“Judges, Billionaires, and Pandemic Chaos” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“Judges, Billionaires, and Pandemic Chaos” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

The panel digs into the racist federal appeals court ruling restricting Wisconsin early voting, and risking a dangerous replay of the infamous pandemic primary. Citizen Action is a lead plaintiff in the case. We discuss a new report co-released by Citizen Action of Wisconsin on how 8 Wisconsin billionaires have made an economic killing from the pandemic.  The pandemic continues to accelerate, confounding Donald Trump and the GOP by refusing to go away on its own.  We point out some of the hotspots and controversies around the Badger State. We look at the rising pressure for Congress and the President to extend coronavirus economic relief, and to make bold new investments in publicly-subsidized jobs and a green transition. We report back on a major news event Citizen Action led in La Crosse this week to put pressure on the feds to act. Finally, we look at the latest Wisconsin racial justice protest developments, and unveil the latest round of Citizen Action legislative endorsements.
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Press Clips

Wisconsin Billionaires’ Net Worth Rose 36% During Pandemic
Federal appeals court decision, implications, next steps
Cynical appeals court helps Wisconsin GOP
Voting in WI: New Rules, New Limits
Judge throws out Racine’s coronavirus plan, says it’s unconstitutional

 

 

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, July 3rd

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, July 3rd

Friday, July 3rd

Citizen Action leads the fight for extending enhanced unemployment benefits and Federal appeals court reverses Citizen Action legal victory on voting rights.

We had our first live  in person news conference during the age of COVID19 in La Crosse this week, with appropriate masking and social distancing. Our Driftless Area co-op members who participated and our speaker got brand new Citizen Action face coverings! The focus was the need for the federal government to renew enhanced unemployment benefits, scheduled to expire July 1. We also advocated Senator Tammy Baldwin’s bill to create a New Deal-style publicly subsidized jobs program, to both address our depression-like conditions and to begin the green transition needed to prevent a climate cataclysm.

We got great media coverage, including TV 19 (ABC) La Crosse, WIZM News Talk 1410 AM La Crosse, and TV 8 (CBS) La Crosse

On a much more troubling note, a right-wing panel of judges on a federal appeal court reversed a Citizen Action legal victory on voting rights. The Citizen Action was a lead plaintiff in a federal lawsuit that struck down both Scott Walker early voting restrictions and the ones the Lame Duck Legislature attempted to impose. Citizen Action members and organizers are leading the fight to expand access to both mail voting and in-person voting in cities and counties across Wisconsin. This horrendous decision makes it harder, but our initial reading of the ruling shows there are still many ways that local governments can expand access to both early voting and to vote-by-mail. Our lawyers conclude that despite reimposing the 14 day limit on early voting, there is no limit to the number of locations or early voting hours local governments can provide. We are also consulting with our lawyers about the possibility of an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

See coverage from Wisconsin Examiner, The Nation, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Fox 6 TV Milwaukee, and Associated Press.

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig was a guest on the Jeff Santos Radio Show, a Boston-based program that also is featured on Milwaukee and Madison progressive radio. He discussed the push to move Biden to a bold progressive position, and the federal appeals court early voting decision.

Request Your Absentee Ballot Today!

Request your absentee ballot today

Senator Tammy Baldwin Virtual Town Hall on Job Creation and Extending Unemployment

Join Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin and Citizen Action Executive Director Dr. Robert Kraig on Wednesday July 8th, 11am, as they go over the opportunity to protect and create hundreds of thousands of jobs to prevent a growing economic recession!

Senator Tammy Baldwin has been leading the way urging a national subsidized employment program in future Congressional action to stop a growing recession. Join her and Citizen Action Wednesday July 8th, 11am,  as we talk about what it is, why it matters, and how we can help!

Register here to reserve a slot for this special event and receive further details for this event.

CALL TO ACTION: Send an email to your representatives in the Senate and the House to let them know you support creating millions of jobs.

In order to create jobs and secure federal employment we need to make our voice heard in Washington.  Our leaders in Congress need to hear from us NOW.  Please take a moment to use this link to send an email directly to your representatives in the US Senate and the House of Representatives letting them know you support the creation of federally subsidized jobs and an expansion of the federal unemployment benefits. It only takes a minute to email your representatives directly.

Attend a Black Lives Matter event near you!

Checkout list of events in Wisconsin.

Northwestern WI Co-op General Party Meeting – July 11, 2020 at 10:00am

Join us on Zoom on July 11, 2020 at 10am for a gathering of our Northwestern Wisconsin Co-op members!

We will be discussing what we have done so far this year, where we are heading, and what Citizen Action is doing for the 2020 elections.

Register in advance here for your Zoom link.

Northwestern Co-op Virtual Coffee w/Your Co-op Dates! 

We will be having numerous “Coffee w/Your Co-op” events in July! We are working on building our membership and activism in the rural communities across Northwestern Wisconsin and we need your help!

Please ask 1-2 friends to join us virtually on the date that corresponds to where they live and let them know how they would be paramount to our important organizing work in 2020 and beyond! Please register for one of the dates below (BYOCoffee!)

  • July 10th – Barron and Rusk Counties – Register Here
  • July 17th – St. Croix, Polk, and Burnett Counties – Register Here
  • July 24th – Pierce, Dunn, and Pepin Counties – Register Here
  • July 31st – Eau Claire, Trempealeau, and Chippewa Counties – Register Here

Action Opportunity: Help Citizen Action Endorsed Candidates Win on August 11th!

The August 11th primary is fast approaching! In addition to making sure that you have your absentee ballot requested and filled out, you can make a huge impact in supporting two of our endorsed candidates:

Kristina Shelton is in a tough race against the incumbent in Assembly District 90. She continues to demonstrate a commitment to her community and her experience, integrity, and vision to lead is greatly needed in the State Assembly. Her opponent, Staush Gruzynski, has been removed from all committee assignments after an investigation determined he sexually harassed an employee of the state legislature. You can help learn more about her action opportunities by visiting https://www.kristinaforassembly.com/volunteer.

Jonathon Hansen is in a primary to represent the Democratic Party in Senate District 30. Jonathon tirelessly served his community during his time on the De Pere City Council. He brings that same determination to his run for State Senate. Jonathon will fight to bring a living wage and affordable, quality healthcare coverage to the people of Wisconsin, no matter your ZIP code. His pride in serving every single resident of his community, district, and state will move Wisconsin forward. His campaign is looking for people to make phone calls before his Primary on August 11th! You can sign up here: https://bit.ly/Phone4Hansen

Don’t forget these two Citizen Action of Wisconsin endorsed candidates come August 11th!

