Citizen Action Weekly; Friday, October 16, 2020

Citizen Action Weekly; Friday, October 16, 2020

Friday, October 16th

Help volunteer for Citizen Action endorsed state legislative candidates!

Free time on Monday or Tuesday nights? Consider spending it volunteering for Citizen Action of Wisconsin at Phonebanking Mondays or Texting Tuesdays! Join thousands of volunteers in Wisconsin and across the country every Monday and Tuesday night to make calls and send texts for Citizen Action of Wisconsin Endorsed Member Candidates and presidential candidate Joe Biden. Below are sign up links!

RSVP for Phonebanking Mondays 5pm-8pm.
RSVP for Tuesdays 4pm-6:30pm.

Questions? Email Shannon at [email protected]

Citizen Action Movie Night! Special advanced screening of Can You Hear Us Now? Wednesday, October 28, 6pm

Join us for a very special viewing of an award winning film about the effects of Gerrymandering on the state of Wisconsin and stick around for a discussion with the director!

We are proud to present a special online screening of the documentary film, “Can You Hear Us Now?” on Wednesday, October 28th at 6pm. The film unravels the ways that years of one-party rule have reshaped democracy in a state once known for its progressive history.

Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes will introduce the film and we will be joined by the film’s director and producers for a Q&A session following the film. Citizen Action co-op member and candidate for State Assembly, Emily Siegrist will also join us following the film to talk about her experience running to win in a gerrymandered district.

USE THIS LINK ON WEDNESDAY OCT 28th AT 6:00 PM to JOIN THE WATCH PARTY.  YOU CAN ALSO USE THIS LINK TO SET A CALENDER REMINDER.

Citizen Action in the News

Urban Milwaukee did a great story this week on the Milwaukee City-County Climate and Economic Equity Task Force and the scale of its goals. Citizen Action played the leading role in establishing the task force, and has two members and Climate & Equity Director Rafael Smith on it, along with some of our closest coalition partners in the environmental, labor, and economic justice communities.

Citizen Action’s Rafael Smith received a prestigious environmental award from Midwest Environmental Advocates this week for his leadership on climate and racial equity. The award was presented by Wisconsin Attorney General Mandela Barnes. Read about it here.

On the Jeff Santos radio show this week Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig talked about whether or not Biden has put Wisconsin away, or whether Trump could still win. Listen here.

Volunteer for Josefine Jaynes for State Assembly: Help protect our health, water, post office, schools and fair election maps.

We have 18 days until the election! Wisconsin’s 96th Assembly district has a chance to make history and help in creating better representation for the Driftless region! 

Josefine Jaynes for State Assembly is running for Wisconsin’s 96th assembly district. Josefine was the first candidate to ever be endorsed by Citizen Action of Wisconsin’s Driftless Co-op.  When elected she will be the first woman to ever represent the district AND at 18 she will be the youngest member of the Wisconsin Assembly ever elected!

All that said she is not running to be the first; she is running to protect our water, keep the Driftless region beautiful, save the rural USPS, make sure everyone has broadband, expand healthcare, make sure Wisconsin’s maps are fair, and make sure that rural Wisconsinites are not left behind! To say that she is an inspiring candidate would be an understatement!

You can help now by signing up for volunteer opportunities at Josefine’s campaign website.  You can also help by chipping in a small donation right here!

Thank you for ongoing support for Emily Siegrist’s campaign.
Volunteer Today!

All that you do contribute to winning a gerrymandered district. Thank you to all who joined us at last week’s Lit Drop. We were able to help Emily drop over 700 literature in district 24. If you were unable to attend last week, We will be having a phone bank party next week.

Emily’s Phonebank party will be held via Zoom on Saturday, Oct 24th at 9:30am till noon. Scripts will be provided. If you are available to join us at this event please contact Trevonna Sims at [email protected]

Help with Lit Drops for Tricia Zunker and Jeff Johnson in Wausau.

Every Saturday until the election, Women for Women Wausau Chapter and friends will be doing lit drops (no doors) for Zunker, Johnson, and Biden, 10 am-2 pm at the Marathon County Dems office (218 Sherman Street, Wausau, WI 54401). Pick up your lit and a packet and go! Please bring back any unused packets and the turf. We need all hands on deck! Mask up!! There are also postcards, printed by Citizen Action of Wisconsin for Women for Women, available if you would prefer to help in this way. Just write a personalized message and add a stamp that will be provided.

From Tricia Zunker:

Marathon County friends: looking for volunteers to drop lit for me (WI-7) and Jeff Johnson (WI AD 85) this weekend. Nancy Stencil, Rita Pachal and Dorothy Miller are leading the effort along with Women for Women and I’m so grateful to them. But more volunteers would help immensely. Please e-mail: [email protected] to sign up.  This is *just* dropping lit to targeted voters, no door knocking. Here are some other ways to help:

Letters to the Editor. A great way to convince people to support candidates is through Letters to the Editor. Share your personal story and reasons why you’re supporting Tricia Zunker and submit them to your local newspaper, either online or through mail. These small actions can help to defeat Tom Tiffany in November and get the right people in Congress representing us. For more questions or information, please email the Zunker campaign at [email protected]

Support on social media. Share/like/follow/retweet on social media to help amplify this critical campaign:

  1.     Facebook: //www.facebook.com/triciaforwisconsin
  2.     Twitter: @TriciaforWI
  3.     Instagram: triciaforwi
  4.     Website: //triciaforwisconsin.com/

Volunteer for Citizen Action of Wisconsin endorsed candidate Kriss Marion who received a big endorsement from Bernie Sanders this week!

Kriss Marion is running for Wisconsin Assembly seat 51 to protect our land, our farms, our communities, our planet, and our futures!  Her unique history as a small business owner, farmer, and activist makes her exactly the kind of person we need in Madison.

Recently Kriss received one of her biggest endorsements to date.  She has officially been endorsed by Bernie Sanders himself!  This just goes to show how Kriss represents a new generation of bold, visionary, progressive leaders!

For more information about Kriss Marion, her campaign, and to donate to this amazing candidate please visit her campaign website RIGHT HERE!

You can also help Kriss’s campaign by signing up to volunteer for lit drops. If you are interested in helping the campaign by dropping flyers on doors in Assembly District 51 sign up here.  It’s a quick and beautiful drive from Madison to Kriss’s district so help from Dane county is more than welcome!

North Central Co-op volunteers to help endorsed candidate Tyler Ruprecht with Merrill or Antigo Lit Drops

Merrill: From 9am to 6pm on Saturday (10/17) we will be dropping literature (door hangers) all across the Merrill area. This will likely be the largest voter contact effort before the election and we need as many volunteers as we can get. You don’t have to volunteer the entire time, but every minute you can will make a big difference.

Antigo: From 9am to 6pm on Sunday (10/18) we will be dropping literature (door hangers) all across the Antigo area. This will likely be the largest voter contact effort in Langlade County before the election and we need as many volunteers as we can get. You don’t have to volunteer the entire time, but every minute you can will make a big difference.

Masks and hand sanitizer will be provided at both locations. We will have blocks divided up into sets of 100-150 and we will try to have people working in teams of 2 or 3. You can do as many sets as you would like for as long as you would like. Every bit will help.

Contact Tyler at [email protected] if you can help out!

Imagining a Caring Economy with Kristina Shelton, Saturday, October 21, 6PM

We’ve been taught that families take care of their own. And yet — as more people live longer, working millennials become parents, fewer households can rely on stay-at-home caregivers, and the meaning of family evolves — providing care has become too unmanageable for many to handle alone. Imagine if it were manageable!

Join Citizen Action Healthcare Director Claire Zautke, State Assembly Candidate Kristina Shelton, and community members as we imagine a future where any care need, for any person, at any stage of life is covered. Make sure you sign-up at //bit.ly/CaringwithKristina! When you register, you will be sent a link to our Facebook page and a reminder to tune in at 6PM on Wednesday, October 21st. You can also share the event from our facebook event page.

“Drive for Change” voting caravan and activism fair in La Crosse on October 24th!

Come out for the #drive4change voter caravan and activism fair October 24th in La Crosse. We will be driving a caravan through areas in La Crosse with low voter turn to encourage people to vote. Then at 2:00 meet with us in Riverside Park to meet organizations working to make life on the Coulee Region better and learn about how you can have an impact in this election!

Visit the Facebook event page RIGHT HERE for more information 

You can help protect Driftless waterways by letting the Wisconsin DNR that you do not support the expansion of the Wild Rose CAFO.

The Driftless region waters keep us healthy, build our communities, bring tourism, feed our farms and build our economy.  Whether we are rural or urban we all have a stake in protecting the Driftless waters.  Right now those waterways are under attack from a wealthy few.  We need to stand up, together, and do everything we can to stop the expansion of the Wild Rose CAFO in Vernon County to protect our water, grow our small and medium sized farms, protect the land for our sportsmen and save the beauty of this amazing area!

Wild Rose Dairy is a massive CAFO (concentrated animal feeding population) outside of La Farge Wisconsin in Vernon County.  They currently have 1,000 heads of cattle and they are seeking a permit to double in size.  In the past Wild Rose has had two major manure spills that have resulted in over 1,000 trout being killed.  They have not improved their operation since and yet they want to expand!

The plans they have submitted include manure storage for 5.5” of rain in 24 hours; as we all know locally we have seen multiple rain events of more than 12” of rain!  Wild Rose drains into creeks that fisherman come from all over the midwest to enjoy.  Wild Rose also sits on Karst geology that is vulnerable to sinkholes.  A sinkhole under Wild Rose would pollute our ground and water for generations!

The rural issue team with Citizen Action of Wisconsin’s Driftless Co-op identified this as a vital issue that we need to address NOW.  We need to do everything we can to stop the Wild Rose expansion before they do even more damage to our area.  You can get involved RIGHT NOW.

First of all use this link to send an email directly to the Wisconsin DNR letting them know you do not support the Wild Rose expansion. You can also send a letter or postcard to the Wisconsin DNR letting them know that you are concerned about water quality if Wild Rose expands.  Letters and postcards can be sent to Eric Struck, DNR, 3911 Fish Hatchery Rd, Fitchburg, WI, 53711-5367.

You can also submit a letter to the editor.  In order to submit a letter to the editor at La Crosse Tribune please use this link.  To submit a letter to another local paper please contact the paper and find out how!

We need to act NOW.  The DNR will make its decision by the end of the month.  We need to do everything we can.  Please email the DNR, share the website to email the DNR with friends and write your letters and postcards NOW.  Together we can save the Driftless and protect a better tomorrow!

“Driftless Wisconsin” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

Another week, another set of record COVID-19 infections, deaths, and hospitalizations in Wisconsin. Will the do-nothing Republican Legislature start doing its job at this moment of great peril, or is undermining Governor Tony Evers all they care about? We discuss the Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Amy Coney Barrett, who has been the most evasive Supreme Court nominee in modern history. She would not even commit on the right to birth control, or that climate change is a threat, let alone Roe v. Wade and the Affordable Care Act. Robert talks about the civil rights violations by Wauwatosa Police in their outrageous and discriminatory response to peaceful protesters. Finally, we are joined by State Assembly candidates Kriss Marion and Shaun Murphy-Lopez who are challenging Republican incumbents in the Driftless region of the state.
LISTEN NOW

RSVP for Citizen Action Movie Night with Can They Hear Us Now?

