Bill Kaplan: GOP-led U.S. Senate refuses to act.

Bill Kaplan: GOP-led U.S. Senate refuses to act.

The U.S., including Wisconsin, is facing a twin catastrophe: an out-of-control COVID-19 pandemic and a cataclysmic economic meltdown. Public health efforts – masks, social distancing and contact tracing – have been undermined nationally by Trump and by Wisconsin GOP legislators. However, Wisconsin Democratic Governor Tony Evers has not given up. He joined GOP-led Indiana and Ohio in issuing a statewide mask mandate. Why?

More than 4.6 million COVID-19 cases nationally, over 54,000 in Wisconsin. U.S. deaths are about 155,000, approaching 1,000 in Wisconsin. Sun Belt states are setting one-day death records. Moreover, COVID-19 is spreading widely to rural areas, including Iron County, Wisconsin which has no hospital. Currently, almost all 72 Wisconsin counties have high COVID-19 activity.

A surging COVID-19 is crippling the economy and stymieing a recovery. “The U.S. economy shrank by a stunning 9.5 percent from April through June, a historic contraction …” (Washington Post-WP). Moreover, new claims for unemployment benefits totaled over a million for the 19th straight week. Yet the U.S. Senate refuses to act as over 30 million Americans, including hundreds of thousands of Wisconsinites, have lost $600 weekly federal jobless benefits. A delusional Trump said: “I think the recovery has been very strong. We’ve set record job numbers.” And, Wisconsin GOP Senator Ron Johnson, 7th-wealthiest U.S. senator, supported cutting the benefits to a paltry weekly $200!

Back in May the Democratic-led House saw the coming train wreck and passed relief and recovery legislation. All Wisconsin Democratic representatives voted yes, while state GOP representatives were opposed. The bill would help struggling state, local and tribal governments facing huge budget deficits due to declining revenues and increasing COVID-19 costs. The bipartisan National Governors Association said: “(W)ithout federal revenue replacement, state and local governments would need to cut more than $500 billion … eliminating more than 3 million jobs.” The bill also extended federal jobless benefits, funded education, food assistance, health and housing needs.

However, for months the GOP-led Senate did nothing. At the 11th hour the Senate finally rolled out a response – a glaring contrast to the House bill. Republicans have proposed billions for new military weapons, despite U.S. defense spending already accounting for about 60 percent of federal discretionary spending. Almost nothing for the millions going without enough food, but “boosts the ‘three-martini-lunch’ (tax) break, not food stamps” (WP). Then there is the easing of capital requirements for big banks, put in place to reduce their risky behavior. Help for Wall Street not Main Street.

Reminiscent of expanding the pass-through tax break in the March COVID-19 relief bill, inserted by Senate Republicans. What role did Wisconsin GOP Senator Ron Johnson play? He is the leading advocate of this tax break for the wealthy (70 percent of pass-through income goes to the top 1 percent). Finally, the Senate bill does little for millions of Americans who can’t pay their rent or mortgages. Shame.

As talks continued between Democratic congressional leaders and the Trump administration, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell adjourned the Senate and went home to Kentucky. Pathetic.

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

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, July 31st

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, July 31st

Friday, July 31st

Request your absentee ballot today! Protect your health vote from home. 

All Registered Wisconsin voters are eligible to vote with an absentee ballot. You can request ballots for both the primary and general elections in 2020.

Request your absentee ballot today.

Primary Election is Tuesday, August 11th; Thursday August 6th is the last day to request your absentee ballot.

Volunteer to Send texts and/or Make Calls for Citizen Action of Wisconsin Endorsed Candidates who have contested Primaries.

Both the text messages and the call scripts will incorporate the Race Class Narrative Messaging that we’ve been testing over the past couple of months, and the call program will give you an intro into the Deep Phone Canvass model we’ve been developing with People’s Action!

Senate District 6: LaTonya Johnson
Senate District 30: Jonathan Hansen
Assembly District 8: JoAnna Bautch
Assembly District 9: Marisabel Cabrera
Assembly District 10: Tomika Vukovic
Assembly District 16: Melissa Sargent
Assembly District 17: Supreme Moore Omokunde
Assembly District 78: Lisa Subeck
Assembly District 96: Josefine Jaynes

Sign up here to get out the vote in these important races for the Tuesday August 11th Primary!

Texting will happen Tuesday, August 4th, and Tuesday Aug 11th from 4:00-6:30 pm.

SIGN UP FOR A TEXT SHIFT HERE!

Calls will happen on Wednesday August 5th from 5-8pm, and you will be able to make calls whenever you want after this initial training.

SIGN UP FOR A CALL SHIFT HERE

Take a stand against medical debt in La Crosse this Sunday!

Citizen Action of Wisconsin and SEIU Healthcare are taking a stand against medical debt. Join us for a socially distant rally and protest to let Gundersen know that they need to stop suing their employees and the community over medical debt!

Please use this form to RSVP for this important event.

As one of the largest employers and health care providers in our community, Gundersen Health System has a responsibility to our most vulnerable citizens. In just the past few years, Gundersen has taken hundreds of our community members to court for unpaid medical debt – including its own employees who cannot afford the who cannot afford the steep cost of the Hospital’s insurance plan.

Gundersen has been named one of the most profitable hospitals in the country.  Community members and Gundersen employees should be able to receive affordable services at a nonprofit Hospital without being sued, taken to collections, or having their wages garnished.

We demand Gundersen:

  1. Cease suing our community members and employees for medical debt
  2. Forgive existing medical debt
  3. Provide employees with affordable health insurance coverage

Remember to bring water and sunscreen.  Also please wear the color purple in solidarity.

PLEASE RSVP

You can read more about the Stand Against Medical Debt and why we are standing up to Gundersen right here.

Follow the brand new Citizen Action of Wisconsin Driftless Co-op page on Facebook

Citizen Action has rolled out a brand new public Facebook page for the Driftless region.  This page is the best place to stay up to date on important events, calls to action and campaigns Citizen Action is working on locally. This public page also makes it very easy to share this important information to everyone on your Facebook friends list with one simple click. Please use this link to like this page and share contact across the internet.

You can also help get the word out by joining our social media team.  We are recruiting a team to help share content from the new local Citizen Action page.  This is a very easy job but a very important one.  Members of the team will be called upon to share specific content on their own Facebook page.  Basically when a team member gets tagged in a post they are asked to simply click the share button.  It only takes a few seconds but it has a HUGE impact.  If you would like to join the social media team please contact Ben Wilson at ben.wilson@citizenactionwi.org.

Contact the La Crosse County Board to let them know that you support 100% clean, renewable energy by 2050

On August 20th the La Crosse County Board will be voting on a resolution committing La Crosse to 100% clean, renewable energy We need to let them know that La Crosse County has to stand up and lead the way by committing to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2050.  We need to send a message to our leaders on the county board that we support clean renewable energy!

