Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, January 10th

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, January 10th

Friday, January 10th

Supreme Court Candidates Interview with Citizen Action members and Board leader across the state this week.

This Thursday, Citizen Action members and leaders gathered in Milwaukee to interview the two challengers for state supreme court, the state’s high court. The event was also LIVE streamed via Zoom video web conference to nearly 20 separate house parties and individuals across the state, including Viroqua, Eau Claire, Wausau, and Green Bay.

Jill Karofsky and Ed Fallone both spoke and answered questions from the audience for 50 minutes. The candidate interviews and opinions of co-op members will be considered by Citizen Action’s Board to decide if the organization should endorse a candidate.

Please complete a member survey on which Supreme Court candidate you prefer and if Citizen Action should endorse. Please complete survey by Friday, January 18th.  Member survey results will be reviewed by the Board before any endorsement is made.

The primary election will be Tuesday, February 18th, 2020. The General Election will be Tuesday, April 7th, 2020.

 

City of Milwaukee Mayor and Milwaukee County Executive Interviews, Saturday, January 11th, 8:45 – 1pm

All Citizen Action co-op members are welcome to attend our candidate interview at Citizen Action’s Office, 221 S. 2nd St. #300, Milwaukee. Interviews will start promptly at 9am. Each interview will be about 25 minutes. Candidates include: Tom Barett, Lena Taylor, Tony Zeilinski, David Crowley, Bryan Kennedy, Chris Larson, Theo Lipscomb, and Jim Sullivan.

RSVP and more information

Rice Lake Coffee With Your Co-Op, January 15th, 10am 

Coffee and Conversation with Breana Stanley, the Northwestern WI Co-op Organizer for Citizen Action WI. Come talk about what’s concerning you in our region, statewide, and nationally. What you want to work on, and anything else that you believe if necessary for Breana to know!

Wednesday, January 15th, 10am
Badger Brew Coffee Loft
3 W Eau Claire St, Rice Lake

RSVP via facebook

Coffee with your co-op meetings in the Driftless region, Saturday January 18th, Noon in Viroqua 

Citizen Action of Wisconsin will be hosting monthly, informal coffee get-togethers throughout the year. These “Coffee with your Co-op” events will be a great chance to get to know fellow activists, talk about issues that matter, talk strategy for the year and grab coffee with amazing, passionate activists!

We will be hosting events in both La Crosse and Viroqua.  Members are invited to both meetings. Please feel free to invite any family or friends that are interested in creating a better Wisconsin!

RSVP and join us next Saturday January 18th 12:00 PM, Viroqua Food Co-op 609 N Main St., Viroqua

“Dark Money” movie showing and discussion in Viroqua

Citizen Action of Wisconsin will be sponsoring a viewing and group discussion about the movie “Dark Money” at the Commons (401 E Jefferson st) in Viroqua on January 15th at 6:30 PM.  Dark Money is a political thriller that examines the greatest threat to American democracy; the influence of untraceable corporate money on our elections. “Dark Money” uncovers the shocking truth of how American elections are bought and sold.  This Sundance award-winning documentary is directed and produced by Kimerly Redd.  

Please click here to RSVP.

Citizen Action Presents: A forum on Milwaukee’s Green New Deal

Climate is not just “another” issue. It’s life or death for our children and grandchildren. Milwaukee City and County are getting serious about reducing our emissions. Join us on January 16 for the next forum in Citizen Action’s Green New Deal series.

Thursday, 1/16/20, 6-8 pm
Wauwatosa Public Library
7635 W North Ave, Firefly Room

Bus Routes: 21 67 76

Panelists: Erick Shambarger, Environmental Sustainability Director, Environmental Collaboration Office (ECO) City of Milwaukee & Kathleen Ellis, Energy Manager, Milwaukee Area Technical College.

Canvass for Milwaukee Public Schools Referendum, Saturday, January 11th

Vote Yes for MPS coalition, which includes Citizen Action of Wisconsin, is kicking off our canvassing in support of the April referendum this Saturday, Jan 11th, 10am – 1pm & Noon – 3pm from the MTEA office, 5130 W. Vliet. Please join educators, students, parents, and community supporters as we talk to Milwaukee voters about Voting Yes for MPS on April 7th.

Vote Yes for MPS will continue to canvass from the MTEA office every Saturday until we win on April 7th!. The Vote Yes for MPS coalition will add additional locations in the coming weeks and we will notify you in future Citizen Action Weeklys of volunteer opportunities with our coalition partners in the future.

Save the Dates in North Central Organizing Co-op

January 11th: A 7th CD Fair Maps planning meeting is scheduled for 11:00 am on Saturday, January 11 at the Rusk County Community Library (418 Corbett Ave W, Ladysmith, WI  54848). Lunch will be provided. RSVP to Carlene Bechen, she.her.hers, Fair Maps Organizer, Cell: 608-513-7655, carlene@wisconsinvoices.org

If you’re from the Wausau or Merrill area and would like to carpool, call Co-op Organizer Joel Lewis at 715-551-2525

January 18th: What are progressive and environmental groups in the Northwoods planning on doing in 2020? What possibilities are there? How can they support each other?