Wednesday, October 28th, 6pm.
Watch preview of the movie.

Learn more about Kriss Marion for State Assembly District 51.
Donate to Kriss Marion.
Volunteer for Kriss Marion.

Learn more about Shaun Murphy-Lopez for State Assembly District 49.
Donate to Shaun Murphy-Lopez.
Volunteer for Shaun Murphy-Lopez.

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Help volunteer for Citizen Action endorsed state legislative candidates!

Free time on Monday or Tuesday nights? Consider spending it volunteering for Citizen Action of Wisconsin at Phonebanking Mondays or Texting Tuesdays! Join thousands of volunteers in Wisconsin and across the country every Monday and Tuesday night to make calls and send texts for Citizen Action of Wisconsin Endorsed Member Candidates and presidential candidate Joe Biden. Below are sign up links!

SIGN UP for Phone banking Mondays 5-8pm
SIGN UP for Texting Tuesdays 4-6:30 pm

Questions? Email Shannon at [email protected]

Join Citizen Action of Wisconsin endorsed candidate Josefine Jaynes for a meet and greet this Saturday in Prairie du Chein

Please come out for a socially distant Meet & Greet with our next State Assembly Representative, Josefine Jaynes for State Assembly.

Signs and merch! Register to vote!

To keep everyone safe, social distancing and masks are required.

WHERE: Crawford County Democratic Party HQ, 214 Blackhawk Ave, Prairie Du Chien, WI
WHEN: Saturday Oct. 3, 12-2:00pm

Organize against mass incarceration in Vernon County

Why does Vernon County need a 128-bed jail that costs $1.8 million a year to run and is largely used to house inmates from the Milwaukee area? How does the prison system in Wisconsin contribute to systemic racism? What can we do to change the system?

Join the La Crosse Independent for a brief presentation of the recent article, “If you Build it They Will Come,” on the Vernon County Detention Center and the prison system in Wisconsin. A facilitated discussion on locally organizing around mass incarceration will follow the presentation.

3pm Saturday, October 10th
Eckhart Park picnic shelter in Viroqua
Social distancing and masks encouraged.
More info [email protected] or text 608.632.6166
Please share this event far and wide!

Help protect our water, our post office, our schools and fair election maps by donating to Josefine Jaynes

Wisconsin’s 96th Assembly district has a chance to make history and help in creating better representation for the Driftless region! Josefine Jaynes for State Assembly is running for Wisconsin’s 96th assembly district. Josefine was the first candidate to ever be endorsed by Citizen Action of Wisconsin’s Driftless Co-op.  When elected she will be the first woman to ever represent the district AND at 18 she will be the youngest member of the Wisconsin Assembly ever elected!

All that said she is not running to be the first; she is running to protect our water, keep the Driftless region beautiful, save the rural USPS, make sure everyone has broadband, expand healthcare, make sure Wisconsin’s maps are fair and make sure that rural Wisconsinites are not left behind! To say that she is an inspiring candidate would be an understatement!

Her district is very rural and this seat will be a huge progressive win. Josefine is not taking any PAC money so if you could chip in a $28.00 donation to her campaign it would be a huge help. Your donation could help flip a seat, elect Wisconsin’s youngest progressive and prevent a GOP super majority in Wisconsin. Please chip in what you can.

Chris Kapsner Meet and Greet Tuesday, October 6th, 7pm – 8pm

Join us on October 6th at 7:00pm via Zoom Meetings as we hang out with Citizen Action endorsed candidate, Chris Kapsner. We will be listening to his platform, strategy to win the election, and answer any questions you may have.

Facebook event page.

Kim Butler Meet and Greet Wednesday, October 7th, 7pm – 8pm

Join us on October 7th at 7:00pm via Zoom Meetings. Citizen Action endorsed candidate, Kim Butler will join us for a meet and greet. We will be listening to her platforms, strategy to win the election, and answer any questions you may have. Register in advance for this meeting here.

Citizen Action Volunteer Days with Co-op member Emily Siegrist!

We are will be joining a Literature Drop and Phone bank Party to get Citizen Action co-op member Emily Siegrist’s progressive campaign for State Assembly.

The Literature Drop will be on Saturday, October 10th at 9:30pm. The phone bank will be on Saturday, October 24th, 9:30am – Noon.

For more information email: [email protected]

Volunteer for Northeast Co-op Endorsed Candidates!

Join Citizen Action endorsed candidate Jonathon Hansen as he makes calls to voters in his run for the State Senate! It’s time for us to go all-in on working-class champions like Jonathon. Make sure to sign up here //bit.ly/VolforHansen and start making calls Let’s go all-in to elect Jonathon Hansen to the state senate!”

“Co-op member Dr. Kristin Lyerly is in a tight race for the 88th assembly district. Every single vote will count! You can make a difference by signing up to make calls with Kristin’s campaign every Thursday at 5PM. Make sure to sign up here //bit.ly/VolwithLyerly and start making calls Let’s go all-in to elect Kristin Lyerly to the state assembly!

Citizen Action in the News

Citizen Action’s Climate & Equity Director Rafael Smith is one of the winners of the prestigious Bill Iwan Environmental Justice Award from Midwest Environmental Advocates. There is still time to attend the event, read more about it here in the Isthmus, Madison’s alternative weekly.

Citizen Action and our national affiliate People’s Action have launched a new ad campaign featuring the stories of Wisconsin farmers and rural residents. See the news story from WEAU TV 13 Eau Claire, watch the add, and see an interview with Citizen Action field director Zoe Roberts.

Citizen Action’s Rafael Smith was quoted in a national news story published in Capital & Main and the American Prospect on the demise of the Black Middle Class in Milwaukee.

Citizen Action is part of a coalition of unions and community groups demanding more action from the state government to project public health and school safety during the pandemic. Read about it in the Wisconsin Examiner.

On debate night, Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig previewed the presidential debate on the Jeff Santos Radio Show, but did not know just how bad it would be.

“Democracy Trumped” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We debrief the presidential “debate” this week, discuss the potential of a Trump strategy to use the state legislature to overturn electors and appoint new electors that support Trump, and sound the alarm on the deepening COVID-19 crisis throughout Wisconsin. We are joined by Kristin Lyerly and Kathy Hinkfuss who are running for State Assembly in the Green Bay area. Both are healthcare professionals who are running outstanding campaigns to win in gerrymandered districts.

LISTEN NOW!

Learn more about Kristin Lyerly for State Assembly District 88
Donate to Kristin Lyerly.
Volunteer for Kristin Lyerly.

Learn more about Kathy Hinkfuss for State Assembly District 4
Donate to Kathy Hinkfuss.
Volunteer for Kathy Hinkfuss.

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Volunteer in Citizen Action’s 2020 election program supporting endorsed candidates

Free time on Monday or Tuesday nights? Consider spending it volunteering for Citizen Action of Wisconsin at Phone banking Mondays or Texting Tuesdays! Join thousands of volunteers in Wisconsin and across the country every Monday and Tuesday night to make calls and send texts for Citizen Action of Wisconsin Endorsed Member Candidates and presidential candidate Joe Biden. Below are sign up links!

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Questions? Email Shannon at [email protected]!

Vote safely from this year. Request your absentee ballot today

Join the Citizen Action of Wisconsin Driftless co-op for a small group informational meeting

Are you someone in Southwest Wisconsin who reads our emails but has never fully joined our Driftless Co-op?  We want to get you more involved!  Are you a long time member with friends or family who care about progressive issues?  We want to talk to those people!

Please join Citizen Action of Wisconsin for an informational meeting about our organizing efforts in Southwest Wisconsin. Learn more about our work to fight climate change, expand healthcare, protect voting rights, elect progressive leaders and change the political conversation in Wisconsin. This meeting will be held over Zoom, RSVP for the link.  You can RSVP here.

Come out this Saturday and meet your State Assembly and Senate candidates in the Driftless region

This Saturday is your chance to meet State Assembly candidate Josefine Jaynes and State Senate candidate Brad Pfaff. They will be hosting meet and greet events in Hillsboro and Westby. These socially distant, masked events will be your chance to meet the candidates and ask where they stand on issues that matter to you and your family.

Both events are outdoors and masks are required. Bring your friends. Signs and other candidate merchandise will be available on site.

Westby event: Saturday September 26th at 1:00 PM at Davidson park. Find more information here.
Hillsboro event: 4:00 PM 405 Water ave. Find more information here.

Patty Schachtner Meet and Greet, September 28th, 7pm.

Join us on September 28th at 7:00pm via Zoom Meetings as we hang out with Citizen Action endorsed candidate, Patty Schachtner. We will be listening to her platform, strategy to win the election, and answer any questions you may have. Register in advance for this meeting here.

Help Kriss Marion flip Assembly District 51 blue by volunteering NOW!

Citizen Action of Wisconsin endorsed candidate and co-op member Kriss Marion is running in a very tight race in Assembly district 51.  This is an important assembly seat that we can win!  We need volunteers to make this win a reality!  Here are two important ways to get involved!

‘Saturday Lit Drop in Monroe’ – volunteers will be meeting at 292113th Street in Monroe, WI to drop literature on voter’s doors. The Green County Democratic Party and Team Kriss Marion for Wisconsin are hosting a day of socially distanced literature drops throughout the city of Monroe. Masks, gloves, T shirts, buttons, and walk lists will be provided, possibly some snacks as well! Come with walking shoes to disperse fliers for Kriss Marion for Assembly and Biden / Harris throughout a very important city – help us flip Monroe!

Weekly phone banks on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5pm – 7pm, and Saturday from 11am – 1pm. No training required, no personal phone required! This is crucial work to help us identify undecided voters. Assembly District 51 was just identified by CNNalysis as “Leaning Blue” – but we know the Republicans are going to throw hundreds of thousands into this race in the last 6 weeks and we can’t afford to lose momentum. Join us and phone bank for Kriss to help flip the 51st blue!  Contact Victoria Stewart at [email protected] for more information on joining phone banking efforts!

Yoga, Politics, and Parks in Green Bay! 

Two of our Citizen Action of Wisconsin endorsed Candidates are teaming up for an awesome, socially-distant event this Friday, September 25th at 5PM! Jonathan Hansen is running for the 30th Senate District and co-op member Kristina Shelton is running for the 90th Assembly. Join them for yoga, postcard writing, and lit drops. Meet at Fisk Park in Green Bay at 5pm and help Jonathon and Kristina win in November.

Facebook event page.

To help Jonathon Hansen protect the 30th Senate District, click here!
To help send progressive champion Kristina Shelton to Madison, click here.

Northeast Co-op candidates are working hard. Help get them elected this November!

