Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, November 15th

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, November 15th

Friday, November 15th

Southwest co-op hosts media event spotlighting “Green Homes, Good Jobs” Campaign

Thursday afternoon Citizen Action of Wisconsin’s Southwest Co-op hosted its first major media event to highlight the “Green Homes, Good Jobs” campaign.

100 home owners have already signed up to receive home energy efficient upgrades such as solar panels, new insulation, and new heating/cooling systems.

This campaign is designed to not only fight climate change but also save homeowners’ money and create good union jobs right here in Wisconsin.

You can read about this media event right here and here.

If you are interested in upgrading your own home you can get more information about the program here.

City of Milwaukee/Milwaukee County Climate Task force holds first meeting Monday

This Monday afternoon the first meeting of the City of Milwaukee and Milwaukee County Joint Task Force on climate change and economic equity was held.

Members of the task force took their oaths and then were given a warm welcome from Common Council President Ashanti

Erick Shambarger of the Environmental Collaboration Office followed with a presentation about the city’s current plans to meet the Paris Accords.

Dozens of community members attended and made their voices heard about what they would like the task force to focus on. The task force members decided they would meet two times a month over the next six months. The next meeting will be November 26th at 2pm in city hall in room 301-B. All are welcome to attend.

For more information on task force campaign contact: Rafael.Smith@citizenctionwi.org

Read media about task force.

New Southwest Co-op member (and state Senate candidate) spotlight

One of the newest members to join the Citizen Action of Wisconsin Southwest Wisconsin co-op is Joni Anderson.  Joni is the vice president of her union and is running for the State Senate in Senate District 14. Joni is running on a platform of Medicare for all, fighting climate change and fairer elections by ending unfair gerrymandering in our state. Citizen Action is excited to add Joni to our newest organizing co-op!

North Central Organizing Co-op Members Attend Fair Maps Summit

This past Saturday, several members of the NC Organizing Co-op joined a large turnout of people at the Fair Maps Summit in Marshfield. The large turnout of people from across the state demonstrate that this issues is a top priority for a lot of Wisconsinites.

Members of the Co-op from Oneida and Marathon County were in attendance, which is vitally important considering that these two counties have not passed a Fair Maps resolution. In Oneida County, Fair Maps activists have started going to each municipality to pass resolutions in support. The Town of Neubold has already passed one. Now, they’re working on the City of Rhinelander next. This work is being done by members of the groups that belong to the Fair Maps Coalition.

If you would like to know what you can do to help with Fair Maps, contact Joel Lewis at 715-551-2525 or joel.lewis@citizenactionwi.org

Attend Citizen Action’s Annual Meeting, Saturday, December 7th, 1pm

The Citizen Action of Wisconsin Annual meeting will take place on Saturday, December 7th, 1pm.at the Washington Park Senior Center, 4420 W. Vliet St. Milwaukee.

Each regional organizing co-op will be having a meeting within their region at the same time,

We will connect with the meeting in Milwaukee to hear the awards and to hear a synopsis of our work from Executive Director Dr. Robert Kraig, and then turn our meeting back to the regional co-ops. This meeting is open to non-members as well as members.

RSVP
RSVP for Southwest co-op meeting

Citizen Action Organizing Co-op Informational Meeting

Are you concerned about the way things are going in our country? Do you feel like you have lost your political power? Do you want to do more to fight climate change? Do you want to help create well paying, skilled union jobs right here in our area? Do you care about making sure everyone in Wisconsin has healthcare? Join Citizen Action for our upcoming event!

Citizens Action is hosting small group informational meetings. Come and learn about how you can get involved in a true progressive movement dedicated to creating real change in the Driftless region.

This is a great opportunity to learn how you can be a part of our organizing co-op.

West Salem, November 23rd, 10:30am
Village of West Salem Hazel Brown Leicht Memorial Library
201 Neshonoc Rd.

“Treasurer Godlewski is Back!” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast.