We invite you and the members of your group to pursue these questions at the “Northwoods Alliance Summit: Working Together in 2020.” The summit will take place on Saturday, Jan 18, 11:00-12:30 at the Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (nuuf.com/directions) and will include a potluck lunch. Here is the  Facebook event page.

All members of progressive and environmental groups in Oneida, Vilas, and surrounding counties are invited. We will discuss any plans groups have for this critical year for activism, consider other possibilities, and how we can collaborate with each other in this critical year. We also will propose a few specific actions that groups may want to participate in.

Following the summit is the Women’s March in Minocqua (1:00, Veterans Park) and a round table discussion “How to Fix Our Broken Healthcare Payment System (2:00, 714 Elm St, Hwy 51, Woodruff).

Please RSVP to david.barnhill.925@gmail.com or on the Facebook event page.

January 18th – 20th: People For the Power of Love is inviting members of the community to join them for a celebration inspired by the work of Martin Luther King Jr.

This annual celebration symbolizes the principles of-freedom and unity celebrating the diversity that highlights the life of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Linking many cultures together for one dream beyond the words: A call to action

Saturday– A symposium dedicated to acknowledging and addressing segregation and inequality. Challenge yourself to learn and grow with your community and find out how you can be part of the solution.

Sunday– We are inviting the community to interact with people of faith on Sunday afternoon to reflect on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy and will discern possible courses of action in response to racial injustice and inequity prevalent in society today.  Rev. Joe Ellwanger will speak on the topic “Call to Action: Lessons from Birmingham.”

Monday-After a weekend of learning and growing together with the Into The Deep symposium and Sunday’s Clergy meeting you are invited to join us for  a relaxing but also invigorating social happy hour, free of charge to those who received a button at either Saturday or Sunday’s event. Serving complimentary Jamaican themed hors d‘oeuvres a cash bar as well as coffee bar is available. Musical performances by David Deon and The Soul Inspirations, an award ceremony  as well as keynote speaker Brandi Grayson founder and CEO of Madison WI.’s Urban Triage INC

Any questions please feel free to email kayleymccolley3500@gmail.com

January 29th: Join members of the NC Organizing Co-op, partner organizations, allies and the general public for a People’s Forum. Members representing various groups will be asking questions based on the Citizen Action of WI Progressive Platform. There will also be an opportunity for other attendees to ask questions. Tricia Zunker will have from 6 to 7 pm, then she will leave, and Lawrence Dale will have from 7 to 8.

February 5th: The AAUW (American Association of University Women) and the Citizen Action of Wisconsin Education Fund are co-hosting a Mayoral Forum with Katie Rosenberg and incumbent Robert Mielke, at the UWSP Extension in Wausau. Stay tuned for more details

Upcoming Citizen Action Northwestern Wisconsin Co-op Meetings

January 13th at 4:00pm, Education Issue Team Meeting
January 15th at 10:00am, Healthcare Issue Team Meeting

“Trump’s Imperial America” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We welcome back panelist Rebecca Lynch to the show and dive into a discussion of Trump’s assassination of a top Iranian general and his failure to establish any imminent threat. We review a new Kaiser Family Foundation report that finds the Affordable Care Act is remaining stable despite Trump’s many efforts to sabotage it. The panel talks about new developments in the Republican voter purge effort and reviews the latest Democratic presidential primary news. We welcome new Citizen Action Movement Politics Director, JoAnna Bauch, to discuss her exciting new plan to recruit, develop, and elect a new generation of leaders throughout Wisconsin who will champion progressive reform.

Listen Now – Episode #424
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“Trump’s Imperial America” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“Trump’s Imperial America” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast


We welcome back panelist Rebecca Lynch to the show and dive into a discussion of Trump’s assassination of a top Iranian general and his failure to establish any imminent threat. We review a new Kaiser Family Foundation report that finds the Affordable Care Act is remaining stable despite Trump’s many efforts to sabotage it. The panel talks about new developments in the Republican voter purge effort and reviews the latest Democratic presidential primary news. We welcome new Citizen Action Movement Politics Director, JoAnna Bauch, to discuss her exciting new plan to recruit, develop, and elect a new generation of leaders throughout Wisconsin who will champion progressive reform.
Listen Now – Episode #424
Download MP3
Press Clips

Links:

Wisconsin Republicans, Democrats remain at odds after military briefing on Iran.
Editorial: Make no apologies for opposing war with Iran.
Sen. Mike Lee lambasts briefing on Soleimani strike as “worst” he’s received on military issue.
“Probably the worst briefing I’ve seen”: Inside the disastrous congressional Iran meeting.
Analysis: ObamaCare market stable and profitable despite loss of individual mandate.
Obamacare looks surprisingly sturdy after the individual mandate’s repeal.
Appeals court stays out of Wisconsin’s voter rolls lawsuit, at least for the time being.

