Citizen Action Weekly; Friday, July 23rd

Citizen Action Weekly; Friday, July 23rd


Friday, July 23rd

Happening this weekend! Citizen Action of Wisconsin Driftless Co-op Annual Meeting

Join us! Come enjoy a day in the park and help shape the future of Southwestern Wisconsin. The Citizen Action of Wisconsin Driftless Co-op is hosting its annual membership meeting on Sunday, July 25th at Coon Valley Memorial Park (just off Highway 14). We want to see each of you there and hear from all of you as we plan out the coming months and years. RSVP NOW! 

We will be:

  • Hosting a keynote speaker (TBD)
  • Recapping the work we have done over the past 12 months
  • Conducting a survey to help build the official Citizen Action of Wisconsin platform
  • Planning how we can build our power locally and across Southwest Wisconsin
  • Collecting stories related to healthcare and climate change
  • Potluck style snack table
  • Going on an optional group hike with a photo opportunity at Coon Valley’s own “selfie wall”
  • There is even a playground for the kids

RSVP to the event so we know how many people to expect.  Also if you know a progressive activist we are not connected with BRING THEM ALONG.

A CARPOOL FROM LA CROSSE IS AVAILABLE SIGN UP HERE

Watch this week’s episode of the Healthcare for All Show

Watch this week’s Health Care for All Shows special guest, Racine Alderman John Tate II right now.

Karen Kirsch and Dr. Mark Neumann discuss America’s healthcare system, featuring Medicare for All with Alderman Tate II.

RSVP for the next show. We will welcome you into the green room with us after the show for a chat.

Watch this week’s show Now!

LISTEN to This is NOT that Podcast Episode #5: Don’t Fall for the “Okie- Doke”

The Milwaukee Bucks are the NBA Championship and that is worthy of celebration, however, they have not put an end to the staggering economic disparities and racial segregation that we face in Milwaukee. 

During this week’s show, we discuss not being fooled into believing symbols equal solutions. We also take a look at where The City of Milwaukee plans to allocate the approximately $394.2 million in direct American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act assistance and dive into the hurdles of trying to reach our elected officials to say where we would like to see that money spent.

JoAnna introduces the Movement Politics Academy launching this October for folks interested in running for office who want to see structural change in their community and our state.

LISTEN NOW

Attend a Citizen Action Mappy Hour and “Deep Canvass” Training

Rice Lake: Sunday, July 26th, 5-8 pm
Blue Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 230 W Messenger St.
RSVP

Viroqua: Thursday, July 29th, 3-7 pm
Rooted Spoon 219 S Main St, Viroqua.
RSVP

Come together with Citizen Action for a Summer Potluck on Thursday, July 29th!

Join us for our first big event of the summer in southeast Wisconsin. Catch up with like-minded community members while sharing your specialty dish. We will have brief speeches at 5:30 pm to talk about what we need to do to make sure Trump 2020 is firmly behind us. We can’t let up. So bring a chair and bring a friend! We will have dessert, drinks, and serving wear. Because we will be in a public park, no glass or carry-in alcoholic beverages are permitted. There will be restrooms nearby.

Learn more and RSVP 

 

Citizen Action Northeastern Wisconsin Co-op Leadership Meeting July 28th, 6 pm

Members from the Citizen Action of Wisconsin Northeastern Wisconsin Organizing Co-op will come together to regroup and plan for the rest of 2021, and start thinking forward to 2022! We want you to come too! Not a member, no problem. Come see what we are about. Wednesday, July 28th, 6-8 pm. The location is still TBD, expect a call from Noah soon if you haven’t heard from her already.

RSVP Here!

Citizen Action North Central Wisconsin Co-op Leadership Meeting, Thursday, July 29st, 6 pm

On Thursday, July 29th, at 6 pm, members, leaders, and friends of the North Central Organizing Co-op will be gathering for a potluck-style meeting at the homes of one of their members. This is the first time we are having a meeting like this since the pandemic began! We will be outside if the weather permits, but there is room in the home to accommodate us if the weather does not cooperate. We will be respecting people by encouraging masks if we need to move indoors.

Children and families are welcome, and there is a neighborhood park adjacent to the property. This event will take place at the Pagoria home, in Wausau’s Riverview neighborhood.

Local Organizer, Joel Lewis, will be reaching out to you to personally invite you, coordinate food and review the agenda, or you can RSVP here! We plan to do a year in review, have a survey on our new movement politics candidate platform that is currently in the creation phase, and give some updates on membership and current issue campaigns and leadership opportunities. We hope to see you there!  This is a membership meeting, so we ask that you are a current member, a sponsored member, or an active participant in the work that we do. You can become a member or renew your membership here.

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Your INPUT is needed to update Citizen Action of Wisconsin’s 8-year agenda platform.

Please click here to take an in-depth survey about the issues and policies Citizen Action of Wisconsin works on and how we will work to change the world over the next 8 years!

Citizen Action of Wisconsin’s platform has 6 main issue areas: Criminal Justice Reform, Climate and Equity, Healthcare, Education, Democracy, and Immigrant and Refugee Rights. 

We will share each overarching issue statement and then ask for your feedback to submit to the Board of Directors to guide organizational priorities regarding time and resources spent on each platform area. In the next section of the survey, you have the option to provide feedback on the goals of each overarching policy area. The Boards of Directors will review the feedback from all of you in September, and finalize the platform heading into 2022.

We use this platform in our candidate endorsement process as well as while we are working with you to conduct short and long-term strategic planning, and implement campaigns at the statewide and local levels, so your input is vitally important!

Thanks for all that you do and for being a member of Citizen Action of Wisconsin! 

Looking for a progressive source for timely, digestible Wisconsin-only news? Subscribe to the daily newsletter from our friends at UpNorthNews for the latest reporting on policy, politics, and great storytelling from around the state.”

Citizen Action in the News

Citizen Action’s Robert Kriag was on the Jeff Santos show for the full hour to discuss all of the major latest news on the Biden infrastructure plan and voting rights legislation. Listen Here.

“Infrastructure Endgames, Filibusters & U.S. Senate candidate Chris Larson” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We welcome U.S. Senate candidate Chris Larson to the show to discuss his campaign in the crowded Democratic field. This is the first in our series of interviews of the major Democratic candidates to unseat Sen. Ron Johnson. How will Senator Larson differentiate himself from the other candidates? The panel updates listeners on the status of the important bipartisan Infrastructure bill, the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package, and the filibusterer. The White House and many communities are considering a return to mask guidelines and mandates for the vaccinated and unvaccinated alike as the delta variant rampages through the unvaxed population.

Listen Now – Episode #502
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Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, July 16th

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, July 16th

Friday, July 16th

YOUR INPUT IS NEEDED to update Citizen Action of Wisconsin’s 8 year agenda platform.

Please click here to take an in depth survey about the issues and policies Citizen Action of Wisconsin works on and how we will work to change the world over the next decade!

Citizen Action of Wisconsin’s platform has 6 main issue areas: Criminal Justice Reform, Climate and Equity, Healthcare, Education, Democracy, and Immigrant and Refugee Rights.

We will share each overarching issue statement and then ask for your feedback to submit to the Board of Directors to guide organizational priorities regarding time and resources spent on each platform area.

In the next section of the survey, you have the option to provide feedback on the goals of each overarching policy area.  The Boards of Directors will review the feedback from all of you in September, and finalize the platform headed into 2022.

We use this platform in our candidate endorsement process as well as while we are working with you to conduct short and long term strategic planning, and implement campaigns at the statewide and local levels, so your input is vitally important!

Thanks for all that you do and for being a member of Citizen Action of Wisconsin!

Citizen Action of Wisconsin members attend Pfizer protest in New York City with other People’s Action affiliates to end vaccine apartheid.

Citizen Action of Wisconsin members joined People’s Action and Justice Is Global this Wednesday to SHUT DOWN traffic by the German Consulate and Pfizer World Headquarters to demand COVID Vaccines For All: THE WORLD CAN’T WAIT!

