Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, March 20th

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, March 20th

Friday, March 20th

Emergency Powers Give Wisconsin Authority to use BadgerCare to Fight Coronavirus

Federal Emergency Declaration opens new avenues to guarantee everyone is tested and treated without cost sharing, fully covering all uninsured Wisconsinites

Under pressure from a number of states seeking to stem the alarming speed of novel coronavirus transmission, the federal government late last week issued emergency regulations that would allow Wisconsin to use BadgerCare to guarantee that everyone in Wisconsin has health coverage during the pandemic. This would dramatically improve Wisconsin’s odds for slowing the coming pandemic by removing a major barrier to seeking testing and treatment. The federal government took similar steps during the H1N1 epidemic and in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

If Wisconsin acts boldly and swiftly, this federal declaration gives the Wisconsin state government new power to slow the speed of the pandemic, and potentially save tens of thousands of lives. According to public health experts, one of the most critical things we can do to protect both the afflicted and the general public is to maximize the number of people with symptoms who immediately seek testing and treatment. COVID-19 is so contagious that delays in seeking medical care can lead to the infection of thousands of additional people. After we have tested and treated everyone with symptoms, and the federal government has addressed the shortage of testing kits, it is essential to test and treat community wide, because the disease is spread by seemingly healthy people without symptoms.

The fear of financially crippling health care bills in the profit-centered American health care system is a grave risk not only to affected individuals and their families but the entire community because it actually discourages people from seeking medical care.

The Coronavirus Relief Act passed by Congress this week guarantees free testing for COVID 19, which is a critical step forward, but is silent on the cost of any treatment for that disease or any other underlying illnesses discovered by testing. Without free treatment, many will be deterred from seeking medical help – especially people who lack health coverage, a rapidly expanding group in an economy experiencing mass layoffs!

A survey of 1,000 Wisconsinites in every corner of the state released last week by Citizen Action, in partnership with the Health Value Hub and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, found that nearly half of Wisconsinites have gone without needed medical care because of fear of the cost in the last year! This dangerous situation will be intensified by the large number of people losing their income during the pandemic. The affordability crisis in the American healthcare system is dangerous in normal times; during a pandemic, it is a deadly threat to the health of everyone in Wisconsin!

A preliminary analysis of the new emergency rules by Citizen Action of Wisconsin has identified two major steps Wisconsin can take to use BadgerCare to contain COVID-19. We also propose a third vital step that Wisconsin can take to make sure those who have private health insurance will not be deterred from seeking treatment due to unaffordable copays and deductibles associated with even the best American health insurance plans. Many of these proposals are already being pursued by other states. (The Evers Administration may be developing plans internally that are not yet public which include some of these proposals.)

Step 1: Wisconsin has the authority to propose waivers to the federal government, which can be approved within days of submission. These waivers can make it much easier to enroll in BadgerCare and to retain it, including online and phone enrollment, extension of renewal deadlines, suspension of cancellations, and elimination of barriers such as premiums, copays, work requirements, and many other administrative hurdles.

Critically, Wisconsin could adopt a “presumptive eligibility” policy that allows medical providers, enrollment staff, schools, and community health centers to enroll people in BadgerCare without any income test if they appear eligible. This is especially helpful in an environment where there are mass layoffs and it would be time consuming to confirm that a family was eligible when unemployment insurance claims are likely to overwhelm the state’s processing capacity. The Coronavirus Relief Act which passed Congress this week increases the federal share of Medicaid costs in Wisconsin to 65.5%, offsetting part of the state cost for expanding BadgerCare enrollment.

Step 2: Wisconsin should immediately expand BadgerCare by accepting the Medicaid Expansion authorized and funded by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Without ACA Medicaid Expansion, “presumptive eligibility” will not work for many adults who do not fit into specific Medicaid eligible categories and are (or appear to be) above the federal poverty line. In addition, as Wisconsin is losing $340 million in the current state budget because it turned down the ACA Medicaid expansion funding, this revenue could immediately be deployed in the fight to contain COVID-19. Accepting Medicaid Expansion would allow Wisconsin to use presumptive eligibility to get the state close to universal health coverage and to reassure the public that cost should not deter them from seeking COVID-19 testing and treatment. It would also defray some and perhaps all of the state’s costs for increased enrollment resulting from all of the emergency measures we propose.

Step 3: The massive level of cost sharing in most private health insurance plans also deters people from seeking COVID-19 testing and treatment, endangering public health. Our recent statewide survey showed that almost half of respondents had avoided medical treatment and services in the last year, and most of them had health insurance coverage. A number of states already mandated that health insurance plans cover COVID-19 testing and treatment with no consumer cost sharing. So far, Wisconsin has only recommended that insurers suspend copays and deductibles. It would be prudent for Wisconsin to actually ban cost sharing as a danger to public health. If this creates too much of a burden on health insurance and self-insured plans, Wisconsin could also outlaw hospital price gouging by requiring them to accept Medicare rates for all treatment that results from a COVID-19 test. There is no justification for hospitals and medical providers to charge unreasonable prices for their services during this state and national emergency.

“We need bold leadership now more than ever. This unprecedented public health emergency focuses our attention on the reality that we are all interconnected, and that leaving people out of our healthcare system risks the lives of everyone in the community,” said Robert Kraig, Executive Director of Citizen Action of Wisconsin. “Tens of thousands of Wisconsinites who could otherwise have avoided infection may be needlessly put at risk if we don’t come together to assure that no one in Wisconsin delays or avoids treatment because they can’t afford the high cost of healthcare.”

Vote Absentee for April 7th Election!

Request an absentee ballot for the April 7th election.

All voters in Wisconsin can request an absentee ballot be mailed to them for any reason.

If you are a regular or a Permanent Overseas Voter, your absentee ballot request must be received by your municipal clerk no later than 5:00 p.m. on  April 2, 2020.

If a voter is indefinitely confined, your absentee ballot request must be received by your municipal clerk no later than 5:00 p.m. on April 3, 2020.

Voters can possibly request and vote an absentee ballot in-person in their municipal clerk’s office through April 5, 2020. Some municipal offices may not offer additional in-person absentee hours Please contact your municipal clerk for absentee voting hours. 

It’s easy to request an absentee ballot today!

Watch video showing how to request an absentee ballot on line from your phone.

Follow these simple steps to request YOUR absentee ballot and let’s stay safe this election season! Request your absentee ballot now.

North Central and Central WI Volunteer Opportunities from home!

We need your help to win this April 7th election and then the May 12th special election for Tricia Zunker.

Starting next week, we will have an opportunity for you to help us on a virtual phone bank to help us win in April! We will be helping folks learn how register to vote absentee and promoting Jill Karofsky for Supreme Court.

The NC Organizer, Joel Lewis and two Field Canvassers, Don Dunphy and Melissa Engels-Lewis have been calling folks since last week Thursday, and we’re on the doors before that.

Please call Joel at 715-551-2525  or email him at joel.lewis@citizenactionwi.org

Help Citizen Action make April 7th Election calls from home !

We need your help making calls form home.  All door canvassing has stopped but the election is still going forward.

