Bill Kaplan: Down the rabbit hole with Johnson

Bill Kaplan: Down the rabbit hole with Johnson

Last week, the GOP-led Senate Intelligence Committee released a report that dovetails with the Mueller Report and the unanimous findings of all U.S. intelligence agencies: “The committee found that Russia’s targeting of the 2016 U.S. presidential election was part of a broader, sophisticated and ongoing information warfare campaign. … a vastly more complex and strategic assault on the United States than was initially understood … an increasingly brazen interference by the Kremlin (against) the citizens and democratic institutions of the United States.”

The Washington Post said: “The committee report recounts extensive Russian manipulation of Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, Google and other major platforms with the goal of dividing Americans, suppressing African American turnout and helping elect Trump president.” Previously, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported on Russian interference in Wisconsin during 2016, and in 2018 (opposed Wisconsin Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin’s reelection).

Despite the overwhelming evidence of Russian interference and lawbreaking, Trump and his so-called personal attorney Rudolph Giuliani want to take America down the rabbit hole with a big lie: It was Ukraine, not Russia that interfered in 2016. And, that Ukraine framed the Russians to help Democrats. The conservative Wall Street Journal reported: “No evidence has emerged to support that theory.” Moreover, Trump’s former homeland security adviser, Thomas Bossert, said the Ukraine conspiracy theory was “completely debunked … it has no validity.”

Facts didn’t stop Trump from raising it with Ukraine’s President Zelensky in his infamous phone conversation: “I (Trump) would like you (Zelensky) to do us a favor though because our country has been through a lot (Mueller’s investigation) and Ukraine knows a lot about it. I would like you to find out what happened … .” Then Trump asked Ukraine to dig up dirt on Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. All along U.S. military aid to Ukraine and a White House visit dangled. It gets worse.

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Photo by Glenn Fawcett
Photo by Glenn Fawcett

ever, Wisconsin GOP Senator Ron Johnson wants to take America down the Trump-Giuliani rabbit hole. Writing in The Hill, the publication where Giuliani’s false Ukraine conspiracy theory was planted, Johnson opined: “Far more troubling, is the mounting evidence of a possible coordinated effort to sabotage Trump’s administration. These efforts may have included the engineered appointment of a special counsel (Mueller) to investigate the false narrative of Trump campaign collusion with Russia.” Note: Mueller found that Russia interfered in 2016 to help elect Trump, and the Trump campaign “expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts … .”

Instead of going down the rabbit hole Johnson should pay attention to the ongoing bombshells about Trump, Giuliani and Ukraine.

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

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, October 11th

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, October 11th

Friday, October 11th

Northeast Wisconsin Co-op: Message from your New Organizer

My name is Noah Reif, and I am your new Citizen Action co-op organizer in Northeast Wisconsin. I am very excited to get to work on the issues that matter to our community like Healthcare for All, a Green New Deal, and fighting back against systemic oppression felt by our communities of color and the LGBTQ+ community!

In 2016, I ran for State Assembly in the 88th District in Brown County. Since then, I have worked for organizations to advance the progressive movement throughout the state of Wisconsin. The opportunity to support the great work of our co-op is a dream of mine, and I am looking forward to building on the phenomenal work you have already accomplished.

There will be more updates to come in the following weeks as we lay the groundwork for our co-op in 2020 and beyond!  If you would like to schedule a 1:1 in-person or over the phone, please contact me at noah.reif@citizenactionwi.org so we can set up a time to talk about our co-op.

Northwestern WI Co-op Hosts Fight For Affordable Housing 

The Northwestern WI Co-op hosted a “Fight For Affordable Housing” last Saturday, October 5th to discuss the housing crisis in Eau Claire County and what finding a solution entails. Over 15 members and key stakeholders were present at this roundtable discussion.