Meet Citizen Action’s 2020 Field Team Leaders

Lead Organizer Viola Myers: (most people call me Vi or V, choose the one that best resonates with you) I support my team in creating the antidote to what got Trump elected. We conspire to rewrite the narrative that continues to oppress and demean the lives of the vast majority of American’s (and citizens of the World). Together we elevate our strengths (and diminish our weaknesses) to accomplish a collective goal in Wisconsin and throughout America that will give the 99 percenters a voice in the political system. Creating a narrative that includes all of us and not just the wealthy few.

My political activism started last year when I was approached by the Andrew Yang Campaign to start a Yang Gang chapter in my community.

My first feat as a Yangsta was to prepare a speech for his May 5th 2019 Rally in Minneapolis, MN; there were 2,000 in attendance. Nervously, I accomplished the task and was instantly activated and wanted to do more. I began to actively promote my Eau Claire Yang Gang through the various tactics that the Campaign provided. I soon realized that these activities were not going to get him elected. I started immersing myself in any Democratic political groups that I could find online. In my journey I ran across the Young Democrats of America. I had the opportunity to attend their biennial convention.

There I was blessed to meet young, active and motivated activists and politicians; I was hooked. I listened to their stories of the experiences and knowledge that they had accumulated in their young lives. It was apparent that I also needed those resources and tools in order to accomplish my goal of getting Yang elected. There was only one thing left and that was to dust off my resume and apply with the Campaign. I began my first political job October 16 2019 with the Campaign. This took me to Iowa for the 2020 Caucus season as well as Nevada where I lead our team in our Early Voting endeavors. In March, after the suspension of the Campaign, I came back to Wisconsin on a mission to help local democratic (conscious)  politicians win local elections in an effort to defeat D.J. Trump. Now, I work as a Lead Field Organizer with Citizen Action of Wisconsin.

Lead Organizer Ken Hood:  My path to political activism has not been a straightforward one. I grew up in a conservative household. Six sisters and one younger brother crammed into a small house in the suburbs. We were a poor family in a rich neighborhood. Growing up I was taught the value of hard work and education.  At the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, I got outside of my conservative bubble. I learned about other religions, cultures, and worldviews. I made mistakes. I asked a lot of questions.  By the end of my college experience I had earned a BA in English, I had gotten married, and I was about to become a father to my first child. Upon graduating I completed a 1 year “leadership development” internship doing church ministry in Minneapolis. My proudest accomplishment from that time was the work I did tutoring Somali refugees.

Moving our family to Wisconsin has turned out to be a transformative experience for me. It was here that I fully shed my conservative beliefs and became interested in progressive ideas and organizing. I searched for opportunities to expand the circle of compassion and social justice in ways that fit my skills and circumstances. My career path branched into customer service where I became a tier-two phone support specialist representing several retail brands. I attended UW Eau Claire for two years and earned a degree in Education. Now our three children enjoy living in the small town that their mother also grew up in. I love the amazing scenery and the friendly people. I’m an active member of the Blue Hills UU Fellowship in Rice Lake. And I can’t imagine being part of a better organization right now than Citizen Action of Wisconsin.

Lead Organizer Kaile Sepnafski: (she/her/hers): I grew up around Wausau, Wisconsin and, thankfully, I was raised by parents who showed me what it means to serve the public and supported – even pushed – me to venture as far away as I felt comfortable. First, I went to the University of Minnesota for undergrad at a time when I was certain I would be a public-school teacher. Act 10 happened, and I decided to find a different path without forgetting my love for education. As a part of my journey down a new path, I studied post-conflict transformation in Gulu, Uganda and Kigali, Rwanda. Studying abroad provided me experiences and spaces to both expand and dig deeper into my views on justice, equality, race, and humanity. Studying abroad also helped me recognize my interest in governmental affairs and advocacy and set me in a direction toward grad school at The Ohio State University to pursue a master’s degree in education policy and a law degree.

I love learning – from people, from places; I love exploring; I enjoy trying to meet people where they are and listening to people talk; I love trying things (I mean I may not like it). I want every child, every student to have access to all the same resources, and nurturing attention and support that my teachers and professors showed me at every step in my education. Unfortunately, our public education system as a cornerstone of our democracy is being eroded. Thus, I wanted to take all that I had learned to work for a nonprofit that advocates for public schools. That is still what I want to do.

I am forever grateful for the opportunity to work for CAW. I feel so fortunate to work with an organization that not only shares my values, but also allows me to work on projects I care deeply about in a way that attempts to meet people where they are, treat them like whole, complex humans with their own unique experiences and set of circumstances, while not shying away from the difficult but crucial conversations about race and class.

La Crosse residents you can TAKE ACTION NOW on climate change and expanding voting access 

If you live in La Crosse county you can take action right now to fight climate change and expand voting access by joining our lobbying efforts.  Citizen Action of Wisconsin has two very important lobbying campaigns going on in your area right now and we need your help.  Your elected leaders need to hear from you so that they know that you support clean energy and safe elections!

First of all Citizen Action is working with the Sierra Club, Wisconsin Conservation Voters, and NextGEN to push the La Crosse County board to pass a resolution committing to 100% clean renewable energy by 2050.  This resolution lays out a plan to transition the county off of carbon emissions in energy production.  We need to send a message to the county board that residents want a cleaner, greener future.  You can help by filling out this form to send an email directly to county board members and let them know that you support 100% clean, renewable energy by 2050.

Citizen Action (along with several area partners) is also hard at work to demand that the city of La Crosse expand voting access during the age of COVID19.  People should never have to choose between their health and being able to vote.  We need to make sure that our November election goes smoothly to avoid the kind of scenes that happened in Milwaukee in April.  We are asking the city to create drive through polling locations, add absentee ballot drop off locations, and create a plan to guarantee at least 75% of polling locations are open and staffed on election day.  You can help by using this form to send an email directly to the mayor and the city clerk to let them know you support expanding voting access during the pandemic!

Attend a virtual listening session of the Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change.

Wisconsin has fallen behind other states in addressing climate change. A state task force is advising the Governor on strategies the state can take to fight global warming.

