Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, September 10th


Build Power to Win Power in 2022 Tailgate & Fundraiser

Northeast Wisconsin co-op members and supporters, you are invited to our Build Power to Win Power in 2022 Tailgate & Fundraiser! Join us on Saturday, September 25th @10AM at the home of Kristin Lyerly to celebrate our own victories in 2021, our shared commitment to building progressive power, and hopefully a Wisconsin Victory against Notre Dame! Don’t miss out, registration is live!

The event will begin with a tailgate at 10 AM with refreshments being provided by Minocqua Brewing Company. Our host has been gracious enough to open their backyard to us, we will be requiring that all attendees show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 upon arrival.

Become a sponsor today and become a 5th Quarter Supporter to help our co-op build progressive power by identifying, supporting, and developing the next generation of progressive leaders in Northeast Wisconsin.

Take Action: Lobby For Fair Maps!

On Monday, September 27th, fair maps supporters from around the state will gather virtually to meet with our legislators and advocate for fair maps. Our two demands: take up the People’s Maps Commission Maps and pass legislation that fixes the problem of partisan gerrymandering permanently. Please consider attending a training session prior to Monday, September 27th! 

Given the uptick in cases of the highly transmissible COVID Delta variant, we have determined that a virtual event is the safest option. Please register here

Contact Carlene at (608) 513-7655 or [email protected] for more information.

Application Closing Soon! Citizen Action of Wisconsin Movement Politics Academy

Have you ever thought about running for public office? Apply for Citizen Action’s Movement Politics Academy this fall. Our nine-week program will give you the tools you need to run an effective, progressive campaign, advancing on issues you will run on, build relationships and so much more. 

Learn more and apply now! Connect with Barbara Cerda, SEWI Co-Op Organizer with questions at [email protected]

Dive Deep into the Anti-Riot Bill with“This is Not That” co-host Isiah Holmes. Listen Now!

                                                         

Learn About Environmental Justice with the Sierra Club!

From accessibility of public lands to the health impacts of burning fossil fuels, examples of environmental injustice are deeply woven into each of the issues that we organize around.

To examine these connections, several chapters of the Sierra Club in Wisconsin are coming together to organize an Environmental Justice Event Series beginning this fall. 

We hope these events can provide an opportunity to explore the inequities rooted within these issues and help shine a light on the critical environmental justice components that exist in our work.  Register and find more info here

Support the thousands of Afghan refugees arriving at Fort McCoy in Wisconsin’s Driftless region.

The situation in Afghanistan is dire. Our freedom-seeking, allies, and friends are fleeing after the violent takeover by Taliban forces. They need our support. Several refugees have arrived and are staying at Fort McCoy outside Sparta Wisconsin. A coalition of La Crosse faith groups, progressive organizations, and local veterans are organizing efforts to provide relief and welcome refugees to their new communities.

Please consider making a donation. Your donation will help provide clothing, hygiene products, transportation for refugees to practice their faith, and so much more.  You can find a link to Target and Amazon Wishlists if you would like to pick out what to donate.

Find volunteer opportunities in and around the Driftless area.  

“Endless War vs Green New Deal” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We reflect on the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and the destructive 20-year “war on terror” that ensued. Our panel discusses the cost of the war and the American “police state” that followed. We update the effort in Congress to pass the historic $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package. We close with Wisconsin’s concerning COVID surge that finds over 1000 people in state hospitals for the first time since January as students head back to school.

Listen now!

 

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Citizen Action Weekly: September 3rd

LISTEN to “Supreme Injustice” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We are joined by Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin president and CEO, Tanya Atkinson, to discuss the U.S. Supreme Court court’s midnight assault on Roe v. Wade, which rendered abortion illegal in the second largest state and may reach Wisconsin in 2022. We head into Labor Day Weekend with guest Laura Dresser, the lead researcher for the Center On Wisconsin Strategies (COWS) on their annual State of Working Wisconsin report released this week. Our panel also discusses WEAC’s call for vaccine and mask mandates in Wisconsin schools in the face of a wave of violence against educators and public health leaders by anti-mask and anti-vax protesters. Finally, the empire is striking back in Congress, as a united corporate America unleashes a massive lobbying and advertising blitz against President Biden’s visionary Build Back Better agenda. Can the newly united Democrats stand up to the pressure?
LISTEN NOW!

Learn more about Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin. Read the 2021 State of Working Wisconsin report from Center On Wisconsin Strategies.

Applications Closing Soon! Citizen Action of Wisconsin Movement Politics Academy

Have you ever thought about running for public office? Apply for Citizen Action’s Movement Politics Academy this fall. Our nine-week program will give you the tools you need to run an effective, progressive campaign, advancing on issues you will run on, build relationships and so much more. Learn more and apply now! Connect with Barbara Cerda, SEWI Co-Op Organizer with questions at [email protected].

 

Digital Workshop: How to Host Successful Nonpartisan, Voter Registration Events

Thousands of nonprofits around the country and hundreds of volunteers will join together on National Voter Registration Day (Sept. 28) with the goal of registering as many voters as possible. In collaboration with the Wisconsin Voting Rights Coalition, we’re organizing our members to make sure you have the resources you need to help our communities register to vote and ensure everyone has access to the ballot box. If you are interested in hosting your own event, please join us at this virtual training on September 9th at 6:30 PM!

Register Now!

New Episode! “Get It Together” This is NOT That Podcast.

A lot has happened since our last show. One of our hosts JoAnna went on vacation to New Orleans and left in time for the storms which downed 600+ tree’s in Milwaukee and knocked out power to thousands across Milwaukee County. Now that she’s back New Orleans is bracing for a hurricane. It’s also been one year since the shooting of Jacob Blake, and everyone’s still processing that. America is getting out of Afghanistan…kinda, evictions are going to climb, and politicians remain politicians. A lot is happening indeed.

Streaming Now!

Enter to win $900 worth of camping gear in support of solar on La Crosse schools!!!