We welcome the return of State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski to the show. Sarah talks about the importance of paid family leave policies and the new state task force she is leading on retirement security. Our panel discusses the implications of the entrance of Deval Patrick in the presidential election. We review the do-nothing legislature which is adjourning for 2 months with little to show. Sean Duffy reveals he really left Congress to become a lobbyist for wealthy financial interests. Citizen Action’s new co-op in the “driftless” region launches effort to fight climate change, including  through renewable energy upgrades to over 100 homes.

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Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, November 8th

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, November 8th

Friday, November 8th

Citizen Action members travel to Detroit for Universal Family Care convention. 

Citizen action members Lynn Carey and Rita are attending the annual field convening meeting in Detroit to talk about the Universal Family Care movement which includes the issue of long term care.

SAVE THE DATE: Annual Meeting, Saturday, December 7th, 1pm

The Citizen Action of Wisconsin Annual meeting will take place on Saturday, December 7th, 1pm.at the Washington Park Senior Center, 4420 W. Vliet St. Milwaukee.

This year we are trying something a bit different. Each regional organizing co-op will be having a meeting within their region at the same time, rather than asking their members to travel to Milwaukee. We will connect with the meeting in Milwaukee to hear the awards and to hear a synopsis of our work from Executive Director Dr. Robert Kraig, and then turn our meeting back to the regional co-ops. This meeting is open to non-members as well as members.

RSVP for MKE
RSVP for Southwest co-op meeting

La Crosse City Council Judiciary and Administration committee approves solar ordinance

On Tuesday November 5th Southwest Co-op organizer Ben Wilson and co-op member Janette Dean attended the La Crosse City Council Judiciary and Administration committee meeting.   The committee voted to move forward with a solar ordinance that will make it much easier for La Crosse homeowners to install solar. It completely legalizes solar installation on roofs or on the ground anywhere in La Crosse.  It also changes the classification of solar panels to be considered an accessory which means the permitting process will be much quicker for anyone looking to upgrade. This ordinance helps fulfill the city’s goal of 100% carbon neutrality by 2050 (hopefully much sooner).  Janette, along with students from Fridays for Future, spoke in support of the bill. The full council votes on the ordinance next week.

Citizen Action of Wisconsin Southwest Co-op membership update

The Southwest Wisconsin co-op is now more than halfway through our 60 day recruitment drive and we are over halfway to our goal!  We are looking for 250 passionate activists to join and so far we have 164! We are getting closer everyday! If you have not fully joined the organizing co-op you can do so right here.

Northeast Co-op Update: Green Bay City Council passes budget that includes Resiliency & Diversity Coordinator

Thanks to the leadership of Mayor (and co-op member) Eric Genrich and members of the city council, Green Bay has taken a critical step towards addressing the growing climate emergency and fighting for a more inclusive city. The final vote was 7-5 in favor of passing the budget, with the yes votes including two co-op members, Barbara Dorff and Randy Scannell. Thank you to everyone who called your alders in support of the creation of these two positions, your voices made a difference in this fight!

Read more on city budget
Read more on Resiliency Coordinator.

Citizen Action Organizing Co-op Informational Meeting

Are you concerned about the way things are going in our country? Do you feel like you have lost your political power? Do you want to do more to fight climate change? Do you want to help create well paying, skilled union jobs right here in our area? Do you care about making sure everyone in Wisconsin has healthcare? Join Citizen Action for our upcoming event!

Citizens Action is hosting small group informational meetings. Come and learn about how you can get involved in a true progressive movement dedicated to creating real change in the Driftless region.

This is a great opportunity to learn how you can be a part of our organizing co-op.

West Salem, November 23rd, 10:30am
Village of West Salem Hazel Brown Leicht Memorial Library
201 Neshonoc Rd

More information and RSVP

People’s Action candidates and agenda win Tuesday! Setting the stage for a big 2020.

Tuesday was big!

Omari Shakur, a longtime community activist & leader of Community Voices Heard, won his race to be Councilman-At-Large in Newberg, NY

While there were very important high profile victories in the Kentucky Governor race and the Virginia statehouse last night, it is worth highlighting some amazing members of People’s Action affiliates who also won last night. These leaders are committed to co-governing with our organizations to help make our agenda a reality.

These victories should inspire our movement nationally and here in Wisconsin. We at Citizen Action remain committed to continue our organizing to find new member leaders who are willing to run for office in 2020 and beyond to help change our communities, state, and country.

