Legislature this week. After digging into the budget’s many failings, we ask: why did 7 Democrats vote yes? We continue our call for the Governor to veto the state budget, although the signs are not promising. Next we turn to the looming presence of Donald Trump on Republican politics, and the panic he engendered this week among Wisconsin Republicans. It got so bad that State Senator Chris Kapenga bowed to him in a “dear leader” letter worthy of the most authoritarian leaders in the world, drawing national ridicule. Meanwhile U.S. Sen Ron Johnson’s reckless anti-science crusade which reached new lows this week. Robert tells us about the launch of an “End Child Poverty” campaign with news events in Eau Claire, Milwaukee, Appleton and Wausau, next week. We close with a special guest, Angela Lang, Executive Director of Black Leaders Organizing for Communities (BLOC) to discuss their campaign to induce Gov. Evers to call for an Executive Commission on safety and policing.

Listen Now – Episode #499
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Learn more about Black Leaders Organizing for Change (BLOC).
Donate to BLOC.

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Legislature Should Go Back to the Drawing Board on State Budget; Citizen Action calls for “No” votes and a full budget Veto

For Immediate Release: June 29, 2021
Contact: Robert Kraig, (414) 322-5324, [email protected]

Legislature Should Go Back to the Drawing Board on State Budget

Citizen Action calls for “No” votes and a full budget Veto

Statewide: The conservative-dominated Legislature appears poised to miss the greatest opportunity in decades to make badly needed investments that would improve the lives of most Wisconsinites.

The historic federal commitment to jump-start the nation’s recovery from the pandemic and its economic fallout for working Americans gives Wisconsin the fiscal freedom to make up for decades of austerity budgets, and to make long overdue investments.

But instead, the conservatives who control the Legislature are poised to turn down over a billion federal dollars, and to prioritize tax breaks for the wealthiest Wisconsin over investments in education, health care access, transit, expanding economic opportunity and racial equity. The Legislature also fails to make investments in the green economic transition needed to head off a climate catastrophe.

“Citizen Action calls for legislators to reject this budget, and for Governor Evers to veto it in its present form. The refusal to expand the popular BadgerCare program when tens of thousands of working Wisconsinites lack access to healthcare is only one example of the reckless cruelty of this budget,” said Robert Kraig, Executive Director of Citizen Action of Wisconsin. “This budget could only be supported by lawmakers who have isolated themselves from public opinion behind rigged legislative maps. Conservative legislators are literally throwing away money through tax giveaways and the refusal to accept federal money earmarked for Wisconsin rather than making overwhelmingly popular and badly needed investments in health care, education, jobs, transit, and a green economy that improves economic and racial equity.”

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Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, June 25th

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, June 25th

Friday, June 25th

Veto the Budget! 

We are asking Governor Tony Evers to veto the Republican version of the Wisconsin state budget. Not only do they intend to leave out BadgerCare Expansion, the funding for public schools is absurd and inadequate.  We are losing over a billion dollars while at the same time, denying over 90,000 hard working Wisconsin residents healthcare.

Postcards from the Park. 

Join Citizen Action organizers for in person camaraderie and activism. We will be staging postcard writing tables in the various regions around Wisconsin.  Bring a lawn chair, write a postcard and get caught up on what is happening. We will be encouraging social distancing keeping in mind some of our more vulnerable community members.

Attend an event near you!

Tell Hospital Executives to Step Up and Support BadgerCare Expansion

Hospitals and health systems have a tremendous amount of influence with the Legislature. Their support could be a game changer in the fight for BadgerCare Expansion. So far, though, they have been nearly silent on the issue. That’s why it’s important for the leaders of our local hospitals and health systems to hear that we expect them to speak up in support of building a healthier community, starting with BadgerCare Expansion. Each region of Wisconsin is focusing on the hospital systems in their area.  Feel free to use our template email messages or customize your own.