You can be part of this efforts to move Wisconsin forward by attending or speaking at one of the 3 remaining scheduled public hearings. Let our leaders know how we can make our state a healthier, safer, and more sustainable place to live. The first listening sessions of the Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change drew in more than 200 members of the public who expressed a lot of passion for the issue. There are 3 more scheduled online hearings:

  • July 7th, 6-9pm
  • July 9th, 6-9pm
  • July 15th, 6-9pm

For more information, contact the co-op organizer at trevonna.sims@citizenactionwi.org

“Judges, Billionaires, and Pandemic Chaos” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

The panel digs into the racist federal appeals court ruling restricting Wisconsin early voting, and risking a dangerous replay of the infamous pandemic primary. Citizen Action is a lead plaintiff in the case. We discuss a new report co-released by Citizen Action of Wisconsin on how 8 Wisconsin billionaires have made an economic killing from the pandemic.  The pandemic continues to accelerate, confounding Donald Trump and the GOP by refusing to go away on its own.  We point out some of the hotspots and controversies around the Badger State. We look at the rising pressure for Congress and the President to extend coronavirus economic relief, and to make bold new investments in publicly-subsidized jobs and a green transition. We report back on a major news event Citizen Action led in La Crosse this week to put pressure on the feds to act. Finally, we look at the latest Wisconsin racial justice protest developments, and unveil the latest round of Citizen Action legislative endorsements.

Listen Now – Episode #499
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Report: 8 Billionaires in Wisconsin See Net Worth Jump $14.2 Billion or 36.1% in First Three Months of COVID-19 Pandemic

Report: 8 Billionaires in Wisconsin See Net Worth Jump $14.2 Billion or 36.1% in First Three Months of COVID-19 Pandemic

 Meanwhile Wisconsinites, State & Local Governments Face Financial Hardship as Congress Stalls on New COVID-19 Financial Aid Package

MILWAUKEE—Wisconsin has 8 billionaires who collectively saw their wealth increase by $14.2 billion or 36.1% during the first three months of the COVID-19 pandemic even as the state’s economy was reeling from a huge spike in joblessness and a collapse in taxes collected, a new report by Americans for Tax Fairness (ATF), Health Care for America Now (HCAN) and Citizen Action of Wisconsin shows.

Between March 18—the rough start date of the pandemic shutdown, when most federal and state economic restrictions were in place—and June 17, the total net worth of the state’s eight billionaires rose from $39.4 billion to $53.6 billion, based on an analysis of Forbes data. Forbes’ annual billionaires report was published March 18, 2020, and the most recent real-time data was collected June 17 from the Forbes website.

Three Wisconsin billionaires—John Menard, Jr., Diane Hendricks and Herbert Kohler, Jr.—saw their wealth grow by 65%, 39% and 29%, respectively. During about the same period of the pandemic 629,000 of the state’s residents lost their jobs, 26,000 fell ill with the virus and 700 died from it.

Sources: All data is from Forbes and available here.
March 18, 2020, data is from the Forbes World’s Billionaires List: The Richest in 2020.
June 17, 2020 data was taken from Forbes real-time estimates of worth that day.

 

Among other COVID-19 victims are the 27 million Americans who may lose their employer-provided healthcare coverage. Low-wage workers, people of color and women have suffered disproportionately in the combined medical and economic crises because of long-standing racial and gender disparities. Billionaires are overwhelmingly white men.

Over the same three-month period, the nation’s 600-plus billionaires saw their combined wealth increase by $584 billion or 20%—rising from $2.948 trillion to $3.531 trillion, based on ATF’s analysis of Forbes data. Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve reported that as of the week of June 10, total U.S. household wealth had shrunk by $6.5 trillion during the first three months of the pandemic.

The three richest Americans, Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, saw their combined wealth jump by $87 billion, or 38%, 11% and 58%, respectively. The total number of billionaires grew from 614 to 643.

“Now is the time for Wisconsinites to unite across our differences and demand our government leaders make decisions that help every-day people like us—not the richest 1% and a handful of corporations who are profiting from this pandemic,” said Robert Kraig, Executive Director of Citizen Action of Wisconsin. “As individuals, we can wash our hands, avoid unnecessary travel, and check in on our friends and neighbors. As a united force, we can demand our local, state, and national governments do everything possible to protect everyone’s health and financial stability, no exceptions.”

“It’s immoral that billionaires are getting richer and richer while average Americans are treading water if they are lucky, or drowning, from the economic crash caused by the pandemic,” said Frank Clemente, executive director of Americans for Tax Fairness. “Congress needs to urgently provide a major new financial aid package to ensure working families can recover and critical state and local services can keep being provided. The package should repeal the huge tax break for millionaires in the first major financial aid law and block any new tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy.”

“In the biggest public health crisis of our lifetimes, billionaires are getting richer while millions are losing coverage or have no access to affordable health care,” said Margarida Jorge, executive director of Health Care for America Now. Rather than pass the relief measures that we all need to beat COVID, Congress is letting families, workers, seniors and many others go without the health care they need to survive, letting health care workers go without protective equipment and forcing hospitals to face unprecedented shortages in beds, ventilators and medicines. It’s obvious there’s plenty of money—the problem here is Congress’ priorities.”

Decades of tax cuts for the rich have fueled the growth of billionaires and their wealth. And even in the midst of the greatest national emergency since World War II, tax handouts to the wealthy have continued—most recently in the form of a $135 billion handout slipped into the $2 trillion CARES pandemic relief law enacted in late March. It primarily benefits millionaire business owners and costs three times more than the law spends on social safety net programs and exceeds the amount expended on hospitals and public health.

The House HEROES Act passed in May would repeal this tax break that is giving an average tax cut of $1.6 million this year to 43,000 millionaires and billionaires, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT). That big payout contrasts sharply with the one-time stimulus checks of up to $1,200 that have helped 159 million people under the CARES Act. Closing this tax loophole and making it permanent would raise $246 billion per the JCT, which could be used for a new major pandemic financial relief and recovery package.

As the U.S. Senate begins consideration of the next coronavirus aid legislation, a broad coalition of more than 230 organizations, including some Wisconsin groups, is urging repeal of the Millionaires Giveaway tax cut for wealthy business owners. So far, 24 senators support repeal legislation (S. 3640), including Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D), but not Sen. Ron Johnson (R).

Rather than respond to growing needs from increasing numbers of unemployed people, new patients, and overburdened local and state agencies, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been slow-walking legislative action on another major relief measure such as the HEROES Act, especially one that would provide a major cash infusion to state and local governments that have lost huge amounts of tax revenue but must by law balance their budgets. Instead, McConnell has suggested that states file for bankruptcy.

The HEROES Act would greatly benefit Wisconsin during this economic crisis by providing immediate relief and laying the groundwork for a more robust economic recovery, including:

All of the above data is available in one table here.

