Bill Kaplan: COVID-19 apocalypse is here

Bill Kaplan: COVID-19 apocalypse is here

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“The pandemic has worsened across the country over the last two months, but perhaps nowhere as precipitously as in Wisconsin. Testing centers are overwhelmed, raising the risk of further spread as people who might otherwise learn they are infected delay isolating themselves” (NYT). Hospitals are near capacity, our medical heroes are at a breaking point and PPE is running out. The COVID-19 apocalypse is here.

There are 300,000+ cases, with 2,600+ deaths in Wisconsin. And, many of the sick will suffer lasting “damage (to) the lungs, heart and brain” (NYT). There have been 11 million cases and 250,000 dead nationally. Moreover, there is a leadership vacuum in Washington, despite the mounting horror.

“It seems clear Trump has checked out … . It’s pretty clear he feels wounded. Under those circumstances, the idea he’s going to pay more attention to the details of governance is ridiculous” (Norman Ornstein, conservative scholar). Wisconsin cannot wait for president-elect Joe Biden to take office.

Last week, a downcast, exhausted Governor Tony Evers delivered a statewide plea: “Wisconsin, this is serious. This crisis is urgent.” He implored Wisconsinites to take precautions – wear a mask, avoid crowds and limit social gatherings. Evers also relitigated the past, pointing out how GOP legislative leaders have repeatedly sued to have COVID-19 safety rules overturned. GOP Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, reacting to Evers, said it might be time to “hit the reset button”. However, he then listed all his grievances to the press, calling Evers a “dictator” for imposing a mask mandate. Enough!

Personal responsibility hasn’t worked. “An evaluation of state policies showed greater declines in daily COVID-19 cases after issuing mask mandates compared with states that did not have mandates” (JAMA). 34 states have mask mandates. Many GOP governors get it. Ohio GOP Governor Mike DeWine said: “Wear a mask, so that your friends, neighbors and family might live.” And, Utah GOP Governor Gary Herbert declared a mask mandate last week: “Under this requirement, all Utahns must wear masks in public … (and) in business settings … . We cannot afford to debate this issue.” Does Vos think those mask mandate conservatives are “dictators”?

Time for a reset. Governor Evers would be wise to ask a prominent Republican to serve in his administration to show goodwill and reinforce that safety rules are nonpartisan. GOP legislative leaders need to meet Evers at least halfway. The “Stop the COVID Spread” coalition (health care and business groups) could be helpful in that, and more.

For example, make the case that wearing a mask is not optional. Point out how Republicans across the nation support a mask mandate. Second, join the AMA in condemning “highly offensive claims that physicians are inflating the number of COVID-19 cases to increase (their) incomes.” Third, lend your skills to help Wisconsin manufacture N95 masks and freezers for vaccine storage. Important for rural hospitals.

Wisconsin is on its own until January. Wearing masks and social distancing (no holiday gatherings, political demonstrations) could help check the COVID-19 surge while vaccine developments advance.

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

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Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, November 13th

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, November 13th

Friday, November 13th

Attend Citizen Action of Wisconsin’s Virtual Fundraiser Wednesday, November 18th, 6pm

We won Wisconsin for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, and now it’s time to celebrate and to plan for big progressive advances in 2021!

Join us for our first virtual fundraiser!

We will be joined by Tammy Baldwin, and Mandela Barnes to give perspective on the big victory and lay out a vision for transforming Wisconsin and America. Citizen Action co-op member Emily Siegrist will also join us to discuss her very close election defeat in a gerrymandered Assembly District. She will tell us why we must continue to pursue taking back the Legislature.

We’re excited to provide an evening of celebration and discussion with our members and speakers. We look forward to hearing our guest’s thoughts on how we can win guaranteed health care for all, a Green New Deal, dismantling structural racism, and other big issues on the table.

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Governor Evers and Lieutenant Governor Barnes virtual healthcare state budget listening session. 

The Governor and Lieutenant Governor will be holding a series of virtual state budget public listening sessions providing you with a unique opportunity to make your voice heard.

The first virtual budget listening session will take place next week Tuesday, November 17 at 6:00PM and will focus on Healthcare and Public Health. 

This is a great opportunity to support making sure the Governor’s State Budget includes his 2018 campaign promise to expand access to healthcare to everyone by opening up BadgerCare as a Public Option to corporate healthcare.

Register to attend here.

If you would like to submit a written public comment, please do so here.

Each virtual budget listening session requires registration, which will close promptly on the day of the listening session at 6:00pm.

For more information click the link, to access the Governor and Lieutenant Governor’s 2020 Budget Listening Session website.

We encourage you to discuss our state budget healthcare agenda:

  1. Accept BadgerCare expansion (available federal Medicaid money)
    • Apply the saving to health equity funding, not more giveaways to the health care industry.
  2. BadgerCare Public Option (buy-in program on the ACA Marketplace)and expansion to 200% FPL The Basic Health Plan (under the ACA) ($52,000 Family of 4). The latter restores the income threshold to the pre-Scott Walker era. Feds pay 95% of the cost!
  3. Create a Wisconsin Prescription Drug Affordability Board, as was recommended by the Governor’s Task Force on Prescription Drugs.
  4. Caregiver wages and healthcare.
    • Higher wages for home care and personal care workers to address the shortage of caregivers and pay a living wage to one of the fastest growing professions in Wisconsin.
    • Increased healthcare and food assistance for caregivers.
      Earning disregard for caregivers wages when calculating eligibility for BadgerCare and SNAP, giving the eligibility at a higher income level and taking way the incentive to turn down hours desperately needed by Wisconsin seniors and people with disabilities.

TAKE ACTION: Contact your state legislators and tell them to publicly speak out against Trump’s scheme to overturn the will of Wisconsin’s voters

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Our democracy is based on the idea that we pick our leaders. In the epicenter of America’s coronavirus epidemic, amidst barriers that make registering and accessing the ballot box a challenge for many, Wisconsinites did just that. This election season, we turned out in record numbers, from Milwaukee to Douglas County, and everywhere in between, to vote for the future that we have been working towards throughout this long year—a future where all of us count.

The people have spoken, and now our government must deliver on their demands. The campaigning and voting is over, and it’s time for the governing to begin.

Unfortunately, President Trump and too many Republicans are attempting to overturn the election and subvert the will of the 3 million-plus people who voted in Wisconsin.

We need to speak up and tell our elected officials in the state legislature that they need to publicly oppose Trump’s effort to overturn the Wisconsin election.

CONTACT your state legislators and tell them to publicly speak out against Trump and the GOP’s scheme to overturn the will of Wisconsin’s voters.

Trump’s Stacked Supreme Court Could Overturn ACA Coverage and Pre-Existing Condition Protections for Millions of Wisconsinites

Citizen Action of Wisconsin Urges Justices to Put Partisan Politics Aside and Uphold the Law

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Statement in response to the Supreme Court’s hearing of the California v. Texas lawsuit to determine the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act Citizen Action of Wisconsin released the following statement:

“COVID cases are surging in Wisconsin to new levels, setting new records for infection and putting Wisconsinites’ lives at risk. During the biggest public health crisis of our lifetimes, we need more and better health care for all people, not less. And yet, during this global pandemic, the United States is taking up the Trump and Republican backed California v. Texas lawsuit that threatens to take health care away from millions of Americans.