Contact a regional co-op organizer to get involved:

Northeast Co-op: noah.reif@citizenacitonwi.org
Northwestern Co-op: breana.stanley@citizenactionwi.org
Driftless Co-op: ben.wilson@citizenactionwi.org
Southeastern Co-op: trevonna.sims@citizenactionwi.org
Healthcare for all Co-op: karen.kirsch@citizenactionwi.org

Wisconsin Republicans oppose COVID-19 relief” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

Practicing social distancing, our panel joins us this week from separate locations. We discuss the rapidly evolving Covid-19 virus pandemic and the political response. We call out Sen. Ron Johnson and 4 Wisconsin Republicans Congressmen for voting against the bipartisan coronavirus recovery bill over their opposition to paid sick days for workers. We also dig into the impact the pandemic is having on the April 7th election. Should the elections be postponed?

We encourage everyone to request an absentee ballot at myvote.wi.gov. The panel closes with a discussion of a Wisconsin Public Radio story on how the major Democratic candidates for president have run to the left of Gov. Tony Evers and State Legislative Democrats.

Listen Now – Episode #434
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Wisconsin Republicans oppose COVID-19 relief” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

Wisconsin Republicans oppose COVID-19 relief” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

Practicing social distancing, our panel joins us this week from separate locations. We discuss the rapidly evolving Covid-19 virus pandemic and the political response. We call out Sen. Ron Johnson and 4 Wisconsin Republicans Congressmen for voting against the bipartisan coronavirus recovery bill over their opposition to paid sick days for workers. We also dig into the impact the pandemic is having on the April 7th election. Should the elections be postponed? We encourage everyone to request an absentee ballot at myvote.wi.gov. The panel closes with a discussion of a Wisconsin Public Radio story on how the major Democratic candidates for president have run to the left of Gov. Tony Evers and State Legislative Democrats.
Listen Now – Episode #434
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Links:

Battleground WI Podcast studio goes home.

Congress clears 2nd major coronavirus package; 3rd in the works
Sen. Ron Johnson was one of only eight votes against the bipartisan measure.
State not yet sure how many ventilators and ICU beds will be available.
Possible coronavirus treatment could be in clinical trials within weeks, using plasma from recovered patients, if doctors get FDA approval.
Wisconsin Republican Ron Johnson one of eight senators voting no on coronavirus package.
Sen. Ron Johnson is telling people to keep coronavirus in perspective.
Amid pandemic, Democrats sue to ease absentee voting rules in Wisconsin.
Coronavirus: Amid Fears, Wisconsin’s April Election Stays Put.

Citizen Action Weekly, Friday, March 13th

Citizen Action Weekly, Friday, March 13th

Friday, March 13th

Vote Absentee for April 7th Election!

Get more information about voting absentee for the April 7th election.

Health Care Value Survey Shows Wisconsinites Concerned About Affordability and Quality of Care

Nationally, consumer worry about health care affordability is well documented but now—for the first time—a new survey reveals how affordability concerns and ideas for action play out in Wisconsin. Altarum Healthcare Value Hub, a national nonpartisan research organization supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, in partnership with Citizen Action of Wisconsin, administered a Consumer Healthcare Experience State Survey (CHESS) in Wisconsin.

The survey of more than 1,000 Wisconsin adults was conducted from October 29, 2019 to November 6, 2019.

Among its results, the Survey found that:

  • More than half (53%) experienced healthcare affordability burdens in the past year.
  • Four out of five (79%) are worried about affording healthcare in the future.
  • Nearly half (47%) of people who needed health care during the year encountered one or more cost barriers to getting care, including skipped needed dental care (31%), delayed going to the doctor or receiving a procedure (27%), and did not fill a prescription (18%).
  • Health care was listed as a top issue that the government should address in the upcoming year by 73% of respondents. The next most frequently cited issue was the economy, selected by only 43% of respondents.
  • Across party lines, they expressed strong support for government-led solutions.

This devastating new report on the state of health care affordability in Wisconsin should be a wake-up call to Wisconsin lawmakers, who in the current legislative session devoted virtually no attention to addressing the skyrocketing cost of medical services, medications, and health insurance. The extensive opinion research that serves as the basis for this report is the first deep dive in many years into the lived experience of Wisconsinites in coping with our health care system.

It establishes beyond all doubt that there is an affordability crisis in every region of the state is reaching a breaking point, and demands bold and immediate action from state government. There are many critical data points in this report, which should be must-reading for all state policymakers.

The top two findings that jump out for me the most are the stunning findings that nearly half of all Wisconsinites have gone without care or medications because they could afford it, and that health care affordability is by far the top public issue, easily beating the economy and taxes.”

Read media story on study

Below are links to Data Briefs with statewide and regional survey results.

Cancelled Events due to Cornavirus!

  • Vote Yes for MPS Referendum Canvassing and phone banking is cancelled.
  • Day of Action on March 17th to protect the Affordable Care Act is cancelled.
    The March 17th, Protect Our Care’s national bus tour in La Crosse Wisconsin is CANCELLED.
  • 10th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act in Eau Claire on Wednesday, March 18th is cancelled.
  • Vernon Electric Co-op’s annual meeting March 21st to show support and learn more about the On Bill financing programs is CANCELLED.
  • Addressing Climate and Equity through our Food System in Milwaukee is cancelled.
    This Week’s discussion about addressing climate and equity in our food systems is cancelled due to Coronavirus. This would have been the second discussion from a series of forums on Milwaukee’s Green New Deal. We will keep everyone updated once we have a new date and time rescheduled.

The Choice for Wisconsin Supreme Court is Clear! Vote for Jill Karofsky on Tuesday, April 7th.

Citizen Action of Wisconsin members join media conference with La Crosse Mayor Kabat’s on clean energy toolkit

On Tuesday March 7th Citizen Action of Wisconsin members joined La Crosse’s mayor Tim Kabat, the Sierra Club, the League of Conservation Voters and RENEW Wisconsin to announce the rollout of a brand new tool kit designed to help Wisconsin resident reduce their carbon emissions.  This tool kit is the culmination of a year’s worth of work to build a plan to fight climate change.

Nick Nichols, the retired sustainability coordinator for La Crosse County, said switching to cleaner energy sources could bring 160,000 new jobs to the state. Nichols added that Wisconsin spends about $14 billion a year importing energy resources from other places, and argues that using cleaner energy will save money. “We’re not doing this because it’s nice and warm and fuzzy, and we’re all a bunch of tree-huggers,” Nichols said.

La Crosse is taking big steps toward becoming carbon free in its energy use by 2050, according to Mayor Tim Kabat. The mayor said efforts by city departments to use cleaner energy sources has dropped City Hall’s carbon footprint by 30 percent in just 11 years. Kabat added that plans are in the works to install solar panels at City Hall, the La Crosse Center and the Main Street Library.

Vote in Citizen Action’s Presidential Primary Survey

Voting Closes Sunday, March 15th, Midnight.

The Wisconsin Presidential Primary is just around the corner on Tuesday, April 7th! We want to know what our members think about the presidential primary election. Therefore, we are conducting a short survey of our members regarding the 2020 Presidential Primary.

