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.

LISTEN NOW

Volunteer for Supreme Moore-Omokunde by emailing Supreme at: info@supremeforassembly.com
Volunteer for JoAnna Bautch

Voces de la Frontera’s Justice for Strauss workers!

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Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, July 31st

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, July 31st

Friday, July 31st

Request your absentee ballot today! Protect your health vote from home. 

All Registered Wisconsin voters are eligible to vote with an absentee ballot. You can request ballots for both the primary and general elections in 2020.

Request your absentee ballot today.

Primary Election is Tuesday, August 11th; Thursday August 6th is the last day to request your absentee ballot.

Volunteer to Send texts and/or Make Calls for Citizen Action of Wisconsin Endorsed Candidates who have contested Primaries.

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

Sign up here to get out the vote in these important races for the Tuesday August 11th Primary!

Texting will happen Tuesday, August 4th, and Tuesday Aug 11th from 4:00-6:30 pm.

SIGN UP FOR A TEXT SHIFT HERE!

Calls will happen on Wednesday August 5th from 5-8pm, and you will be able to make calls whenever you want after this initial training.

SIGN UP FOR A CALL SHIFT HERE

Take a stand against medical debt in La Crosse this Sunday!

Citizen Action of Wisconsin and SEIU Healthcare are taking a stand against medical debt. Join us for a socially distant rally and protest to let Gundersen know that they need to stop suing their employees and the community over medical debt!

Please use this form to RSVP for this important event.

As one of the largest employers and health care providers in our community, Gundersen Health System has a responsibility to our most vulnerable citizens. In just the past few years, Gundersen has taken hundreds of our community members to court for unpaid medical debt – including its own employees who cannot afford the who cannot afford the steep cost of the Hospital’s insurance plan.

Gundersen has been named one of the most profitable hospitals in the country.  Community members and Gundersen employees should be able to receive affordable services at a nonprofit Hospital without being sued, taken to collections, or having their wages garnished.

We demand Gundersen:

  1. Cease suing our community members and employees for medical debt
  2. Forgive existing medical debt
  3. Provide employees with affordable health insurance coverage

Remember to bring water and sunscreen.  Also please wear the color purple in solidarity.

PLEASE RSVP

You can read more about the Stand Against Medical Debt and why we are standing up to Gundersen right here.

Follow the brand new Citizen Action of Wisconsin Driftless Co-op page on Facebook

Citizen Action has rolled out a brand new public Facebook page for the Driftless region.  This page is the best place to stay up to date on important events, calls to action and campaigns Citizen Action is working on locally. This public page also makes it very easy to share this important information to everyone on your Facebook friends list with one simple click. Please use this link to like this page and share contact across the internet.

You can also help get the word out by joining our social media team.  We are recruiting a team to help share content from the new local Citizen Action page.  This is a very easy job but a very important one.  Members of the team will be called upon to share specific content on their own Facebook page.  Basically when a team member gets tagged in a post they are asked to simply click the share button.  It only takes a few seconds but it has a HUGE impact.  If you would like to join the social media team please contact Ben Wilson at ben.wilson@citizenactionwi.org.

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!

Our planet is in crisis.  We must protect the environment for generations to come.  It is vital that our elected leaders hear from us NOW.   Wisconsin will not be immune to impacts of climate change, but we can be part of the solution! Climate scientists agree that we must limit global temperature increases to 1.5 degrees Celsius to avoid the most destructive and dangerous effects of climate change. This will require net zero carbon emissions by 2050, which means ditching fossil fuels and transitioning to 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.

CALL TO ACTION: Join in a phone banking day of action for Citizen Action of Wisconsin endorsed candidate Josefine Jaynes on August 6th

Citizen Action of Wisconsin endorsed candidate Josefine Jaynes is running in a tight primary for the Democratic nomination in Wisconsin’s Assembly district 96 covering Vernon, Crawford and Monroe counties.

Josefine is an inspiring 18 year old candidate who will bring a bold new progressive voice to Madison.  She is committed to protecting Wisconsin’s small farms, fighting climate change, protecting our water, making sure our schools are getting the funding they need and making sure that rural Wisconsin is protected and heard. She is the voice of the next generation of progressive leaders.  You can actually hear an interview with Josefine in this week’s “Battleground Wisconsin” podcast.

Josefine’s campaign is planning a major day of action in advance of the August 11th primary.  They will be hosting a phone bank next Thursday Aug 6th.  She is looking for volunteers from across the state to make calls to residents of district 96.  Official instructions on how to get involved in this phone banking event will be announced this weekend on Josefine’s campaign Facebook page.  You can also email Josefine directly at josefinejaynes@gmail.com and she will make sure you are connected and able to get involved.     

Let the City of La Crosse know that you support expanding voting access

Voting is one of America’s most important rights. Elections during the age of COVID-19 should not be a choice between voting and your health.  The City of La Crosse can take steps RIGHT NOW to expand voting access and ensure safe, free and fair elections through the rest of 2020.  Please take a moment and complete this form to send an email to La Crosse’s mayor, city clerk and deputy city clerk to let them know that you support the following plans to expand voting access and make sure that every La Crosse resident can vote safely.

  • Provide at least three secure absentee ballot drop boxes throughout the city
  • Strive to identify, prepare, and maintain the standard number of polling locations. At a minimum, the city should have at least seventy-five percent of an average election’s total number of polling locations open for Election Day
  • Develop and enact a plan for the recruitment and retention of poll workers to be made available to the public
  • Identify, prepare, and maintain suitable areas for drive through voting for both early and same day voting. Ensure that every in-person polling location has functional curbside voting as required by state statute

Please use the links below to sign our digital petition and send an email directly to the mayor of La Crosse (along with the city clerk) to let them know you support expanded voting options to keep everyone safe while they vote this November.

Please use this form to email the mayor and city clerk directly
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.

Volunteer for Citizen Action endorsed candidate Joni Anderson and help flip State Senate District 14

Progressives have a chance to flip Wisconsin’s State Senate district 14 this year!  Citizen Action of Wisconsin member and endorsed candidate Joni Anderson is running as the State Senate district 14 Senator.  District 14 is an open seat in a very gerrymandered, rural area but we can win if we start organizing RIGHT NOW.

Joni is the vice president of her union.  She is a strong advocate for universal healthcare.  She sees the urgent need to fight against the climate crisis.  She will be a powerful ally for Wisconsin progressives and Citizen Action of Wisconsin.  For more information about her campaign you can visit her campaign Facebook page here.

Joni has no primary opponent but she is building a strong volunteer network now so that they can spring into action after the August 11th primary.  She is looking for virtual volunteers to phone bank, send handwritten postcards and share her message across social media.  No matter where you are in the state (or country) you can help by joining her volunteer team.  For more information on how to get involved please contact Joni directly at jonianderson56@gmail.com.  Please contact Joni NOW so that after the primary she has a team ready to go to flip State Senate District 14!

Virtual Town Hall and Volunteer opportunities for Supreme Moore Omokunde on Tuesday August 4th!

Join Citizen Action’s North Side Rising on Tuesday, August 4th at 5pm for a virtual town hall with State Assembly candidate Supreme Moore Omokunde. Supreme is running for District 17th on Milwaukee’s Northside.

As a member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, Supreme has been addressing the issues that matter to us the most – climate change and economic opportunity for Milwaukee. As co-chair for the Milwaukee City/County Climate and Economic Equity Taskforce that is developing and implementing a Green New Deal in Milwaukee creating good green jobs for the city. Green jobs are currently the fastest growing job sector in the US today that Milwaukee could really benefit from.

Now, Supreme is running for State Assembly to continue the fight for an equitable green new deal.

Join the town hall to hear more about his campaign and how you can help him.