A HUGE shout out goes out to local Citizen Action members K.C. Cayo, Rita Simon, Gabby Gamble, and Lewis Kuhlman who traveled (along with Citizen Action of WI Northwest Cooperative organizer Breana Stanley) to New York City this week.

They joined with hundreds of other protesters from across the country to demand that Pfizer make the Covid vaccine available throughout the world.

Citizen Action launches NEW 2021 Movement Politics Academy

Citizen Action of Wisconsin is working to build a new kind of politics. A politics that is deeply rooted in changing structures of inequity and community engagement. That is why we are creating a robust leadership development program that recruits, runs, and elects movement leaders at all levels of government across our state.

Our Movement Politics Academy develops, prepares, and supports emerging leaders who have shown the desire and values of being movement leaders in the political sector. Our focus is on electing people of color, women, LGBTQ+ folks, and low-income people who want to build our progressive movement alongside our member organization in co-governing relationships.

Our platform is currently in revision, please view our most up-to-date platform here.

Where: All sessions will be occurring via ZOOM.
When: 9-week program- October 6 through December 8, 2021
Schedule: Every Wednesday, 6-7:30 PM and every other Saturday, 9:30 – 11:00 AM

Submit your application before September 3rd to be considered for the Fall 2021 Movement Politics Academy!

Contact our Movement Politics Director, JoAnna Bautch, at [email protected] with any questions.

If you are thinking of running for office we also encourage you to attend Wisconsin Progress one day training this summer that they are offering if you are considering running for office Attend a training near you or a virtual training.

Appleton: Saturday, August 7th
Virtual: Wednesday, August 10th
Eau Claire: Saturday, August 14th
Virtual: Monday, August 23rd
Racine: Thursday, August 26th
Janesville: Saturday, September 11th

Attend a Citizen Action Mappy Hour and “Deep Canvass” Training

Join us to create and submit a community map to the People’s Map Commission, and get trained to help us make “Deep Canvass” phone calls asking voters to advocate a Fair Drawing Process!

Milwaukee: Monday, July 19th, 5-8 pm
Citizen Action of Wisconsin Office, 221 S 2nd S, Suite 300, MKE.
RSVP

Wausau: Thursday, July 22nd, 5-8pm
First Universalist Unitarian Church 504 Grant St, Wausau.
RSVP

Rice Lake: Sunday, July 26th, 5-8 pm
Blue Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 230 W Messenger St.
RSVP

Viroqua: Thursday, July 29th, 3-7 pm
Rooted Spoon 219 S Main St, Viroqua.
RSVP

Citizen Action of Wisconsin Driftless Co-op Annual Meeting

Sunday, July 25, 2021 1:00 PM –  3:00 PM
Coon Valley Veterans Memorial Park,
93 Roosevelt St, Coon Valley, WI 54623
RSVP to event

Join us! Come enjoy a day in the park and help shape the future of Southwestern Wisconsin. The Citizen Action of Wisconsin Driftless Co-op is hosting its annual membership meeting on Sunday, July 25th at Coon Valley Memorial Park (just off Highway 14). We want to see each of you there and hear from all of you as we plan out the coming months and years.

We will be

  • Hosting a keynote speaker (TBD)
  • Recapping the work we have done over the past 12 months
  • Conducting a survey to help build the official Citizen Action of Wisconsin platform
  • Planning how we can build our power locally and across Southwest Wisconsin
  • Collecting stories related to healthcare and climate change
  • Potluck style snack table
  • Going on an optional group hike with a photo opportunity at Coon Valley’s own “selfie wall”
  • There is even a playground for the kids

RSVP to the event so we know how many people to expect.  Also if you know a progressive activist we are not connected with BRING THEM ALONG.

A CARPOOL FROM LA CROSSE AVAILABLE JUST SIGN UP AT THIS LINK

Listen to the new Healthcare For All Show

Join Citizen Action of WI Healthcare organizer, Karen Kirsch and Dr. Mark Neumann for the new Healthcare for All Show!

They discuss Sens. Tammy Baldwin, Raphael Warnock, and Jon Ossoff’s new bill that would create a federally run and funded Medicaid alternative for the 12 states that have not accepted Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act.

And much more! Listen now

RSVP to join the next show on Wednesday, July 21st, 7pm.

Citizen Action Summer Potluck Community Event

Thursday, July 29, 2021
4:00 PM –  7:00 PM CT
Sprecher Brewing Outdoor Oasis
2200 W BENDER Rd, Glendale

Join us for our first big event of the summer in southeast Wisconsin. Catch up with like minded community members while sharing your specialty dish. We will have brief speeches at 5:30pm to talk about what we need to do to make sure Trump 2020 is firmly behind us. We can’t let up. So bring a chair and bring a friend! We will have dessert, drinks and serving wear. Because we will be in a public park, no glass or carry-in alcoholic beverages are permitted. There will be restrooms nearby. 

More information and RSVP 

Citizen Action Northeastern Wisconsin Co-op Leadership Meeting July 28th, 6pm

Members from the Citizen Action of Wisconsin Northeastern Wisconsin Organizing Co-op will come together to regroup and plan for the rest of 2021, and start thinking forward to 2022!

We want you to come too! Not a member, no problem. Come see what we are about.

Wednesday, July 28th, 6-8 pm. The location is still TBD, expect a call from Noah soon if you haven’t heard from her already.

RSVP Here!

Citizen Action Northwestern Wisconsin Co-op Leadership Meeting, Wednesday, July 21st, 6:30pm

The NWWI leadership team will be hosting an annual meeting on Wednesday, July 21st, 2021 at 6:30pm to strategic plan the remainder of the year as well as membership recruitment. This event is in person (if vaccinated) and also via zoom. If you are interested in getting more involved with a specific issue team, please come to this meeting!

Citizen Action Office
505 Dewey St South
STE 204
Eau Claire, WI 54701

RSVP here. A Zoom link will be sent prior to the meeting.

Citizen Action North Central Wisconsin Co-op Leadership Meeting, Thursday, July 29st, 6pm

On Thursday, July 29th, at 6 pm, members, leaders and friends of the North Central Organizing Co-op will be gathering for a potluck-style meeting at the homes of one of their members. This is the first time we are having a meeting like this since the pandemic began! We will be outside if the weather permits, but there is room in the home to accommodate us if the weather does not cooperate. We will be respecting people by encouraging mask wearing if we need to go indoors.

Children and families are welcome, and there is a neighborhood park adjacent to the property. This event will take place at the Pagoria home, in Wausau’s Riverview neighborhood. RSVP

Local Organizer, Joel Lewis, will be reaching out to you to personally invite you, and coordinate food and the agenda, or you can RSVP by Clicking here! We plan to do a year in review, have a survey on our new movement politics candidate platform that is currently in the creation phase, and give some updates on membership and current issue campaigns and leadership opportunities. We hope to see you there!  This is a membership meeting, so we ask that you are a current member, a sponsored member, or an active participant in the work that we do. You can become a member or renew your membership here.

Join Citizen Action of Wisconsin & Milwaukee Area Service Workers (MASH) in advocating for Justice for Janitors, Wednesday, July 21st, 11:45AM.

Next week downtown Milwaukee janitors go to the bargaining table to negotiate a new contract. They are rallying to show the bosses that they will fight to win $15 and a union — and we need you there.

WHAT: Justice for Janitors Contract Rally
WHEN: Wednesday, July 21 — 11:45 gather-up
WHERE: Broadway & Mason — march half a black to front of 250 E Wisconsin.

Citizen Action in the News

As one of the biggest projects Citizen Action has taken up in western Wisconsin this year is a fight against plans to build the largest hog farm in the state of Wisconsin.  The “Roth Feeder Pig II” CAFO plans threaten our waterways, our drinking water, our clean our and our way of life!  These plans would leave the Kickapoo River vulnerable to major pollution.

The campaign received national media attention appearing in In These Times Magazine this week.