This has been election year like no other and so much is on the line. Voters are already getting their absentee ballots and returning them, and these candidates need you now more than ever to dig deep. In Northeast Wisconsin, our candidates have been getting creative and working exceptionally hard to flip Wisconsin Blue this November. Whether it’s Jonathon Hansen talking with voters from Oconto to Glennmore, Kristin Lyerly putting up huge barn signs in the Green Bay Suburbs, or Mary Lynne Donohue connecting with every voter possible, they know what is at stake this November.  Here is a list of our endorsed Candidates in Northeast Wisconsin and how you can make a difference.

Help Kim Jensen flip the 1st Assembly District blue for the first time since 1994, click here.

Support co-op member Emily Voight in her tough race in Calumet County, click here!

Kathy Hinkfuss is running a strong race in a close race in Assembly District 4. You can click here to find out how you can help the district that holds Lambeau Field go blue again.

Mary Lynne Donohue is a long time working families champion running in Sheboygan County. You can support her by clicking here.

Be sure to follow Lee Snodgrass and support her as she runs for the 57th assembly district.

Co-op member Dr. Kristin Lyerly is in a tight race for the 88th assembly district. You can support her people powered campaign here!

Co-op member Karl Jaeger is running in a district that has been ravaged by irresponsible corporate polluters that have tainted the land with PFAS. Support him today!

Co-op member Kristina Shelton won by an enormous 60 point margin over the incumbent in her August Primary! Make sure she gets to Madison by clicking here.

Jonathan Hansen is a dedicated public servant who believes in fighting for all residents of Wisconsin, not just the wealthy and well connected. The 30th Senate District is a seat we must win if we are to expand BadgerCare, hold polluters accountable, and raise the minimum wage in Wisconsin. Support Jonathon’s grassroots campaign today!

Virtual Fundraiser with Special Guest Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes and Candidate for the 7th Congressional District, Tricia Zunker

Join Citizen Action co-op member Tricia Zunker with special guest Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes for a virtual fundraiser on Tuesday, September 29th from 7 to 8 pm! This is going to be a lively and fun discussion of what’s at stake here and what the campaign is doing to secure a win in November. Questions for Tricia and Lt. Governor Barnes may be submitted in advance to [email protected].

Host: $2,800
Co-Host: $1,000
Sponsor: $500
Friend of Tricia: $250
Honored Supporter: $100
Attendee: Minimum $50 recommended

Contribute here.

Citizen Action in the News

There was a great story on the building of Citizen Action’s first African-American led organizing co-op, North Side Rising. Read the story here.

Citizen Action’s town hall meeting with Congresswoman Gwen Moore was covered by several television stations, including CBS 58 in Milwaukee.

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig was on the Jeff Santos radio show to talk about the effectiveness of the Biden campaign, and the latest news of the week. Listen here.

“Taking Back The ‘Burbs” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss the grossly insufficient indictment brought against only one of the Louisville police officers who killed Breonna Taylor. We welcome Citizen Action president Mark Thomsen to educate our listeners about new state legislation (LRB-6434/2) providing a blanket COVID-19 liability shield for businesses and how you can fight it. We continue our interviews with state legislative candidates talking with Deb Andraca and Sara Rodriguez who are making serious challenges to GOP assembly members in the Milwaukee suburbs. They tell us why these Republican gerrymandered districts are changing and ready to elect Democrats this year.

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The Healthcare Co-op remembers the 200,000 lost lives to Covid

Donald Trump knew the true threat of COVID19, but chose to “play it down.” Now, we’re faced with a death toll of nearly 200K and our communities are suffering. We can no longer be silent.

Speaking to this tragedy were Robert Kraig, Citizen Action of Wisconsin,Mayor Tom Barrett, County Executive David Crowley, Rev. David Sinclair, Jeremiah MBC and Ms. Kristina Meekins, who lost a family member to COVID.

Watch WISN TV 12 video of event.
Listen to WUWM news story.

Be a voter safely from home this year. Request your absentee ballot today.

Absentee ballots for the November 3rd election are now being mailed out to voters. Request yours today. Protect your health and your right to vote, vote absentee.

Help volunteer for Citizen Action endorsed state legislative candidates!

Free time on Monday or Tuesday nights? Consider spending it volunteering for Citizen Action of Wisconsin at Phonebanking Mondays or Texting Tuesdays! Join thousands of volunteers in Wisconsin and across the country every Monday and Tuesday night to make calls and send texts for Citizen Action of Wisconsin Endorsed Member Candidates and presidential candidate Joe Biden. Below are sign up links!

RSVP for Phonebanking Mondays 5-8pm
RSVP for Texting Tuesdays 4-6:30 pm

Questions? Email Shannon at [email protected]

Citizen Action in the News: Structural Racism Research, Radio Interviews

A new 88.9 FM Radio Milwaukee series on structural racism featured in the Nonprofit Quarterly magazine cited Citizen Action of Wisconsin’s groundbreaking research on the funneling of state economic development dollars to wealthy white suburbs by the Walker Administration. “A 2014 report by Citizen Action of Wisconsin found that the state economic development agency under former Republican Governor Scott Walker focused its job creation efforts in largely white Milwaukee suburbs, in spite of the fact that the city’s Black unemployment rate is far higher. In certain zip codes in Milwaukee, over half of working age men are unemployed. The issue of lack of jobs in the city is exacerbated by transportation cuts that essentially isolate the suburban job market from the inner city.” Read the entire story here.

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig was on the Earl Ingram radio show for 60 minutes to talk about the elections, COVID-19, and the crisis in American democracy. Listen here.

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig was on the Jeff Santos radio show to discuss the Biden campaign. Is it is progressive enough? What will Trump do to steal the election? Listen here.

Thank you members for attending this year’s Southeast Co-op Assembly

Last Saturday, September 12th, Citizen Action’s Southeast WI Co-op had it’s annual assembly on line due to COVID-19. The assembly enabled us to feature our co-op leaders and endorsed candidates for the important November 3rd election.  Rep. Robyn Vining, Rep. David Bowen joined candidates Emily Siegrist and Sara Rodriguez at the assembly to discuss their important state assembly elections. They were able to discuss the many ways to get involved with these campaigns and win our elections. Members also broke out in to small groups to learn about our historic organizing efforts for Green New Deal in Milwaukee County, healthcare, and much more! If you were able to join us, please fill out this form.

If you would like more information about the meeting, please contact Trevonna Sims at [email protected].

We are proud to announce new state legislative endorsements for this upcoming election in the Southeastern co-op:

See full list of Citizen Action endorsed 2020 candidates.

Citizen Action, JONAH, and EXPO Candidate Forum

September 24th, 2020
7:00pm – 8:30pm
Virtual, Register here.

You are invited to attend a candidate forum hosted by Citizen Action’s Northwest Wisconsin Organizing Cooperative, JONAH, and EXPO.

This forum is to get our issue concerns in the hearts and minds of voters and potential candidates before the election. The focus of the forum will be to hear testimony from community members on issues of concern such as healthcare, incarceration, and affordable housing and get committed responses from the area’s State Assembly Candidates. All Assembly Candidates in the Chippewa Valley have been invited.

Meet and Greet with Amanda WhiteEagle and Sarah Yacoub, Wednesday, September 23, 7pm

Join us on September 23rd at 7:00pm via Zoom Meetings as we hang out with Citizen Action endorsed candidates, Amanda WhiteEagle (AD 92) & Sarah Yacoub (AD 30). We will be listening to their platforms, strategy to win the election, and answer any questions you may have.

Please register in advance for this meeting with this link.

Facebook event link to share with others

Get involved with Joni Anderson’s campaign for Wisconsin State Senate District 14

Joni Anderson is running in a tight race for Wisconsin’s State Senate district 14.  She needs volunteers now!  There are ways for people to get involved locally or from across the state.  Next week Joni’s campaign will be organizing teams to hang flyers on voter’s doors.  They are currently sending out postcards to voters across the district.  Very soon they will be launching a phone banking program.

You can get involved no matter where you are.  For more information please contact Joni directly.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 608-403-2226

Join Citizen Action of Wisconsin endorsed candidate Josefine Jaynes for a meet and greet this Saturday in Stoddard, WI

Come out this Saturday for a socially distant, masked candidate meet and greet with Josefine Jaynes and Brad Pfaff this weekend in Stoddard.  This is your chance to meet the candidates running to represent Southwest Wisconsin. This event will happen at the River Park Picnic Shelter in Stoddard from 1:00 to 2:00. All COVID-19 safety measures will be in place so bring your mask!

The candidates will be taking questions. Signs and candidate merchandise will be available on site. There will also be people on site to help folks register to vote and request an absentee ballot. As we all know 2020 is the most important election of our lives and it is vital to get to know the people we are sending to Madison!

For more information and to RSVP please use this link.

Join Endorsed congressional Candidate Tricia Zunker and State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski

Join Citizen Action co-op members Tricia Zunker and State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski for a virtual fundraiser! This will be an exciting and fun discussion of what’s at stake here and what we are doing to secure our win in November.

Questions for Tricia Zunker and Sarah Godlewski may be submitted in advance to [email protected] a donation through the website below to receive a Zoom link to the event.

Contribute here: //secure.actblue.com/donate/godlewski-tricia

Citizen Action of Wisconsin is launching a rural issue team in the Driftless region.

Citizen Action of Wisconsin is forming a rural issue team in the Driftless region. We understand that multiple crises are hitting rural Wisconsinites at once. Whether it is the disappearing small family farm, water quality, milk prices, rural infrastructure, the corporate takeover of the agriculture industry, housing, saving the USPS, COVID, climate change and historic flooding, CAFOs, or the need to reach rural voters we want to have a member team that is ready to respond and help to plan campaigns to improve the quality of life for rural, progressives in the Driftless region.

We are currently recruiting 10-15 members to serve on this team. The rural issue team will be meeting at least once a month, virtually. Folks from La Crosse or other cities in the area are welcome to join if they have a commitment to protecting our rural voters.

If you are interested in joining this team please contact Ben at [email protected] We are hoping to have our first rural issue time meeting in September. We are also actively expanding our membership into rural Vernon, Monroe, Crawford and Adams counties. If you know anyone in those areas who might be interested to learn more about Citizen Action of Wisconsin please connect them with Ben ASAP.

Bike to Work with the Wausau Mayor on National Bike to Work Day

Wausau Mayor, Katie Rosenberg will be continuing a Wausau tradition that started several years ago, by inviting community members to bike to work with her, this upcoming Tuesday, September 22nd. The starting Point is Marathon Park – Exhibition Building at 7:45 a.m. Ride to City Hall with the Mayor and enjoy a “grab and go” breakfast before you make your way to work or elsewhere that morning. Sponsored by the Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee of Wausau. For more info, please contact Brad at 715-261-6686.