The survey asks (1) whether Citizen Action should endorse in the Presidential Primary and (2) if so, who would be your top choice?

Please take the survey today

Citizen Action of Wisconsin members speak about women’s right and healthcare at La Crosse rally

Several local Citizen Action of Wisconsin members were on hand to protest Mike Pence’s planned visit to La Crosse on Thursday March 5th.  This rally and press event was hosted by our friends at the Wisconsin Democratic Party.

Citizen Action of Wisconsin is committed to standing up FOR something rather than just being AGAINST the Trump administration.  That is why our members spoke about women’s rights and the need to protect our healthcare. Citizen Action of Wisconsin member (and Women’s March organizer) K.C. Cayo was one of the featured speakers.

We want to thank everyone who was able to make it to the event.  Thank you for using your voice and your power to protect healthcare and women’s rights!  Stay tuned for future mobilization efforts and days of action across the Driftless region.

Updates From Your North Central Organizing Co-op

The Chair for the NC Organizing Co-op, Don Dunphy is a member of the First Universalist Unitarian Church in Wausau. He is also a member of the League of Women Voters. Through the social justice committee for his Church, our Co-op’s Steering Committee, and in cooperation with the LWV, he organized voter registration tables at Nicolet Technical College (Rhinelander), Northcentral Technical College (Wausau), and UWSP – Wausau on 10/10, 10/11, and 10/12 from 10 am to 2 pm.

Several Co-op members, as well as members of the LWV and Don’s Church ran the tables. Don floated between locations to ensure that they ran smoothly. They had a very positive response. A couple of weeks back, Don Dunphy and Melissa Engels-Lewis were hired on as canvassers to do Deep Canvasses, in the Wausau and Stevens Point areas. After checking in on tables, Melissa and Don went out together, with Don’s partner, Ruthann driving, and knocked doors.

NC Co-op members participated in Fair Maps Wisconsin Leadership Development Training and a WIld Training

“COVID-19 Pandemic” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

Our panel discuses of the coronavirus pandemic, which has resulted in the declaration of a state of emergency by Governor Evers, cancelled in person classes at many universities, and resulted in the suspension of the NBA season. We focus on the dysfunctional response from the Trump Administration to the outbreak, including the lack of testing, its cost to patients, and the president’s error riddle and xenophobic speech to the nation. We welcome Lynn Quincy, director of the Healthcare Value Hub, to talk about a new study conducted in partnership with Citizen Action that shows a majority of Wisconsinites across party lines are concerned about the high cost of healthcare. avoid needed care due to cost, and support fundamental reform. We discuss the latest news in the Democratic presidential primary after another big week for Joe Biden and yet another attempt to purge Wisconsin’s voter roles by the right.

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“COVID-19 Pandemic” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“COVID-19 Pandemic” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

Our panel discuses of the coronavirus pandemic, which has resulted in the declaration of a state of emergency by Governor Evers, cancelled in person classes at many universities, and resulted in the suspension of the NBA season. We focus on the dysfunctional response from the Trump Administration to the outbreak, including the lack of testing, its cost to patients, and the president’s error riddle and xenophobic speech to the nation. We welcome Lynn Quincy, director of the Healthcare Value Hub, to talk about a new study conducted in partnership with Citizen Action that shows a majority of Wisconsinites across party lines are concerned about the high cost of healthcare. avoid needed care due to cost, and support fundamental reform. We discuss the latest news in the Democratic presidential primary after another big week for Joe Biden and yet another attempt to purge Wisconsin’s voter roles by the right.

LISTEN NOW!
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Links:
Trump Suspends All Travel From Europe For 30 Days To Combat COVID-19.
Americans snap to attention on virus as big events canceled.
Sporting events face alterations as coronavirus spreads, and Wisconsin athletes are already being impacted.
Up to 150 million Americans are expected to contract the coronavirus, congressional doctor says.
Wisconsinites favor ‘big, structural change’ to health care, survey shows. Worries about rising costs, and support for government action, cuts across party lines.
Health Care Value Survey Shows Wisconsinites Concerned About Affordability and Quality of Care.
Wisconsin Voter Purge Case Appealed To State Supreme Court.

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, March 6th

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, March 6th

Friday, March 6th

Vote in NEW Citizen Action’s Presidential Primary Survey

The Wisconsin Presidential Primary is just around the corner on Tuesday, April 7th! We want to know what our members think about the presidential primary election. Therefore, we are conducting a short survey of our members regarding the 2020 Presidential Primary.

The survey asks (1) whether Citizen Action should endorse in the Presidential Primary and (2) if so, who would be your top choice?

Please take the survey today

Welcome Trevonna Sims, new Citizen Action Southeast WI Co-op Organizer.

Trevonna was born and raised on Milwaukee’s Northside. Growing up, Trevonna always dreamed of becoming a teacher with hopes to better her community but quickly realized that a better community starts with better policies.

Trevonna believes there is a lot of reformation and dismantling to be done with our local politics before she can fulfill her dreams as a Community Based Educator. She started her non-profit career working with leadership focused nonprofits such as Girl Scouts of Southeast Wisconsin as a Public Ally. She has also worked for many local progressive campaigns endorsed by Citizen Action.

Trevonna has an associate degree in Community Engagement from Milwaukee Area Technical College and is finishing her Bachelor’s at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. She brings experience great knowledge and history of the Milwaukee community and community organizing skills. She hopes to bring accessible green living, universal healthcare, quality education and diverse jobs for all. During her free time, Trevonna loves visiting new restaurants, hanging with friends and family, and working out.

Contact Trevonna Sims: trevonna.sims@citizenactionwi.org

U.S. Supreme Court Threatening Health Care of Millions

Wisconsinites with pre-existing conditions, marketplace health insurance, at grave risk of having coverage taken away by right-wing federal judges

This week the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a case being pushed by the Trump Administration that could take health care away from millions of people in America. The court will take oral arguments in October, and likely rule in early 2021, on a case that seeks to overturn the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA). The timing cynically capitulates to the Trump Administration’s politically-motivated request to move until after the 2020 election what would be one of the most unpopular decisions in American history.

In December, a Republican dominated Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals panel ruled in favor of the Trump administration in Texas vs. United States, striking down the ACA’s individual mandate. President Donald Trump and U.S. Attorney General William Barr are using the case as a vehicle for invalidating the entire ACA, including the popular protections against pre-existing condition discrimination.

If the ACA was struck down the following provisions would be eliminated from federal law:

  • Guaranteeing coverage to individuals with pre-existing conditions, impacting an estimated 852,000 to 2.436 million Wisconsinites.
  • Prohibition of price discrimination against individuals with pre-existing conditions. In Wisconsin, without this protection a patient with a pregnancy could be charged $17,060 more, and someone with metastatic cancer could be charged $140,510 more.
  • Free coverage of preventative care such as mammograms and colonoscopies for 2,804,258 Wisconsinites.
  • Mental health parity.
  • Prohibition of gender discrimination in coverage and pricing.
  • Prohibition of age discrimination in pricing, the so-called “age tax.”
  • Prohibition of lifetime and annual care limits.
  • Protections against junk health care plans by requiring that all essential health benefits be covered.
  • Substance abuse coverage.
  • Resources and funds to hold insurance companies accountable to regulation.

