Health Equity Organizer

 Health Equity Organizer Job Description

Citizen Action of Wisconsin is seeking to hire a Health Equity Organizer beginning as soon as January 15th of 2021. This is a full time (40-50 hrs/week on average) salaried position. Some evenings and weekends required, as well as in-state travel and occasional out-of-state travel. Normally, this position would be based in the Milwaukee office, but during the COVID-19 public health emergency, it is a majority work from home position. In person usage of the Milwaukee Office will be granted on a need basis and in compliance with Citizen Action of Wisconsin’s Covid 19 Safety Policy. Applicants must have unlimited access to reliable high speed internet and cellular service at home, and an aptitude for/ desire to learn how to conduct organizing though digital and phone communications. Applicants must live in (or be willing to relocate to) the Greater Milwaukee Area. Women, Bi-racial/People of Color, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and formerly incarcerated individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.

Description of Work: This position reports to the Health Care for All Director and works closely with the Climate and Equity Director. A successful Health Equity Organizer will work to advance a Health Equity Campaign primarily with and in communities of Color in Milwaukee, and with a multi-racial and cultural constituency in other rural and suburban areas of the state. The Health Equity Organizer will work closely with other organizing staff who lead Citizen Action of Wisconsin’s Organizing Cooperatives (a modernized chapter system). The role involves community organizing and multi racial and cultural coalition building. Together with member-leaders and Citizen Action of Wisconsin staff, the Health Equity Organizer will advance diverse/multi level healthcare related issue and electoral campaigns that lead to real impacts on their community and lay the groundwork for large scale changes in communities of Color and for all of us in Wisconsin.

Citizen Action of Wisconsin organizers are expected to learn new skills on the job, and are provided with training and onboarding that may take up to 6 months, while also “jumping in” to the work to gain lived experience. After 6 months to a year, the successful Citizen Action of Wisconsin Organizer will be highly skilled in traditional community organizing; coalition building; public speaking and providing issue education to members of the public; event planning, hosting, and turnout; dues-paying membership recruitment and retention; development and implementation of short and long term issue and electoral campaigns; at least at an intermediate level in regards to all technology and tools they have at their disposal; as well as crafting organizing messaging and maintaining social media presence.

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Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, December 18th

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, December 18th

Friday, December 18th

Protect Wisconsin’s clean water by demanding an Environmental Impact Study on the Roth Feeder Pig II CAFO 

Whether we are white or Black, rich or poor, rural or urban, we all want clean water, fresh air and a habitable planet for our families.  But today, giant corporate farms are threatening the beauty and natural resources of the Driftless region.  Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) threaten our groundwater, our air, our local economies, our small farms, and our outdoor recreation.   You can help protect our waters RIGHT NOW with a few simple clicks.

On October 30th Vernon county saw the impact CAFOs can have when the area suffered a major manure spill and fish kill off.  Now a newly proposed CAFO, Roth Feeder Pig II, is posed to be the biggest hog CAFO in Wisconsin.  Attempts are being made to move forward on construction without an environmental impact study in a region that is susceptible to extreme rain events and sinkholes, both of which could lead to major water contamination.  By joining together across the state to protect our precious lakes and farmlands, we can make sure that the DNR completes an environmental impact study before construction of the Roth Feeder Pig II CAFO in Crawford county begins. 

You can help by clicking below to send an email directly to Wisconsin Government officials and Wisconsin DNR leadership demanding an environmental impact study.  Email submissions from anywhere in the state will be accepted and are encouraged.  Please take a moment to fill out this simple form to contact Governor Evers and the DNR to demand they protect Wisconsin waters!

Thank you to everyone who volunteered and donated toys for Citizen Action of Wisconsin Driftless Co-op’s first ever rural toy drive!

Last weekend Citizen Action of Wisconsin held its first ever toy drive to give back to farmers, farmer workers and families of undocumented farm hands.  Donation sites were set up in La Crosse, Adams County and Viroqua.  Despite the cold weather the day was an overwhelming success!  Over 250 toys were collected!  Those toys will be distributed throughout the Driftless Region’s farming communities.