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig commented in the Wisconsin State Journal on the Republican state budget that was signed by Governor Tony Evers last week, calling attention to the fact that the Governor’s messaging and his embrace of a regressive tax giveaway to the wealthy obscures the damaging impact of the budget from voters, making it harder to pick up legislative seats next year and to mobilize the Democratic base.

In other budget related news this week Senator Tammy Baldwin joined the two U.S. Senators from Georgia by introducing a bill to provide Medicaid coverage directly in the 12 states still refusing to agree to expansion. Wisconsin again failed to expand BadgerCare in the budget signed by the Governor last week. Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig was quoted by UpNorth News on the new bill, which was included in the budget passed by Bernie Sanders’ Senate Budget Committee this week.

Robert Kraig was also quoted in the Eau Claire Leader Telegram on the new Child Tax Credit, which began hitting mailboxes this week. While Senator Ron Johnson called it a “special deal” Robert called it “the greatest progress made against the scourge of child poverty in over half a century.” The tax credit cuts child poverty by 45% in Wisconsin, but expires in one year. The budget that passed the Senate Budget Committee this week makes it permanent.

Robert Kraig spent the full hour on the Jeff Santos radio show discussing whether Democrats will ever get to Yes on predicting democracy in America from the GOP voter suppression onslaught in every state under full Republican control. Listen here.

“Building the political movement we need” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We debrief our disappointment with the state budget and the Democrats embrace of regressive and permanent state tax cuts. We look at the role we all play in creating the progressive political future we want to see in Wisconsin and that Governor Evers is only one (admittedly important) player in the Democratic Party universe we seek to change. Citizen Action’s Movement Politics Director, JoAnna Bauch, joins us to discuss the new Movement Politics Academy she is launching this October for people who are considering running for office to pursue structural change in their community and our state. We review major federal news that Senate Democrats have agreed to a $3.5 trillion budget package that includes significant climate, child poverty, healthcare, and education investments. Claire also provides the details of Sen. Tammy Baldwin’s new legislation to expand Medicaid in the 12 states currently refusing to accept federal money.

LISTEN now!

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Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, July 9th

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, July 9th

Child Tax Credit Press Tour! #KeepFamiliesAfloat

Starting on July 15th, parents across the country will begin receiving monthly checks of up to $300 per child through the federal Child Tax Credit approved by Democrats in Congress earlier this year.

This week, Citizen Action WI and WISDOM relaunch our End Child Poverty Campaign with media events educating the public about the new Child Tax Credit in Milwaukee, Appleton, and Eau Claire.

Learn about what the new Child Tax Credit means for your family!

Thank you, Citizen Action of Wisconsin and WISDOM members, and community leaders for joining us to raise awareness of the Child Tax Credit in Wisconsin.

This is Not That Podcast: Health is Wealth

Bucks in Six! We are excited about the Milwaukee Bucks Championship appearance. Following the first two games, our Bucks in six is under stress. Go Bucks! Our panel discusses the serious shortcomings in the state budget that was signed this week by Governor Evers. 

This week we welcome Jamaal Smith from The City of Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevention. We talk about access to resources, the challenges in organizing our community and unlearning generational trauma.

Listen Now!

The Hosts of This is NOT That Podcast sponsored by Citizen Action:

Attend a Citizen Action Mappy Hour and “Deep Canvass” Training in July

Join us to create and submit a community map to the People’s Map Commission, and get trained to help us make “Deep Canvass” phone calls asking voters to advocate a Fair Drawing Process!

Appleton: Tuesday, July 13th; 5-8pm
McFleshmans Brewing Co 115 State St, Appleton.
RSVP

Milwaukee: Monday, July 19th; 5-8 pm
Citizen Action of Wisconsin Office, 221 S 2nd S, Suite 300, MKE.
RSVP

Wausau: Thursday, July 22nd; 5-8pm
First Universalist Unitarian Church 504 Grant St, Wausau.
RSVP

Viroqua: Thursday, July 29th; 3-7 pm
Rooted Spoon 219 S Main St, Viroqua.
RSVP

Take Action: Milwaukee’s Green New Deal!

Live in Milwaukee County? If you do, please take a moment to help us make a difference by sending an email message advocating for Milwaukee’s Green New Deal to City of Milwaukee Common Council Members.

The funding provided to the City of Milwaukee by the American Rescue Act Plan (ARPA) provides us with an opportunity to both combat climate change, and create good family supporting jobs for the most economically oppressed communities in our great city.  

Let the Milwaukee Common Council know what is important to you, and that you support Milwaukee’s Green New Deal!

Take Action NOW! Send an email to all City of Milwaukee Common Council Members asking them to invest in our communities and say yes to a Milwaukee Green New Deal.

Citizen Action in the News

Citizen Action’s Health Care Director Claire Zautke was quoted extensively in an excellent article on BadgerCare Expansion in UpNorth News. Read it here.

Citizen Action’s Director Robert Kraig was on the Jeff Santos radio show for 60 minutes discussing the crisis in governing in Washington. Can the federal government act on the real issues facing the nation? Listen to the entire hour here.

We are just beginning to collect news stories from the four news conferences around the state Thursday and Friday Citizen Action led with our End Child Poverty partners on the historic Child Tax credit. Watch a good story that ran on Fox 6 News Milwaukee Thursday evening here.

“Vaccinating the pandemic” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We continue to discuss the fundamental failings of the Legislature’s State Budget, which at the time of recording, was awaiting Gov. Evers’ action. We look at the latest vaccination rates in Wisconsin and remind listeners that Wisconsin still has low rates of vaccination in many areas and demographics that must be addressed if we are going to put the pandemic beyond us. We educate our listeners about the new federal child tax credit and its importance in reducing poverty and stimulating the economy in every community and discuss Senator QAnon Ron Johnson calling climate change science Bull**it. We review a Wisconsin Examiner story about the Kenosha Police’s friendly attitude towards armed militias during the Jacob Blake protests and how Republicans are trying to make “law and order” the top issue in midterm elections.

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Citizen Action Weekly; July 4th Weekend

Citizen Action Weekly; July 4th Weekend

Friday, July 2nd

“State Budget Blues” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss the disastrous Republican State Budget that cleared the Legislature this week. After digging into the budget’s many failings, we ask: why did 7 Democrats vote yes? We continue our call for the Governor to veto the state budget, although the signs are not promising. Next we turn to the looming presence of Donald Trump on Republican politics, and the panic he engendered this week among Wisconsin Republicans. It got so bad that State Senator Chris Kapenga bowed to him in a “dear leader” letter worthy of the most authoritarian leaders in the world, drawing national ridicule. Meanwhile U.S. Sen Ron Johnson’s reckless anti-science crusade which reached new lows this week. Robert tells us about the launch of an “End Child Poverty” campaign with news events in Eau Claire, Milwaukee, Appleton and Wausau, next week. We close with a special guest, Angela Lang, Executive Director of Black Leaders Organizing for Communities (BLOC) to discuss their campaign to induce Gov. Evers to call for an Executive Commission on safety and policing.

Listen Now – Episode #499
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It’s time for hospitals to step and support BadgerCare Expansion!

Hospitals and health systems have a tremendous amount of influence on the Legislature. Their support could be game-changing in the fight for BadgerCare Expansion. So far, though, they have been nearly silent on the issue. That’s why it’s important for the leaders of our local hospitals and health systems to hear that we expect them to speak up in support of building a healthier community, starting with BadgerCare Expansion.

This form will allow you to send emails to the executives of Gundersen, Mayo, and Prevea encouraging them to speak out in support of BadgerCare Expansion. Feel free to use our template email messages or customize your own.

Join us for the Citizen Action of Wisconsin Driftless Coop Annual membership meeting, Sunday, July 25th, 1pm

Come enjoy a day in the park and help shape the future of Wisconsin!  The Citizen Action of Wisconsin Driftless Co-op is hosting its annual membership meeting on Sunday, July 25th at Coon Valley Memorial Park (just off Highway 14).  We want to see each of you there and hear from all of you as we plan out the coming months and years.

