Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, October 18th

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, October 18th

Friday, October 18th

Citizen Action joins Governor Evers’ at launch of Task Force on Climate Change

Citizen Action of Wisconsin was proud to stand with Governor Evers, Lt Governor Mandela Barnes, environmentalist, union, business and community leaders Thursday in the official launch of the Wisconsin Climate Change Task Force, chaired by Lt Governor Barnes, can you join us in thanking them?

In order to prevent a climate catastrophe, all Wisconsin institutions must work to reduce carbon emissions. That is why we at Citizen Action are working to help organize homeowners, renters, small businesses, and local government buildings in Wisconsin’s Driftless Region to reduce their carbon emissions and cut their utility bills. Governor Evers’ new Task Force will help shine a light on what steps we need to take, as soon as possible.

 

Vote in People’s Action Presidential Primary Candidate Survey 

Citizen Action of Wisconsin is member of the national organizing network, People’s Action. People’s Action is driven by local and state organizing. People’s Action was founded in 2016 to ignite a movement of millions that captures the rising demand for change in our society.

The 2020 Presidential Election presents an historic opportunity for our movement! We believe elections should revolve around everyday people, not candidates. Elections also need to be centered on our issues and our long term Platform.  We’re bringing leading Presidential contenders to early primary states for Q&A forums — and grassroots leaders running the show.

We already complete the first forum in Des Moines, Iowa in September. Nearly 50 Citizen Action members attended the forum and asked questions of the Presidential candidates.

We encourage our members to watch the Iowa forum!

As part of the process Citizen Action is surveying our organizing cooperative members on their attitudes in the Democratic presidential primary election. We are encouraging all members to VOTE in the survey starting today. Voting will continue until Sunday, November 3rd.

VOTE TODAY

North Central Organizing Co-op Member Announces Run for the 7th CD

Founding member of the NC WI Organizing Co-op, Tricia Zunker, announced her run for the 7th Congressional District of WI this past Monday. Tricia currently serves on the Wausau School Board, and was appointed School Board President. During her time there, she made working on solutions to childhood hunger in our schools a top priority.

Over the past year, Tricia has worked tirelessly to get municipal governments to recognize the 2nd Monday in October as Indigenous People’s Day, as well as working with school boards across the State to pass resolutions stating that they oppose mascots that mock or mimic Native American culture or tribes. All of these efforts culminated into the Central WI Indigenous People’s Day Pow Wow this past weekend, which is the first Pow Wow in the Wausau area in over a decade. It seemed only fitting that Tricia made her announcement to run for Congress on Indigenous People’s Day.

Citizen Action will be conducting on endorsement process for the election that will include member participation. Watch for details soon!

To Impeach or not to Impeach?

Our executive director Dr. Robert Kraig participated in a formal debate around the case of impeaching President Trump to a packed house on the North shore of Milwaukee Sunday night sponsored by Grassroots Northshore. Over 200 concerned citizens attended to hear the history of impeachment, the pros and cons and the current circumstances which have appeared to spurn on the House to take action.  Dr. Sheldon Wasserman, an esteemed county supervisor, took the anti-impeach stance but with heavy caveats. At the end, when the room was surveyed, yes to impeachment was the majority opinion in the room.

Northwestern Organizing Cooperative Fall Social and Summit

The Northwestern WI Co-op is hosting their annual Fall Social and Summit! There will be food, beverages, and amazing conversation. Please bring a brunch dish to pass. Rafael Smith, Civic Engagement Director, will be the guest speaker. He is going to talk about the Green New Deal and what that looks like in our neck of the woods! There will also be opportunities to talk to leaders in the co-op about our work in healthcare reform, climate change, and voter suppression. This is not just for members! If you know anyone that may be interested in becoming a member, bring them along.

Saturday, October 26th, 10:00AM
2010 W. Moholt, Eau Claire.

Southeastern Wisconsin Organizing Co-op Volunteer Opportunity

Looking for a behind-the-scenes way to help our Green New Deal efforts, on your own time? The Southeastern Wisconsin Co-op Green New Deal team is looking for a volunteer to update our new Co-op membership database to ‘tag’ members who have expressed a special interest in climate/equity issues.  This will help us to target our communications and develop greater cohesion and momentum for this work.

If you are willing to help with data entry tasks, please contact: Rafael.Smith@citizenactionwi.org

Organizing Solidarity 

Rally in support of workers at ThedaCare in Appleton  

The SEIU Healthcare Wisconsin service and support workers at ThedaCare Regional Medical Center – Appleton are organizing a demonstration to bring the conditions in that hospital for both workers and patients into the public eye.