In addition, 153,000 Wisconsinites would have their health coverage taken away if the ACA was struck down, according to a recent study by the Urban Institute.

Citizen Action is urging lawmakers to codify the ACA’s consumer protections and health insurance regulations in state law to protect Wisconsinites in the event of a damaging U.S. Supreme Court decision. Senate Bill 37, sponsored by Sen. Jon Erpenbach, is a huge step in this direction. Citizen Action is also urging lawmakers to create a plan, triggered by an adverse court decision striking down the ACA, to replace marketplace plans for people who buy insurance on their own and the federal subsidies that make them more affordable.

“The nullification of the ACA by right-wing judges is a predictable human-made disaster that would wreak havoc with the lives and livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of Wisconsinites,” said Robert Kraig, Executive Director, Citizen Action of Wisconsin. “We urge state lawmakers to take action to put the popular federal protections against pre-existing condition discrimination and other insurance industry abuses in state law, and beyond the reach of activist federal judges.”

Milwaukee City/County Task Force on Climate and Equity Nears Preliminary Report Release

The Milwaukee City-County Task Force on Climate & Equity met at Milwaukee City Hall on Thursday to plan the final drafting of its preliminary report. The task force is charged with developing a comprehensive plan for Milwaukee to both meet the UN greenhouse emissions reduction targets, and dramatically improve racial economic equity.

The critical task force includes two Citizen Action co-op members (Janet Meissner Pritchard and Ted Kraig) and Citizen Action Climate & Equity Director Rafael Smith. It also includes on the task force and on work groups key Citizen Action partners such as Sierra Club, 350.org, Milwaukee Area Labor Council, Clean Wisconsin, NAACP, Wisconsin Climate Table, and Community Advocates Public Policy Institute. Citizen Action co-op leaders and staff played a major role in developing the entire process.

The preliminary report, which was requested by Milwaukee Common Council President Ashanti Hamiltion, is designed to inform voters of the progress of the planning ahead of the April elections. The task force is expected to release a full final report by the end of 2020.

Healthcare story collection event in La Crosse, March 7th, 11:30am

Whether you are black, white, Asian American or Native American we all have had issues with healthcare in America.  Have you ever faced unexpected healthcare bills? Have you ever skipped going to the doctor when you should have gone because of the cost?  Have you ever lost your health insurance? Have you or a loved one ever skipped filling a prescription due to the high cost? Is your health insurance basically useless due to the high cost of copays or deductibles? Do you have loved ones who don’t have any health insurance? The story of your experience in the current American healthcare system has power to create real change!

Citizen Action believes that healthcare should be a human right and we are mobilizing our members to take action to expand that right to everyone! Your story can have a huge impact and help to expand healthcare! Join us on at 11:30 AM March 7th at the Southside La Crosse Public Library to learn how to tell your healthcare story. We will be collecting stories to be used across social media and in lobbying efforts. John Havlicek from the La Crosse teacher’s union will be on hand to teach everyone the power of their stories and how those stories can create a better tomorrow! Everyone will be able to record a video telling their own personal story.

This event is open to the public so please invite friends and family who care about expanding healthcare across Wisconsin and across America!  Please RSVP for this event here.

Canvass for Milwaukee Public Schools Referendum, Saturday, March 7th

Vote Yes for MPS coalition, which includes Citizen Action of Wisconsin, is canvassing in support of the April 7th referendum this Saturday, March 7th, 10am – 1pm & Noon – 3pm.

Canvassers can meet at:

  • MTEA office, 5130 W. VlietSt.
  • Bay View Community Center, 1320 E Oklahoma Ave.
  • Peace Action Wisconsin, 1001 E Keefe Ave.

RSVP here

Get a Yes for MPS yard sign
Thanks to a large donation all yard signs are now FREE
We have signs you can pick up at Citizen Action’s office, 221 S. 2nd ST. #300

Join Citizen Action of Wisconsin at Vernon Electric Co-op’s annual meeting March 21st to show support and learn more about the On Bill financing programs they will be offering.

We encourage all Citizen Action of Wisconsin members, regardless of their utility to attend the Vernon Electric Co-op annual meeting on March 21st. We want to have a huge showing to send a message to Vernon and other area utilities that fighting climate change is important to us!

A free breakfast will be offered starting at 8:00 AM and the meeting begins at 10:00 AM. The address is 110 Saugstad Rd in Westby WI. We will be looking for a few Citizen Action members who get their power from Vernon Electric Co-op to speak at the meeting.  

Please RSVP for this event here.

We will be handing out Citizen Action of Wisconsin buttons or stickers so that we can be extra visible and everyone can see that we represent a true movement fighting the climate crisis.  Make sure to see Ben Wilson before the meeting starts to get yours!

Coffee with the Northeast Co-op, Saturday, March 14th, Appleton

Floral Cafe, 474 N. Eisenhower Dr. Suite K, Appleton, 10am – Noon

Spend your Saturday morning with Citizen Action and learn what you can do to make a difference in 2020! Whether your passion is healthcare reform, combating climate change, or anything and everything progressive, there is a place for you and your ideas.

Afterwards, we will be launching our first canvass in 2020! This is a great opportunity to take the energy from our conversations, and put them into practice.

We will be joined by co-op member Emily Voight, who is running for the State Assembly in District 3. She will discuss her vision for our community and how she plans to co-govern with her constituents. We hope you will join us for a morning of coffee and conversation!

Facebook RSVP

Volunteer for Tricia Zunker for Congress in Wausau!

Starting Saturday, March 21st
Marathon County Party Office, 833 S 3rd Ave, Wausau
Starting at 9:00AM

Volunteer to help Citizen Action Co-op member Tricia Zunker in Wausau! Volunteer to knock doors and talk to prospective voters about the Spring April 7th local elections and Tricia’s Tuesday, May 12th Congressional election!

Sign up and RSVP Today to canvass for Tricia Zunker!

Saturday, March 21
Sunday, March 22
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Sunday, April 3
Saturday, April 4
Sunday, April 5
Monday, April 6
Tuesday, April 7

DONATE to Tricia Zunker’s campaign.
Watch a video featuring Tricia Zunker.
LIKE Tricia’s campaign facebook page

Email campaign@triciaforwisconsin.com to help out!

Northcentral Co-op Voter Registration Drive on Campus’

Join Don Dunphy and Joel Lewis for 3 voter registration events Tuesday, March 10th, Wednesday, March 11th and Thursday, March 12th from 10 am to 2 pm at three locations. 1. UW-Stevens Point – Wausau Campus, 2. NTC – Wausau Campus, and 3. Nicolet Technical College – Rhinelander Campus.