Bill Kaplan: Health-care coverage and protections endangered

Bill Kaplan: Health-care coverage and protections endangered

Almost simultaneously the House impeached Trump, while a federal appeals court struck down the Affordable Care Act (ACA) individual mandate that people have health insurance.  The Senate will not remove Trump, but there is uncertainty as to how impeachment will impact the 2020 elections.  Voters will make the final judgment on Trump.  And, there are other important issues, including the future of health-care coverage and protections guaranteed by the ACA.

A lawsuit orchestrated in 2018 by then Wisconsin GOP Governor Scott Walker and other Republican governors had sought to have the entire ACA declared unconstitutional.  Trump joined their effort to nullify the ACA.  A Texas district federal judge, to the dismay of many legal experts, concurred.  The decision was appealed by ACA supporters. The federal appeals court only struck down the aforementioned individual mandate.  The appeals court then asked the district court to reconsider if other sections of the ACA or the entire law should be declared unconstitutional (earlier, Wisconsin Democratic Governor Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul had withdrawn Wisconsin from the lawsuit).

Trump described the court ruling as “a big win for all Americans”.  But Tennessee GOP Senator Lamar Alexander said: “I am not aware of a single senator who said they were voting to repeal Obamacare (ACA) when they voted to eliminate the individual mandate (tax) penalty” in the 2017 tax cuts.  However, the appeals court decision casts a pall over the ACA.  Health-care coverage and protections under the ACA are endangered and left uncertain.

I asked Doctor Susan Turney, CEO, Marshfield Clinic Health System, to respond to the appeals court ruling. Turney said: “The elimination of the individual mandate, the (Trump) slashing of education and outreach efforts for open enrollment periods, as well as allowing short-term and high-deductible plans to proliferate, weaken the law (ACA) in the eyes of consumers and insurance companies. … As important as (the appeals court ruling) is it would be impractical to ignore the near term impacts of the policies in place right now that are harming the ability of people … from accessing affordable care.  That is especially the case in rural areas, where our populations are more likely to rely on ACA marketplace subsidies to gain coverage that otherwise would be out of reach for them and their families.”

The American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Hospital Association (AHA) agree.  The AMA said: The appeals court “decision leaves important health insurance protections shrouded in uncertainty despite overwhelming public support for these policies.”  And, the AHA said: “Sending the decision back to the federal district court that invalidated the entire law puts health coverage – and peace of mind – for millions of Americans at risk” (about 200,000 Wisconsinites are covered by ACA private health insurance and 883,000 Wisconsinites with preexisting conditions are protected under the ACA).

Doctor Turney amplified: “Rural America is struggling. … (We) need to create a situation where we can promote health and well-being as part of a broader economic recovery for smaller and rural communities.” Amen!

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

Citizen Action Weekly: January 3rd, 2020

Citizen Action Weekly: January 3rd, 2020

Friday, January 3rd

Wisconsin Supreme Court Candidate Interviews with Jill Karofsky and Ed Fallone. 

Thursday, January 9th 5:45pm – 8pm
Citizen Action Office, 221 S. 2nd St. #300, Milwaukee

6pm: Jill Karofsky
7pm: Ed Fallone

Come meet the candidates for the state’s high court. The primary election will be Tuesday, February 18th, 2020. The General Election will be Tuesday, April 7th, 2020.

You can watch via Zoom web conference.

Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate interviews watch party in Viroqua.

Citizen Action of Wisconsin with help locally from our friends at the Vernon County Democrats will be sponsoring a statewide interview with progressive Supreme Court candidates Ed Fallon and Jill Karofsky on Thursday January 9th from 6:00 to 8:00. Interviews will happen in Milwaukee and be remotely shared across the state.

Join us at the Vernon County Democrats office in the lower level 504  East Decker St in Viroqua, 6pm – 8pm. The entrance to the office is on the same side of the building as the parking lot. Please RSVP for this event here.

Supreme Court candidate interview watch party in Eau Claire

Join Citizen Action NWWI Co-op’s Watch Party as we interview Supreme Court candidates Jill Karofsky and Ed Fallone. January 9, 2020 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the Eau Claire Democratic Resource Center – 440 Broadway St., Eau Claire. This will be a great chance to hear from these nominees and ask questions before the Spring election.

Supreme Court candidate interview watch party in Appleton

Democratic Party of Outagamie County
2701 N Oneida St suite C-1, Appleton
Thursday, January 9th, 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Citizen Action’s Movement Politics Director, JoAnna Bautch, featured in Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel story on what should happen in Wisconsin in the next decade.

“I hope Milwaukee learns to embrace its diverse population. The entire U.S. is a melting pot of cultures, and we are no different in Milwaukee.

According to the U.S. Census, less than 45% of the population identifies as white only. In Milwaukee, the Latinx population is the fastest-growing constituency, we are home to a large African American community, and we have a rising Asian and Hmong-American community.

Yet we are known as “America’s most segregated city,” and Milwaukeeans of color continually face interpersonal and systemic racism. Embracing diversity means people of color feel safe to live their lives in the place they call home.