“COVID-19 and the Sickness of Democracy” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss Wisconsin’s rapidly rising COVID-19 infection rate supercharged by the ill-conceived reopening of colleges and K-12 schools. We talk about the role of individual responsibility in containing the pandemic in the face of the worst national and state response in the developed world. Claire reviews a large national survey released this week finding the uninsured rate rose just before the country was hit by the coronovirus. We look at the huge opportunity Democratic State Assembly candidates have at winning seats previously thought safe for Republicans due to rigged district lines. What does winning these races have to do with creating fair maps? We welcome Citizen Action co-op member Emily Berge, who is a candidate for State Assembly in District 68 in the greater Eau Claire area, to discuss her campaign and what she is hearing on the ground.

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Citizen Action Weekly; Friday, September 11th

Citizen Action Weekly; Friday, September 11th

Friday, September 11th

Citizen Action announces more 2020 Candidate Endorsements.

This week, the Citizen Action Board announced more candidate endorsements for U.S. Congress and State Legislative elections.

If you are interested in volunteering to help elect our endorsed candidates contact: [email protected]

U.S. Congress

CD 2: Mark Pocan
CD 3: Ron Kind
CD 4: Gwen Moore
CD 5: Tom Palzewicz
CD 6: Jessica King
CD 7: Tricia Zunker
CD 8: Amanda Stuck 

State Senate

SD 6: LaTonya Johnson
SD 8: Neal Plotkin
SD 10: Patty Schachtner
SD 12: Ed Vocke
SD 14: Joni Anderson
SD 16: Melissa Sargent
SD 18: Aaron Wojciechowski
SD 24: Paul Piotrowski
SD 26: Kelda Roys
SD 28: Adam Murphy
SD 30: Jonathon Hansen

State Assembly

AD 1: Kim Delorit Jensen
AD 3: Emily Voight
AD 4: Kathy Hinkfuss
AD 9: Marisabel Cabrera
AD 13: Sara Rodriguez
AD 14: Robyn Vining
AD 15: Jessica Katzenmeyer
AD 17: Supreme Moore-Omokunde
AD 19: Jonothan Brostoff
AD 21: Erik Brooks
AD 23: Deb Andraca
AD 24: Emily Siegrist
AD 26: Mary Lynne Donahue
AD 28: Kim Butler
AD 30: Sarah Yacoub
AD 31: Elizabeth Lochner-Abel
AD 33: Mason Becker
AD 34: Kirk Bangstad
AD 35: Tyler Ruprecht
AD 37: Abigail Lowery
AD 38: Melissa Winker
AD 40: Deb Silvers
AD 41: Nate Zimdars
AD 43: Don Vruwink
AD 46: Gary Hebl
AD 48: Samba Baldeh
AD 50: Mark Waldon
AD 51: Kriss Marion
AD 52: Julie Schroeder
AD 57: Lee Snodgrass
AD 62: August Schutz
AD 63: Joel Jacobson
AD 66: Greta Neubauer
AD 67: Chris Kapsner
AD 68: Emily Berge
AD 69: Brian Giles
AD 70: John Iver Baldus
AD 71: Katrina Shankland
AD 72: Criste Greening
AD 73: Nick Milroy
AD 74: Beth Meyers
AD 76: Francesca Hong
AD 78: Lisa Subeck
AD 81: Dave Considine
AD 82: Jacob Malinowski
AD 85: Jeff Johnson
AD 88: Kristin Lyerly
AD 89: Karl Jaeger
AD 90: Kristina Shelton
AD 91: Jodi Emerson
AD 92: Amanda White Eagle
AD 93: Charlie Warner
AD 94: Steve Doyle
AD 96: Josefine Jaynes

Attend Southeast WI Co-op Virtual Summer Assembly “No Lockdown on Activism!” on Saturday, September 12, 10AM

Don’t miss our virtual Summer Assembly on Saturday, September 12, 2020, at 10:00 AM via Zoom. You’ll hear from some amazing guest speakers, including Rep. David Bowen, Rep. Robyn Vining, candidate Emily Siergrist, and more. This meeting is for all Co-op members that would like to catch up on how Citizen Action has been active in the election, the Green New Deal, and current social movements in our state. We will need all hands on deck for this time around.

RSVP HERE

Join COVID-19 VIGIL, Thursday, September 17th, 3:30, Milwaukee

Location: Near the Lower East Side/River West, Yet to be determined.

We are nearing the 200,000 mark of lives lost to COVID-19. Several healthcare co-op members feel this astounding fact is being overlooked and minimized and wanted to hold a vigil and public reminder of where we are to date. We need at least 15 people to help make this visible so please consider attending if you are able. Masks are required.  We are also keeping a watchful eye on the participant size so we can maintain optimal social distancing so this will be as safe as possible. We have a local faith leader that will be speaking.  If you have a loved one or friend that has been lost to COVID-19, you are welcome to attend and to bring a picture or a poster so we can acknowledge the loss.

We could have done better at managing this pandemic and we need to remind people that this toll is unacceptable while also remembering those we lost.

Contact Karen if you think you can make it and she will send you the RSVP link.  [email protected] or call or text at 414-588-0927

Covid-19 Health and Relief Town Hall with Congresswoman Gwen Moore 

Join Wisconsin Congresswoman Gwen Moore and Citizen Action of Wisconsin Executive Director Dr Robert Kraig and many Citizen Action members and supporters as we go over some of the most critical issues of the day, and hear a on-the-ground report of what is happening with Congress and the next stimulus! Congresswoman Moore will answer our questions on where Congress is on action to help struggling Americans and getting the pandemic under control. From COVID-19 response, to eviction & foreclosure protections, to unemployment support and job creation, don’t miss this live Zoom discussion!

Please register with this link.

Citizen Action of Wisconsin is launching a rural issue team in the Driftless region.

Citizen Action of Wisconsin is forming a rural issue team in the Driftless region. We understand that multiple crises are hitting rural Wisconsinites at once. Whether it is the disappearing small family farm, water quality, milk prices, rural infrastructure, the corporate takeover of the agriculture industry, housing, saving the USPS, COVID, climate change and historic flooding, CAFOs, or the need to reach rural voters we want to have a member team that is ready to respond and help to plan campaigns to improve the quality of life for rural, progressives in the Driftless region.

We are currently recruiting 10-15 members to serve on this team. The rural issue team will be meeting at least once a month, virtually. Folks from La Crosse or other cities in the area are welcome to join if they have a commitment to protecting our rural voters.

If you are interested in joining this team please contact Ben at [email protected] We are hoping to have our first rural issue time meeting in September. We are also actively expanding our membership into rural Vernon, Monroe, Crawford and Adams counties. If you know anyone in those areas who might be interested to learn more about Citizen Action of Wisconsin please connect them with Ben ASAP.

La Crosse Activists “Lift up Love” while protesting Mike Pence’s visit to the Coulee region.

Over 200 La Crosse area activists came out to spread a message of love to counter Mike Pence’s Labor Day visit to La Crosse last Monday.  Citizen Action of Wisconsin members were joined by local Black Lives Matter activists and LGBTQ+ activists to listen to speakers, register voters, and to let the Trump/Pence administration know that their divisive message is not welcome in La Crosse.

Speakers included local LGBTQ+ activists telling their story of coming out, young Black Lives Matter activist telling their stories of racism in the area and how they overcame it, HIV patients speaking to Pence’s failure to address the HIV crisis in Indiana while he was Governor and local progressives speaking about the importance of mobilizing friends and family members to get out and vote this year.

Roughly 100 protesters were on site to greet the vice presidential motorcade as it arrived.  While Mike Pence spoke to an invite only crowd outside of Dairyland Power the protest grew organically as area citizens gathered to make signs and to listen to speakers counter his message with one of hope, love and mobilization.  At one point a Trump supporter tried to violently disrupt the protest’s speakers and protesters simply formed a circle around the speakers to protect them and let the agitator know that his message was going to be drowned out by love.

By the time the motorcade pulled away over 200 protesters lined the street with signs letting Pence know that hate was not welcome in La Crosse.  You can read more about this event here.  Thank you to everyone who made it out to this very special event!

Join Citizen Action of Wisconsin endorsed candidate Kriss Marion for a chef hosted, farm to table, virtual cooking class and fundraiser!

Politics, farming and chef inspired dishes combine for a very special virtual event this Saturday at 5:00 PM.  Citizen Action of Wisconsin endorsed candidate for Assembly district 51 Kriss Marion will be joined by Chef Francesca Hong (Madison’s next Assemblywoman from district 76) for a very special cooking class hosted over Zoom!  They will be combining Chef Hong’s fabulous dishes from Morris Ramen with farm fresh ingredients from assembly district 51!

This very unique event will be your chance to meet the candidate, learn about the wonderful produce from the district, learn to cook chef quality meals, hear Kriss Marion’s vision for the future of farming in Wisconsin and talk politics.  You can RSVP for this very special event right here.  Suggested donation is $40.00 to attend.  Proceeds will help turn Wisconsin blue and what you learn will help keep your belly full!

NC Organizing Co-op Members Recognized by Labor Council on Labor Day

This year, the Marathon County Central Labor Council AFL-CIO (which is a member of the NC Organizing Co-op), did not hold a Labor Day parade, as they traditionally would have, due to the pandemic. Instead, they purchased a radio ad that played throughout Labor Day weekend in the region. Two NC Organizing Co-op members were recognized. Mayor Katie Rosenberg was recognized as the Grand Marshall and Wausau City Alder, Tom Kilian was awarded Citizen of the Year, for his commitment to the community. Originally, a parade had been planned, but the Labor Council made the tough decision to cancel that due to the COVID numbers in the County.

“Building A Better State Legislature” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

Our panel discusses this week’s revelation that Trump knew the coronavirus was ‘deadly stuff’ in February and lied about it to the American people. Next we dig into the explosion of positive COVID tests on Wisconsin university campuses. What are the ramifications? Finally, we kick off post Labor Day campaign season with two Citizen Action co-op members who are running for State Assembly in western Wisconsin: Sarah Yacoub (District 30) and Kim Butler (District 28).

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Citizen Action Weekly; Friday September 4th

Citizen Action Weekly; Friday September 4th

Labor Day Weekend

Citizen Action of Wisconsin Driftless Co-op 1 Year Anniversary Meeting with video

For those of you who were unable to join us on Saturday for our virtual meeting on Saturday celebrating Citizen Action of Wisconsin’s one year anniversary of organizing in the Driftless region please take the time to watch a recording of the meeting. We were thrilled to celebrate our victories fighting climate change, expanding healthcare, expanding voting access and so much more! We also announced our plans to form a social media team AND a rural issue team to organize around issues that matter to rural voters in the area.

Watch video!

After you watch the video please take a moment and fill out this quick poll letting us know what you think of the meeting and how you want to get involved!

Some of the highlights from the meeting include:

A recap of the amazing victories we have had so far in 2020 

They include the passage of a resolution committing La Crosse county to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2050, joining in a major protest to demand that Gundersen Healthcare stop suing the community over medical debt, and the wonderful candidates we have endorsed this year.  We also celebrated our amazing member leaders who championed these projects!