We will be

  • Hosting a keynote speaker (TBD)
  • Recapping the work we have done over the past 12 months
  • Conducting a survey to help build the official Citizen Action of Wisconsin platform
  • Planning how we can build our power locally and across Southwest Wisconsin
  • Collecting stories related to healthcare and climate change
  • Potluck style snack table
  • An optional group hike with a photo opportunity at Coon Valley’s own “selfie wall”
  • There is even a playground for the kids

Please RSVP below so we know how many people to expect.  Also if you know a progressive activist we are not connected with BRING THEM ALONG.

Sunday, July 25, 2021 1:00 PM –  3:00 PM CT
Coon Valley Veterans Memorial Park, 93 Roosevelt St, Coon Valley, WI 54623

Update on our fight against the Roth Feeder Pig II CAFO

One of the biggest projects Citizen Action has taken up locally this year is a fight against plans to build the largest hog farm in the state of Wisconsin.  The “Roth Feeder Pig II” CAFO plans threaten our waterways, our drinking water, our clean our and our way of life!  These plans would leave the Kickapoo River vulnerable to major pollution.

Citizen Action of Wisconsin (along with Crawford Stewardship Project) have been leading a major effort to ask the DNR to conduct an Environmental Impact Statement before they approve the building permits.  The DNR comment period has ended but we are very proud to announce that we helped to generate almost 1,000 contacts to the DNR requesting an Environmental Impact Statement.  These contacts were collected (and sent to the DNR) through phone calls, emails, petitions, and postcards.  We even recruited 78 activists to attend the virtual DNR hearing about Roth Feeder Pig II.

Now we wait for a decision from the DNR.  It could be weeks or months until we hear anything new.  If/when the DNR approves the permit we still have the chance to fight against the construction of this farm.  If the DNR approves construction the final decision on whether to build will be made by the Crawford County Board.

We are already creating plans to fight when the decision is made.  We will be looking for volunteers to canvass homes in Crawford County to find folks to sign a petition and call their county board rep.  If you are interested in getting out and canvassing when the time comes please reach out to Ben Wilson at [email protected]

Our water is all connected.  We have to do everything we can to protect our Driftless waters.  We will not stop fighting until there are no plans for ANY CAFOs in the Driftless region.

La Crosse YWCA Racial Justice Workshops

YWCA La Crosse now offers Racial Justice Workshops! The first of our summer sessions will be held virtually, over the course of 5 consecutive Wednesday evenings, beginning on July 14th at 5pm. The second series will take place in-person, over the course of three 8-hour days, August 30th through September 1st. Future workshops will be posted on our FB page, as they are scheduled. Workshop fees are $250 per participant. Scholarships are available. To get information or register, contact our Mission Impact Coordinator at [email protected]

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Medicare for All booth at La Crosse Interstate Fair

Dr Mark Neumann (La Crosse Alderperson, healthcare activist, and local Citizen Action leader) will be hosting a booth at the La Crosse Interstate Fair to talk about Medicare for All July 14-18!  Mark will be stepping out to reach beyond the free mongering and talk to folks about the positive impact a single payer healthcare system could have on their lives!

If you are planning to head to the fair be sure to stop by Mark’s booth.  If you would like to help out and work the table for a few hours contact Mark directly at [email protected]

Learn More About the Fair Here

Watch this week’s episode of the Healthcare for All Show

Dr Mark Neumann and Karen Kirsch talked with Andre Walton of Our Wisconsin Revolution about Medicare for All. Learn about what first activated him around the issue and what he thinks are the most common misconceptions about Medicare for All. Andre was instrumental in leading the Medicare for All resolution in Milwaukee County.

Join us LIVE every Wednesday night at 7pm.

Watch this week’ show Now!

Citizen Action in the News

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig was on the Earl Ingram Show for the entire hour discussing the dreadful state budget that just reached the Governor’s desk, and where to go from here. Listen to the whole interview here.

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig was on the Jeff Santos Show for the full hour to discuss whether Joe Biden has given into conservative Democrats and what’s next. Listen to the whole interview here.

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Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, June 25th

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, June 25th

Friday, June 25th

Veto the Budget! 

We are asking Governor Tony Evers to veto the Republican version of the Wisconsin state budget. Not only do they intend to leave out BadgerCare Expansion, the funding for public schools is absurd and inadequate.  We are losing over a billion dollars while at the same time, denying over 90,000 hard working Wisconsin residents healthcare.

Postcards from the Park. 

Join Citizen Action organizers for in person camaraderie and activism. We will be staging postcard writing tables in the various regions around Wisconsin.  Bring a lawn chair, write a postcard and get caught up on what is happening. We will be encouraging social distancing keeping in mind some of our more vulnerable community members.

Attend an event near you!

Tell Hospital Executives to Step Up and Support BadgerCare Expansion

Hospitals and health systems have a tremendous amount of influence with the Legislature. Their support could be a game changer in the fight for BadgerCare Expansion. So far, though, they have been nearly silent on the issue. That’s why it’s important for the leaders of our local hospitals and health systems to hear that we expect them to speak up in support of building a healthier community, starting with BadgerCare Expansion. Each region of Wisconsin is focusing on the hospital systems in their area.  Feel free to use our template email messages or customize your own.

Southeast/MKE
Northeast
North Central
Northwest
Driftless/Southwest

Letter to the Editor Workshop

The Northwestern Organizing Co-op will be hosting a Letter to the Editor Workshop on Thursday, July 1st from 2:15 – 4:15pm (immediately following our postcard party) at the Eau Claire County Democratic Resource Center. Ken Hood, field organizer for Citizen Action, will be leading the training on how to write effective and inclusive dialogue for newspapers, editorials, etc. Plan to bring a laptop, notebook, or tablet to write a LTE while you are there.

RSVP here. The event will also be streamed via Zoom, link coming shortly in email.

End Vaccine Apartheid Virtual Event

Join People’s Action on Tuesday, July 6th 5:00-7:00 PM to learn more about citizens fighting to provide free global access to the Covid-19 vaccines. We can all come together and create the change our world needs at this moment. You will hear from speakers with lived experience of how differently the Covid-19 struggle is playing out in other parts of the world.

While healthy teenagers have access to the vaccines in wealthy countries, only 0.03% of Covid-19 vaccines have been given to people in low income countries. If we do not come together now and fight the corporate greed of our Big Pharma companies, countless countries will be unable to vaccinate their citizens before late 2024.

They will have experts speaking on the soulless actions that Big Pharma is taking to extract

major profits from the misery and suffering happening in middle and low income countries.. Register here.

“Black is Beautiful” Bike Ride in Milwaukee

“Black Is Beautiful Vol. III” will take place Sunday, June 27. Riders and other participants  will meet at Reservoir Park in Riverwest at 1 p.m. The ride begins at 2. (“All Wheels Allowed, Bikes Encouraged”

You can RSVP HERE

Citizen Action in the News

Milwaukee Public Radio did a good story on the Milwaukee City-County Climate & Economic Equity Task Force and its bold proposals for the use of American Rescue Plan Funds. Citizen Action is a prime driver of the task force, and has a senior staff member and two organizing co-op members on the task force. Read the story here.

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig was on the Earl Ingram radio show for a full hour discussing the threat to Democracy from conservatives. Listen to the interview here.

This is NOT that; Episode #3: “Water the Roots”

Juneteenth weekend was a boom in Milwaukee. The holiday serves as a reminder of when people enslaved within this country began to see a light at the end of the tunnel. But are symbolism and holidays enough when history continues to repeat itself? On this week’s show we celebrate Juneteenth with a discussion about how the words of some conservative elected officials today echo that long history. We’re also welcoming our first special guest, it’s a surprise, so stay tuned!