A position in an elected office can be lonely for women. In our city, more than 50% of the population is women. However, only 36 of the 132 lawmakers in Wisconsin are women, and in Milwaukee, only three of the 15-member Common Council are women. So, although Wisconsin was the first state to ratify the 19th Amendment, women have a long way to go when it comes to representation in politics. Embracing diversity means investing in women’s leadership.”

Read more of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel story!

Coffee with your co-op meetings in the Driftless region

Citizen Action of Wisconsin will be hosting monthly, informal coffee get-togethers throughout the year.  These “Coffee with your Co-op” events will be a great chance to get to know fellow activists, talk about issues that matter, talk strategy for the year and grab coffee with amazing, passionate activists!  We will be hosting events in both La Crosse and Viroqua. Members are invited to both meetings. Please feel free to invite any family or friends that are interested in creating a better Wisconsin!

Saturday January 4th 12:00 PM
JavaVino 2311 State Road La Crosse Wisconsin
RSVP

Saturday January 18th 12:00 PM
Viroqua Food Co-op 609 N Main st Viroqua Wisconsin
RSVP

“Dark Money” movie showing and discussion in Viroqua

Citizen Action of Wisconsin will be sponsoring a viewing and group discussion about the movie “Dark Money” at the Commons, 401 E Jefferson St., in Viroqua on January 15th at 6:00 PM.  Dark Money is a political thriller that examines the greatest threat to American democracy; the influence of untraceable corporate money on our elections. “Dark Money” uncovers the shocking truth of how American elections are bought and sold.  This Sundance award-winning documentary is directed and produced by Kimerly Redd.  Please click here to RSVP.

City of Milwaukee Mayor and Milwaukee County Executive Interviews, Saturday, January 11th, 8:45 – 1pm

All Citizen Action co-op members are welcome to attend our candidate interviews at Citizen Action’s Office, 221 S. 2nd St. #300, Milwaukee.

RSVP and more information.

Clean Energy and Efficiency for Milwaukee’s Buildings and Houses

Come and join on Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 6 PM – 8 PM as we have a lively and serious discussion about clean energy and energy efficiency and what it means for the future of Milwaukee’s buildings and homes. To RSVP for the event, follow the link https://www.facebook.com/events/1518060475023020/

“Legalize marijuana, criminalize voter suppression” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss the latest news surrounding the organized conservative effort to hold state election commission officials in contempt for keeping voters on the rolls following the Election Commission’s deadlocking on whether to purge people from the voter registration roles. Illinois’ legalization of marijuana started on January 1st and saw huge lines across the state, particularly at locations near the state boarder. We talk about the Democratic presidential primary race, including the of Secretary Julian Castro. We close by reviewing Governor Evers’ first year in office and look towards 2020.

LISTEN NOW – EPISODE #423
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“Legalize marijuana, criminalize voter suppression” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“Legalize marijuana, criminalize voter suppression” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss the latest news surrounding the organized conservative effort to hold state election commission officials in contempt for keeping voters on the rolls following the Election Commission’s deadlocking on whether to purge people from the voter registration roles. Illinois’ legalization of marijuana started on January 1st and saw huge lines across the state, particularly at locations near the state boarder. We talk about the Democratic presidential primary race, including the of Secretary Julian Castro. We close by reviewing Governor Evers’ first year in office and look towards 2020.
LISTEN NOW – EPISODE #423
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Press Clips

Links:
Conservatives ask judge to hold election officials in contempt for keeping voters on the rolls.
Conservative legal group alleges Elections Commission in contempt of court.
A voter roll purge on hold and a gridlocked Elections Commission.
Elections commission deadlocks on voter purge issue for second time this month.
Julián Castro Ends Presidential Campaign.
Democrat Julián Castro drops out of 2020 presidential race.
Gov. Tony Evers on the legislature, the lame duck and ‘what I was elected to do’.

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, December 20th

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, December 20th

Friday, December 20th
Happy Holidays

Federal Court Decision Threatens Health Coverage in Wisconsin

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

This Wednesday, the unending drive by conservative politicians to rip health coverage away from millions Americans, and re-legalize insurance discrimination, came a step closer to tearing apart the health care system. A Republican dominated Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals panel ruled in favor of the Trump administration in Texas vs. United States, striking down the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate. President Donald Trump and U.S. Attorney General William Bar are using the case as a vehicle for invalidating the entire ACA, including the popular protections against pre-existing condition discrimination. The judges, both Republican appointees, remanded the decision on the other elements of the ACA to the same right-wing lower court judge who already struck it down last year.

Thursday, Citizen Action of Wisconsin teamed up with Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul and Protect Our Care to hold a media briefing on the implications of this development for Wisconsin. You can listen to the entire media call here. Speakers made the case that judicial action invalidating the ACA is a clear and present danger.

In addition, 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.

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.

Milwaukee resident Megan McGee, who lives with pre-existing conditions, described her reaction to the ruling and the threat to the ACA: “I’ve had back problems and birth complications. I’m told there are no long-term effects of either. But will insurers care? Without the ACA, could I get kicked off my insurance plan? When I think about the possibility of the ACA being overturned, I don’t worry about one thing. I worry about many things: what will happen to me, my 2 year old, a family member who is mentally ill, and my 2 employees.”