When’s your next SOLAR-powered camping trip?  

Our friends and allies at Solar on La Crosse Schools (SOLS) are hosting a major fundraiser and giving away a HUGE camping package.  This sweepstake serves as one of the 2021-2022 fundraisers for SOLS and all proceeds will be used to put solar on La Crosse public schools! Will you be the lucky winner? The SOLS Sweepstakes package is valued at over $900 and only 200 entries will be sold. Entries are $20 each and the winner will receive:

  • EcoFlow River Portable Power Station
  • 110W Portable Solar Panel by EcoFlow
  • Two TrunkTech Hammocks & Tree Slings by Grand Trunk
  • One Eco-Friendly Soccer Ball by Waboba

Download the Sabadash app and search for “Solar on La Crosse Schools” to enter.  Sabadash App is available for FREE in the Google Play and Apple App Store on mobile devices. Sabadash will show you all kinds of great deals that go towards good causes in the La Crosse area. Learn more and download Sabadash!

Support the thousands of Afghan refugees arriving at Fort McCoy in Wisconsin’s Driftless region.

As we all know the situation in Afghanistan is dire.  Freedom-seeking, allies, and friends are fleeing after the violent takeover by Taliban forces.   These refugees are scared and need our support.  Many of these refugees are arriving at and staying at Fort McCoy outside Sparta Wisconsin (in the Driftless Region).

A La Crosse coalition made up of faith-based groups, progressive organizations and local American veterans are organizing efforts to provide relief and a welcoming message to these guests in our communities.  You can help now!

If you could spare a few dollars to donate please contribute at //cclse.org/afghanistan-refugee-assistance/. Your donation will help provide clothing, hygiene products, transportation for refugees to practice their faith, and so much more.  You can even find a link to Target and Amazon Wishlists if you would like to pick out what to donate.

Find volunteer opportunities here in and around the Driftless area. Very soon they will be posting volunteer needs related to the Afghanistan crisis.

WATCH the NEW Healthcare For All Show

Watch this week’s Healthcare For All Show with Karen Kirsch, Dr. Mark Neumann, and their guest, Emma Hood, an RN who worked in Canada. The panel discusses America’s healthcare system with a special emphasis on Medicare for All. 

Watch NOW.

RSVP to join next Wednesday’s Healthcare for All Show via zoom webinar for the opportunity to enter the Green Room with Karen and Dr. Mark to talk more, ask questions or share your healthcare stories. 

Take Action: Lobby For Fair Maps!

On Monday, September 27th, fair maps supporters from around the state will gather virtually to meet with our legislators and advocate for fair maps. Our two demands: take up the People’s Maps Commission Maps and pass legislation that fixes the problem of partisan gerrymandering permanently.

Given the uptick in cases of the highly transmissible COVID Delta variant, we have determined that a virtual event is the safest option.

Contact Carlene at (608) 513-7655 or [email protected] for more information.

Register here

Rescheduled: Northwestern Wisconsin Healthcare Issue Team Meeting


Our new meeting date will be on Tuesday, September 14th at 7 PM! Register Here

Celebrating our Northeast Wisconsin Regional Co-op and Members!

When we say that our Citizen Action Organizing Co-op is made up of exceptional people, we mean it! Our members have stepped up in the month of August to plan amazing events and use their platforms to advance policies that will create a Wisconsin where we can all thrive, with no exceptions. 

Co-op Member and Brown County Supervisor Cassandra Erickson drafted and introduced a Medicare-4-All Resolution that would indicate the county’s vocal support for fixing our fractured healthcare system. Without her and the activism of fellow co-op members, this resolution would not exist. If you want to learn more about the Brown County Medicare-4-All Resolution and Action team, you can click here to register for our next meeting on Tuesday, September 7th.

In partnership with Build Back Better, our co-op held a Climate Solutions & Centering Climate Justice Roundtable on August 26th in Menasha. We were joined by co-op members Eau Claire City Councilor Kate Beaton, State Representative Kristina Shelton, and head of the ESTHER Environmental Justice Task Force Terry Dawson. Additionally, this roundtable would not have been possible without coalition partners like Wisconsin Conservation Voters and ESTHER- Fox Valley. You can watch the full livestream by clicking here. 

Finally, our own Dr. Kristin Lyerly helped to organize a Pack the Park for Fair Maps Rally at Bay Beach in Green Bay. The fight for Fair Maps was energized by dedicated co-op members and now we have a renewed opportunity to tell our elected officials that they cannot pick the people, the people pick them. Thank you to Kristin and all of our co-op members who came from far and wide to send a message that the people of Wisconsin are demanding fair maps. 

All of this work is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the incredible leadership that our co-op members show on a regular basis. Thank you to all of our Northeast Wisconsin Co-op members and our statewide membership for your constant support and dedication. 

Northeast Wisconsin, Save the Date! September 25h

Citizen Action of Wisconsin Co-op Members and Supporters, make sure to keep Saturday, September 25th open! Our Northeast Wisconsin Organizing Co-op will be hosting a Build Power to Win Power in 2022 Fundraiser and Celebration. We are going to do all we can to ensure that our celebration is done safely to ensure that everyone who attends can enjoy it safely. More information coming to you next week!

 

Citizen Action in the News

Citizen Action’s Director Robert Kraig was on the Jeff Santos Show for the full 60 minutes to discuss how to get to yes on voting rights and infrastructure in the U.S. Senate. Listen here.

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Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, August 27th

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, August 27th


Building Back Together for Climate Action in the Driftless Region!

Activists from across the Driftless Region came together on Thursday, August 26th to create artwork and call on Congress to “Build Back Better” and take bold action to combat the climate crisis! Together, we created art that amplified the immediate need for climate action to display at our media conference.