Rather than protect and expand health care or lower drug prices, President Trump spent four years trying to repeal the ACA, weaken Medicaid and Medicare, and breaking his promises about lowering drug prices. In the last month before the election, his top priority was not COVID relief and recovery, but instead he focused on packing the Supreme Court with another right wing judge that opposes the ACA.

In defiance of past precedence, the legal opinions of experts across the political spectrum who argue that this case has no merit, and the harmful impact of overturning coverage for over 20 million people as well as pre-existing condition protections for 135 million more, this court could refuse to uphold the ACA. That decision would have dire consequences for Wisconsinites. Experts estimate that 153,000 Wisconsinites could lose coverage, including 41,000 young adults on their parents’ coverage and 28,000 children. Furthermore, without the Affordable Care Act, between 883,000 and 2.4 million Wisconsinites with pre-existing conditions could be denied coverage or be discriminated against and face much higher costs.

While millions of Americans would lose coverage and protections, the wealthy few and large corporations would receive massive tax breaks. Prescription drug corporations would receive a massive tax break from the repeal amounting to $2.8 billion annually and the richest households in Wisconsin would collectively receive $420 million in tax breaks.

For the sake of our democracy and our health, the Supreme Court must uphold the ACA as the law of the land and put aside partisan politics to act as a neutral arbiter in this case. The justices must prioritize sound legal judgement and the well-being of the nation over President Trump’s anti-health care legacy.”

Thank you to all the Driftless Co-op members who came out to volunteer, speak at, or attend all our local post election events!

November 7th “Voters Decided: Fighting for a Better Tomorrow” rally

Just hours after Joe Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 Presidential Election activists gathered at Copeland Park in La Crosse for a rally calling on all of us to stay committed to creating the change that we want to see in the world.  This was a different event than your normal political rally.  Newly elected leaders, stand up comics, activist leaders, musicians and community leaders all presented to remind everyone that the work is never over!

Over 50 people gathered for this fun day of activism, comedy and music in the park.  Special guest speakers included Francesca Hong (who had just been elected to the state assembly) and super star, Wisconsin, progressive activist, Nada Elmikashfi made the trip from Madison to remind Driftless region progressives know that they are not in this alone!  The day ended with everyone gather lining up with signs along Copeland Ave to let the public know that we are not done fighting!  A very special thanks to every speaker, entertainer and volunteer who made the day possible:

Wyatt Molling – UWL College Dems
Lincoln Freimund – local stand up comic
Lizz Brannonn – local stand up comic
Monica Kruse – La Crosse County Board Chair
Kathy Allen – local Sierra Club President
Nada Elmikashfi – super star activist
Francesca Hong – Assembly person elect from Wisconsin’s 76th district
Josefine Jaynes – candidate for Wisconsin’s 96th Assembly district
High Pri$e – La Crosse area rapper
Nick Dutton – local activist and now musician
K.C. Cayo – local activist and super star volunteer

The rest of 2020 for the Driftless Co-op

This election was a huge step forward, but it is not the end of our work to transform Wisconsin. We need everyone to come together to build energy for the big battles ahead in 2021 to win structural reform in Wisconsin and in Washington.

Moving forward Citizen Action of Wisconsin remains committed to creating change on the local, state and federal level.  As we enter the last few weeks of 2020 we will be working with our member leaders to lay the groundwork for the future.

In December we will be hosting our annual statewide membership meeting.  That is where we will be electing our board of directors.  It is so important that we elect a Driftless Co-op member on the board.  We need rural representation from this part of the state!

There is also a huge fight for a people’s budget in the state house in 2021.  We need to identify the issues/programs that need to be funded here in Wisconsin.  We also need to include the expansion of Badgercare into that fight.

We also need to identify progressive candidates for local office.  There are tons of local races next spring for mayoral seats and city council seats.  Local elected leaders have a huge impact on their communities.  We want to help our local, progressive leaders run winning campaigns.  We want to help them become true progressive leaders, creating a better tomorrow for their communities.  If you know someone interested in running for local office in 2021 please have them reach out to Ben Wilson ASAP at [email protected].  If you would like to schedule a meeting with the Driftless Co-op organizer, Ben Wilson, please use this link to Book A Meeting Now.  Whether you are a long standing member wanting to touch base about the future, someone looking to get more involved in the co-op, someone new to Citizen Action of Wisconsin looking to learn more or someone thinking of running for local office Ben would like to talk to you!

More big mobilization, calls to action, and announcements are coming soon!  Thank you all so much for everything you did to help defeat Donald Trump.  Now as we look forward to the future.  Take a minute for yourself, rest and get ready because the fight for tomorrow is never done!

The North Central Organizing Co-op Kicks Off First Two Wausau Green Homes Upgrades

Citizen Action’s North Central Wisconsin Organizing Co-op kicked off a new drive to energy retrofit homes for conservation and renewable energy. The program lines up low interest loans for our members, and commits them to work towards a large scale climate transition.

A couple of years ago, a member-led campaign that worked to promote a type of financing called PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy), led members and allies to ask an obvious question…How do we make it easier for homeowners to access energy upgrades, such as solar panels. PACE only has a history of working for businesses, not homeowners. Citizen Action staff were then involved in a process where they were able to work with financial institutions to offer something very similar to homeowners. Basically, if a person has a 15-year or 30-year mortgage, they can refinance their mortgage (this is a great time to do this because interest rates are at an historic all time low), and bundle in solar panels and other home energy upgrades to lower their energy bills and permanently reduce the carbon footprint of their home.

You can sell the home at any time after these upgrades (with a higher value) and there is a law on the books in Wisconsin that exempts property taxes from increasing as a result of the addition of solar panels. Over the past few months, we have been working with homeowners in the region to do these upgrades, and help them navigate the refinancing process.

Yesterday, the first two homes to do the solar upgrades in Wausau, “flipped the switch” to officially connect their solar arrays to their home and the grid. You can see a segment about this on Newschannel 7 WSAW. If you would like to sign up to do this for yourself or share it with others, you can do that here, and someone will follow up with you shortly.

Citizen Action in the News

Citizen Action’s Director Robert Kraig was on the Stan Milam radio show for 45 minutes to discuss the big Affordable Care Act repeal case before the U.S. Supreme Court, the prospects for prescription drug reform, the Biden/Harris health care plan, and other health care issues. Listen to the interview here.

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“Looking Forward” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast.

As COVID-19 surges dangerously out of control, we look forward to national and state course corrections. Next, we discuss the prospects for national healthcare reform in the coming Biden/Harris Administration. We evaluate Gov. Evers’ new COVID-19 Executive Orders, as health care workers and hospitals are on the brink. We preview the 2021-22 state budget process and the importance of pushing to include BadgerCare Public Option and other structural reforms in Governor Evers’ next two year budget.

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“Looking Forward” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast.

“Looking Forward” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast.