The rally will be in Appleton at 5:00 PM on October 21. 1301 N. Meade St, Appleton. Facebook RSVP

There are workers at ThedaCare who are homeless. Many work two or more jobs or donate plasma to pay for primary expenses. Some have been taken to collections by this very hospital, their employer, because they cannot afford to pay for healthcare with the insurance that this same employer provides. High turnover has led to chronic under staffing and under training, which has led to rooms not being adequately cleaned and operating equipment not being properly sterilized. There have been reports of cockroaches, bedbugs, and mice.

The workers have been bargaining with ThedaCare since April, and they’ve been operating without a contract extension since June. They’ve fought incredibly hard and now they need your support!

For Our Future WI’s Voter Voices Project

There is nothing in the world more powerful than a good story.

We hear them all the time. Middle class families who struggle to get by while those at the top get more and more through special tax breaks. Business owners who grapple with the effects of the Trump Administration’s trade war.

We are looking for people willing to share their stories about how government and politics directly affects their daily lives. If you have a story to share, please get in contact with For Our Future WI. If you are interested, fill out their interest form at tinyurl.com/y6gtn4ad

Citizen Action Present: Deindustrialization and the Green New Deal Panel Discussion Event

“Impeachment” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss this week’s surprising House of Representatives vote where 129 House Republican members voted to rebuke Trump on Syria and will it lead to more movement for the impeachment of Trump. Robert and Karen Kirsch dive into a deeper discussion of impeachment. We also talk about the new state GOP effort to restrict Governor Evers’ veto power and to remove as many as 234,000 voters from Wisconsin’s voter roles.

LISTEN NOW – Episode #413
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Vote in People’s Action Presidential Endorsement Process

Vote in People’s Action Presidential Endorsement Process

Citizen Action of Wisconsin is member of the national organizing network, People’s Action. People’s Action is driven by local and state organizing. People’s Action was founded in 2016 to ignite a movement of millions that captures the rising demand for change in our society. We have our sights set on the future and the world we’re aiming to build. Here’s what we’re fighting for.

Elections Matter: 2020 Presidential Primary

We believe elections should revolve around everyday people, not candidates. Elections also need to be centered on our issues and our long term Platform.

That’s why we decided to switch things up for 2020. We’re bringing leading Presidential contenders to four early primary states for Q&A forums — and real grassroots leaders are running the show.

We already complete the first forum in Des Moines, Iowa in September. Nearly 50 Citizen Action members attended the forum and 3 asked questions of the Presidential candidates.

We encourage our members to watch the Iowa forum!

You won’t see anything like this during the other mainstream TV debates.

People’s Action is hosting one more Presidential Candidate Forum

Saturday, October 26th
Las Vegas, Nevada
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Sign up to watch via live stream

Citizen Action Cooperative Members Vote in People’s Action Presidential Primary Candidate Survey

Citizen Action is surveying its organizing cooperative members on their attitudes in the Democratic presidential primary election.

We are encouraging all members to VOTE in the survey.

The survey will be open for members to vote between Friday, October 18th – Sunday, November 3rd.

For more information contact matt.brusky@citizenactiowi.org

“Impeachment” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“Impeachment” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

photo by Gage Skidmore

We discuss this week’s surprising House of Representatives vote where 129 House Republican members voted to rebuke Trump on Syria and will it lead to more movement for the impeachment of Trump. Robert and Karen Kirsch dive into a deeper discussion of impeachment. We also talk about the new state GOP effort to restrict Governor Evers’ veto power and to remove as many as 234,000 voters from Wisconsin’s voter roles.

LISTEN NOW – Episode #413
Download MP3
Press Clips

Links:
Resolution opposing Trump’s troop withdrawal in Syria is backed by Wisconsin lawmakers in both parties.
Democratic leaders walk out of meeting with Donald Trump on Syria, claim president had ‘meltdown’.
GOP lawmakers advance plan to prevent Tony Evers from using veto to increase state spending.
Senate committee takes aim at governor’s partial veto powers.
Group seeks to remove thousands from Wisconsin’s voter rolls because they are believed to have moved.

Bill Kaplan: Down the rabbit hole with Johnson

Bill Kaplan: Down the rabbit hole with Johnson

Last week, the GOP-led Senate Intelligence Committee released a report that dovetails with the Mueller Report and the unanimous findings of all U.S. intelligence agencies: “The committee found that Russia’s targeting of the 2016 U.S. presidential election was part of a broader, sophisticated and ongoing information warfare campaign. … a vastly more complex and strategic assault on the United States than was initially understood … an increasingly brazen interference by the Kremlin (against) the citizens and democratic institutions of the United States.”