Arizona

  • Regina Romero, who has committed to co-governing with People’s Action affiliate LUCHA, was elected as Tucson’s first Latina mayor! She won in a landslide victory! “I’m still savoring the historic community-led victories of last night,” said Alejandra Gomez, executive director of LUCHA. “LUCHA is so proud to have been part of the collective that supported Regina.” Romero ran on a bold agenda to battle climate change, reform criminal justice and improve education and economic inclusion in Tucson. LUCHA worked tirelessly to turn out the vote for Romero.” Read more.

Maine

  • Safiya Khalid became the first Somali American elected to Lewiston’s city council, with support from the Maine People’s Alliance

Massachusetts

  • Neighbor to Neighbor Action Fund (N2N) is celebrating the victory of member Victor Davila, who won a Springfield city council seat by 39 votes!
Kissy Coakley, a member-leader from Take Action Minnesota, won her race for the Minnetonka City Council.

Minnesota 

  • Long-time Take Action MN leader Kissy Coakley, who was a leader in their campaign against Target to Ban the Box, was elected as the first African-American woman to serve on the Minnetonka City Council. “Kissy wants to take what makes Minnetonka a safe, supportive, and thriving community and make it accessible to everyone, “ said Elianne Farhat, executive director of TAMN.“As a leader at TakeAction Minnesota, Kissy has been a champion for criminal justice reform measures—including taking on Target Corporation to change their hiring practices,” Farhat said. “She will bring that same determination and vision to City Council—and will listen and lead with the people to make sure everyone in Minnetonka can live full, joyful lives.”
  • Nelsie Yang, a TakeAction Minnesota organizer, will become the youngest member of the Saint Paul City Council ever! She is also the first ever Hmong woman council member. Read more about Nelsie

Michigan

  • In Kalamazoo, Michigan People’s Campaign leader Patrese Griffin won her election to Kalamazoo City Council. She was selected by the Kalamazoo City Commission to fill a vacant seat earlier this year, and last night’s vote validates her bold leadership with the voices of the community she represents.

Missouri

  • In St. Louis, Rasheen Aldridge – a former leadership team member of Missouri Jobs With Justice who was active in the Ferguson protests, served as a member of the Ferguson Commission and fought to raise the minimum wage, will be joining the Missouri state legislature as a State Representative for the 78th District.

New York

  • Omari Shakur won a seat on the City Council in Newberg, NY. Omari is now the first formerly incarcerated council member in the city. Over the past year, Shakur has been actively working with Mayor Torrance Harvey and Councilman Anthony Grice, who won reelection, to hold landlords accountable. Their victories, which were won in a coordinated effort by CVH, the Working Families Party and Democratic Party, solidify a strong council to fight for rent control, local hiring and housing ordinances, as they give the coalition four of seven seats on the council.
  • Jumaane Williams, who spoke at the People’s Action’s Convention in Washington, D.C. in April, was re-elected as Public Advocate in NYC.  NYTimes Article

Pennsylvania

  • Kendra Brooks won a seat on Philadelphia City Council running as a 3rd party candidate on the Working Families Party ticket!

Thanks to People’s Action’s Laurel Wales for contributing to this story.

Movement wins on Election night” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss this week’s election results from around the country, and what they portend for 2020. We look at the significance of high profile victories in the Kentucky and Virginia and highlight some amazing members of the Working Families Party and People’s Action affiliates who won elections. We analyze the latest escalation of the Legislature’s partisan war against Governor Tony Evers: the State Senate firing of Agriculture Secretary Brad Pfaff. What does it mean, and who in Governor Evers’ cabinet is their next target? Foxconn wants to omit sprinklers from part of their new factory (what could go wrong?), the special session on gun safety comes and goes with no action, and the top electoral issues, healthcare reform, remains a no show in the legislature, despite GOP vows to do something about pre-existing condition discrimination.
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Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, November 1st

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, November 1st

Friday, November 1st

Vote in People’s Action Presidential Primary Candidate Survey!
Voting ends Sunday, November 3rd 

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

VOTE TODAY!    Voting ends Sunday, November 3rd 

Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment starts November 1st! Sign up today.