Southeast/MKE
Northeast
North Central
Northwest
Driftless/Southwest

Letter to the Editor Workshop

The Northwestern Organizing Co-op will be hosting a Letter to the Editor Workshop on Thursday, July 1st from 2:15 – 4:15pm (immediately following our postcard party) at the Eau Claire County Democratic Resource Center. Ken Hood, field organizer for Citizen Action, will be leading the training on how to write effective and inclusive dialogue for newspapers, editorials, etc. Plan to bring a laptop, notebook, or tablet to write a LTE while you are there.

RSVP here. The event will also be streamed via Zoom, link coming shortly in email.

End Vaccine Apartheid Virtual Event

Join People’s Action on Tuesday, July 6th 5:00-7:00 PM to learn more about citizens fighting to provide free global access to the Covid-19 vaccines. We can all come together and create the change our world needs at this moment. You will hear from speakers with lived experience of how differently the Covid-19 struggle is playing out in other parts of the world.

While healthy teenagers have access to the vaccines in wealthy countries, only 0.03% of Covid-19 vaccines have been given to people in low income countries. If we do not come together now and fight the corporate greed of our Big Pharma companies, countless countries will be unable to vaccinate their citizens before late 2024.

They will have experts speaking on the soulless actions that Big Pharma is taking to extract

major profits from the misery and suffering happening in middle and low income countries.. Register here.

“Black is Beautiful” Bike Ride in Milwaukee

“Black Is Beautiful Vol. III” will take place Sunday, June 27. Riders and other participants  will meet at Reservoir Park in Riverwest at 1 p.m. The ride begins at 2. (“All Wheels Allowed, Bikes Encouraged”

You can RSVP HERE

Citizen Action in the News

Milwaukee Public Radio did a good story on the Milwaukee City-County Climate & Economic Equity Task Force and its bold proposals for the use of American Rescue Plan Funds. Citizen Action is a prime driver of the task force, and has a senior staff member and two organizing co-op members on the task force. Read the story here.

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig was on the Earl Ingram radio show for a full hour discussing the threat to Democracy from conservatives. Listen to the interview here.

This is NOT that; Episode #3: “Water the Roots”

Juneteenth weekend was a boom in Milwaukee. The holiday serves as a reminder of when people enslaved within this country began to see a light at the end of the tunnel. But are symbolism and holidays enough when history continues to repeat itself? On this week’s show we celebrate Juneteenth with a discussion about how the words of some conservative elected officials today echo that long history. We’re also welcoming our first special guest, it’s a surprise, so stay tuned!

LISTEN NOW!

“Veto Republican Budget” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss Citizen Action’s call for Governor Tony Evers’ to veto the partisan GOP State Budget that completely fails Wisconsin. Also this week: Legislative Republicans ram through voter suppression bills; slash state aid to cities that cut police funding; and eliminate yet another business tax, threatening local revenue. Meanwhile, the State Senate passes an author-less legislative scheme to keep the 2011 gerrymandered maps for 2022 elections. Next, the panel reviews the threatening trend of Walker appointees staying on key boards and committees after their terms expire. We close with discussion of this week’s failed U.S. Senate vote on For the People Act and ask the key question on the minds of all democracy-loving people: what’s now?

Listen Now – Episode #498
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CONTACT Gov. Evers’ Office and encourage him to veto the entire Republican state budget. Call (608) 266-1212

JOIN Citizen Action of Wisconsin

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“Veto Republican Budget” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“Veto Republican Budget” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss Citizen Action’s call for Governor Tony Evers’ to veto the partisan GOP State Budget that completely fails Wisconsin. Also this week: Legislative Republicans ram through voter suppression bills; slash state aid to cities that cut police funding; and eliminate yet another business tax, threatening local revenue. Meanwhile, the State Senate passes an author-less legislative scheme to keep the 2011 gerrymandered maps for 2022 elections. Next, the panel reviews the threatening trend of Walker appointees staying on key boards and committees after their terms expire. We close with discussion of this week’s failed U.S. Senate vote on For the People Act and ask the key question on the minds of all democracy-loving people: what’s now?
Listen Now – Episode #498
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CONTACT Gov. Evers’ Office and encourage him to veto the entire Republican state budget.
Call (608) 266-1212