The Washington Post said: “The committee report recounts extensive Russian manipulation of Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, Google and other major platforms with the goal of dividing Americans, suppressing African American turnout and helping elect Trump president.” Previously, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported on Russian interference in Wisconsin during 2016, and in 2018 (opposed Wisconsin Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin’s reelection).

Despite the overwhelming evidence of Russian interference and lawbreaking, Trump and his so-called personal attorney Rudolph Giuliani want to take America down the rabbit hole with a big lie: It was Ukraine, not Russia that interfered in 2016. And, that Ukraine framed the Russians to help Democrats. The conservative Wall Street Journal reported: “No evidence has emerged to support that theory.” Moreover, Trump’s former homeland security adviser, Thomas Bossert, said the Ukraine conspiracy theory was “completely debunked … it has no validity.”

Facts didn’t stop Trump from raising it with Ukraine’s President Zelensky in his infamous phone conversation: “I (Trump) would like you (Zelensky) to do us a favor though because our country has been through a lot (Mueller’s investigation) and Ukraine knows a lot about it. I would like you to find out what happened … .” Then Trump asked Ukraine to dig up dirt on Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. All along U.S. military aid to Ukraine and a White House visit dangled. It gets worse.

The Washington Post reported: “Two associates of President Trump’s personal attorney Rudolph W. Giuliani have been arrested on charges they schemed to funnel foreign money to U.S. politicians … to influence U.S.–Ukraine relations… .” Later, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, tied her ouster by Trump to “false claims” by Giuliani and those same “associates” who were opposed to her anti-corruption stance, while advancing their political-business interests.

Photo by Glenn Fawcett
Photo by Glenn Fawcett

However, Wisconsin GOP Senator Ron Johnson wants to take America down the Trump-Giuliani rabbit hole. Writing in The Hill, the publication where Giuliani’s false Ukraine conspiracy theory was planted, Johnson opined: “Far more troubling, is the mounting evidence of a possible coordinated effort to sabotage Trump’s administration. These efforts may have included the engineered appointment of a special counsel (Mueller) to investigate the false narrative of Trump campaign collusion with Russia.” Note: Mueller found that Russia interfered in 2016 to help elect Trump, and the Trump campaign “expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts … .”

Instead of going down the rabbit hole Johnson should pay attention to the ongoing bombshells about Trump, Giuliani and Ukraine.

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

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, October 11th

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, October 11th

Friday, October 11th

Northeast Wisconsin Co-op: Message from your New Organizer

My name is Noah Reif, and I am your new Citizen Action co-op organizer in Northeast Wisconsin. I am very excited to get to work on the issues that matter to our community like Healthcare for All, a Green New Deal, and fighting back against systemic oppression felt by our communities of color and the LGBTQ+ community!

In 2016, I ran for State Assembly in the 88th District in Brown County. Since then, I have worked for organizations to advance the progressive movement throughout the state of Wisconsin. The opportunity to support the great work of our co-op is a dream of mine, and I am looking forward to building on the phenomenal work you have already accomplished.

There will be more updates to come in the following weeks as we lay the groundwork for our co-op in 2020 and beyond!  If you would like to schedule a 1:1 in-person or over the phone, please contact me at noah.reif@citizenactionwi.org so we can set up a time to talk about our co-op.

Northwestern WI Co-op Hosts Fight For Affordable Housing 

The Northwestern WI Co-op hosted a “Fight For Affordable Housing” last Saturday, October 5th to discuss the housing crisis in Eau Claire County and what finding a solution entails. Over 15 members and key stakeholders were present at this roundtable discussion.

Health Care for All Co-Op members urge Rep. Sensenbrenner to support lower prescription drug prices

Citizen Action members and constituents of Representative Jim Sensenbrenner held a gathering outside his office on Thursday to support lower prescription drug prices. They want Congress to put people over pharma profits. They urged Sensenbrenner to make reform of the profit-driven pharmaceutical industry part of his legacy, starting with support of H.R. 3, a bill in Congress to force drug companies to negotiate their prices with the government. A few constituents, including Health Care for All Organizer Karen Kirsch and member Lynn Carey, also hand-delivered letters to the Congressman’s office. Lynn wore a price tag around her neck which showed that without support from Medicare, her prescription drugs would cost over $20,000/year. That is unacceptable! To learn more about our Lower Drug Prices Now campaign, check out our blog post from earlier in September.

