Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, September 27th

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, September 27th

Friday, September 27th

Citizen Action of Wisconsin Members Travel to Iowa for Presidential Candidate Forum

 

Nearly 50 Citizen Action Members from all over Wisconsin traveled to Des Moine, IA last Saturday, September 21st to participate in the People’s Action Presidential Candidate Forum. 2,500 people attended the event featuring Julian Castro, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and Pete Buttigieg. The candidates heard stories about the issues we all care about from Citizen Action members Lilian Cheeseman, Mireya Sigala, and Representative Jodi Emerson (See pictures).

Northwestern Wi Citizen Action Co-OP member Mireya Sigala appeared on stage with Julian Castro calling for Immigrant Justice. State Representative Jodi Emerson talked about the importance of co-governance between elected progressive leaders and movement political organizations like Citizen Action. Lillian Cheeseman shared her moving healthcare story with Julian Castro in support of universal health care coverage, like Medicare For All.

Watch the entire forum.

People’s Action will be conducting 3 more Presidential Candidate Forums.

Sunday, October 13th
Durham, New Hampshire

8:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Sign up to watch via livestream.

Sunday, October 20th
Detroit, Michigan
4:00 pm – 7:30pm

Saturday, October 26th
Las Vegas, Nevada

1:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Next week we will start announcing watch parties for the Michigan and Nevada forums. If you want to host a watch party contact matt.brusky@citizenactionwi.org

All events will be live-streamed.

New Driftless Co-op Members Attend the People’s Presidential Forum in Iowa

Members of the Driftless Region co-op joined thousands of activists from across the country this weekend at the People’s Presidential Forum. Annette McGinley, K.C. Cayo, Sue Conard, Carla Pena and Fran Hegenbarth all traveled to Des Moines and got to hear from top Presidential candidates and learn about how each of these candidates plans to fight for progressive issues such as climate change, housing costs, college costs, healthcare for all and social justice.

Driftless Member Carla Pena writes about her experience at the Presidential Forum

I was one of the five La Crosse area activists with Citizen Action of Wisconsin to attend the people’s Forum in Des Moines, Iowa on September 21st. The Forum was well-organized and well-attended. I was impressed by the number of different organizations that have worked on issues that are meaningful to me.

The stories people told before asking the candidates a question personalized the issues and made them relevant. The candidates responded in a way that solidified my preference. But the most important takeaway for me was that the upcoming election is about we the people, not the candidates. I thank Kevin Kane and Ben Wilson for sponsoring my trip to the Forum and making it a reality for me.

Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes visits Citizen Action to talk climate change

Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes, who is also a Citizen Action Co-op member and former Board member, held round table discussion with some of the members the Milwaukee City-County Task Force on Climate & Economic Equity for clean energy week.

The Lt Governor spoke to the need for any recommendations made by the task force to have in mind front line community members. Most importantly, he made it clear that he was there to listen task force members and hear the ideas and conversation around the green new deal.

A few of the ideas were; reduce monthly cost energy cost, Installation Maintenance – job creation, budget for energy efficiency and job training equity, budget for energy efficiency and job training and land use reform freeways or transit. The conversation was lively and energetic and the member left feeling good about the opportunity to work the Governor and Lt. Governor office in the future

Lt. Gov. Barnes is spending the week raising public awareness throughout the state about the looming climate catastrophe that is headed our way if we don’t act now.

Watch video from Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes discussing the event.

Milwaukee’s Green New Deal Transportation Event

This past Tuesday the SE-Co-op Climate Issue team held the first of a series of events that hopes to inform the public on the components of a Milwaukee Green New Deal.

This event was an amazing panel discussion on what a Milwaukee Green Deal will mean for transportation and mobility. On the panel were Alderman Bob Bauman, County Supervisor Steve Shea, Lisa Jones Lead Organizer from MICAH and Elizabeth Ward Lead Organizer with Sierra Club.

Each panelist spoke powerfully about the need for more funding in regards to more public transportation options. The need for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and dedicated bus only lanes were just a few of the ideas talked about.

Lisa Jones spoke to the fact that any Green New Deal must be not only fair but equitable for our city’s most marginalized communities.

The next Green New Deal event will be October 29th on the subject of de-industrialization. Venue and time pending.