North Central Organizing Co-op Member Takes Part in National Living Room Conversation

NC Co-op member, community activist, and Wausau City Alder Tom Kilian was interviewed by CHEJ (Center for Health, Environment and Justice) as a part of their weekly living room leadership series. CHEJ is an affiliate of the Action Network and People’s Action. Tom started a grassroots fight in Wausau, in regard to decades of environmental contamination from industry in his neighborhood. He lives in a working-class neighborhood, and believes that it has not been a priority to remediate the years of pollution because of this fact. Tom’s activism led to the creation of the grassroots group Citizens for a Clean Wausau, and has spanned nearly a decade of researching and exposing the past that led to this contamination. You can see Tom’s full interview here.

And here’s an article from Wausau Pilot & Review about the interview.

Marathon County Board of Supervisors Passes a Fair Maps resolution!

After a second attempt (in 4 years) the Marathon County Board of Supervisors has passed a Fair Maps resolution, 19-17! Newly elected Supervisor Will Harris (Who was also endorsed by Citizen Action of Wisconsin) and Jean Maszk sponsored the resolution.  Those voting in favor were Supervisors Harris, Maszk, Beastrom, Buttke, Cihlar, Conway, Christensen, Fisher, Gonnering, Johnson, Krause, Lo, Leahy, Opall, Overbeck, Robinson, Rosenberg, Van Krey and Xiong. This was the result of a coalition of grassroots community members, who organized around this issue, contacted their Supervisors, and fielded calls to Supervisors from community members. At least half a dozen members of the NC Organizing Co-op played an active role in making this happen.

Here is the video of the meeting.

WSAW provided some coverage of this as well.

This follows Rusk County, which passed a measure to have a Fair Maps referendum question on their November ballot a couple of months back. Co-op members were also involved in that. There are more efforts happening in other parts of the NC region. Stay tuned for updates!

Citizen Action in the News

Citizen Action released a report on the impact of cutting the $600 federal supplemental unemployment insurance payment in Wisconsin. See details on our findings and full video of the press conference here, which included State Senator La Tonya Johnson. See and hear media coverage from ABC TV Madison; Up North News, and listen to an interview with Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig on WCLO Radio.

Citizen Action Health Care for All Director Claire Zautke did an interview on WORT Radio on prescription drug reform.

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig discussed the prospects for progressive influence in the Biden Administration 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.

“Trump mails in the election” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss President Trump’s disturbing pronouncement that the 2020 election should be delayed because mail-in ballots will make it inaccurate and fraudulent. Trump’s statement comes on the heels of a cratering economy and complete absence of Republican leadership on extending desperately needed COVID relief. We celebrate the extension of the moratorium on utility shutoffs last week and thank the leadership of Citizen Action’s new North Side Rising organizing co-op. We welcome progressive State Assembly candidates Kristina Shelton and Josefine Jaynes to discuss their August 11th primary elections.

LISTEN NOW – EPISODE #453
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Donate to Josefine Jaynes.
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Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, July 24th


Friday, July 24th

North Side Rising Campaign Keeps the Lights On for WeEnergies Customers

Last week, North Side Rising and community allies held a rally and march to We Energies calling for an extension of the moratorium on We Energies and utilities from cutting of power to those who can’t currently pay their bills. As of early this week, We Energies had not agreed to a moratorium extension Therefore, Northside Rising held another march and protest at We Energies this Wednesday.

The event focused attention on how important it is for everyone to have essential energy and power. “Please just have a heart, please look at us as people and not as profit,” said Dana Kelley, Citizen Action North Side Rising organizer. “We are struggling,’ said Kelley. “So to struggle to whether you’re going to pay the electric bill, or buy food, that’s not something right now that people need to be struggling and worrying about.”

In addition to the protest, North Side Rising organized people to contact the Public Service Commission to extend the moratorium on cutting off people’s power.

BREAKING UPDATE: On Thursday, the Public Service Commission voted 2-1 to extend the moratorium that bars utilities from disconnecting residential customers behind on their bills to Sept. 1.  A huge victory for people in Wisconsin unable to pay their bills due to COVID-19.  Citizen Action of Wisconsin got some of the credit, see story in the Milwaukee Journal SentinelRead media from North Side Rising rally.

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.

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Vote safely and conveniently from home in 2020! 

All Registered Wisconsin voters are eligible to vote with an absentee ballot. You can request ballots for both the primary and general elections in 2020.

Request your absentee ballot today.

Primary Election is Tuesday, August 11th; Thursday August 6th is the last day to request your absentee ballot.

General Election is Tuesday, November 3rd; Thursday, October 29th is the last day to request an absentee ballot.

Meet Wisconsin State Assembly district 96 candidate Josefine Jaynes by watching her Citizen Action town hall.

On July 21st 2020 Citizen Action of Wisconsin was thrilled to host a candidate town hall with Wisconsin’s 96th Assembly district candidate Josefine Jaynes.  Thank you to all of you who were able to join us for this very special event. For those who could not make it a video of the town hall can be found right here.  Please watch the video and feel free to share it with friends and family.

After you watch the town hall please fill out this quick and easy survey.  This survey will help us make sure that future town halls are informative for voters.  It will also help generate feedback for Josefine’s campaign.

Wisconsin’s primary election is just three weeks away.  It is so important that Josefine’s supporters lend a hand to turn out the vote. Below are a few ways to get involved with Josefine’s campaign.

Citizen Action of Wisconsin will be working with Josefine’s campaign to schedule several days of action to help her win her primary.  Keep an eye open for information about the following events

  • Phone banking
  • Text banking
  • Sending handwritten postcards to voters across the district
  • Volunteer shifts to drop flyers on voters’ doors

Green Bay Passes City-Wide Mask Ordinance

After a week of intense community discussion, the Green Bay City Council passed a City-Wide mask ordinance 7-5. Mayor Eric Genrich unveiled the proposal at a press conference on Monday. “I think we all want our schools to be open, but in order to do that, we need to crush this curve,” he said. “We all want the Packers season to be back and for fans to be able to witness the games … We want our economy back going strong, but in order to do that, we really need to bring the fight to the coronavirus.”

Green Bay Alder Randy Scannell first proposed a communication last week encouraging a city-wide mask ordinance, however it was not passed through the Policy and Protection committee. Thanks to you, we were able to help over 130 people contact the Green Bay City Council in favor of passing a mask-ordinance! Thank you to everyone who took action with us to encourage our elected leaders to put the health of our community above all else.

Join One of Multiple Solar Jobs & Green Homes Presentation Coming Up

Join a live video Zoom discussion about new ways Citizen Action of Wisconsin has found to help support job creation and fight climate change based on new federal actions that makes it easier for homes to get solar and/or cut mortgage & utility costs.

These presentations will go over what we are doing, how it fits into a movement for change, and how people can help, whether or not they are able to add solar panels. Virtual events are coming up on all the following dates/times:

  • Wednesday, Jul 29 at 10:00 AM, co-hosted by Connie Raether, click here
  • Wednesday, Jul 29 at 04:00 PM, co-hosted by Kay Hoff, click here:
  • Wednesday, Jul 29 at 04:00 PM, co-hosted by Bryan Milz & Renee Gasch, click here
  • Thursday Jul 30 at 04:00 PM, co-hosted by Jonathan Barker, click here:
  • Thursday Jul 30 at 07:00 PM, co-hosted by Max Winkels, click here
  • Friday Jul 31 at 09:00 AM, co-hosted by Jackie Cody, click here:
  • Friday Jul 31 at 11:00 AM, co-hosted by Laura Lokken, click here
  • Friday Jul 31 at 01:00 PM, co-hosted by Karen Lemke, click here:
  • Tuesday Aug 4 at 03:30 PM, co-hosted by Rebecca Alwin, click here
  • Tuesday Aug 4 at 05:00 PM, co-hosted by Randall Wendt, click here
  • Thursday Aug 6 at 07:00 PM, co-hosted by Michael Karolewicz, click here

Vote August 11th & Volunteer for Citizen Action Candidate Kristina Shelton

The August 11th primary is fast approaching! In addition to making sure that you have your absentee ballot requested and filled out, you can make a huge impact in supporting Kristina Shelton in the 90th assembly district.