UWL student activist Abby Siakpere spoke about the importance of clean water as her own neighborhood is currently contaminated by PFAS. Abby Ross of Wisconsin Conservation Voters spoke about how now is the time to “go big and bold” in our efforts to combat climate change. Casey Meehan, environmental director for Western Tech, spoke about the college’s commitment to climate.

La Crosse’s own mayor, Mitch Reynolds, spoke of La Crosse’s deep investment in fighting climate change and he called on Congress to pass the Build Back Better agenda so that municipalities have the funds they need to create climate plans.

After the media event, climate activists marched to Congressman Kind’s office to drop off the artwork as a “thank you” for voting in favor of the Build Back Better bills.  They also dropped off a letter thanking the Congressman and calling on him to be even bolder.

Read about the event or stream the media conference at WXOW, News8000, The La Crosse Tribune, and WIZM News.

Building Back Together: Appleton!

On Thursday, July 26th, we came together with Rep. Kristina Shelton and climate justice champions from across the state for a climate justice roundtable. We called on the Appleton City Council to commit to a 100% clean energy plan! By supporting Biden’s Build Back Better Agenda we can transition to 100% clean energy in addition to fueling our economy by creating millions of green good-paying jobs. We know that change starts with us and the work we do in our communities. Together, we can rebuild roads and bridges, modernize our energy grid, caregiving, and invest in 1000% clean energy and clean water.  

Stream the event now!

Urge the DNR to Defend Driftless Waters!

The DNR is on the verge of approving the largest hog CAFO in Wisconsin to operate on a narrow karstic ridge overlooking the lower Kickapoo River. The study and analysis done to date has been extremely lacking and, in some cases, simply incorrect. This is why we need a thorough review via an Environmental Impact Statement and serious conditions on this permit to protect air quality, streams, rivers, and groundwater, and the local community.

The decision to do more study and impose conditions on this permit sits entirely with the DNR, and this administration has pledged to do more to protect water, and recommit the DNR to science-based decision-making. After all the public hearings, press conferences, and bold rhetoric defining “clean water” as a priority, now we need to see action to back that up.

Please contact the Governor, Lt. Governor, and your local elected representatives to let them know that we expect our DNR to explore the full range of their regulatory authority in the case of this massive operation on such a sensitive and precious landscape.

Join us next week! Northwestern Wisconsin Co-op: Healthcare Issue Team Meeting

Join the Northwestern Co-op’s Healthcare Issue Team on September 1st, 2021 at 4:00 PM virtually as we discuss strategy to pass Medicare for All Resolutions and Badgercare Expansion Resolutions in our region. If you cannot make it to this meeting, we will be reconvening on September 14th at 7:00 pm. 

Register now 

Please help support the thousands of Afghan refugees arriving at Fort McCoy in Wisconsin’s Driftless region.

As we all know the situation in Afghanistan is dire.  Freedom-seeking, allies, and friends are fleeing after the violent takeover by Taliban forces.   These refugees are scared and need our support.  Many of these refugees are arriving at and staying at Fort McCoy outside Sparta Wisconsin (in the Driftless Region).

A La Crosse coalition made up of faith-based groups, progressive organizations and local American veterans are organizing efforts to provide relief and a welcoming message to these guests in our communities.  You can help now!

If you could spare a few dollars to donate please contribute today.
Your donation will help provide clothing, hygiene products, transportation for refugees to practice their faith, and so much more. Volunteer opportunities will be updated here to support in and around the Driftless area.  

Sign up for Citizen Action of Wisconsin Movement Politics Academy!

Have you ever thought about running for public office? Apply for Citizen Action’s Movement Politics Academy this fall. Our nine-week program will give you the tools you need to run an effective, progressive campaign, advancing on issues you will run on, build relationships and so much more. 

Learn more and apply now! Contact Barbara Cerda, SEWI Co-Op Organizer with questions at [email protected].

Statewide Fundraiser: Enter to win $900 worth of camping gear AND support more solar on La Crosse schools!!!

When’s your next SOLAR-powered camping trip?

Our friends and allies at Solar on La Crosse Schools (SOLS) are hosting a major fundraiser and giving away a HUGE camping package.  The SOLS Sweepstakes package is valued at over $900 and only 200 entries will be sold. Entries are $20 each and the winner will receive:

  • EcoFlow River Portable Power Station
  • 110W Portable Solar Panel by EcoFlow
  • Two TrunkTech Hammocks & Tree Slings by Grand Trunk
  • One Eco-Friendly Soccer Ball by Waboba

This sweepstake serves as one of the 2021-2022 fundraisers for SOLS and all proceeds will be used to put solar on La Crosse public schools! Will you be the lucky winner? Support from all over Wisconsin is encouraged! Download the Sabadash app and search for “Solar on La Crosse Schools” to enter.  Sabadash App is available for FREE in the Google Play and Apple App Store on mobile devices. Sabadash will show you all kinds of great deals that go towards good causes in the La Crosse area.  For more information and instructions for using the app visit Sabdash.

A Community for All Resolution Rejected by Marathon County Board of Supervisors.

Over 17 months ago, Wausau held a rally in support of George Floyd’s and Black Lives. It was Wausau’s largest rally ever. The Wausau Police Department, who were invited by Organizers, attended, supplied water, and participated in the event. The moment felt as if our community was truly coming together against police brutality and committed to fighting systemic racism that has allowed for this brutality to exist. 

The leaders that organized the rally, then turned to the diversity affairs commission for the Marathon County Board of Supervisors to present the No Hate resolution. That was quickly shot down because of the name. Eventually, that resolution got a new name, “A Community for All”. After this resolution was drafted, it was voted on and sent to the Executive Committee. That Committee voted it down! 