Health Care for All Co-Op members urge Rep. Sensenbrenner to support lower prescription drug prices

Citizen Action members and constituents of Representative Jim Sensenbrenner held a gathering outside his office on Thursday to support lower prescription drug prices. They want Congress to put people over pharma profits. They urged Sensenbrenner to make reform of the profit-driven pharmaceutical industry part of his legacy, starting with support of H.R. 3, a bill in Congress to force drug companies to negotiate their prices with the government. A few constituents, including Health Care for All Organizer Karen Kirsch and member Lynn Carey, also hand-delivered letters to the Congressman’s office. Lynn wore a price tag around her neck which showed that without support from Medicare, her prescription drugs would cost over $20,000/year. That is unacceptable! To learn more about our Lower Drug Prices Now campaign, check out our blog post from earlier in September.

North Central Organizing Co-op member, and community leader has helped to organize a Pow Wow

Community leader, and Co-op member Tricia Zunker, has worked tirelessly with community partners and tribal entities to organize Wausau’s first Pow Wow in the Wausau area since 2007! Prior to 2007, the Wausau area hadn’t had a Pow Wow regularly for a decade. It is very exciting to have this event back in our area.

We strongly encourage folks to attend. It is free to the public, and you can go on either Saturday or Sunday. You can see some media about the event here.

The event comes on the heels of Governor Evers and Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes signing Executive Order #50, declaring the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Wisconsin. Tricia has worked very hard to get resolutions passed all across the State making the same declaration. And these efforts started here in Wausau, where she serves as the Wausau School Board President. Hope to see you at the Pow Wow.

Driftless co-op recruitment drive update

Last week marked the official launch of the Driftless region co-op and the start of our first recruitment drive in Southwest Wisconsin.  We are happy to announce that we have built huge momentum already. 86 people have pleaded to join the organizing co-op! We have four small group recruitment events scheduled and six organization presentations on the calendar!

In order to build our power and create real change we need to activate as many progressives as possible.  If you know anyone in southwest Wisconsin please ask them to reach out to Ben Wilson at ben.wilson@citizenactionwi.org right away.  If you are in the Driftless region and you want to help host a recruitment event contact Ben right away!

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

Citizen Action Cooperative Members Set To Vote in People’s Action Presidential Primary Candidate Survey Starting Next Week.

Citizen Action of Wisconsin is member of the national organizing network, People’s Action. People’s Action is driven by local and state organizing. People’s Action was founded in 2016 to ignite a movement of millions that captures the rising demand for change in our society.

We believe elections should revolve around everyday people, not candidates. Elections also need to be centered on our issues and our long term Platform.

That’s why we decided to switch things up for 2020. We’re bringing leading Presidential contenders to early primary states for Q&A forums — and real grassroots leaders are running the show.

We already complete the first forum in Des Moines, Iowa in September. Nearly 50 Citizen Action members attended the forum and 3 member asked questions of the Presidential candidates.

We encourage our members to watch the Iowa forum!

Watch the next forum
Saturday, October 26th
Las Vegas, Nevada
1:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Sign up to watch via live stream

Citizen Action is surveying its organizing cooperative members on their attitudes in the Democratic presidential primary election. We are encouraging all members to VOTE in the survey.

The survey will be open starting next week for members to vote between Friday, October 18th – Sunday, November 3rdA link to the member survey will be in next week’s Citizen Action Weekly

For more information contact matt.brusky@citizenactiowi.org

“King Vos grabs more power & uses Rep. Jimmy Anderson as his pawn” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss the latest power grab by Speaker Vos which would allow an unlimited number of veto override votes in the Assembly. Even more shameful is Vos’ petty maneuver to pair the motion with an unrelated disability accommodation that will allow Rep. Jimmy Anderson to participate in Assembly business. In a positive development, Governor Evers signed an Executive Order this week declaring Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Wisconsin. Next, we review a very bad week for Sen. Ron Johnson who ineptly attempted to walk back his damning comments about Trump’s actions in Ukraine, making himself a national spectacle. Also, Trump’s trade war sends American manufacturing into a recession, Milwaukee residents demand answers about police cooperation with ICE, and prescription drug actions target Rep. Sensenbrenner.

LISTEN to Podcast

Watch video of ICE and the Milwaukee Police collaborating on an ICE detention of Jose (Alex) De La Cruz while he was taking his children to school.
Donate to help De La Cruz family whose father detained by ICE.

