“Interview with Tom Nelson” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“Interview with Tom Nelson” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss the escalating and human-made COVID pandemic here in Wisconsin and across the country. New state data shows that in August the unvaccinated are 11 times more likely to die. Robert highlights a new In These Times Magazine story revealing the US is not really pushing a COVID vaccine patent waiver at WTO, despite an official policy earlier this year. We discuss the Gableman/Vos election probe, which is getting national news in an embarrassing Arizona kind of way. Next, the panel updates the latest developments in Congress on the Build Back Better agenda. Finally, we welcome U.S. Senate Candidate Tom Nelson, the County Executive of Outagamie County, in our continuing series of interviews with Democratic U.S. Senate candidates. We learn more about his views on Medicare For All and other progressive issues.

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Learn more about Tom Nelson’s U.S. Senate campaign.

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This is NOT that Podcast: “Bad Policy Equals Death”

This is NOT that Podcast: “Bad Policy Equals Death”

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It has been two decades since 9/11. In this episode, we reflect on where we were and what was going on leading up to the events of 9/11, and the “bad policies” implemented following 9/11. How have things changed? What are the various after effects, and how have they impacted our lives? The team also pays tribute to Michael K. Williams and how “bad policies” are linked to his passing. What happens after a strategy has lingering impacts, and without having the difficult conversations, we find ourselves on repeat.

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Listen to previous episodes:

Episode #7
Episode #6
Episode #5
Episode #4

Episode #3
Episode #2
Episode #1

Meet the “This is NOT that” Panel, Milwaukee Grown.

Rafael Smith leads civic engagement for Citizen Action of Wisconsin with a focus on climate and health equity in Milwaukee’s North Side, through his recent launch of North Side Rising Organizing Co-Op. Rafael Smith has led the early conversations around climate equity in Milwaukee and the priority to launch a Green New Deal at both a state and national level!

JoAnna Bautch is a leading voice in Wisconsin Movement Politics. From supporting emerging leaders who have shown the desire and values of being movement leaders in the political sector to launching her own campaign for the Wisconsin State Assembly. JoAnna values a political system that is people-centered and focuses on changing structures of inequity.

Isiah Holmes, an investigative reporter with the Wisconsin Examiner, is committed to bringing you FACTS. Isaiah has led the documentation around policing in Wauwatosa and is a part of the bigger conversation of police brutality on both a local and national level.

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, September 10th


Build Power to Win Power in 2022 Tailgate & Fundraiser

Northeast Wisconsin co-op members and supporters, you are invited to our Build Power to Win Power in 2022 Tailgate & Fundraiser! Join us on Saturday, September 25th @10AM at the home of Kristin Lyerly to celebrate our own victories in 2021, our shared commitment to building progressive power, and hopefully a Wisconsin Victory against Notre Dame! Don’t miss out, registration is live!

The event will begin with a tailgate at 10 AM with refreshments being provided by Minocqua Brewing Company. Our host has been gracious enough to open their backyard to us, we will be requiring that all attendees show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 upon arrival.

Become a sponsor today and become a 5th Quarter Supporter to help our co-op build progressive power by identifying, supporting, and developing the next generation of progressive leaders in Northeast Wisconsin.

Take Action: Lobby For Fair Maps!

On Monday, September 27th, fair maps supporters from around the state will gather virtually to meet with our legislators and advocate for fair maps. Our two demands: take up the People’s Maps Commission Maps and pass legislation that fixes the problem of partisan gerrymandering permanently. Please consider attending a training session prior to Monday, September 27th! 

Given the uptick in cases of the highly transmissible COVID Delta variant, we have determined that a virtual event is the safest option. Please register here

Contact Carlene at (608) 513-7655 or [email protected] for more information.

Application Closing Soon! Citizen Action of Wisconsin Movement Politics Academy

Have you ever thought about running for public office? Apply for Citizen Action’s Movement Politics Academy this fall. Our nine-week program will give you the tools you need to run an effective, progressive campaign, advancing on issues you will run on, build relationships and so much more. 