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“Veto Republican Budget” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss Citizen Action’s call for Governor Tony Evers’ to veto the partisan GOP State Budget that completely fails Wisconsin. Also this week: Legislative Republicans ram through voter suppression bills; slash state aid to cities that cut police funding; and eliminate yet another business tax, threatening local revenue. Meanwhile, the State Senate passes an author-less legislative scheme to keep the 2011 gerrymandered maps for 2022 elections. Next, the panel reviews the threatening trend of Walker appointees staying on key boards and committees after their terms expire. We close with discussion of this week’s failed U.S. Senate vote on For the People Act and ask the key question on the minds of all democracy-loving people: what’s now?

Listen Now – Episode #498
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CONTACT Gov. Evers’ Office and encourage him to veto the entire Republican state budget. Call (608) 266-1212

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Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, June 18th


Friday, June 18th

Inoculation Emancipation in Fitchburg!

Thank you for joining us last weekend at the Inoculation Emancipation Party sponsored by Minocqua Brewing Company! We look forward to seeing you at future stops of the Inoculation Emancipation Party. Didn’t get a chance to join us? Find progressive beers available for purchase near you!

Action for Quality Health Care with SEIU Healthcare!

We came together with SEIUH this week at Aspirus Riverview Hospital to send a powerful message to executives! Frontline workers held an informational picket and rally with community members and elected leaders. We called on Aspirus Health executives to stop threatening to increase our family healthcare costs and make other cuts. Thank you to Citizen Action of WI member, Joni Anderson for speaking at the event and to SEIU for hosting this important event!

Celebrate and Honor Juneteenth!

Eau Claire Juneteenth Celebration:

Join us on Saturday, June 19th from 2-6 PM at the Pine Pavillion in Carson Park. This event is free and open to the public and will feature entertainment from regionally based artists Irie Sol, Naalia and Samantha Moon. There will also be a spoken-word performance from Daminius the Artist. Stop by the Citizen Action table and catch up with your Co-Op Organizer to learn about upcoming events!

Juneteenth Celebration in Wausau:

Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery and is also known as ‘Freedom Day’ or ‘Emancipation Day.’ We are inviting the Greater Wausau community to come and celebrate Black freedom, families, and heritage as we share great food, drinks, music, and more! RSVP Now!

Email [email protected] with questions!

 

 

 

Take Action: For the People Act

The For The People Act is the boldest democracy reform in a generation. It’s a massive overhaul of voting, money-in-politics, and ethics laws — all to make our democracy more inclusive. Take Action: Tell your Senator we can’t wait any longer.

Contact Your Senator Now!


On Thursday The Supreme Court threw out the latest conservative effort to overturn the Affordable Care Act, protecting health coverage for tens of millions of Americans. Citizen Action put out an immediate statement. See coverage in UpNorth News.

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig was on the Jeff Santos show Thursday to respond immediately to the voting rights compromises just floated by Senator Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia). Listen here.

“The ACA Stands!” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

The panel learns the news that The U.S. Supreme Court dismissed the latest attempt to overturn the ACA just as we are beginning to tape this week’s episode. Listen to our immediate reactions and analysis. After digging into the ACA decision, our panel reviews the dreary final week of the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee state budget process, including terrible healthcare decisions and the rejection of bipartisan criminal justice reform compromises. The state’s 5 largest school districts tell Republican leaders they’re halting 2021-22 school year planning because of funding uncertainty caused by the draconian state budget cuts to education. Meanwhile, Assembly Republicans find time to target transgender teens, passing legislation banning transgender athletes from competing in womens sports. We close with a look at the increasing power of the QAnon caucus within Assembly Republicans, including a new push to bring the Arizona vote audit to Wisconsin as part of a plot to declare Donald Trump President. Is Robin Vos losing control of his caucus to the even more radical right?

Listen Now – Episode #497

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Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, June 11th


Friday, June 11th

SATURDAY, JUNE 12th, 11am – 7pm: Inoculation Emancipation Party

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Join the Minocqua Brewing Company and Citizen Action of Wisconsin on Saturday, June 12th from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM at Funk’s Pub for a party celebrating vaccination freedom with live music and #ProgressiveBeer. Music featuring Blues Legend John Primer and his Band, The Kim Wasserburger Band, the Tommy Bentz Band, and more!

The CDC recently relaxed masking protocols for large outdoor gatherings for anyone who is vaccinated. So proof of vaccination will be required to attend this event. Only folks fully vaccinated plus 2 weeks of full protection will be admitted.  RSVP NOW!

FREE BEER will be given to those who have had at least one dose in the month of June as a big “THANK YOU” for getting vaccinated for their health and the health of their community. Pick up your free beer at the entrance of the event. We’d love to have you stay but only folks fully vaccinated will be admitted. We hope you enjoy your free #ProgressiveBeer safely at home though!

Lastly, Citizen Action of Wisconsin will be giving 2 FREE pint glasses and 1 drink ticket with any donation of at least $20. Become a member for as low as $60 per year,  join our movement to organize people, and harness Wisconsin’s collective power to build a better future for all in our state. Sign up to attend now!

 Volunteers needed to verify vaccination cards and serve beer (bartending license not required). Volunteers will be given a free drink ticket to enjoy at the event. Indicate your interest in volunteering at the bottom of this form. 

Support our Virtual Fundraiser on June 14th with Sister District!

We’re being featured in Sister District’s State Bridges Event Series! Join us on June 14th for a virtual fundraiser and hear about our plans for the 2022 election cycle from Dr. Robert Kraig, executive director, and JoAna Bautch, Movement Politics Director! We need your support to elect progressive candidates ballot-wide!

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Join La Crosse: Solar on Schools for a special celebration on June 21st

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CELEBRATE the first La Crosse School District Solar Installations!
LEARN how you can help add more solar to our schools!
ENJOY free treats and music
ENTER to WIN a SOLAR SUMMER PACKAGE
4:30 p.m: Press Event
4:30 to 5:30: Tours of Solar Installation
4:30 to 5:45: Music
PLUS! Free treats AND your ideas for our solar future! Hosted by: SOLS: Solar On La Crosse Schools, Coulee Region Sierra Club, School District of La Crosse
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Mappy Hour!

Join Citizen Action’s Northwestern WI Organizing Cooperative, League of Women Voters, Wisconsin Conservation Voters, and other organizations for Mappy Hour!

We will be hosting a “Communities of Interest” Mapping Event in order to make sure the fair legislative maps are being drawn with the new census data etc.

Stay tuned for more info on beer incentives! 

RSVP NOW! 

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Attention college students across the state! We are currently hiring for our Fall 2021 College Organizing Fellowship cohort. The fellowship runs from August 9 – December 3, 2021.

As a fellow, students can expect to spend time building true student power on campus, as well as gain valuable leadership development experience and build intentional community with other BIPOC leaders.

To apply, click here or email [email protected] with any questions. Application closes at 11:59 PM on June 27

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This is NOT that; Episode #2: “Where is the creativity?”

After protests in 2020 elected officials have introduced a variety of police-related bills. Some of the bills are more responsive to the historic movement than others.

On this week’s show, we take a deep dive into a few of the new bills, as well as the original demands which have fueled marches in the streets for over a year.

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Citizen Action’s Driftless Organizing Co-op got a great story on its opposition to a new CAFO in Crawford County, the Roth Feeder Pig II expansion.

Citizen Action’s Director Robert Kraig was on the Rick Smith radio and TV show to talk about Ron Johnson’s latest defense of insurrection and attack on Black Lives Matter. Listen & Watch Here (interview with Robert begins at 21 minute mark)

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig was on the Jeff Santos show to discuss whether the Biden agenda is dead and what progressives should do now. Listen here.

Citizen Action Health Care for All Co-op Organizer Karen Kirsch wrote a column for UpNorth News on the abuses of Big Pharma. Read here!