North Central Organizing Co-op member, and community leader has helped to organize a Pow Wow

Community leader, and Co-op member Tricia Zunker, has worked tirelessly with community partners and tribal entities to organize Wausau’s first Pow Wow in the Wausau area since 2007! Prior to 2007, the Wausau area hadn’t had a Pow Wow regularly for a decade. It is very exciting to have this event back in our area.

We strongly encourage folks to attend. It is free to the public, and you can go on either Saturday or Sunday. You can see some media about the event here.

The event comes on the heels of Governor Evers and Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes signing Executive Order #50, declaring the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Wisconsin. Tricia has worked very hard to get resolutions passed all across the State making the same declaration. And these efforts started here in Wausau, where she serves as the Wausau School Board President. Hope to see you at the Pow Wow.

Driftless co-op recruitment drive update

Last week marked the official launch of the Driftless region co-op and the start of our first recruitment drive in Southwest Wisconsin.  We are happy to announce that we have built huge momentum already. 86 people have pleaded to join the organizing co-op! We have four small group recruitment events scheduled and six organization presentations on the calendar!

In order to build our power and create real change we need to activate as many progressives as possible.  If you know anyone in southwest Wisconsin please ask them to reach out to Ben Wilson at ben.wilson@citizenactionwi.org right away.  If you are in the Driftless region and you want to help host a recruitment event contact Ben right away!

Impeachment or Not?: A Debate

Join Grassroots Northshoore, Grassroots Southshore, and Citizen Action of WI for a debate of one of the most important current issues facing us, the impeachment of President Trump.

Kathleen Dunn will be moderating the debate with Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig (For) and Dr. Sheldon Wasserman (Against) taking opposing points.

RSVP via facebook

Citizen Action Cooperative Members Set To Vote in People’s Action Presidential Primary Candidate Survey Starting Next Week.

Citizen Action of Wisconsin is member of the national organizing network, People’s Action. People’s Action is driven by local and state organizing. People’s Action was founded in 2016 to ignite a movement of millions that captures the rising demand for change in our society.

We believe elections should revolve around everyday people, not candidates. Elections also need to be centered on our issues and our long term Platform.

That’s why we decided to switch things up for 2020. We’re bringing leading Presidential contenders to early primary states for Q&A forums — and real grassroots leaders are running the show.

We already complete the first forum in Des Moines, Iowa in September. Nearly 50 Citizen Action members attended the forum and 3 member asked questions of the Presidential candidates.

We encourage our members to watch the Iowa forum!

Watch the next forum
Saturday, October 26th
Las Vegas, Nevada
1:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Sign up to watch via live stream

Citizen Action is surveying its organizing cooperative members on their attitudes in the Democratic presidential primary election. We are encouraging all members to VOTE in the survey.

The survey will be open starting next week for members to vote between Friday, October 18th – Sunday, November 3rdA link to the member survey will be in next week’s Citizen Action Weekly

For more information contact matt.brusky@citizenactiowi.org

“King Vos grabs more power & uses Rep. Jimmy Anderson as his pawn” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss the latest power grab by Speaker Vos which would allow an unlimited number of veto override votes in the Assembly. Even more shameful is Vos’ petty maneuver to pair the motion with an unrelated disability accommodation that will allow Rep. Jimmy Anderson to participate in Assembly business. In a positive development, Governor Evers signed an Executive Order this week declaring Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Wisconsin. Next, we review a very bad week for Sen. Ron Johnson who ineptly attempted to walk back his damning comments about Trump’s actions in Ukraine, making himself a national spectacle. Also, Trump’s trade war sends American manufacturing into a recession, Milwaukee residents demand answers about police cooperation with ICE, and prescription drug actions target Rep. Sensenbrenner.

LISTEN to Podcast

Watch video of ICE and the Milwaukee Police collaborating on an ICE detention of Jose (Alex) De La Cruz while he was taking his children to school.
Donate to help De La Cruz family whose father detained by ICE.

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Bill Kaplan: Ending Medicaid expansion gridlock

Bill Kaplan: Ending Medicaid expansion gridlock

Sixteen GOP-led states, including three in process, have Medicaid expansion. Moreover, 55 percent of Republicans, nationwide, support expanding Medicaid (Kaiser Family Foundation). And, in Wisconsin, 43 percent of Republicans and 70 percent of all Wisconsinites support Medicaid expansion (Marquette Poll). Wisconsin Democratic Governor Tony Evers tried mightily to convince the GOP-led legislature to expand Medicaid: fought for its inclusion in the state budget; withdrew Wisconsin from the Scott Walker–Trump lawsuit seeking to have the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which includes Medicaid expansion, declared unconstitutional, and allocated $500,000 for outreach workers to help enroll eligible Wisconsinites in BadgerCare (Medicaid) or to be covered by ACA private insurance.