Learn more and apply now! Connect with Barbara Cerda, SEWI Co-Op Organizer with questions at [email protected]

Dive Deep into the Anti-Riot Bill with“This is Not That” co-host Isiah Holmes. Listen Now!

                                                         

Learn About Environmental Justice with the Sierra Club!

From accessibility of public lands to the health impacts of burning fossil fuels, examples of environmental injustice are deeply woven into each of the issues that we organize around.

To examine these connections, several chapters of the Sierra Club in Wisconsin are coming together to organize an Environmental Justice Event Series beginning this fall. 

We hope these events can provide an opportunity to explore the inequities rooted within these issues and help shine a light on the critical environmental justice components that exist in our work.  Register and find more info here

Support the thousands of Afghan refugees arriving at Fort McCoy in Wisconsin’s Driftless region.

The situation in Afghanistan is dire. Our freedom-seeking, allies, and friends are fleeing after the violent takeover by Taliban forces. They need our support. Several refugees have arrived and are staying at Fort McCoy outside Sparta Wisconsin. A coalition of La Crosse faith groups, progressive organizations, and local veterans are organizing efforts to provide relief and welcome refugees to their new communities.

Please consider making a donation. Your donation will help provide clothing, hygiene products, transportation for refugees to practice their faith, and so much more.  You can find a link to Target and Amazon Wishlists if you would like to pick out what to donate.

Find volunteer opportunities in and around the Driftless area.  

“Endless War vs Green New Deal” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We reflect on the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and the destructive 20-year “war on terror” that ensued. Our panel discusses the cost of the war and the American “police state” that followed. We update the effort in Congress to pass the historic $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package. We close with Wisconsin’s concerning COVID surge that finds over 1000 people in state hospitals for the first time since January as students head back to school.

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“Endless War vs Green New Deal” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“Endless War vs Green New Deal” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We reflect on the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and the destructive 20 year “war on terror” that ensued. Our panel discusses the cost of the war and the American “police state” that followed. We update the effort in Congres to pass the historic $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package. We close with Wisconsin’s concerning COVID surge that finds over 1000 people in state hospitals for the first time since January as students head back to school.

Listen now!

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Citizen Action Weekly: September 3rd

LISTEN to “Supreme Injustice” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We are joined by Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin president and CEO, Tanya Atkinson, to discuss the U.S. Supreme Court court’s midnight assault on Roe v. Wade, which rendered abortion illegal in the second largest state and may reach Wisconsin in 2022. We head into Labor Day Weekend with guest Laura Dresser, the lead researcher for the Center On Wisconsin Strategies (COWS) on their annual State of Working Wisconsin report released this week. Our panel also discusses WEAC’s call for vaccine and mask mandates in Wisconsin schools in the face of a wave of violence against educators and public health leaders by anti-mask and anti-vax protesters. Finally, the empire is striking back in Congress, as a united corporate America unleashes a massive lobbying and advertising blitz against President Biden’s visionary Build Back Better agenda. Can the newly united Democrats stand up to the pressure?
LISTEN NOW!

Learn more about Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin. Read the 2021 State of Working Wisconsin report from Center On Wisconsin Strategies.

Applications Closing Soon! Citizen Action of Wisconsin Movement Politics Academy

Have you ever thought about running for public office? Apply for Citizen Action’s Movement Politics Academy this fall. Our nine-week program will give you the tools you need to run an effective, progressive campaign, advancing on issues you will run on, build relationships and so much more. Learn more and apply now! Connect with Barbara Cerda, SEWI Co-Op Organizer with questions at [email protected].

 

Digital Workshop: How to Host Successful Nonpartisan, Voter Registration Events

Thousands of nonprofits around the country and hundreds of volunteers will join together on National Voter Registration Day (Sept. 28) with the goal of registering as many voters as possible. In collaboration with the Wisconsin Voting Rights Coalition, we’re organizing our members to make sure you have the resources you need to help our communities register to vote and ensure everyone has access to the ballot box. If you are interested in hosting your own event, please join us at this virtual training on September 9th at 6:30 PM!

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New Episode! “Get It Together” This is NOT That Podcast.