It’s that time of year again as open enrollment for the ACA begins. We will be sharing some informational social media posts so please be sure to share and help spread the word. The window for when you can sign up, barring special circumstances, ends December 15th.

Citizen Action Co-op member appointed to Greenfield School Board

Robert Hansen, the former School Board President of Greenfield, was re-appointed to the board Monday, October 28th. Robert first joined Citizen Action in its first wave of Co-op building in the Milwaukee area and has recently joined the Healthcare Co-op. When he was on the school board previously, his tenure produced one of the first in-school healthcare clinics in the Milwaukee area that serve the school district employees and their families.Today, that clinic has expanded to also offer some healthcare services to students. Congratulations to Robert and thank you for being a good example of how to build power at the local level.

Co-op Member Eric Genrich proposes budget to Green Bay City Council 

Green Bay Mayor Eric Genrich is bringing his budget proposals to the Green Bay city council. Included in his budget is the creation of a “Resilience Coordinator” to better position Green Bay to combat the negative effects of climate change and explore opportunities for the city to invest in Clean Energy. Another proposal includes the creation of a position within the human resources department to embrace diversity in our community. As an organization that is dedicated to both climate restorative justice and combating systemic oppression, we are pleased by the steps that Eric is taking to ensure our community is welcoming to all people. Thank you for your leadership, Eric! If you live in Green Bay, please contact your city alder and ask that they support the creation of these two critical positions.

Do You Want to Run For Office? The North Central Organizing Co-op, and our other Organizing Co-ops Across the State Can Help!

Citizen Action of Wisconsin has made it a priority to find and support candidates, at all levels, that share our vision for a world that puts people and the planet first. We call this Movement Politics, and many of our members, partners and allies played a role in the Movement Politics Candidate Platform, that is used in the local and state candidate endorsement process. In addition, our national network, People’s Action, has a complimentary national platform.

In 2018, 49 Citizen Action co-op members won spring elections. The NC Organizing Co-op had 16 members running for office in 4 different counties. They had members running for School Boards, City Councils, County Boards, Assembly and State Senate! Co-op members, after an official endorsement is made, can help candidates in many ways. In NC, the Steering Committee Chair knocked doors and phone banked in 4 different assembly districts and ran postcard writing efforts in some of the most rural areas.

There is support out there to help you get ready to run for office and to help you win! Spring is not that far away! The Co-ops already have members running for the House of Representatives, State Legislature, City/Town/Village Councils, County Boards, and School Boards in 2020. We are looking for more people to run! If you live in WI, and are interested in running, chances are that one of our Co-op Organizers, and the Co-op members can help. If you are interested in running, contact one of these Co-op Organizers:

Karen Kirsch – Health Care Organizer
karen.kirsch@citizenactionwi.org | 414-588-0927 Bio

Joel Lewis – Central Wisconsin Organizer
joel.lewis@citizenactionwi.org  | 715-551-2525 Bio

Noah Reif – Northeast Wisconsin Organizer
noah.reif@citizenactionwi.org | 262-343-6163 Bio

Ben Wilson – South West Organizer
ben.wilson@citizenactionwi.org | 608-386-2847 Bio

Breana Stanley – North West Organizer
breana.stanley@citizenactionwi.org | 715-642-3538

Citizen Action of Wisconsin Southwest Co-op membership update

The Southwest Wisconsin co-op is now 30 days into our 60 day recruitment drive and we are over halfway to our goal!  We are looking for 250 passionate activists to join and so far we have 142! We are getting closer everyday! If you know someone in Southwest Wisconsin who cares about creating a better Wisconsin have them reach out to Ben at ben.wilson@citizenactionwi.org.

Citizen Action Organizing Co-op Informational Meetings

Are you concerned about the way things are going in our country? Do you feel like you have lost your political power? Do you want to do more to fight climate change? Do you want to help create well paying, skilled union jobs right here in our area? Do you care about making sure everyone in Wisconsin has healthcare? Join Citizen Action for our upcoming event!

Citizens Action is hosting two upcoming small group informational meetings. Come and learn about how you can get involved in a true progressive movement dedicated to creating real change in the Driftless region.