We were so thrilled at how the day turned out!  A special thank you goes out to Citizen Action of Wisconsin members Joni Anderson, Jillian Richie, Paul Kruse, and Heather Talbot for braving the cold to help collect toys.  Thanks also go out to Tractor Supply Co in Viroqua, Adams Radio 106 in Adams, and UU of La Crosse for hosting our drop off locations.  Thank you to Adams County Democrats for co-sponsoring the toy drive and for their generous donation. Thank you to News Channel 8 in La Crosse for covering the event; you can read their story here.

Lastly a very special thank you to everyone who donated toys either in person or through the mail.  You all helped bring smiles to struggling rural families this holiday season!

Take Action: Join Us In The Demand for a BadgerCare Public Option!

Part of the healthcare co-op is pushing for Governor Evers to include a Public Option in the state budget. If we don’t talk about it, we will never get it.  We need to look for progress wherever possible and this is one avenue at the state level.  

All working families in Wisconsin should be able to purchase affordable health insurance & get the care they need. The choices our government makes now to help us weather the outbreak of this virus can also set a better course for the future of our communities. Now is the time for us to unite across our differences and make policy choices that help every-day people in pursuit of a safe, healthy, and thriving Wisconsin.

Take Action: Tell Gov. Evers We Need a BadgerCare Public Option! 

NC Organizing Co-op Members and Friends – SAVE THE DATE

In spite of living through a pandemic in 2020, a lot has been accomplished by our members and our organization throughout the year. And we would like to celebrate this work, as well as to continue planning for 2021. Currently, there are candidates seeking office for the Wisconsin Court of Appeals – District III and several school boards within the region, but there is much more to plan for in 2021. Please save the date and join us for a virtual get-together! If you lack the ability to use Zoom, there will be a call-in option too. This meeting is happening on Saturday, January 16th, from 10 am to 12 noon. We hope to see you there!

Sign Up to Phone Bank into Georgia with the People’s Action Health Care For All Team!

Do you like Democracy? Do you believe that health care is a human right? Do you want to see Mitch McConnell out of power? Then you should sign up to phone bank for the Georgia senate races with People’s Action health care team! he health care team is hosting the following events:

  • Wednesday, December 30th, 5-8pm CT – Phone Bank

Polls are tight, so these calls and texts could make the difference! You can sign up to participate HERE

Citizen Action in the News

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig was on the Jeff Santos Show for 60 minutes to discuss developments in the Biden Administration, assess key appointments, and progressive strategy. Listen here

Citizen Action’s Health Care for All Director, Claire Zautke, penned a column for Up North News on the importance of signing up for ACA during the open enrollment period. Read it here.

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig was on the Earl Ingram Show for 60 minutes to discuss the situation in Wisconsin, including the assault on democracy and the latest sabotage efforts of the do-nothing Legislature, and evaluate Governor Evers’ strategy. Listen here.

Citizen Action members called for an environmental impact statement on a Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) in the Driftless Region, Roth Feeder Pig 2. Read about it here.

“Sinking Snake Oil Ship” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We check in on the federal COVID-19 debate in Congress. After months of failure, are the nation’s lawmakers about to deliver meaningful relief? Claire presents new research quantifying the deep financial hardship the pandemic has inflicted on American families and why the failure of political leadership is so devastating. The Electoral College declared Joe Biden the winner this week as all legal options for the snake oil salesman-in-chief have now closed. That didn’t stop Sen. Ron Johnson from embarrassing himself this week with his sham hearing on the election. We talk about disturbing news that the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association emailed a document to thousands of law enforcement agencies comparing Black Lives Matter activists to terrorists. Also, the City of Milwaukee Common Council is prepared to turn down federal money for more police officers.