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As COVID-19 surges dangerously out of control, we look forward to national and state course corrections. Next, we discuss the prospects for national healthcare reform in the coming Biden/Harris Administration. We evaluate Gov. Evers’ new COVID-19 Executive Orders, as health care workers and hospitals are on the brink. We preview the 2021-22 state budget process and the importance of pushing to include BadgerCare Public Option and other structural reforms in Governor Evers’ next two year budget.

LISTEN NOW!

Attend Governor Evers and Lieutenant Governor Barnes virtual state budget listening session on healthcare, Tuesday, November 17th, 6pm.

Attend Citizen Action Virtual Fundraiser with Senator Tammy Baldwin and Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes
Wednesday, November 18th, 6pm-8pm
Sponsor and RSVP for the event.

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Statement: Trump’s Stacked Supreme Court Could Overturn ACA Coverage and Pre-Existing Condition Protections for Millions of Wisconsinites

For Immediate Release: November 10, 2020
Contacts: Robert Kraig (414) 322-5324, [email protected]

 

Statement: Trump’s Stacked Supreme Court Could Overturn ACA Coverage and Pre-Existing Condition Protections for Millions of Wisconsinites

Citizen Action of Wisconsin Urges Justices to Put Partisan Politics Aside and Uphold the Law

Milwaukee, WI – Statement in response to the Supreme Court’s hearing of the California v. Texas lawsuit to determine the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act Citizen Action of Wisconsin released the following statement:  

“COVID cases are surging in Wisconsin to new levels, setting new records for infection and putting Wisconsinites’ lives at risk. During the biggest public health crisis of our lifetimes, we need more and better health care for all people, not less. And yet, during this global pandemic, the United States is taking up the Trump and Republican backed California v. Texas lawsuit that threatens to take health care away from millions of Americans.

Rather than protect and expand health care or lower drug prices, President Trump spent four years trying to repeal the ACA, weaken Medicaid and Medicare, and breaking his promises about lowering drug prices. In the last month before the election, his top priority was not COVID relief and recovery, but instead he focused on packing the Supreme Court with another right wing judge that opposes the ACA. 

In defiance of past precedence, the legal opinions of experts across the political spectrum who argue that this case has no merit, and the harmful impact of overturning coverage for over 20 million people as well as pre-existing condition protections for 135 million more, this court could refuse to uphold the ACA. That decision would have dire consequences for Wisconsinites. Experts estimate that 153,000 Wisconsinites could lose coverage, including 41,000 young adults on their parents’ coverage and 28,000 children. Furthermore, without the Affordable Care Act, between 883,000 and 2.4 million Wisconsinites with pre-existing conditions could be denied coverage or be discriminated against and face much higher costs.

While millions of Americans would lose coverage and protections, the wealthy few and large corporations would receive massive tax breaks. Prescription drug corporations would receive a massive tax break from the repeal amounting to $2.8 billion annually and the richest households in Wisconsin would collectively receive $420 million in tax breaks.

For the sake of our democracy and our health, the Supreme Court must uphold the ACA as the law of the land and put aside partisan politics to act as a neutral arbiter in this case. The justices must prioritize sound legal judgement and the well-being of the nation over President Trump’s anti-health care legacy.” 

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Bill Kaplan: Wisconsin is at a COVID-19 tipping point

Joe Biden won a majority of the popular vote, is approaching 300+ electoral college votes and will become president on January 20, 2021. And, there will be no veto-proof majority in the Wisconsin GOP-led legislature. Now it’s time for governing, including compromise, negotiation, respect for opponents (they are not enemies) and acceptance of science.

I spoke with Doctor Bill Melms, Chief Medical Officer, Marshfield Clinic. He said: “We are at a tipping point in Wisconsin. As we continue to see increases in the daily rate of new cases of COVID-19, we must expect that the number of hospitalized patients will continue to increase as well.” There are now about 270,000 cases, over 2,300 deaths.

Doctor Melms explained: “We will not see the light at the end of this tunnel until we start to see the number of new cases decrease, and we will not see this until there is a change in behavior. … (Wisconsinites must) wear a mask, socially distance and avoid situations where others do not mask or distance. If you are told to quarantine, please do so.” This is nonpartisan advocacy based on science.

Ohio GOP Governor Mike DeWine understands. He said: “This virus doesn’t care if we voted for Donald Trump, (or) Joe Biden. It’s coming after all of us. … Most states … (have) put on a mask mandate. … It can work at the state level and it has worked.” Why? “Face coverings decrease the amount of infectious virus exhaled into the environment, reducing the risk an exposed person will become infected” (JAMA).

Tommy Thompson, former Wisconsin GOP governor and now president of the UW System, has taken bold action: A mask mandate, social distancing, widespread testing, contact tracing and housing to quarantine the sick. He said: “I’m of the opinion that when you have … an outside enemy like this virus, you have to fight it on a bipartisan basis.” He has appealed to the country “to come together”.

We need to find common ground. The state health system is overwhelmed, especially in rural areas. Doctor Melms said: “While rural and urban health care organizations face some of the same fundamental challenges, some of those challenges are magnified in the rural setting. Staffing is a prominent example.” Moreover, rural hospitals lack intensive care beds, adequate transit and enough PPE.

To move forward I propose the following: Wisconsin Democratic Governor Tony Evers would be wise to ask a prominent Republican to serve in his administration to reach out to GOP legislative leaders. I would suggest Governors Evers touch base with Thompson, former GOP state Senator Dale Schultz and retiring GOP state Senator Luther Olsen. And, take a look at how North Carolina (NC) Blue Cross-Blue Shield, doctors, Nonwoven Institute and Freudenberg Performance Materials are collaborating to manufacture N95 masks in NC. We could do the same in Wisconsin.

Finally, Doctor Melms recommended: “Spend the (Thanksgiving) holiday with your household contacts and not with your extended family and friends. There will be better days ahead.”

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

Citizen Action Weekly; Friday, November 6th

Citizen Action Weekly; Friday, November 6th

Friday, November 6th

Citizen Action members play a significant role in Wisconsin victory for Joe Biden. 

Citizen Action members’ significant volunteer activity helped win Wisconsin for Joe Biden this week. In Wisconsin, Biden edged past Trump with record high turnout in Dane and Milwaukee Counties. In addition, a 2% increase in the rural vote for Biden in Wisconsin, as well as a shift to Biden in small and medium metro areas also helped make the final difference. 

Thank you to all the Citizen Action volunteers who helped us complete 23,630 conversations on the phones this fall with targeted voters in the City of Milwaukee and its suburbs and rural and small towns throughout Wisconsin. You were a part of helping Joe Biden win Wisconsin by 20,535 votes.

The Citizen Action program also helped elect (5) new state legislators and re-elect (4) Democrats to the State Legislature with a significant direct voter contact program that included 889,893 pieces of mail and a well funded digital program. 

Wisconsin upheld its reputation as an active, divided, battleground state with a record voter turnout of about 3.3 million — the most ever in the state —  which is at least 72% of the voting age population.

Thank you to every candidate that ran for office this fall. Now we focus on making sure every vote is counted!

November 7th “Voters Decided: Fighting for a Better Tomorrow” rally and protest Copeland Park La Crosse 1:00 PM 

We must do everything we can to make sure that we all stay involved and committed to creating a better Wisconsin and a better tomorrow!