Join us. For more details contact:

Don Dunphy
715-536-1336
dondunphy@hotmail.com

Joel Lewis
715-551-2525
joel.lewis@citizenactionwi.org

Dairyland Forum & Rally for Rural Wisconsin, Sunday, March 29th

Wisconsin Farmers Union and Citizen Action of WI  invite you to a presidential candidate forum to discuss the issues that matter to family farmers and rural America. The Dairyland Forum, a presidential candidate forum and party is happening Sunday, March 29th at the Dunn County Fairgrounds.

This is a free event!

The forum will provide an opportunity for presidential candidates to engage Wisconsin’s rural voters on the topics that matter to them, including:

  • Monopolization in agriculture.
  • A plan for preventing further loss of family farms and the decline of rural and tribal food systems
  • How their rural and agriculture policies would address issues like education, roads and transportation, access to health care and the growing mental health and addiction issues in our rural communities
  • A vision a fair and just rural economy that helps all people thrive

Stay after the forum & rally for live music and a celebration of Wisconsin’s local fare, including local craft beers, cheese, brats and more. Bus routes are being planned from the Superior, Madison, and Appleton areas. Details coming soon!

To save your spot at the forum, RSVP today at www.wisconsinfarmersunion.com/dairylandforum

Super Tuesday Political Earthquake? Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

The panel digs into the repercussions of the Super Tuesday primaries, and the dramatic thinning of the Democratic primary field down to two major candidates. What are the implications? We also discuss yet another right-wing threat to health care coverage for millions, the implication of Covid-19 for caregivers, two Wisconsin State Supreme Court scandals, and media stories indicating that a “culture of racism” may have played some role in the mass shooting at Miller-Coors factory in Milwaukee.

Listen Now – Episode #432
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3-5-20 – The Earl Ingram Show (with Reggie Moore) 

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Bill Kaplan: Coronavirus, candor and competence

Click image to LISTEN to Battleground WI Podcast discussion of the coronavirus.

Amid the world-wide spread of the coronavirus and steep plunge of the U.S. stock market and global indices, Trump announced his plan to respond to the deadly virus. Trump struck a self-congratulatory tone: “We’ve had tremendous success … beyond what many people would’ve thought”. Trump falsely emphasized that the threat to Americans is “very low”. He also stated, with no evidence, that the virus would magically vanish in April and that a vaccine is imminent. Trump put Pence, with no background in public health, in charge. Pence is best known for delaying containment of an Indiana drug use-related HIV outbreak by initially refusing to authorize a needle exchange program.

No one was reassured. The U.S. stock market continued to plunge — the worst week since the 2008 Great Recession. Meanwhile, U.S. coronavirus cases not linked to travel abroad, are emerging, with one fatality. “At a moment that demands sobriety and honesty, Trump is a leader prone to hyperbole and falsehoods. As the financial markets crave order and clarity,Trump has a penchant for creating chaos and confusion. And, at a time when expertise is paramount, Trump has hollowed out (relevant) government agencies… ” (Washington Post).

Before the coronavirus, Trump dismantled public health protections. In 2018, the pandemic response teams at the White House National Security Council and Department of Homeland Security were dismissed. And, for years Trump has tried to cut “global disease-fighting budgets” (Foreign Policy). Moreover, Trump’s recent budget would sharply reduce funding for the CDC by 16 percent, the National Institutes of Health by $3 billion and eviscerate global health programs. Meanwhile, local and state public health agencies, including in Wisconsin, are underfunded and inadequately staffed. But with markets falling and the coronavirus spreading, Trump and his cronies look for scapegoats. Trump denounced criticism, saying it was a “new hoax”. Rush Limbaugh downplayed coronavirus, calling it the “common cold”. And, Arkansas GOP Senator Tom Cotton falsely claimed it might be a Chinese bioweapon.

However, some Republicans in Congress are warning Trump to take coronavirus seriously (Senators Shelby (AL), Kennedy (LA), and Romney (UT). On February 12, Wisconsin GOP Senator Ron Johnson, to his credit, chaired a hearing by the Senate Homeland Security Committee on coronavirus. Johnson asked the expert health witnesses “what more the federal government could be doing to combat the outbreak of global infectious diseases … .” However, Johnson acquiesced in allowing Trump administration officials to testify behind closed doors. What were they hiding? Why didn’t Johnson hold their feet to the fire? That’s Johnson’s job.

Wisconsin Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin has been forthright: “The emergency request (by Trump for funding) does not seek the sorts of resources that we need to prepare and fight this (coronavirus) pandemic”. She pointed out the cuts to CDC and firing of global health experts by Trump. Enough is enough. With one coronavirus case in Wisconsin and inadequately funded public health, Wisconsin needs more federal funds. It’s going to get worse. Wisconsin shouldn’t pay the price for Trump’s lack of candor and competence.

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

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, February 28th

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, February 28th

Friday, February 28th

Wisconsin’s 2020 Race Class Narrative Project presented this week in Milwaukee by Anat Shenker-Osorio

Citizen Action helped organize a presentation in Milwaukee by nationally renowned communications and messaging Guru Anat Shenker-Osorio to unveil new communications research on race, class and gender in Wisconsin. The event was attended by over 120 individuals, including local elected officials and leaders from a wide variety of progressive organizations in Wisconsin.

The presentation was hosted by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, America Votes, Wisconsin Voices, and Movement Voter Project

The day included a powerful conversation about how we can effectively counter racist, sexist, and discriminatory messages and build support for the big changes we so desperately need to achieve our values in Wisconsin and the world.

Awesome Green New Deal Event in Wauwatosa!

Our Citizen Action Climate Issue team held an amazing panel discussion last night at the Wauwatosa Public Library. The topic of the night was moving utilities to renewable energies.

J Drake Hamilton from Fresh Energy in St. Paul, Minnesota spoke about the unique partnership her organization was able to form with the Excel energy utility that has led to movement from carbon based energy to renewable energies.

The Sierra Club presented on the current state of the Clean Energy transition here in Wisconsin. Turnout.

Please join us for our next event:

Climate & Equity through our Food System
Thursday 3/19/20, 6 – 8 pm
First Unitarian Society
1342 N. Astor St., Common Room

Vernon County Electric Co-op announces on-bill rural electric saving programs

Residential carbon emissions are one of the biggest sources of greenhouse gases. Thanks to the efforts of Citizen Action of Wisconsin members and area activists Vernon County Electric Co-op has announced they will be offering their members on bill financing options to help homeowners upgrade their homes with energy saving upgrades to reduce those residential carbon emissions. These programs will give their customers the chance to outfit their homes with energy saving upgrades such as new insulation, air sealing, new heating/cooling units and other home improvements which will save the homeowner money right away while reducing their residential carbon emissions.

Customers who sign up for these programs will have the upfront costs of these home upgrades paid for by their utility. Customers will then pay off the upgrades, at an extremely low interest rate, on their power bill at a monthly cost lower than the energy saving. Customers will see a net savings on their utility bill right away! We at Citizen Action of Wisconsin believe that these on bill financing programs, along with our Green Homes fellowship program and our statewide, green bank partners, will create a huge reduction in Wisconsin’s residential carbon emissions!