The formation of a social media team

Now that the Citizen Action of Wisconsin Driftless Co-op has a public facing Facebook page we are looking for leaders who will like and share our content to help us get our message out there!  Please like AND FOLLOW us at www.facebook.com/citizenactionwidriftless.  Also please let Ben know that you want to join our social media team.

Green Home Upgrades

We are still helping homeowners upgrade their homes with carbon reducing, energy saving and money saving upgrades.  If you are interested in upgrading your home AT NO UP FRONT COST please contact Kevin Kane at [email protected] right away!  For more information about our green home upgrade program please visit //www.citizenactionwifund.org/greenhomes

We are launching a recruitment drive.

After the major successes we have had this summer in fighting climate change, expanding healthcare, protecting voting rights and so much more we want to build our base (and our power) so that we can do even more!  With more members we will be able to take the victories we have seen in La Crosse county and bring them to other areas, build power to fight for a statewide people’s budget that works for EVERYONE, and lobby for progressive change in even more districts in Southwest Wisconsin. You can help by hosting a virtual, small group meeting.  Please contact Ben at ben.wil[email protected] to discuss ways to get involved with the recruitment drive.

Citizen Action of Wisconsin is launching a rural issue team in the Driftless region

Citizen Action of Wisconsin is forming a rural issue team in the Driftless region. We understand that multiple crises are hitting rural Wisconsinites at once. Whether it is the disappearing small family farm, water quality, milk prices, rural infrastructure, the corporate take over of the agriculture industry, housing, saving the USPS, COVID, climate change and historic flooding, CAFOs, or the need to reach rural voters we want to have a member team that is ready to respond and help to plan campaigns to improve the quality of life for rural, progressives in the Driftless region.

We are currently recruiting 10-15 members to serve on this team. The rural issue team will be meeting at least once a month, virtually. Folks from La Crosse or other cities in the area are welcome to join if they have a commitment to protecting our rural voters.

If you are interested in joining this team please contact Ben at [email protected] We are hoping to have our first rural issue time meeting in September. We are also actively expanding our membership into rural Vernon, Monroe, Crawford and Adams counties. If you know anyone in those areas who might be interested to learn more about Citizen Action of Wisconsin please connect them with Ben ASAP.

Northeast Co-op Member Shelton helps Launch “Wisconsin Leadership Tour”

US Senator Sherrod Brown joins Co-op member Kristina Shelton and Green Bay workers in a launch event for Joe Biden’s “Wisconsin Leadership Tour.” Kristina is also a candidate for the 90th Assembly District located in Green Bay. You can watch the discussion on how Wisconsinites continue to step up and sacrifice in the face of Donald Trump’s failure to support those on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic!

Want to learn more about Kristina’s campaign? You can volunteer for her campaign by signing up here //www.kristinaforassembly.com/volunteer.

National Poll Worker Recruitment Day!

Tuesday, September 1st was the very first National Poll Worker Recruitment Day. We are proud of all of our Co-op members who give back to their communities by working the polls. In Northeast Wisconsin, our member Renee Gasch shared why she became a poll worker for the first time in August and plans on doing so again for November!

“I’m planning to be a poll worker this year because our democracy depends on it. The poll workers in my community tend to be elderly and many have understandably opted out of working the fall election because they are at high-risk during the Covid-19 pandemic. For the election to run smoothly and fairly, we need new volunteers to step up to fill the poll worker shortage. It’s a service to our country that is critically important right now.”

Signing up to work the polls on Election Day is a rewarding way to strengthen our democracy, give back to your community, and ensure free, fair, and accessible elections for all. Learn more about how you can Help America Vote at HelpAmericaVote.gov.

Citizen Action Director Debates Black Lives Matter with Conservative Talk Show Host and Police Officer

Citizen Action’s Executive Director Robert Kraig had the rare opportunity to have a civil discussion about the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha and racial justice generally with a conservative talk show host and a conservative cop who called in. The discussion took place on a central Indiana radio show. Listen here.

Wisconsin Assembly District 96 candidate Josefine Jaynes launches mini, virtual fundraising drive

Citizen Action of Wisconsin endorsed candidate Josefine Jaynes is the youngest candidate to ever win a primary in Wisconsin.  When elected she will be the youngest member of the state assembly ever elected.  She will also be the first woman to represent Wisconsin’s 96th assembly.  But Josefine didn’t run to be the first.  She is running to protect the Driftless region.  She is running to save out USPS.  She ran to stand up for Wisconsin’s small farms.  She is running to make sure everyone in her district has access to broadband.  She is running to protect our water for agriculture and for our tourism.  She is running to make sure that our public schools are funded.  She is running to represent EVERYONE in the 96th Assembly district. She is running to give voice to rural Wisconsin.

Josefine is also committed to running a safe campaign during the age of COVID.  Rather than have large public gatherings this Labor Day weekend Josefine is hosting a mini fundraising drive.  You can get involved now!  Please visit Josefine’s website here and donate $5 or $10 to help her win and protect the Driftless region!  Every little bit helps.  You can also reach out to Josefine personally to schedule a time to talk, get to know the candidate and find out where she stands on issues that matter to you!  Please reach out to her email at [email protected] and schedule a time to talk!  Also please follow and like her campaign Facebook page to stay up to date with events and announcements from Josefine’s campaign.

Attend Southeast Co-op virtual Summer Assembly on Saturday, September 12, 10AM

Don’t miss our virtual Summer Assembly on Saturday, September 12, 2020, at 10:00 AM via Zoom. You’ll hear from some amazing guest speakers, including Rep. David Bowen, Rep. Robyn Vining, candidate Emily Siergrist, and more. This meeting is for all Co-op members that would like to catch up on how Citizen Action has been active in the election, the Green New Deal, and current social movements in our state. We will need all hands on deck for this time around. Please Register here: //secure.everyaction.com/KEeaeyAvCki5n2lnloKXsg2 to

Citizen in the News

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig was on the Jeff Santos radio show to discuss the events in Kenosha and the state of play in the presidential election. Listen here.

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig was on a national Pacifica Radio show, Flashpoints, to discuss the Trump and Biden visits to Kenosha, and the integrity of the all important Wisconsin presidential election. The network includes over 200 progressive radio stations nationwide. Listen here.

As reported above, Citizen Action’s Executive Director Robert Kraig had the rare opportunity to have a civil discussion about the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha and racial justice generally with a conservative talk show host and a conservative cop who called in. The discussion took place on a central Indiana radio show. Listen here.

“The cynical politics of Kenosha” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast 

We discuss the electoral politics of the Kenosha controversy and the push for meaningful action against structural racism with our regular panel and special guests Supreme Moore Omokunde and State Rep. David Bowen. How are the events of the last two weeks playing in the presidential election? Will they finally prompt action by the Legislature? We take a deep dive into the Trump Administration’s newly announced evictions moratorium. It is a rare humanitarian act from a callus administration or something else? We close with a discussion of the Wisconsin Department of Health Service’s new policy of suppressing public information on COVID-19 outbreaks in schools. What are the dangers? Why is a Democratic administration withholding vital public health information?

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Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, August 28th

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, August 28th

Friday, August 28th

Citizen Action of Wisconsin Statement on the Racist Police Shooting of Jacob Blake

Citizen Action of Wisconsin stands in solidarity with the family and friends of Jacob Blake, tens of thousands of protesters across the country fighting for racial justice and every person who loves humanity, in demanding that the officers involved in his shooting be brought to justice and meaningful actions against structural racism are immediately taken at the state, local and national levels.

We very much need the officer who shot Jacob Blake, and other officers who stood by and watched, to be prosecuted quickly. Before we can even begin to heal, justice must be brought to the police officers involved in this racist shooting and anyone else who tries to cover it up.

But the healing cannot stop there, because what happened to Jacob Blake, and all the other victims of publicly sanctioned racist violence, is ultimately caused not by a few bad apples, but the structural racism that is at the very core of the American criminal justice and policing system. The system of mass incarceration grew out of the backlash against the civil rights and black power movements of the 1960s and has made the U.S, the most incarcerated and over-policed country in the history of the free world. Only a massive shift in resources away from the publicly funded oppression of Black people, poor people, and all communities of color can begin to reverse structural racism. Ultimately structural racism cannot be addressed unless we deal with the unequal political power communities of color have in American society as a direct result of economic marginalization and inequality.

There is much that needs to be done in Wisconsin. Wisconsin’s racial inequality is among the worst in the nation, including the highest disparity in incarceration rates between African American men and whites. In July 2020, a new report from the UWM Center on Economic Development ranks Milwaukee as the worst major city in the country for African American wellness, which includes a series of 30 health and economic measures.

While we commend Governor Tony Evers for calling a special session of the Legislature and proposing some interim steps towards police reform, we urge the Governor to go further in addressing the root causes of structural racism and biased policing. We would like to see the Governor introduce his own major package of reforms up to the scale of the problem, including:

  • Take meaningful steps to end the system of mass incarceration and biased policing, and instead invest in harm reduction, restorative justice, and both mental and physical health and other social supports which reduce the role of police in our communities. This should include the Wisconsin African American Civic Engagement Roundtable’s proposals to shift resources away from police and towards healthy communities and public health.
  • Follow up on the campaign commitment you made in 2018 by supporting WISDOM /EXPO’s goal of ending mass incarceration, and take meaningful steps to reduce the incarceration rate by half by 2022 and create alternatives to prison for offenders.
  • End police impunity for racial violence by eliminating qualified immunity, creating an independent prosecution section in the Department of Justice, so that conflicts of interest between local DAs and police do not stand in the way of justice, and the elimination of special rights for police not also held by all other public employees.
  • Require that police who patrol Black and Brown communities also to live in those specific communities, to create a real stake for those charged with protecting public safety. If you are unwilling to live in the communities you police, you should not carry live and death powers over their residents.

“First, let me send peace and blessing to Jacob Blake and his family. No one should have to go through what y’all did yesterday. I hope justice will be done,” said Rafael Smith, Climate and Equity Director for Citizen Action of Wisconsin. “Unfortunately, what happened in Kenosha is as American as apple pie. The killing of Black and Brown people by the state and it’s racist vigilantes has been a permanent feature of our democracy. It is in our national DNA. As a proud Black man, I am tired of all the talk and demand real, substantial policies that will lead to the free abolishment of these racist systems.”

“Our words are no longer enough. Our actions and deeds are how history will judge us in this moment,” said JoAnna Bautch, Movement Politics Director for Citizen Action of Wisconsin. “Be sure you can say you did all you could to make sure this never happens again.”

“It is hard for us to believe that anyone other than a police officer would be able to avoid immediate arrest when such damning video evidence of a crime is available,” said Robert Kraig, Executive Director of Citizen Action of Wisconsin. “Jacob Blake should be with his family today, not fighting for his life in an intensive care unit, and prosecuting officers for his shooting is the start, not to the attainment of justice.”

Everyone with Love in their Hearts Must Do More to Interrupt Systemic Racism

Citizen Action of Wisconsin Executive Director Robert Kraig released the following statement on the arrest of the white supremacist militia member who murdered two Black Lives Matter protesters and injured a third in Kenosha, and law enforcement’s apparent lax response to him before and after he shot his victims. See Citizen Action’s statement Monday here.