A lot has happened since our last show. One of our hosts JoAnna went on vacation to New Orleans and left in time for the storms which downed 600+ tree’s in Milwaukee and knocked out power to thousands across Milwaukee County. Now that she’s back New Orleans is bracing for a hurricane. It’s also been one year since the shooting of Jacob Blake, and everyone’s still processing that. America is getting out of Afghanistan…kinda, evictions are going to climb, and politicians remain politicians. A lot is happening indeed.

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Enter to win $900 worth of camping gear in support of solar on La Crosse schools!!!

When’s your next SOLAR-powered camping trip?  

Our friends and allies at Solar on La Crosse Schools (SOLS) are hosting a major fundraiser and giving away a HUGE camping package.  This sweepstake serves as one of the 2021-2022 fundraisers for SOLS and all proceeds will be used to put solar on La Crosse public schools! Will you be the lucky winner? The SOLS Sweepstakes package is valued at over $900 and only 200 entries will be sold. Entries are $20 each and the winner will receive:

  • EcoFlow River Portable Power Station
  • 110W Portable Solar Panel by EcoFlow
  • Two TrunkTech Hammocks & Tree Slings by Grand Trunk
  • One Eco-Friendly Soccer Ball by Waboba

Download the Sabadash app and search for “Solar on La Crosse Schools” to enter.  Sabadash App is available for FREE in the Google Play and Apple App Store on mobile devices. Sabadash will show you all kinds of great deals that go towards good causes in the La Crosse area. Learn more and download Sabadash!

Support the thousands of Afghan refugees arriving at Fort McCoy in Wisconsin’s Driftless region.

As we all know the situation in Afghanistan is dire.  Freedom-seeking, allies, and friends are fleeing after the violent takeover by Taliban forces.   These refugees are scared and need our support.  Many of these refugees are arriving at and staying at Fort McCoy outside Sparta Wisconsin (in the Driftless Region).

A La Crosse coalition made up of faith-based groups, progressive organizations and local American veterans are organizing efforts to provide relief and a welcoming message to these guests in our communities.  You can help now!

If you could spare a few dollars to donate please contribute at //cclse.org/afghanistan-refugee-assistance/. Your donation will help provide clothing, hygiene products, transportation for refugees to practice their faith, and so much more.  You can even find a link to Target and Amazon Wishlists if you would like to pick out what to donate.

Find volunteer opportunities here in and around the Driftless area. Very soon they will be posting volunteer needs related to the Afghanistan crisis.

WATCH the NEW Healthcare For All Show

Watch this week’s Healthcare For All Show with Karen Kirsch, Dr. Mark Neumann, and their guest, Emma Hood, an RN who worked in Canada. The panel discusses America’s healthcare system with a special emphasis on Medicare for All. 

Watch NOW.

RSVP to join next Wednesday’s Healthcare for All Show via zoom webinar for the opportunity to enter the Green Room with Karen and Dr. Mark to talk more, ask questions or share your healthcare stories. 

Take Action: Lobby For Fair Maps!

On Monday, September 27th, fair maps supporters from around the state will gather virtually to meet with our legislators and advocate for fair maps. Our two demands: take up the People’s Maps Commission Maps and pass legislation that fixes the problem of partisan gerrymandering permanently.

Given the uptick in cases of the highly transmissible COVID Delta variant, we have determined that a virtual event is the safest option.

Contact Carlene at (608) 513-7655 or [email protected] for more information.

Register here

Rescheduled: Northwestern Wisconsin Healthcare Issue Team Meeting


Our new meeting date will be on Tuesday, September 14th at 7 PM! Register Here

Celebrating our Northeast Wisconsin Regional Co-op and Members!

When we say that our Citizen Action Organizing Co-op is made up of exceptional people, we mean it! Our members have stepped up in the month of August to plan amazing events and use their platforms to advance policies that will create a Wisconsin where we can all thrive, with no exceptions. 

Co-op Member and Brown County Supervisor Cassandra Erickson drafted and introduced a Medicare-4-All Resolution that would indicate the county’s vocal support for fixing our fractured healthcare system. Without her and the activism of fellow co-op members, this resolution would not exist. If you want to learn more about the Brown County Medicare-4-All Resolution and Action team, you can click here to register for our next meeting on Tuesday, September 7th.