“America needs a wealth tax” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

New blockbuster ProPublica research finds the wealthiest Americans pay a true tax rate of only 3.4%. Is America finally ready for a wealth tax? Next, the panel asks on the big question of the day: Can U.S. Senate Democrats get their act together and pass pass bills to protect American democracy? As infrastructure talks with Republicans stall, the only bi-partisanship Congress can muster is behind a nationalist anti-China agenda. Meanwhile horrendous racial disparities in health care access and vaccination access continue despite all the of the lip-service payed to health equity. Does any level of government have the courage to intervene? In the WI Legislature, Republicans look to delay local redistricting a year; and to give back federal Unemployment Insurance money. Meanwhile, a revised estimate of Legislative Republican’s cuts to schools finds it will cost the state $2.3 billion in federal revenue. We close the show by welcoming Peter Rickman from the Milwaukee Area Hospitality and Service Workers union (MASH) to discuss the Justice for Janitors contract campaign launching next Tuesday, June 15th at 3 pm in Milwaukee’s Zeidler Park.

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Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, June 4th


Friday, June 4th

Share a Brew with the CAW Crew!

Thank you to everyone who came out last weekend and celebrated the first stop of our Inoculation Emancipation Tour sponsored by Minocqua Brewing Company. We’re happy to announce the next stop on our tour will be on June 12th at Funk’s Pub in Fitchburg from 11 AM to 7 PM! The CDC recently relaxed masking protocols for large outdoor gatherings for anyone who is vaccinated.

Proof of vaccination will be required to attend this event. Only folks fully vaccinated plus 2 weeks of full protection will be admitted into the event. We’re in need of volunteers to verify vaccination cards and give free beer to those who are newly vaccinated. Volunteers will be admitted for FREE and given a free drink ticket to enjoy at the event and other Minocqua Brewing Company freebies!
Sign up to volunteer now!

A FREE BEER will be given to those who have received at least one dose in the Month of June as a big “THANK YOU” for getting vaccinated. Pick up your free beer at the entrance of the event. We look forward to sharing a Progressive Beer with you on June 12th. Register Now!

Take Action: Protect our Driftless Waters!

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Whether it is the construction of the state’s largest hog farm in Crawford County, massive PFAS pollution in La Crosse County, or lead pipes in Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s clean water is under attack.  Water is life and it is time for Wisconsinites to demand that our leaders protect our water.  As a Wisconsinite living in, or connected to the Driftless Region you know how valuable our waterways are. Our Driftless waterways provide for our farms, our health, our recreation, and our tourism.  We all care about preserving the beauty and natural resources here in the Driftless.  Everyone deserves to know that they can turn on their tap and get clean, healthy drinking water.  Everyone should know that they can swim or fish in any of our rivers and streams.

Unfortunately, plans for the state’s largest hog farm are currently threatening the nearby Kickapoo River and surrounding waterways. These plans to expand the Roth Feeder Pig II CAFO into the state’s largest hog farm are moving forward without so much as an Environmental Impact Statement to make sure our waters will be safe!  These construction plans must be subject to an Environmental Impact Statement to protect the nearby Kickapoo River and all our waters!

When Governor Evers was elected and his administration came into office in January 2019, he set out to “bring science back” to the DNR. The time for that science is NOW!  Please contact Tyler Dixx with the Wisconsin DNR at [email protected] to demand the DNR conduct an environmental impact statement prior to expansion of the Roth Feeder Pig II CAFO!

Energy Burden Discussion with Citizen Action North Side Rising Co-Op!

As Black and Latinx neighborhoods in Milwaukee struggle with disproportionately high energy bills and homes that are often old, inefficient and non-weatherized there is growing recognition for the need to prevent any new fossil fuel infrastructures. We must do all that we can to prevent a huge climate crisis, WEC (WeEnergies’ parent company) is proposing to build a gas storage facility and we cannot allow that, there are better solutions! Join us, the Wisconsin Sierra Club, Alliance for Climate Education, Black Leaders Organizing for Communities and Save Ixonia for a Facebook live discussion on June 8th at 11 AM. Don’t miss the stream, create an alert now!

Protect Our Water! Attend Virtual Hearing on Jun 10th at 10 AM

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Attend a virtual hearing, hosted by the WI DNR, on the plans for Roth Feeder Pig II. Please register and attend the DNR hearing on the Roth Feeder Pig II CAFO.  Registration is open to the public.  When you register you will be asked if you are in opposition or support of the project.  We need as many folks as possible to stand against this project. This is your opportunity to make your voice heard and speak at the hearing!

Register here

“Farms, Factories, and the Future” online forum June 5, 1:00-5:00 PM

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Crawford Stewardship Project, Sustain Rural Wisconsin Network, Socially Responsible Ag Project, and many more allies will be co-sponsoring a virtual public forum on the direction of agriculture.

-Hear and inquire about Crawford County’s experience with a CAFO, proposed expansions, regulations, and lessons learned

– Engage with a panel of sustainable and regenerative farmers and experts about resilient pathways forward for agriculture

– Network and strategize with a panel of community organizers from across the Midwest
REGISTER HERE

Join La Crosse Solar on Schools for a special celebration!

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CELEBRATE the first La Crosse School District Solar Installations! Learn how you can help add more solar to our schools! Enjoy free treats and music. Attend for the chance to WIN a SOLAR SUMMER PACKAGE!
Event Break Down:
4:30 p.m. Press Event
4:30 to 5:30: Tours of Solar Installation
4:30 to 5:45: Music
Hosted by: SOLS: Solar On La Crosse Schools, Coulee Region Sierra Club, School District of La Crosse
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Citizen Action’s Driftless Area Organizing Co-op co-led a press conference opposing the proposed Roth Feeder Pig 2 Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) in Crawford County. You can see coverage on local La Crosse TV here.

Citizen Action’s Executive Director Robert Kraig was on the Jeff Santos show for 60 minutes to discuss the state of play with Biden’s agenda, protecting democracy, and the American Jobs Act. Listen here.

“Republicans embrace anti-vaxxers & the ‘Big Lie’” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss Legislative Republican’s scheming with their corporate patrons such as Wisconsin Manufactures and Commerce (WMC) to gin up a fake “worker shortage” to punish the unemployed. Does Robin Vos really believe Wisconsinites are lazy and irresponsible or is he just trying to exploit the working class? In a clear effort to mobilize a 2022 off-year election base of anti-vaxxers and conspiracy theorists, Legislative Republicans are supporting bills to make anti-vaxxers a protected category and pumping life into the “Big Lie” with bogus “Arizona style” voter fraud investigations into the 2020 election. Meanwhile new data from the Wisconsin Election Commission demonstrates minuscule voter fraud in Wisconsin elections, most of it generated by Jim-Crow still disenfranchisement of released prisoners. We close with a discussion on the centrality of the Senate filibuster in the success of the Biden agenda, addressing the nation’s major challenges and needs, and the survival of democracy itself.

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Citizen Action Weekly; Memorial Weekend

Citizen Action Weekly; Memorial Weekend

Friday, May 28th

Citizen Action debuts new podcast, This Is Not That

This week marks the one year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd, which sparked worldwide protests that continue. Today, we debut our new podcast called, This is NOT that, which will bring our unique, unfiltered conversation that centers community, people, and politics. In the first episode Isiah, JoAnna, and Rafael introduce themselves and discuss the impact George Floyd’s murder had on the Milwaukee community and our leadership as people of color.

Meet our Panel, Milwaukee Grown.

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

JoAnna Bautch is a leading voice in Wisconsin Movement Politics. From supporting neighborhood leaders to get their names on local ballots to launching her own campaign for the Wisconsin State Assembly, JoAnna values authentic leadership and the journey it takes to get you on the ballot!

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

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Citizen Action in the News

Citizen Action’s Executive Director Robert Kraig debated radio talk show host Jeff Santos for the full hour on whether President Biden is still fighting for a bold progressive agenda, or is reverting to his centrist roots. Listen to the full debate here. The Boston-based show airs in Wisconsin on Devil Radio 92.7 Madison.