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Stay up to date! Stream our Annual Membership Meeting Today

Thank you to all who joined us for our first Virtual Annual Membership Meeting on December 5th! If you were unable to attend, the meeting is available for your streaming convenience

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“Sinking Snake Oil Ship” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“Sinking Snake Oil Ship” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We check in on the federal COVID-19 debate in Congress. After months of failure, are the nation’s lawmakers about to deliver meaningful relief? Claire presents new research quantifying the deep financial hardship the pandemic has inflicted on American families and why the failure of political leadership is so devastating. The Electoral College declared Joe Biden the winner this week as all legal options for the snake oil salesman-in-chief have now closed. That didn’t stop Sen. Ron Johnson from embarrassing himself this week with his sham hearing on the election. We talk about disturbing news that the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association emailed a document to thousands of law enforcement agencies comparing Black Lives Matter activists to terrorists. Also the City of Milwaukee Common Council is prepared to turn down federal money for more police officers.

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TAKE ACTION! Contact Gov. Tony Evers and tell him to make sure a BadgerCare Public Option is included in his next State Budget.

Watch hilarious video of former IL Governor Rod Blagojevich wishing Wisconsin State Rep. John Nygren well as he abruptly leaves the Wisconsin Legislature to lobby for the health insurance industry. Video was authorized and paid for by the one and only Scot Ross.

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Movement Organizing Director

Citizen Action of Wisconsin Movement Organizing Director Job Description

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

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

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

Job Description:   Citizen Action of Wisconsin is seeking to hire a dynamic and socially committed person to join our management team as the Movement Organizing Director beginning as soon as January 14th of 2021. This is a full time (40-50 hrs/week on average) salaried position.  Some evenings and weekends required, as well as semi-frequent in state day and overnight travel, and occasional out of state travel.  Applicants must have a valid drivers license, access to a reliable vehicle, and be able to provide proof of liability insurance.  Normally, this position would travel on a weekly/bi-weekly/monthly basis to other regions of the state, but during the COVID-19 public health emergency, it is a majority work from home position.  Applicants must have unlimited access to reliable high speed internet and cellular service at home, and an aptitude for/desire to learn how to both conduct organizing and manage a team of individuals across the state via virtual and phone communication. Women, Bi-racial/People of Color, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and formerly incarcerated individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.

This position reports directly to the Associate Director and involves maintaining, growing, and evolving a democratic membership organizing model pioneered by Citizen Action of Wisconsin known as an Organizing Cooperative (a modernized chapter system).  Citizen Action of Wisconsin currently supports 7 member driven Organizing Co-ops that cover 80% of the state geographically.  This position will involve day to day direct supervision of 2-5 regional Citizen Action of Wisconsin Co-op Organizing Staff.  The Movement Organizing Director will work with Co-op Organizers and other staff to maintain and grow dues paying membership; integrate statewide (and at times national/federal) issue and electoral campaigns into the local co-ops;  as well as work closely with the Executive Director and Climate and Equity Director to lead and advance rural/suburban Climate campaigns in four rural/suburban co-op regions. The Movement Organizing Director will work together with member-leaders and Citizen Action staff to advance diverse issue, legislative, and electoral campaigns that have real impact on our communities and make large scale changes in Wisconsin to open up opportunity for all.

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Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, December 11th

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, December 11th

Friday, December 11th

Sign Up to Phone Bank into Georgia with the People’s Action Health Care For All Team!

Do you like Democracy? Do you believe that health care is a human right? Do you want to see Mitch McConnell out of power? Then you should sign up to phone bank for the Georgia senate races with People’s Action health care team! he health care team is hosting the following events:

  • Tuesday, December 15th, 5-7:30pm CT – Text Bank
  • Wednesday, December 16th, 5-8pm CT – Phone Bank
  • Wednesday, December 30th, 5-8pm CT – Phone Bank

Polls are tight, so these calls and texts could make the difference! You can sign up to participate HERE

Opportunity to Write Postcards to Win Georgia in North Central WI

Co-op member Nancy Stencil, is working with Women for Women – Wausau Chapter and the AFL-CIO to write and send postcards to help win Georgia! If you are interested in helping with this effort, click here for more details.