In partnership with Build Back Better, our co-op held a Climate Solutions & Centering Climate Justice Roundtable on August 26th in Menasha. We were joined by co-op members Eau Claire City Councilor Kate Beaton, State Representative Kristina Shelton, and head of the ESTHER Environmental Justice Task Force Terry Dawson. Additionally, this roundtable would not have been possible without coalition partners like Wisconsin Conservation Voters and ESTHER- Fox Valley. You can watch the full livestream by clicking here. 

Finally, our own Dr. Kristin Lyerly helped to organize a Pack the Park for Fair Maps Rally at Bay Beach in Green Bay. The fight for Fair Maps was energized by dedicated co-op members and now we have a renewed opportunity to tell our elected officials that they cannot pick the people, the people pick them. Thank you to Kristin and all of our co-op members who came from far and wide to send a message that the people of Wisconsin are demanding fair maps. 

All of this work is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the incredible leadership that our co-op members show on a regular basis. Thank you to all of our Northeast Wisconsin Co-op members and our statewide membership for your constant support and dedication. 

Northeast Wisconsin, Save the Date! September 25h

Citizen Action of Wisconsin Co-op Members and Supporters, make sure to keep Saturday, September 25th open! Our Northeast Wisconsin Organizing Co-op will be hosting a Build Power to Win Power in 2022 Fundraiser and Celebration. We are going to do all we can to ensure that our celebration is done safely to ensure that everyone who attends can enjoy it safely. More information coming to you next week!

 

Citizen Action in the News

Citizen Action’s Director Robert Kraig was on the Jeff Santos Show for the full 60 minutes to discuss how to get to yes on voting rights and infrastructure in the U.S. Senate. Listen here.

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“Supreme Injustice” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“Supreme Injustice” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We are joined by Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin president and CEO, Tanya Atkinson, to discuss the U.S. Supreme Court court’s midnight assault on Roe v. Wade, which rendered abortion illegal in the second largest state and may reach Wisconsin in 2022. We head into Labor Day Weekend with guest Laura Dresser, the lead researcher for the Center On Wisconsin Strategies (COWS) on their annual State of Working Wisconsin report released this week. Our panel also discusses WEAC’s call for vaccine and mask mandates in Wisconsin schools in the face of a wave of violence against educators and public health leaders by anti-mask and anti-vax protesters. Finally the empire is striking back in Congress, as a united corporate America unleashes a massive lobbying and advertising blitz against President Biden’s visionary Build Back Better agenda. Can the newly united Democrats stand up to the pressure?

LISTEN NOW!

Learn more about Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin.

Read the 2021 State of Working Wisconsin report from Center On Wisconsin Strategies.

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This is NOT that; Episode #7: Get It Together

This is NOT that; Episode #7: Get It Together

A lot has happened in the couple of weeks since our last show. One of our hosts JoAnna went on vacation to New Orleans, and left in time for the storms which downed 600+ tree’s in Milwaukee and knocked out power to thousands across Milwaukee County. Now that she’s back New Orleans is bracing for a hurricane. It’s also been one year since the shooting of Jacob Blake, and everyone’s still processing that. America is getting out of Afghanistan…kinda, evictions are going to climb, and politicians remain politicians. A lot is happening indeed.

Listen to previous episodes:

Episode #6
Episode #5
Episode #4

Episode #3
Episode #2
Episode #1

Meet the “This is NOT that” Panel, Milwaukee Grown.

Rafael Smith leads civic engagement for Citizen Action of Wisconsin with a focus on climate and health equity in Milwaukee’s North Side, through his recent launch of North Side Rising Organizing Co-Op. Rafael Smith has led the early conversations around climate equity in Milwaukee and the priority to launch a Green New Deal at both a state and national level!

JoAnna Bautch is a leading voice in Wisconsin Movement Politics. From supporting emerging leaders who have shown the desire and values of being movement leaders in the political sector to launching her own campaign for the Wisconsin State Assembly. JoAnna values a political system that is people-centered and focuses on changing structures of inequity.