The Wisconsin State Journal did a great feature story on the Green Homeowners United project, which is led by former Citizen Action Organizing Director Kevin Kane. Green Homeowners United, which is an affiliate of Citizen Action, is working to jump start the residential green transition by helping homeowners acquire low interest bank financing for energy conservation retrofits and the installation of solar energy. The savings are so great that the costs to homeowners are more than offset by lower utility bills and mortgage payments. It is the reverse of the Legislature’s BadgerCare Expansion policy where the state pays more to provide health coverage to fewer people: homeowners pay less to get more. The new social enterprise works in close partnership with Citizen Action around the state. Read the feature story here.

Join us this Saturday May 29th for Inoculation Emancipation Party sponsored by Minocqua Brewing Company.

Join the Minocqua Brewing Company and Citizen Action of Wisconsin for a party celebrating vaccination freedom with live music and #ProgressiveBeer. Music featuring Blues Legend John Primer and his Band, The Kim Wasserburger Band, the Tommy Bentz Band, and more…The CDC recently relaxed masking protocols for large outdoor gatherings for anyone who is vaccinated. So proof of vaccination will be required to attend this event. Only folks fully vaccinated plus 2 weeks of full protection will be admitted.

FREE BEER will be given to those who have had at least one shot in the Month of May as a big “THANK YOU” for getting vaccinated for their health and the health of their community.

Pick up your free beer at the entrance of the event. We’d love to have you stay but only folks fully vaccinated will be admitted. We hope you enjoy your free #ProgressiveBeer safely at home though!

Lastly, Citizen Action of Wisconsin will be giving 2 FREE pint glasses and 1 drink ticket with any donation of at least $20. Become a member for at least $60 per year to join our movement to organize people and harness Wisconsin’s collective power to build a better future for all in our state.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED to verify vaccination cards and serve beer (bartending license not required). Volunteers will be given a free drink ticket to enjoy at the event. Indicate your interest in volunteering at the bottom of the registration page. Reminder, this is a 21+ event only. Register here!

Citizen Action Driftless Organizing Cooperative meets with new mayor of La Crosse

Thank you so much Mayor of La Crosse Mitch Reynolds for meeting with Citizen Action of Wisconsin member leaders K.C. Cayo, Joni Anderson, Tina Marie Pohlman and Heather Talbot last week!

Our meeting was wonderful! We discussed affordable housing, fair maps, universal healthcare, on-bill financing and climate issues.

Thanks to all who attended and thank you City of La Crosse for electing a progressive mayor who cares deeply about the city and her people

Take action to help protect water against CAFO in the Driftless region.
Attend rally Tuesday, June 1st, Noon, Ferryville. 

Whether it is the construction of the state’s largest hog farm in Crawford County, massive PFAS pollution in La Crosse County, or lead pipes in Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s clean water is under attack. Water is life and it is time for Wisconsinites to demand that our leaders protect our water.

Unfortunately plans for the state’s largest hog farm are currently threatening the nearby Kickapoo River and surrounding waterways. These plans to expand the Roth Feeder Pig II CAFO into the state’s largest hog farm are moving forward without so much as an Environmental Impact Statement to make sure our waters will be safe! These construction plans must be subject to an Environmental Impact Statement to protect the nearby Kickapoo River and all our waters!

Press event and rally June 1st, Noon.

Please join Citizen Action of Wisconsin and Crawford Stewardship Project for a major press event and rally to demand an Environmental impact Statement before construction. This event will be held at the scenic overlook in Ferryville Wisconsin, across the street from Jerry’s Sportsman Bar and Grill.  We will be meeting at 11:30 AM and the press event will begin at 12:00 PM. We need as many activists on site as possible to hold signs behind the speakers and hopefully line up on the streets with signs promoting clean water in Wisconsin.  We will even have water samples available from waters impacted by CAFOs so the public can see the damage they can do.

Media from La Crosse, Madison and local rural papers will be invited to cover the event.

RSVP HERE

The Healthcare Co-op fights for Care Over Cost

Almost every sector of the healthcare industry has a role in prioritizing profit over care but one of the most predatory is Blue Cross/Blue Shield.  Profits for them soared during Covid but have no doubt that the usual business of denying claims and dictating patient care, carries on. Citizen Action, along with People’s Action, is leading a campaign to let them know we are watching them.  You can take action with an already composed message to them. Believe me, they will notice if we drive enough people to send a message.  Take action HERE.

Healthcare for All Weekly Talk

Every Wednesday at 7PM, Dr. Mark Nuemann and Karen Kirsch, the Healthcare Co-op Organizer, explore the various aspects of our healthcare system.  They do have a special emphasis on why a single payer system should be the ultimate end goal but in doing so cover other related topics like BadgerCare Expansion and the ACA Supreme Court decision. You can find them on the Citizen Action of Wisconsin Facebook page via Facebook Live or register to watch them directly in Zoom.

Attend “Farms, Factories, and the Future” online forum, June 5, 1:00-5:00pm

Crawford Stewardship Project, Sustain Rural Wisconsin Network, Socially Responsible Ag Project, and many more allies will be co-sponsoring a virtual public forum on the direction of agriculture.

– Hear and inquire about Crawford County’s experience with a CAFO, proposed expansions, regulations, and lessons learned
– Engage with a panel of sustainable and regenerative farmers and experts about resilient pathways forward for agriculture- Network and strategize with a panel of community organizers from across the Midwest

REGISTER HERE

Attend a virtual hearing, hosted by the WI DNR, on the plans for Roth Feeder Pig II

Please register for and attend the DNR hearing on the Roth Feeder Pig II CAFO.  Registration is open to the public.  When you register you will be asked if you are in opposition or support of the project.  We need as many folk as possible to stand against this project.

You will also have a chance to speak at this hearing and make your voice heard, literally!

Register here

The La Crosse Area Planning Committee is embarking on a process to create a 10-year Regional Transit Development Plan, and your input is needed

A virtual open house will take place through Zoom on Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 5pm to discuss future transit service improvements for La Crosse Municipal Transit Utility (MTU), Onalaska Shared Ride (OSR), and Scenic Mississippi Regional Transit (SMRT). We want to hear from the community – transit users and non-users alike – about how bus service could be improved, and what it should look like in the future. Please click the link below to register for the open house meeting.

Register in advance for the open house on Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 5pm.

Passcode: LCRTDP

Attend St. Joseph Accountability Coalition Health Equity Event, Saturday, June 12th, Noon.

We will have resources like a COVID Vaccination Clinic, Healthy Food Donations and education on Women’s Health, Affordable Housing, Organizations that assist with Domestic Abuse and much more.

It will be a fun time for all ages so bring the entire family. Social Distancing and COVID Guidelines will be in place as well as PPE will be provided.

If you would like to share or be a part of this Community event by Tabeling, Sharing Resources/Education or receiving anything you are in need of please go to the SJAC website and register. For Tabeling email Dana Kelley at [email protected]

RSVP to attend

“This is not that. This is the” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We welcome Citizen Action’s Movement Politics Director, JoAnna Bautch, to discuss Citizen Action’s new podcast, This is NOT that, which premiered this week on the 1st anniversary of George Floyd’s murder. The panel reviews the BadgerCare legislative Special Session that came and went quickly due to Republican intransigence. Despite refusing even to debate BadgerCare, legislative Republicans found time to attack transgendered kids and to threaten massive cuts to public school funding. Robert discusses the latest exodus of teachers in Wisconsin. Meanwhile, America’s premature reopening threatens million with pre-existing conditions and suppressed immunity. Who sounded the “all clear” siren in the middle of a global pandemic? Chris Larson enters an already crowded U.S. Senate race to take on disgraced WI Senator Ron Johnson. The GOP snipes at another U.S. Senate candidate, State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski. Why is Godlewski their early target in a multi-candidate field? National Democrats and mainline pundits increasingly agree that the GOP is a threat to democracy itself. But are the Democrats unified enough to stop them? We close by welcoming Citizen Action’s Driftless Organizing Co-op organizer, Ben Wilson, to discuss the proposed expansion of  the Roth Feeder Pig II Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) in rural Crawford County. Will corporate agriculture win again over the health and prosperity of our rural communities?