 

 

 

TAKE ACTION! Contact Gov. Tony Evers and tell him to make sure a BadgerCare Public Option is included in his next State Budget.  

We need to make sure BadgerCare is opened to everyone in Wisconsin as a public option, lowering premiums and eliminating large co-pays and deductibles, so that all of us can get the  care we need without going bankrupt or having to wrangle with an insurance company.New polling completed in late November 2020 by Badger State Research found 78% of Wisconsin voters support “creating a BadgerCare public option that allows people to purchase health care coverage through  BadgerCare rather than private insurance.”

CONTACT Gov. Tony Evers and tell him to make sure a BadgerCare Public Option is included in his 2021-2022 State Budget that he will introduce in late January 2021.

Are you running for office or considering running? Attend a Wisconsin Progress candidate training

Wisconsin Progress is excited to announce their annual winter training series and this year they are going virtual. Local elections are as important as they’ve ever been and their Advanced Local Elected Campaign Training is a great way to prepare for your run. They are offering shorter trainings this year on Field, Finance, and Communications so you don’t have to spend a whole day in front of your computer. 

All trainings will be offered through Zoom; sign up below to get access:

Saturday, December 12th, 2020 2pm-4pm – Virtual Field Training
Tuesday, December 14th, 2020 6pm-8pm – Virtual Fundraising Training
Thursday, December 16th, 2020 6pm-8pm – Virtual Communications Training
Monday, January 4th, 2021 530pm-730pm – Virtual Field Training
Tuesday, January 5th, 2021 2pm-4pm – Virtual Field Training
Thursday, January 7th, 2021 6pm-8pm – Virtual Fundraising Training
Saturday, January 9th, 2021 6pm-8pm – Virtual Communications Training

Citizen Action of Wisconsin Hosts Toy Drive to Support Farming Families and rural communities. Giving back to families that put food on our tables

2020 has been a rough year for everyone across the Driftless region. That is why Citizen Action of Wisconsin Driftless Co-op, along with the Wisconsin’s Farmers Union and Adams County Democrats are sponsoring a Sustainable Toy Drive during the month of December to collect NEW toys to be distributed to struggling farmers, families of farm workers, and families of undocumented farmhands in La Crosse, Adams and Vernon counties.  We want to make sure that we are giving back to the families that put food on our tables.

We are asking for sustainable toys such as books, puzzles, and wooden toys.  You can help by dropping off toys in person on  December 12th from noon to 4:00 at one of the following locations. 

  • Wisconsin 106 parking lot 1040 W Center st Adams Wisconsin 
  • UU Fellowship of La Crosse 401 West Ave s La Crosse 
  • Tractor Supply Co Parking lot 1202 N Main st Viroqua

It is our hope that people will donate to this community project to bring joy to children who might not receive a gift otherwise. 

Please consider shopping locally owned, small businesses for NEW sustainable toys to donate, for example:

If you wish to donate a sustainable toy by mail, or place an order online,  please send it to:

CAW Sustainable Toy Drive;

C/O: Ben Wilson

116 s Rock Ave, Apt 1206

Viroqua WI 54665

La Crosse event link

Viroqua event link 

Adams event link

For more information please contact Ben Wilson at 608-386-2847 or [email protected]

North Central Organizing Co-op Member Shares His Personal Affordable Care Act Story at Protect Our Care Virtual Press Conference with US Senator Tammy Baldwin

Open Enrollment for the Affordable Care Act is underway and ends on December 15th

On Monday, December 7th, NC Co-op member, Vik Verma was part of a press conference sponsored by Protect Our Care Wisconsin and Citizen Action of Wisconsin, to urge people to enroll in the ACA here in Wisconsin. 