This is a great opportunity to learn how you can be a part of our organizing co-op.

Holmen, November 7th, 6:30pm
Holmen Library, 121 Legion St W
More information and RSVP

West Salem, November 23rd, 10:30am
Oma cafe 234 Leonard st N
More information and RSVP

“Speaker Vos says climate change is real… probably” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

photo by Blake Imeson

We discuss Republican Assembly leader Robin Vos saying climate change is “probably” real but there is nothing we can do about it the same week a new Harvard study says Wisconsin should invest in windmills and solar to reduce our high dependence on coal which has significant health impacts on residents and climate. We are joined by Citizen Action’s Healthcare Director, Claire Zautke to discuss a new Georgetown study finding a second consecutive year of increases in uninsured children in America and Wisconsin continues to trail our neighboring states in coverage rates. We also discuss new legislation for marijuana decriminalization in Wisconsin, Wisconsin again has the worst gap in academic achievement between black and white students, and Sean “Duffman” Duffy put his foot in his mouth again and facing criticism after questioning decorated Army veteran’s loyalty to country in an effort to defend Trump.

Listen now – Episode #415
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Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, October 25th

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, October 25th

Friday, October 25th

Vote in People’s Action Presidential Primary Candidate Survey 

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. Voting will continue until Sunday, November 3rd.

VOTE TODAY

Northeast Wisconsin Co-op and The Future of Higher Education

Pictured left to right, Dave Hansen*, Katrina Shankland, Jon Shelton
Citizen Action would like to recognize the hard work of two Northeast co-op members, Senator Dave Hansen and Professor Jon Shelton in their commitment to advancing higher education. Senator Hansen and Representative Katrina Shankland introduced a comprehensive higher education package that would address the overall lack of funding our University of Wisconsin schools are currently facing.
Spearheaded by Representative Shankland, the “Reaching for Higher Ed” bill package includes provisions to “Fund the Freeze”, create a Bill Ribbon Commission for Higher Ed, with the stated purpose of restoring affordable higher education programs in Wisconsin.
Through his work with UWGB United, Professor Jon Shelton helped to organize an event at UWGB where Hansen, Shankland, and other stakeholders could answer questions about their proposed legislative package. If you wish to learn more about the legislative package, you can do so here. Thank our legislators for their exceptional work in the state by calling Senator Hansen’s office at (608) 266-5670 and Representative Shankland’s office at (608) 267-9649.

Citizen Action Presents: Deindustrialization and the Green New Deal Panel Discussion Event, Tuesday, October 29th, 6pm

The Climate Justice Issue Team of the Citizen Action SE Wisconsin Co-op is hosting a series of forums on topics related to the Green New Deal in Milwaukee. The next forum in the series is on Tuesday, October 29th, 6:00pm to 8:00pm, at the Amalgamated Transit Union Hall, 734 N. 26th St. in Milwaukee. Panelists will discuss the history of deindustrialization and the current reality of insufficient jobs and economic opportunity in communities of color in Milwaukee and how green new deal investments can help end the depression-like conditions that many Milwaukee area residents live in.

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New “Driftless Organizing Co-op” Drive Hits Halfway Mark to Advance Good Jobs, Green Homes and “Solar for All”!

Less than 3 weeks into the drive to launch a new “Driftless Organizing Co-op” in the Southern/Western urban & rural communities of the state, we have found over 125 people wanting to join! There is still plenty of time in the drive, we encourage you to join us if you live in communities between Madison & La Crosse and/or share via the buttons on the page. And click here to set up your membership dues if you haven’t yet done so!

Working with allies such as IBEW 14 & 159, Western WI Building & Construction Trades Council, environmental, faith, community and small businesses, we are advancing a campaign to challenge utilities and financial institutions to make it easy for people to upgrade their home to fight climate change. Experts say doing so has the biggest impact on carbon reduction. We believe we can help hundreds of thousands of homes now, but we won’t stop until every building has the ability to afford and install solar panels, green building upgrades, etc. & ensure high skilled trades jobs are created. Good for the planet, the person and the workers.