However, the GOP-led legislature has opposed Medicaid expansion, which substitutes federal for state expenditures (saving $324 million in state tax dollars, while expanding health coverage for over 80,000 Wisconsinites). The savings could be used for education, mass transit and roads. And, state taxpayers would no longer pay federal taxes to expand Medicaid only in other states – but not Wisconsin. Nonetheless, GOP legislative leaders continue the legislative gridlock. Out of step with GOP Governor Warren Knowles, who established the state Medicaid program, and GOP Governor Tommy Thompson, who enlarged it.

Let’s reframe and reset the debate and move Wisconsin Medicaid expansion forward. First, the recent nonpartisan study ranking “healthiest and least healthy counties in Wisconsin” (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and UW-Madison Population Health Institute) is invaluable. The Evers administration should distribute it to all legislators, the media and business, community, health, labor and religious leaders. The least healthy counties are all over Wisconsin, including rural areas and Milwaukee, Northern rural Wisconsin is especially saturated with counties having terrible health outcome measures. And, it ranks poorly in health factors (socioeconomic). No wonder the 7th congressional district (CD) has so many covered by ACA private insurance. Medicaid expansion would be a blessing. Almost every state congressional district has counties scoring poorly. Only the wealthy Milwaukee suburbs of the 5th CD show few problems. (State) “health officials estimate that more than 400,000 people in Wisconsin had no medical insurance at some point last year” (Wisconsin Public Radio).

Second, Wisconsin should follow Kansas Democratic Governor Laura Kelly and establish a “Governor’s Council on Medicaid Expansion”. The Kansas Council was tasked to focus on:

“What do we need Medicaid expansion to achieve for Kansas? (and) What can we learn from other expansion states that will help – or hinder – those goals?” It includes Democratic and Republican legislators, heads of the Kansas Hospital Association and Kansas Medical Society and other health care and insurance representatives. The group has already heard from Democratic and Republican health experts on the many benefits of Medicaid expansion: reduction in the uninsured rate, improved health outcomes, fewer disparities, lower uncompensated care, state budget savings and economic growth.

I would suggest two co chairs for a Wisconsin Council – former Republican state Senate leader Dale Schultz and Doctor Susan Turney, CEO of the Marshfield Clinic Health System. These distinguished leaders, with other participants, could help end Medicaid expansion gridlock in Wisconsin.

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

Citizen Action Weekly: New Driftless Organizing Co-op Launched!

Citizen Action Weekly: New Driftless Organizing Co-op Launched!

Friday, October 4th

Driftless Organizing Cooperative launches in LaCrosse

Thursday October 3rd the Driftless region had its official launch event. It was a great event. Big thanks to Carla Pena and Emmy Sterling for helping us secure the location.  A huge thank you also goes out to UU La Crosse for the use of their building.

We had 26 potential members join us. We laid out a plan for 10 house meetings, 86 person one on ones, and 14 organization connections.  Now the work of our 60 day recruitment drive begins!

Several Citizen Action members were on hand to speak and add their voice to the event. Amy Dummer spoke about the push to get rural electric co-ops involved in our push to create a local Green New Deal. Chris Hippy from IBEW Local 14 spoke about how we’ll make sure family-supporting high skilled careers in energy efficiency are created and sustained in the community. Peter Klitzke, La Crosse county Dems field organizer, spoke about the year long canvass program he is helping to launch right now!

Kevin Kane was on hand to present about the co-op organizing model and our plan to help upgrade 1,000 area homes with energy efficient upgrades like solar panels, new insulation, better windows and new appliances. Not only did Kevin build this campaign he also was the first to upgrade his own home!  News Channel 8 will even be talking to Kevin very soon about this program!

If you know anyone in Southwest Wisconsin who wants to be part of a people powered, progressive movement put them in touch with Ben at ben.wilson@citizenactionwi.org.

Prescription Drug Reform Day of Action in Brookfield

Thursday, October 10th, 11am
Facebook RSVP

Join Citizen Action and our allies to learn what you can do to help empower our neighbors. Eau Claire county is one of only three in the state with higher poverty rates than the state average. We will be joined by community leaders who have been on the front lines of this fight.

A training and issue canvass will follow, giving us an opportunity to put into action our shared values as a community.