Kristina Shelton is in a tough race against the incumbent in Assembly District 90. She continues to demonstrate a commitment to her community and her experience, integrity, and vision to lead is greatly needed in the State Assembly. You can help Kristina win her election by sending texts, calling voters, and helping do lit drops in her district. You can help learn more about her action opportunities by visiting https://www.kristinaforassembly.com/volunteer.

North Central Organizing Co-op is Working on a Solar Group Buy…Help Create Union Jobs and Cut Your Energy Bills and Carbon Emissions All at Once!

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. According to the Nature Resource Defense Council, reducing the carbon emissions coming from our home is the number one thing that we can do to reduce our carbon footprint. Plus, it’s good for the pocketbook!

Now, we are launching a project to train and coach homeowners through the steps of accessing solar through this campaign victory where they can help create good jobs fighting climate change through this “green mortgage” program saves more than it costs from the get go!

Citizen Action of Wisconsin is currently accepting applications for 20 homeowners from North Central Wisconsin to be fellows in this program at this time and participate in this “Group Buy”. Fellows chosen will be trained through video meetings and 1-1 coaching sessions to undertake and communicate how to fight climate change at home. Fellows will only be chosen if we are confident we can reduce their costs and cut their 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.

Through this group buy, we will achieve better savings, and help push the industry to be better at delivering carbon-cutting upgrades to people in the Northwoods/Wausau area! Sign up here!

Fair Maps Coalition Update – Marathon County

Citizen Action of Wisconsin members from all across the state are part of the Fair Maps Coalition, and there has been some movement in the North Central region to get Fair Maps resolutions and/or referendums passed. Currently, the Marathon County Board of Supervisors is preparing to vote on a Fair Maps resolution. This will be the 2nd time that this has been attempted. The difference is that this time there is a new board, and several new members now exist. But the votes will be close!! Calling your County Board Supervisor, if you’re a Marathon County resident, and telling them that you support this, could be the difference between them voting yes or no! If you would like to call your County Board Supervisor, you can identify them and find their contact information here!

If you would like to stay up-to-date on the Fair Maps Coalition and the work that they are accomplishing, check out their latest newsletter, and stay tuned for future issues. One of the founding members of the Citizen Action of WI North Central Organizing Co-op is featured in this newsletter!

Citizen Action in the News

Citizen Action’s protest last week in Milwaukee on COVID-19 relief, led by our new African American led North Side Rising project, included the demand that the Public Services Commission extend the moratorium on utility shut-offs. On Wednesday the PSC reversed itself and extended the moratorium until October.  Citizen Action got some of the credit in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story on the decision.

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig sat down for a deep interview with People’s Action Executive Director George Goehl on how progressives can build governing power in the Biden Administration. It was a full episode of the Next Move Podcast, the newest feature of People’s Action, Citizen Action national federation of state and local social justice groups.

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig was on the Jeff Santos Radio Show to discuss progressive movement building, following an interview with path-breaking African American Political Scientist Adolph Reed. 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.

“Uncontrolled Contagion” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

The panel digs into the uncontrolled spread of COVID-19 in Wisconsin, now one of the worst 19 states in the country in containing the virus. How bad is it? What is the State Legislature, the Evers Administration, and local governments doing about it? As the federal cut-off of pandemic unemployment benefits looms, the panel discusses dissension in the ranks of the GOP, and the likely inadequate proposal they will make to the Democrats. We also look at the immense economic impact being inflicted on working Americans, and the disproportionate impact on communities of color. Will right-wing conservatives in The Senate and the White House get their act together, or will they unleash a historic wave of utility cut offs, hunger, evictions, and foreclosures?
Listen Now – Episode #452
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Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, July 17th

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, July 17th

Friday, July 17th

Citizen Action announces more 2020 State Legislative Candidate Endorsements

Friday afternoon, July 17th the Citizen Action Board announced more candidate endorsements in state legislative elections. There will be more endorsements coming throughout the summer.

Senate District 16: Melissa Sargent
Senate District 18: Aaron Wojciechowski
Assembly District 37: Abigail Lowery
Assembly District 38: Melissa Winker
Assembly District 69: Brian Giles
Assembly District 78: Lisa Subeck
Assembly District 81: Dave Considine
Assembly District 85: Jeff Johnson

Milwaukee County Election
Register of Deeds: Israel Ramon, Citizen Action Healthcare Co-op member

Vote safely and conveniently from home in 2020! 

All Registered Wisconsin voters are eligible to vote with an absentee ballot. You can request ballots for both the primary and general elections in 2020.

Request your absentee ballot today.

  • Primary Election is Tuesday, August 11th; Thursday August 6th is the last day to request your absentee ballot.
  • General Election is Tuesday, November 3rd; Thursday, October 29th is the last day to request an absentee ballot.

Green Bay Mayor Eric Genrich & Sen. Dave Hansen endorse Citizen Action co-op member Kristina Shelton for 90th Assembly District!

Green Bay Mayor Eric Genrich and state Sen. Dave Hansen joined other Democrats this week as they endorsed Northeast WI Co-op member Kristina Shelton in the 90th Assembly District primary.

The backing from Hansen and Genrich comes less than a week after Democratic leaders in the Assembly threw their support behind Shelton, a member of the Green Bay School Board.

The primary election is Tuesday, August 11th.

“Words cannot express how tremendously honored I am to have the support of Mayor Genrich and Sen. Hansen. In their own way, they have both fought hard for the working people of Green Bay, and knowing I have them behind me shows the community that I am the one clear choice for Democrats on August 11.” — Kristina Shelton

Request your absentee ballot today!
Donate today to Kristina Shelton.
Volunteer to help the campaign!

Citizen Action holds 4 media events on Wednesday to urge Congress and the President to take action on COVID-19 relief & demand WE Energies and utilities stop power “cut offs”.

This Wednesday, July 15th, Citizen Action held 4 media events and a rally and march in Milwaukee telling Congress and the President to take urgent action in the next ten days to maintain existing pandemic relief efforts and expand them with new investments to address the full depth of the employment crisis in Wisconsin. The media events and the march in Milwaukee demanded that WE Energies and other utilities end planned “cut offs” of customers on July 25th.

When Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) in March, it was impossible to know that the pandemic would continue to spin out of control after the four month sunset of many of its provisions. It is now essential for Congress to pass a new round of relief, extending current benefits and dramatically expanding them to the scale of the crisis.

Milwaukee: North Side Rising leads rally and march to We Energies.

In Milwaukee, Citizen Action’s North Side Rising organized a rally that called for federal action to provide financial assistance to institutions and individuals still struggling in Milwaukee during the pandemic. The rally included Supreme Moore-Omokunde, who is running for State Assembly District 17, who advocated for the Jobs for Economic Recovery Act and for calling for a moratorium on We Energies and utilities from cutting of power to those who can’t currently pay their bills.

Sign our petition calling on We Energies to stop the “cut offs”

The rally featured La Tesha Johnson who, like a lot of people, has been out of work for months. Before the pandemic, Johnson was going to start training with the U.S. Census Bureau, but it was delayed because of the coronavirus.