The ACA was a lifesaver for Vik after a serious car accident in 2017.  He shared his story to emphasize how important it is to enroll in the ACA exchange if you don’t have coverage.

In addition to Lillian and Vik sharing their stories, our awesome US Senator Tammy Baldwin and our great Wisconsin Insurance Commissioner Mark Afable spoke about the importance of getting enrolled in the ACA exchanges. You can see the virtual press conference here.

Get enrolled!  The deadline is December 15!

Wausau Mayor Katie Rosenberg Meets With Citizen Action of Wisconsin Staff (and a photo bomber)

Citizen Action of Wisconsin’s Executive Director, Dr. Robert Kraig, Climate & Equity Director Rafael Smith, and North Central Co-op Organizer Joel Lewis met with Wausau Mayor Katie Rosenberg on Wednesday, December 9th. We all joined what Katie calls the World Peace Tour, and Organizer Joel Lewis learned that it’s hard to take a screenshot while giving a peace sign. He also learned that no matter who you’re meeting with, a double peace sign photobomb is not out of the question! The meeting was to discuss the lay of the land in Wausau, in terms of working toward the use of more renewable energy and a greener future. How this pertains to all people in the greater Wausau area was also a part of the discussion. We are so grateful to have had the time to have this discussion with Mayor Katie, and look forward to continuing to work toward a green and equitable future in Wausau.

People’s Action Holds Session 2 of Their Movement Builder’s Conference

Much of the Citizen Action of Wisconsin Field Team and some of their Co-op Organizers participated in the 2nd Session of the People’s Action Movement Builder’s Conference. This event brings Organizers from all across the country together to celebrate victories achieved through our collective work, and to work together to identify future goals and ways to implement them. 

As Organizers, we can sometimes feel like we’re on an island, all alone doing this work. Not only do these conferences help you hone in on your organizing skills, but it helps you to realize that you are not alone. You are one piece of a movement that is much larger than yourself! Together we are strong and we can move mountains if we stand together. 

“Trump enablers scheme & sue to overturn election” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We review a surreal week that saw Texas and 17 states sue Wisconsin and other states where Trump lost narrowly to overturn the election. In Wisconsin, Rep. Tussler, the chairman of the Assembly Elections committee, is holding a sham hearing Friday and has already said he is willing to defy the will of the voters. We talk about the issues the do-nothing-good Wisconsin Legislature and US Senate are ignoring, especially COVID 19 , and laud Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes’ broad Climate Task Force plan which was released this Wednesday. Will its provisions make it into Governor Evers’ state budget? Finally, we welcome Shawn Phetteplace, Wisconsin State Manager of the Main Street Alliance, to discuss the budget priorities of small business owners.

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“Trump enablers scheme & sue to overturn election” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast 

“Trump enablers scheme & sue to overturn election” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast 

We review a surreal week that saw Texas and 17 states sue Wisconsin and other states where Trump lost narrowly to overturn the election. In Wisconsin, Rep. Tussler, the chairman of the Assembly Elections committee, is holding a sham hearing Friday, and has already said he is willing to defy the will of the voters. We talk about the issues the do-nothing-good Wisconsin Legislature and US Senate are ignoring, especially COVID 19 , and laud Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes’ broad Climate Task Force plan which was released this Wednesday. Will its provisions make it into Governor Evers’ state budget? Finally, we welcome Shawn Phetteplace, Wisconsin State Manager of the Main Street Alliance, to discuss the budget priorities of small business owners.
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Learn more about the Main Street Alliance and their priorities for President-elect Biden’s first 100 days.

Call Rep. Ron Tussler at (608) 266-5831 and tell him to stop promoting conspiracy theories about our election and trying to overturn the will of Wisconsin voters. Instead the Legislature should be focusing on COVID-19 relief and helping address the economic and health challenges facing people across Wisconsin. You can also email at: [email protected]

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Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, December 4th 2020

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, December 4th 2020

Friday, December 4th

Attend 2020 Citizen Action of Wisconsin statewide membership meeting

On December 5th 2020 at 10:00 AM Citizen Action of Wisconsin will be (virtually) hosting its annual statewide membership meeting. This meeting will be open to all current members. During the meeting we will be electing the 2021 Board of Directors (including representation from the Driftless region). We will also be celebrating the amazing work that has been done across the state as we’ll as the work done by our individual co-ops across the state.