Isiah Holmes, an investigative reporter with the Wisconsin Examiner, is committed to bringing you FACTS. Isaiah has led the documentation around policing in Wauwatosa and is a part of the bigger conversation of police brutality on both a local and national level.

Bill Kaplan: Vaccinations will end pandemic

Bill Kaplan: Vaccinations will end pandemic

COVID-19 does not care whether you are a Democrat or Republican; we must unite against our common enemy – the virus. It’s long past time to end personal attacks and vitriol from all sides. Former GOP state Senator Dale Schultz once said: “We’re better than this.” Unvaccinated Wisconsinites will not be persuaded to get a shot by disparagement. Respectful engagement is needed.

Wisconsin is facing a surge in COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations and deaths. The MJS reported: “People who were not fully vaccinated were nearly three times more likely to test positive for COVID-19 and nearly four times more likely to be hospitalized for COVID-19 related illness … . Those who were not fully vaccinated were about 11 times more likely to die of COVID-19 than vaccinated residents.” Moreover, the high number of unvaccinated allows COVID-19 deadly variants to spread more rapidly.

Vaccinations will end the pandemic and allow us to reclaim our lives. A new Health Affairs study on vaccine effectiveness: “We estimated that by May 9, 2021, the U.S. vaccination campaign was associated with a reduction of 139,393 deaths” (between 1,534 to 2,950 averted deaths in Wisconsin). And, the Washington Post highlighted a study by epidemiologists: “Vaccinating more people is the only way to slow the spread now … .”

This is urgent: our kids are in great danger. The American Academy of Pediatrics said: “As of August 19, over 4.59 million children have tested positive for COVID-19 since the onset of the pandemic. Over 180,000 cases were added the past week … .” Some kids have died; others may have long-term health effects. Now that the FDA has begun to give full approval to vaccines it is imperative that children over the age of 12 be vaccinated. They are the future.

Doctors and nurses understand the vaccines’ importance. An American Medical Association (AMA) survey showed that over 96 percent of doctors are fully vaccinated. The AMA said: “Practicing physicians across the country are leading by example … .” And, the Wisconsin Medical Society agrees with the AMA: “The only hope to beat this virus is through a significant increase in vaccinations.” Moreover, a poll done for the American Nurses Association indicated that 88 percent of nurses were vaccinated or would do so. And, the Wisconsin Nurses Association supports mandatory vaccinations for health care workers.

Wisconsin should listen to their health care experts. Our health care system is close to a breaking point. Doctors and nurses are struggling with burnout. The COVID-19 surge will preclude timely care for other serious health care problems. Time is of the essence. This is especially important for rural residents, Blacks and teenagers.

It’s time to convene a summit of farm organizations to enlist their help in a rural vaccination drive. Similarly, the media and urban public health departments should publicize the Black Coalition Against COVID-19’s (www.blackcoalitionagainstcovid.org) efforts to increase vaccine acceptance and address misinformation. And, let’s ask teenagers how to reach their peers most effectively.

Naming, blaming and shaming is not a strategy. Listen to doctors and nurses – get vaccinated.

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

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, August 27th

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, August 27th


Building Back Together for Climate Action in the Driftless Region!

Activists from across the Driftless Region came together on Thursday, August 26th to create artwork and call on Congress to “Build Back Better” and take bold action to combat the climate crisis! Together, we created art that amplified the immediate need for climate action to display at our media conference.

UWL student activist Abby Siakpere spoke about the importance of clean water as her own neighborhood is currently contaminated by PFAS. Abby Ross of Wisconsin Conservation Voters spoke about how now is the time to “go big and bold” in our efforts to combat climate change. Casey Meehan, environmental director for Western Tech, spoke about the college’s commitment to climate.

La Crosse’s own mayor, Mitch Reynolds, spoke of La Crosse’s deep investment in fighting climate change and he called on Congress to pass the Build Back Better agenda so that municipalities have the funds they need to create climate plans.

After the media event, climate activists marched to Congressman Kind’s office to drop off the artwork as a “thank you” for voting in favor of the Build Back Better bills.  They also dropped off a letter thanking the Congressman and calling on him to be even bolder.