Our planet is in crisis.  We must protect the environment for generations to come.  It is vital that our elected leaders hear from us NOW.   Wisconsin will not be immune to impacts of climate change, but we can be part of the solution! Climate scientists agree that we must limit global temperature increases to 1.5 degrees Celsius to avoid the most destructive and dangerous effects of climate change. This will require net zero carbon emissions by 2050, which means ditching fossil fuels and transitioning to clean, renewable energy.

This effort is being brought to you by Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters, Coulee Region Sierra Club and Citizen Action of Wisconsin.

For those of you outside of La Crosse County thank you for your support but please do not submit these forms.

Please use this form to send an email directly to your county board supervisors.

Please use this form to sign our digital petition.

CALL TO ACTION: Join in a phone banking day of action for Citizen Action of Wisconsin endorsed candidate Josefine Jaynes on August 6th

Citizen Action of Wisconsin endorsed candidate Josefine Jaynes is running in a tight primary for the Democratic nomination in Wisconsin’s Assembly district 96 covering Vernon, Crawford and Monroe counties.

Josefine is an inspiring 18 year old candidate who will bring a bold new progressive voice to Madison.  She is committed to protecting Wisconsin’s small farms, fighting climate change, protecting our water, making sure our schools are getting the funding they need and making sure that rural Wisconsin is protected and heard. She is the voice of the next generation of progressive leaders.  You can actually hear an interview with Josefine in this week’s “Battleground Wisconsin” podcast.

Josefine’s campaign is planning a major day of action in advance of the August 11th primary.  They will be hosting a phone bank next Thursday Aug 6th.  She is looking for volunteers from across the state to make calls to residents of district 96.  Official instructions on how to get involved in this phone banking event will be announced this weekend on Josefine’s campaign Facebook page.  You can also email Josefine directly at josefinejaynes@gmail.com and she will make sure you are connected and able to get involved.     

Let the City of La Crosse know that you support expanding voting access

Voting is one of America’s most important rights. Elections during the age of COVID-19 should not be a choice between voting and your health.  The City of La Crosse can take steps RIGHT NOW to expand voting access and ensure safe, free and fair elections through the rest of 2020.  Please take a moment and complete this form to send an email to La Crosse’s mayor, city clerk and deputy city clerk to let them know that you support the following plans to expand voting access and make sure that every La Crosse resident can vote safely.

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

Please use the links below to sign our digital petition and send an email directly to the mayor of La Crosse (along with the city clerk) to let them know you support expanded voting options to keep everyone safe while they vote this November.

Please use this form to email the mayor and city clerk directly
Please use this form to sign our digital petition

Driftless Co-op Anniversary Meeting, Saturday, August 29th

On August 29th the Citizen Action of Wisconsin Driftless Co-op will have its one year anniversary of organizing in the area.  In honor of the big day we will be hosting a virtual meeting for all our members, friends and allies.

This will be a chance to hear about all the work we have done to expand healthcare, protect voting rights, fight climate change and elect progressive candidates.  We will also be laying out our plans for the rest of the year.  Several members will be presenting on projects they have been working on with Citizen Action.

We encourage everyone to come out for this very special virtual meeting.  Please use the link below to RSVP.  Space is limited so RSVP today!  Details on how to join this Zoom meeting will be sent once you RSVP.

Volunteer for Citizen Action endorsed candidate Joni Anderson and help flip State Senate District 14

Progressives have a chance to flip Wisconsin’s State Senate district 14 this year!  Citizen Action of Wisconsin member and endorsed candidate Joni Anderson is running as the State Senate district 14 Senator.  District 14 is an open seat in a very gerrymandered, rural area but we can win if we start organizing RIGHT NOW.

Joni is the vice president of her union.  She is a strong advocate for universal healthcare.  She sees the urgent need to fight against the climate crisis.  She will be a powerful ally for Wisconsin progressives and Citizen Action of Wisconsin.  For more information about her campaign you can visit her campaign Facebook page here.

Joni has no primary opponent but she is building a strong volunteer network now so that they can spring into action after the August 11th primary.  She is looking for virtual volunteers to phone bank, send handwritten postcards and share her message across social media.  No matter where you are in the state (or country) you can help by joining her volunteer team.  For more information on how to get involved please contact Joni directly at jonianderson56@gmail.com.  Please contact Joni NOW so that after the primary she has a team ready to go to flip State Senate District 14!

Virtual Town Hall and Volunteer opportunities for Supreme Moore Omokunde on Tuesday August 4th!

Join Citizen Action’s North Side Rising on Tuesday, August 4th at 5pm for a virtual town hall with State Assembly candidate Supreme Moore Omokunde. Supreme is running for District 17th on Milwaukee’s Northside.

As a member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, Supreme has been addressing the issues that matter to us the most – climate change and economic opportunity for Milwaukee. As co-chair for the Milwaukee City/County Climate and Economic Equity Taskforce that is developing and implementing a Green New Deal in Milwaukee creating good green jobs for the city. Green jobs are currently the fastest growing job sector in the US today that Milwaukee could really benefit from.

Now, Supreme is running for State Assembly to continue the fight for an equitable green new deal.

Join the town hall to hear more about his campaign and how you can help him.

North Central Organizing Co-op Member Takes Part in National Living Room Conversation

NC Co-op member, community activist, and Wausau City Alder Tom Kilian was interviewed by CHEJ (Center for Health, Environment and Justice) as a part of their weekly living room leadership series. CHEJ is an affiliate of the Action Network and People’s Action. Tom started a grassroots fight in Wausau, in regard to decades of environmental contamination from industry in his neighborhood. He lives in a working-class neighborhood, and believes that it has not been a priority to remediate the years of pollution because of this fact. Tom’s activism led to the creation of the grassroots group Citizens for a Clean Wausau, and has spanned nearly a decade of researching and exposing the past that led to this contamination. You can see Tom’s full interview here.

And here’s an article from Wausau Pilot & Review about the interview.

Marathon County Board of Supervisors Passes a Fair Maps resolution!

After a second attempt (in 4 years) the Marathon County Board of Supervisors has passed a Fair Maps resolution, 19-17! Newly elected Supervisor Will Harris (Who was also endorsed by Citizen Action of Wisconsin) and Jean Maszk sponsored the resolution.  Those voting in favor were Supervisors Harris, Maszk, Beastrom, Buttke, Cihlar, Conway, Christensen, Fisher, Gonnering, Johnson, Krause, Lo, Leahy, Opall, Overbeck, Robinson, Rosenberg, Van Krey and Xiong. This was the result of a coalition of grassroots community members, who organized around this issue, contacted their Supervisors, and fielded calls to Supervisors from community members. At least half a dozen members of the NC Organizing Co-op played an active role in making this happen.