“I’ve always been one of those people that has kept a job, a good job. To me, being out of work is not easy … my life has changed. The community has changed; the world has changed,” said Johnson. Member of the Milwaukee City/County Climate Equity Task force and NAACP leader, George Martin, spoke passionately at the rally about the huge opportunity before us to make a transition to a green economy that creates good paying green jobs for Milwaukee residents.

Following the rally, people marched from Victory Over Violence Park to WE Energies in downtown Milwaukee demanding justice and mercy during this pandemic to “keep the lights on!”  The march was lead by Rev. Jonathan Barker, Min. Adante Jordan and Rev. Dana Kelley, Lead organizer of North Side Rising.

State Representative Jodi Emerson leads Eau Claire pandemic event.

State Representative Jodi Emerson (AD 91), Eau Claire City Council member Emily Berge, and Citizen Action Wisconsin’s Executive Director Robert Kraig joined together in Eau Claire Wednesday to urge congress to extend unemployment relief to thousands of families struggling to make ends meet during the COVID-19 pandemic. Emerson and Berge, who is also a Citizen Action endorsed candidate for the 68th assembly district, made a point to explain that this isn’t about people not wanting to work, but rather unable to due to businesses wrestling with their bottom line, child care, and health concerns.

Madison leaders speak out on pandemic relief and jobs creation

Citizen Action of Wisconsin hosted a major press event with Executive Director Robert Kraig, Madison’s Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway and representatives from Kids Forward and the United Way to advocate for pandemic relief packages.  Presenters spoke of the need to pass Tammy Baldwin’s legislation to extend the federal pandemic unemployment benefits AND to create millions of federally subsidized jobs.  You can read more about this event here and here.

In Green Bay, Mayor Eric Genrich and Citizen Action urge extension of Pandemic Relief

“We really don’t have the resources to respond in a way that’s necessary, so that’s why we’re relying on the federal government that does have the resources at their disposal… They need to act expeditiously, as quickly as possible to respond to the needs of these families that are going to have these benefits cut off in the next few weeks.” Green Bay Mayor and co-op member, Eric Genrich

You can find out more about our Green Bay event here! Both members Desiree May and Eric Genrich spoke at the event, along with Kevin Kane.

Sign Petition to Stop the WeEnergies “Shut Offs”

Home Healthcare Workers deserve so much more

The ladies of the Care in Action team held a zoom party with the main goal of advocating for better benefits for home healthcare workers.  There is a shortage in this workforce and because now, more than ever people are starting to realize how valuable and noble these workers are.  They allow people to live as independently as possible in their own homes.

Governor Evers appointed a task force to study the shortage and we only had a short amount of time to submit public written advocacy in the form of an online survey.  Many members of the healthcare co-op stepped up and submitted a uniform push for higher pay, health coverage and paid leave. We submitted over 60 surveys statewide and I am sure our effort was noticed.

If you want to join us email karen.kirsch@citizenactionwi.org. We have a great camaraderie while also making the world a better place.  Friendship and change is very uplifting during this time so you should join us.

Make Medicines Work with Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes

Medicines can’t work if nobody can afford them. That’s why people all across the country are coming together to MAKE MEDICINES WORK. Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes, Maine State Senator Rebecca Millett, experts on pharmaceutical monopolies and grassroots leaders directly impacted by this crisis joined us last Thursday in a special live event hosted by the Action Center on Race & the Economy (ACRE), Center for Popular Democracy (CPD), People’s Action, Public Citizen and Social Security Works.

This is just the beginning of this campaign so there will be plenty of opportunities to be active around this issue. Email Karen at karen.kirsch@citizenactionwi.org

You can watch the whole event here, if you missed it.

La Crosse County joins 70+ other communities demanding Guaranteed Health Care for All

This week the La Crosse County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution calling on Senator Ron Johnson, Senator Tammy Baldwin, and Representative Ron Kind to work toward the immediate implementation of universal health care, like Medicare For All Act of 2019.

The resolution is one of more than a dozen that have been passed in 2020. The effort is organized by numerous local, state, and national organizations and elected officials, including Citizen Action of Wisconsin, the Coulee DSA, Public Citizen, and Our Wisconsin Revolution.

County Board Chairperson Monica Kruse stated, “Our voices will join those of the many other counties across Wisconsin and throughout the nation demanding a more equitable, more efficient and more inclusive healthcare system.”

“Single payer, publicly funded, national healthcare insurance is the most economical and most equitable way to achieve full healthcare services for all people,” agrees Citizen Action of Wisconsin Driftless Co-op member Mark Neumann.

The Medicare for All Act of 2019 would guarantee comprehensive health care coverage for all Americans and would eliminate co-pays, deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs that are keeping needed health care out of reach for residents of La Crosse County.

Volunteer to Help Citizen Action endorsed State Assembly candidate, JoAnna Bautch

Calling all volunteers! Join Team JoAnna for volunteer opportunities every weekend (including this weekend) leading up to the August 11th primary election. Pick a date or a few that work best for you and help us connect with voters across the 8th Assembly District on Milwaukee’s near south side. We will have a variety of safe volunteer activities for folks to engage in.

Sign up here: https://forms.gle/oYyZSJ5je4AxnFeKA
Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/JoAnnaforWI/events

Northwestern Co-op Virtual Coffee w/Your Co-op Dates! 

We will be having numerous “Coffee w/Your Co-op” events in July! We are working on building our membership and activism in the rural communities across Northwestern Wisconsin and we need your help! Please ask 1-2 friends to join us virtually on the date that corresponds to where they live and let them know how they would be paramount to our important organizing work in 2020 and beyond! Please register for one of the dates below (BYOCoffee!)

July 17th – St. Croix, Polk, and Burnett Counties – Register Here
July 24th – Pierce, Dunn, and Pepin Counties – Register Here
July 31st – Eau Claire, Trempealeau, and Chippewa Counties – Register Here

Driftless Co-op hosting a candidate town hall with endorsed State Assembly candidate Josefine Jaynes

Please join Citizen Action on July 21st at 6:00 PM for a very special town hall with State Assembly candidate Josefine Jaynes.  Josefine is running for the 96th Assembly seat covering Vernon, Crawford and Monroe Counties.

Josefine was one of the first candidates to receive a Citizen Action endorsement in the new Driftless Region Co-op.  At age 18 Josefine is also the youngest candidate Citizen Action of Wisconsin has ever endorsed. Josefine is committed to fully funding our public schools, ensuring that every Wisconsinite has access to healthcare, addressing the housing and daycare shortage in the district and safeguarding our water both for our health and our tourism. Even though Josefine has spent her entire life surrounded by politics she has committed to not being a career politician. She wants to get in, make the kind of changes Wisconsin needs and get out.

This very special, virtual, town hall is open to the public (even those outside of her district) but RSVP is required to join.  Please use this link to RSVP.  You will receive the Zoom link after you RSVP.  Space is limited so reserve your spot now!

“Stand Against Medical Debt” Rally and Protest August 2nd 3:00 PM

Citizen Action and SEIU Healthcare are taking a stand against medical debt. Join us for a socially distant rally and protest to let Gundersen Healthcare System know that they need to stop suing their employees and the community over medical debt!

Please use this form to RSVP for this important event.

We demand Gundersen:

  1. Cease suing our community members and employees for medical debt
  2. Forgive existing medical debt
  3. Provide Gundersen employees with affordable health insurance coverage

Remember to bring water and sunscreen.  Also please wear the color purple in solidarity.