There was even a task force put together, of an even amount of those that supported the resolution, and those that did not. They reworded and brought it back to the Executive Committee. One of the more conservative members of this committee, Matt Bootz, offered an amended version that took the work equity out of the resolution and replaced it with the word equality. This amended version passed the Executive Committee. The Marathon County Board received twice as many emails of support as they did oppose. They also had more people speaking in support than those that opposed. Regardless of these facts, the Marathon County Board of Supervisors failed to pass the resolution, ending up with an 18-18 vote. Read more and stream the meeting here

Join the La Crosse Public Library for a very special, educational event about the history of Labor Day

Join La Crosse Public Library on the week of Labor Day to learn more about the holiday. Labor and working-class history professor John Grider will present the history of Labor Day in the United States. LEA teachers’ union president John Havlicek will then discuss contemporary activity in the labor movement.

Registration is required for this online program. Please register here.

Citizen Action in the News

Citizen Action released a new report this week showing that the wealth of Wisconsin’s billionaires has skyrocketed during the pandemic, mostly tax-free. We call for Congress to include fair taxes on corporations and billionaires in the Build Back Better legislation being developed right now. Read coverage in the Wisconsin Examiner.

An event in Milwaukee supporting President Biden’s plan to lower prescription drug prices by using the leverage of the government to negotiate with Big Pharma received statewide coverage on Wisconsin Public Radio.

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig was on the Jeff Santos call for the full hour to discuss the near death experience of Biden’s domestic agenda, and the status of voting rights legislation. Listen here.

As reported in our lead story this week, see coverage of our Build Back Better event in La Crosse this week in the La Crosse Tribune 

“Dr. Jill Battino’s Rx for the U.S. Senate” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

Our panel provides perspective on the big week in the U.S. House with Democrats agreeing to move forward on President Biden’s infrastructure and budget reconciliation bills next month. We update the surging Delta COVID variant in Wisconsin and the nation and our collective response to the pandemic, including Sen. Johnson pushing Ivermectin and vaccine conspiracies while local officials look for help on infrastructure. We congratulate the Colectivo workers who won their union this week, the largest union of coffee workers in America. We welcome Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Dr. Jill Battino and discuss her serious and smart healthcare proposals as part of our continuing series of interviews with the U.S. Senate candidates.
LISTEN NOW!

Learn more about Dr. Jill Battino’s campaign.

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Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, August 20th


Citizen Action Hosts Community Town Hall in partnership with Build Better Together

On Friday, August 20th, Attorney General Josh Kaul and Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley came together with health care advocates and local residents as part of Protect Our Care’s nationwide bus tour to call for lowering Wisconsinites’ health costs, expanding coverage, and reducing racial disparities in care. Protect Our Care is fighting to ensure critical health care measures supported by President Biden remain in upcoming budget reconciliation legislation.

Traveling over 8,600 miles across the country, with 36 events in 19 states, Protect Our Care’s national bus tour is promoting the work of President Biden and dozens of Democratic lawmakers who are leading the charge to advance American health care and holding Republicans accountable for continuing to reject measures to improve care and lower costs for the American people. Thank you to everyone who helped us welcome Protect Our Care to Wisconsin!

Watch the Live Stream Now!

Apply Now! Citizen Action of Wisconsin Movement Politics Academy

Have you ever thought about running for public office? Apply for Citizen Action’s Movement Politics Academy this fall. Our nine-week program will give you the tools you need to run an effective, progressive campaign, advancing on issues you will run on, build relationships and so much more. Learn more and apply now! Connect with Barbara Cerda, SEWI Co-Op Organizer with questions at [email protected]

Join the Northwestern Wisconsin Co-op: Healthcare Issue Team Meeting

Our Northwestern Co-op’s Healthcare issue team will meet on September 1st, 2021 at 4:00 pm virtually as we discuss strategies to pass Medicare for All Resolutions and Badgercare Expansion Resolutions in our region. Register now and a Zoom link will be sent to you via email.

 

Community for All Resolution takes center stage!

Last Thursday, after nearly a year and a half of efforts by the Diversity Affairs Commission, the Task Force on a Community for All resolution, and a coalition of community members and grassroots organizations who worked tirelessly to educate the public on the issue and organize members of the public to get engaged in the process, an amended version of the document passed the Executive Committee of the Marathon County Board of Supervisors. It is not what those who authored and advocated for the resolution wanted, but this version of the resolution, if it passes at the regular meeting of the Marathon County Board of Supervisors next week Tuesday, August 24th at 7 pm, will be better than no resolution.

On Thursday, August 19th, at the organizational meeting of the Marathon County Board of Supervisors, 51 people registered to speak in regard to the resolution. Of those that registered, 29 spoke in favor of the resolution, and 25 spoke against it.

In March of 2021, the Citizen Action of Wisconsin North Central Organizing Co-op created an advocacy page to make it easy for people to email the county Board expressing their support for the resolution. Yesterday alone, the Board received a total of 104 emails asking them to support the resolution, and only 36 asking them to oppose it! A big thank you to everyone that utilized this tool to advocate for our community, and to every group that worked in coalition to amplify! This simple effort will have a huge impact on the minds of the Supervisors as they decide how to vote next week. If you live in Marathon County, there is still time to send an email to the Board, asking them to support the resolution. All emails should be sent before 7 pm on Tuesday, August 24th. Send an email now!

For residences of Langlade, Lincoln, Oneida, Vilas, Wood, Portage, Price, Taylor, Rusk or any one of the counties in the North Central region, and you would like to work on something similar, contact Organizer Joel Lewis, at 715-551-2525 or [email protected] and he will connect you to the leaders in Marathon County that have made this happen.

Urge the DNR to Defend Driftless Waters!