As a white and gay man, I am struggling like many of you to figure out what I can best do to support our African American friends and neighbors in this horrific moment. I did not make a new statement yesterday because I am trying, as many of you are, to gather my thoughts and listen to the people of color leaders within Citizen Action, my network, and in the media. In the eloquent statements and actions of so many Black Americans, from Marquette alum Doc Rivers, the professional sports strike begun by our own Milwaukee Bucks, Jacob Blake’s parents, scholars such as Princeton’s Eddie Glaude, and so many across the land, they are pleading for all of us to do more. If we are not Black Americans we can never fully understand the depths of their feelings, but we can listen with an open heart and act on their moral appeals.

I believe that each and every person with love in their hearts must look into their souls and decide what they can do to immediately interrupt and begin to unwind systemic racism. If we are being honest with ourselves, most of us, myself included, are not doing enough. Merely sympathizing or signalling that you are on the right side is inadequate. Merely voting for the better candidates is not enough. The scary thing is that despite the progress against overt Jim Crow racism since the 1960s, we seem to be reliving the same pattern of events which led to its re-imposition by other means. The depressing pattern is all too familiar:

  • A Black man is assaulted with deadly official force in a situation that no reasonable person believes a white man would have been, a pattern that is over 400 years old.
  • Community members and allies rise up using the most sacred American right of free speech to demand justice and immediate action to end the structural racism which devalues and dehumanizes all African Americans.
  • When there is not a timely and satisfactory response from official authorities (timeliness is defined by the harmed community, not others), and property destruction takes place, attention is shifted to property damage and white fears, and away from the true victims of on-going dehumanization and oppression, and the act of official violence that perpetrated the chain of events.
  • Often evidence emerges that members of law enforcement took a lax approach to white people committing violence. In Kenosha, in shocking contrast to the immediate use of deadly force against Jacob Blake, there is compelling evidence that law enforcement allowed right wing militia to roam the streets, interacted with the white nationalist who murdered two Black Lives protesters, including the murder before he committed his crimes, and let him flee the scene even as onlookers pointed him out, and he walked towards a police vehicle with his hands up. There is also evidence of some white community leaders  enabling the entrance of right-wing vigilantes with apparent impunity.
  • The politicians that use strategic racism to advance themselves turn attention away from the true victims, and toward the destruction of property, using dog whistle racist appeals such as “looters,” “thugs,” and “rioters” seeking to tarnish the entire largely peaceful liberation movement. They turn attention away from the true victims of racism, and the official violence which sparked the protests in the first place, and to white fears and the traditional racist privileging of property over human life. The evidence is overwhelming that a super majority of the violence now and for the past 30 years comes from far right-wing extremists like the man who murdered two peaceful protesters, but you would never know it listening to the media and our elected officials. The lie that the threat of violence comes from liberation movements and Black and brown people is perpetrated by self-interested politicians, their elite backers, and abetted by media of all kinds.
  • Politicians who sympathize with the Black community and count on it for their elections empathize with the victims, their communities, and the liberation movement, but out of fear or political calculation also start to focus attention on property and further militarize the situation in ways that intimidate and endanger the directly impacted community and peaceful protesters. They counsel patience and obedience to process, and offer half measures that do not even begin to get at the fundamental reasons Black life is so devalued in a country we call the land of the free.

Taking real and appropriate action is hard in real time, it is only easy from the safety of history. It is too painless now to signal support for Black Americans today by identifying with liberation movements and their heroic leaders of the past. But the truth is that the bloody march over the Edmund Pettus Bridge or the 6th Street Viaduct, the Mason-Dixon line of Milwaukee in the 1960s, would not have been necessary if all people of conscience had stepped forward to make the hard and costly decisions required of them. Martin Luther King made an eloquent statement on this theme in his justly famous Letter from the Birmingham Jail.

The ugly truth is that the people just like us in the past did not act because there were costs. Elected leaders could lose votes, organizational leaders could risk their positions, corporate leaders fear a lose of customers or standing with their peers, and average people worry about offending friends, neighbors, and family members, or losing privileges. It is cost free to stand with MLK and John Lewis now, it is not so to really and truly stand with Blacks Lives Matter.

While empathy and individual efforts to increase racial consciousness are useful enterprises, a much deeper and more challenging level of commitment is called for by the leaders of modern Black liberation. In fact, far too many corporations and elected officials are embracing opposition to structural racism and giving symbolic support to Black Lives Matter and yet at the same time draining these terms of their actual content, as if saying the words or putting them on a sign or a website is enough. The same has been done to Martin Luther King, who fought and died for true economic equality, not merely the technical right to vote or a mythical “colorblind” society that has never existed. For the real MLK, people with vastly unequal economic means could never have the power to be truly free. One of the reasons white people are not slaughtered on suburban streets by their own police is both race and the economic power they have to fight back.

The most compelling African American thought leaders I have read on the subject, Michelle Alexander’s penetratingly eloquent The New Jim Crow and Ibram X. Kendi’s brilliant pair of books Stamped from the Beginning and How to Be an Antiracist, call for every moral person to use their power to disrupt and unwind structural racism. For Kendi, you can’t meet his definition of antiracist without both recognizing the deep racism in our society and in each of us, and taking effective action to replace racist structures. For him the defining mark of antracism is effective deeds, not words or personal reflection. A perfect example of this is the professional athletes who have gone beyond words to withdraw their labor until meaningful action is taken. They have used their power to disrupt the system and create a crisis of conscience. The same is called for from all those with substantial power such as our political leaders, corporate leaders, and at a lesser level of power nonprofit leaders such as myself and every person with love in their hearts for all humanity.

There are some immediate policy actions in our Monday statement, but consider these more of a rough draft than all that needs to be done to create a true antiracist America.

Driftless Co-op members come out to support and defend the USPS

Josefine Jaynes speaks at USPS rally. Jaynes is Citizen Action’s endorsed candidate for State Assembly District 96.

On Saturday August 22nd Citizen Action of Wisconsin members were joined by members of Our Wisconsin Revolution, Coulee Progressives and SEIU Healthcare to demand that our leaders stand up and save the USPS. Over 50 protesters wrapped around the La Crosse post office and were cheered on by hundreds of cars passing by.

In addition to the protest there was also a press conference highlighted by State Representative Jill Billings and Citizen Action of Wisconsin endorsed candidate Josefine Jaynes.

You can read about the rally here.

La Crosse County passes resolution committed to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2050

On Thursday August 20th the La Crosse County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution committing the county to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2050.  This resolution, unlike other messaging resolutions, actually includes actionable steps to be taken to reach this goal.  The resolution covers not just county buildings and resources it is a commitment to having the entire county carbon neutral.

The passage of this resolution is the result of months of organizing by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, the Sierra Club, Wisconsin Conservation Voters and other area progressive groups.  Over 900 emails were generated to county board members in support of this effort.  It was also made possible thanks to the efforts of Monica Kruse, Citizen Action member and La Crosse County Board chair.  This is a huge victory and a testament to our organizing, our members, our allies and our movement politics program.  You can read more about this resolution here.

The passage of this resolution and with the passage of a La Crosse County resolution in support of Medicare for All are a testament to the impact Citizen Action is having on the Driftless Region.  Be sure to join us August 29th from 1-3 for our one year anniversary meeting to learn more about the work we have been doing to make Southwest Wisconsin a better, more progressive place.  You can RSVP for that meeting here.

SAVE THE DATE: No Lockdown on Activism, Saturday, September 12, 10:00 AM

The Southeastern Wisconsin Co-op’s Virtual Summer Assembly

Learn about all the work we’ve been doing to expand healthcare, fight the climate crisis and elect progressive candidates – despite the Trump pandemic! And hear our plans for the rest of the year. We’ ve invited some amazing local activists as guest speakers, so be sure to join us for this very special virtual meeting.

RSVP and get the Zoom details. Space is limited, so do it today!

For more information, email me [email protected]

Driftless Co-op Anniversary Meeting this Saturday August 29th, 1pm

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

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

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

Virtual Fundraiser for Citizen Action endorsed candidate Joni Anderson

Citizen Action of Wisconsin endorsed candidate and Driftless Co-op member Joni Anderson for Senate 14 is hosting a virtual fundraiser next Monday!  RSVP for this very special event by visiting //bit.ly/2EnKITE.

Joni is a former vice president of her union and a champion for progressive values.  She is running for an open seat in the Wisconsin state senate.  When Joni is elected she will stand up for healthcare for all and fight against climate change.  We must do everything we can to help Joni get to Madison!

Meet and Greet with State Assembly candidate Kim Butler, September 3, 6:30pm

Join us on September 3rd from 6:30pm – 8:00pm as we host a meet and greet with endorsed state legislative candidate, Kim Butler. Kim is a co-op member and is running in Assembly District 28.

Please have questions prepared ahead of time.

Register for our Meet and Greet: 

Citizen Action in the News

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig was on the Jeff Santos Show talking about the Jacob Blake shooting in Kenosha and the fascist theater masquerading as a Republican National Convention. Listen to the first 30 minutes here and continuation of the interview here.

The program is replayed weekdays on the leading commercial progressive radio stations in the Madison and Milwaukee media markets. Citizen Action’s Battleground Wisconsin podcast/radio show is also featured on these stations every Saturday and Monday.

Press Clips

Will a Biden Administration (if elected) be Progressive?” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We are on tape from last week’s from the Democratic National Convention, in our long planned counter programming to the proto-fascist Republican National Convention. Will not be able to comment on the latest racist atrocity in Kenosha until next week (our statements are above). For this week’s program, on radio row at the Democratic National Convention we taped 4 interviews about a central question for the future of racial justice, economic equality, and the future of the planet: will a future Biden Administration, if we can elect him, be boldly progressive? The alliance between Biden and Bernie Sanders on policy is a great sign, but there are huge challenges to making this alliance between moderates and progressives really happen after the election. We ask two moderates and two progressives for their views. We start the moderates, leading off with Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, whose storied political career in state and national politics has made him a very well informed player within the Democratic Party. Next we talk to Jason Rae, the Secretary of the Democratic National Committee, who knows the inner workings of the party as well as anyone. Then, we talk to two progressives with national reputations. John Nichols the National Affairs Correspondent for The Nation, and one of the most prolific writers in the entire progressive media and a large following in his native Wisconsin. Finally George Goehl, Executive Director of People’s Action (Citizen Action’s national network), bats clean up on our powerhouse panel. George is one of the most respected and strategic progressives organizers in the country.

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Citizen Action Weekly; Friday, August 21st

Citizen Action Weekly; Friday, August 21st

Citizen Action member tells her healthcare story at Democratic National Convention

Tuesday night at the Democratic National Convention Wisconsin’s Julie Harling Buckholt told a national prime time audience her powerful healthcare story and how the ACA saved her life.