Thursday, October 10th we are planning a day of action around prescription drug reform.  Meet us outside Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner’s office at 11 AM to demand that we finally take meaningful steps in this country toward reform and put people first.

We must change the system to make sure everyone can benefit from our shared public investment in new drug research and development by ensuring that medicines are affordable and accessible to everyone. Government funding and incentives must prioritize medical breakthroughs that most serve the public good rather than those that primarily extend monopolies and increase corporate profits.

Every elected leader should stand with constituents for lower prices and stand up against Pharma’s price-gouging by supporting our Lower Drug Prices Now principles

Attend the Bright Futures presentation promoting prevention of substance use disorder.

Citizen Action of Wisconsin’s Bright Futures Organizer Supreme Moore Omokunde will give an update on efforts throughout the State by Citizen Action of Wisconsin on their effort to promote prevention of Substance Use Disorder.

Monday, October 7th, 5:30pm

Jazz Gallery Center for the Arts / Riverwest Artists Association
926 E Center St, Milwaukee
RSVP via facebook

Impeachment or Not?: A Debate

Join Grassroots Northshoore, Grassroots Southshore, and Citizen Action of WI for a debate of one of the most important current issues facing us, the impeachment of President Trump.

Kathleen Dunn will be moderating the debate with Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig (For) and Dr. Sheldon Wasserman (Against) taking opposing points.

RSVP via facebook

People’s Action hosting 3 more Presidential Candidate Forums

Candidates will be invited onstage for answer real questions from everyday people about the struggles facing the multiracial working class and what solutions we can forge, together, to make change.

Sunday, October 13th
Durham, New Hampshire
8:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Sign up to watch via live stream.

Sunday, October 20th
The People’s Presidential Forum on Economic and Racial Justice
Detroit, Michigan
4:00 pm – 7:30pm

Saturday, October 26th
Las Vegas, Nevada
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Sign up to watch via live stream

WATCH VIDEO from the Iowa Presidential Candidate Forum in September. You won’t see anything like this during the other mainstream TV debates.

“Medicare & Socialist Destruction” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast   

We discuss President Trump’s new “Protecting Medicare from Socialist Destruction” health plan announced Thursday. We dig into Trump’s health care record, and what to expect in the impeachment debate. We also discuss Congressman Ron Kind’s impeachment position, Trump Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s shocking attack on small dairy farmers during a visit Wisconsin, and the latest developments in the Democratic presidential primary.

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Quote of the week: “What I heard today from the Secretary of Agriculture is there’s no place for me.” He’s right. Under Perdue there is no place for small farmers and under this administration there is no place for a thriving, small-town rural America.” – Jerry Volenec, a fifth generation Wisconsin dairy farmer.

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“Medicare & Socialist Destruction” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

“Medicare & Socialist Destruction” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss President Trump’s new “Protecting Medicare from Socialist Destruction” health plan announced Thursday. We dig into Trump’s health care record, and what to expect in the impeachment debate. We also discuss Congressman Ron Kind’s impeachment position, Trump Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s shocking attack on small dairy farmers during a visit Wisconsin, and the latest developments in the Democratic presidential primary.
Listen Now – Episode #411
Download MP3
Press Clips

Quote of the week: “What I heard today from the Secretary of Agriculture is there’s no place for me.” He’s right. Under Perdue there is no place for small farmers and under this administration there is no place for a thriving, small-town rural America.” – Jerry Volenec, a fifth generation Wisconsin dairy farmer.

Watch recorded video of People’s Action Presidential Candidate Forum in Des Moines, Iowa

Sign up to watch New Hampshire forum LIVE on Sunday, October 13th, 8am – 12:30pm

Links:
Trump’s Executive Order to “Save” Medicare Will Likely Push More Cuts.
Trump to unveil order aiming to boost Medicare health program, woo seniors.
Trump continues piecemeal health care push as Democrats tout big plans.
Trump to roll out Medicare plan as Democratic rivals clash over health care
Report: Health coverage falls for second year in Wisconsin: Trend extends nationwide as Trump administration undermines Affordable Care Act.
Perdue to small farmers: Stop whining, your demise is inevitable.
As impeachment inquiry looms, Wisconsin’s eight U.S. House members face different political pressures back home.
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers says Trump’s ag secretary ‘put a pox’ on state’s signature industry.
Farm-state fury creates pressure for Trump as trade, energy pain collide.