Read about the event or stream the media conference at WXOW, News8000, The La Crosse Tribune, and WIZM News.

Building Back Together: Appleton!

On Thursday, July 26th, we came together with Rep. Kristina Shelton and climate justice champions from across the state for a climate justice roundtable. We called on the Appleton City Council to commit to a 100% clean energy plan! By supporting Biden’s Build Back Better Agenda we can transition to 100% clean energy in addition to fueling our economy by creating millions of green good-paying jobs. We know that change starts with us and the work we do in our communities. Together, we can rebuild roads and bridges, modernize our energy grid, caregiving, and invest in 1000% clean energy and clean water.  

Stream the event now!

Urge the DNR to Defend Driftless Waters!

The DNR is on the verge of approving the largest hog CAFO in Wisconsin to operate on a narrow karstic ridge overlooking the lower Kickapoo River. The study and analysis done to date has been extremely lacking and, in some cases, simply incorrect. This is why we need a thorough review via an Environmental Impact Statement and serious conditions on this permit to protect air quality, streams, rivers, and groundwater, and the local community.

The decision to do more study and impose conditions on this permit sits entirely with the DNR, and this administration has pledged to do more to protect water, and recommit the DNR to science-based decision-making. After all the public hearings, press conferences, and bold rhetoric defining “clean water” as a priority, now we need to see action to back that up.

Please contact the Governor, Lt. Governor, and your local elected representatives to let them know that we expect our DNR to explore the full range of their regulatory authority in the case of this massive operation on such a sensitive and precious landscape.

Join us next week! Northwestern Wisconsin Co-op: Healthcare Issue Team Meeting

Join the Northwestern Co-op’s Healthcare Issue Team on September 1st, 2021 at 4:00 PM virtually as we discuss strategy to pass Medicare for All Resolutions and Badgercare Expansion Resolutions in our region. If you cannot make it to this meeting, we will be reconvening on September 14th at 7:00 pm. 

Register now 

Please help support the thousands of Afghan refugees arriving at Fort McCoy in Wisconsin’s Driftless region.

As we all know the situation in Afghanistan is dire.  Freedom-seeking, allies, and friends are fleeing after the violent takeover by Taliban forces.   These refugees are scared and need our support.  Many of these refugees are arriving at and staying at Fort McCoy outside Sparta Wisconsin (in the Driftless Region).

A La Crosse coalition made up of faith-based groups, progressive organizations and local American veterans are organizing efforts to provide relief and a welcoming message to these guests in our communities.  You can help now!

If you could spare a few dollars to donate please contribute today.
Your donation will help provide clothing, hygiene products, transportation for refugees to practice their faith, and so much more. Volunteer opportunities will be updated here to support in and around the Driftless area.  

Sign up for Citizen Action of Wisconsin Movement Politics Academy!

Have you ever thought about running for public office? Apply for Citizen Action’s Movement Politics Academy this fall. Our nine-week program will give you the tools you need to run an effective, progressive campaign, advancing on issues you will run on, build relationships and so much more. 

Learn more and apply now! Contact Barbara Cerda, SEWI Co-Op Organizer with questions at [email protected].

Statewide Fundraiser: Enter to win $900 worth of camping gear AND support more solar on La Crosse schools!!!

When’s your next SOLAR-powered camping trip?

Our friends and allies at Solar on La Crosse Schools (SOLS) are hosting a major fundraiser and giving away a HUGE camping package.  The SOLS Sweepstakes package is valued at over $900 and only 200 entries will be sold. Entries are $20 each and the winner will receive:

  • EcoFlow River Portable Power Station
  • 110W Portable Solar Panel by EcoFlow
  • Two TrunkTech Hammocks & Tree Slings by Grand Trunk
  • One Eco-Friendly Soccer Ball by Waboba

This sweepstake serves as one of the 2021-2022 fundraisers for SOLS and all proceeds will be used to put solar on La Crosse public schools! Will you be the lucky winner? Support from all over Wisconsin is encouraged! Download the Sabadash app and search for “Solar on La Crosse Schools” to enter.  Sabadash App is available for FREE in the Google Play and Apple App Store on mobile devices. Sabadash will show you all kinds of great deals that go towards good causes in the La Crosse area.  For more information and instructions for using the app visit Sabdash.