We have an immoral profit crazed healthcare system in this county and it was worse before the ACA. If you have an unjust healthcare story, we need you to tell it, just like Julie did. We can work with you to synthesize your story.

Please contact [email protected] to tell your story.

North Side Rising celebrates PSC extending utilities cut off moratorium until Oct. 1, 2020

North Side Rising won a huge victory with a 2:1 vote by the PSC to extend the utilities moratorium until Oct. 1, 2020. Citing health reasons due to the pandemic, the Commission will review positive COVID case numbers and other factors, September 17 to decide whether to extend the moratorium until April 2021.

Tactics like “Shed Some Light” panel discussions, Phone Zaps to the PSC Consumer Help Desk and a Banner Drop on the Lincoln Memorial Pedestrian Bridge on Milwaukee’s North Side were monumental in this victory that eased the minds of over 71,000 power and 17,500 water utilities customers in Wisconsin!

Thanks to all the affiliates, allies and Organizers of NSR! This was truly a collaborative effort and win!

Read more.

Save the Post Office Rallies in Wisconsin this Saturday, August 22nd

This Saturday is a national day of action to Save the Post Office.

The US Postal Service is under attack!  Mail boxes are disappearing; sorting machines are being removed from major cities. The mail is being slowed down intentionally. Americans are already seeing delays in receiving vital medications, checks and bills. All Americans, regardless of political persuasions, rely on the USPS. This kind of attack on the USPS would be disgusting during normal times. It is absolutely outrageous during a pandemic and an election year in which millions of American will be voting by mail.

There are events scheduled in multiple areas of Wisconsin.

LaCrosse

Citizen Action Southwestern WI Co-op is taking a stand this Saturday, August 22, 11am, along with Coulee Progressives and MoveOn.org.  We will be taking part in a social distanced protest at the La Crosse post office from 11:00 AM and 12:00 PM to let our leaders know that we need to save the USPS!

Please use this link to RSVP for this important event.  Please bring a mask and homemade signs.  We need as many people on site as possible to make our voice heard.

Milwaukee
Saturday, 8/22, 11am, at the downtown USPS facility, 345 W St Paul, Milwaukee.

Green Bay
Friday, August 21st at 4pm, Save the Post Office Green Bay, corner of N Monroe St. & E Walnut St

Appleton
Saturday, August 22nd at 11AM, Save the Post Office rally, 410 W Franklin St, Appleton

Click here to find an event near you.

Attend webinar with Congresswoman Gwen Moore, Friday, August 28, Noon 

North Side Rising invites you to join Wisconsin Congresswoman Gwen Moore and Citizen Action of Wisconsin Executive Director Dr. Robert Kraig and many Citizen Action members and supporters as we go over some of the most critical issues of the day, and hear a on-the-ground report of what is happening with Congress and the next stimulus!

Congresswoman Moore will answer our questions on where Congress is on action to help struggling Americans and getting the pandemic under control. From COVID-19 response, to eviction & foreclosure protections, to unemployment support and job creation, don’t miss this live Zoom discussion!

RSVP for this event!

Help flip Wisconsin’s 14th State Senate district by writing postcards from home.

Citizen Action of Wisconsin member Joni Anderson is running a tight race for the state senate in district 14.  Joni is a former union vice president.  She will stand up to expand healthcare to every Wisconsinite and fight climate change across the state.  Joni is running for an open seat and we need to do everything we can to make sure that she wins!

Joni’s campaign is launching a major postcard campaign.  You can help Joni win by signing up to send postcards from your house.  Not only would you be helping to turn SD 14 blue, you would also be supporting the USPS in it’s time of need.  If you are interested in joining in this postcard effort please contact Joni directly at [email protected]

Driftless Co-op Anniversary Meeting, Saturday August 29th

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

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

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

Meet and Greet with State Assembly candidate Kim Butler, September 3, 6:30pm

Join us on September 3rd from 6:30pm – 8:00pm as we host a meet and greet with endorsed state legislative candidate, Kim Butler. Kim is a co-op member and is running in Assembly District 28.

Please have questions prepared ahead of time.

Register for our Meet and Greet: 

SAVE THE DATE: No Lockdown on Activism

The Southeastern Wisconsin Co-op’s Virtual Summer Assembly

Saturday, September 12, 2020, at 10:00 AM

Learn about all the work we’ve been doing to expand healthcare, fight the climate crisis and elect progressive candidates – despite the Trump pandemic! And hear our plans for the rest of the year. We’ ve invited some amazing local activists as guest speakers, so be sure to join us for this very special virtual meeting.

RSVP and get the Zoom details. Space is limited, so do it today!
For more information, email me [email protected]

Protect our Care

Citizen Action Healthcare Co-Op members met for a socially distant coffee on the patio of Blum’s coffee garden in Greenfield.  The Affordable Care Act is being challenged at the Supreme Court level and they are asking via a postcard campaign for the state elected to enshrine in state law some of the most popular provisions. Specifically, protections for pre-existing conditions and free preventative care screenings.  The co-op meets every Monday morning at 9:30 AM in good weather only as they only sit outside and wear masks.

Join them if you can.

Citizen Action Members Join Women’s March Focused on Celebrating the Suffragist Movement

On Saturday, August 15th, people gathered in Downtown Wausau, to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of a “white” woman’s right to vote. If you are black, you did not get that right until 1965. The last Native Americans who won the right to vote were from Colorado; the year was 1970. It took the 1975 extension of the voting rights act to allow other minorities to fully engage in the voting process.

This event was organized by the AAUW (American Association of University Women) – Wausau Branch and was supported by the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point – Wausau Extension, the Marathon County Historical Society, the Citizen Action of WI North Central Organizing Co-op, Women for Women – Wausau, NAOMI/WISDOM, Building Unity Project with ZOOM program at 6:00 PM, Wausau United to Amend,  Black Lives Matter – Wausau and the Central WI Chapter of Our Wisconsin Revolution.

You can see coverage of the event at Wausau Pilot & Review, WSAW, and WAOW.

Organizing Co-ops are working with people across the state to cut carbon emissions, save on energy bills, and help to create good jobs

Citizen Action of Wisconsin has helped convince multiple banks through a public campaign to offer green home upgrades, where the bank provides resources to help cut a home’s carbon emissions and utility bills that pay for themselves right away. This campaign began years ago in the North Central region. Since that time, we’ve helped homeowners access solar panels, cut their mortgage interest through a “green refinance”, and hire pro-climate contractors that treat their workers well. All while saving more immediately than they were before with nothing extra down.

Now, we have launched a project to help homeowners personally divest their money away from banks and utilities, back into the pockets of working people and towards the causes that matter. We can even show you how you can further live your values by showing you how you can reinvest in institutions that are specifically working to invest in the Black community, and that create good living wage jobs right here.

Fill out the “Green Home” fellowship application. Tell us more about your home, and after signing you’ll receive a link to schedule a 1-1 meeting to go over the math of whether or not this program can cut your utility bills, mortgage payments and significantly roll back your carbon emissions! Fill out the application here.

You will only be chosen if we are confident we can reduce costs and cut carbon emissions, with extra consideration for Citizen Action members and/or those from historically under-invested areas (especially rural and communities of color) and/or union members. You do not need to be a Citizen Action member for consideration. (Questions? Email [email protected] and/or [email protected]).

People who participate will be automatically signed up as a Citizen Action Organizing Co-op member at $20-per-month if we can show savings well in excess of $20-per-month after costs (effectively no cost). This allows us to continue working on issues that matter to you and our other members, while continuing to work on proactive campaigns, such as this one.

WI Working Families Party State Convening 

Our friends at the Wisconsin Working Families Party are having their annual state convening Saturday, August 29th, 11am. The convening will be virtual.

They will be talking about their People’s Charter (similar to the South African Freedom Chart or El Plan de Aztlán, that will ultimately lead to the WFP Platform), fall endorsements, and ongoing opportunities to act, fund, and learn.

Learn more about the event. 

Citizen Action in the News 

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig was quoted in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story comparing the 2018 election in Wisconsin to the 2020 presidential race. Read the story here.

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig was on the Jeff Santos radio show to preview Joe Biden’s convention acceptance speech, arguing he needed to do what FDR did: inspire confidence. Listen to the interview here. The program, which originates from Boston, is replayed on the leading commercial progressive radio stations in the Madison and Milwaukee media markets. Citizen Action’s Battleground Wisconsin podcast/radio show is also featured on these stations every Saturday and Monday.

Citizen Action of Wisconsin landed as the #3 spending group in state legislative primaries, trailing only two dark money right-wing groups. The difference, of course, is that Citizen Action generated grassroots voter contact, not reams of paid media propaganda. It is important to make a distinction between dirty money expenditures, and authentic grassroots campaigns. Read the report from our friends at the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign here.

“Milwaukee’s Digital National Convention” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss this week’s all digital DNC Convention – what worked and what didn’t? We break news about a legal effort by Legislative Republicans to remove Attorney General Josh Kaul from an important voting rights lawsuit involving Citizen Action. Again the Republican Legislature thinks it is the only true governing body in Wisconsin! Next we discuss the importance of the 100th year anniversary of the 19th Amendment. We close with Citizen Action Northeast WI co-op member Emily Tseffos, who joins us to talk about the effort to organize #SaveUSPS events across Wisconsin this Friday and Saturday. This is a critical fight both for this election and for the future health of American democracy.

Request your absentee ballot today!
Attend #SaveUSPS Day of Action near you in Wisconsin.

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Citizen Action Weekly; Friday, August 14th

Citizen Action Weekly; Friday, August 14th

Friday, August 14th

Citizen Action endorsed candidates win primary election races this week.

Citizen Action had it’s most active partisan primary election program in recent history. Citizen Action endorsed 37 candidates for the state legislature before Tuesday’s primary election. 11 of our endorsed candidates had important primary election challengers this week.

9 of the 11 candidates won. 81%

Citizen Action members volunteered in texting and phone banking programs in many of the primary races, making thousands of voter contacts.

In AD 90, Citizen Action co-op member Kristina Shelton ousted incumbent Staush Gruszynski with 79% of the vote. Gruszynski was embroiled in a sexual harassment scandal and had been barred from the Democratic caucus and stripped of committee assignments. She will face Republican Drew Kirsteatter in November for the historically Democratic district in Green Bay.

Citizen Action co-op members played key roles in supporting Kristina, including volunteering a lot of hours to talk to voters. Thanks to all the hard work of our Northeast co-op members.

“Our job now is to move forward to the November general to keep this district blue, to work hard for other campaigns and other candidates in northeast Wisconsin and around the state, and to really work hard to defeat Trump in November,” Shelton said in a Facebook video Tuesday night. “I ask you to join us.”

In addition, our paid full time deep canvass phone program made thousands of calls to voters SD 30 and AD 96, where both endorsed candidates won.

In AD 96, Citizen Action candidate Josefine Jaynes won a surprisingly wide victory over Tucker Gretebeck with 56% of the vote. The 18 year old Jaynes will now go on to compete against Republican incumbent Loren Oldenburg. This seat is a potential Democratic pick up in 2020. Please contact organizer [email protected] to see how you can help Josefine win the general election.