This is huge news and we at Citizen Action of Wisconsin want to celebrate and use this momentum to convince more utilities to join the fight against climate change. Citizen Action will be mobilizing our members (and allies) from across Southwest Wisconsin to attend the annual membership meeting for Vernon Electric Co-op. We hope to show our support and learn more details about the programs the co-op will be rolling out to fight climate change. We also want to find out how we can use this momentum to convince other utilities like XCel Energy to offer similar programs.

Join Citizen Action of Wisconsin at Vernon Electric Co-op’s annual meeting March 21st 

Learn more about On Bill financing programs they will be offering

We encourage all Citizen Action of Wisconsin members (and allies), regardless of their utility to attend the Vernon Electric Co-op annual meeting on March 21st. We want to have a huge showing to send a message to Vernon and other area utilities that fighting climate change is important to us!  A free breakfast will be offered starting at 8:00 AM and the meeting begins at 10:00 AM. The address is 110 Saugstad Rd in Westby WI. We will be looking for a few Citizen Action members who get their power from Vernon Electric Co-op to speak at the meeting.

Please RSVP for this event here.

We will be handing out Citizen Action of Wisconsin buttons or stickers so that we can be extra visible and everyone can see that we represent a true movement fighting the climate crisis.  Make sure to see Ben Wilson before the meeting starts to get yours!

Canvass for Milwaukee Public Schools Referendum, Saturday, February 29th

Vote Yes for MPS coalition, which includes Citizen Action of Wisconsin, is canvassing in support of the April 7th referendum this Saturday, February 29th, 10am – 1pm & Noon – 3pm.
Canvassers can meet at:

  • MTEA office, 5130 W. VlietSt.
  • Bay View Community Center, 1320 E Oklahoma Ave.
  • Peace Action Wisconsin, 1001 E Keefe Ave.

RSVP here
Get a Yes for MPS yard sign
We have signs in Citizen Action’s office, 221 S. 2nd ST. #300

Help Citizen Action of Wisconsin design a campaign to help people move their money away from polluters 

We all know that in today’s world we all vote with our dollar. How we spend our money everyday impacts the decisions made by American corporations that have a huge impact on our lives. Citizen Action of Wisconsin wants to help everyone start using their spending power to let polluters know that we demand action to save our environment and fight climate change!

Citizen Action of Wisconsin’s organizing director Kevin Kane is designing a campaign to help people move their money from polluters. Kevin would like your help designing this campaign. Please take a moment and use this link to schedule a 30 minute phone call with Kevin. 

By voting with our dollars we can hit polluters where it hurts and let them know that we demand action to save our planet for future generations!

Healthcare Co-op Consumer Protection Team

The Healthcare Co-op Consumer Protection team is now having a regular virtual meeting every other Monday night at 7PM. Be on the ground floor of planning around surprise billing and preventative care vs. diagnostic care scams. It’s easy to get involved, just call in.

Contact karen.kirsch@citizenactionorg.com

Progresstival is Saturday, Feb 29th in La Crosse and Citizen Action of Wisconsin will be there!

Progressitival is the largest gathering of progressive organizations and groups in the Coulee Region.  This year’s event is going to be huge with twenty different groups talking to progressive activists and getting everyone ready for the most important election year of our lives!  Special guest Elizabeth Ward, the executive director of the John Muir chapter of the Sierra Club in the will be the keynote speaker this year.

Citizen Action of Wisconsin will be on hand to talk to people about how they can get involved in our “Green Homes, Good Jobs” campaign to reduce their carbon footprint and save money on utility bills.  We will also be leading a workshop called “Organizing for Action.”

Healthcare story collection event in La Crosse, March 7th

Whether you are black, white, Asian American or Native American we all have had issues with healthcare in America.  Have you ever faced unexpected healthcare bills? Have you ever skipped going to the doctor when you should have gone because of the cost?  Have you ever lost your health insurance? Have you or a loved one ever skipped filling a prescription due to the high cost? Is your health insurance basically useless due to the high cost of copays or deductibles? Do you have loved ones who don’t have any health insurance? The story of your experience in the current American healthcare system has power to create real change!

Citizen Action believes that healthcare should be a human right and we are mobilizing our members to take action to expand that right to everyone! Your story can have a huge impact and help to expand healthcare! Join us on at 12:30 PM March 7th at the Southside La Crosse Public Library to learn how to tell your healthcare story. We will be collecting stories to be used across social media and in lobbying efforts. John Havlicek from the La Crosse teacher’s union will be on hand to teach everyone the power of their stories and how those stories can create a better tomorrow! Everyone will be able to record a video telling their own personal story.

This event is open to the public so please invite friends and family who care about expanding healthcare across Wisconsin and across America!  Please RSVP for this event here.

Movie Night in Eau Claire: Suppressed: The Right To Vote

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 6 PM – 7:30 PM

Join us for the film showing and a community discussion to learn about the ways a person’s right to vote could be (and is in some cases) SUPPRESSED, and how you can get involved.

This movie night is a collaboration with JONAH, Citizen Action Northwest Co-op, NextGen, Conservation Voters, Chippewa Valley Votes, and EXPO.

First Presbyterian Church of Eau Claire
2112 Rudolph Rd, Eau Claire

Dairyland Forum & Rally for Rural Wisconsin, Sunday, March 29th

Wisconsin Farmers Union and Citizen Action invite to a presidential candidate forum to discuss the issues that matter to family farmers and rural America at the Dairyland Forum, a presidential candidate forum and party happening Sunday, March 29th at the Dunn County Fairgrounds.

This is a free event

The forum will provide an opportunity for presidential candidates to engage Wisconsin’s rural voters on the topics that matter to them, including:

  •  Monopolization in agriculture.
  • A plan for preventing further loss of family farms and the decline of rural and tribal food systems
  • How their rural and agriculture policies would address issues like education, roads and transportation, access to health care and the growing mental health and addiction issues in our rural communities
  • A vision a fair and just rural economy that helps all people thrive

Stay after the forum & rally for live music and a celebration of Wisconsin’s local fare, including local craft beers, cheese, brats and more. Bus routes are being planned from the Superior, Madison, and Appleton areas. Details coming soon!

To save your spot at the forum, RSVP today at www.wisconsinfarmersunion.com/dairylandforum

“Coronavirus” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss the implications of the coronavirus in America and the role of the pharmaceutical industry and Trump Administration in making the threat worse. We review the South Carolina Democratic presidential candidate debate and look at the latest Wisconsin polling. Is Bernie pulling away? The panel closes by talking about a new report from the Center for American Progress which blamed gerrymandering for the failure of the State Legislature to opt into BadgerCare Expansion.

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“Coronavirus” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“Coronavirus” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss the implications of the coronavirus in America and the role of the pharmaceutical industry and Trump Administration in making the threat worse. We review the South Carolina Democratic presidential candidate debate and look at the latest Wisconsin polling. Is Bernie pulling away? The panel closes by talking about a new report from the Center for American Progress which blamed gerrymandering for the failure of the State Legislature to opt into BadgerCare Expansion.
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Links:
CDC official warns Americans it’s not a question of if coronavirus will spread, but when.
‘Hearing my name mentioned a little bit’: Sanders plays defense and other moments from the South Carolina Democratic debate.
Frontrunner Bernie Sanders takes brunt of attacks during Democratic debate ahead of South Carolina primary.
Democratic voters who watched Tuesday night’s debate said national front-runner Bernie Sanders impressed them the most of any candidate, followed closely by Joe Biden and then Elizabeth Warren.
Bernie Sanders surges to the lead among Wisconsin Democratic voters in new statewide poll.
Those who sat out 2016 back Democrats for president by 2-to-1 margin.
Report blames gerrymandering for blocking Medicaid expansion.