Here is the video of the meeting.

WSAW provided some coverage of this as well.

This follows Rusk County, which passed a measure to have a Fair Maps referendum question on their November ballot a couple of months back. Co-op members were also involved in that. There are more efforts happening in other parts of the NC region. Stay tuned for updates!

Citizen Action in the News

Citizen Action released a report on the impact of cutting the $600 federal supplemental unemployment insurance payment in Wisconsin. See details on our findings and full video of the press conference here, which included State Senator La Tonya Johnson. See and hear media coverage from ABC TV Madison; Up North News, and listen to an interview with Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig on WCLO Radio.

Citizen Action Health Care for All Director Claire Zautke did an interview on WORT Radio on prescription drug reform.

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig discussed the prospects for progressive influence in the Biden Administration on the Jeff Santos Radio Show. The program, which originates from Boston, is replayed on the commercial progressive radio stations in the Madison and Milwaukee media markets. Citizen Action’s Battleground Wisconsin is also featured on these stations every week.

“Trump mails in the election” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss President Trump’s disturbing pronouncement that the 2020 election should be delayed because mail-in ballots will make it inaccurate and fraudulent. Trump’s statement comes on the heels of a cratering economy and complete absence of Republican leadership on extending desperately needed COVID relief. We celebrate the extension of the moratorium on utility shutoffs last week and thank the leadership of Citizen Action’s new North Side Rising organizing co-op. We welcome progressive State Assembly candidates Kristina Shelton and Josefine Jaynes to discuss their August 11th primary elections.

LISTEN NOW – EPISODE #453
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Donate to Josefine Jaynes.
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“Trump mails in the election” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“Trump mails in the election” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss President Trump’s disturbing pronouncement that the 2020 election should be delayed because mail-in ballots will make it inaccurate and fraudulent. Trump’s statement comes on the heels of a cratering economy and complete absence of Republican leadership on extending desperately needed COVID relief. We celebrate the extension of the moratorium on utility shutoffs last week and thank the leadership of Citizen Action’s new North Side Rising organizing co-op. We welcome progressive State Assembly candidates Kristina Shelton and Josefine Jaynes to discuss their August 11th primary elections.

LISTEN NOW – EPISODE #453
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Press Clips

Donate to Kristina Shelton.
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Donate to Josefine Jaynes.
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Links:

Donald Trump calls for delay to 2020 US presidential election.
The GOP Stimulus Bill Guts Unemployment But Somehow Finds $7 Billion for Weapons.
Coronavirus relief talks hit impasse on Capitol Hill.
These Republicans Said Wisconsin Needed Another COVID Relief Bill. Now They’re Silent.
Editorial: Gov. Evers should stop hesitating and issue a life-saving mask mandate.
Number of Wisconsin Households Barely Getting by Swells to Nearly 550,000.
A pandemic. Marching in the streets. Economic hardship. Former governors ask where our government leaders are.
More than 25 federal agents coming to Milwaukee as part of ‘Operation Legend’.
Milwaukee’s Federal Deployment Will Not Be Like Portland, Swears U.S. Attorney.
State Regulators Extend Moratorium On Utility Shutoffs For Residential Customers.

 

Bill Kaplan: State congressional Republicans fail Wisconsin

Bill Kaplan: State congressional Republicans fail Wisconsin

Back in May the Democratic-led House anticipated that the toll from COVID-19 and its economic consequences would continue to be devastating. The House passed relief and recovery legislation, largely along party lines. The $3 trillion bill would help

state, local and tribal governments facing huge holes in their budgets; fund more COVID-19 testing and contact tracing; hazard pay for first responders and essential workers; extension of unemployment benefits; aid to education and help with housing problems. Wisconsin Democratic Representatives Ron Kind, Gwen Moore and Mark Pocan voted yes. However, Wisconsin GOP Representatives Mike Gallagher, Glenn Grothman, Jim Sensenbrenner and Bryan Steil shamefully voted no (Tom Tiffany was not yet sworn in).

The legislation would help Wisconsin avoid draconian budget and service cuts. The Wisconsin Budget Project said the bill would: “Allocate $8.5 billion to the state and $7.5 billion to local governments … provide an additional $1.9 billion in Medicaid dollars … (and) $1.4 billion for education … .” But the irresponsible GOP-led Senate refused to consider the House bill. In the middle of a pandemic Republicans played the fiddle while everything burned down. Wisconsin GOP Senator Ron Johnson, unlike Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin, had excuses when urgent action was needed. Finally, last week Senate Republicans bestirred themselves, but failed to pass anything. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said: “Hopefully, we can come together behind some package we can agree on in the next few weeks.”

But the need is right now! For example, the emergency $600 per week in extra unemployment benefits expired last Saturday in Wisconsin. Moreover, thousands of unemployed Wisconsinites face eviction. And, Wisconsin Democratic Governor Tony Evers “seeks another $250M in state budget cuts to offset pandemic revenue losses” (MJS). But University of Wisconsin System interim President Tommy Thompson pleaded no more cuts to the UW System. (Hint for Thompson – ask Wisconsin GOP legislators to approve federally funded Medicaid expansion. State savings from it could help the UW System). The state faces higher unemployment, on top of an epic farm crisis with over 2,000 dairy farms out of business! What’s wrong with Wisconsin
congressional Republicans?

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, July 24th


Friday, July 24th

North Side Rising Campaign Keeps the Lights On for WeEnergies Customers

Last week, North Side Rising and community allies held a rally and march to We Energies calling for an extension of the moratorium on We Energies and utilities from cutting of power to those who can’t currently pay their bills. As of early this week, We Energies had not agreed to a moratorium extension Therefore, Northside Rising held another march and protest at We Energies this Wednesday.

The event focused attention on how important it is for everyone to have essential energy and power. “Please just have a heart, please look at us as people and not as profit,” said Dana Kelley, Citizen Action North Side Rising organizer. “We are struggling,’ said Kelley. “So to struggle to whether you’re going to pay the electric bill, or buy food, that’s not something right now that people need to be struggling and worrying about.”

In addition to the protest, North Side Rising organized people to contact the Public Service Commission to extend the moratorium on cutting off people’s power.

BREAKING UPDATE: On Thursday, the Public Service Commission voted 2-1 to extend the moratorium that bars utilities from disconnecting residential customers behind on their bills to Sept. 1.  A huge victory for people in Wisconsin unable to pay their bills due to COVID-19.  Citizen Action of Wisconsin got some of the credit, see story in the Milwaukee Journal SentinelRead media from North Side Rising rally.

Driftless Co-op Anniversary Meeting, Saturday, August 29th

On August 29th the Citizen Action of Wisconsin Driftless Co-op will have its one year anniversary of organizing in the area.  In honor of the big day we will be hosting a virtual meeting for all our members, friends and allies.