We have a lot to celebrate this year but we still have a lot of work ahead of us!  We hope to see as many of you as possible on this virtual annual meeting.  

RSVP to receive the Zoom link to join.

Tell Gov. Tony Evers we need a BadgerCare Public Option in his next State Budget

TAKE ACTION! Contact Gov. Tony Evers and tell him to make sure a BadgerCare Public Option is included in his next State Budget.

No matter what we look like, where we live, or what’s in our wallets, we all need good affordable health care. But for too long, we’ve let a powerful divide us to pad their own profits.

The COVID-19 pandemic reveals what has always been true, excluding people from health care is a threat to the entire community. Crippling costs deter the uninsured and everyone who can’t afford massive co-pays, deductibles, and surprise medical bills from seeking testing and treatment, helping the virus spread.

Healthcare is a human right and no one should go bankrupt because they get sick or delay medical treatment because they can’t afford it.

We need to make sure BadgerCare is opened to everyone in Wisconsin as a public option, lowering premiums and eliminating large co-pays and deductibles, so that all of us can get the care we need without going bankrupt or having to wrangle with an insurance company.

CONTACT Gov. Tony Evers and tell him to make sure a BadgerCare Public Option is included in his 2021-2022 State Budget that he will introduce in late January 2021.

Attend Gov. Evers/Lt. Gov. Barnes Budget Listening Sessions

Although the COVID-19 pandemic continues to keep folks safer at home, the governor is once again calling on Wisconsinites to share their thoughts on the 2021-2022 State Budget at a virtual listening session.

Thank you to the team who joined our Climate and Healthcare info session on Dec 1st to prep for the December 2nd State Budget Listening session! 

Wisconsinites who can’t attend a listening session can submit a written public comment on any topic at any time here.

If you are interested in participating in any of the remaining listening sessions, you can register to attend below.

Budget Listening Session on Criminal Justice Reform

Tuesday, December 8 at 6 p.m.

Register to attend here: //us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0oceCqrTwiHd0K_jwSm7v77A94JrrcbHRP

Budget Listening Session on Our Schools and Education

Wednesday, December 16 at 6 p.m.

Registration will be live one week before the listening session date.​

Attend The People’s Map Commission Meetings & Hearings 

If you can’t attend, submit written comments. 

Members of Gov. Tony Evers’ People’s Maps Commission will host a series of public hearings across Wisconsin to hear directly from experts and the public on redistricting. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Commission is conducting all hearings virtually, but may reassess this decision at a later point. There will be at least one hearing for each of Wisconsin’s congressional districts.

Members of the public are encouraged to provide testimony at public hearings by registering to testify. Written public comments are also welcome at any time during the public hearing process. They encourage members of the public to submit written comments in advance of their congressional district’s public hearing.

More Information and RSVP 

Driftless Co-op Toy Drive

2020 has been a rough year for everyone across the Driftless region. That is why Citizen Action of Wisconsin Driftless Co-op, along with the Wisconsin’s Farmers Union and Adams County Democrats are sponsoring a Sustainable Toy Drive during the month of December to collect NEW toys to be distributed to struggling farmers, families of farm workers and families of undocumented farm hands in La Crosse, Adams and Vernon counties.  We want to make sure that we are giving back to the families that put food on our tables.

We are asking for sustainable toys such as books, puzzles, and wooden toys.  You can help by dropping off toys in person on  December 12th noon to 4:00 at one of the following locations. 