State residents will also get their fair share of the following other assistance provided by the HEROES Act should it become law:

  • Extension through the end of the year of the $600 per week in enhanced unemployment benefits that are expiring at the end of July.
  • Renewal and increase in direct assistance checks to individuals and families: $1,200 per each adult and child, up to $6,000 per household.
  • $100 billion to protect renters and homeowners from evictions and foreclosures.

Increased support from the federal government directly to states through these provisions is the best way to avoid state cuts to jobs and services that would worsen the impact of the pandemic and prolong the recession the country is experiencing.

Economists warn that delayed action on more funding to states, unemployment benefits, and safety net services will have dire consequences for recovery, could lengthen and deepen the recession and curtail job growth for the next decade. Moreover, coronavirus cases are back on the rise in over two dozen states, including Wisconsin, where the re-opening process has increased risk of exposure thereby further jeopardizing the economy. Wisconsin Department of Health Services data confirms that the state’s 7-day average of new confirmed cases has steadily increased since mid-June.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has cited rising deficits in delaying immediate consideration of new pandemic relief legislation, but so far has not proposed rolling back the $135 billion Millionaires Giveaway in the CARES Act. Rather, McConnell’s key priority for the next relief package has been to provide legal immunity to employers by limiting workers’ rights in court to sue bosses who put their safety at risk or neglect COVID protocols.

Polling shows that half of Americans have been personally economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic — losing their job or having their hours cut back. Congress must provide help by working with local and state elected officials and agencies to ensure workers, families and small businesses get the resources they need to make it through the pandemic and mitigate the harmful consequences of the economic slow-down.

State residents cannot afford excuses from Congressional leaders who prioritize tax giveaways for the rich and corporations over the basic needs of average people or more delays that will double down on prolonged pain for millions.

 

Media Contacts:

Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Robert Kraig, Executive Director, 414-322-5324, robert.kraig@citizenactionwi.org

Americans for Tax Fairness, Chris Fleming, Red Horse Strategies, 202-631-0929 chris@redhorsestrategies.com

Health Care for America Now, Margarida Jorge, Executive Director, mj@healthcareforamericanow.org

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday June 26th

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday June 26th

Friday, June 26th

Citizen Action announces more State Legislative Endorsements

Citizen Action is proud to announce more State Legislative candidate endorsements for the 2020 Fall elections. All endorsed candidates completed a Citizen Action questionnaire and interview with a local co-op steering committee. Final endorsement votes were made by Citizen Action’s statewide board.

There will be more State Legislative candidate endorsements next month.

Senate District 6: LaTonya Johnson (City of Milwaukee)
Senate District 8: Neal Plotkin (City of Milwaukee and northern suburbs)
Senate District 14: Joni Anderson (Waupaca, Waushara, Green Lake, Marquette, Columbia, and Dodge Counties)
Assembly District 3: Emily Voight (East Appleton and Calumet County)
Assembly District 4: Kathy Hinkfus (Western suburban Green Bay)
Assembly District 9: Marisabel Cabrera (City of Milwaukee)
Assembly District 15: Jessica Katzenmeyer (West Allis, New Berlin, and Brookfield)
Assembly District 17: Supreme Moore-Omokunde (City of Milwaukee)
Assembly District 23: Deb Andraca (Milwaukee North shore suburbs)
Assembly District 26: Mary Lynne Donohue (South Sheboygan County)
Assembly District 28: Kim Butler (Polk and Burnett Counties)
Assembly District 30: Sarah Yocoub (St. Croix County)
Assembly District 35: Tyler Ruprecht (Lincoln and Langlade County)
Assembly District 51: Kriss Marion (Green, Lafayette, Iowa, Richland Counties)
Assembly District 68: Emily Berge (Eau Claire and Clark Counties)
Assembly District 88: Kristin Lyerly (Eastern suburban Green Bay)
Assembly District 93: Charlie Warner (Eau Claire, Pepin and Pierce Counties)
Assembly District 94: Steve Doyle (LaCrosse suburban and surrounding area)
Assembly District 96: Josefine Jaynes (Crawford, Vernon and Monroe counties)

Request your absentee ballot today!

Attend a BLM event near you this weekend!

Checkout list of events in Wisconsin.

We will be attempting to post as many events on our facebook page. Please check our page for events near you. Citizen Action facebook page.

Also, check with your regional organizer about events in your region. 

Attend virtual town hall o n Jobs creation with U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Tuesday July 8th at 11 AM

Citizen Action of Wisconsin will be hosting a major statewide Town Hall, hosted virtually over Zoom, with Senator Tammy Baldwin on July 8th.  This very special event will outline what we can do to create millions of jobs AND expand the federal unemployment benefit through the end of 2020.

Please RSVP for this event here.  The Zoom link will be sent to your email after you RSVP.

CALL TO ACTION: Send an email to your representatives in the Senate and the House to let them know you support creating millions of jobs.

In order to create jobs and secure federal employment we need to make our voice heard in Washington.  Our leaders in Congress need to hear from us NOW.  Please take a moment to use this link to send an email directly to your representatives in the US Senate and the House of Representatives letting them know you support the creation of federally subsidized jobs and an expansion of the federal unemployment benefits. It only takes a minute to email your representatives directly.

Attend virtual listening session of the Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change.

Wisconsin has fallen behind other states in addressing climate change. A state task force is advising the Governor on strategies the state can take to fight global warming.

You can be part of this efforts to move Wisconsin forward by attending or speaking at one of the 5 scheduled public hearings. Let our leaders know how we can make our state a healthier, safer, and more sustainable place to live. The first listening sessions of the Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change drew in more than 200 members of the public who expressed a lot of passion for the issue.

There are 4 more scheduled online hearings:

  • June 27, 12-3pm
  • July 7th, 6-9pm
  • July 9th, 6-9pm
  • July 15th, 6-9pm

For more information, contact the co-op organizer at trevonna.sims@citizenactionwi.org

Attend La Crosse area Green New Deal press conference on Tuesday, June 30th

Citizen Action of Wisconsin Drfitless co-op will be hosting an in-person press conference in La Crosse on June 30th at 12:00 noon about federal job creation, the need for a “Green New Deal”, and the need to extend the $600 a week federal unemployment benefits.  This event will be held outside, with masks required, with social distancing strictly enforced and all COVID19 prevention measures in place.  Special guest speakers include Citizen Action executive director Robert Kraig, state legislator Steve Doyle and Lauren Journot from La Crosse YWCA.  We are looking for 5-10 Citizen Action members to join us on site to hold signs and show support.