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Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, May 21st


Friday, May 21st

Wausau is a Community for All. Marathon County (North Central Region) Makes the New York Times, But Not For a Good Reason.

The responses to a proposed Community for All resolution, drafted by the Diversity Affairs Commission, by some Marathon County Board of Supervisors, and members of the public, led to an article in the New York Times (photo to the right credited to Lauren Justice with the NY Times). The process of drafting this resolution began nearly a year ago, with a small group of elected leaders and the diversity affairs commission of Marathon County. It originally had the title No Place for Hate, but after that was seen as too inflammatory by some, it was changed to A Community for All Resolution. After a year of discussions and community engagement, the Executive Committee voted against bringing the resolution to the full board for consideration by a vote of 6-2.

A coalition of members and activists from the community called and emailed their Supervisors, urging them to support this resolution, but those pleas fell on deaf ears in many cases. Wausau Mayor Katie Rosenberg (photo credited to WAOW-TV), who formerly served on the Marathon County Board representing her district, felt compelled to respond to this decision by the Marathon County Board. She was joined by Marathon County Board Supervisors Yee Leng Xiong, Ka Lo, William Harris and members of the public to present a proclamation, declaring the City of Wausau a Community for All.

We commend Mayor Katie for being the positive voice that this community and world needs more of!

Appleton: Learn how to Lobby your Local Elected Officials and get ready to take Climate Action on May 27th!

The impacts of a looming climate catastrophe are becoming more common. Once in a century weather events, increased flooding, and increasingly weather volatile conditions are impacting our communities. This pain is being felt deeply by poor and working class people and in particular people of color. Our communities are on the front lines of the Climate Catastrophe and we know this moment calls for bold; decisive action from all levels of government. 

Our calls for action cannot simply exist with us. We must take our demands for bold action to stave off a climate catastrophe to our elected leaders. Lobbying your elected officials is one of our best tools to create the change that is desperately needed. Join a Citizen Lobby Training with our partners at Wisconsin Conservation Voters at 530 PM on Thursday, May 27th!

Lobbying isn’t just for the wealthy or well-connected; anyone can do it! Your voice is your power. When you attend the Citizen Lobby Training on May 27th, you will learn what lobbying is, how to have an effective meeting, and conduct mock meetings to practice what we learn. Make sure you sign-up here,

Join us next weekend! Inoculation Emancipation Party sponsored by Minocqua Brewing Company.

Join the Minocqua Brewing Company and Citizen Action of Wisconsin for a party celebrating vaccination freedom with live music and #ProgressiveBeer. Music featuring Blues Legend John Primer and his Band, The Kim Wasserburger Band, the Tommy Bentz Band, and more…The CDC recently relaxed masking protocols for large outdoor gatherings for anyone who is vaccinated. So proof of vaccination will be required to attend this event. Only folks fully vaccinated plus 2 weeks of full protection will be admitted. FREE BEER will be given to those who have had at least one shot in the Month of May as a big “THANK YOU” for getting vaccinated for their health and the health of their community. Pick up your free beer at the entrance of the event. We’d love to have you stay but only folks fully vaccinated will be admitted. We hope you enjoy your free #ProgressiveBeer safely at home though! Lastly, Citizen Action of Wisconsin will be giving 2 FREE pint glasses and 1 drink ticket with any donation of at least $20. Become a member for at least $60 per year to join our movement to organize people and harness Wisconsin’s collective power to build a better future for all in our state.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED to verify vaccination cards and serve beer (bartending license not required). Volunteers will be given a free drink ticket to enjoy at the event. Indicate your interest in volunteering at the bottom of the registration page. Reminder, this is a 21+ event only. Register here!

Follow us on Twitter! Participate in our Tweetstorm on Wednesday, May 26th against Blue Cross Blue Shield!

On May 26th, Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance holders–including the People’s Action network–in collaboration with movement allies, and health care experts, will be calling on major insurance providers to stop monetizing health, instead, put into the practice of: Care over Cost. This campaign is meant to let health insurers, like Blue Cross Blue Shield, know that you think they should stop making profits by costing people their health. 

Taking care of others is how we take care of ourselves, and as the pandemic comes to a close, we want to uplift and expose how lives are being impacted under the corporate health insurance system.  Keep up with us on Twitter NOW!

HealthCare for All Weekly Talk

This week Karen Kirsch, our healthcare organizer and Dr. Mark Nuemann had guest and co-op member Zena Blom on.  Zena talked about her long road to a medical diagnosis and how an interruption in employment can be disruptive, if not life threatening.  If there is anything more evident about our healthcare system after Covid, is that tying care to employment is unconscionable. Karen and Dr. Mark will have a weekly talk to parse through the single payer approach which other countries are using and talk about the way forward to re-making the American healthcare system.

If you join them in the Webinar, after the show they will have a green room to talk more privately with any interested viewersRegister here. 

Take Action: BadgerCare Expansion!

This is our final chance to go all in for BadgerCare Expansion and expand care to over 90,000 Wisconsinites. Contact your legislators this weekend and demand they prioritize our health over special interest groups by supporting BadgerCare Expansion! Take Action NOW

New Podcast Alert! This is NOT that launching on Tuesday, May 25th.

How often have you found yourself streaming news updates, radio shows or podcasts and thought to yourself, “This is NOT That” ? Well, we’ve heard enough. This is a bi-weekly unfiltered conversation with a panel that centers Community, People and Politics. This is NOT that. 

Meet our Panel, Milwaukee Grown.

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

JoAnna Bautch is a leading voice in Wisconsin Movement Politics. From supporting neighborhood leaders to get their names on local ballots to launching her own campaign for the Wisconsin State Assembly, JoAnna values authentic leadership and the journey it takes to get you on the ballot! 

Isaiah Holmes, investigative reporter for the Wisconsin Examiner is committed to bringing you FACTS. Isaiah has led the documentation around policing in Wauwatosa and is a part of the bigger conversation of police brutality on both a local and national level. Isaiah has led the documentation of the endless systemic oppression Black and Brown people continue to face in the City of Milwaukee.

Demonstrating our increasing strength in rural organizing, the Spring Green Valley Sentinel did a major feature story on the Citizen Action Driftless Co-op’s rally for BadgerCare Expansion aimed at Joint Finance Committee Co-Chair Howard Marklein, a key swing vote on BadgerCare. Spring Green is Sen. Marklein’s hometown. Read the story here.

Citizen Action responded immediately to Governor Evers’ declaration of a Legislative Special Session on BadgerCare Expansion. Read coverage which quoted us from Wisconsin Examiner and from Up North News.

Citizen Action Executive Director Robert Kraig discussed the humanitarian crisis in the Middle East and the need for a more progressive American foreign policy on the Boston-based Jeff Santos radio show, which runs in the Madison media market weeknights on Devil Radio 92.7 FM. Listen to the interview here.

“Evers calls BadgerCare Special Session” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

Our panel discusses Gov. Tony Evers’ declaring a special legislative session on BadgerCare Expansion with Shawn Phetteplace of the Main Street Alliance of Wisconsin. We also deconstruct a Republican state legislative effort to remove $300/weekly federal Unemployment Insurance benefits and completely cut-off the self-employed and gig workers. Citizen Action’s Movement Politics Director JoAnna Bautch joins us to announce the launch of a new Citizen Action podcast called This, Is Not That, featuring JoAnna, Citizen Action Climate and Equity Director Rafael Smith, and rising journalistic star Isiah Holmes from the Wisconsin Examiner. We close with a discussion of the CDC’s mass mask confusion created by publicly declaring that fully-vaccinated Americans need not wear masks indoors or outdoors, without revising public policy guidance for businesses and employers. What is the CDC’s motive? Will it lead to a resurgence of COVID infections?

Listen Now – Episode #493

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