  • Wisconsin 106 parking lot 1040 W Center st Adams Wisconsin 
  • UU Fellowship of La Crosse 401 West Ave s La Crosse 
  • Tractor Supply Co Parking lot 1202 N Main st Viroqua

It is our hope that people will donate to this community project to bring joy to children who might not  receive a gift otherwise. 

Please consider shopping locally owned, small businesses for NEW sustainable toys to donate, for example:

If you wish to donate a sustainable toy by mail, or place an order online,  please send it to:

CAW Sustainable Toy Drive, C/O  Ben Wilson
116 s Rock Ave. Apt 1206
Viroqua WI 54665

La Crosse event link –
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Viroqua event link – //fb.me/e/4U6nWeZBw
Adams event link – //fb.me/e/5EPQEbfor

Organizing the Driftless region in 2021 and beyond: building an urban-rural alliance

Over the past few years the Driftless region has become a political hotspot in the state of Wisconsin.  It is so amazing to see so many progressive groups create a permanent presence in the La Crosse area.  We are so happy to see allied groups such as Planned Parenthood, NextGEN, Wisconsin Conservation Voters, HRC, Our Wisconsin Revolution, LIT MKE, the ACLU, and Opportunity Wisconsin organizing in the area.  We know that together we all can mobilize our power and create real change!

Citizen Action of Wisconsin is both thrilled and proud to stand with such wonderful organizations.  It also allows us the chance to step back and look at the relationships being built on the ground and find where we fit in.  No one group can do it all.  While we want to be able to lend support to all the other groups and organizing efforts it is also important to find our niche.

After conversations with our local members, the local leadership team, and our statewide directors it seems clear that our local co-op should be focused on building a rural-urban alliance to fight climate change, fight for universal healthcare, improve rural quality of life, work on housing issues and elect progressives on the local and state level in areas both rural and urban.  We want to build a coalition of areas progressives that will fight for each other and break down the divides between rural and urban progressive voters.

We still want to stand by and support our amazing allies on all the wonderful work they are doing but we want to focus in on where we can make the greatest impact.  There seems to be a gap in area organizing around rural progressivism.  We want to fill that.  We want to be an organization that knows its urban members will stand up for rural members and rural members will stand up for urban members.  The only way that we can move Wisconsin forward is to make sure that no one gets left behind!

Citizen Action of Wisconsin North Central Organizing Co-op Has Eyes on Spring Elections

There are school board races, the race for WI State Superintendent, and the Wisconsin Court of Appeals. The Wood County Democratic Party has invited us to have the opportunity to meet the three candidates running for State Superintendent. 

Topic: WCDP General Meeting
Time: Dec. 7th, 2020 at 6:30 pm

Join the Zoom meeting here!
Meeting ID: 881 1403 9840; Passcode: 504837

Or, you can call in if you are not familiar or are unable to use Zoom. Here’s the call-in information: 312-626-6799, Meeting ID: 881 1403 9840; Passcode: 504837

Speakers: Jill Underly, Deborah Kerr, Sheila Briggs

Citizen Action in the News

Dana Kelley, Citizen Action’s lead organizer for our new North Side Rising Organizing Co-op in Milwaukee’s African American community, was covered in Wisconsin Public Radio’s story on Green New Deal policy in the Biden Administration. Read it or listen to it here.

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig spent a full hour on the Jeff Santos show talking about Biden’s cabinet appointments (so far) and the work of Congressional progressives to become a more powerful force in national policy. Listen here.

Are you running for office or considering running? Attend a Wisconsin Progress candidate training

Wisconsin Progress is excited to announce their annual winter training series and this year they are going virtual. Local elections are as important as they’ve ever been and thier Advanced Local Elected Campaign Training is a great way to prepare for your run. They are offering shorter trainings this year on Field, Finance, and Communications so you don’t have to spend a whole day in front of your computer. 