PLEASE USE THIS FORM TO RSVP
PLEASE USE THIS FORM TO SIGN OUR DIGITAL PETITION AGAINST MEDICAL DEBT

 

“Schools during COVID-19 pandemic” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to surge, and Wisconsin state government is at a standstill, Wisconsin municipalities are stepping up with new mask ordinances. Citizen Action holds news events around the state to call attention to the damage inaction in Washington is doing to the economic well being of working families. Without urgent action by the middle of next week, the unemployed will be cut-off of enhanced unemployment assistance, and we are already facing a wave of utility cut-offs, evictions, and foreclosures. As corporate leaders and their political puppets demand the reopening of schools, we welcome Ben Ward from the MTEA (the Milwaukee teacher’s union) to discuss whether it is even possible to have in-person classed safely when the pandemic continues to rage. We also talk with Voces de la Frontera’s Christine Neumann-Ortiz and Mario Ramirez about their follow up meeting with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services concerning the outrageous decision to withhold the COVID-19 infection numbers of businesses.

Sign MTEA petition to open schools safely.
Sign our petition to stop the We Energies shut offs!

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Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, July 10th

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, July 10th

Friday, July 10th

Watch a very special Citizen Action town hall with Senator Tammy Baldwin about pandemic relief and job creation.

On Wednesday July 8th Citizen Action was very proud to host a town hall about pandemic relief and job creation with special guest Senator Tammy Baldwin.  Over 150 Citizen Action members and reporters from eight media outlets joined us for this important call. You can watch the recording of the town hall here.

Senator Baldwin is leading the charge to offer relief during this pandemic.  She is introducing legislation to extend the $600 a week federal unemployment benefit, create millions of transitional federally subsidized jobs, pass another relief package and kick start a new “New Deal”.

You can take action to help right now.  We need to contact our representatives in Congress RIGHT NOW and let them know that we support these relief packages and a major jobs creation program.  You can use this link to automatically send an email to your representative in the US House and Senate letting them know you support these important pieces of legislation. It only takes a minute but it can have a huge impact on how the country recovers from the COVID19 pandemic!

Northwestern WI Co-op General Party Meeting – July 11 at 10:00am

Join us on Zoom on July 11, 2020 at 10am for a gathering of our Northwestern Wisconsin Co-op members!

We will be discussing what we have done so far this year, where we are heading, and what Citizen Action is doing for the 2020 elections.

Register in advance here for your Zoom link.

“Stand Against Medical Debt” Rally and Protest August 2nd, 3:00 PM

Citizen Action and SEIU Healthcare are taking a stand against medical debt. Join us for a socially distant rally and protest to let Gundersen Healthcare System know that they need to stop suing their employees and the community over medical debt!

Please use this form to RSVP for this important event.

As one of the largest employers and health care providers in our community, Gundersen has a responsibility to our most vulnerable citizens. In just the past few years, Gundersen has taken hundreds of our community members to court for unpaid medical debt – including its own employees who cannot afford the Hospital’s insurance plan.

Gundersen is one of the most profitable hospitals in the country. Community members and employees should be able to receive services at a nonprofit Hospital without being sued, taken to collections, or having their wages garnished.

We demand Gundersen:

  1. Cease suing our community members and employees for medical debt
  2. Forgive existing medical debt
  3. Provide Gundersen employees with affordable health insurance coverage

Remember to bring water and sunscreen.  Also please wear the color purple in solidarity.

PLEASE USE THIS FORM TO RSVP

PLEASE USE THIS FORM TO SIGN OUR DIGITAL PETITION AGAINST MEDICAL DEBT

La Crosse County Residents contact the county board RIGHT NOW and let them know you support Medicare For ALL

We are living through the worst global pandemic of our lives.  Americans across the country have lost their jobs, their income, and their access to healthcare.  This moment, more than any moment in American history, is showing us just how dangerous it is to have healthcare tied to employment.  La Crosse County needs to stand up with counties, and cities, across the country to demand a universal single payer healthcare system so that no one goes without the health coverage they need to live!  Please use this form to contact the county board and let them know that La Crosse County supports universal, single payer healthcare!

Universal single payer healthcare will not only make sure that EVERY AMERICAN can access the healthcare we all need, it will also boast our economy both locally and nationally.  It will allow Americans to look for the kind of employment that allows them to follow their dream without the worry of losing healthcare.  It will take the burden of providing healthcare off the backs of our local employers.  It will end the toxic political influence of the health insurance industry.  Most importantly single payer healthcare will guarantee that every American is able to see a doctor, or receive life saving healthcare, when they need to regardless of income.

You can help make health coverage a reality for every American, regardless of income by urging the La Crosse County Board to pass a resolution in support of Medicare For All.  Dozens of places across the country such as Austin Texas, Warren County Tennessee, Cook County Illinois, and Philadelphia Pennsylvania have all passed similar resolutions.  There is a national movement of cities and counties showing Washington that Americans need healthcare; La Crosse County needs to add its voice to that movement.  Together all of these resolutions will show Washington that America demands a universal, single payer healthcare system NOW.

If you live in La Crosse County please use this form to send an email to members of the La Crosse County Board letting them know they need to pass a county resolution showing supporting Medicare For All.  Once you fill out this form, and customize the email if you want, your email will be sent directly to every member of the La Crosse County Board.  If you are outside of La Crosse County thank you for your support but please do not submit this form; this form is for La Crosse County residents only.

Citizen Action of Wisconsin is hosting a candidate town hall with State Assembly candidate Josefine Jaynes

lease join Citizen Action on July 21st at 6:00 PM for a very special town hall with State Assembly candidate Josefine Jaynes.  Josefine is running for the 96th Assembly seat covering Vernon, Crawford and Monroe Counties.

Josefine was one of the first candidates to receive a Citizen Action endorsement in the new Driftless Region Co-op.  At age 18 Josefine is also the youngest candidate Citizen Action of Wisconsin has ever endorsed.  Josefine is committed to fully funding our public schools, ensuring that every Wisconsinite has access to healthcare, addressing the housing and daycare shortage in the district and safeguarding our water both for our health and our tourism.  Even though Josefine has spent her entire life surrounded by politics she has committed to not being a career politician.  She wants to get in, make the kind of changes Wisconsin needs and get out.

This very special, virtual, town hall is open to the public (even those outside of her district) but RSVP is required to join.  Please use this link to RSVP.  You will receive the Zoom link after you RSVP.  Space is limited so reserve your spot now!

Action Opportunity: Help these Endorsed Candidates Win on August 11th!

The August 11th primary is fast approaching! In addition to making sure that you have your absentee ballot requested and filled out, you can make a huge impact in supporting two of our endorsed candidates:

Kristina Shelton is in a tough race against the incumbent in Assembly District 90. She continues to demonstrate a commitment to her community and her experience, integrity, and vision to lead is greatly needed in the State Assembly. You can help learn more about her action opportunities by visiting https://www.kristinaforassembly.com/volunteer.

Jonathon Hansen is in a primary to represent the Democratic Party in Senate District 30. Jonathon tirelessly served his community during his time on the De Pere City Council. He brings that same determination to his run for State Senate. Jonathon will fight to bring a living wage and affordable, quality healthcare coverage to the people of Wisconsin, no matter your ZIP code. His pride in serving every single resident of his community, district, and state will move Wisconsin forward. His campaign is looking for people to make phone calls before his Primary on August 11th! You can sign up here: https://bit.ly/Phone4Hansen

Volunteer to Help JoAnna Bautch

Calling all volunteers! Join Team JoAnna for volunteer opportunities every weekend (including this weekend) leading up to the August 11th primary election. Pick a date or a few that work best for you and help us connect with voters across the 8th Assembly District on Milwaukee’s near south side. We will have a variety of safe volunteer activities for folks to engage in.