Regardless of the results of November 3rd’s election activists need to stay focused on creating a better tomorrow.   Just because we won or lost an election that does not mean we can get lazy. Citizen Action of Wisconsin, SEIU Healthcare and Opportunity Wisconsin plan to bring activists together for a day of fun, entertainers and great speakers to remind us all that the fight is never over!  We need to stay active!  We need to keep fighting for action on climate change, racial justice in our state, police reform, a living wage, economic justice, healthcare for all, COVID relief, and everything else that will ensure a better tomorrow! In order to create the world we want, we have to stay active and keep organizing!

The day’s actions will start with a rally filled with entertainers and speakers at 1:00 PM in Copeland Park on La Crosse’s north side.  Climate activists, musicians, union leaders, Black Lives Matter activists, stand up comics and community leaders will energize the crowd and remind everyone that the work to create a better tomorrow is never done! 

After the entertainers and speakers will line up along Copeland Avenue.  We will have signs on hand with messaging about Black Lives Matter, climate change, unions for all, a living wage, and healthcare for all—everyone can grab a sign for the issue that means the most to them! We will also have supplies on hand for folks to make their own signs. Exact time is subject to change so RSVP to stay up to date.  

PLEASE RSVP USING THIS FORM TO STAY UP TO DATE WITH DETAILS ON THIS EVENT 

Masks, hand sanitizer, snacks and water will be available to everyone on site for free.  We want to do everything we can to prevent COVID infection so masks and social distancing are a must!

Special guest speakers include:

  • Local musicians and comedians 
  • Student activists and leaders
  • Newly elected Wisconsin Assemblywoman, Francesca Hong
  • Nada Elmikashfi
  • Coulee Region Sierra Club President, Kathy Allen 

Citizen Action of Wisconsin members in the Driftless region step up to protect the vote and to keep everyone safe and healthy on Election Day

Volunteers from Viola, Viroqua, Cambell and La Crosse came out on Election Day to help with the “Defend Democracy” campaign.  These wonderful volunteers were on site at three locations in the city of La Crosse to hand out PPE, help voters address problems casting their vote and be ready to react to any voter intimidation.

In total 13 volunteers from the Driftless Co-op came out to help.  Co-op members (and allies)  were set up all day at the Coulee Recovery Center, Main St Library and Black River Beach La Crosse polling location.  These election defenders were able to help countless voters, including many first time voters from nearby Viterbo University.  

Voters received help finding the correct polling location, getting the correct ID, and correcting problems after being turned away from voting.  Our team also dealt with polling site logistic problems such as sites lacking a drive-through option.  They also handed out PPE to stop the spread of COVID19.
A huge thank you to everyone who came out to help!  We are so excited that our wonderful volunteers were out helping voters from the minute polls open until the last vote was cast in La Crosse!

La Crosse activists gather to demand that every vote is counted at rally in La Crosse

In these uncertain times we have to make sure that many norms are upheld.  We have to make sure that votes are counted and no one has their voice stolen.  

The Citizen Action of Wisconsin Driftless Co-op, along with SEIU Healthcare and Opportunity Wisconsin hosted a rally, protest, march and media event to demand that NO ONE is able to stop votes from being counted.  We needed to step up and make sure that no election, big or small, is stolen before the votes are counted.

Activists, organizers, speakers and the media started the day at Riverside Park.  Several speakers presented their own stories about why everyone’s voice is so important.  Local Citizen Action of Wisconsin member Tommy Krob spoke about the unique struggles faced by college students when voting.  Local Citizen Action of Wisconsin leadership team member Amy Dummer spoke about the need for fair elections.

The protest then turned into a march to City Hall and several more speakers.  You can read all about the day’s event here and hereA huge thank you goes out to all the activists and community leaders who came out to demand that every vote is counted!

Members and Friends of the North Central Organizing Co-op Turned Out to Observe the Polls

Citizen Action members and friends did more than just help push turnout in our elections, but many of them volunteered their time and energy at the polls. As poll workers and poll observers throughout various parts of the state. 

Poll observers traveled between each polling site in their communities, to ensure that there weren’t any significant problems. Lastly, some set up tables outside of polling locations to distribute free PPE, pens, water and to assist anyone who had issues voting, or who had questions related to voting.

Thank you so much to all of our members who did so much to make this a smooth election process in the Battleground State of Wisconsin!

The Voters Decided Rally in Milwaukee 

We worked hard, turned out big on Nov. 3 and won Wisconsin! Voters have selected Biden to ensure we can care for our families and move us forward to a better future. It’s time we come together, that the will of the people prevails and Biden is sworn in as President.

The CAW Milwaukee co-op will join community leaders, canvassers, voters, faith leaders and everyone who put their hearts and souls into the Wisconsin victory for music, speakers and fun. We need to have each others’ backs and stay united as we move ahead in our continued fight for healthcare, fair wages, and justice.

COVID-19: Because the health and safety of our community is our top priority, please make sure to attend only if you are not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms and have not been exposed to someone infected with the virus within the last 14 days. Participants must pledge to adhere to 6ft social distancing rules and wear a mask at all times. These rules will be enforced.

#MyVoteIsEssential #VotersDecide
Saturday, Nov. 7 at 1PM
Zeidler Union Square
301 W Michigan St

For more information visit #VotersDecide or contact Trevonna Sims at [email protected]

Defending Democracy in West Allis

In a municipality adjacent to Milwaukee, West Allis experienced some of the worst lines in Wisconsin.  Ultimately this suburb ended up voting for Joe Biden but in the grand scheme of things, no matter who you vote for, you should not have to wait in line for two hours. This was a serious malfunction of Democracy and we should not accept this as normal.  Every eligible voter deserves an easy and unencumbered access to express their vote.  

Voters were anxious as they spent time in line, unsure if they had the right documents or were at the correct polling location. Our group of volunteers did their part in ensuring voters felt prepared and ready to cast their vote by handing out water, masks, and directing them to the election protection phone number!

Thank you to our Citizen Action Members for volunteering to protect our democracy and ensure every vote was counted!

Citizen Action in the News

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig was on national Pacifica Radio to discuss Joe Biden’s comeback win in Wisconsin, and radical right attempts to challenge the result. Listen here. Pacifica Radio Network has over 200 radio stations affiliates across the U.S.

Citizen Action’s Driftless Area Organizing Co-op received great press coverage this week for leading public demonstrations to protect the vote and defend democracy. See coverage from WIZM Radio La Crosse; and CBS TV 8 La Crosse 

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig was on the Jeff Santos Show election day to project the results and aftermath. Listen here

In case you missed it last week, Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig was on the Earl Ingram Show for 60 minutes to discuss the road ahead to real structural reform in Wisconsin and nationally. Listen here..

“All In WINsconsin” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We review this week’s historic election that saw huge turnout nationally, including Wisconsin. We discuss how the blue wave this year was met by an almost equal red wave resulting in some disappointing results down ballot based on expectations buoyed by failed polling and the Trump campaign’s ability to expand its base. We shout out Milwaukee and other cities where Black and Brown communities successfully organized and turned out in large numbers putting Biden over the top. We analyze significant progressive gains in the Milwaukee suburbs that resulted in 2 new state assembly members and some heartbreaking narrow defeats for Emily Siegrist and few other state legislative candidates. The panel previews healthcare reform in a Biden Administration that must contend with a likely GOP U.S. Senate. We close with a call to action to get serious about combating COVID-19 outbreak in Wisconsin and America.