Driftless Co-op Launch event, Thursday October 3rd 

The Driftless Region co-op will be hosting our launch event next week! Thursday October 3rd we will be meeting at 410 West Ave South in La Crosse at 7:00 PM to formally launch our brand new organizing co-op. This is a chance to learn about our movement and get involved! This event is open to the public. If you are in the area, please join us and bring some friends!

RSVP link
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Deep Canvassing Workshop in Chippewa Falls, Saturday, September 28th, 10am

Learn from Citizen Action how to have difficult conversations with our deep canvassing training and feel more empowered talking about difficult topics!

Our training will be lead by former assembly candidate and current Citizen Action organizer, Noah Reif. They will facilitate discussion; training on how best to navigate tricky conversations, empower our communities and ourselves.

UAW Local 722 Union Family Day Saturday, Sept. 28th, Hudson, WI

The UAW is having Union Family Day on Saturday September 28th starting at 9:00 A.M. at the picket line that UAW Local 722 is conducting at the General Motors facility, 2200 Willis Miller Drive, Hudson, WI. MN U.S. Senator Tina Smith will be in attendance, arriving at around 9:15am to support the strike. Spread the word!

Attend Bright Futures presentation promoting prevention of substance use disorder.

Citizen Action of Wisconsin’s Bright Futures Organizer Supreme Moore Omokunde will give an update on efforts throughout the State by Citizen Action of Wisconsin on their effort to promote prevention of Substance Use Disorder.

Monday, October 7th, 5:30pm
Jazz Gallery Center for the Arts / Riverwest Artists Association
926 E Center St, Milwaukee

RSVP via facebook

Impeachment or Not?: A Debate

Join Grassroots Northshoore, Grassroots Southshore, and Citizen Action of WI for a debate of one of the most important current issues facing us, the impeachment of President Trump.

Kathleen Dunn will be moderating the debate with Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig (For) and Dr. Sheldon Wasserman (Against) taking opposing points.

RSVP via facebook

“Examining police cooperation with ICE” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

After discussing our national emergency with President Trump, we welcome Wisconsin Examiner journalist, Isiah Holmes, to discuss his investigation into local police department’s cooperation with ICE, including Wauwatosa and Milwaukee. New Citizen Action Driftless Co-op Organizer Ben Wilson joins us to talk about next week’s launch event of the new driftless organizing co-op.

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“Examining police cooperation with ICE” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“Examining police cooperation with ICE” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

Photo: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

After discussing our national emergency with President Trump, we welcome Wisconsin Examiner journalist, Isiah Holmes, to discuss his investigation into local police department’s cooperation with ICE, including Wauwatosa and Milwaukee. New Citizen Action Driftless Co-op Organizer Ben Wilson joins us to talk about next week’s launch event of the new driftless organizing co-op.
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Driftless Co-op Launch event, Thursday October 3rd 

The Driftless Region co-op will be hosting its formal launch event next week!  Thursday October 3rd at 410 West Ave South in La Crosse at 7:00 PM. This is a chance to learn about our movement and get involved!  The event is open to the public. If you are in the area, please join us and bring some friends!

RSVP
Facebook event page

Links:
Arrest video fuels outrage over Milwaukee Police helping ICE.
Is the Wauwatosa Police Department working with ICE?: Questions surround the relationship between Tosa PD and ICE.
Trump Told Ukraine’s Leader to Work With Barr to Investigate Biden.
Pelosi announces launch of formal impeachment inquiry into Trump.
Trump impeachment inquiry: Where the Wisconsin federal delegation stands on the latest developments.
AP Explains: How the ground shifted on Trump impeachment.

Bill Kaplan: Climate crisis, listen to young people

Bill Kaplan: Climate crisis, listen to young people

The headlines blared: “Protesting Climate Change, Young People Take to Streets in a Global Strike” (New York Times); “Demanding action against climate change, millions of young people take part in a global strike” (Washington Post); and “Wisconsin Youth Strike Against Climate Change” (Wisconsin Public Radio). “The generational outcry comes as planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions continue to soar, even as their effects — including rising seas, intensifying storms, debilitating heat waves (wildfires) and droughts – can be felt more and more” (New York Times).

Thousands marched across Wisconsin, including in Appleton, Eau Claire, Green Bay, Madison and Milwaukee. One does not have to agree with all of their rhetoric or solutions to admire their heartfelt courage and passion. They are the future, and deserve one. Wisconsin Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin gets it, tweeting: “The Climate Crisis is a real and immediate threat to public health, national security, our economy and the environment”. Likewise, Wisconsin Democratic Governor Tony Evers is leading: joining a group of governors who support the Paris climate agreement, which limits dangerous greenhouse gases, and Evers is calling for eventual elimination of carbon-based energy.