A Community for All Resolution Rejected by Marathon County Board of Supervisors.

Over 17 months ago, Wausau held a rally in support of George Floyd’s and Black Lives. It was Wausau’s largest rally ever. The Wausau Police Department, who were invited by Organizers, attended, supplied water, and participated in the event. The moment felt as if our community was truly coming together against police brutality and committed to fighting systemic racism that has allowed for this brutality to exist. 

The leaders that organized the rally, then turned to the diversity affairs commission for the Marathon County Board of Supervisors to present the No Hate resolution. That was quickly shot down because of the name. Eventually, that resolution got a new name, “A Community for All”. After this resolution was drafted, it was voted on and sent to the Executive Committee. That Committee voted it down! 

There was even a task force put together, of an even amount of those that supported the resolution, and those that did not. They reworded and brought it back to the Executive Committee. One of the more conservative members of this committee, Matt Bootz, offered an amended version that took the work equity out of the resolution and replaced it with the word equality. This amended version passed the Executive Committee. The Marathon County Board received twice as many emails of support as they did oppose. They also had more people speaking in support than those that opposed. Regardless of these facts, the Marathon County Board of Supervisors failed to pass the resolution, ending up with an 18-18 vote. Read more and stream the meeting here

Join the La Crosse Public Library for a very special, educational event about the history of Labor Day

Join La Crosse Public Library on the week of Labor Day to learn more about the holiday. Labor and working-class history professor John Grider will present the history of Labor Day in the United States. LEA teachers’ union president John Havlicek will then discuss contemporary activity in the labor movement.

Registration is required for this online program. Please register here.

Citizen Action in the News

Citizen Action released a new report this week showing that the wealth of Wisconsin’s billionaires has skyrocketed during the pandemic, mostly tax-free. We call for Congress to include fair taxes on corporations and billionaires in the Build Back Better legislation being developed right now. Read coverage in the Wisconsin Examiner.

An event in Milwaukee supporting President Biden’s plan to lower prescription drug prices by using the leverage of the government to negotiate with Big Pharma received statewide coverage on Wisconsin Public Radio.

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig was on the Jeff Santos call for the full hour to discuss the near death experience of Biden’s domestic agenda, and the status of voting rights legislation. Listen here.

As reported in our lead story this week, see coverage of our Build Back Better event in La Crosse this week in the La Crosse Tribune 

“Dr. Jill Battino’s Rx for the U.S. Senate” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

Our panel provides perspective on the big week in the U.S. House with Democrats agreeing to move forward on President Biden’s infrastructure and budget reconciliation bills next month. We update the surging Delta COVID variant in Wisconsin and the nation and our collective response to the pandemic, including Sen. Johnson pushing Ivermectin and vaccine conspiracies while local officials look for help on infrastructure. We congratulate the Colectivo workers who won their union this week, the largest union of coffee workers in America. We welcome Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Dr. Jill Battino and discuss her serious and smart healthcare proposals as part of our continuing series of interviews with the U.S. Senate candidates.
LISTEN NOW!

Learn more about Dr. Jill Battino’s campaign.

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“Dr. Jill Battino’s Rx for the U.S. Senate” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“Dr. Jill Battino’s Rx for the U.S. Senate” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

Our panel provides perspective on the big week in the U.S. House with Democrats agreeing to move forward on President Biden’s infrastructure and budget reconciliation bills next month. We update the surging Delta COVID variant in Wisconsin and the nation and our collective response to the pandemic, including Sen. Johnson pushing Ivermectin and vaccine conspiracies while local officials look for help on infrastructure. We congratulate the Colectivo workers who won their union this week, the largest union of coffee workers in America. We welcome Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Dr. Jill Battino and discuss her serious and smart healthcare proposals as part of our continuing series of interviews with the U.S. Senate candidates.

LISTEN NOW!

Learn more about Dr. Jill Battino’s campaign.

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