Please use this RSVP link if you are interested in joining us for this important action of action.

CITY OF LA CROSSE RESIDENTS please let the city know that you support expanding voting access in the age of COVID-19

Voting should never be a choice between protecting your health and making your voice heard.  Citizen Action of Wisconsin is committed to ensuring that elections are safe during the COVID-19 outbreak.  That is why we have partnered with Wisconsin Conservation Voters, The League of Women Voters, NextGEN, and Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin to launch a major effort to expand voting options in the City of La Crosse.  Here is what we are asking of the city:

Provide at least three secure absentee ballot drop boxes throughout the city;

  1. Strive to identify, prepare, and maintain the standard number of polling locations. At a minimum, the city should have at least seventy-five percent of an average election’s total number of polling locations open for Election Day;
  2. Develop and enact a plan for the recruitment and retention of poll workers to be made available to the public;
  3. Identify, prepare, and maintain suitable areas for drive through voting for both early and same day voting.
  4. Ensure that every in-person polling location has functional curbside voting as required by state statute;

You can help right now by filling out this simple form to send an email directly to Mayor Kabat, the Deputy City Clerk and the City Clerk to let them know you demand expanding voter access to protect your community’s health and to protect democracy.

Make your voice heard directly RIGHT NOW.  For those of you outside the city of La Crosse thank you for your support but this form is intended for folks who live in La Crosse. If you have friends or family in La Crosse PLEASE SHARE THIS PAGE.

LA CROSSE COUNTY RESIDENTS let the county board know that you support 100% clean, renewable energy

The climate crisis is threatening our world.  The effects are hitting the Coulee Region especially hard.  In the past two years we have seen four area counties each become FEMA disaster flood zones four times.  The impacts of climate change are affecting our local health, economy, property values, tourism and safety.  Let your elected leaders in La Crosse county know that we need to ACT NOW to protect our planet and your local area for future generations.

Very soon the La Crosse County Board of Supervisors will be voting on a commitment for all our La Crosse county communities to use 100% clean, renewable energy by 2050.  La Crosse will have the chance to join Wisconsin counties like Eau Claire and counties across the nation in standing up for environmental justice.  This resolution will lay out tools, a timeline and a road map for this transition to a green future in the Coulee Region.  We need to make our voices heard NOW to let out county board supervisors know that we support 100% clean, renewable energy in La Crosse County.

Please take a moment to use this link to sign our petition showing your support for clean, renewable energy in La Crosse County.  After you sign you will be direct to a page that will let you email the county board directly to tell them that you support a cleaner La Crosse county and a green future.

Future generations are counting on us to take action now!  Please do your part by signing this petition and emailing your county board supervisor to let them know that you believe a better, greener future is possible!

If you are outside of La Crosse County PLEASE SHARE THIS THIS FRIENDS AND FAMILY!

Northwestern WI Co-op General Party Meeting – July 11, 2020 at 10:00am

Join us on Zoom on July 11, 2020 at 10am for a gathering of our Northwestern Wisconsin Co-op members!

We will be discussing what we have done so far this year, where we are heading, and what Citizen Action is doing for the 2020 elections.

Register in advance here for your Zoom link.

Fair Maps WI Update From North Central Co-op

Late last year, due to an overwhelming amount of interest around the state, on the Fair Maps (ending partisan gerrymandering) issue, and the need for a more organized, nonpartisan effort, a summit was held in Marshfield. An Organizer, named Carlene Bechen was hired to help work with leaders and community members across the state, to help them accomplish their goals around Fair Maps. Citizen Action, and it’s members have supported the Fair Maps efforts from the beginning, and we continue to support this work, often times, with our members playing an active role in various parts of the state. Chrysa Ostenso has served on the Steering Committee for the Citizen Action of WI North Central Organizing Co-op since 2017, and is very active with other groups in her community. She has been involved with Fair Maps WI since their inception, and is happy to report that in Rusk County, their Board of Supervisors voted to put a Fair Maps referendum on their November ballot! This passed with a 14-2 vote, with 3 Supervisors absent. Thank you to everyone who is working to make this happen. There are efforts going on in other parts of the state as well, and the NC region. If you would like to get more involved in this work, check out Fair Maps WI, and get connected with Carlene and others doing this great work!

Endorsement Interviews Underway in North Central

This Sunday, the North Central Organizing Co-op’s Steering Committee will be conducting their second round of interviews, of candidates running throughout the NC region. During the first round, they interviewed Tyler Ruprecht, who is the Democratic candidate running in the 35th Assembly District. We have a significant number of members in his district, which encompasses Merrill and Tomahawk (in Lincoln County). This is a pivot district, meaning that they voted for Obama, but then voted for Trump in 2016. They also interviewed Jeff Johnson, who is a candidate for Assembly District 85. He has a primary challenger, Aaron LaFave. The candidates being interviewed this Sunday, are 12th Senate District candidate Ed Vocke, 24th Senate District candidate Paul Piotrowski, and 69th Assembly District candidate Brian Giles. These interviews are open to all members in this region, so please reach out to your Organizer, Joel Lewis if this interests you. His email is joel.lewis@citizenactionwi.org and his phone number is 715-551-2525

Citizen Action in the News

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig was on the Jeff Santos Radio Show to talk about how a true power sharing arrangement between progressives and moderates could sweep Trump out of office and set Joe Biden up to be a great president.

Press Clips

“Protest, pandemic and polls” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss the BLM movement that continues full steam ahead. We process the political response to the events in Madison this week, the latest outrageous statements by Supreme Court Chief Justice Patience Roggensack, and right-wing politicians and media outlets. We question whether any elected leaders are proposing the necessary structural reforms to move the ball on racial equity, as Wisconsin is a national leader on many major indicators of racial inequality. We also talk about how the COVID-19 pandemic spinning out of control in the south and west, and some disturbing indicators in Wisconsin. We close with a review of the new MU Law poll showing a growing lead for Biden, and vast differences between whites and black and brown people on policing.