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“King Vos grabs more power & uses Rep. Jimmy Anderson as his pawn” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“King Vos grabs more power & uses Rep. Jimmy Anderson as his pawn” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss the latest power grab by Speaker Vos which would allow an unlimited number of veto override votes in the Assembly. Even more shameful is Vos’ petty maneuver to pair the motion with an unrelated disability accommodation that will allow Rep. Jimmy Anderson to participate in Assembly business. In a positive development, Governor Evers signed an Executive Order this week declaring Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Wisconsin. Next, we review a very bad week for Sen. Ron Johnson who ineptly attempted to walk back his damning comments about Trump’s actions in Ukraine, making himself a national spectacle. Also, Trump’s trade war sends American manufacturing into a recession, Milwaukee residents demand answers about police cooperation with ICE, and prescription drug actions target Rep. Sensenbrenner.
Listen Now – Episode #412
Download MP3
Press Clips

Watch video of ICE and the Milwaukee Police collaborating on an ICE detention of Jose (Alex) De La Cruz while he was taking his children to school.
Donote to help De La Cruz family whose father detained by ICE.

Links:
Assembly set to take another major Republican power grab.
State Assembly To Vote On Gubernatorial Veto Change.
State Assembly To Vote On Gubernatorial Veto Change.
Gov. Evers Signs Executive Order Declaring Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Wisconsin.
GOP Senator Ron Johnson had a ‘Fox News conspiracy’ meltdown on ‘Meet the Press’ and changed his story on Ukraine.
Ron Johnson emerges as vocal Trump defender while many GOP senators lie low.
Ron Johnson’s star turn: Wisconsin’s top GOP politician goes full Trump.
Editorial: Ron Johnson is choosing Trump over truth.
Manufacturing is now officially in recession, despite Trump’s vow to boost industry.
Congresswoman Gwen Moore Hosts Round Table with Constituents, Community Advocates, About High Prescription Drug Costs.
Grothman hears concerns about health care costs and impeachment proceedings during Waupun town hall meeting.
Assembly set to take another major Republican power grab.

Bill Kaplan: Ending Medicaid expansion gridlock

Bill Kaplan: Ending Medicaid expansion gridlock

Sixteen GOP-led states, including three in process, have Medicaid expansion. Moreover, 55 percent of Republicans, nationwide, support expanding Medicaid (Kaiser Family Foundation). And, in Wisconsin, 43 percent of Republicans and 70 percent of all Wisconsinites support Medicaid expansion (Marquette Poll). Wisconsin Democratic Governor Tony Evers tried mightily to convince the GOP-led legislature to expand Medicaid: fought for its inclusion in the state budget; withdrew Wisconsin from the Scott Walker–Trump lawsuit seeking to have the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which includes Medicaid expansion, declared unconstitutional, and allocated $500,000 for outreach workers to help enroll eligible Wisconsinites in BadgerCare (Medicaid) or to be covered by ACA private insurance.

However, the GOP-led legislature has opposed Medicaid expansion, which substitutes federal for state expenditures (saving $324 million in state tax dollars, while expanding health coverage for over 80,000 Wisconsinites). The savings could be used for education, mass transit and roads. And, state taxpayers would no longer pay federal taxes to expand Medicaid only in other states – but not Wisconsin. Nonetheless, GOP legislative leaders continue the legislative gridlock. Out of step with GOP Governor Warren Knowles, who established the state Medicaid program, and GOP Governor Tommy Thompson, who enlarged it.

Let’s reframe and reset the debate and move Wisconsin Medicaid expansion forward. First, the recent nonpartisan study ranking “healthiest and least healthy counties in Wisconsin” (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and UW-Madison Population Health Institute) is invaluable. The Evers administration should distribute it to all legislators, the media and business, community, health, labor and religious leaders. The least healthy counties are all over Wisconsin, including rural areas and Milwaukee, Northern rural Wisconsin is especially saturated with counties having terrible health outcome measures. And, it ranks poorly in health factors (socioeconomic). No wonder the 7th congressional district (CD) has so many covered by ACA private insurance. Medicaid expansion would be a blessing. Almost every state congressional district has counties scoring poorly. Only the wealthy Milwaukee suburbs of the 5th CD show few problems. (State) “health officials estimate that more than 400,000 people in Wisconsin had no medical insurance at some point last year” (Wisconsin Public Radio).