Northwestern Organizing Cooperative Fall Social and Summit this Saturday, October 26th, 10AM

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. Angelique Rogers, Organizing Director, will be the guest speaker. She is going to talk about our strategic planning going into 2020.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.

North Central Organizing Co-op Wins Long Running Fight

Members of the NC Organizing Co-op joined members of Citizens For a Clean Wausau (CCW) at Wausau City Hall, to urge the Council to vote in favor of allowing City residents to test soils in a park that is potentially contaminated with dioxins from years of pollution from various entities. Here is more on this victory, from Co-op member, and founder of CCW, Tom Killian:

“After a year and a half of community concern and deliberation at City Hall regarding Riverside Park, on Tuesday, October 22, the Wausau City Council approved the request of Citizens for a Clean Wausau (CCW) for access to the park to take soil samples and analyze them for dioxins and furans.

Results from 2006 private soil samples near a culvert area in the park revealed Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) direct contact soil exceedances for dioxins and furans. The samples were taken in relation to a lawsuit involving WAULECO and Sentry Insurance. Plaintiffs in the lawsuit alleged that dioxin contamination stemming from the former industrial site west of the park had caused certain illnesses in the past and – in some cases – death.” The vote in favor of testing passed 8-3, with multiple Council members voting yes, who in the past, resisted voting in favor.

Citizen Action Organizing Co-op Informational Meetings

Are you concerned about the way things are going in our country? Do you feel like you have lost your political power? Do you want to do more to fight climate change? Do you want to help create well paying, skilled union jobs right here in our area? Do you care about making sure everyone in Wisconsin has healthcare? Join Citizen Action for our upcoming event!

Citizens Action is hosting a small group informational meeting. Come and learn about how you can get involved in a true progressive movement dedicated to creating real change in the Driftless region.

This is a great opportunity to learn how you can be a part of our organizing co-op. You can also learn about Citizen Action’s unique organizing model.

La Crosse, October 26th, 10:30am
Pearl St Books 323 Pearl St.
More information and RSVP

La Crosse, October 26th, 2:00pm
University of Wisconsin La Crosse Student Union 521 East Ave South
More information and RSVP

Holmen, November 7, 10:30am
Holmen Library, 121 Legion St W
More information and RSVP

West Salem, November 23rd, 10:30am
Oma cafe 234 Leonard st N
More information and RSVP

Good Jobs and Green Homes
October 27th, 2pm
Reedsburg Public Library, 370 Vine St., Reedsburg

“The con continues” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss this week’s impeachment news, including the storming of a closed hearing by right-wing Members of Congressmen. Foxconn announced this week that their highly touted “innovation centers” in Wisconsin cities will not happen any time soon. Gov. Evers’ special session on guns is immediately rejected by Sen. Fitzgerald and other Republicans, who plan not to hold any debate or hearings. Also Chicago educators are on strike joining autoworkers in taking direct action against economic injustice, and yet another MU Law School poll is released, with interesting results. We also welcome Citizen Action co-op member and Eau Claire County Board Supervisor Zoe Roberts to discuss the Eau Claire City Council passage of a resolution officially recognizing November 14-20 as Transgender Awareness Week and November 20th as Transgender Day of Remembrance.

LISTEN NOW – EPISODE #414
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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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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
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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.

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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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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
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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
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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.

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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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

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

“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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Citizen Action Weekly: Friday September 20th

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday September 20th

Friday, September 20th

Watch People’s Action Presidential Candidate Forum from Iowa this Saturday @ Noon.

Where do candidates stand on Housing? Worker’s rights? Reproductive justice?

We don’t know because the #DemDebate moderators didn’t ask. That’s why we’re switching up the rule book and letting real voters run the show.

Watch People’s Action Peoples Forum live from Iowa this Saturday 9/21 at Noon CT/10am PT. Sign up here: http://ow.ly/Mus050wbQC1

The 2020 elections must respond to the needs of people, not big money and wealthy corporations – this election is happening from the grassroots up. It all starts with presidential candidate forums held by People’s Action in four states and anchored in Iowa by Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund. Nearly 40 Citizen Action of Wisconsin members will also be in attendence.

No bland stump speeches allowed!