All trainings will be offered through Zoom; sign up below to get access:

Tuesday, December 8th, 2020 6pm- 8pm – Virtual Communications Training
Thursday,  December 10th, 2020 6pm-8pm- Virtual Fundraising Training
Saturday, December 12th, 2020 2pm-4pm – Virtual Field Training
Tuesday, December 14th, 2020 6pm-8pm – Virtual Fundraising Training
Thursday, December 16th, 2020 6pm-8pm – Virtual Communications Training
Monday, January 4th, 2021 530pm-730pm – Virtual Field Training
Tuesday, January 5th, 2021 2pm-4pm – Virtual Field Training
Thursday, January 7th, 2021 6pm-8pm – Virtual Fundraising Training
Saturday, January 9th, 2021 6 pm-8pm – Virtual Communications Training

“Vos’ COVID-19 plan fails Wisconsin” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss the adolescent and divisive COVID-19 legislation introduced by Robin Vos and Assembly Republicans that cuts funding for school districts and fails to address the historic pandemic bludgeoning Wisconsin families. We review Trump’s illegitimate lawsuit which seeks to change the rules of the game after the election and throw out hundreds of thousands of legal ballots in Milwaukee and Dane County. We kick off the State Budget fight that commences with Governor Tony Evers’ budget that he must present early next year. We discuss our top budget priorities, including a BadgerCare Public Option, Pharma Reform, and Green New Deal initiatives, and encourage our listeners to contact the Governor. Become a Citizen Action member and attend our Annual membership meeting this Saturday, December 5th, 10am – Noon.

Become a Citizen Action Co-op member today!

Attend Citizen Action Annual Member meeting
Saturday, December 5th, 10am – Noon.

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“Vos’ COVID-19 plan fails Wisconsin” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“Vos’ COVID-19 plan fails Wisconsin” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss the adolescent and divisive COVID-19 legislation introduced by Robin Vos and Assembly Republicans that cuts funding for school districts and fails to address the historic pandemic bludgeoning Wisconsin families. We review Trump’s illegitimate lawsuit which seeks to change the rules of the game after the election and throw out hundreds of thousands of legal ballots in Milwaukee and Dane County. We kick off the State Budget fight that commences with Governor Tony Evers’ budget that he must present early next year. We discuss our top budget priorities, including a BadgerCare Public Option, Pharma Reform, and Green New Deal initiatives, and encourage our listeners to contact the Governor. Become a Citizen Action member and attend our Annual membership meeting this Saturday, December 5th, 10am – Noon.
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Attend Citizen Action Annual Member meeting
Saturday, December 5th, 10am – Noon.

Contact Gov. Tony Evers and urge him to include a BadgerCare Public Option in his State Budget he will introduce in January 2021.

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Tell Gov. Tony Evers we need a BadgerCare Public Option in his next State Budget

TAKE ACTION! Contact Gov. Tony Evers and tell him to make sure a BadgerCare Public Option is included in his next State Budget.

No matter what we look like, where we live, or what’s in our wallets, we all need good affordable health care. But for too long, we’ve let a powerful divide us to pad their own profits.

The COVID-19 pandemic reveals what has always been true, excluding people from health care is a threat to the entire community. Crippling costs deter the uninsured and everyone who can’t afford massive co-pays, deductibles, and surprise medical bills from seeking testing and treatment, helping the virus spread.

Millions of Americans have lost health care coverage due to job loss during the pandemic, and hundreds of thousands in Wisconsin.

Healthcare is a human right and no one should go bankrupt because they get sick or delay medical treatment because they can’t afford it.

We need to make sure BadgerCare is opened to everyone in Wisconsin as a public option, lowering premiums and eliminating large co-pays and deductibles, so that all of us can get the care we need without going bankrupt or having to wrangle with an insurance company.

New polling completed in late November 2020 by Badger State Research found 78% of Wisconsin voters support “creating a BadgerCare public option that allows people to purchase health care coverage through BadgerCare rather than private insurance.”

CONTACT Gov. Tony Evers and tell him to make sure a BadgerCare Public Option is included in his 2021-2022 State Budget that he will introduce in late January 2021.