Sign up here: https://forms.gle/oYyZSJ5je4AxnFeKA

Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/JoAnnaforWI/events

North Side Rising Presents: Rally for Good Green Jobs, July 15th, Noon

Join North Side Rising for a rally on Wednesday, July 15th,  12-1:15 pm, at Victory Park, 2601 N Doctor M.L.K. Jr Dr. The rally will support bring awareness and support around the need for Good Living Wage Jobs on the North Side of Milwaukee; the most impoverished, disproportionate, and most affected by the negative effects of COVID-19, Racism and Mental Health Disorders perpetually infringed upon our community city after city, state after state, and generation after generation! Now is the time to right those wrongs and level the playing field. If you truly believe black lives matter then sand up for what matters to black lives and that is their inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Rally Topics:

  • Publicly Subsidized Job Funding on the Federal level (The Need for Living Wage Jobs and what Good Green Jobs look like/do)
  • The End of Work Share Date, July 31, (The need to extend it especially due to End of Utilities Moratorium and the continued crisis of the COVID-19 Pandemic)
  • The End of Utility Moratorium Deadline Date, July 25 (Our Demands, Solutions and Actions to take)

Speakers:

  • Milwaukee County Supervisor Supreme Moore-Omokunde
  • State Senator Latoya Johnson
  • NAACP Rep. George Martin

Do You Live in Marathon County? You’re County Board Supervisor Needs to Hear From You!!

Several community members have worked with Marathon County Board Supervisor, Will Harris, to get a referendum question on the ballot asking if people support Fair Maps (an end to partisan gerrymandering). This proposal has passed the Executive Committee narrowly, and will now be presented to the full board. County Board Supervisors rarely hear from their constituents, and contacting your Supervisor (or helping recruit others to do the same) could be the difference that it takes to get this passed through the full board. Time is of the essence. If you are willing to help with these efforts in some way, please contact NC Organizing Co-op Organizer Joel Lewis at 715-551-2525 or joel.lewis@citizenactionwi.org.

Tell our Gov Task Force that we want equitable green jobs!

Wisconsin has fallen behind other states in addressing climate change. A state task force will advise the Governor on strategies the state can take to mitigate and prepare for global warming. The task force is looking to hear from speakers to emphasize the need for Bold and Equitable actions meaning:

Bold: We need recommendations that help reach the 100% carbon free goal set by Governor Evers. We need to reduce emissions quickly and on a large scale. Our recommendations need to be bold.

Equitable: Communities of color have higher rates of air pollution than white communities. They are disproportionately home to more fracking and other fossil fuel production sites and they bear the greatest impact from severe weather catastrophes. The solutions we recommend should build up communities of color, not continue to tear them down.

Our Climate Equity team will demand the task force to subsidize jobs to take on mitigation and climate change in our communities. The climate equity team is an initiative established by Citizen Action to look at ways to effectively stop climate change and a healthy economy and environment for everyone. To be equitable, we put a major focus on black and brown people who have experienced economic depression since deindustrialization in Wisconsin.

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For more information, visit the official webpage at https://climatechange.wi.gov/Pages/Home.aspx or

contact the co-op organizer at trevonna.sims@citizenactionwi.org

We Want to Help You Make Your Home More Energy Efficient and Help Support Union 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.

Now, we are launching a project to train and coach homeowners through the steps of accessing solar through this campaign victory, where they can help create good jobs, fighting climate change through this “green mortgage” program saves more than it costs from the get go!

Citizen Action of Wisconsin is currently accepting applications for 20 homeowners from Northern Wisconsin to be fellows in this program at this time and participate in this “Group Buy”. Fellows chosen will be trained through video meetings and 1-1 coaching sessions to undertake and communicate how to fight climate change at home. Fellows will only be chosen if we are confident we can reduce their costs and cut their 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.

Through this group buy, we will achieve better savings, and help push the industry to be better at delivering carbon-cutting upgrades to people in the Northwoods!

After submitting the information, you can schedule a call to discuss how we might be able to help! (Questions? Email Kevin.kane@citizenactionwi.org and Joel.lewis@citizenactionwi.org).

Sign up here!

Northwestern Co-op Virtual Coffee w/Your Co-op Dates! 

We will be having numerous “Coffee w/Your Co-op” events in July! We are working on building our membership and activism in the rural communities across Northwestern Wisconsin and we need your help! Please ask 1-2 friends to join us virtually on the date that corresponds to where they live and let them know how they would be paramount to our important organizing work in 2020 and beyond! Please register for one of the dates below (BYOCoffee!)

July 17th – St. Croix, Polk, and Burnett Counties – Register Here
July 24th – Pierce, Dunn, and Pepin Counties – Register Here
July 31st – Eau Claire, Trempealeau, and Chippewa Counties – Register Here

Citizen Action in the News

Our virtual town hall with Senator Tammy Baldwin drew some good media coverage. See coverage in Up North News and WXPR Radio.

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig was on the Jeff Santos Radio Show this week to discuss how Democrats can win a landslide election and govern effectively. The Boston-based show is available on-line and airs in the evenings on the two commercial progressive radio stations in Milwaukee and Madison.

Media Stories 

“Forecast: Hot & Humid” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss the latest Wisconsin Supreme court ruling upholding most of the Lame Duck power grab. The panel then moves to the deadly Wisconsin COVID-19 surge, and the movement towards mask mandates at the local level. Will Governor Evers pursue a state mask order? We tee-off on the troubling decision of the Wisconsin Department Health to withhold the names of businesses with multiple COVID-19 cases. Are they caving to Republican corporate interests? On a more positive note, we look at the bold New Deal-style jobs initiatives highlighted by U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin on a statewide town hall hosted by Citizen Action. Could it be used to protect family incomes, and jump start a green climate transition that also dramatically reduced racial inequality? We also discuss the looming July 25th cut-off of enhanced unemployment benefits, which would leave the unemployed and work-share participants high and dry. We close with an analysis of the just announced Biden-Sanders platform comprises aimed at party unification. Does it signal a new progressive-moderate alliance within the Democratic Party?

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Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, July 3rd

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, July 3rd

Friday, July 3rd

Citizen Action leads the fight for extending enhanced unemployment benefits and Federal appeals court reverses Citizen Action legal victory on voting rights.

We had our first live  in person news conference during the age of COVID19 in La Crosse this week, with appropriate masking and social distancing. Our Driftless Area co-op members who participated and our speaker got brand new Citizen Action face coverings! The focus was the need for the federal government to renew enhanced unemployment benefits, scheduled to expire July 1. We also advocated Senator Tammy Baldwin’s bill to create a New Deal-style publicly subsidized jobs program, to both address our depression-like conditions and to begin the green transition needed to prevent a climate cataclysm.

We got great media coverage, including TV 19 (ABC) La Crosse, WIZM News Talk 1410 AM La Crosse, and TV 8 (CBS) La Crosse

On a much more troubling note, a right-wing panel of judges on a federal appeal court reversed a Citizen Action legal victory on voting rights. The Citizen Action was a lead plaintiff in a federal lawsuit that struck down both Scott Walker early voting restrictions and the ones the Lame Duck Legislature attempted to impose. Citizen Action members and organizers are leading the fight to expand access to both mail voting and in-person voting in cities and counties across Wisconsin. This horrendous decision makes it harder, but our initial reading of the ruling shows there are still many ways that local governments can expand access to both early voting and to vote-by-mail. Our lawyers conclude that despite reimposing the 14 day limit on early voting, there is no limit to the number of locations or early voting hours local governments can provide. We are also consulting with our lawyers about the possibility of an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

See coverage from Wisconsin Examiner, The Nation, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Fox 6 TV Milwaukee, and Associated Press.

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig was a guest on the Jeff Santos Radio Show, a Boston-based program that also is featured on Milwaukee and Madison progressive radio. He discussed the push to move Biden to a bold progressive position, and the federal appeals court early voting decision.