Presidential candidates will be invited onstage for real conversations with everyday people about big solutions to the struggles facing the multiracial working class.

What are we talking about?

  • Improved Medicare for All
  • A Factory Farm Moratorium
  • A 100% Just Green New Deal
  • Homes Guarantee
  • Free College for All

Brew Fest 2019: Thanks to Everyone who attended or donated

 

Driftless Co-op Member Spotlight

The Driftless region would like to spotlight a brand new co-op member, Jade Johnson. Jade is excited to join the Driftless co-op and help fight climate change and create a better world for the next generation. Jade is a social worker.  Her work with foster families across the southwest part of the state has literally saved lives and created families. Jade has had a meaningful impact on dozens of Wisconsin children.

Jade is passionate about climate change, social justice, income equality, fair redistricting and promoting progressive values.

Jade is originally from northeast Iowa and currently lives in La Crosse Wisconsin.

If you want to join Jade in creating real progressive change in the Driftless region contact Ben Wilson at ben.wilson@citizenactionwi.org to schedule a meeting.  Together we can build the kind of world we want to give the next generation!

Driftless Organzing Co-op Launch Event!

The Driftless region is also excited to announce our co-op launch event. On Thursday October 3rd at 7:00pm new co-op members will be meeting at UU La Crosse to officially launch our campaign to create a Green New Deal right here in Southwestern Wisconsin.

Please click here to RSVP .  This event is open to the public so invite anyone you know who wants to fight climate change or anyone who is interested in saving money!

Please feel free to share this Facebook event link with friends and family and invite everyone you know!  https://www.facebook.com/events/522160441686899/

North Central Organizing Co-op Represents at Fighting Bobfest

North Central Organizing Co-op members were well represented at Fighting Bobfest in Stevens Point last Saturday at the Pfiffner Pioneer Building.

The Co-op had a table at the event (Ironically, 4 of the other tables were being led by Co-op members, but they were representing other groups). The networking and friendliness between other organizations was a breath of fresh air. The Warren for President table and the Bernie table were right across from each other, and there was nothing but positive vibes. You could really sense that we all want to work together to fight for the people and for a better planet.

There were four keynote speakers at the event that are also members of 2 Organizing Co-ops. The picture above is of Lincoln County Board Supervisor, Dairy Farmer, and Co-op member Hans Breienmoser speaking on the importance of continuing the fight for Fair Maps.

Other speakers that also happen to be Co-op members included David Barnhill who spoke on the Green New Deal, County Board Supervisor Katie Rosenberg who spoke on the passage of a Pride Resolution declaring June as Pride month being passed in Marathon County, and State Senator Jeff Smith (who is a member of the Western WI Organizing Co-op!

The spirit of Fighting Bob certainly lives on. Thank you to the OWR – Central WI chapter for putting this event together and for inviting us to attend. Great job! And thank you to all of the speakers and to everyone who attended. I can still feel the positive energy that each one of you brings to the fight for social, economic and environmental justice.

Join us to discuss a Milwaukee Green New Deal and Transportation, Tuesday, Sept. 24th, 6pm 

Come join us as we discuss what a Milwaukee Green New Deal will mean the future of transportation and mobility. This is the first in a Series of Community Events on Equity and Climate.

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MKE Community Town Hall Regarding Ascension St. Joseph Hospital

“GM Strike & Working Families Party Endorses Elizabeth Warren” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

Working Families Party’s Rebecca Lynch leads our discussion on the controversial Working Families Party endorsement of Elizabeth Warren. Then we welcome UAW Local 722’s Steve Frisque, live from a Wisconsin picket line to talk about the GM strike. We weigh-in on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s bold new prescription drug plan. Will Trump follow-through on his campaign promises and support it, or will he again cave to Big Pharma? Finally we discuss vaping illnesses and the push to legalize and regulate THC in Wisconsin, and Friday’s international climate strike which is coming to many Wisconsin cities.

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Citizen Action Weekly: Friday September 13th

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday September 13th

Friday, September 13th

Join Us for Brew Fest, Thursday, September 19th, 5pm in Milwaukee

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North Central Organizing Co-op has Great Turnout for The Role of the State Treasurer Event in Wausau!