However, Wisconsin GOP Senator Ron Johnson continues to minimize or ridicule climate change. And, Trump is worse: calling climate change a “hoax”, saying “I (Trump) don’t see it” and gutting the Nixon-created Environmental Protection Agency and cutting back environmental regulations, while giving a green light to the fossil fuel industry. Now, Trump’s cronies have undermined and politicized the National Weather Service (Wisconsin farmers depend on the accuracy and reliability of weather forecasts). And, Trump pretends to have sympathy for the struggling coal industry and hard-working coal miners. But coal can no longer compete with cheaper and cleaner natural gas, solar or wind energy. Moreover, it’s long past time for Trump to support the American Miners Act which would fund troubled pension and health plans for miners.

There is a better path. The September 16, 2019 Kaiser Family Foundation – Washington Post poll on climate change found “high levels of concern and support for policy solutions to address climate change.” Former Wisconsin GOP Governor Tommy Thompson gets it. He helps lead the Wisconsin Conservative Energy Forum (WICEF), which advocates: “reducing energy waste and developing ‘Wisconsin-grown’ clean energy resources. Leveraging Wisconsin’s transition to clean and renewable energy will stimulate our economy, lower electricity costs, protect our national and grid security, reduce pollution and improve the public health for all Wisconsinites”.

WICEF supports clean renewable wind energy (Wisconsin gets only 9 percent of its electricity from all renewable energy). Some GOP-led states strongly support wind energy, including Iowa, Kansas (in 2018 a Democratic governor won), Oklahoma, North Dakota and South Dakota. “Studies suggest that Kansas alone could, in theory, supply a majority of the nation’s electricity using wind turbines …” (New York Times). Time for Wisconsin to end its reliance on coal, 49 percent of the state’s electricity generation.

We are Wisconsin, Democrats, independents and Republicans. Together we must listen to young people and save the planet from mad-made disasters.

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

 

 

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday September 20th

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday September 20th

Friday, September 20th

Watch People’s Action Presidential Candidate Forum from Iowa this Saturday @ Noon.

Where do candidates stand on Housing? Worker’s rights? Reproductive justice?

We don’t know because the #DemDebate moderators didn’t ask. That’s why we’re switching up the rule book and letting real voters run the show.

Watch People’s Action Peoples Forum live from Iowa this Saturday 9/21 at Noon CT/10am PT. Sign up here: http://ow.ly/Mus050wbQC1

The 2020 elections must respond to the needs of people, not big money and wealthy corporations – this election is happening from the grassroots up. It all starts with presidential candidate forums held by People’s Action in four states and anchored in Iowa by Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund. Nearly 40 Citizen Action of Wisconsin members will also be in attendence.

No bland stump speeches allowed!

Presidential candidates will be invited onstage for real conversations with everyday people about big solutions to the struggles facing the multiracial working class.

What are we talking about?

  • Improved Medicare for All
  • A Factory Farm Moratorium
  • A 100% Just Green New Deal
  • Homes Guarantee
  • Free College for All

Brew Fest 2019: Thanks to Everyone who attended or donated

 

Driftless Co-op Member Spotlight

The Driftless region would like to spotlight a brand new co-op member, Jade Johnson. Jade is excited to join the Driftless co-op and help fight climate change and create a better world for the next generation. Jade is a social worker.  Her work with foster families across the southwest part of the state has literally saved lives and created families. Jade has had a meaningful impact on dozens of Wisconsin children.

Jade is passionate about climate change, social justice, income equality, fair redistricting and promoting progressive values.

Jade is originally from northeast Iowa and currently lives in La Crosse Wisconsin.

If you want to join Jade in creating real progressive change in the Driftless region contact Ben Wilson at ben.wilson@citizenactionwi.org to schedule a meeting.  Together we can build the kind of world we want to give the next generation!

Driftless Organzing Co-op Launch Event!

The Driftless region is also excited to announce our co-op launch event. On Thursday October 3rd at 7:00pm new co-op members will be meeting at UU La Crosse to officially launch our campaign to create a Green New Deal right here in Southwestern Wisconsin.

Please click here to RSVP .  This event is open to the public so invite anyone you know who wants to fight climate change or anyone who is interested in saving money!