Bill Kaplan: Impeaching Trump

Bill Kaplan: Impeaching Trump

Photo by Gage Skidmore

All U.S. presidents swear to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the Unites States”. However, Nixon infamously said: “Well, when the president does it, that means that it is not illegal”. But Trump has ‘trumped’ Nixon: (The Constitution) “allows me to do whatever I want”. And, Trump has disregarded President George Washington’s prescient warning: “(T)he jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake, since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of republican government.”

In June, Trump told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that he would accept “oppo research” from a foreign power on his Democratic presidential challenger. He backtracked a bit after a public outcry and said: “I’d report it to the attorney general, the FBI.” Trump was normalizing deception. However, the press uncovered bombshells. Trump solicited Ukraine’s new president, Volodymyr Zelensky, to interfere in the U.S. 2020 presidential election. The conservative Wall Street Journal headline blared: “Trump Repeatedly Pressed Ukraine President to Investigate Biden’s Son (and Biden)”. Moreover, the press revealed that Trump’s private lawyer, Rudolph Giuliani, was a central participant in the scheme to dig up dirt on Joe Biden.

At the same time that the press was exposing Trump’s call to Zelensky there was another revelation. A government whistleblower had gotten wind of the call and filed a formal complaint in August which was quickly buried (like the transcript of the telephone call). A near-unanimous Congress forced Trump to release both. The telephone transcript has Trump pressuring the Ukrainian leader on smearing Joe Biden and his son, who had been on the board of a Ukrainian energy company. There is absolutely no evidence of anything improper by either Biden or his son. The whistleblower complaint raised the same issue: “The President of the United Stated is using the power of his office to solicit to solicit interference from a foreign country (Ukraine) in the 2020 U.S. election.”

The fallout was explosive. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi authorized an impeachment inquiry to get all the facts and hold Trump “accountable”. Wisconsin Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin and Democratic Representative Ron Kind also spoke up, while continuing to exercise restraint and thoughtfulness. Baldwin said: “Now we know President Trump solicited interference in our 2020 election. This is a threat to our national security and democracy.” Kind said: “As a former special prosecutor, I know no one is above the law – not even the president.”

But Wisconsin GOP members of Congress have not been forthright. Representative Jim Sensenbrenner gave Trump a pass, saying there was no “quid pro quo” by Trump to the president of Ukraine. However, Trump dangled the promise of a White House visit by Zelensky and prior to the call Trump stopped the flow of nearly $400 million military-security aid to Ukraine. And, Senator Ron Johnson is in Trump’s hip pocket. But, does Representative Mike Gallagher think Trump is fit to be Commander-in-Chief?

Trump put his personal and political interests above the nation’s. And, he tried to cover it up. Hence, an impeachment inquiry.

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

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, September 27th

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, September 27th

Friday, September 27th

Citizen Action of Wisconsin Members Travel to Iowa for Presidential Candidate Forum

 

Nearly 50 Citizen Action Members from all over Wisconsin traveled to Des Moine, IA last Saturday, September 21st to participate in the People’s Action Presidential Candidate Forum. 2,500 people attended the event featuring Julian Castro, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and Pete Buttigieg. The candidates heard stories about the issues we all care about from Citizen Action members Lilian Cheeseman, Mireya Sigala, and Representative Jodi Emerson (See pictures).

Northwestern Wi Citizen Action Co-OP member Mireya Sigala appeared on stage with Julian Castro calling for Immigrant Justice. State Representative Jodi Emerson talked about the importance of co-governance between elected progressive leaders and movement political organizations like Citizen Action. Lillian Cheeseman shared her moving healthcare story with Julian Castro in support of universal health care coverage, like Medicare For All.

Watch the entire forum.

People’s Action will be conducting 3 more Presidential Candidate Forums.

Sunday, October 13th
Durham, New Hampshire

8:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Sign up to watch via livestream.

Sunday, October 20th
Detroit, Michigan
4:00 pm – 7:30pm

Saturday, October 26th
Las Vegas, Nevada

1:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Next week we will start announcing watch parties for the Michigan and Nevada forums. If you want to host a watch party contact matt.brusky@citizenactionwi.org

All events will be live-streamed.

New Driftless Co-op Members Attend the People’s Presidential Forum in Iowa

Members of the Driftless Region co-op joined thousands of activists from across the country this weekend at the People’s Presidential Forum. Annette McGinley, K.C. Cayo, Sue Conard, Carla Pena and Fran Hegenbarth all traveled to Des Moines and got to hear from top Presidential candidates and learn about how each of these candidates plans to fight for progressive issues such as climate change, housing costs, college costs, healthcare for all and social justice.