JOIN Citizen Action of Wisconsin

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This is NOT That; Episode #3: “Water the Roots”

This is NOT That; Episode #3: “Water the Roots”

Juneteenth weekend was a boom in Milwaukee. The holiday serves as a reminder of when people enslaved within this country began to see a light at the end of the tunnel. But are symbolism and holidays enough when history continues to repeat itself? On this week’s show we celebrate Juneteenth with a discussion about how the words of some conservative elected officials today echo that long history. We’re also welcoming our first special guest, it’s a surprise, so stay tuned!

LISTEN to Episode #3: “Water the Roots”

Listen to previous episodes:

Episode #2
Episode #1

Meet the “This is NOT that” Panel, Milwaukee Grown.

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

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

Isiah Holmes, investigative reporter for the Wisconsin Examiner, is committed to bringing you FACTS. Isaiah has led the documentation around policing in Wauwatosa and is a part of the bigger conversation of police brutality on both a local and national level.

Bill Kaplan: Johnson’s comments on Biden’s Tulsa speech ignorant, racist

Bill Kaplan: Johnson’s comments on Biden’s Tulsa speech ignorant, racist

Photo by: Gage Skidmore; CC-BY-SA-2.0

On June 1, President Biden went to Tulsa, Oklahoma to commemorate the 100th anniversary of a White massacre of Black residents in the city: “(In) less than 24 hours, 1,100 Black homes and businesses were lost. Insurance companies … rejected claims of damage. Ten thousand people were left destitute and homeless, placed in internment camps. … Yet … no arrests of the mob were made. … No proper accounting of the dead. The death toll … by local officials said there were 36 people. … But based on studies, records and accounts, … the likely number is much more, in the multiple of hundreds. Untold bodies dumped into mass graves.”

Preeminent Black historian John Hope Franklin grew up in Tulsa. His father, an attorney, was there during the pogrom. He fought the racist complicity of the insurance companies and sued the city successfully for attempting to forbid Blacks from rebuilding. Franklin said: “Throughout my years in Tulsa, the legacy of the race riot remained a constant presence … . Here was damning evidence of just how far White America would go to quarantine the United States from the ‘virus’ of racial equality, all the while mouthing platitudes about saving the world for democracy.”

However, Wisconsin GOP Senator Ron Johnson denounced Biden’s Tulsa speech as “awful and so incredibly divisive.” Johnson, ignoring landmark civil rights laws passed during the 1960s, said: “The federal government is incapable of solving these problems and this administration is doing the exact opposite of what President Biden promised, which is to heal this nation.” Johnson’s accusations were ahistorical, ignorant and racist.

Biden’s remarks completely rebut Johnson: “We can’t just choose to learn what we want to know and not what we should know. We should know the good, the bad, everything. That’s what great nations do. They come to terms with their dark sides. And we’re a great nation. The only way to build a common ground is to truly repair and to rebuild. I come here to help fill the silence, because in silence, wounds deepen. And only – as painful as it is, only in remembrance do wounds heal.”

Johnson’s ignorance and racism is tragically not new. In 2017, when Trump defended White Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia as including “some very fine people”, Johnson said: “It’d be nice to move that issue behind us.” Compare to then Wisconsin GOP Representative Jim Sensenbrenner: “What happened in Charlottesville goes against the principles of this nation and everything I’ve worked for … . The freedoms given in this country should never be abused to incite violence or spread hate and prejudice.”