“The federal court nullification of the ACA 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.”

People’s Action endorses Bernie Sanders for President.

This Thursday, Citizen Action’s national network, People’s Action, announced it’s endorsement of Bernie Sanders for president in 2020. The People’s Action Board of Directors approved members recommendation that People’s Action endorse Senator Bernie Sanders for President following an extensive process that started two years ago and included; candidate forums, questionnaires, member surveys, interviews, and multiple People’s Action delegate meetings. The delegate vote was 76.3% for a Bernie endorsement.

Watch People’s Action video announcing the endorsement.
Watch Bernie Sanders’ thank you video message on Twitter.
Read media of endorsement Politico, The Hill, The Washington Post

Citizen Action Northwestern WI Co-Op Holds Press Conference with Sen. Jeff Smith to Demand Lower Drug Costs

The Citizen Action Northwestern WI Co-op, along with State Senator Jeff Smith, held a press conference this week to demand that the US Senate and President Donald Trump support the H.R. 3 “Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act” bill that passed through the US House of Representatives last week.

While at the podium Sen. Smith said, “We have a president who refuses to lift a finger on this issue and he has sat idly by as prescription drugs continue to rise.” Retired Dr. Rita Simon, co-op steering committee chairperson, and organizer Breana Stanley also spoke about the effects of high drug costs on Wisconsinites. Contact Sen. Ron Johnson and urge him to support the Senate Rx bill (202) 224-5323.

Checkout the media from the event WQOW, WEAU, Eau Calire Leader Telegram

North Central Organizing Co-op 2019 Recap

The North Central Organizing Co-op was actively involved in the efforts to accept the federal funds to expand Badgercare. Efforts included:

  • Press events calling on the State to expand BC
  • 3 members attended and spoke at JFC Hearings in River Falls; 14 in GB
  • Text messaging and phone banking campaigns aimed at getting voters to contact their legislators

Nine members of the NC Organizing Co-op traveled to Iowa to attend the People’s Action Presidential Forum.

Citizen Action, Women for Women Wausau Chapter, and County Board Supervisor Katie Rosenberg organized an event with Sarah Godlewski on the role of the State Treasurer

NC members are active in many of the groups throughout the region and this has made for a collaborative effort among groups to seek and support candidates. Several Co-op members have already come forward as candidates for the:

  •  7th CD special election
  • Wausau Mayoral race,
  • Wausau City Council
  • Marathon County Board and
  • Tomahawk School Boards
  • There are several races with candidates running who are not Co-op members, but are allied with our platform.

The NC Organizing Co-op supports efforts surrounding Fair Maps in:

  • Oneida County
  • Marathon County
  • Portage County

The NC Organizing Co-op has supported Citizens for a Clean Wausau and the Thomas Street Fight

  • Recent victory in that the group was granted permission by the City to test Riverside Park for dioxin contamination (after an 18 month fight for permission)

In 2020, not only will we be running an aggressive ground game electorally, but we will be organizing around Healthcare, Movement Politics (Fair Maps, Voter Registration, Census Work, etc.) and the Green New Deal (Green Homes, Good Jobs; Supporting existing Climate Work and Groups; pushing local initiatives to commit to carbon reduction and the use of more renewable energies). We will be much more successful if we all work together on these goals. Please contact NC Organizer Joel Lewis at 715-551-2525 or email him at joel.lewis@citizenactionwi.org to learn how you can get more involved or to see how you can help. Thank you to all of our members and allies for making 2019 a great year!

The Citizen Action of Wisconsin Southwest Wisconsin Co-op is fully formed!

We are thrilled to announce that we officially    have 250 activists pledged to join our co-op in Southwest Wisconsin.  We have supporters in La Crosse County, Monroe County, Vernon County, Adams County, Sauk County, Crawford county, Richland county and Dane County.  Now we can start to mobilize and organize to create real progressive change! If you have not fully joined the co-op please do so at this link.  It is vital that members fully join so that we can mobilize our power as we move into the most important election of our lifetimes!

We still want to include as many more activists as possible.  If you know anyone who might be interested in joining Citizen Action of Wisconsin please let Ben know ASAP.  He can be reached at ben.wilson@citizenactionwi.org or 608-386-2847.

Citizen Action Southeast Wisconsin Co-op Advancing Bold Climate & Racial Equity Strategy

Citizen Action played the leading role in creating a new Milwaukee City-County Task Force on Climate and Economic Equity, which will deliver preliminary recommendations to local government in early 2020. Two co-op members and one member of the Citizen Action staff (Rafael Smith) are on the task force. Above co-op and task force members Janet Meissner Pritchard and Ted Kraig (on left) participate in financing work group with City of Milwaukee Sustainability Director Erick Shambarger and Clean Wisconsin climate expert Pam Ritger. We need all the co-op members we can volunteering and working to make a Green New Deal in Milwaukee a reality!

To Get involved contact Citizen Action’s leader on the campaign, Rafael Smith rafael.smith@citizenactionwi.org

Protect Our Votes: Citizen Action joins Milwaukee residents against planned voter purge.