Driftless Member Carla Pena writes about her experience at the Presidential Forum

I was one of the five La Crosse area activists with Citizen Action of Wisconsin to attend the people’s Forum in Des Moines, Iowa on September 21st. The Forum was well-organized and well-attended. I was impressed by the number of different organizations that have worked on issues that are meaningful to me.

The stories people told before asking the candidates a question personalized the issues and made them relevant. The candidates responded in a way that solidified my preference. But the most important takeaway for me was that the upcoming election is about we the people, not the candidates. I thank Kevin Kane and Ben Wilson for sponsoring my trip to the Forum and making it a reality for me.

Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes visits Citizen Action to talk climate change

Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes, who is also a Citizen Action Co-op member and former Board member, held round table discussion with some of the members the Milwaukee City-County Task Force on Climate & Economic Equity for clean energy week.

The Lt Governor spoke to the need for any recommendations made by the task force to have in mind front line community members. Most importantly, he made it clear that he was there to listen task force members and hear the ideas and conversation around the green new deal.

A few of the ideas were; reduce monthly cost energy cost, Installation Maintenance – job creation, budget for energy efficiency and job training equity, budget for energy efficiency and job training and land use reform freeways or transit. The conversation was lively and energetic and the member left feeling good about the opportunity to work the Governor and Lt. Governor office in the future

Lt. Gov. Barnes is spending the week raising public awareness throughout the state about the looming climate catastrophe that is headed our way if we don’t act now.

Watch video from Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes discussing the event.

Milwaukee’s Green New Deal Transportation Event

This past Tuesday the SE-Co-op Climate Issue team held the first of a series of events that hopes to inform the public on the components of a Milwaukee Green New Deal.

This event was an amazing panel discussion on what a Milwaukee Green Deal will mean for transportation and mobility. On the panel were Alderman Bob Bauman, County Supervisor Steve Shea, Lisa Jones Lead Organizer from MICAH and Elizabeth Ward Lead Organizer with Sierra Club.

Each panelist spoke powerfully about the need for more funding in regards to more public transportation options. The need for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and dedicated bus only lanes were just a few of the ideas talked about.

Lisa Jones spoke to the fact that any Green New Deal must be not only fair but equitable for our city’s most marginalized communities.

The next Green New Deal event will be October 29th on the subject of de-industrialization. Venue and time pending.

Driftless Co-op Launch event, Thursday October 3rd 

The Driftless Region co-op will be hosting our launch event next week! Thursday October 3rd we will be meeting at 410 West Ave South in La Crosse at 7:00 PM to formally launch our brand new organizing co-op. This is a chance to learn about our movement and get involved! This event is open to the public. If you are in the area, please join us and bring some friends!

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Deep Canvassing Workshop in Chippewa Falls, Saturday, September 28th, 10am

Learn from Citizen Action how to have difficult conversations with our deep canvassing training and feel more empowered talking about difficult topics!

Our training will be lead by former assembly candidate and current Citizen Action organizer, Noah Reif. They will facilitate discussion; training on how best to navigate tricky conversations, empower our communities and ourselves.

UAW Local 722 Union Family Day Saturday, Sept. 28th, Hudson, WI

The UAW is having Union Family Day on Saturday September 28th starting at 9:00 A.M. at the picket line that UAW Local 722 is conducting at the General Motors facility, 2200 Willis Miller Drive, Hudson, WI. MN U.S. Senator Tina Smith will be in attendance, arriving at around 9:15am to support the strike. Spread the word!

Attend Bright Futures presentation promoting prevention of substance use disorder.

Citizen Action of Wisconsin’s Bright Futures Organizer Supreme Moore Omokunde will give an update on efforts throughout the State by Citizen Action of Wisconsin on their effort to promote prevention of Substance Use Disorder.

Monday, October 7th, 5:30pm
Jazz Gallery Center for the Arts / Riverwest Artists Association
926 E Center St, Milwaukee

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Impeachment or Not?: A Debate

Join Grassroots Northshoore, Grassroots Southshore, and Citizen Action of WI for a debate of one of the most important current issues facing us, the impeachment of President Trump.

Kathleen Dunn will be moderating the debate with Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig (For) and Dr. Sheldon Wasserman (Against) taking opposing points.

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“Examining police cooperation with ICE” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

After discussing our national emergency with President Trump, we welcome Wisconsin Examiner journalist, Isiah Holmes, to discuss his investigation into local police department’s cooperation with ICE, including Wauwatosa and Milwaukee. New Citizen Action Driftless Co-op Organizer Ben Wilson joins us to talk about next week’s launch event of the new driftless organizing co-op.

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