Second, Wisconsin should follow Kansas Democratic Governor Laura Kelly and establish a “Governor’s Council on Medicaid Expansion”. The Kansas Council was tasked to focus on:

“What do we need Medicaid expansion to achieve for Kansas? (and) What can we learn from other expansion states that will help – or hinder – those goals?” It includes Democratic and Republican legislators, heads of the Kansas Hospital Association and Kansas Medical Society and other health care and insurance representatives. The group has already heard from Democratic and Republican health experts on the many benefits of Medicaid expansion: reduction in the uninsured rate, improved health outcomes, fewer disparities, lower uncompensated care, state budget savings and economic growth.

I would suggest two co chairs for a Wisconsin Council – former Republican state Senate leader Dale Schultz and Doctor Susan Turney, CEO of the Marshfield Clinic Health System. These distinguished leaders, with other participants, could help end Medicaid expansion gridlock in Wisconsin.

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

Citizen Action Weekly: New Driftless Organizing Co-op Launched!

Citizen Action Weekly: New Driftless Organizing Co-op Launched!

Friday, October 4th

Driftless Organizing Cooperative launches in LaCrosse

Thursday October 3rd the Driftless region had its official launch event. It was a great event. Big thanks to Carla Pena and Emmy Sterling for helping us secure the location.  A huge thank you also goes out to UU La Crosse for the use of their building.

We had 26 potential members join us. We laid out a plan for 10 house meetings, 86 person one on ones, and 14 organization connections.  Now the work of our 60 day recruitment drive begins!

Several Citizen Action members were on hand to speak and add their voice to the event. Amy Dummer spoke about the push to get rural electric co-ops involved in our push to create a local Green New Deal. Chris Hippy from IBEW Local 14 spoke about how we’ll make sure family-supporting high skilled careers in energy efficiency are created and sustained in the community. Peter Klitzke, La Crosse county Dems field organizer, spoke about the year long canvass program he is helping to launch right now!

Kevin Kane was on hand to present about the co-op organizing model and our plan to help upgrade 1,000 area homes with energy efficient upgrades like solar panels, new insulation, better windows and new appliances. Not only did Kevin build this campaign he also was the first to upgrade his own home!  News Channel 8 will even be talking to Kevin very soon about this program!

If you know anyone in Southwest Wisconsin who wants to be part of a people powered, progressive movement put them in touch with Ben at ben.wilson@citizenactionwi.org.

Prescription Drug Reform Day of Action in Brookfield

Thursday, October 10th, 11am
Facebook RSVP

Join Citizen Action and our allies to learn what you can do to help empower our neighbors. Eau Claire county is one of only three in the state with higher poverty rates than the state average. We will be joined by community leaders who have been on the front lines of this fight.

A training and issue canvass will follow, giving us an opportunity to put into action our shared values as a community.

Thursday, October 10th we are planning a day of action around prescription drug reform.  Meet us outside Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner’s office at 11 AM to demand that we finally take meaningful steps in this country toward reform and put people first.

We must change the system to make sure everyone can benefit from our shared public investment in new drug research and development by ensuring that medicines are affordable and accessible to everyone. Government funding and incentives must prioritize medical breakthroughs that most serve the public good rather than those that primarily extend monopolies and increase corporate profits.

Every elected leader should stand with constituents for lower prices and stand up against Pharma’s price-gouging by supporting our Lower Drug Prices Now principles

Attend the 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

People’s Action hosting 3 more Presidential Candidate Forums

Candidates will be invited onstage for answer real questions from everyday people about the struggles facing the multiracial working class and what solutions we can forge, together, to make change.

Sunday, October 13th
Durham, New Hampshire
8:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Sign up to watch via live stream.