This will be a chance to hear about all the work we have done to expand healthcare, protect voting rights, fight climate change and elect progressive candidates.  We will also be laying out our plans for the rest of the year.  Several members will be presenting on projects they have been working on with Citizen Action.

We encourage everyone to come out for this very special virtual meeting.  Please use the link below to RSVP.  Space is limited so RSVP today!  Details on how to join this Zoom meeting will be sent once you RSVP.

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Vote safely and conveniently from home in 2020! 

All Registered Wisconsin voters are eligible to vote with an absentee ballot. You can request ballots for both the primary and general elections in 2020.

Request your absentee ballot today.

Primary Election is Tuesday, August 11th; Thursday August 6th is the last day to request your absentee ballot.

General Election is Tuesday, November 3rd; Thursday, October 29th is the last day to request an absentee ballot.

Meet Wisconsin State Assembly district 96 candidate Josefine Jaynes by watching her Citizen Action town hall.

On July 21st 2020 Citizen Action of Wisconsin was thrilled to host a candidate town hall with Wisconsin’s 96th Assembly district candidate Josefine Jaynes.  Thank you to all of you who were able to join us for this very special event. For those who could not make it a video of the town hall can be found right here.  Please watch the video and feel free to share it with friends and family.

After you watch the town hall please fill out this quick and easy survey.  This survey will help us make sure that future town halls are informative for voters.  It will also help generate feedback for Josefine’s campaign.

Wisconsin’s primary election is just three weeks away.  It is so important that Josefine’s supporters lend a hand to turn out the vote. Below are a few ways to get involved with Josefine’s campaign.

Citizen Action of Wisconsin will be working with Josefine’s campaign to schedule several days of action to help her win her primary.  Keep an eye open for information about the following events

  • Phone banking
  • Text banking
  • Sending handwritten postcards to voters across the district
  • Volunteer shifts to drop flyers on voters’ doors

Green Bay Passes City-Wide Mask Ordinance

After a week of intense community discussion, the Green Bay City Council passed a City-Wide mask ordinance 7-5. Mayor Eric Genrich unveiled the proposal at a press conference on Monday. “I think we all want our schools to be open, but in order to do that, we need to crush this curve,” he said. “We all want the Packers season to be back and for fans to be able to witness the games … We want our economy back going strong, but in order to do that, we really need to bring the fight to the coronavirus.”

Green Bay Alder Randy Scannell first proposed a communication last week encouraging a city-wide mask ordinance, however it was not passed through the Policy and Protection committee. Thanks to you, we were able to help over 130 people contact the Green Bay City Council in favor of passing a mask-ordinance! Thank you to everyone who took action with us to encourage our elected leaders to put the health of our community above all else.

Join One of Multiple Solar Jobs & Green Homes Presentation Coming Up

Join a live video Zoom discussion about new ways Citizen Action of Wisconsin has found to help support job creation and fight climate change based on new federal actions that makes it easier for homes to get solar and/or cut mortgage & utility costs.

These presentations will go over what we are doing, how it fits into a movement for change, and how people can help, whether or not they are able to add solar panels. Virtual events are coming up on all the following dates/times:

  • Wednesday, Jul 29 at 10:00 AM, co-hosted by Connie Raether, click here
  • Wednesday, Jul 29 at 04:00 PM, co-hosted by Kay Hoff, click here:
  • Wednesday, Jul 29 at 04:00 PM, co-hosted by Bryan Milz & Renee Gasch, click here
  • Thursday Jul 30 at 04:00 PM, co-hosted by Jonathan Barker, click here:
  • Thursday Jul 30 at 07:00 PM, co-hosted by Max Winkels, click here
  • Friday Jul 31 at 09:00 AM, co-hosted by Jackie Cody, click here:
  • Friday Jul 31 at 11:00 AM, co-hosted by Laura Lokken, click here
  • Friday Jul 31 at 01:00 PM, co-hosted by Karen Lemke, click here:
  • Tuesday Aug 4 at 03:30 PM, co-hosted by Rebecca Alwin, click here
  • Tuesday Aug 4 at 05:00 PM, co-hosted by Randall Wendt, click here
  • Thursday Aug 6 at 07:00 PM, co-hosted by Michael Karolewicz, click here

Vote August 11th & Volunteer for Citizen Action Candidate Kristina Shelton

The August 11th primary is fast approaching! In addition to making sure that you have your absentee ballot requested and filled out, you can make a huge impact in supporting Kristina Shelton in the 90th assembly district.

Kristina Shelton is in a tough race against the incumbent in Assembly District 90. She continues to demonstrate a commitment to her community and her experience, integrity, and vision to lead is greatly needed in the State Assembly. You can help Kristina win her election by sending texts, calling voters, and helping do lit drops in her district. You can help learn more about her action opportunities by visiting https://www.kristinaforassembly.com/volunteer.

North Central Organizing Co-op is Working on a Solar Group Buy…Help Create Union Jobs and Cut Your Energy Bills and Carbon Emissions All at Once!

Citizen Action of Wisconsin has helped convince multiple banks through a public campaign to offer green home upgrades, where the bank provides resources to help cut a home’s carbon emissions and utility bills that pay for themselves right away. According to the Nature Resource Defense Council, reducing the carbon emissions coming from our home is the number one thing that we can do to reduce our carbon footprint. Plus, it’s good for the pocketbook!

Now, we are launching a project to train and coach homeowners through the steps of accessing solar through this campaign victory where they can help create good jobs fighting climate change through this “green mortgage” program saves more than it costs from the get go!

Citizen Action of Wisconsin is currently accepting applications for 20 homeowners from North Central Wisconsin to be fellows in this program at this time and participate in this “Group Buy”. Fellows chosen will be trained through video meetings and 1-1 coaching sessions to undertake and communicate how to fight climate change at home. Fellows will only be chosen if we are confident we can reduce their costs and cut their carbon emissions, with extra consideration for Citizen Action members and/or those from historically under-invested areas (especially rural and communities of color) and/or union members. You do not need to be a Citizen Action member for consideration.

Through this group buy, we will achieve better savings, and help push the industry to be better at delivering carbon-cutting upgrades to people in the Northwoods/Wausau area! Sign up here!

Fair Maps Coalition Update – Marathon County

Citizen Action of Wisconsin members from all across the state are part of the Fair Maps Coalition, and there has been some movement in the North Central region to get Fair Maps resolutions and/or referendums passed. Currently, the Marathon County Board of Supervisors is preparing to vote on a Fair Maps resolution. This will be the 2nd time that this has been attempted. The difference is that this time there is a new board, and several new members now exist. But the votes will be close!! Calling your County Board Supervisor, if you’re a Marathon County resident, and telling them that you support this, could be the difference between them voting yes or no! If you would like to call your County Board Supervisor, you can identify them and find their contact information here!