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“All In WINsconsin” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“All In WINsconsin” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We review this week’s historic election that saw huge turnout nationally, including Wisconsin. We discuss how the blue wave this year was met by an almost equal red wave resulting in some disappointing results down ballot based on expectations buoyed by failed polling and the Trump campaign’s ability to expand its base. We shout out Milwaukee and other cities where Black and Brown communities successfully organized and turned out in large numbers putting Biden over the top. We analyze significant progressive gains in the Milwaukee suburbs that resulted in 2 new state assembly members and some heartbreaking narrow defeats for Emily Siegrist and few other state legislative candidates. The panel previews healthcare reform in a Biden Administration that must contend with a likely GOP U.S. Senate. We close with a call to action to get serious about combating COVID-19 outbreak in Wisconsin and America.
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Citizen Action's 2020 Virtual EventCitizen Action’s 2020 Virtual Fundraiser featuring U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin and Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes.  Sponsor or RSVP for Event

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Despite Rudy Guliani’s false claim, ballots did not just materialize.
Biden’s Wisconsin Win Fueled by Historic Shift in Conservative-Leaning ‘WOW’ Counties.
Judge ‘shocked’ USPS disregarded order for postal inspectors to search for undelivered ballots.
Wisconsin reports record-breaking day for new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, positivity rate.

Citizen Action Weekly; Friday, October 30th

Citizen Action Weekly; Friday, October 30th

Friday, October 30th

Parting is such sweet sorrow! Please join Citizen Action of Wisconsin staff in expressing our gratitude to our 2020 Deep Canvass Phone Banking Team and saying goodbye for now!

Citizen Action of Wisconsin launched our Deep Canvass program back in January of this year, and our big dreams were to have 8 staff across the state knocking doors.  When COVID hit, we had to adjust quickly. Due to the amazing leadership of Statewide Field Director (and Northwestern Wisconsin Organizing Co-op Member) Zoe Roberts and the awe inspiring talent, hard work, passion and dedication of each and every Field Team member, we were able to build the program out and as of Oct 1st our Field Team has grown from 8, to 50+ amazing individuals from across the state.

When they wrap up their final shift on Tuesday Nov 3rd, they will have made more than 300,000 dials to persuadable voters talking about Healthcare, Climate, Citizen Action of Wisconsin Endorsed member Candidates, and Joe Biden.  Just since August 14th, they have had honest and open conversations with more than 6500+ Wisconsinites about what matters most to all of us, and how by coming together on Nov 3rd to vote for candidates who care for all us, we can make sure that no matter if we are Black, White, Asian, Latino, Indigenous or a new comer, where we live in Wisconsin, or what’s in our wallets, that all of us can take care of ourselves and our loved ones and still pay the bills and put food on the table.  #allinforWisconsin

THANK YOU Citizen Action of Wisconsin 2020 Field Team!

Still wondering what you can do to help on Election Day?  Be a Democracy Defender!

Join Citizen Action of Wisconsin Democracy Defender team and help observe at one of the polling locations we are hosting across the state, as well as hand out masks, sanitizers, and other COVID safety materials to poll workers and voters!  Sign up below to become a Democracy Defender!

Polling Site Click the link to sign up!
Douglas Complex  North side of Milwaukee
Martin Luther King Jr School North side of Milwaukee
American Legion Germantown
Marathon Park East Gate Wausau
Atonement Lutheran Church Green Bay
Chippewa Falls Technical College Eau Claire
Coulee Recovery Center La Crosse

Covid Memorial in Downtown Milwaukee Hits a Cord

Healthcare for All Director, Claire Zautke kicked off a press conference to talk about the 600 empty chair Covid 19 Memorial that took place in front of the Milwaukee County Courthouse.  We set up 600 chairs to represent the approximately 600 Milwaukee residents that are no longer with us due to the uncontrolled pandemic.  President Trump’s response had been dismal to say the least and we will continue to sound the alarm bells until we see a cohesive national plan which must include free and easy access to testing, contact tracing, free treatment and universal mask wearing.  Joining her were State Senator LaTonya Johnson, State Senator Chris Larson, Congresswoman Gwen Moore, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barett and Pastor Greg Lewis. The display made national news and was even on the front page of the Milwaukee Journal.  It didn’t need to be this way.  

Healthcare Co-Op and the ACA

We started off the week with a press conference about the ACA with Congressman Mark Pocan and Tanya Polhill from Watertown and ended the week with Member Zena Blom and County Executive Tom Nelson. As you can imagine, Democrats are hammering the real life consequences that could come with repealing the ACA.  It’s no exaggeration to say many people will die early if there is no replacement plan.  This is what the Co-Op was meant to do.  Real members talking about their real life stories and doing it in an educated way.    They were not just repeating what was given to them.  They know policy and they blended that knowledge with their own story masterfully.    

Citizen Action Movie Night a Huge Success!

Thanks to all the Citizen Action members who joined us for Wednesday night’s special screening of Can You Hear Us Now?, the new documentary that looks at democracy, voter disenfranchisement and state elections in Wisconsin.

Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes‘s lead of the night with a call to change the character of Wisconsin’s state legislature. 

Following the film Citizen Action hosted a Q&A featuring the film’s director, Jim Cricci, and producer Susan Peters. The Q&A also featured Citizen Action co-op member and candidate for the state legislature, Emily Siegrist, who one is in a tight race this year to win in a gerrymandered Assembly district. “Democracy Celebrity” Sheila Plotkin, and the inspiring community leaders and former candidates for the state legislature Jenni Estrada and Rebecca Clarke who were featured in the film also participated in the live discussion. 

If you missed part of the Q&A or the film, you can watch it again at the Citizen Action of Wisconsin screening site.

Please help us to get the word out about Can You Hear Us Now?

In this last pre-election week, the film is a moving testament to what’s at stake in state and local elections around the country. You can help by inviting others to watch the film and by posting your reactions and links to the trailer on social media. 

Citizen Action of Wisconsin members come out for the #LaxDriveForChange car caravan and activism fair

On Saturday October 24th activists from across the Driftless region joined for a day of action to drive election turn out and remind everyone that activism never stops!

The voter caravan began at the old Shopko parking lot in La Crosse.  25 cars lined up and drove through the city of La Crosse districts with low voter turn out.  These 25 cars were decorated and made as much noise as possible to make sure that they got noticed and remind everyone how important voting is!  After a quick stop at La Crosse City Hall, to show off the absentee voting drop box, the caravan ended at Riverside Park where nearly a dozen progressive groups were gathered.

These groups were on site to talk to voters about the need to keep organizing and keep fighting for the world they want to see.  The activism fair sent a message that just because the election will soon be over the fight never stops!  Creating change involves action 24/7!