The DNR is on the verge of approving the largest hog CAFO in Wisconsin to operate on a narrow karstic ridge overlooking the lower Kickapoo River. The study and analysis done to date have been extremely lacking and, in some cases, simply incorrect. This is why we need a thorough review via an Environmental Impact Statement and serious conditions on this permit to protect air quality, streams, rivers, and groundwater, and the local community.
The decision to do more study and impose conditions on this permit sits entirely with the DNR, and this administration has pledged to do more to protect water, and recommit the DNR to science-based decision-making. After all the public hearings, press conferences, and bold rhetoric defining “clean water” as a priority, now we need to see action to back that up.
Please contact the Governor, Lt. Governor, and your local elected representatives to let them know that we expect our DNR to explore the full range of their regulatory authority in the case of this massive operation on such a sensitive and precious landscape.
Gov Tony Evers: [email protected]
Lt Gov Mandela Barnes: [email protected]
Senator Tammy Baldwin
Senator Ron Johnson
Congressman Ron Kind
State Senator Brad Pfaff: [email protected]
Representative Jill Billings: [email protected]
Representative Loran Oldenburg: [email protected]

Art and activism as we call on Congress to “Build Back Better”

Join us on August 26th from 12:00 PM –  2:30 PM as we demand that the Build Back Better Agenda is passed and bold climate action is taken now!
Dramatic weather events around the country and here in La Crosse are highlighting that the U.S. has to get serious about the threats of climate to communities around the world. This past weekend alone, the La Crosse area got over 5” of rain in approximately 2.5 hours. The latest IPCC report tells us we must dramatically reduce our carbon pollution by the end of the decade, or we won’t be able to stop the devastating impacts of climate change on our lives and our community.

We will be meeting at noon on the WWTC campus in La Crosse to create artwork that highlights the need for climate action.  At 1:00 we will hear from activists from across the Driftless Region speaking to the need for climate action in our communities.  We will march to Congressman Kind’s office to deliver our artwork and to ask the Congressman to support the Build Back Better agenda!

Location: Western Technical College La Crosse, 400 7th St N, La Crosse, WI 54601 at The Business Education Center and Integrated Technology Center
RSVP and Learn More!

Join Citizen Action for a Climate Solutions Roundtable on Thursday, August 26th!

The impact of Climate Change is clearly visible and we know that we must act boldly to create a future where we all can thrive. No matter the color of our skin or the amount of money we make, we all deserve a country that’s cleaner and fairer.  Unfortunately, a few politicians and those whose interests they serve are holding us all back. They try to divide us by our skin color, our zip code, or how we worship. By coming together, we can create an America where we protect our air and water, share in our economic prosperity, and build bridges across our differences. From calling on the Appleton City Council to commit to a transition to clean energy to supporting Biden’s Build Back Better Agenda, join us for a Climate Solutions roundtable with climate justice champions from across the State of Wisconsin and learn how you can make a difference in our fight for a just climate transition.

We know that change starts with us and the work we do in our communities. The City of Appleton has the opportunity to be a Regional Leader in the fight for a just climate transition and your elected officials need to know that you support them doing so. If you don’t live in the City of Appleton, you can take action by learning how you can fight for climate justice in your local municipality!

The Build Back Better Agenda will grow our economy and give American workers, businesses, and families the opportunity to succeed in the 21st century by creating millions of new, good-paying jobs: rebuilding roads and bridges, modernizing our energy grid, caregiving, and investing in clean energy and clean water. During the month of August, Congress is in recess, out of DC and back at home in their districts. Support the Build Back Better Agenda by attending this event and calling on Representatives Gallagher and Grothmann to act boldly on climate change.

Our event will be outside and comply with CDC recommendations to prevent the ongoing spread of COVID-19. Click Here to RSVP!

Citizen Action in the News

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig was on the Jeff Santos show to discuss the COVID surge and the contradictions in both Democratic and Republican vaccine policy. Listen here.

Redistricting the future” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We welcome the Fair Elections Project’s Sachin Chheda to discuss breaking news on redistricting. The 2020 census data has just arrived from DC, the lawsuits have begun, and a new Harvard report ranks Wisconsin the least democratic state in the nation, classifying it a “democracy desert”. Our panel also talks about worsening COVID infection and hospitalization rates, and the controversy over the Biden Administration’s decision to authorize a third dose when big Pharma is still denying it to most of the world. Robert updates us on the dramatic and historically significant Congressional battle over the President’s Build Back Better agenda.

Listen now!
Learn more about the Fair Election Project.

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Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, August 13th

Building Back Better, Statewide!

We came together to #BuildBackBetter for all in Wisconsin! Whatever our color, background, or zip code, most of us know that pulling through takes pulling together. During this pandemic, we looked after each other and we turned out in record numbers to electPresident Joe Biden to deliver the relief our families need! On Thursday, July 12th, we came together from Milwaukee to Eau Claire to demand our leaders support #BuildBackBetter for all in Wisconsin!

Thank you to Building Back Together for allowing us to host these incredible events in the community with our friends and local leaders statewide!

Both events are available for streaming: Milwaukee, Eau Claire

 

Updates from the North Central Region

Two important resolutions have been working their way through committee(s) of the Wausau City Council, and came to the Common Council for a vote on Tuesday, August 10th. The first is the Environmental Justice Resolution, which was initially introduced in the Liberation and Freedom Committee. Then, it went to Public Health and Safety, prior to moving to the Common Council. It was voted 2-9 to be sent back to the Committee. Thank you to everyone who contacted their Alders. What seemed to be the biggest factor that led to it being referred back to the committee, was opposition from the Chamber of Commerce. They feared that there could be unforeseen consequences on economic development, even though nothing in the resolution indicates this. Several Alders stated that they would like to see the resolution be less broad. You can read more about it here.

Citizen Action supports “We Are Wausau”

The “We Are Wausau” resolution, which was initially drafted by Mayor Katie Rosenberg, in response to the controversy surrounding the County’s Community for All resolution. The public comments and emails abounded on this resolution, but ultimately passed the Common Council 9-2. You can read more about this here.