Please feel free to share this Facebook event link with friends and family and invite everyone you know!  https://www.facebook.com/events/522160441686899/

North Central Organizing Co-op Represents at Fighting Bobfest

North Central Organizing Co-op members were well represented at Fighting Bobfest in Stevens Point last Saturday at the Pfiffner Pioneer Building.

The Co-op had a table at the event (Ironically, 4 of the other tables were being led by Co-op members, but they were representing other groups). The networking and friendliness between other organizations was a breath of fresh air. The Warren for President table and the Bernie table were right across from each other, and there was nothing but positive vibes. You could really sense that we all want to work together to fight for the people and for a better planet.

There were four keynote speakers at the event that are also members of 2 Organizing Co-ops. The picture above is of Lincoln County Board Supervisor, Dairy Farmer, and Co-op member Hans Breienmoser speaking on the importance of continuing the fight for Fair Maps.

Other speakers that also happen to be Co-op members included David Barnhill who spoke on the Green New Deal, County Board Supervisor Katie Rosenberg who spoke on the passage of a Pride Resolution declaring June as Pride month being passed in Marathon County, and State Senator Jeff Smith (who is a member of the Western WI Organizing Co-op!

The spirit of Fighting Bob certainly lives on. Thank you to the OWR – Central WI chapter for putting this event together and for inviting us to attend. Great job! And thank you to all of the speakers and to everyone who attended. I can still feel the positive energy that each one of you brings to the fight for social, economic and environmental justice.

Join us to discuss a Milwaukee Green New Deal and Transportation, Tuesday, Sept. 24th, 6pm 

Come join us as we discuss what a Milwaukee Green New Deal will mean the future of transportation and mobility. This is the first in a Series of Community Events on Equity and Climate.

RSVP and more information

MKE Community Town Hall Regarding Ascension St. Joseph Hospital

“GM Strike & Working Families Party Endorses Elizabeth Warren” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

Working Families Party’s Rebecca Lynch leads our discussion on the controversial Working Families Party endorsement of Elizabeth Warren. Then we welcome UAW Local 722’s Steve Frisque, live from a Wisconsin picket line to talk about the GM strike. We weigh-in on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s bold new prescription drug plan. Will Trump follow-through on his campaign promises and support it, or will he again cave to Big Pharma? Finally we discuss vaping illnesses and the push to legalize and regulate THC in Wisconsin, and Friday’s international climate strike which is coming to many Wisconsin cities.

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“GM Strike & Working Families Party endorses Elizabeth Warren” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“GM Strike & Working Families Party endorses Elizabeth Warren” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

Working Families Party’s Rebecca Lynch leads our discussion on the controversial Working Families Party endorsement of Elizabeth Warren. Then we welcome UAW Local 722’s Steve Frisque, live from a Wisconsin picket line to talk about the GM strike. We weigh-in on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s bold new prescription drug plan. Will Trump follow-through on his campaign promises and support it, or will he again cave to Big Pharma? Finally we discuss vaping illnesses and the push to legalize and regulate THC in Wisconsin, and Friday’s international climate strike which is coming to many Wisconsin cities.
Listen Now – Episode #409
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Watch People’s Action Presidential Candidate Forum from Des Mone, Iowa.
Saturday, September 21st, Noon Start

Presidential candidates will be invited onstage for real conversations with everyday people about big solutions to the struggles facing the multiracial working class. What are we talking about?

  • Improved Medicare for All
  • A Factory Farm Moratorium
  • A 100% Just Green New Deal
  • Homes Guarantee
  • Free College for All

Sign up to watch

Show Links:
Bernie or bust 2.0? Working Families Party endorses Elizabeth Warren, fueling progressive split.
WFP’s Nod to Warren Reminds Progressives of the Inevitable Need to Choose.
Sanders supporters cry foul over Working Families endorsement of Warren.
The Working Families Party Has Written Itself Out of History.
Wisconsin GM Workers Part Of Nationwide Strike: 74 Workers At Western Wisconsin Facility Taking Part In UAW Strike
‘Heartless and Unconscionable’: Outrage as General Motors Cuts Off Healthcare for 50,000 Striking Workers.
Climate strike Friday includes rally outside MG&E, march to Capitol.
Vaping illnesses show need for regulated THC markets.