A special thanks to event organizers Marie Lindberg (the La Crosse organizer with Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin) and Kat Sletten (local activist hero).  These two women made the day possible!  La Crosse’s progressive movement owes so much to these amazing women!  A special thank you also goes to all the groups on site for the event including LIT MKE, the ACLU, Vote Mob, Our Wisconsin Revolution, Habitat for Humanity, the Bridges Church, Cia Siab, The Driftless Voter Coalition, and The Free.  

For more information about this event please check out the news coverage from News Channel 19.  

Volunteer in Vernon County to help elect Josefine Jaynes and Brad Pfaff

Join the Vernon County Democrats for a “Get Out The Vote” no-contact literature drop on Monday, November 2nd! We will be lit dropping door cards in the Viroqua area for Dem Candidates, VP Joe Biden, Rep. Ron Kind (CD-3), Brad Pfaff (SD-32), and Josefine Jaynes (AD-96).

The pick up location will be at the Vernon Dems office (504 E Decker St) in Viroqua. We will have everything you need, including turf maps, literature, and our target addresses. We can also drop the literature packets off at your house if need be.

This will be the final push to get voters to the polls. Please sign-up today!

Pick a time and meet at the Vernon County Democratic Office in Viroqua (504 E Decker St) to pick up or a packet.

Imaging a Healthier Wisconsin with Kristina Shelton and Kristin Lyerly

No matter where we come from in Wisconsin, unaffordable prescription drug prices are putting our health and economic security at risk. Powerful drug and insurance corporations divide us to pad their own profit. As more people live longer, working millennials become parents, fewer households can rely on stay-at-home caregivers, and the meaning of family evolves — providing care has become too unmanageable for many to handle alone. As we continue to face the threat of COVID-19, more of us are feeling the pressure and strain of a Healthcare System than ever before. While it might be a little earlier for new years resolutions, Citizen Action is imagining a Healthier Wisconsin. You can watch our first two conversations with Krsitina Shelton, which focuses on the role caregiving plays in our economy and health, and Kristin Lyerly, who speaks to the importance of lower prescription drug costs, the need for patient centered care, and her work on the frontlines COVID-19. Both candidates are running for state assembly, check them out and give them a hand in the last four days of their races!  

Early Voting in Full Swing in Green Bay!

Thank you to all of our members and allies who have helped make this early vote season on Green Bay, our most successful one in recent memory! Whether it’s been voter care as folks wait in line or working with elected leaders like Eric Genrich to consistently improve our community’s early vote system, you have made a huge difference over the last few weeks. We are looking forward to an awesome election day and are still looking for observers on election day. You can sign-up for a shift here!

November 4th “Protect the Results” rally Riverside Park in La Crosse at NOON

Even when the voting is done we have to do EVERYTHING we can to make sure that every vote is counted.  Unfortunately most people expect that the GOP will try to stop votes from being counted, that Trump will declare victory during the counting, or that some other shady action will sow discord. Citizen Action of Wisconsin, SEIU, Opportunity Wisconsin and partners across the state, plan  a rally and march on November 4th  in  Riverside Park, La Crosse, with simultaneous events in Madison, Milwaukee, Green Bay, Kenosha, and Superior. These events  will draw attention to the fact that EVERY VOTE must be counted and that voter suppression, even after Election Day, is WRONG.  Any form of voter suppression violates our very democracy.  

Community leaders and activist leaders will be on site to speak about the importance of fighting voter suppression now and in the future. After the speakers we will march to La Crosse City Hall to let the city clerk know that we demand everyone’s voice be heard!  

PLEASE RSVP USING THIS FORM TO STAY UP TO DATE WITH DETAILS ON THIS EVENT 

Signs, masks, snacks and water will be available to everyone on site.  We ask that everyone practice social distancing and wear a mask to keep everyone safe.  

If you are worried about health and safety but still want to make sure every vote is counted you can still get involved.

Everyone’s health and safety are the most important things during this moment in America.  If you don’t feel safe coming out to an in person event, that is OK. If you are worried about staying safe after the election, that is OK.  

We want to make sure you are taking care of yourself!

If you don’t feel that you can come out, you can still help.  You can share this page with your friends and family.  You can share this page on social media.  Getting the word out on this event will be a huge help.  You can also sign the petition to demand that every vote is counted this year.

If you want to stay up to date on actions in your area, please fill out the form below.  A local organizer will be in contact to schedule a time to talk to you.

November 7th “All in Wisconsin: Keep Fighting for a Better Tomorrow” rally and protest Copeland Park La Crosse 1:00 PM 

We hope that on November 7th we’ll know that Trump’s reign of terror over American democracy will soon come to an end. We hope that by then we’ll know that Joe Biden is president-elect and that strong progressive candidates have won election. But just because we win an election that does not mean we can get lazy. 

Citizen Action of Wisconsin, SEIU Healthcare and Opportunity Wisconsin will once again bring activists together to remind  us all that the fight is never over!

We need to stay active! We need to keep fighting for action on climate change, racial justice in our state, police reform, a living wage, economic justice, healthcare for all, COVID relief, and everything else that will ensure a better tomorrow! In order to create the world we want, we have to stay active and keep organizing!

The day’s actions will start with a rally and speakers at 1:00 PM in Copeland Park on La Crosse’s north side. Climate activists, union leaders, Black Lives Matter activists and community leaders will  speak about their visions for Wisconsin. At 2:00 PM we will line up along Copeland Avenue. We will have signs on hand with messaging about Black Lives Matter, climate change, unions for all, a living wage, and healthcare for all—everyone can grab a sign for the issue that means the most to them! We will also have supplies on hand for folks to make their own signs. Exact time is subject to change so RSVP to stay up to date.  

PLEASE RSVP USING THIS FORM TO STAY UP TO DATE WITH DETAILS ON THIS EVENT 

Masks, hand sanitizer, snacks and water will be available to everyone on site for free.  We want to do everything we can to prevent COVID infection so masks and social distancing are a must!

Special guest speakers include:
Francesca Hong
Nada Elmikashfi
Kathy Allen – Coulee Region Sierra Club President
More speakers will be announced very soon!

There are some Great Candidates in the North Central Organizing Co-op Region, and There is Still Time to Help Them

Our Organizing Co-op has worked several election cycles since forming, and we are just so impressed with all of the candidates running in central and north central Wisconsin. Here is a list of those candidates. If you would like to help any one of these candidates, you can reach out to their campaign directly, or contact North Central Co-op Organizer Joel Lewis to find out how you can help. You can see a list of all of Citizen Action of Wisconsin’s endorsed candidates across the State here.

There are still ways to Help Tricia Zunker Get Across the Finish Line

1) Phone banking Saturday-Tuesday – Sign up for a shift 

2) Submit a letter to the editor at [email protected] 

“Election of the Century” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss the big election and the prospect of making major Democratic gains in the State Legislature. Next, we dissect Assembly Speaker Robin Vos’ 11th hour turnaround on addressing the raging COVID-10 pandemic. Has he finally been persuaded by science, or is he desperately fighting for his political life? In a Battleground Wisconsin exclusive, we release a shocking voice mail of a disgruntled parent left for a union leader which perfectly reflects the hatred and disrespect of public employees fomenting by radical right politicians. Finally we delve into what progressives are organizing for protecting the vote on election day and post-election challenges to the vote count and majority rule from from Trump, radical right judges, and the State Legislature. Subbing for Claire Zautke on the panel this week is Citizen Action Movement Politics Director JoAnna Bautch.