The new North Side Rising co-op also made hundreds of calls in support of AD 17 Supreme Moore Omokunde and AD 8 JoAnna Bautch.

In AD 17 Citizen Action organizer and Milwaukee County Supervisor Supreme Moore Omokunde was also a big winner on primary night with 49% of the vote in a three way primary.

Supreme is a leader on implementing a racially equitable Green New Deal in Milwaukee County and will bring his passion for the issue to the State Capitol. We are very excited to work with Supreme in the Assembly.

We are deeply disappointed that JoAnna Bautch and Tomika Vukovic did not win their primary elections. Both ran strong campaigns against highly qualified candidates and we thank them for being progressive community leaders and for running for elected office.

We are extremely proud of all the candidates that did win this week. Now on to the big event, the November 3rd general election.

Congratulations to Primary Election Winners
State Senate
SD 6: LaTonya Johnson
SD 16: Melissa Sargent
SD 30: Jonathon Hansen

State Assembly
AD 9: Marisabel Cabrera
AD 17: Supreme Moore-Omokunde
AD 78: Lisa Subeck

AD 85: Jeff Johnson
AD 90: Kristina Shelton
AD 96: Josefine Jaynes

Citizen Action will be making more state legislative candidate endorsements in the coming weeks.

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

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

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

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

Save the Date! Southeastern Co-op Organizing Summer Assembly, Saturday, September 12th

Mark your calendars for our Summer Assembly on September 12th at 10am! This will be a chance to hear about all the work we have done to expand healthcare, fight the climate crisis and elect progressive candidates.  We will also be laying out our plans for the rest of the year.  Our Climate equity team and healthcare co-op will be presenting on projects they have been working on with Citizen Action. We will also have some local activists as guest speakers.

We encourage everyone to come out for this very special virtual meeting.  Please use the link below to RSVP.  Space is limited so RSVP today!  Details on how to join this Zoom meeting will be sent once you RSVP: //secure.everyaction.com/KEeaeyAvCki5n2lnloKXsg2

Support Black Lives United Annual Education Supply Drive in Green Bay!

Over the past 4 years, the Northeast Co-op’s community partner Black Lives United has donated over 500 book bags filled with back to school supplies to Green Bay students in need. This year, we recognize the need to continue this educational support, especially with the increased time kids are spending at home. The goal is to give away 300 book bags filled with education supplies to be used in an at-home or school environment.

BLU is asking for a suggested donation of $40 (to cover the cost of a backpack and supplies; any amount monetary donations is GREATLY appreciated) OR to purchase a backpack and fill it with supplies from the district’s supplies list.

Organizing Co-op’s Working with People Across the State to Cut Carbon Emissions, Save on Energy Bills, and help to Create Good Jobs 

Citizen Action of Wisconsin has helped convince multiple banks through a public campaign to offer green home upgrades, where the bank provides resources to help cut a home’s carbon emissions and utility bills that pay for themselves right away. This campaign began years ago in the North Central region. Since that time, we’ve helped homeowners access solar panels, cut their mortgage interest through a “green refinance”, and hire pro-climate contractors that treat their workers well. All while saving more immediately than they were before with nothing extra down.

Now, we have launched a project to help homeowners personally divest their money away from banks and utilities, back into the pockets of working people and towards the causes that matter. We can even show you how you can further live your values by showing you how you can reinvest in institutions that are specifically working to invest in the Black community, and that create good living wage jobs right here.

Fill out the “Green Home” fellowship application. Tell us more about your home, and after signing you’ll receive a link to schedule a 1-1 meeting to go over the math of whether or not this program can cut your utility bills, mortgage payments and significantly roll back your carbon emissions! Fill out the application here.

You will only be chosen if we are confident we can reduce costs and cut carbon emissions, with extra consideration for Citizen Action members and/or those from historically under-invested areas (especially rural and communities of color) and/or union members. You do not need to be a Citizen Action member for consideration. (Questions? Email [email protected] and/or [email protected]).

People who participate will be automatically signed up as a Citizen Action Organizing Co-op member at $20-per-month if we can show savings well in excess of $20-per-month after costs (effectively no cost). This allows us to continue working on issues that matter to you and our other members, while continuing to work on proactive campaigns, such as this one..

Citizen Action in the News

The Neighborhood News Service did a great story on Citizen Action’s research documenting the devastating impact on Wisconsin working families of Trump’s cut-off of enhanced unemployment benefits. Read the story here.

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig was on a national Pacifica Radio Network program to discuss the Wisconsin primary elections, and the threat to the integrity of Wisconsin’s presidential election posed by Donald Trump’s assault on the post office. Listen here. Pacifica Radio Network has over 200 affiliated stations across the United States.

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig was on the Jeff Santos Show to calm down anxious progressives about Joe Biden’s selection of Kamala Harris as his running mate. Listen here (it is in the second half of the podcast). The program, which originates from Boston, is replayed on the leading commercial progressive radio stations in the Madison and Milwaukee media markets. Citizen Action’s Battleground Wisconsin podcast/radio show is also featured on these stations every Saturday and Monday.

“History with Kamala Harris” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast   

We lead with the historic selection of Kamala Harris as Joe Biden’s Vice Presidential candidate, the first African American women to ever appear on a major party ticket. Will it help Biden win in November? Is there any progressive unrest about the choice? We review Wisconsin’s partisan primary election this Tuesday, where progressives and many candidates of color swept a series of closely contested primaries. We focus in on Citizen Action co-op member Kristina Shelton’s huge victory in Green Bay and Citizen Action organizer Supreme Moore Omokunde’s win in Milwaukee. We discuss the latest MU Law Poll and a new WEAC Regon 7’s “Report Card” grading the opening plans of school districts in southeastern Wisconsin. Is your school district opening safely? Finally, we are joined by Citizen Action co-op member and state legislative candidate Emily Siegrist, to discuss her race and the rising prospects of Democratic pick ups in the previously deep red Milwaukee suburbs.

Listen Now – Episode #455
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Donate to Emily Siegrist.

Attend Emily Siegrist’s Cycling with the Candidate event this Sunday, 8/15, 2pm, Brown Deer Park. Leave from Brown Deer Park and head north on the Oak Leaf trail to Foxtown Brewing for a beverage before returning back to the park. The route is approximately 10 miles round trip. Please RSVP at [email protected] Suggested donation is $50. Don’t forget, bring a mask and BYOB (bring your own bike!)

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Citizen Action Weekly: Primary Election Get Out The Vote

Citizen Action Weekly: Primary Election Get Out The Vote

Friday, August 7th

Return your absentee ballot today for the Tuesday, August 11th Primary Election!

See our list of endorsed candidates for State Legislature

Local Citizen Action of Wisconsin members join SEIU to take a Stand Against Medical Debt

Last Sunday, Aug 2nd, several Citizen Action of Wisconsin members came out to tell Gundersen Healthcare to stop suing community members over medical debt, stop garnishing workers wages and to give employees better healthcare.  You can read more about the rally and protest here and here.

Gundersen has a long history of taking community members to collections for healthcare bills as low as $300.00 destroying people’s financial future in the process.  They have also been garnishing wages OF THEIR OWN EMPLOYEES.  Gundersen is a “non profit” healthcare system that produced over a billion dollars of profit last year alone.  They currently pay their CEO $1.1M a year.

50 area activists gathered at Poage Park in La Crosse for a rally that included music and speakers such as local activist leader and Ho-Chunk member Tracy Littlejohn.  People shared their stories about the impact medical debt has had on their life and how there is a better path forward.

Everyone onsite was standing up and making the following demands of Gundersen:

  • Cease suing our community members and employees for medical debt
  • Forgive existing medical debt
  • Provide Gundersen employees with affordable health insurance coverage

If you were not able to join us on Sunday you can still make your voice heard.  Please sign our digital petition right here.  This petition will be delivered to Gundersen in the coming days.

Thank you to everyone who was able to join us.  Look for more actions in the coming days to fight against medical debt, expand healthcare and help create a universal healthcare system in America!

Volunteer to Get Out The Vote: Primary Election, Tuesday, August 11th

Sign Up to Send Texts for Citizen Action of Wisconsin Candidates who have contested Primaries on Tuesday August 11th!

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

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

Tuesday Aug 11th from 4:00-6:30 pm: SIGN UP FOR A TEXT SHIFT HERE!

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

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

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

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

Please use this form to send an email directly to your county board supervisors.
Please use this form to sign our digital petition.

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

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

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

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

Happy Birthday Medicaid

Members of Citizen Action participated in a bake off to commemorate the 55th anniversary of Medicaid. Without this important program, our most vulnerable would fall through the cracks.  Members baked a treat and took selfies to show their support for the program that has either saved their lives or the lives of someone they know.  Chances are very high that you know someone who was helped by BadgerCare/Medicaid at one time or another.  We need to stand up for this important program.  If healthcare is an important issue to you, join the healthcare co-op and take a collective action around various healthcare issues.

Coffee with with your Co-Op-Milwaukee Area

In the Milwaukee area, meet Karen on Monday mornings at 9:30 at Blum Coffee Garden It’s a giant outdoor patio with plenty of room to social distance.  Please wear a mask when you are not drinking coffee as there are several older people that sometimes attend and we need to be extra vigilant.

Postcard Campaign for ACA Protections

The Affordable Care Act is under attack in our Federal Court system right now and Wisconsin has no state level laws to protect us in the case of a repeal.  We also have no state level laws to ban the predatory practice of surprise billing to consumers.

Sign up to send a postcard to your 2 state level legislators and Governor Tony Evers,  asking them to enshrine pre-existing conditions protection, free preventative care and to close the surprise billing loophole.  We will send you the postcards for you to make out and mail from home and we even pay for postage.

Sign up here to protect Wisconsin’s health.  

Citizen Action in the News

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

Citizen Action was quoted in a feature story in UpNorthNews on the eviction crisis in Wisconsin.

Citizen Action was quoted in a press release from Senator Tammy Baldwin on her work to prevent Big Pharma from price gouging on a COVID-19 vaccine.

“Essential workers and elections” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss the potential for a new COVID-19 relief package in Congress and the GOP conspiracy to get Kanye West on the presidential ballot in Wisconsin. Could it influence the outcome in November? We welcome Citizen Action endorsed State Representative candidates Supreme Moore-Omokunde and JoAnna Bautch to discuss their campaigns and next week’s important primary election on Tuesday, August 11th. Will they shake up the Democratic Party in Madison? We encourage you to volunteer with a candidate to help get out the vote. We close the show with Voces de la Frontera’s Christine Neumann-Ortiz and Mario Ramirez discussing their Friday 11am rally in support of fired Strauss workers in Franklin, and the importance of their statewide organizing campaign fighting for the rights of all “essential” workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Volunteer for Supreme Moore-Omokunde by emailing Supreme at: [email protected]
Volunteer for JoAnna Bautch

Voces de la Frontera’s Justice for Strauss workers!

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