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Senator Tammy Baldwin Virtual Town Hall on Job Creation and Extending Unemployment

Join Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin and Citizen Action Executive Director Dr. Robert Kraig on Wednesday July 8th, 11am, as they go over the opportunity to protect and create hundreds of thousands of jobs to prevent a growing economic recession!

Senator Tammy Baldwin has been leading the way urging a national subsidized employment program in future Congressional action to stop a growing recession. Join her and Citizen Action Wednesday July 8th, 11am,  as we talk about what it is, why it matters, and how we can help!

Register here to reserve a slot for this special event and receive further details for this event.

CALL TO ACTION: Send an email to your representatives in the Senate and the House to let them know you support creating millions of jobs.

In order to create jobs and secure federal employment we need to make our voice heard in Washington.  Our leaders in Congress need to hear from us NOW.  Please take a moment to use this link to send an email directly to your representatives in the US Senate and the House of Representatives letting them know you support the creation of federally subsidized jobs and an expansion of the federal unemployment benefits. It only takes a minute to email your representatives directly.

Attend a Black Lives Matter event near you!

Checkout list of events in Wisconsin.

Northwestern WI Co-op General Party Meeting – July 11, 2020 at 10:00am

Join us on Zoom on July 11, 2020 at 10am for a gathering of our Northwestern Wisconsin Co-op members!

We will be discussing what we have done so far this year, where we are heading, and what Citizen Action is doing for the 2020 elections.

Register in advance here for your Zoom link.

Northwestern Co-op Virtual Coffee w/Your Co-op Dates! 

We will be having numerous “Coffee w/Your Co-op” events in July! We are working on building our membership and activism in the rural communities across Northwestern Wisconsin and we need your help!

Please ask 1-2 friends to join us virtually on the date that corresponds to where they live and let them know how they would be paramount to our important organizing work in 2020 and beyond! Please register for one of the dates below (BYOCoffee!)

  • July 10th – Barron and Rusk Counties – Register Here
  • July 17th – St. Croix, Polk, and Burnett Counties – Register Here
  • July 24th – Pierce, Dunn, and Pepin Counties – Register Here
  • July 31st – Eau Claire, Trempealeau, and Chippewa Counties – Register Here

Action Opportunity: Help Citizen Action Endorsed Candidates Win on August 11th!

The August 11th primary is fast approaching! In addition to making sure that you have your absentee ballot requested and filled out, you can make a huge impact in supporting two of our endorsed candidates:

Kristina Shelton is in a tough race against the incumbent in Assembly District 90. She continues to demonstrate a commitment to her community and her experience, integrity, and vision to lead is greatly needed in the State Assembly. Her opponent, Staush Gruzynski, has been removed from all committee assignments after an investigation determined he sexually harassed an employee of the state legislature. You can help learn more about her action opportunities by visiting https://www.kristinaforassembly.com/volunteer.

Jonathon Hansen is in a primary to represent the Democratic Party in Senate District 30. Jonathon tirelessly served his community during his time on the De Pere City Council. He brings that same determination to his run for State Senate. Jonathon will fight to bring a living wage and affordable, quality healthcare coverage to the people of Wisconsin, no matter your ZIP code. His pride in serving every single resident of his community, district, and state will move Wisconsin forward. His campaign is looking for people to make phone calls before his Primary on August 11th! You can sign up here: https://bit.ly/Phone4Hansen

Don’t forget these two Citizen Action of Wisconsin endorsed candidates come August 11th!

Meet Citizen Action’s 2020 Field Team Leaders

Lead Organizer Viola Myers: (most people call me Vi or V, choose the one that best resonates with you) I support my team in creating the antidote to what got Trump elected. We conspire to rewrite the narrative that continues to oppress and demean the lives of the vast majority of American’s (and citizens of the World). Together we elevate our strengths (and diminish our weaknesses) to accomplish a collective goal in Wisconsin and throughout America that will give the 99 percenters a voice in the political system. Creating a narrative that includes all of us and not just the wealthy few.

My political activism started last year when I was approached by the Andrew Yang Campaign to start a Yang Gang chapter in my community.

My first feat as a Yangsta was to prepare a speech for his May 5th 2019 Rally in Minneapolis, MN; there were 2,000 in attendance. Nervously, I accomplished the task and was instantly activated and wanted to do more. I began to actively promote my Eau Claire Yang Gang through the various tactics that the Campaign provided. I soon realized that these activities were not going to get him elected. I started immersing myself in any Democratic political groups that I could find online. In my journey I ran across the Young Democrats of America. I had the opportunity to attend their biennial convention.

There I was blessed to meet young, active and motivated activists and politicians; I was hooked. I listened to their stories of the experiences and knowledge that they had accumulated in their young lives. It was apparent that I also needed those resources and tools in order to accomplish my goal of getting Yang elected. There was only one thing left and that was to dust off my resume and apply with the Campaign. I began my first political job October 16 2019 with the Campaign. This took me to Iowa for the 2020 Caucus season as well as Nevada where I lead our team in our Early Voting endeavors. In March, after the suspension of the Campaign, I came back to Wisconsin on a mission to help local democratic (conscious)  politicians win local elections in an effort to defeat D.J. Trump. Now, I work as a Lead Field Organizer with Citizen Action of Wisconsin.

Lead Organizer Ken Hood:  My path to political activism has not been a straightforward one. I grew up in a conservative household. Six sisters and one younger brother crammed into a small house in the suburbs. We were a poor family in a rich neighborhood. Growing up I was taught the value of hard work and education.  At the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, I got outside of my conservative bubble. I learned about other religions, cultures, and worldviews. I made mistakes. I asked a lot of questions.  By the end of my college experience I had earned a BA in English, I had gotten married, and I was about to become a father to my first child. Upon graduating I completed a 1 year “leadership development” internship doing church ministry in Minneapolis. My proudest accomplishment from that time was the work I did tutoring Somali refugees.

Moving our family to Wisconsin has turned out to be a transformative experience for me. It was here that I fully shed my conservative beliefs and became interested in progressive ideas and organizing. I searched for opportunities to expand the circle of compassion and social justice in ways that fit my skills and circumstances. My career path branched into customer service where I became a tier-two phone support specialist representing several retail brands. I attended UW Eau Claire for two years and earned a degree in Education. Now our three children enjoy living in the small town that their mother also grew up in. I love the amazing scenery and the friendly people. I’m an active member of the Blue Hills UU Fellowship in Rice Lake. And I can’t imagine being part of a better organization right now than Citizen Action of Wisconsin.

Lead Organizer Kaile Sepnafski: (she/her/hers): I grew up around Wausau, Wisconsin and, thankfully, I was raised by parents who showed me what it means to serve the public and supported – even pushed – me to venture as far away as I felt comfortable. First, I went to the University of Minnesota for undergrad at a time when I was certain I would be a public-school teacher. Act 10 happened, and I decided to find a different path without forgetting my love for education. As a part of my journey down a new path, I studied post-conflict transformation in Gulu, Uganda and Kigali, Rwanda. Studying abroad provided me experiences and spaces to both expand and dig deeper into my views on justice, equality, race, and humanity. Studying abroad also helped me recognize my interest in governmental affairs and advocacy and set me in a direction toward grad school at The Ohio State University to pursue a master’s degree in education policy and a law degree.

I love learning – from people, from places; I love exploring; I enjoy trying to meet people where they are and listening to people talk; I love trying things (I mean I may not like it). I want every child, every student to have access to all the same resources, and nurturing attention and support that my teachers and professors showed me at every step in my education. Unfortunately, our public education system as a cornerstone of our democracy is being eroded. Thus, I wanted to take all that I had learned to work for a nonprofit that advocates for public schools. That is still what I want to do.