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Sign the PLEDGE to ensure every vote in Wisconsin is counted.

Wisconsinites are signing this pledge calling on our elected leaders to ensure the integrity of our elections and that every vote is counted. When you sign the pledge, we’ll follow up with key information about how to plug into gatherings in your community or online. Sign and share.

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“Election of the Century” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“Election of the Century” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss the big election and the prospect of making major Democratic gains in the State Legislature. Next, we dissect Assembly Speaker Robin Vos’ 11th hour turnaround on addressing the raging COVID-10 pandemic. Has he finally been persuaded by science, or is he desperately fighting for his political life? In a Battleground Wisconsin exclusive, we release a shocking voice mail of a disgruntled parent left for a union leader which perfectly reflects the hatred and disrespect of public employees fomenting by radical right politicians. Finally we delve into what progressives are organizing for protecting the vote on election day and post-election challenges to the vote count and majority rule from from Trump, radical right judges, and the State Legislature. Subbing for Claire Zautke on the panel this week is Citizen Action Movement Politics Director JoAnna Bautch.
Listen to Episode #465
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Sign the PLEDGE to ensure every vote in Wisconsin is counted.
Wisconsinites are signing this pledge calling on our elected leaders to ensure the integrity of our elections and that every vote is counted. When you sign the pledge, we’ll follow up with key information about how to plug into gatherings in your community or online. Sign and share.

Read more about how you can help defend democracy.

Watch new documentary film, Can You Hear Us Now?
Watch Citizen Action hosted Q&A with the film’s director, producer, key actors in the film and Citizen Action co-op member and candidate for State Assembly, Emily Siegrist.

Links:

Fauci: COVID-19 vaccine likely not available until next year.
As the crush of COVID cases continues, Wisconsin is on track to run short of ICU beds in two to six weeks.
While in court to stop mask rules, Robin Vos calls to remove politics from COVID response.
Vos Admits, ‘Obviously, What We’re Doing Now as a State Isn’t Working’.
State Supreme Court accepts case that could wipe out Evers’ emergency COVID-19 orders.
Will the Wisconsin Legislature be won with coattails?
New Marquette Law School Poll finds Biden lead over Trump stable at five percentage points.

Citizen Action Weekly; Friday, October 23rd

Citizen Action Weekly; Friday, October 23rd

Friday, October 23rd

Citizen Action Movie Night! Advanced screening of Can You Hear Us Now? Wednesday, October 28, 6pm

Join Citizen Action of Wisconsin for a very special online screening of the documentary film, “Can You Hear Us Now?” on Wednesday, October 28th at 6pm. The film unravels the ways that years of one-party rule have reshaped democracy in a state once known for its progressive history.

Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes will introduce the film and we will be joined by the film’s director and producer for a Q&A session following the film that will include Citizen Action co-op member and candidate for State Assembly Emily Siegrist. Emily will talk about her experience running to win in a gerrymandered district.

USE THIS LINK ON WEDNESDAY OCT 28th AT 6:00 PM to JOIN THE WATCH PARTY.  YOU CAN ALSO USE THIS LINK TO SET A CALENDAR REMINDER.

Help volunteer for Citizen Action endorsed state legislative candidates!

Free time on Monday or Tuesday nights? Consider spending it volunteering for Citizen Action of Wisconsin at Phone banking Mondays or Texting Tuesdays! Join thousands of volunteers in Wisconsin and across the country every Monday and Tuesday night to make calls and send texts for Citizen Action of Wisconsin Endorsed Member Candidates and presidential candidate Joe Biden. Below are sign up links!

RSVP for Phone banking Mondays 5pm-8pm.
RSVP for Tuesdays 4pm-6:30pm.

Questions? Email Shannon at [email protected]

We need your help on Election Day to make sure everyone can make their voice heard safely and free from intimidation 

Please join us in defending democracy! Our democracy depends on ordinary people, like you and your friends, who make sure elections run smoothly and everyone’s vote is counted. You can make sure we have a safe, fair, efficient election for all. You can help protect Election Day voters from COVID, discrimination, voter suppression,and  intimidation. Now more than ever it is so important that we help everyone exercise their right to vote!

Do you live in one of these cities: Eau Claire, La Crosse, Green Bay, Wausau, or Milwaukee? You can help the election day process in Wisconsin by being a Poll Observer, providing COVID safety materials and much more. Fill out this and we’ll get you plugged in!

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Once you sign up you will be prompted to register for special virtual training.  Your local Citizen Action of Wisconsin organizer will be in touch to schedule your volunteer shift.

Democracy itself is at stake in this election.  Please consider volunteering. If you don’t feel comfortable volunteering for any reason please share our sign up page with friends and family over social media,  text, or email!

Milwaukee Covid-19 Memorial, Sunday, October 25th, 10 AM

With 600 deaths in Milwaukee County in the past seven months alone, the pandemic has taken an unprecedented toll on our community. To make matters worse, there has been no public opportunity to acknowledge the lives that have been lost and the toll it has taken on our families. We are coming together to help create a public space to honor the lives we have lost and help our community heal from this tragedy.

Join us, the Milwaukee Service Area Workers, Black Leaders Organizing for Communities, and Souls to the Polls in sharing our Milwaukee COVID-19 Memorial.

Saturday, October 25th, 10am, at MacArthur Square, 841 N. James Lovell St. Milwaukee.

RSVP at Facebook event page

If you have a loved one that has passed away from COVID-19, feel free to submit their photo and story to [email protected].

Please join us for very important post election rallies and protests in La Crosse

November 4th “Protect the Results” rally Riverside Park in La Crosse at 3:00 PM (?)

Even when the voting is done we have to do EVERYTHING we can to make sure that every vote is counted.  Unfortunately most people are expecting some kind of GOP effort to stop votes from being counted, Trump declaring victory during the counting or some other shady actions to sew discord.  Citizen Action of Wisconsin, SEIU, Opportunity Wisconsin and partners across the state, are planning on mobilizing a rally and march on November 4th.  There will be simultaneous events in La Crosse, Madison, Milwaukee, Green Bay, Kenosha, and Superior.    These events are being planned to draw attention to the fact that EVERY VOTE must be counted and that voter suppression, even after Election Day, is WRONG.  Any form of voter suppression violates our very democracy.

Community leaders and activist leaders will be on site to speak about the importance of fighting voter suppression now and in the future.  Signs, masks, snacks and water will be available to everyone on site.  We ask that everyone practice social distancing and wear a mask to keep everyone safe.

After the speakers we will be marching to La Crosse City Hall to let the city clerk know that we demand everyone’s voice be heard!  PLEASE RSVP USING THE FORM TO STAY UP TO DATE WITH DETAILS ON THIS EVENT 

November 7th “All in Wisconsin: Keep Fighting for a Better Tomorrow” rally and protest Copeland Park La Crosse 1:00 PM (?)