Bill Kaplan: Health care is on the line

Bill Kaplan: Health care is on the line

Fifty-three percent of Americans view the Affordable Care Act (ACA) “favorably”, an “all-time high” (Kaiser Family Foundation poll, September 13, 2019). Why? The ACA extended comprehensive quality health coverage to over 22 million through ACA affordable private insurance (covers 193,303 Wisconsinites), Medicaid expansion and allowing young adults (under 26) to be covered through their parents’ insurance. And, the ACA guarantees coverage to 52 million, including 852,000 Wisconsinites, with preexisting conditions (Kaiser). Moreover, the ACA lowered out-of-pocket drug costs for Medicare enrollees. Finally, the ACA reduced uncompensated care, helping both rural and urban hospitals.

However, Trump continues to sabotage the ACA by making it harder to enroll in ACA private insurance: cutting the open enrollment period by half, nearly eliminating advertising, slashing funding for enrollment assistance, ending federal cost-sharing payments and allowing the sale of worthless “junk insurance”. Moreover, Trump is trying to have the ACA declared unconstitutional through a federal lawsuit orchestrated by former Governor Scott Walker. A decision may come soon. And, if all else fails, Trump is counting on being reelected in 2020 with a GOP-led Congress to repeal the ACA.

No surprise then that fewer Americans are insured: “About 27.5 million people, or 8.5 percent of the population lacked health insurance for all of 2018, up from 7.9 percent the year before, the Census Bureau reported … (Wisconsin’s ACA coverage declined from 235,444 in 2017 to 193,303 currently). It was the first (national) increase since the (ACA) took full effect in 2014, and experts said it was at least partly the result of the Trump administration’s efforts to undermine the law” (New York Times).

However, not all Republicans have their heads in the sand. 38 states, including 16 GOP-led, have (3 in process) Medicaid expansion. Many in the GOP recognize that ACA Medicaid expansion helps mightily: reduces the uninsured and uncompensated care, keeps rural hospitals open, increases access to treat opioid misuse and substitutes federal for state expenditures, providing jobs and producing savings for roads, transit and schools. In Mississippi, former state Chief Supreme Court Justice Bill Waller ran for the GOP gubernatorial nomination supporting Medicaid expansion. He lost in a run-off, but state voters can now vote for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jim Hood who supports expanding Medicaid, as does Republican Delbert Hosemann, running for lieutenant governor.

Some Wisconsin Republicans get it. GOP state Senator Luther Olsen said: “I honestly think we have to take it (Medicaid expansion federal funding). Whether we do or not, I don’t know. We need to look with an open mind what it does for the state of Wisconsin” (2019). And, GOP state Senator Jerry Petrowski said: “I believe that we could have taken the (Medicaid expansion) money, however I could not find enough votes to get it done” (2014). Wisconsin voters should encourage GOP legislators to do right: ring the Madison Capitol Square with posters of GOP governors and legislators from around the nation on why they supported Medicaid expansion for their states.

And, vote! Health care is on the line.

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

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday September 13th

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday September 13th

Friday, September 13th

Join Us for Brew Fest, Thursday, September 19th, 5pm in Milwaukee

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North Central Organizing Co-op has Great Turnout for The Role of the State Treasurer Event in Wausau!

Citizen Action Organizing Co-op member, and State Treasurer, Sarah Godlewski, visited Wausau this Wednesday. The event was hosted by the Citizen Action of WI North Central Organizing Co-op, Women for Women – Wausau Chapter, and County Board Supervisor Katie Rosenberg (who is a member of the NC Organizing Co-op), and was held at the Marathon County Public Library..

Sarah presented on the role of the State Treasurer, and what she hopes to work on while serving the great State of WI. Attendees also had ample time to ask questions of our State Treasurer. Topics discussed included the fund that the Office of the State Treasurer oversees, what can be done to help public schools, the possibility of a statewide retirement system that all of us could buy into, student loan debt and more.

We are also excited to tell you that Sarah is willing to bring the presentation to your City! If you live in Wisconsin and are interested in having a meeting like this, please contact NC Organizer Joel Lewis at 715-551-2525 or email him at joel.lewis@citizenactionwi.org

Attend BobFest 2019 in Stevens Point

We are excited to say that Fighting Bobfest is happening in Stevens Point this Saturday, Sept. 14th at the Pfiffner Park Pioneer Building in Downtown. The NC Organizing Co-op will be tabling at the event, and we are proud to announce that several of our Co-op members will be speaking at the event. Co-op members who will be speaking include Hans Breitenmoser, who has been a leader in the fight for Fair Maps; Katie Rosenberg, who has fought tirelessly for Marathon County on a variety of issues, and who is now running for Mayor of Wausau; and David Barnhill, who will be presenting on the Green New Deal. It will be exciting to see State Senator Jeff Smith (who is a member of the Western WI Organizing Co-op) speaking as well. Come join us!