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“Protest, pandemic and polls” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“Protest, pandemic and polls” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss the BLM movement that continues full steam ahead. We process the political response to the events in Madison this week, the latest outrageous statements by Supreme Court Chief Justice Patience Roggensack, and right-wing politicians and media outlets. We question whether any elected leaders are proposing the necessary structural reforms to move the ball on racial equity, as Wisconsin is a national leader on many major indicators of racial inequality. We also talk about how the COVID-19 pandemic spinning out of control in the south and west, and some disturbing indicators in Wisconsin. We close with a review of the new MU Law poll showing a growing lead for Biden, and vast differences between whites and black and brown people on policing.
Listen Now – Episode #448

Links:
Rep. Tom Tiffany says Gov. Tony Evers should resign over Madison violence.
Evers on Toppled Statues: ‘Nonsensical’.
Rioters In Madison Assault State Senator, Behead Immigrant Abolitionist Monument.
Wisconsin Politicians On Both Sides Of Aisle Decry Violence, Destruction In Madison.
Family of Joel Acevedo says how Milwaukee is handling prosecution of police officer who put man in fatal chokehold is ‘a disgrace.
Here’s what we know about the chaos that unfolded Tuesday near a Washington Park home.
Wisconsin coronavirus activity level bumped up to ‘high’ by health department as state reports 432 new cases.
Convention overhauled as state delegates no longer traveling to Milwaukee, event moved out of Fiserv Forum.
New Marquette Law School Poll finds Biden lead over Trump increasing, high support for Black Lives Matter and declining concern about COVID-19

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, June 19th

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, June 19th

Happy Junteenth Day: Standing in Defense of Black Lives. 

Watch excellent People’s Action video.

Join #sixnineteen events: https://sixnineteen.com

Attend a BLM event near you this weekend!

Checkout list of events in Wisconsin.

We will be attempting to post as many events on our facebook page. Please check our page for events near you. Citizen Action facebook page.

Also, check with your regional organizer about events in your region. 

Citizen Action of Wisconsin launches new effort to create jobs and extend $600 a week unemployment bonus

Our country is suffering economically. 45 million people have filed for unemployment since the COVID-19 outbreak began. Many of those jobs are not coming back. We need action RIGHT NOW to put money into people’s pockets and create jobs from coast to coast.

Citizen Action of Wisconsin has officially launched a major lobbying effort to extend federal unemployment benefits AND pass legislation to create millions of federal subsidized jobs (many of which in the green energy sector).

On Thursday June 11th, Citizen Action hosted a virtual town hall with 53 of our members to roll out details of this major undertaking. Our members helped us craft a plan of how to organize around this important issue while keeping everyone safe during the age of COVID-19.

Very soon we will be announcing our next virtual town hall featuring our special guest speaker Senator Tammy Baldwin. We will also be announcing details soon about in-person town halls (with extra safety precautions, mandatory masks, and enforced social distancing) in La Crosse, Madison and Milwaukee. Keep an eye on your email for these announcements very soon!

In the meantime you can help RIGHT NOW. Please use this link to send an email directly to your representatives in the US Senate and the House letting them know you support extending the federal unemployment benefit and a federal jobs creation bill.

It is so vital that our elected leaders hear from us about this important issue. It only takes a few clicks to send the email directly from our website. Please take a moment to fill it out and PLEASE share the link to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, email, text and anywhere else you can!  Change is possible; together we can create an economy that works for EVERY AMERICAN!

Brown County Board passes Fair Maps Referendum for November Ballot!

This week the Brown County Board of Supervisors passed, 15-10, a #FairMapsWI Referendum for the November ballot!

Voters will be asked: “Should the Wisconsin Legislature create a nonpartisan procedure for the preparation of legislative and congressional district plans and maps?”

The referendum passed in part thanks to the effort of Citizen Action Northeast WI co-op members Renee Gaush, Lindsay Dorff and other members. They have worked tirelessly for years to advance the cause of ending gerrymandering. They are the definition of community leaders!

Thanks to everyone who contacted their supervisors.

Brown County Board to discuss 100% clean energy, Tuesday, June 23rd!

The Brown County Board of Supervisors will discuss committing to 100 percent clean energy during its Planning, Development, and Transportation Committee meeting on Tuesday, June 23, and we need your help to ensure the resolution is voted out of committee and moves onto the full county board.

We need you to contact two important supervisors we need to convince. Just a couple minutes spent calling Supervisors Dave Landwehr and Ray Suennen to urge them to commit to 100 percent clean energy for county operations will bring us one step closer to realizing that goal.

Supervisor Dave Landwehr – 920-339-0792
Supervisor Ray Suennen – 920-662-1088

Sign petition in support.

Healthcare Co-Op Stands Up Against a Disastrous Pharmaceutical Company  Merger 

Last week members of Citizen Action had their say about a big pharmaceutical merger that is in the approval process with the Federal Trade Commission.

AbbVie bought out Allergan for $63 billion in one of the largest mergers in the healthcare sector.  Both companies already had a history of anti-competitive behavior and price gouging. AbbVie manufactures Humira, a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis and the world’s best-selling drug which has made the company $130 billion since its introduction 2003.

Because of the pandemic, most of our actions have been digital and this was no different. We had members officially register their comments with the FTC and urged the FTC to not approve the merger.  Government is the only entity large enough to provide a counter balance to these ever expanding companies. We must demand that the Government work for us and to stop these giant monopolies from forming.  Consolidation of these companies has never been proven to be a good thing for consumers.

Northwestern WI Co-op General Party Meeting – July 11, 2020 at 10:00am

Join us on Zoom on July 11, 2020 at 10am for a gathering of our Northwestern Wisconsin Co-op members!

We will be discussing what we have done so far this year, where we are heading, and what Citizen Action is doing for the 2020 elections.

Register in advance here for your Zoom link.

Share your COVID-19 Story

Are you or a family member in a COVID-19 high risk population? Have you or your family been economically affected by COVID-19? Have you gotten an outrageous bill from a COVID test? If so, please consider telling your story by emailing our story bank organizer Shannon at shannon@citizenactionwi.org.

Bring Climate Equity to Wisconsin 

Join Northside Rising and Citizen Action at a public hearing. Wisconsin has fallen behind other states in addressing climate change. A state task force is advising the Governor on strategies the state can take to fight global warming.

You can be part of this efforts to move Wisconsin forward by attending or speaking at one of the public hearings. Let our leaders know how we can make our state a healthier, safer, and more sustainable place to live. There are 5 scheduled online hearings:

  • June 23, 6-9pm
  • June 27, 12-3pm
  • July 7th, 6-9pm
  • July 9th, 6-9pm
  • July 15th, 6-9pm

For more information, contact the co-op organizer at trevonna.sims@citizenactionwi.org

Facebook event page

Citizen Action in the News

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig was on the Jeff Santos radio show to discuss this week’s national political news. The show, which broadcasts from Boston daily, is coming soon to Milwaukee and Madison progeressive radio. Robert Kraig and our good friend John Nichols are both regular guests.