If you would like to stay up-to-date on the Fair Maps Coalition and the work that they are accomplishing, check out their latest newsletter, and stay tuned for future issues. One of the founding members of the Citizen Action of WI North Central Organizing Co-op is featured in this newsletter!

Citizen Action in the News

Citizen Action’s protest last week in Milwaukee on COVID-19 relief, led by our new African American led North Side Rising project, included the demand that the Public Services Commission extend the moratorium on utility shut-offs. On Wednesday the PSC reversed itself and extended the moratorium until October.  Citizen Action got some of the credit in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story on the decision.

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig sat down for a deep interview with People’s Action Executive Director George Goehl on how progressives can build governing power in the Biden Administration. It was a full episode of the Next Move Podcast, the newest feature of People’s Action, Citizen Action national federation of state and local social justice groups.

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig was on the Jeff Santos Radio Show to discuss progressive movement building, following an interview with path-breaking African American Political Scientist Adolph Reed. The program, which originates from Boston, is replayed on the commercial progressive radio stations in the Madison and Milwaukee media markets. Citizen Action’s Battleground Wisconsin is also featured on these stations every week.

“Uncontrolled Contagion” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

The panel digs into the uncontrolled spread of COVID-19 in Wisconsin, now one of the worst 19 states in the country in containing the virus. How bad is it? What is the State Legislature, the Evers Administration, and local governments doing about it? As the federal cut-off of pandemic unemployment benefits looms, the panel discusses dissension in the ranks of the GOP, and the likely inadequate proposal they will make to the Democrats. We also look at the immense economic impact being inflicted on working Americans, and the disproportionate impact on communities of color. Will right-wing conservatives in The Senate and the White House get their act together, or will they unleash a historic wave of utility cut offs, hunger, evictions, and foreclosures?
Listen Now – Episode #452
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Loss of Federal Unemployment Stimulus Will Devastate Wisconsin Working Families, lead to over 65,000 additional jobs losses

For Immediate Release– July 24, 2020
Contacts: Robert Kraig (414) 322-5324, robert.kraig@citizenactionwi.org
Kevin Kane (414) 550 8280, kevin.kane@citizenactionwi.org

New Report: Loss of Federal Unemployment Stimulus Will Devastate Wisconsin Working Families, lead to over 65,000 additional jobs losses

Report finds every metropolitan area to see substantial job loss as families lose funds.

STATEWIDE: On a media webinar today Citizen Action of Wisconsin was joined by State Senator La Tonya Johnson to release a new report showing the economic consequences of a failure of Congress to extend the $600-per-week benefit for out-of-work and partially working Wisconsinites. Without a renewal by Congress and the President, the benefits will expire on Saturday in Wisconsin. Republicans in Washington remain gridlocked, and will not make a counter proposal to House Democrats (who passed an unemployment extension in May) until next week at the earliest.

 A video recording of the news conference is available here.

The report breaks down the economic impact of cutting the $600-per-week federal funding stimulus for major Wisconsin metropolitan areas. Over 200,000 Wisconsin unemployed workers and underemployed workers participating in Work-Share programs will lose more than half of their family incomes. Taking this money out of the pockets of working families across Wisconsin will have a cascading impact on local economies, cutting demand for groceries, auto repairs, and other basic services, damaging already struggling businesses and forcing additional layoffs. It will also force many to go without enough food and other basics, and spark an unprecedented wave of evictions and foreclosures.

Key Findings

  • For workers, the drop in the $600 enhanced UI stimulus weekly will result in an over 60% drop in weekly earnings for those out-of-work. (Figure 1)
  • Statewide, Wisconsin could expect to see a loss of 65,635 jobs over the rest of the year by a drop in consumer demand from the ending of the $600-per-week federal support to out-of-work Wisconsinites. (Figure 2)
  • At current levels of unemployment, $3.1 billion in federal funds will be taken out of the pockets of working people and local Wisconsin economies from August through December. An extension through the end of the year is included in the HEROES Act passed by the House of Representatives in May but stalled by the U.S, Senate and the President. (Figure 2)
  • Because metropolitan areas often cover large regions, county level unemployment figures alone do not fully capture the impact. The 3 metropolitan areas most impacted are Greater Milwaukee (20,458 jobs at risk), Greater Madison (6,842 jobs at risk) and Greater Green Bay (3,238 jobs at risk).
  • As covered in Figure 3, every county in Wisconsin would be impacted, hurting rural and urban Wisconsin alike as dollars are not spent consumer-to-business then business-to-business.

Figure 1: Percent of Income Reduction from Drop in UI Benefits

Impact by Worker Characteristics Weekly Benefit Currently Weekly Benefit Without Stimulus Reduction in Earnings
Full-time worker who normally earns $20/hour or more* $970 $370 61% reduction in spending potential
Worker who normally earns $10/hour, 30 hours a week $756 $156 79% reduction in spending potential
Worker on a “Work-Share” plan, hours reduced 50% to 20 per week, $20/hour $1,185 $585 50% reduction in spending potential

* – Unemployment insurance amount is based on the quarterly earnings, a combination of hours and hourly wage. Data gathered from Department of Workforce Development’s Weekly Benefit Rate Calculator. UI weekly benefits are capped in Wisconsin at $370 per week at most.

Figure 2: Statewide and Metropolitan Economic Impact of Not Extending the $600/Week Unemployment Stimulus Until the End of 2020

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) Jobs at Risk Federal $ Taken from Wisconsin Working Families
STATEWIDE 65,635 jobs $3.1 billion not coming to families
Milwaukee-Waukesha, WI MSA (covering Milwaukee, Waukesha, Washington & Ozaukee counties) 20,458 $975.1 million
Madison, WI MSA (covering Dane, Iowa, Columbia & Green counties) 6,842 $326 million
Green Bay MSA (covering Brown, Oconto & Kewaunee counties) 3,238 $154.3 million
Appleton, WI MSA (covering Outagamie & Calumet counties) 2,344 $111.7 million
Racine, WI MSA 2,204 $105 million
Janesville-Beloit, WI MSA 1,873 $87.2 million
Wausau-Weston, WI MSA 1,490 $71 million
Oshkosh-Neenah, WI MSA 1,644 $78.3 million
Eau Claire, WI MSA (covering Eau Claire & Chippewa  counties) 1,583 $75.4 million
La Crosse, WI-MN MSA 1,160 $55.2 million
Sheboygan, WI MSA 1,030 $49 million
Fond du Lac, WI MSA 874 $41.6 million

* – Source: US Census designation of Metropolitan Statistical Areas

** – Methodology: Using the state-level calculation of job loss from the Economic Policy Institute, we estimate the local impact through adjusting for the proportion of unemployed Wisconsin workers eligible for the $600-per-week benefit by multi-county Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). MSA’s are preferred as they better capture the flow of money between adjacent communities and local economies.