On Thursday, August 12th, the Executive Committee for the Marathon County Board of Supervisors, met at 4:00 pm. The Community for All resolution, that they had voted down at a prior meeting (which they made the NY Times for), was back on the agenda, this time with the wording being changed after the work of a task force of opposing and supporting Supervisors. Those who oppose this, on the more moderate side, oppose the use of the word equity rather than equality in the resolution, and as a result, offered amendments during the meeting. The room had 41 people registered for public comment (some were on the phone/virtual). The majority supported the resolution, but there was still a strong showing of opposition. After much discussion, an amendment was offered that seemed to appease some of the conservative committee members, and it was voted 6-3 to move on to the full Board. 

That will be happening on August 19th at 7:00 pm. If you live in Marathon county, and would like to email the Board voicing your support for this resolution, you can do so here. Members of the North Central Organizing Co-op spoke at both meetings, and some have been involved in the drafting of these resolutions. If you wish to speak to the full board at the meeting, you can attend over the phone. You must register with the Clerk’s office before the meeting starts.

Take Action: Protect the wellness of our Wausau educators and students

“The Wausau Board of Education determined there will be no required masks, no social distancing and no required quarantine of close contacts for the upcoming school year, even though the Delta variant is significantly more contagious and more dangerous for children, many of whom can’t even be vaccinated. The recommendations of the CDC, Wisconsin DHS and DPI include masks for all individuals in buildings, social distancing, and quarantine of close contact. Wausau students and staff deserve a safe learning environment.

Please consider signing this petition and urging others to sign as well! And, remember you can always email your concerns to the board at: [email protected].

Written by North Central WI Co-op member and community leader Tricia Zunker

 

We’re growing and glowing the Southeastern Co-Op!

The Southeast Wisconsin Co-Op is recruiting a new wave of BIPOC leaders and activists to get involved with local issues. Contact Barbara Cerda, Co-Op Organizer, at [email protected] if you’re interested in joining our team. 

 

Citizen Action in the News

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig was on the Jeff Santos show for a full hour to talk about end games on the big infrastructure budget resolution that cleared the Senate this week. Listen here.

Citizen Action came together in Eau Claire to spread awareness about the Build Back Better Agenda with the support of local leaders, Citizen Action members and staff. Read more about the event here.

“The World is on Fire” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

This week we take on huge issues: the threatening new scientific consensus on the faster than expected warming of the climate; the biggest social legislation since the New Deal advances in the Senate; and the COVID pandemic escalates at an alarming rate among the right-wing anti-vaxers. We also touch on the escalating threat to democracy, the retirement of Wisconsin Congressman Ron Kind, and the latest on America’s worst Senator, Wisconsin’s own Ron Johnson.

Listen Now

Membership Recruitment Drive!

From the Driftless Co-Op to the North Side Rising Co-Op we are actively welcoming new members! Become a member of Citizen Action of Wisconsin Organizing Cooperative and collaborate with community members, local elected officials, and statewide organizations to build a more equitable and progressive Wisconsin for all to call home.

Find a Co-Op near you!

 

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Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, August 6th

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, August 6th

Friday, August 6th

Take Action: Support the Build Back Better Plan

Can you imagine what our neighborhoods would look like if we had all that we need? Together we can rewrite the rules so that everyone contributes to make our schools, hospitals, parks and programs all that our families deserve.

The Build Back Better plan will create good-paying green jobs, grow our economy, and give American workers, businesses, and families the opportunity to succeed in the 21st century.

Build Back Better will build an economy that rewards work, not wealth by lowering costs for working people and easing the burden on the middle class — all paid for by making the ultra-wealthy pay their fair share.

TAKE ACTION 

Citizen Action North Central Organizing Co-op Holds Membership Meeting

On Thursday, July 29th members and friends of the North Central Organizing Co-op gathered at the home of one of their members, for a potluck and an update on the work that our members and your Organizer have been involved in.

One thing that Citizen Action has been actively involved in is Movement Politics. In very simple terms, this is the act of seeking candidates to run for office that embody the values important to our organization. These are often people who have been actively involved in movements that help to change things in a way that benefits the majority of us. We invited some elected leaders to share the reasons that they decided to run for office.

We were lucky to be joined by Wausau School Board member Jane Rusch, Marathon County Board Supervisor Bill Conway, Wausau Alder Tom Kilian, Marathon County Board Supervisor Jeff Johnson, and Schofield City Alder Kristin Conway, who all shared some perspective on why they ran for office and even offered some pointers on running a campaign. As a result of this meeting, a person who has been an integral part of the Community for All movement (just to mention the most recent efforts) signed up for the Citizen Action of Wisconsin Movement Politics Academy, and intends to run for a seat on the County Board!

We also discussed the issue teams that our Co-op is currently in the process of forming. Those issue teams are for Healthcare, Climate & Equity, and Movement Politics (candidates and elections). We still have a few spots open on each team, so please reach out to your Organizer if you would like to participate in this way. We also had two friends of the Co-op step up and become sustaining members, as well as several membership renewals. This is what makes these Co-ops possible. We exist because of the support of our members.

Reach out to Organizer Joel Lewis at 715-551-2525 or via email at [email protected] if you would like to learn more about becoming a member or if you’re interested in serving on one of the issue teams. Lastly, we are in the process of updating our candidate platform that is used as a benchmark in our endorsement process. We want our members to have a voice in this process. You can fill in the platform survey here.

Emergency HealthCare Action! HealthCare for All Co-Op. 

In the biggest healthcare move since the Affordable Care Act, Democrats are negotiating what a Medicare expansion would look like right now.  Our POWER MAP leads to a key Democrat in New Jersey.  We will be calling constituents in his district and asking them to contact him to make sure the expansion is a robust one.  This can pass through the reconciliation process which is a lower vote threshold.

So join Citizen Action healthcare organizer Karen Kirsch and Doctor Mark Neumann for some calls.

After our detailed training, we will then stay on Zoom with you in order to answer any questions you have in real time while we all make calls!

Sign up here for our phone bank every Tuesday night or even one Tuesday if you can’t make them all.