This week two rallies were held at Milwaukee City Hall to oppose the scheduled state voter purge of over 200,000 voters from the state rolls, with over 20% of purged voter coming from Milwaukee County. The effort is the latest conservative effort to suppress voters.

Local elected leaders, including co-op member and MKE County Supervisor, Marcelia Nicholson, promised to fight the plan, including with a local resolution to oppose the Milwaukee County election commission from participating in the purge.

Save The Date: CD 7 candidate forum, January 15th, Rice Lake and January 29th, Wausau

“Coffee with your co-op” events in Southwest Wisconsin

The Southwest co-op of Citizen Action of Wisconsin will be hosting two informal “Coffee with your co-op” events in early January.  These events will be a great chance to get to know your fellow co-op members, talk about issues that matter to you, discuss strategy for 2020, and just have a cup of coffee.  These are meant to be a fun, informal setting. Hopefully we will do these events every month. We will be hosting “Coffee with your co-op” events in both La Crosse and Viroqua.  All members are invited to both events. Members are also encouraged to invite any friends or family members who might be interested in learning about Citizen Action of Wisconsin.

Saturday January 4th 12:00 PM
JavaVino 2311 State Road La Crosse Wisconsin
RSVP

Saturday January 18th 12:00 PM
Viroqua Food Co-op 609 N Main st Viroqua Wisconsin
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“Dark Money” movie showing and discussion in Viroqua

Citizen Action of Wisconsin will be sponsoring a viewing and group discussion about the movie “Dark Money” at the Commons in Viroqua on January 15th at 6:00 PM.  Dark Money is a political thriller that examines the greatest threat to American democracy; the influence of untraceable corporate money on our elections.  “Dark Money” uncovers the shocking truth of how American elections are bought and sold. This Sundance award-winning documentary is directed and produced by Kimerly Redd.

“Historic 24 hours” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

What a 24 hours! We review the potential implications of a terrible court ruling endangering the future of the Affordable Care Act. Citizen Action’s national network, People’s Action, endorses Bernie Sanders for President. Ryan Greenwood, People’s Action’s Movement Politics Director, joins to tell us why. We discuss the third impeachment of a president in American history, and the latest GOP effort to suppress the vote in Wisconsin, the purging over 200,000 Wisconsinites from the voter rolls

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“Historic 24 hours” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“Historic 24 hours” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

What a 24 hours! We review the potential implications of a terrible court ruling endangering the future of the Affordable Care Act. Citizen Action’s national network, People’s Action, endorses Bernie Sanders for President. Ryan Greenwood, People’s Action’s Movement Politics Director, joins to tell us why. We discuss the third impeachment of a president in American history, and the latest GOP effort to suppress the vote in Wisconsin, the purging over 200,000 Wisconsinites from the voter rolls

Listen Now

Check here to confirm you are registered to vote in Wisconsin.

Links:
ObamaCare Insurance mandate is struck down by federal appeals court
Obamacare Takes Another Hit In Federal Appeals Court Ruling
Wisconsin appeals court lets purge of voter rolls stand for now.
Bernie Sanders nabs key progressive group endorsement.
President Trump Impeached By The House In Historic Rebuke.
Trump becomes 3rd president impeached by U.S. House

Bill Kaplan: New Year’s resolution, expand Medicaid

Bill Kaplan: New Year’s resolution, expand Medicaid

Politics can lead to unexpected outcomes. As the House impeachment inquiry proceeded, Democrats Andy Beshear and John Edwards won gubernatorial elections in Kentucky and Louisiana respectively, succeeding in states Trump carried in 2016. Moreover, Trump campaigned for their GOP opponents. Beshear and Edwards explained their success: “To win, we had to reach out to people across the political spectrum, including people who voted for President Trump. So we campaigned everywhere, treating every voter with respect, as winnable, because showing up still matters to the people we wanted to lead” (Washington Post).

Beshear and Edwards had a message that resonated: “Families in both Kentucky and Louisiana worried that their health care coverage and our states’ Medicaid expansions were going to be ripped away by a Republican governor” (WP). Medicaid expansion is now a mainstream issue. It has extended health coverage to well over 12 million Americans in 36 states, including 3 in progress. Polls show majority support among Democrats, Republicans and independents. Why?

“Multiple studies over the last five years find that the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion has increased health coverage, affordability and access to care while producing budget savings for states and reductions in uncompensated care costs for hospitals and clinics, according to a KFF review of more than 300 studies and policy reports” (Kaiser Family Foundation). It’s time for Wisconsin Democratic Governor Tony Evers and the state GOP-led legislature to make a joint New Year’s resolution to expand Medicaid.

The American Medical Association (AMA) and American Hospital Association (AHA) stand ready to help Wisconsin expand Medicaid. The AMA has offered to work with state doctors. It also supports Wisconsin Democratic Representative Ron Kind’s proposal to increase 90 percent federal funding for Wisconsin Medicaid expansion to 100 percent for the first three years. And, “(t)he AHA supports efforts to encourage every state to expand Medicaid coverage … .” These moderate organizations belie the allegation that Medicaid expansion is radical or welfare.