Sunday, October 20th
The People’s Presidential Forum on Economic and Racial Justice
Detroit, Michigan
4:00 pm – 7:30pm

Saturday, October 26th
Las Vegas, Nevada
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Sign up to watch via live stream

WATCH VIDEO from the Iowa Presidential Candidate Forum in September. You won’t see anything like this during the other mainstream TV debates.

“Medicare & Socialist Destruction” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast   

We discuss President Trump’s new “Protecting Medicare from Socialist Destruction” health plan announced Thursday. We dig into Trump’s health care record, and what to expect in the impeachment debate. We also discuss Congressman Ron Kind’s impeachment position, Trump Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s shocking attack on small dairy farmers during a visit Wisconsin, and the latest developments in the Democratic presidential primary.

Listen Now
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Quote of the week: “What I heard today from the Secretary of Agriculture is there’s no place for me.” He’s right. Under Perdue there is no place for small farmers and under this administration there is no place for a thriving, small-town rural America.” – Jerry Volenec, a fifth generation Wisconsin dairy farmer.

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“Medicare & Socialist Destruction” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“Medicare & Socialist Destruction” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss President Trump’s new “Protecting Medicare from Socialist Destruction” health plan announced Thursday. We dig into Trump’s health care record, and what to expect in the impeachment debate. We also discuss Congressman Ron Kind’s impeachment position, Trump Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s shocking attack on small dairy farmers during a visit Wisconsin, and the latest developments in the Democratic presidential primary.
Listen Now – Episode #411
Download MP3
Press Clips

Quote of the week: “What I heard today from the Secretary of Agriculture is there’s no place for me.” He’s right. Under Perdue there is no place for small farmers and under this administration there is no place for a thriving, small-town rural America.” – Jerry Volenec, a fifth generation Wisconsin dairy farmer.

Watch recorded video of People’s Action Presidential Candidate Forum in Des Moines, Iowa

Sign up to watch New Hampshire forum LIVE on Sunday, October 13th, 8am – 12:30pm

Links:
Trump’s Executive Order to “Save” Medicare Will Likely Push More Cuts.
Trump to unveil order aiming to boost Medicare health program, woo seniors.
Trump continues piecemeal health care push as Democrats tout big plans.
Trump to roll out Medicare plan as Democratic rivals clash over health care
Report: Health coverage falls for second year in Wisconsin: Trend extends nationwide as Trump administration undermines Affordable Care Act.
Perdue to small farmers: Stop whining, your demise is inevitable.
As impeachment inquiry looms, Wisconsin’s eight U.S. House members face different political pressures back home.
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers says Trump’s ag secretary ‘put a pox’ on state’s signature industry.
Farm-state fury creates pressure for Trump as trade, energy pain collide.

Bill Kaplan: Impeaching Trump

Bill Kaplan: Impeaching Trump

Photo by Gage Skidmore

All U.S. presidents swear to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the Unites States”. However, Nixon infamously said: “Well, when the president does it, that means that it is not illegal”. But Trump has ‘trumped’ Nixon: (The Constitution) “allows me to do whatever I want”. And, Trump has disregarded President George Washington’s prescient warning: “(T)he jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake, since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of republican government.”

In June, Trump told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that he would accept “oppo research” from a foreign power on his Democratic presidential challenger. He backtracked a bit after a public outcry and said: “I’d report it to the attorney general, the FBI.” Trump was normalizing deception. However, the press uncovered bombshells. Trump solicited Ukraine’s new president, Volodymyr Zelensky, to interfere in the U.S. 2020 presidential election. The conservative Wall Street Journal headline blared: “Trump Repeatedly Pressed Ukraine President to Investigate Biden’s Son (and Biden)”. Moreover, the press revealed that Trump’s private lawyer, Rudolph Giuliani, was a central participant in the scheme to dig up dirt on Joe Biden.