*** – Based on DWD UI Week 26 estimate of weekly claim recipients by county, grouped by MSA, multiplied the number of weeks remaining in 2020 and by $600 per week. Figures may be low, as they do not count residents waiting for unemployment determinations and UI funds.

 

Figure 3:Number of Residents Unemployed by County, as of DWD Week 26, and Estimate of Jobs at Risk Per County from End of $600 Unemployment Stimulus.

County Estimated Job Loss from Conclusion of $600/week* Weekly unemployment claims as of DWD UI Week 26**
Adams 109 jobs at risk 375 people unemployed
Ashland 197 681
Barron 337 1,164
Bayfield 121 419
Brown 2,821 9,744
Buffalo 75 260
Burnett 99 341
Calumet 558 1,929
Chippewa 550 1,901
Clark 221 762
Columbia 711 2,456
Crawford 131 453
Dane 5,604 19,354
Dodge 778 2,687
Door 259 894
Douglas 276 954
Dunn 345 1,190
Eau Claire 1,033 3,567
Florence 12 43
Fond du Lac 874 3,020
Forest 140 485
Grant 359 1,240
Green 257 889
Green Lake 152 524
Iowa 270 931
Iron 53 184
Jackson 285 984
Jefferson 710 2,453
Juneau 301 1,039
Kenosha 1,498 5,174
Kewaunee 134 462
La Crosse 1,160 4,007
Lafayette 107 368
Langlade 161 557
Lincoln 269 930
Manitowoc 899 3,106
Marathon 1,490 5,146
Marinette 362 1,250
Marquette 141 488
Menominee 87 301
Milwaukee 14,475 49,994
Monroe 336 1,161
Oconto 283 979
Oneida 309 1,066
Outagamie 1,786 6,167
Ozaukee 829 2,862
Pepin 40 137
Pierce 236 816
Polk 305 1,055
Portage 708 2,445
Price 109 377
Racine 2,204 7,613
Richland 126 435
Rock 1,873 6,468
Rusk 95 328
Sauk 890 3,075
Sawyer 150 519
Shawano 362 1,250
Sheboygan 1,030 3,556
St. Croix 576 1,989
Taylor 113 391
Trempealeau 272 940
Not allocated to a specific county*** 5,419 18,718
Vernon 197 681
Vilas 133 458
Walworth 774 2,675
Washburn 147 506
Washington 1,296 4,477
Waukesha 3,859 13,328
Waupaca 392 1,355
Waushara 194 670
Winnebago 1,644 5,677
Wood 526 1,817

* – Methodology: Using the state-level calculation of job loss from the Economic Policy Institute, we estimate the local impact through adjusting for the proportion of unemployed Wisconsin workers eligible for the $600-per-week benefit by county. While county level spill-overs no doubt occur (money is not only spent in the county one lives in) we assume spillovers occur in both directions between counties. 

** – Source: Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Wisconsin Unemployment Insurance Initial and Weekly Claims Filed, UI Week 26

*** – DWD statistics do not account for the county of origin for all UI recipients. 

Figure 4: Wisconsin UI Weekly Benefit Rate Compared to Other States, National Average

Data source: CNBC story, 7.17.2020, link

“It is absolutely stunning that in the middle of a pandemic-induced depression, conservatives in Washington are forcing the cut-off of the unemployment payments that keep millions of working families afloat,” said Robert Kraig, Executive Director of Citizen Action of Wisconsin. “The important data in this release document the needless economic pain that will be inflicted on Wisconsin working families in every corner of the state, and the additional working families. The data also document the cascading impact this cut-off of support will have on tens of thousands of additional working families who will also lose their jobs as a consequence. With enhanced unemployment payments ending next week in Wisconsin, and Republican in Washington in gridlock, the State Legislature must come back into immediate emergency session. This is a time for leadership, and it is time for conservative politicians at the federal and state level to start doing their jobs,” Kraig concluded.

“For many families the extra 600 federal unemployment benefits means the difference between financial security during a time when they are struggling due to no fault of their own, and the risk of losing their home”, said State Senator La Tonya Johnson. “We need our leaders at both the state and federal level to take immediate steps to support Wisconsin families, including removing red tape that makes it difficult to successfully navigate the UI system and maintaining the $600 federal lifeline that families-and our economy- depends on.”

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“Uncontrolled Contagion” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“Uncontrolled Contagion” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

The panel digs into the uncontrolled spread of COVID-19 in Wisconsin, now one of the worst 19 states in the country in containing the virus. How bad is it? What is the State Legislature, the Evers Administration, and local governments doing about it? As the federal cut-off of pandemic unemployment benefits looms, the panel discusses dissension in the ranks of the GOP, and the likely inadequate proposal they will make to the Democrats. We also look at the immense economic impact being inflicted on working Americans, and the disproportionate impact on communities of color. Will right-wing conservatives in The Senate and the White House get their act together, or will they unleash a historic wave of utility cut offs, hunger, evictions, and foreclosures?
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Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, July 17th

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, July 17th

Friday, July 17th

Citizen Action announces more 2020 State Legislative Candidate Endorsements

Friday afternoon, July 17th the Citizen Action Board announced more candidate endorsements in state legislative elections. There will be more endorsements coming throughout the summer.

Senate District 16: Melissa Sargent
Senate District 18: Aaron Wojciechowski
Assembly District 37: Abigail Lowery
Assembly District 38: Melissa Winker
Assembly District 69: Brian Giles
Assembly District 78: Lisa Subeck
Assembly District 81: Dave Considine
Assembly District 85: Jeff Johnson

Milwaukee County Election
Register of Deeds: Israel Ramon, Citizen Action Healthcare Co-op member

Vote safely and conveniently from home in 2020! 

All Registered Wisconsin voters are eligible to vote with an absentee ballot. You can request ballots for both the primary and general elections in 2020.

Request your absentee ballot today.

  • Primary Election is Tuesday, August 11th; Thursday August 6th is the last day to request your absentee ballot.
  • General Election is Tuesday, November 3rd; Thursday, October 29th is the last day to request an absentee ballot.

Green Bay Mayor Eric Genrich & Sen. Dave Hansen endorse Citizen Action co-op member Kristina Shelton for 90th Assembly District!

Green Bay Mayor Eric Genrich and state Sen. Dave Hansen joined other Democrats this week as they endorsed Northeast WI Co-op member Kristina Shelton in the 90th Assembly District primary.

The backing from Hansen and Genrich comes less than a week after Democratic leaders in the Assembly threw their support behind Shelton, a member of the Green Bay School Board.

The primary election is Tuesday, August 11th.