There is reason to be hopeful. Governor Evers strongly supports expanding Medicaid. And, there are GOP state legislators who privately want to accept the federal spending and savings from Medicaid expansion. Democrats and Republicans need to figure out how to cross the finish line. Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary (nominee) Andrea Palm praised the GOP-led legislature for passing a reinsurance plan (mix of federal and state funding) to lower ACA private insurance premiums. Medicaid expansion would have a similar, additive effect (Health Affairs).

Budget savings from expanding Medicaid ($325 million) could be used to help rural Wisconsin, largely represented by GOP legislators. The windfall could fund broadband infrastructure, improve roads, help struggling schools and support demonstration projects for renewable energy as well as efforts to protect the environment by small farms. The entire state would benefit. The Evers administration needs to think outside the box to get Medicaid expansion.

Consider asking former GOP state Senator Dale Schultz to be the point person with the legislature. He could help make a New Year’s resolution of expanding Medicaid a reality.

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

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, December 13th

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, December 13th

Friday, December 13th

Citizen Action hires new movement politics director, JoAnna Bautch

Citizen Action is very excited to announce the hiring of JoAnna Bautch as our movement politics director! JoAnna will be developing Citizen Action’s electoral and voter engagement programs, with a focus on helping current (and future) members run for office on our long term agenda for structural reform. JoAnna will also help recruit and develop members who want to learn how to run campaigns and support Citizen Action candidates who, if elected,h will co-govern with us.

JoAnna is passionate about the growth of her community. She is born and raised in Milwaukee, WI, and loves everything the city has to offer.

Raised by a single mother, JoAnna knows the importance of a strong work ethic, and coming from a matriarchal family, she knows the power of the Latina voice. Although JoAnna struggled through high school, she is a proud MPS graduate, and in May of 2017, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from Alverno College.

JoAnna stays active with her community as a board member of Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) Milwaukee Chapter, the Milwaukee Water Commons, and TRUE Skool. She is also a member of the 88Nine Cultural Commons/Community Stories Live Steering Committee and the Alverno College Latinas Con Fuerza Ceremony committee, a ceremony she helped found during her senior year at the college.

In her spare time, JoAnna enjoys drinking coffee at local coffee shops, taking in various cultures at different festivals and eating tacos from a food truck.

If you are interested in running for office in the future or learning the skills needed to help run campaigns contact JoAnna at joannab@citizenactionwi.org

Thanks to all who attended Citizen Action’s annual meeting at 6 locations

North Central Organizing Co-op Joins In On the Citizen Action of Wisconsin Annual Meeting

For the first time, members of Citizen Action of Wisconsin from all across the State, were able to join in on the Citizen Action of Wisconsin Annual Meeting, from their own regions! It turned out great. The North Central Organizing Co-op joined in from Wausau.

We were fortunate enough to be joined by both Democratic candidates for the 7th CD Special Election, Lawrence Dale and Tricia Zunker, as well as both Mayoral challengers for Wausau City Mayor, Katie Rosenberg and Christopher Norfleet.

Co-op members from each region were given awards for their dedication and altruism. Then, each Co-op gave a 3 minute presentation on what has been accomplished in 2019 and what we hope to accomplish in 2020. The top 3 issues that we will be focusing on, besides elections at all levels, are Healthcare, Green New Deal (big umbrella which includes fighting against environmental pollution, green jobs, etc.), and Movement Politics (big umbrella which includes fair maps, census work, electoral work, etc.). Co-op member, and member of the Citizens for a Clean Wausau, Tom Killian gave the speech on our accomplishments and priorities.

We ended the meeting by breaking out into strategy groups, to make a solid plan for moving forward. There was a lot of excitement in the room, and a willingness to work together for a better future. Great things are happening at Citizen Action.

If you would like to be a part of the movement, please contact Organizer Joel Lewis at 715-551-2525 or email him at joel.lewis@citizenactionwi.org

Healthcare Consumer Protection Team-Looking for Heroes

Healthcare Co-Op members Zena Blom and Khristine are going to be leading some initiatives around consumer protections in healthcare. They are looking for a few interested members to be on their team.

An example is how hospitals and insurance companies are denying women access to preventative care like mammograms which should be at no cost as mandated by the ACA. However, they are circumventing the spirit of the ACA by inventing a technicality to make themselves more money. In this case, women are facing yearly prohibitive costs for their mammograms. Do you know what happens when women have to pay $500, $1000, $1500 and up for extra imaging per year?  They avoid going in for their mammogram which puts us back to square one.It’s profit over lives once again.

Here is a great story detailing this issue. 

If stories like this make you mad, it’s time to get even.  The team needs you to help strategize and to take some planned group actions.

Universal Family Care and Long Term Care

It’s time to talk about care. The profession of care as a profession has long been undervalued in America. From early childhood care all the way to elder care and those that care for the disabled.  Next year, we are going to charge forward with a campaign that changes that and it’s called Universal Family Care. Members Lynn Carey and Rita Simon are helping to lead on this issue and might be calling you soon asking for help.