Then there’s the January 6 Capitol assault. The U.S. military Joint Chiefs of Staff called it a “violent riot … a direct assault on the U.S. Congress, the Capitol building and our Constitutional process.” Not Johnson. He said he “might have been a little concerned” if instead of Trump supporters who “love this country” there had been Black Lives Matter protesters. GOP silence deafening. Textbook racism.

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

“America needs a Wealth Tax” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“America needs a Wealth Tax” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

New blockbuster ProPublica research finds the wealthiest Americans pay a true tax rate of only 3.4%. Is America finally ready for a wealth tax? Next, the panel asks on the big question of the day: Can U.S. Senate Democrats get their act together and pass pass bills to protect American democracy? As infrastructure talks with Republicans stall, the only bi-partisanship Congress can muster is behind a nationalist anti-China agenda. Meanwhile horrendous racial disparities in health care access and vaccination access continue despite all the of the lip-service payed to health equity. Does any level of government have the courage to intervene? In the WI Legislature, Republicans look to delay local redistricting a year; and to give back federal Unemployment Insurance money. Meanwhile, a revised estimate of Legislative Republican’s cuts to schools finds it will cost the state $2.3 billion in federal revenue. We close the show by welcoming Peter Rickman from the Milwaukee Area Hospitality and Service Workers union (MASH) to discuss the Justice for Janitors contract campaign launching next Tuesday, June 15th at 3pm in Milwaukee’s Zeidler Park.
Listen Now – Episode #496
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Attend Inoculation Emancipation Party with Minocqua Brewing Company
Saturday, June 12th, 11am – 7pm.
Funk’s Pub, 5956 Executive Drive #101
Fitchburg, WI

Listen to the 2nd episode of Citizen Action’s new podcast, This is NOT that.

Links:

The Secret IRS Files: Trove of Never-Before-Seen Records Reveal How the Wealthiest Avoid Income Tax.
A Wealth Tax on Ultra-Millionaires is a Winning Strategy for Democrats.
Senate-Passed Bill Encourages Tech Competition, Especially With China.
Racial and Ethnic Inequities in Health Care Coverage and Access, 2013–2019
COVID-19: Vaccine Data in Wisconsin.
Redistricting for local offices in Wisconsin would be delayed for a year under new legislation.
Maps Are Supposed to be Redrawn This Year. Republicans Want to Delay the Process, Upholding Their Gerrymander.
Redistricting debate begins with a rushed GOP plan in the Legislature.
Lost federal aid for Wisconsin schools under GOP budget action now pegged at $2.3 billion.
Wisconsin lawmakers pass bill that would end extra $300 in unemployment benefits. Evers ‘can’t imagine’ signing it.
Wisconsin Legislature Votes To End Supplemental Unemployment Benefits. Assembly Passes Bill Preventing Local, State Law Enforcement From Confiscating Legally Owned Guns, Ammunition.
Senate approves bill that would cut aid to cities that reduce their police budgets.
Wisconsin Senate votes to limit ballot drop boxes and require paperwork for absentee ballots.

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

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

After the protest movement of 2020 elected officials have introduced a variety of police-related bills. Some of the bills are more responsive to the historic movement than others. On this week’s show, we take a deep dive into a few of the new bills, as well as the original demands which have fueled marches in the streets for over a year.

Listen now to Episode #2!
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Listen to Episode 1; “Hey Y’all”

This week marks the one year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd, which sparked worldwide protests that continue. Today, we debut our new podcast called, This is NOT that, which will bring our unique, unfiltered conversation that centers community, people, and politics. In the first episode Isiah, JoAnna, and Rafael introduce themselves and discuss the impact George Floyd’s murder had on the Milwaukee community and our leadership as people of color.

Meet the “This is NOT that” Panel, Milwaukee Grown.

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

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

Isiah Holmes, investigative reporter for the Wisconsin Examiner is committed to bringing you FACTS. Isaiah has led the documentation around policing in Wauwatosa and is a part of the bigger conversation of police brutality on both a local and national level. Isiah has led the