There was a story in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about a federal court case brought by One Wisconsin Now and Citizen Action of Wisconsin against the photo ID law which still could strike it down before the November election.

Press Clips

“Fighting for anti-racist communities” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

As America celebrates emancipation on Juneteenth Day 2020, our panel discusses the state and local responses to the Black Lives Matter movement, including the Milwaukee Common Council’s proposal to cut the police budget by 10% and Milwaukee Public School board’s move to remove police from the schools. We are also joined by State Representative Jonathan Brostoff to discuss shocking racism from elected officials and businesses in Menomonee Falls this week. Finally, we discuss two critical SCOTUS rulings, both major defeats for President Trump, on LGBTQ+ and immigrants’ rights. Do these surprising rulings throw cold water on the right’s plan to legislate through conservative judges?

LISTEN NOW – EPISODE #447
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“Fighting for anti-racist communities” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“Fighting for anti-racist communities” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

As America celebrates emancipation on Juneteenth Day 2020, our panel discusses the state and local responses to the Black Lives Matter movement, including the Milwaukee Common Council’s proposal to cut the police budget by 10% and Milwaukee Public School board’s move to remove police from the schools. We are also joined by State Representative Jonathan Brostoff to discuss shocking racism from elected officials and businesses in Menomonee Falls this week. Finally, we discuss two critical SCOTUS rulings, both major defeats for President Trump, on LGBTQ+ and immigrants’ rights. Do these surprising rulings throw cold water on the right’s plan to legislate through conservative judges?
LISTEN NOW – EPISODE #447
Download Mp3
Press Clips

Take Action in a Juneteenth Day event near you!

Links:
The Black Legislative Caucus and Assembly Democrats are putting pressure on Gov. Evers.
Assembly Democrats back call for special session on Juneteenth to address criminal justice reform.
MPS considers terminating Milwaukee police contract to patrol outside buildings.
MPS considers terminating Milwaukee police contract to patrol outside buildings.
Milwaukee PD Faces 10 Percent Cut.
How Many Fewer Cops With A 10% Cut?
1.5 million new unemployment claims filed last week.
UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee make it official: Campuses will reopen for fall, but with limitations.
WEC approves final draft to send absentee ballot application to 2.7 million voters.
SCOTUS made a monumental ruling — and there could be more to come.
Supreme Court blocks Trump from ending DACA in big win for ‘Dreamers’

Bill Kaplan: Cheerleading won’t end COVID-19 and the recession

Bill Kaplan: Cheerleading won’t end COVID-19 and the recession

Cheerleading won’t end COVID-19 and the recession. To date there are over 2 million COVID-19 cases nationally, including 22,500 in Wisconsin, over 115,000 U.S. deaths, near 700 in WI. Politico reported it took about 3 months to hit 1 million cases, but only 6 weeks to double to over 2 million. And, Wisconsin will soon double cases from the date when GOP legislators and the state Supreme Court ended stay-at-home (no replacement).

However, Trump consistently self-congratulates as the horrific toll rises: “We’ve made every decision correctly. We may have some embers, or some ashes or we may have some flames coming, but we’ll put them out.” Except new COVID-19 cases are increasing in 22 states (NYT). “(E)pidemiologists said that even taking into account a rise in testing, the increase in Sun Belt states suggested increased transmissions” (NYT). Moreover, rural Wisconsin could see a surge if tourists return. Finally, the protests against the police murder of George Floyd have resulted in a small (so far) increase, including 1 case in Stevens Point, Wisconsin.

The economic news is also grim. When the unemployment rate declined to 16.3 percent, highest rate since the 1930s, Trump declared victory: “This shows that what we’ve been doing is right. This is outstanding … .” While Wisconsin GOP Senator Ron Johnson breathlessly declared: “I think the shutdown is definitely over and we can really start recovering … spectacular news”. Cheerleading and delusion. You can’t see around the corner with long lines of the unemployed at food banks.

Last week, stocks took a dive, worst since March. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell told the press that millions of jobs may be lost permanently. (Note: over 626,000 Wisconsinites have applied for unemployment benefits since March 15.) The Fed said the economic misery may last years and recovery was “extraordinarily uncertain”. Powell pleaded that “Congress will need to do more”. Are Wisconsin congressional Republicans listening?

The economic collapse and pandemic spell disaster for health care. Prior to COVID-19 and the recession, hundreds of thousands of Wisconsinites lacked health coverage. They included the elderly, white rural Wisconsinites and blacks in cities. However, the rising uninsured rate encompasses the entire state. Over 446,000 Wisconsinites lost their private employer-based health insurance as unemployment increased (Kaiser Family Foundation). Let that catastrophic number sink in: no health coverage means human misery and a collapsing health care system.

Study after study before COVID-19 showed rural Wisconsin hospitals vulnerable – worse now. Moreover, many private medical practitioners may have to close. The GOP-led Wisconsin legislature can do something – expand Medicaid with 90 percent federal funding. The New England Journal of Medicine made the case for expansion amid COVID-19: “Our findings … are consistent with case studies from several states showing that they have used federal dollars from the Medicaid expansion to offset … direct subsidies to public hospitals and mental health centers … and (for) a more generous match rate for optional groups previously covered … .”

Time to face reality and expand Medicaid. Circumstances have changed.

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

Citizen Action Weekly; Friday, June 12th

Citizen Action Weekly; Friday, June 12th

Friday, June 12th

Attend a BLM event near you this weekend!

Checkout list of events in Wisconsin.

We will be attempting to post as many events on our facebook page. Please check our page for events near you. Citizen Action facebook page.

Also, check with your regional organizer about events in your region. 

Bring Climate Equity to Wisconsin 

Join Northside Rising and Citizen Action at a public hearing. Wisconsin has fallen behind other states in addressing climate change. A state task force is advising the Governor on strategies the state can take to fight global warming.

You can be part of this efforts to move Wisconsin forward by attending or speaking at one of the public hearings. Let our leaders know how we can make our state a healthier, safer, and more sustainable place to live.