Driftless Co-op Organizing Update

The Driftless Region co-op set up a table at the 7 Rivers Area Pride Event this past week. We were able to network with festival goers and area progressive groups. 28 festival goers signed up to learn more about how they can be a part of building a Green New Deal here in the Driftless Region!

If you have friends or family in the Driftless Region that want to help save our environment and build a local economy that works for everyone have them reach out to our Driftless Organizer Ben Wilson! ben.wilson@citizenaction.org

Attend a Fair Maps Town Hall in Platteville,
Wednesday, September 18th, 6pm – 8pm

Platteville Public Library
225 West Main Street,
Platteville, Wisconsin

The Iowa People’s Presidential Forum, Saturday, September 21st

The 2020 elections must respond to the needs of people, not big money and wealthy corporations – this election is happening from the grassroots up. It all starts with presidential candidate forums held by People’s Action in four states and anchored in Iowa by Iowa CCI Action Fund.

No Bland Stump Speeches Allowed.

Candidates will be invited onstage for real conversations with everyday people about big solutions to the struggles facing the multiracial working class.

What Are We Talking About?
-Improved Medicare for All
-A Factory Farm Moratorium
-A 100% Just Green New Deal
-Homes Guarantee
-Free College for All

Saturday, September 21st
Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center

833 5th Ave, Des Moines, IA

Find out more and how you can attend.

Attend Climate Strikes!

This September 20th, millions of us will walk out of our workplaces, schools, and homes to join youth climate strikers on the streets and demand an end to the age of fossil fuels.

Strikers are demanding that Governor Evers, our county, and our city government declare a climate emergency.

Green Bay Climate Strike
Friday, September 20, 2019, 3 PM – 6 PM

301 N Washington St, Green Bay.

Appleton Climate Strike
Friday, September 20, 2019, 11 AM – 8 PM
Houdini Plaza
111 W College Ave, Appleton

“Opioid dealer settlement” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We talk about the  lame duck session fallout, including Wisconsin not being among the two dozen states reaching a tentative settlement agreement against opioid seller Purdue Pharma. We also discuss the party of Trump’s alignment behind Tom Tiffany in the CD 7 special election, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel slamming Speaker Vos and Rep. Nygren for charging exorbitant fees for open records, and the Foxconing of UW-Madison. We review new NPR/Marist presidential primary poll and welcome Citizen Action co-op member State Representative Jodi Emerson to discuss her first year as a state legislator.

Listen Now – Episode #408
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“Opioid dealer settlement” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“Opioid dealer settlement” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We talk about the continued lame duck session fallout, including Wisconsin not being among the two dozen states reaching a tentative settlement agreement against opioid seller Purdue Pharma. We also discuss the party of Trump’s alignment behind right-winger Tom Tiffany in the CD 7 special election, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel slamming Speaker Vos and Rep. Nygren for charging open records requesters exorbitant fees, and the Foxconing of UW-Madison. We review new NPR/Marist presidential primary polling and preview Thursday’s debate. We welcome Citizen Action co-op member State Representative Jodi Emerson to discuss her first year as a state legislator.
Listen Now – Episode #408
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Attend Citizen Action Brew Fest Fundraiser, Thursday, September 19th

Links:
Wisconsin rejects Purdue Pharma settlement as fight over lame-duck laws continues. Wisconsin not part of tentative Purdue Pharma opioid deal; attorney general pledges to pursue case.
Candidate Emerges to Succeed Duffy in Congress.
Knives come out as Tom Tiffany announces for Congress: Democrats jump on ‘Toxic Tom’.
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Opinion: Wisconsin’s top lawmakers are jacking up costs to rebuff requests for public records.
Foxconn pledged $100 million to UW-Madison. The school has so far received $700,000.
Poll: Democrats Most Like Warren, But Voters Overall Are Lukewarm On Democrats, Trump.

Bill Kaplan: Can a Democrat succeed Duffy?