  • Join us Tuesday evenings in August for phone banking with other members of our Health Care for All team from around the country.We will connect with folks in New Jersey to drive calls to Senator Menendez and make sure he gets the message that his constituents cannot wait any longer for him to expand Medicare.
  • Don’t worry if you haven’t phonebanked before! We will run through a brief phone bank training at the beginning of each session where we’ll talk about the issue, the script, and how to use the tech.

Dreaming out loud: Housing for all

RENTERS: What issues are you facing with your current housing situation? Have you ever felt manipulated, abused or taken advantage of by a bad landlord?  What would it look like for America to guarantee housing as a basic human right?

Citizen Action of Wisconsin Driftless Co-op and People’s Action are currently working on a Housing For All campaign to push the federal government to get to work on protecting renters.  We want to hear from you!

Please join us August 12th at 6:00 PM for our “Imagination Session” over Zoom so you can help shape the future of housing rights in America!  Register below to receive Zoom information to join this meeting.

Register Now

Citizen Action of Wisconsin at the Adams County Fair

If you will be in Adams County this weekend stop by the fair and chat with Citizen Action of Wisconsin members.  We have a booth at the fair.  We will be talking about the work we do, building our list of progressive activists and hopefully sign up new members.  Come join us and learn about the work the Driftless Co-op has done.  You can even sign up for a meeting with local organizer Ben Wlson.

“Existence is not silence” This is NOT that Podcast

The city-wide morale-boost built by the Bucks championship win is still palatable in Milwaukee. But very quickly, it’s becoming obvious that there are those which see that morale-boost as Milwaukee overcoming systemic oppression and the effects of segregation. Building off that theme, this week we discuss the experiences of Milwaukee’s minority and immigrant communities which may often occur in silence. We’re also welcoming Voces de la Frontera organizer Tommy Molina, who witnessed first hand an ICE arrest in 2019 which grew into a months-long battle to return a father to his family. Get involved with Voces de la Frontera by calling their office at 414-643-1620.

Listen Now!

Healthcare for All Show

WATCH this week’s Healthcare for All Show! Stephanie Sue Stein, from the League of Progressive Seniors, joins Citizen Action’s Healthcare for All Cooperative organizer Karen Kirsch and Dr. Mark Neumann to discuss America’s healthcare system.

LISTEN NOW!

RSVP to join the next show >>> //bit.ly/3ym6SwT If you join via the zoom webinar after the show we will have the opportunity to enter the Green Room with Karen and Dr. Mark to talk more, ask questions or share your healthcare stories if you feel compelled to share. See you in the green room!

Citizen Action in the News

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel did a major feature story on a proposed Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) in Crawford County (along the Mississippi River). Citizen Action’s Driftless Area Organizing Co-op is the leader in the fight to stop it, and the article quotes our organizer Ben Wilson near the top of the lengthy story. Read it here

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig was on the Earl Ingram radio show for 60 minutes to discuss the state of Wisconsin politics, and the reasons Wisconsin Democrats are now less progressive than their national counterparts. Listen here.

Citizen Action and the WI Alliance for Retired Americans held a roundtable discussion with Congresswoman Gwen Moore on the 56th Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid. The Milwaukee Courier covered the event.

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig was on the Jeff Santos radio show for the full hour to discuss everything going on in national politics and legislation, with a particular focus on the infrastructure bills. Listen to the whole interview here.

Bet On Us! Submit your application today

In partnership with Wisconsin Working Families Party, Citizen Action is actively recruiting applicants for “Bet on Us WI” an eight week program that centers on building inclusive campaigns, stronger campaign environments, & growing movements together. Bet on Us WI, seeks to build and train a statewide base of Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) women, transgender, and non-binary activists who can provide campaign services to progressive candidates and campaigns.

Apply today

Call to Action in Wausau

The Sustainability, Energy and Environment Committee for the City of Wausau, has drafted and passed an Environmental Justice Resolution, and it would have no negative fiscal impact on the City. Yet, it is being opposed by the local Chamber of Commerce, and therefore we, and Citizens for a Clean Wausau are calling on our members and friends to call and email their Alder asking them to support the Environmental Justice resolution. We are also encouraging vaccinated people to consider attending the Common Council meeting on August 10th, at 6:30 pm at City Hall, to speak in support. If you do not know who your Alder is, you can find out here.

“U.S. Senate Candidate Interview with Sarah Godlewski” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

This week we welcome yet another U.S. Senate candidate, State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski, to discuss her primary campaign. This is our second in a series of interviews with the crowded field of Democratic candidates vying to face off against incumbent Senator and Trump sycophant Ron Johnson. Our panel also talks about the explosion of COVID and the return of masking for some businesses and local governments, while the Legislative Republicans move this week to bar the UW System from enacting COVID safety rules, endangering young people, university staff, and the communities in which they live. We also look at the eviction crisis, the important role of movement leaders like U.S. Rep. Cori Bush cutting through traditional political gridlock, and the hard path ahead to real structural reform.

LISTEN now!

Sarah Godlewski for U.S. Senate

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Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, July 30th


Friday, July 30th

Citizen Action member featured in a NEW documentary video on fighting CAFOs from In These Times Magazine.

As part of the Wisconsin Idea media project that Citizen Action is participating in with In These Times magazine, journalists traveled to Wisconsin’s Crawford, Polk, and Burnett counties to speak with residents about their concerns and about their struggles to defend themselves against Big Agriculture and the factory farming industry. They have produced an outstanding video documentary telling the story. 

Citizen Action Driftless Organizing Co-op member, Forest Janke, is featured in the documentary!

Watch the NEW documentary. 