You can read more about here.

Let me know if this important to you.  After all, who will care for you when the time comes?

Citizen Action supports investing in Milwaukee Public School students 

Monday morning Citizen Action members stood with parents, educators, community members and leaders from community organizations who are ready to organize to win a new school referendum for more resources for our kids.

In the past 25 years, 97% of Wisconsin’s school districts have gone to and passed referenda raising funds for their students. Recently, the Milwaukee Teachers Education Association partnered with Leaders Igniting Transformation to commission a poll to gauge voter interest in a referendum to increase the revenue limit. The poll shows overwhelming support for such a referendum, with 62% of likely primary voters saying they’d be willing to pay more in property taxes to increase funding for our public schools.

The Milwaukee School Board will likely approve a referendum later this month for the April 2020 election. The referendum passed a board committee this Thursday evening.

Watch video of media event on Monday.

Northwestern WI Coffee With Your Co-Op, Saturday, December 14th, 10am – Noon

Coffee and Conversation with Breana Stanley, the Northwestern WI Co-op Organizer for Citizen Action WI. Come talk about what’s concerning you in our region, statewide, and nationally. What you wanna work on, and anything else that you believe if necessary for Breana to know!

Bridge Street Brew in Chippewa Falls
December 14, 2019 | 10:00am
RSVP and more information

“Dark Money” movie showing and discussion in Viroqua

Citizen Action of Wisconsin will be sponsoring a viewing and group discussion about the movie “Dark Money” at the Commons in Viroqua on January 15th at 6:00 PM.  Dark Money is a political thriller that examines the greatest threat to American democracy; the influence of untraceable corporate money on our elections.  “Dark Money” uncovers the shocking truth of how American elections are bought and sold. This Sundance award-winning documentary is directed and produced by Kimberly Redd.

Citizen Action of Wisconsin is committed to restoring political power to the people rather than corporations.  “Dark Money” really explores the problem and how we can fix it. After the showing there will be a discussion. We hope everyone is able to attend and learn more.  RSVP for this showing here.

Merchant Bank joins Associated Bank in offering green home loans in support of “Green Homes, Good Jobs” campaign. 

Merchant Bank in Minnesota (with a presence in places such as Onalaska) has confirmed they  will be offering and training their staff on the green mortgages we are helping members with.  These green mortgages will help homeowners outfit their homes with energy efficiency upgrades such as solar panels, new insulation, air sealing, new heating/cooling units and more.  Residential upgrades are one of the best ways to reduce our carbon footprint. Our “Green Homes, Good Jobs” campaign is designed to save homeowners money RIGHT NOW on utility bills while creating good, union jobs here in our area.

Merchant Bank responded to a member-led letter writing campaign, started by southwest Wisconsin co-op member Janette Dean, confirming their intention to help residents upgrade their homes.  In order to help as many people upgrade as possible we are asking co-op members across the state to contact area banks/credit unions and ask them to offer green mortgages.  A sample letter and instructions on how to lobby financial institutions can be found right here. Please take a moment to email banks and credit unions in your area and ask them to do their part to fight climate change!

If you are interested in upgrading your own home contact Kevin Kane at kevin.kane@citizenactionwi.org right away.

Northeast Coop organizer speaks at Wisconsin Conservation Voters Event

Noah Reif, our Northeast co-op organizer, was invited by Wisconsin Conservation Voters to speak about our Green Homes & Good Jobs campaign. Over thirty interested community members attended to discuss the opportunities, obstacles, and learn what the next steps of clean energy look like in the Fox Valley!

7th CD Candidate Forum in Rice Lake, January 15th, 6pm

“2020 prescription drug plan” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss the new House Democratic prescription drug plan that passed the House on Thursday. We review a new study that found for the first time in history, U.S. billionaires pay a lower tax rate than the working class. Also, Senator Tammy Baldwin joins only 26 other U.S. Senators telling Donald Trump to fire white nationalist advisor Stephen Miller. We close with a discussion of defrauded student loan borrowers who are being further abused by Trump’s Education Secretary, and finally some brief reflections on impeachment.

Listen Now – Episode #421
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“2020 prescription drug plan” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“2020 prescription drug plan” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss the new House Democratic prescription drug plan that passed the House on Thursday. We review a new study that found for the first time in history, U.S. billionaires pay a lower tax rate than the working class. Also, Senator Tammy Baldwin joins only 26 other U.S. Senators telling Donald Trump to fire white nationalist advisor Stephen Miller. We close with a discussion of defrauded student loan borrowers who are being further abused by Trump’s Education Secretary, and finally some brief reflections on impeachment.

Listen Now – Episode #421
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Links:
How The House Prescription Drug Plan Would Try To Lower Drug Prices.
For the first time in history, U.S. billionaires paid a lower tax rate than the working class last year.
Baldwin to Trump: Fire Stephen Miller
White nationalism should disqualify immigration advisor, Senators say.
Betsy DeVos Overruled Education Dept. Findings On Defrauded Student Borrowers.
Student Loans A Lot Like The Subprime Mortgage Debacle, Watchdog Says