There are 5 scheduled online hearings:

– June 23, 6-9pm
– June 27, 12-3pm
– July 7th, 6-9pm
– July 9th, 6-9pm
– July 15th, 6-9pm

For more information, contact the co-op organizer at trevonna.sims@citizenactionwi.org
Facebook event page

Southwest Wisconsin small towns join in Black Lives Matter protests

In the wake of the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police and the murder of Breonna Taylor in her sleep by Louisville police America has seen its largest protest movement in history.  America is waking up to the fact that systemic racism is literally killing our black communities. Over the past two weeks protests have spread to all 50 states and across the world. This movement has sparked protests in cities big and small. Rural Citizen Action of Wisconsin members have even taken to the streets in small towns that don’t normally see social justice rallies.  Viroqua (population 4,400) had an amazing turnout of 250 people protesting last week.  Reedsburg (population 9,500) had 300 people turn out last Saturday for a rally.

You can read about the Viroqua protest here.

Citizen Action Stands in Solidarity with George Floyd/Black Lives Matter Marches throughout North Central WI

Various organizations and community groups organized George Floyd marches throughout the NC region. Citizen Action members and allies stood in Solidarity with many of these events, and in some communities, were actively involved in Organizing them. In the Western most part of the region, in Ladysmith (Rusk County), members of the Western WI and NC Organizing Co-ops worked through the Rusk County Democrats to put their event together.

There were also marches or solidarity rallies in Elcho (Langlade County), Minocqua (Vilas/Oneida Counties), Merrill (Lincoln County), Stevens Point (Portage County), and Wausau (Marathon County). In fact, Wausau’s march was the largest demonstration that the City has ever seen!

In Wausau, the Wausau Police Department, the Wausau Mayor, and several other governmental entities supported the march. The police were the first ones there, and trailed the march offering water to the participants.

This really set a positive tone in Wausau, and it shows that this community has grown significantly. The newly elected Mayor, Katie Rosenberg, and City Council are shining brightly, in a way that has not happened in the past. Movement politics is working, and we must stay the course, so that we can see this kind of leadership all across our state and nation!

Green Bay Justice for George Floyd, Justice for Jonathan Tubby.

Last weekend, thousands of protesters took to the streets of Green Bay to demand Justice for George Floyd, Justice for Jonathan Tubby, and to fight for anti-racist policies in our community. Robin Tinnon, co-founder of Black Lives United and Citizen Action Co-op member Kristina Shelton, Vice President of the Green Bay School Board, gave the following remarks:

“I’ve grown up here, I’m very invested in this community as a business owner, as a college student, all those things, as a mom. We are all out here gathering because we want to tell you about George Floyd but also tell you about all the other Black men and women who die at the hands of police. We have for so long stood up for this in our community. We have for so long cried on camera and called out to our aldermans and our city officials to tell them to stop allowing Black bodies to be equal to nothing in the United States of America. And what we’re seeing worldwide is an uprising. People are done. And our community is done. We’re telling folks that Black Lives Matter.”

-Robin Tinnon, co-founder of Black Lives United

“This is a movement for the people. This is about equity. White people have to put it on the line to stand up for their Black and brown community members. It is undeniable what is happening around the country, it’s undeniable what’s happening here. The videos over and over have shown us and given us a glimpse of what Black and brown community members have been dealing with for hundreds of years. It is undeniable. And now is the time for us to stand up and put, quite frankly, our lives on the line, our property on the line, our rights on the line, our privileges on the line, to say we stand with you, not in words, but in action in the community. Action is what love looks like in public. And we will not sit at home anymore and give lip service to white supremacy to racism and oppression and power structures that no longer hold up everyone in this community. We must do a better job.”

-Kristina Shelton, Vice President of the Green Bay School Board

Tinnon (right) and Shelton (Center) speak at Green Bay Protest. Shelton is a co-op member

Volunteer to help Citizen Action Co-op member and endorsed state legislative candidate Emily Siegrist this Sunday at Noon in Brown Deer .

Come and join Emily Siegrist for a volunteer event to deliver Emily’s campaign literature to homes of voters in Brown Deer this Sunday, June 14th, Noon, 8060 N 60th St.

Emily is strongly encouraging volunteers to wear masks while out in the community. Emily will have masks for those who need them.

Please RSVP and let her know you’re coming so we can cut enough turf.

TAKE ACTION: Expand BadgerCare & Free COVID-19 Testing & Treatment!

It’s time for us to unite across our differences and work together to deliver free testing and treatment for COVID-19 for everyone in Wisconsin. We need to open BadgerCare to everyone without insurance and require insurance companies to provide free COVID 19 testing and treatment without any copays or deductibles, we can ensure that all Wisconsinites have the health care we need through this crisis.

Contact your state legislators today in support. 

Consumer Protection Team Healthcare Survey.

Do you know anyone who is struggling with an unpaid medical bill?  How about complaining that a preventive test they thought was covered, is now not? Take our Citizen Action healthcare survey to help us fight back against the big health insurance companies and healthcare providers (e.g. clinics, hospitals) that are hurting everyday people seeking care.

Citizen Action in the News

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig discussed how we translate the historic protests sparked by the racist murder of George Floyd into deep reform on the Jeff Santos Radio Show

The justice for George Floyd protest in tiny Viroqua, co-organized by Citizen Action’s Driftless Area Co-op Organizer Ben Wilson, drew great local media coverage.

Press Clips

“Listening to Sterling Brown” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast.

We welcome Mark Thomsen, the attorney for Milwaukee Bucks player Sterling Brown, to discuss critical lessons from Sterling Brown’s legal case against the Milwaukee Police and what they teach us about police reform. In addition, we discuss the Wisconsin Election Commission’s unanimous decision to send absentee ballot application to 2.7 million Wisconsin registered voters.

Listen Now – Episode #446
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“Listening to Sterling Brown” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We welcome Mark Thomsen, the attorney for Milwaukee Bucks player Sterling Brown, to discuss critical lessons from Sterling Brown’s legal case against the Milwaukee Police and what they teach us about police reform. In addition, we discuss the Wisconsin Election Commission’s unanimous decision to send absentee ballot application to 2.7 million Wisconsin registered voters.
Listen Now – Episode #446
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Press Clips

Read Sterling Brown Legal Complaint
Contact Mark Thomsen

Links:

Wisconsin’s Legislative Black Caucus urges Gov. Tony Evers to call Juneteenth special session on overhauling police policies.
Dems locking down votes on police reform.
US Democrats introduce sweeping legislation to reform police.
Black Lives Matter Protests Are Not Just Happening in Wisconsin’s Big Cities.
Can the Police Union Prevent Reform?
NY lawmakers approve 10 police reform bills in 3 days.
Milwaukee planned to purchase equipment for chemical irritants but canceled after Common Council members objected.
Elections Commission moves one step closer to mailing absentee application to 2.7 million voters.