“Words cannot express how tremendously honored I am to have the support of Mayor Genrich and Sen. Hansen. In their own way, they have both fought hard for the working people of Green Bay, and knowing I have them behind me shows the community that I am the one clear choice for Democrats on August 11.” — Kristina Shelton

Request your absentee ballot today!
Donate today to Kristina Shelton.
Volunteer to help the campaign!

Citizen Action holds 4 media events on Wednesday to urge Congress and the President to take action on COVID-19 relief & demand WE Energies and utilities stop power “cut offs”.

This Wednesday, July 15th, Citizen Action held 4 media events and a rally and march in Milwaukee telling Congress and the President to take urgent action in the next ten days to maintain existing pandemic relief efforts and expand them with new investments to address the full depth of the employment crisis in Wisconsin. The media events and the march in Milwaukee demanded that WE Energies and other utilities end planned “cut offs” of customers on July 25th.

When Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) in March, it was impossible to know that the pandemic would continue to spin out of control after the four month sunset of many of its provisions. It is now essential for Congress to pass a new round of relief, extending current benefits and dramatically expanding them to the scale of the crisis.

Milwaukee: North Side Rising leads rally and march to We Energies.

In Milwaukee, Citizen Action’s North Side Rising organized a rally that called for federal action to provide financial assistance to institutions and individuals still struggling in Milwaukee during the pandemic. The rally included Supreme Moore-Omokunde, who is running for State Assembly District 17, who advocated for the Jobs for Economic Recovery Act and for calling for a moratorium on We Energies and utilities from cutting of power to those who can’t currently pay their bills.

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The rally featured La Tesha Johnson who, like a lot of people, has been out of work for months. Before the pandemic, Johnson was going to start training with the U.S. Census Bureau, but it was delayed because of the coronavirus.

“I’ve always been one of those people that has kept a job, a good job. To me, being out of work is not easy … my life has changed. The community has changed; the world has changed,” said Johnson. Member of the Milwaukee City/County Climate Equity Task force and NAACP leader, George Martin, spoke passionately at the rally about the huge opportunity before us to make a transition to a green economy that creates good paying green jobs for Milwaukee residents.

Following the rally, people marched from Victory Over Violence Park to WE Energies in downtown Milwaukee demanding justice and mercy during this pandemic to “keep the lights on!”  The march was lead by Rev. Jonathan Barker, Min. Adante Jordan and Rev. Dana Kelley, Lead organizer of North Side Rising.

State Representative Jodi Emerson leads Eau Claire pandemic event.

State Representative Jodi Emerson (AD 91), Eau Claire City Council member Emily Berge, and Citizen Action Wisconsin’s Executive Director Robert Kraig joined together in Eau Claire Wednesday to urge congress to extend unemployment relief to thousands of families struggling to make ends meet during the COVID-19 pandemic. Emerson and Berge, who is also a Citizen Action endorsed candidate for the 68th assembly district, made a point to explain that this isn’t about people not wanting to work, but rather unable to due to businesses wrestling with their bottom line, child care, and health concerns.

Madison leaders speak out on pandemic relief and jobs creation

Citizen Action of Wisconsin hosted a major press event with Executive Director Robert Kraig, Madison’s Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway and representatives from Kids Forward and the United Way to advocate for pandemic relief packages.  Presenters spoke of the need to pass Tammy Baldwin’s legislation to extend the federal pandemic unemployment benefits AND to create millions of federally subsidized jobs.  You can read more about this event here and here.

In Green Bay, Mayor Eric Genrich and Citizen Action urge extension of Pandemic Relief

“We really don’t have the resources to respond in a way that’s necessary, so that’s why we’re relying on the federal government that does have the resources at their disposal… They need to act expeditiously, as quickly as possible to respond to the needs of these families that are going to have these benefits cut off in the next few weeks.” Green Bay Mayor and co-op member, Eric Genrich

You can find out more about our Green Bay event here! Both members Desiree May and Eric Genrich spoke at the event, along with Kevin Kane.

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Home Healthcare Workers deserve so much more

The ladies of the Care in Action team held a zoom party with the main goal of advocating for better benefits for home healthcare workers.  There is a shortage in this workforce and because now, more than ever people are starting to realize how valuable and noble these workers are.  They allow people to live as independently as possible in their own homes.

Governor Evers appointed a task force to study the shortage and we only had a short amount of time to submit public written advocacy in the form of an online survey.  Many members of the healthcare co-op stepped up and submitted a uniform push for higher pay, health coverage and paid leave. We submitted over 60 surveys statewide and I am sure our effort was noticed.

If you want to join us email karen.kirsch@citizenactionwi.org. We have a great camaraderie while also making the world a better place.  Friendship and change is very uplifting during this time so you should join us.

Make Medicines Work with Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes

Medicines can’t work if nobody can afford them. That’s why people all across the country are coming together to MAKE MEDICINES WORK. Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes, Maine State Senator Rebecca Millett, experts on pharmaceutical monopolies and grassroots leaders directly impacted by this crisis joined us last Thursday in a special live event hosted by the Action Center on Race & the Economy (ACRE), Center for Popular Democracy (CPD), People’s Action, Public Citizen and Social Security Works.

This is just the beginning of this campaign so there will be plenty of opportunities to be active around this issue. Email Karen at karen.kirsch@citizenactionwi.org

You can watch the whole event here, if you missed it.

La Crosse County joins 70+ other communities demanding Guaranteed Health Care for All

This week the La Crosse County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution calling on Senator Ron Johnson, Senator Tammy Baldwin, and Representative Ron Kind to work toward the immediate implementation of universal health care, like Medicare For All Act of 2019.

The resolution is one of more than a dozen that have been passed in 2020. The effort is organized by numerous local, state, and national organizations and elected officials, including Citizen Action of Wisconsin, the Coulee DSA, Public Citizen, and Our Wisconsin Revolution.

County Board Chairperson Monica Kruse stated, “Our voices will join those of the many other counties across Wisconsin and throughout the nation demanding a more equitable, more efficient and more inclusive healthcare system.”

“Single payer, publicly funded, national healthcare insurance is the most economical and most equitable way to achieve full healthcare services for all people,” agrees Citizen Action of Wisconsin Driftless Co-op member Mark Neumann.

The Medicare for All Act of 2019 would guarantee comprehensive health care coverage for all Americans and would eliminate co-pays, deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs that are keeping needed health care out of reach for residents of La Crosse County.

Volunteer to Help Citizen Action endorsed State Assembly candidate, JoAnna Bautch

Calling all volunteers! Join Team JoAnna for volunteer opportunities every weekend (including this weekend) leading up to the August 11th primary election. Pick a date or a few that work best for you and help us connect with voters across the 8th Assembly District on Milwaukee’s near south side. We will have a variety of safe volunteer activities for folks to engage in.