Bill Kaplan: Can a Democrat succeed Duffy?

Wisconsin GOP Representative Jim Sensenbrenner has joined “more than a dozen House Republicans who have already announced their retirements. … it’s yet another sign that Republicans are pessimistic about their chances to win back the House majority …” (Politico). Earlier, Wisconsin GOP Representative Sean Duffy said he was resigning in September because his expected ninth child has a heart problem. Hopefully, medical intervention will remedy this difficult situation.

“The race to fill (Duffy’s) vacated 7th Congressional District (CD) seat, both in the special election (April?) and in November 2020, is sure to be nationally watched, given the rural Wisconsin district’s importance to … Trump’s reelection hopes” (Wisconsin Public Radio). Duffy’s predecessor, Wisconsin Democratic Representative Dave Obey, won the seat in an April 1969 special election (GOP Representative Melvin Laird had resigned to become Nixon’s Secretary of Defense). Obey held the seat until he decided not to run for reelection in 2010.

Can a Democrat succeed Duffy? Yes, if the Democratic campaign is run on bread-and-butter issues. That means listening and talking with farmers, middle and working-class folks about the catastrophic impact of Trump’s trade wars, health care and retirement security. Avoid identity group politics, we are all Wisconsinites. And, embrace a big-tent Democratic Party vision that speaks to rural Wisconsin.

Trump has again escalated his trade war with China. The Chinese retaliated with more tariffs on U.S. goods and will continue not buying U.S. (Wisconsin) farm products. 7th CD cranberry, dairy and ginseng farmers are struggling. Wisconsin Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin said: “Wisconsin has been hit particularly hard by the trade wars. Our state has lost over 1,600 dairy farms since (Trump) took office. The idea that other countries have identified products like cheese or cranberries or ginseng … for retaliatory tariffs has hit us hard. … But we also have … oversupply issues; we have had horrible experiences with the weather recently; and the price of milk has been low … .” A heartfelt political roadmap for the 7th CD.

Regular folks in Duffy’s district are also concerned about health care. Three of the Wisconsin counties “in the poorest health” – Forest County, Sawyer County and Vilas County – are in the 7th CD (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and UW-Madison Population Health Institute). And, the 7th CD has the highest number of Affordable Care Act (ACA) private insurance enrollees in Wisconsin (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel). Moreover, ACA Medicaid expansion would help the 7th CD: reducing the uninsured rate and uncompensated care, preserving rural hospitals; increasing access to treat opioid misuse and substituting federal for state expenditures, producing savings for roads, transit and schools.

Finally, I would strongly urge any Democrat running in the 7th CD to embrace Duffy’s vote for the Butch Lewis Act: “The measure would help pension plans (covering over a million, including 25,000 Wisconsinites) sponsored by several employers and managed by a collective bargaining agreement by giving (low-cost loans) to insolvent plans so they can continue to distribute the promised retirement benefits” (Washington Post).

Yes, a Democrat can succeed Duffy.

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

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, September 6th

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, September 6th

Friday, September 6th

Join members and allies in Wausau to learn about the role of the State Treasurer

Citizen Action co-op member Sarah Godlewski fought hard to save the Office of the State Treasurer by leading a campaign to defeat a 2018 referendum to destroy the office. Following the referendum, Sarah ran for state treasurer and won last November 2018!

Sarah has many goals for the office and cares deeply for all of the citizens in WI.

Come join the Citizen Action of WI North Central Organizing Co-op, the Wausau chapter of Women for Women and County Board Supervisor (and Co-op member) Katie Rosenberg, as we introduce Sarah Godlewski. Treasurer Godlewski will educate us on the role of the state treasurer and answer audience questions.

The event is next Wednesday, September 11th, at 6:00 pm.
Marathon County Public Library
300 N. 1st Street, Wausau, WI 54403.

This event is NOT sponsored by the Marathon County Public Library

The event is open to the public. There is limited seating, so be sure to RSVP to joel.lewis@citizenactionwi.org or call 715-551-2525.

You can also RSVP on Facebook here. Hope to see you there!

Road Trip with Citizen Action

If you are a member of Citizen Action, we are excited to announce that we are offering 2 opportunities to join us on some issue and political adventures. If you aren’t a member or need to renew, you can still take advantage of the offer if you sign up for a monthly membership.  You can do so here!

  1. Join us in Iowa as our national affiliate, People’s Action, is putting together a Presidential Forum in Des Moines Iowa, September 21.