 

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, February 21st

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, February 21st

Friday, February 21

Congratulation to Citizen Action members who won their primary elections this week!

  • Tricia Zunker, U.S. Congress, District 7.
  • Chris Larson, Milwaukee County Executive.
  • Dennis McBride, Wauwatosa Mayor
  • JoCasta Zamarripa, Milwaukee City Council, District 8

Citizen Action launches Race Class Narrative Deep Canvass program

The Citizen Action of Wisconsin and new partner Progress North (from the Superior, WI area) had an amazing weekend in Tomah, Wisconsin learning and practicing a brand new “Deep Canvassing” model.

Trainers from People’s Action (Citizen Action’s national network) joined us to lay down their knowledge from the past year of experimenting with this Deep Canvassing model in North Carolina and Pennsylvania last year. The script structure was taken from the Race Class Narrative messaging experiment which is led by national expert, Anat Shenker-Osorio, who is helping us with our scripts.

We will ultimately be taking a Climate message in certain parts of the state, and a Universal Family Care message in others. Both issues will incorporate questions about undocumented immigrants. The canvas is targeting persuadable voters, unmarried women, all People of Color, and youth aged 18-34.

This deep canvassing is powerful in its ability to move voters! However, the conversations can be triggering for almost all of us, as we are literally asking folks to share their racist, fear mongering, hate speech, dog whistling thoughts and beliefs with us. Because if they don’t, we can’t have a conversation that might change their perspective. Our People’s Action trainers provided us with excellent resilience, self care, and assertiveness training to be able to mitigate the amount of emotional labor that can be involved in sharing stories that are meaningful to us, as well as hearing stories and beliefs that are emotionally hard, or potentially triggering.  We also learned when to walk away.

We look forward to training Citizen Action volunteers to learn this canvassing model and talk to voters in your area of the state. We will have 4 field organizers who will be in Eau Claire, Wausau, Green Bay/Appleton and LaCrosse area. Co-op Organizers will be working to launch their members, and the team will work together to provide the volunteer trainings by March 1st.

If you want to find out more about volunteering in this important canvass contact Zoe@citizenactionwi.org or your regional co-op organizer.

Meet the 2020 Field Team!

Jon Schwarz, Fox Cities Field Organizer

Born and raised in Appleton Wisconsin, Jon is no stranger to talking to folks about issues and elections that are vitally important in his community. Jon cares passionately about healthcare for all, fighting climate change, fair maps, raising the minimum wage, and ensuring that all Wisconsinites can live their best lives.  In his free time, Jon plays guitar and sings in his own band, Bud. Listen to their new album “c’mon Jon” here.

Nancy McCarthy, Driftless Region Field Organizer

Hailing from La Crosse WI, Nancy is a member of our brand new Driftless Co-op. Nancy has decades of experience in campaigns and organizing, and works hard to ensure that we leave a beautiful and healthy Wisconsin for future generations. In her free time Nancy enjoys nature walks in the beautiful La Crosse/Coulee region.

Rachel Pride, Eau Claire/Chippewa Valley Field Organizer

Eau Claire native and long time political operative Rachel brings a wealth of candidate campaign and field organizing experience to the team. Rachel fights hard for all people and is impatient to live in a world where regardless of race or class, whether you are born here or moved here from another country, we all have access to the basic things we need and deserve. In her free time, Rachel likes hanging out with her friends and family, and catching up on sleep.

Don Dunphy and Melissa Engels-Lewis, Northcentral Field Organizers

You all know Don and Melissa right?  Don is the sitting chair for the Northcentral Wisconsin Organizing Co-op, and Melissa is a founding member!  Both are long time political activists who have stepped up in 2020 to advocate for care for all, ending climate change, fair maps, and making sure people get out and vote in 2020!

Melissa is also a full time mom and caregiver for her uncle and parent-in laws, and also harvests maple syrup, honey, and just this past year started planting hemp!  If you have any questions about plants or gardening, talk to Melissa!

Don is near full time typically volunteering for the causes he cares about, I’m sure he’s knocked on your door before!  Don enjoys nature walks and photography.

Attend Wisconsin’s 2020 Race Class Narrative Project Presentation featuring Anat Shenker-Osorio

Citizen Action is excited to invite you to attend a presentation by nationally renowned communications and messaging Guru Anat Shenker-Osorio. The event is hosted by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, America Votes, Wisconsin Voices, and Movement Voter Project

Date: February 27th
Time: 10:00 am-12:00pm
Location: The Marquette Room: 2301 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee

Click here to RSVP: Max Capacity Limits Apply. 20 Seats left as of 02/21/20: This event is open to the public and free to attend.

Wisconsin is one of 5 other Midwest states that have joined in partnership on this project with lead researcher Anat Shenker-Osorio and renowned pollster Celinda Lake. For the past several months more than 21 grassroots, labor, civic engagement, and political organizing groups from Wisconsin have been working with the Midwest RCN Project team to uncover how Wisconsinites can build public support for a progressive agenda including women’s rights, criminal justice reform, expansion of democracy, immigrant rights and economic equity. In addition to offering a compelling affirmative vision, this vetted narrative and strategic delivery approach has proven an effective means to disrupt the corporate-conservative racial wedge politics that have been so durably damaging to multi-racial solidarity, racial justice, gender equity and support for democracy.

Please join us on Thursday February 27th when Anat Shenker-Osorio will unveil our state research findings and recommendations for a Wisconsin specific race class narrative framework to combat fear-mongering, hate speech, and dog whistles across issues to mobilize and energize our base, persuade the middle and alienate the opposition.

If you are new to the Race Class Narrative body of research and want to learn more:  

Listen to this  (https://crooked.com/podcast/chapter-5-the-midwest/  or read this Washington Post opinion piece

Citizen Action Members are fighting climate change (and saving money) by upgrading their homes with energy efficiency upgrades

Citizen Action of Wisconsin has launched a fellowship program as part of our “Green Homes, Good Jobs” campaign helping our members fight climate change, create local union jobs, and save money by upgrading their homes with solar panels, new insulation, air sealing, new heating/cooling units and other energy saving measures while saving money right away. These fellowships are four week programs that can save homeowners thousands of dollars a year in utility costs and allow homeowners to claim hundreds of dollars in rebates and tax credits. Best of these upgrades come at no upfront cost!

If you have been interested in upgrading your home with solar panels and other upgrades to reduce your carbon footprint then this program is for you!  This is your chance to do your part to protect the planet while saving money every month! This fellowship will also teach you how to be a leader in your community helping to fight climate change!