Hopefully on November 7th we know that Trump’s reign of terror over American will be coming to an end.  Hopefully by then Joe Biden is President elect and strong progressive candidates have won their seats.  Citizen Action of Wisconsin, SEIU Healthcare and Opportunity Wisconsin will once again be bringing activists together to remind them that the fight is never over!  We all have our issues that we fight for and we need to stay active and keep on fighting for action on climate change, racial justice in our state, police reform, a living wage, economic justice, healthcare for all, COVID relief, and everything else that will ensure a better tomorrow!  Just because we win an election that does not mean we can get lazy.  In order to create the world we want to stay we have to stay active and keep organizing!

The day’s actions will start with a rally and speakers at 1:00 PM in Copeland Park on La Crosse’s northside.  Climate activists, union leaders, Black Lives Matter activists and community leaders will be on site to speak about their vision for Wisconsin.  Masks, hand sanitizer, snacks and water will be available to everyone on site for free.  We want to do everything we can to prevent COVID infection so masks and social distancing are going to be a must!

At 2:00 Pm we will hand out signs and line up along Copeland Ave.  We will have signs on hand with messaging about Black Lives Matter, climate change, unions for all, a living wage, and healthcare for all.  Everyone can grab a sign for the issue that means the most to them and we will also have supplies on hand for folks to make their own. The exact time is subject to change so RSVP to stay up to date.  PLEASE RSVP USING THIS FORM TO STAY UP TO DATE WITH DETAILS ON THIS EVENT. 

“Drive for Change” voting caravan and activism fair in La Crosse on October 24th!

Come out for the #laxdrive4change voter caravan and activism fair October 24th in La Crosse. Over a dozen local organizations will be coming together to drive voter turnout, activate neighborhoods with low voter turnout, drive attention to the election, presenting to area activists and mobilizing folks for post election organizing.

We will be driving a caravan through areas in La Crosse with low voter turn to encourage people to vote. Then at 2:00 meet with us in Riverside Park to meet organizations working to make life in the Coulee Region better and learn about how you can have an impact during this election and afterwards!

Visit the Facebook event page RIGHT HERE for more information 

Citizen Action in the News: Another Award for Citizen Action’s Green New Deal Work in Milwaukee

Citizen Action’s Climate & Equity Director Rafael (Rafe) Smith won a Conservation in Action Award from the Wisconsin Conservation Voters “for his work to create and lead the Milwaukee City-County Task Force on Climate Change and Economic Equity and his commitment to fighting for equitable climate solutions focused on good jobs and a healthier community.”  Rafe and two Citizen Action Southeast Wisconsin Organizing Co-op members are on the task force that is writing a comprehensive climate translation and economic equity plan for the Milwaukee region. The award was presented at the annual Green Tie Gala last weekend. This is the second major environmental award Rafe has won in the last two weeks, showing how the Citizen Action Green New Deal team that he leads is putting us on the map in the climate movement. As we reported last week, Rafe won a major award from Midwest Environmental Advocates.

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig led off a national news program to discuss the all important Wisconsin presidential race, the dangers of voter suppression or outright theft of the election,  and the impact of the raging pandemic.The program airs on over 200 Pacifica Radio Network stations.  Listen to the 20 minute interview here.

Citizen Action and our national partners released a devastating new report on Thursday that shows 8 Wisconsin billionaires have seen their net worth increase by $11 billion or 28% during the pandemic. This is 5 times more than the state and local budget shortfalls in Wisconsin caused by the GOP’s refusal to allow further coronavirus relief. Read all the details, and which Wisconsin billionaires have taken the most from our rigged economy, here.

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig was on the Jeff Santos show to discuss the Wisconsin presidential race, and the strategy of the Biden campaign. Listen here. The Boston-based program is running a live Wisconsin election specials Tuesday nights from 7 to 10 PM on Talk 92.7 in Madison.

Help with Lit Drops for Tricia Zunker and Jeff Johnson in Wausau.

Every Saturday until the election, Women for Women Wausau Chapter and friends will be doing lit drops (no doors) for Zunker, Johnson, and Biden, 10 am-2 pm at the Marathon County Dems office (218 Sherman Street, Wausau, WI 54401). Pick up your lit and a packet and go! Please bring back any unused packets and the turf. We need all hands on deck! Mask up!! There are also postcards, printed by Citizen Action of Wisconsin for Women for Women, available if you would prefer to help in this way. Just write a personalized message and add a stamp that will be provided.

From Tricia Zunker:

Marathon County friends: looking for volunteers to drop lit for me (WI-7) and Jeff Johnson (WI AD 85) this weekend. Nancy Stencil, Rita Pachal and Dorothy Miller are leading the effort along with Women for Women and I’m so grateful to them. But more volunteers would help immensely. Please e-mail: [email protected] to sign up.  This is *just* dropping lit to targeted voters, no door knocking. Here are some other ways to help:

Letters to the Editor. A great way to convince people to support candidates is through Letters to the Editor. Share your personal story and reasons why you’re supporting Tricia Zunker and submit them to your local newspaper, either online or through mail. These small actions can help to defeat Tom Tiffany in November and get the right people in Congress representing us. For more questions or information, please email the Zunker campaign at [email protected]

Support on social media. Share/like/follow/retweet on social media to help amplify this critical campaign:
Facebook
Twitter: @TriciaforWI
Instagram: triciaforwi
Website

Alberta Darling said Republican state legislators have done enough to fight the surging coronavirus pandemic.

State Senator Alberta Darling said Republican state legislators have done enough to fightthe surging coronavirus pandemic.

Alberta Darling shamefully said, “We don’t need to come in because we gave (Gov. Evers) all the flexibility that he needs.” Yet, Darling and other Republican lawmakers have gone to court to try to limit his ability to act on his own to protect the health of Wisconsin residents.

Sadly for Wisconsin, Darling co-chairs the Legislature’s budget committee and has held no hearings for the last 6 months. It’s time for Alberta to stop getting paid for doing nothing to protect the health of Wisconsin.

Read the full Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel story demonstrating the complete failure of Darling to represent the 8th Senate District.

It’s time for change.
Vote Neal Plotkin for State Senate, District 8.

Can You Hear Us Now? Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We welcome documentary filmmakers, Susan Peters and Jim Cricchi, who will be debuting their outstanding film Can You Here Us Now? next week on Wednesday at 6pm. The film looks at the ways that years of one-party rule in Wisconsin have reshaped democracy in a state once known for its progressive history. We also talk with State Assembly candidate August Schutz who is running the gerrymandered 62nd District in Racine County. We discuss the shocking COVID-19 numbers in the state and our failed response from Republican leaders like Ron Johnson who asserts we are flattening the curve and State Representative Joe Sanfilippo who said the government has no role in helping deal with the pandemic. We released a report this week finding Wisconsin billionaires are getting richer during the pandemic. Also early voting has started in Wisconsin with long lines in many cities as the state prepares for potential militia activity on Election Day.

Listen Now – Episode #464

Read Citizen Action Report: Wisconsin Billionaires’ Net Worth’s Jump $11 Billion or 28% Since Pandemic.

Learn more about August Schutz for State Assembly District 62
Donate to August Schutz.
Volunteer for August Schutz.

Volunteer to help defend democracy at the polls on Election Day.

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