Can’t wait until April to see the candidates in person? Transportation and hotel will be provided to Des Moines. Here is more information

We only have a few spots left so RSVP soon!

  1. Caregiving Conference in Detroit! November 6-8th.

Learn and strategize with others interested the caregiving issue (long term care and child care). It’s a chance to develop a deep connection and understanding of care with like minded individuals. Again, transportation and hotel will be provided.

For more information email Karen.kirsch@citizenactionwi.org

Driftless Co-op Update:

The Driftless region Co-op will have a table set up at “Pride in the Park” on Saturday September 7th at Riverside Park in La Crosse Wisconsin.  We will be talking to festival attendees about the co op and how they can get involved in the fight for a Green New Deal right here in Wisconsin.

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For more information or to join the new Citizen Action Driftless Organizing Co-op contact Ben.Wilson@citizenactionwi.org

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North Central Organizing Co-op Update

Members of the North Central Organizing Co-op marched in the Wausau Labor Day Parade. Wausau School Board President and Co-op member, Tricia Zunker, received the honor of being the Grand Marshall for the event, from the Marathon County Central Labor Council AFL-CIO. Here she is photographed with some of the kiddos that helped pass out candy during the parade.

Tricia is also a member of the Central Wisconsin Indigenous Peoples’ Day Committee, and they have been working to pass resolutions all across the State, stating that the school districts do not support using mascots that mock or offend Native American cultures or traditions. Most recently, the Black River Falls School Board passed this resolution. This all started in Wausau!

This past Thursday, September 5th, the Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) educated the Environmental Resources Committee of the Marathon County Board on the Carbon Fee and Dividend legislation before Congress. They hope that Marathon County will take up a resolution in the near future, stating that they support this. Several Co-op members turned out in support, and some are also members of CCL.

On Thursday, August 29th, the Wausau Chapter of OWR held an educational meeting about Fair Maps. They requested that NC Organizer Joel Lewis and Co-op member (and all around leader) Hans Breitenmoser speak to their group. You can see coverage of this meeting here.

Upcoming Events in North Central

September 14th
The North Central Organizing Co-op will be tabling at Fighting Bobfest in Stevens Point.

It starts at 9:30 am on Saturday, September 14th and is located at the Pfiffner Building at Pfiffner Pioneer Park, 1100 Crosby Avenue, Downtown Stevens Point, WI. The event will include many great speakers including three of our Co-op members! Hope to see you there.

September 20th
The Northwoods Climate Action Network, Our Wisconsin – Northwoods and the North Central Organizing Co-op are sponsoring a Global Climate Rally, in solidarity with others all across the World. The event will be located at Torpy Park, 806 US Hwy 51, Minocqua, WI 54548 and it goes from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.

MKE Laborfest

Watch video of Laborfest highlights from Sue Ruggles

LaborFest 2019 in Eau Claire

All we can say is, “wow!” From the solidarity march through downtown Eau Claire to our powerful speakers and everything in between, an enormous thank you to all of our members who showed up to take action. There is so much energy in the air and people know that the next year is going to be a big one in our part of the state.

(From left to right: *Phil Swanhorst, *Sen. Jeff Smith, *Rep. Jodi Emerson, *Treasurer Sarah Godlewski, and Sen. Patty Schachtner

*denotes Citizen Action Northwestern Organizing Co-op Member

Take Action with Citizen Action in Northwest Wisconsin!

There will be plenty of opportunities to join our co-op and allies over the next two months. If you know of an event you would like to see our Co-op have a presence at, please reach out to our organizer at noah.reif@citizenactionwi.org. Check back next week for more updates on our progress during our membership recruitment drive.

“Sensenbrenner to retire” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss the surprise announcement that Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner is retiring after 40 years in Congress, setting off CD 5 candidate speculation. We take stock of his fractious legacy. The panel reviews the new MU Law Poll which continues to reveal a vulnerable President Trump and plenty of opportunity for Democratic presidential candidates in 2020. We talk about a new The Hill article which includes Sauk County on a list of the 10 bellwether counties that will determine the 2020 election. Citizen Action is building a new organizing co-op this fall and winter in the region. We discuss an open records request by citizen-activist Sheila Plotkin revealing overwhelming public opposition to the GOP’s lame duck session last year, which was entirely ignored by the gerrymandered GOP majority.

Listen Now – Episode #407
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