Citizen Action’s next fellowship program will be launching in March.  For more information or to sign up to join the next fellowship please fill out this form.  The deadline to apply for the next fellowship is Feb 24th.

“Coffee With your Co-op” gathering with special guest State Senate district 14 candidate Joni Anderson, this Saturday, February 22

“Coffee with your Co-op” is a great chance to meet fellow activists and co-op members, talk politics, learn about upcoming events, and talk about how we can mobilize our power!  We do all this in an informal setting over coffee. “Coffee with your Co-op” events take place in La Crosse, Viroqua and across Southwest Wisconsin! Our next gathering will be in La Crosse on February 22nd at noon.  We will be meeting at Java Vino on State rd.

We will be joined by State Senate candidate and Citizen Action of Wisconsin co-op member Joni Anderson.  Joni is running against Luther Olsen in district 14. Joni is the vice president of her union and is running on a platform of fighting climate change, Medicare for all, building the labor movement and ending the unfair political practice of gerrymandering.   Joni will be on hand to discuss her campaign and how Citizen Action members, even those outside of her district, can get involved with her campaign.

“Coffee with your Co-op” events are open to all co-op members as well as those who just want to learn more about the work Citizen Action of Wisconsin is doing.  Please take a moment to RSVP for this event here.  We look forward to seeing every Feb 22nd at 12:00 PM at Java Vino in La Crosse!

The next “Coffee With Your Co-op” event will be in Viroqua and will be announced soon so stay tuned!

Progresstival is Saturday, Feb 29th in La Crosse and Citizen Action of Wisconsin will be there!

Progressitival is the largest gathering of progressive organizations and groups in the Coulee Region.  This year’s event is going to be huge with twenty different groups talking to progressive activists and getting everyone ready for the most important election year of our lives!  Special guest Elizabeth Ward, the executive director of the John Muir chapter of the Sierra Club in the will be the keynote speaker this year.

Citizen Action of Wisconsin will be on hand to talk to people about how they can get involved in our “Green Homes, Good Jobs” campaign to reduce their carbon footprint and save money on utility bills.  We will also be leading a workshop called “Organizing for Action.”

We would like a few co-op members to be on hand to help get the word out about Citizen Action of Wisconsin at our table. If you are interested in signing up for a short volunteer shift please email Ben at ben.wilson@citizenactionwi.org.

For more information on this exciting event you can visit the Coulee Progressive website right here.  We hope to see everyone join us and get involved with Citizen Action and all our progressive partners.  Together we can create a better tomorrow!

Healthcare story collection event in La Crosse, March 7th

Whether you are black, white, Asian American or Native American we all have had issues with healthcare in America.  Have you ever faced unexpected healthcare bills? Have you ever skipped going to the doctor when you should have gone because of the cost?  Have you ever lost your health insurance? Have you or a loved one ever skipped filling a prescription due to the high cost? Is your health insurance basically useless due to the high cost of co-pays or deductibles? Do you have loved ones who don’t have any health insurance? The story of your experience in the current American healthcare system has power to create real change!

Citizen Action believes that healthcare should be a human right and we are mobilizing our members to take action to expand that right to everyone! Your story can have a huge impact and help to expand healthcare! Join us on at 12:30 PM March 7th at the Southside La Crosse Public Library to learn how to tell your healthcare story. We will be collecting stories to be used across social media and in lobbying efforts. John Havlicek from the La Crosse teacher’s union will be on hand to teach everyone the power of their stories and how those stories can create a better tomorrow! Everyone will be able to record a video telling their own personal story.

This event is open to the public so please invite friends and family who care about expanding healthcare across Wisconsin and across America!  Please RSVP for this event here.

Canvass for Milwaukee Public Schools Referendum, Saturday, February 22nd

Vote Yes for MPS coalition, which includes Citizen Action of Wisconsin, is canvassing in support of the April 7th referendum this Saturday, February 22nd, 10am – 1pm & Noon – 3pm.
Canvassers can meet at:

  • MTEA office, 5130 W. VlietSt.
  • Bay View Community Center, 1320 E Oklahoma Ave.
  • Peace Action Wisconsin, 1001 E Keefe Ave.

RSVP here
Get a Yes for MPS yard sign (see image) We have signs in our office, 221 S. 2nd ST. #300

Join us Thursday, Feb. 27th in Wauwatosa as we discuss on how we can move our utility to renewable energies 

Panel members will help us explore:

  • How does our local utility compare to other utilities in the region?
  • How can we accelerate the transition to clean energy in the Milwaukee area?
  • What are the economic impacts of shifting from fossil fuels to clean energy?
  • What policy changes are needed?
  • How can the City-County Task Force developing Milwaukee’s Green New Deal drive a faster, more equitable, Clean Energy Transition.  

Date: Thursday, February 27, 2020
Time: 6-8pm

Universal Family Care and the Healthcare Co-op

The long term care team, got together in the City of Wauwatosa this week to talk about their plans to let Wisconsin know about a new Resolution called Universal Family Care.  Our current care structure is burdening families instead of supporting them. UFC is a new social insurance program that would make early child care, paid leave, support for people with disabilities and elder care accessible and affordable for all. If you think this is something we need, email Karen, our healthcare organizer at karen.kirsch@citizenactionwi.org.

The team is setting up a public event to talk about it on March 18th so stay tuned.

“Let’s get ready to rumble” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We review the boxing match that broke out during the sensational Nevada Democratic presidential primary debate in Las Vegas. The panel debriefs this week’s Spring Primary Election in Wisconsin that saw Jill Karofsky easily advance to the general election against conservative Dan Kelly in the state Supreme Court race. We close with a discussion of the Republican legislature’s rejection of Governor Evers’ plan to increase education funding and instead make regressive moves to increase mass incarceration.

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“Let’s get ready to rumble” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“Let’s get ready to rumble” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We review the boxing match that broke out during the sensational Nevada Democratic presidential primary debate in Las Vegas. The panel debriefs this week’s Spring Primary Election in Wisconsin that saw Jill Karofsky easily advance to the general election against conservative Dan Kelly in the state Supreme Court race. We close with a discussion of the Republican legislature’s rejection of Governor Evers’ plan to increase education funding and instead make regressive moves to increase mass incarceration.

LISTEN NOW – EPISODE #430
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Links:
Key takeaways from the Nevada Democratic presidential debate.
Democratic Debate Draws Record Audience Of 19.7 Million Viewers For NBC and MSNBC
Bloomberg put on defensive during combative two-hour Democratic debate.
Wisconsin Supreme Court race will pit Daniel Kelly against Jill Karofsky.
Tom Tiffany will face Tricia Zunker in 7th Congressional District special election
District went heavily for Trump in 2016.
Chris Larson, David Crowley advance to April 7 election in Milwaukee County executive race.
Preliminary Numbers Show February Primary Turnout Higher Compared To 2018.
Bice: Winners and losers on a strong election night for African American candidates.
Wisconsin Voters Said ‘No’ To Several School Referendums In Spring Primary Vote.
GOP tax cut appears to be headed to an Evers veto.
Senate Democrats block action on GOP tax cut plan, health care bill following heated debate.