At the same time that the press was exposing Trump’s call to Zelensky there was another revelation. A government whistleblower had gotten wind of the call and filed a formal complaint in August which was quickly buried (like the transcript of the telephone call). A near-unanimous Congress forced Trump to release both. The telephone transcript has Trump pressuring the Ukrainian leader on smearing Joe Biden and his son, who had been on the board of a Ukrainian energy company. There is absolutely no evidence of anything improper by either Biden or his son. The whistleblower complaint raised the same issue: “The President of the United Stated is using the power of his office to solicit to solicit interference from a foreign country (Ukraine) in the 2020 U.S. election.”

The fallout was explosive. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi authorized an impeachment inquiry to get all the facts and hold Trump “accountable”. Wisconsin Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin and Democratic Representative Ron Kind also spoke up, while continuing to exercise restraint and thoughtfulness. Baldwin said: “Now we know President Trump solicited interference in our 2020 election. This is a threat to our national security and democracy.” Kind said: “As a former special prosecutor, I know no one is above the law – not even the president.”

But Wisconsin GOP members of Congress have not been forthright. Representative Jim Sensenbrenner gave Trump a pass, saying there was no “quid pro quo” by Trump to the president of Ukraine. However, Trump dangled the promise of a White House visit by Zelensky and prior to the call Trump stopped the flow of nearly $400 million military-security aid to Ukraine. And, Senator Ron Johnson is in Trump’s hip pocket. But, does Representative Mike Gallagher think Trump is fit to be Commander-in-Chief?

Trump put his personal and political interests above the nation’s. And, he tried to cover it up. Hence, an impeachment inquiry.

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

Movement Politics Director

Job Description: Citizen Action of Wisconsin Movement Politics Director

Objective: Citizen Action of Wisconsin seeks a dynamic and socially committed person to join our management team and lead an innovative electoral and multi-issue membership organizing program. This is a full time (40-50 hrs/week) salaried permanent position located in in either Milwaukee, Madison, Racine, Kenosha, or Brown Counties.  If not in Milwaukee, a minimum of 1 day per week travel to Milwaukee will be required, otherwise, this is remote/work from home position. Some evenings and weekends required, as well as semi-frequent in-state travel and occasional out-of-state travel. Applicant must have solid electoral campaign experience, and be fluent in, as well as be able to read and write both Spanish and English.

Description of Work: This position reports to the Deputy Director, and the successful applicant will work to launch an exciting new Movement Politics pilot within our Organizing Co-ops across the state that fully integrates candidate recruitment, training, and support for those candidates into our staff and member driven electoral and issue campaigns.  The Movement Politics Director will work in collaboration with other staff and managers to create a Latino/a/x centric candidate recruitment and training program, and oversee and work with the Latino/a/x centric Co-op organizer to recruit member candidates, offer training and support to those candidates, mobilize co-op members to work on candidate campaigns and practice co-governance with sitting elected officials at the local, state, and federal level.  The Movement Politics Director will work together with member-leaders and Citizen Action staff to advance diverse issue, legislative, and electoral campaigns that have real impact on our communities and make large scale changes in Wisconsin to open up opportunity for all. More information about Citizen Action of Wisconsin Organizing Cooperatives and issues can be found here.

Organizational Background: Citizen Action of Wisconsin is an issue focused non-profit organization committed to achieving anti-oppressive, economic, and environmental justice. We are dedicated to achieving a Wisconsin and an America where every human being has an equal opportunity to live a meaningful and fulfilling life. Citizen Action of Wisconsin brings together thousands of activists and allied groups across Wisconsin to deepen democratic participation and create an issue environment that advances a progressive public policy agenda.

In late 2017, Citizen Action adopted a cutting edge 8 year issue agenda that was written by hundreds of members across the state. Most fundamentally, we believe that issues matter. It is through transformative issues that capture the public imagination and reveal the dissonance between our nation’s ideals and its economic, social and environmental realities that average people see their stake in the public sphere and are motivated to participate in their democracy and fight for meaningful and lasting change.