Citizen Action Organizing Co-op member, and State Treasurer, Sarah Godlewski, visited Wausau this Wednesday. The event was hosted by the Citizen Action of WI North Central Organizing Co-op, Women for Women – Wausau Chapter, and County Board Supervisor Katie Rosenberg (who is a member of the NC Organizing Co-op), and was held at the Marathon County Public Library..

Sarah presented on the role of the State Treasurer, and what she hopes to work on while serving the great State of WI. Attendees also had ample time to ask questions of our State Treasurer. Topics discussed included the fund that the Office of the State Treasurer oversees, what can be done to help public schools, the possibility of a statewide retirement system that all of us could buy into, student loan debt and more.

We are also excited to tell you that Sarah is willing to bring the presentation to your City! If you live in Wisconsin and are interested in having a meeting like this, please contact NC Organizer Joel Lewis at 715-551-2525 or email him at joel.lewis@citizenactionwi.org

Attend BobFest 2019 in Stevens Point

We are excited to say that Fighting Bobfest is happening in Stevens Point this Saturday, Sept. 14th at the Pfiffner Park Pioneer Building in Downtown. The NC Organizing Co-op will be tabling at the event, and we are proud to announce that several of our Co-op members will be speaking at the event. Co-op members who will be speaking include Hans Breitenmoser, who has been a leader in the fight for Fair Maps; Katie Rosenberg, who has fought tirelessly for Marathon County on a variety of issues, and who is now running for Mayor of Wausau; and David Barnhill, who will be presenting on the Green New Deal. It will be exciting to see State Senator Jeff Smith (who is a member of the Western WI Organizing Co-op) speaking as well. Come join us!

Driftless Co-op Organizing Update

The Driftless Region co-op set up a table at the 7 Rivers Area Pride Event this past week. We were able to network with festival goers and area progressive groups. 28 festival goers signed up to learn more about how they can be a part of building a Green New Deal here in the Driftless Region!

If you have friends or family in the Driftless Region that want to help save our environment and build a local economy that works for everyone have them reach out to our Driftless Organizer Ben Wilson! ben.wilson@citizenaction.org

Attend a Fair Maps Town Hall in Platteville,
Wednesday, September 18th, 6pm – 8pm

Platteville Public Library
225 West Main Street,
Platteville, Wisconsin

The Iowa People’s Presidential Forum, Saturday, September 21st

The 2020 elections must respond to the needs of people, not big money and wealthy corporations – this election is happening from the grassroots up. It all starts with presidential candidate forums held by People’s Action in four states and anchored in Iowa by Iowa CCI Action Fund.

No Bland Stump Speeches Allowed.

Candidates will be invited onstage for real conversations with everyday people about big solutions to the struggles facing the multiracial working class.

What Are We Talking About?
-Improved Medicare for All
-A Factory Farm Moratorium
-A 100% Just Green New Deal
-Homes Guarantee
-Free College for All

Saturday, September 21st
Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center

833 5th Ave, Des Moines, IA

Find out more and how you can attend.

Attend Climate Strikes!

This September 20th, millions of us will walk out of our workplaces, schools, and homes to join youth climate strikers on the streets and demand an end to the age of fossil fuels.

Strikers are demanding that Governor Evers, our county, and our city government declare a climate emergency.

Green Bay Climate Strike
Friday, September 20, 2019, 3 PM – 6 PM

301 N Washington St, Green Bay.

Appleton Climate Strike
Friday, September 20, 2019, 11 AM – 8 PM
Houdini Plaza
111 W College Ave, Appleton

“Opioid dealer settlement” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We talk about the  lame duck session fallout, including Wisconsin not being among the two dozen states reaching a tentative settlement agreement against opioid seller Purdue Pharma. We also discuss the party of Trump’s alignment behind Tom Tiffany in the CD 7 special election, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel slamming Speaker Vos and Rep. Nygren for charging exorbitant fees for open records, and the Foxconing of UW-Madison. We review new NPR/Marist presidential primary poll and welcome Citizen Action co-op member State Representative Jodi Emerson to discuss her first year as a state legislator.

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