Citizens impacted by our Healthcare System Join Sen. Baldwin, Rep. Kristina Shelton, Citizen Action, and Protect Our Care for Healthcare Roundtable

On Friday, July 23rd, Wisconsin residents Lisa Schwetschenau and Peggy McDowell shared their healthcare stories at a roundtable discussion with Sen. Tammy Baldwin and Rep. Kristina Shelton. The roundtable was organized by Protect Our Care Wisconsin and Citizen Action Organizing Co-ops in Northcentral and Northeast Wisconsin. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined to hear these stories and to discuss the Medicaid Saves Lives Act — historic legislation introduced by Senators Baldwin, Jon Ossoff (D-GA), and Reverend Raphael Warnock (D-GA) to create a federal program to extend coverage to millions of people in states that have refused Medicaid expansion. Over 90,000 Wisconsinites would benefit from this legislation, and it would bring much needed revenue to our state. You can see the roundtable discussion here.

Welcome North Side Rising Organizer, Deon Young!

Deon Young, North Side Rising Co-op Organizer. Deon was born in a mountain state (Colorado) and raised in the great city of Milwaukee since 1987 and a proud Warhawk (UW-Whitewater class of 2004) with a BA in Political Science and minor in Geography. He is a seasoned organizer with his first organizing job in 2004 working to fight against discriminatory ballot referendums that denied civil and equal rights to LGBTQ+ Wisconsinites with the Fair Wisconsin Campaign. 

Get to know Deon and connect with him to learn how you can get involved in our North Side Rising Co-op!

 

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

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

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

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

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

Citizen Action of Wisconsin Driftless co-op hosts its annual meeting

Last Sunday the Driftless co-op hosted its in-person, annual meeting in Coon Valley.  Our own members spoke about our accomplishments and set the tone for next year!  We had a great turnout of 37 people and we even gained two new members!  

One of the highlights of the day was a full report about our fight against factory farms.  Wed also heard about our 2020 election work, the fact that all but one of our 2021 endorsed local candidates won their election, our work to pass Wisconsin’s first Medicare for All resolution, our work to help La Crosse develop a climate action plan and our rural issue team.  We even began signing members up for our climate, healthcare and social media teams!

This meet was a huge success thanks to our members!  We had a full potluck filled with great food.  I special thanks goes to Wisco Pop, Viroqua Food Co-op and Kvarnstrom Bakery for their generous donations to the potluck.  We even had a quick hike!

This event helped to set us up to create real change, fight factory farming and elect some amazing leaders in 2022!

Southeastern Wisconsin Co-Op Members Came Together!

                               

We wrapped up the week of annual membership meetings in Glendale, WI with the Southeastern, Health Care for All, and North Side Rising annual co-op membership meeting! Citizen Action of Wisconsin is a statewide organizing cooperative and we encourage you to learn about the campaigns each region is involved in and get involved!! Thank you to everyone who joined us, we look forward to seeing you soon!

New Episode of “Let’s talk about Health Care” Now Streaming!

We were able to catch up with Randy Bryce to discuss America’s healthcare system. Hear what we have to say about the upcoming Bernie/Biden initiative to expand current Medicare benefits, find out what he has been working on since his 2018 breakout Congressional campaign, and get an update on his mom who was featured in his first ad! Watch now!

Watch Now! Join the team in the greenroom next week, register here!

 

Citizen Action in the News

Citizen Action’s Executive Director Robert Kraig was on the Earl Ingram Radio Show for the full hour to discuss the state of play on protecting voting rights, the infrastructure bills, and more. Listen here.

Robert Kraig was also on the Jeff Santos Show for for the full hour to discuss whether U.S. Senate Democrats are blowing it on democracy, infrastructure, the rest of the progressive agenda. Listen here.

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

“Infrastructure politics” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss this week’s apparent breakthrough in the U.S. Senate on a $1 trillion bi-partisan infrastructure bill. What’s in it, and is it really on track? We then evaluate the progressives’ two track strategy on infrastructure, and the threat from moderate Senator Kyrsten Sinema to derail the entire Biden Build Back Better agenda. In the state Legislature the Wisconsin Manufactures and Commerce reveals their hand behind this week’s failed GOP effort to cut UI for workers with a veto override vote. Q Anon caucus member and Election Committee chair Rep. Janel Brandtjen embraces conspiracy theories and the “Big Lie” as she launches an Arizona-style fishing expedition of the 2020 election in Wisconsin. We review the CDC’s new recommendation for indoor masking where infection rates remain high and Sen. Johnson’s incorrect statement calling it a mandate and saying the CDC should stop making recommendations to end the spread of COVID.  Finally, we celebrate Medicare and Medicaid’s 56th birthdays on Friday and Sen. Baldwin calls for rejecting Purdue Pharma’s bankruptcy plan.

Listen Now!

 

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Citizen Action Weekly; Friday, July 23rd

Citizen Action Weekly; Friday, July 23rd


Friday, July 23rd

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

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

We will be:

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

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

A CARPOOL FROM LA CROSSE IS AVAILABLE SIGN UP HERE

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

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

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

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

Watch this week’s show Now!

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

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

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

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

LISTEN NOW

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

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

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

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

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

Learn more and RSVP 

 

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

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

RSVP Here!

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

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

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

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

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Subscribe to the daily newsletter from our friends at UpNorthNews for the latest reporting on policy, politics, and great storytelling from around the state.

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Citizen Action in the News

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

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

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

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Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, July 16th

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, July 16th

Friday, July 16th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Citizen Action launches NEW 2021 Movement Politics Academy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Citizen Action of Wisconsin Driftless Co-op Annual Meeting

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

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

We will be

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

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

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

Listen to the new Healthcare For All Show

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

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

And much more! Listen now

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

Citizen Action Summer Potluck Community Event

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

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

More information and RSVP 

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

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

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

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

RSVP Here!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Citizen Action in the News

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Building the political movement we need” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

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

LISTEN now!

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Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, July 9th

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Child Tax Credit Press Tour! #KeepFamiliesAfloat

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

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

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

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

This is Not That Podcast: Health is Wealth

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

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

Listen Now!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Take Action: Milwaukee’s Green New Deal!

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

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

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

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

Citizen Action in the News

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

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

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

“Vaccinating the pandemic” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

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

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