Citizen Action is spearheading the development of innovative new grassroots organizing techniques, and seeks candidates who are interested in embracing new dynamic approaches. More information on current Citizen Action of Wisconsin programs can be found at citizenactionwi.org.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Work to build and lead/co-lead a new coalition of organizations who serve Latino/a/x Wisconsinites as a vehicle for building statewide power around issues that impact all Wisconsinites including Healthcare for All, The Green New Deal. Economic Justice, Family Farms, Environment and Water, Racial Justice, Gender Justice, Fair Maps and other issues our members care about.
  • Work with Citizen Action management and staff to design, implement, and lead candidate recruitment drives, candidate training in English and Spanish, and foster, manage, and maintain Coordinated and Independent Expenditure relationships.
  • Embrace Citizen Action’s Management Culture and Accountability Structure and manage 2-5 organizing staff and/or field organizers and staff in implementation of issue, legislative, and electoral campaigns.
  • Coordinate program and logistics for public events, mobilizations and other grassroots and civic engagement activity.
  • Participate in small and large dollar fundraising in collaboration with Citizen Action staff.
  • In collaboration with management, assist with large donor relations, funding proposals, and reporting.
  • Conduct interim and post program reporting on progress to goals and program evaluation
  • Participate in a meaningful way as a part of the Management and Strategy team to contribute to the success of the organization as a whole.
  • Translate written materials including flyers, lit, emails, issue education and training materials, voter engagement materials, etc.from English to Spanish.

Specific Responsibilities also include

  • Embrace and effectively utilize new communications technology, working within Citizen Action’s cutting-edge social networking and web technology programs to augment on-the ground organizing.
  • Help organize coalitions and networks of members to advance critical issues of local importance in tandem with Citizen Action staff together with a wide range of prospective allies.
  • Work in a focused way to advance strategic goals, and provide timely weekly reporting of organizing progress.
  • Integrate Citizen Action’s values-based communication into all organizing work.

Desired Experience:

  • Experience in labor, community, political or faith-based organizing, experience with or a strong interest in learning relational organizing as well as a commitment to working on racial justice issues,  working with communities of color, and with a multicultural base of individuals.
  • Experience with large and/or small dollar fundraising.
  • Experience working with a broad array of organizations in a coalition on issues of social and economic justice.
  • Experience managing program and field staff to achieve goals
  • Experience with long term and short term strategic campaign planning

Required Qualifications:

  • Philosophical commitment to progressive values of economic, gender, racial, anti-oppressive, and environmental justice and equity along with health care freedom for everyone in Wisconsin and America.
  • A minimum 1 year of cumulative experience in managing volunteers and/or staff
  • Experience training either staff or volunteers to implement tactical or leadership aspects of political campaigns.
  • Experience with designing and implementing strategic legislative and electoral issue campaigns.
  • Experience working with a broad array of organizations in a coalition on issues of social and economic justice.
  • Ability to understand public policy issues and translate them into organizing issues that motivate average people to act.
  • Strong creative strategic thinking skills and willingness to innovate in fast moving issue campaigns and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including ability to produce effective flyers, email alerts, coalition reports, blogs, effective social media posts, and coherent, strategic, and trackable written campaign plans, and use email and google suite.
  • Excellent listening, interpersonal and problem solving skills, strong personal time management skills, organization skills, and the ability to work under pressure, and the ability to resolve conflicts while maintaining effective relationships.
  • Intermediate computer skills including email, composing documents, designing flyers, working with databases, and social networking (Familiarity with EveryAction/VAN, GoogleDocs, Google Analytics, Hootsuite, as well as managing Facebook pages and/or Twitter accounts).
  • Ability to undertake periodic travel in Wisconsin and occasionally out-of-state.

Salary and Benefits:  This is a full-time position which includes health care, dental and employer-matched 401K, life insurance, disability insurance, cell phone allowance, and other benefits.  Some weekend and evening hours required. Base salary rate is $51,200.00 annually, and is negotiable upon offer of employment based on experience and qualifications.

Application Process:  E-mail cover letter and résumé to Angelique Rogers (Organizing Director) at angelique.rogers@citizenactionwi.org.  Please, no calls or in-person inquiries.

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!

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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

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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.

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“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!

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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.