Sign up here: https://forms.gle/oYyZSJ5je4AxnFeKA
Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/JoAnnaforWI/events

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

We will be having numerous “Coffee w/Your Co-op” events in July! We are working on building our membership and activism in the rural communities across Northwestern Wisconsin and we need your help! Please ask 1-2 friends to join us virtually on the date that corresponds to where they live and let them know how they would be paramount to our important organizing work in 2020 and beyond! Please register for one of the dates below (BYOCoffee!)

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

Driftless Co-op hosting a candidate town hall with endorsed State Assembly candidate Josefine Jaynes

Please join Citizen Action on July 21st at 6:00 PM for a very special town hall with State Assembly candidate Josefine Jaynes.  Josefine is running for the 96th Assembly seat covering Vernon, Crawford and Monroe Counties.

Josefine was one of the first candidates to receive a Citizen Action endorsement in the new Driftless Region Co-op.  At age 18 Josefine is also the youngest candidate Citizen Action of Wisconsin has ever endorsed. Josefine is committed to fully funding our public schools, ensuring that every Wisconsinite has access to healthcare, addressing the housing and daycare shortage in the district and safeguarding our water both for our health and our tourism. Even though Josefine has spent her entire life surrounded by politics she has committed to not being a career politician. She wants to get in, make the kind of changes Wisconsin needs and get out.

This very special, virtual, town hall is open to the public (even those outside of her district) but RSVP is required to join.  Please use this link to RSVP.  You will receive the Zoom link after you RSVP.  Space is limited so reserve your spot now!

“Stand Against Medical Debt” Rally and Protest August 2nd 3:00 PM

Citizen Action and SEIU Healthcare are taking a stand against medical debt. Join us for a socially distant rally and protest to let Gundersen Healthcare System know that they need to stop suing their employees and the community over medical debt!

Please use this form to RSVP for this important event.

We demand Gundersen:

  1. Cease suing our community members and employees for medical debt
  2. Forgive existing medical debt
  3. Provide Gundersen employees with affordable health insurance coverage

Remember to bring water and sunscreen.  Also please wear the color purple in solidarity.

PLEASE USE THIS FORM TO RSVP
PLEASE USE THIS FORM TO SIGN OUR DIGITAL PETITION AGAINST MEDICAL DEBT

 

“Schools during COVID-19 pandemic” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to surge, and Wisconsin state government is at a standstill, Wisconsin municipalities are stepping up with new mask ordinances. Citizen Action holds news events around the state to call attention to the damage inaction in Washington is doing to the economic well being of working families. Without urgent action by the middle of next week, the unemployed will be cut-off of enhanced unemployment assistance, and we are already facing a wave of utility cut-offs, evictions, and foreclosures. As corporate leaders and their political puppets demand the reopening of schools, we welcome Ben Ward from the MTEA (the Milwaukee teacher’s union) to discuss whether it is even possible to have in-person classed safely when the pandemic continues to rage. We also talk with Voces de la Frontera’s Christine Neumann-Ortiz and Mario Ramirez about their follow up meeting with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services concerning the outrageous decision to withhold the COVID-19 infection numbers of businesses.

Sign MTEA petition to open schools safely.
Sign our petition to stop the We Energies shut offs!

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Citizen Action of Wisconsin Applauds La Crosse County Board Approval of Resolution Supporting Universal Healthcare

For Immediate Release: July 16, 2020
Contact: Ben Wilson, Citizen Action of Wisconsin, ben.wilson@citizenactionwi.org

Citizen Action of Wisconsin Applauds La Crosse County Board Approval of Resolution Supporting Universal Healthcare

La Crosse County Joins Over 70 Community Resolutions in Demanding Guaranteed Health Care for All

La Crosse, Wis. – Citizen Action of Wisconsin and La Crosse County residents today applauds the County Board of Supervisors for approving a resolution calling on Senator Ron Johnson, Senator Tammy Baldwin, and Representative Ron Kind to work toward the immediate implementation of universal health care.  Current legislation for universal health includes the Medicare for All Act of 2019, H.R. 1384 / S. 1129.

The resolution is one of more than a dozen that have been passed in 2020. The effort is being organized by numerous local, state, and national organizations and elected officials, including Citizens Action of Wisconsin, the Coulee DSA, Public Citizen, and Our Wisconsin Revolution.

“This pandemic should especially open our eyes and spotlight the systemic inequities at the root of our healthcare system that wrongly treats health care as a privilege rather than a human right,” said 4th District Supervisor Freedland.

County Board Chairperson and Citizen Action of Wisconsin member Monica Kruse stated, “Our voices will join those of the many other counties across Wisconsin and throughout the nation demanding a more equitable, more efficient and more inclusive healthcare system.”

“Single payer, publicly funded, national healthcare insurance is the most economical and most equitable way to achieve full healthcare services for all people,” agrees Citizen Action of Wisconsin Driftless Co-op member Mark Neumann.

The Medicare for All Act of 2019 would guarantee comprehensive health care coverage for all Americans and would eliminate co-pays, deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs that are keeping needed health care out of reach for residents of La Crosse County.

Information about Medicare-for-All and the growing demand for Congress to pass Medicare-for-All can be found at medicare4allresolutions.org and medicare4all.org.

 

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“Schools during COVID-19 pandemic” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“Schools during COVID-19 pandemic” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to surge, and Wisconsin state government is at a standstill, Wisconsin municipalities are stepping up with new mask ordinances. Citizen Action holds news events around the state to call attention to the damage inaction in Washington is doing to the economic well being of working families. Without urgent action by the middle of next week, the unemployed will be cut-off of enhanced unemployment assistance, and we are already facing a wave of utility cut-offs, evictions, and foreclosures. As corporate leaders and their political puppets demand the reopening of schools, we welcome Ben Ward from the MTEA (the Milwaukee teacher’s union) to discuss whether it is even possible to have in-person classed safely when the pandemic continues to rage. We also talk with Voces de la Frontera’s Christine Neumann-Ortiz and Mario Ramirez about their follow up meeting with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services concerning the outrageous decision to withhold the COVID-19 infection numbers of businesses.

LISTEN NOW – EPISODE #451
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Sign MTEA petition to open schools safely.

Sign our petition to stop the We Energies shut offs!

Links:

Wisconsin sees 821 new coronavirus cases as more counties bumped to ‘high’ activity levels.
Milwaukee community organizers call for more federal coronavirus assistance and a continued moratorium on power disconnections.
Madison mayor urges state, federal aid to assist communities during pandemic.
Local leaders urge extension of current unemployment benefits. In Brown County nearly 1,000 people filed their initial application in the last week alone.
Don’t let the utilities shut off people’s power.
Wisconsin won’t name businesses with multiple COVID-10 cases.