I am forever grateful for the opportunity to work for CAW. I feel so fortunate to work with an organization that not only shares my values, but also allows me to work on projects I care deeply about in a way that attempts to meet people where they are, treat them like whole, complex humans with their own unique experiences and set of circumstances, while not shying away from the difficult but crucial conversations about race and class.

La Crosse residents you can TAKE ACTION NOW on climate change and expanding voting access 

If you live in La Crosse county you can take action right now to fight climate change and expand voting access by joining our lobbying efforts.  Citizen Action of Wisconsin has two very important lobbying campaigns going on in your area right now and we need your help.  Your elected leaders need to hear from you so that they know that you support clean energy and safe elections!

First of all Citizen Action is working with the Sierra Club, Wisconsin Conservation Voters, and NextGEN to push the La Crosse County board to pass a resolution committing to 100% clean renewable energy by 2050.  This resolution lays out a plan to transition the county off of carbon emissions in energy production.  We need to send a message to the county board that residents want a cleaner, greener future.  You can help by filling out this form to send an email directly to county board members and let them know that you support 100% clean, renewable energy by 2050.

Citizen Action (along with several area partners) is also hard at work to demand that the city of La Crosse expand voting access during the age of COVID19.  People should never have to choose between their health and being able to vote.  We need to make sure that our November election goes smoothly to avoid the kind of scenes that happened in Milwaukee in April.  We are asking the city to create drive through polling locations, add absentee ballot drop off locations, and create a plan to guarantee at least 75% of polling locations are open and staffed on election day.  You can help by using this form to send an email directly to the mayor and the city clerk to let them know you support expanding voting access during the pandemic!

Attend a virtual listening session of the Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change.

Wisconsin has fallen behind other states in addressing climate change. A state task force is advising the Governor on strategies the state can take to fight global warming.

You can be part of this efforts to move Wisconsin forward by attending or speaking at one of the 3 remaining scheduled public hearings. Let our leaders know how we can make our state a healthier, safer, and more sustainable place to live. The first listening sessions of the Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change drew in more than 200 members of the public who expressed a lot of passion for the issue. There are 3 more scheduled online hearings:

  • July 7th, 6-9pm
  • July 9th, 6-9pm
  • July 15th, 6-9pm

For more information, contact the co-op organizer at trevonna.sims@citizenactionwi.org

“Judges, Billionaires, and Pandemic Chaos” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

The panel digs into the racist federal appeals court ruling restricting Wisconsin early voting, and risking a dangerous replay of the infamous pandemic primary. Citizen Action is a lead plaintiff in the case. We discuss a new report co-released by Citizen Action of Wisconsin on how 8 Wisconsin billionaires have made an economic killing from the pandemic.  The pandemic continues to accelerate, confounding Donald Trump and the GOP by refusing to go away on its own.  We point out some of the hotspots and controversies around the Badger State. We look at the rising pressure for Congress and the President to extend coronavirus economic relief, and to make bold new investments in publicly-subsidized jobs and a green transition. We report back on a major news event Citizen Action led in La Crosse this week to put pressure on the feds to act. Finally, we look at the latest Wisconsin racial justice protest developments, and unveil the latest round of Citizen Action legislative endorsements.

Listen Now – Episode #499
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Citizen Action Weekly: Friday June 26th

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday June 26th

Friday, June 26th

Citizen Action announces more State Legislative Endorsements

Citizen Action is proud to announce more State Legislative candidate endorsements for the 2020 Fall elections. All endorsed candidates completed a Citizen Action questionnaire and interview with a local co-op steering committee. Final endorsement votes were made by Citizen Action’s statewide board.

There will be more State Legislative candidate endorsements next month.

Senate District 6: LaTonya Johnson (City of Milwaukee)
Senate District 8: Neal Plotkin (City of Milwaukee and northern suburbs)
Senate District 14: Joni Anderson (Waupaca, Waushara, Green Lake, Marquette, Columbia, and Dodge Counties)
Assembly District 3: Emily Voight (East Appleton and Calumet County)
Assembly District 4: Kathy Hinkfus (Western suburban Green Bay)
Assembly District 9: Marisabel Cabrera (City of Milwaukee)
Assembly District 15: Jessica Katzenmeyer (West Allis, New Berlin, and Brookfield)
Assembly District 17: Supreme Moore-Omokunde (City of Milwaukee)
Assembly District 23: Deb Andraca (Milwaukee North shore suburbs)
Assembly District 26: Mary Lynne Donohue (South Sheboygan County)
Assembly District 28: Kim Butler (Polk and Burnett Counties)
Assembly District 30: Sarah Yocoub (St. Croix County)
Assembly District 35: Tyler Ruprecht (Lincoln and Langlade County)
Assembly District 51: Kriss Marion (Green, Lafayette, Iowa, Richland Counties)
Assembly District 68: Emily Berge (Eau Claire and Clark Counties)
Assembly District 88: Kristin Lyerly (Eastern suburban Green Bay)
Assembly District 93: Charlie Warner (Eau Claire, Pepin and Pierce Counties)
Assembly District 94: Steve Doyle (LaCrosse suburban and surrounding area)
Assembly District 96: Josefine Jaynes (Crawford, Vernon and Monroe counties)

Request your absentee ballot today!

Attend a BLM event near you this weekend!

Checkout list of events in Wisconsin.

We will be attempting to post as many events on our facebook page. Please check our page for events near you. Citizen Action facebook page.

Also, check with your regional organizer about events in your region. 

Attend virtual town hall o n Jobs creation with U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Tuesday July 8th at 11 AM

Citizen Action of Wisconsin will be hosting a major statewide Town Hall, hosted virtually over Zoom, with Senator Tammy Baldwin on July 8th.  This very special event will outline what we can do to create millions of jobs AND expand the federal unemployment benefit through the end of 2020.

Please RSVP for this event here.  The Zoom link will be sent to your email after you RSVP.

CALL TO ACTION: Send an email to your representatives in the Senate and the House to let them know you support creating millions of jobs.

In order to create jobs and secure federal employment we need to make our voice heard in Washington.  Our leaders in Congress need to hear from us NOW.  Please take a moment to use this link to send an email directly to your representatives in the US Senate and the House of Representatives letting them know you support the creation of federally subsidized jobs and an expansion of the federal unemployment benefits. It only takes a minute to email your representatives directly.

Attend virtual listening session of the Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change.

Wisconsin has fallen behind other states in addressing climate change. A state task force is advising the Governor on strategies the state can take to fight global warming.

You can be part of this efforts to move Wisconsin forward by attending or speaking at one of the 5 scheduled public hearings. Let our leaders know how we can make our state a healthier, safer, and more sustainable place to live. The first listening sessions of the Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change drew in more than 200 members of the public who expressed a lot of passion for the issue.

There are 4 more scheduled online hearings:

  • June 27, 12-3pm
  • July 7th, 6-9pm
  • July 9th, 6-9pm
  • July 15th, 6-9pm

For more information, contact the co-op organizer at trevonna.sims@citizenactionwi.org

Attend La Crosse area Green New Deal press conference on Tuesday, June 30th

Citizen Action of Wisconsin Drfitless co-op will be hosting an in-person press conference in La Crosse on June 30th at 12:00 noon about federal job creation, the need for a “Green New Deal”, and the need to extend the $600 a week federal unemployment benefits.  This event will be held outside, with masks required, with social distancing strictly enforced and all COVID19 prevention measures in place.  Special guest speakers include Citizen Action executive director Robert Kraig, state legislator Steve Doyle and Lauren Journot from La Crosse YWCA.  We are looking for 5-10 Citizen Action members to join us on site to hold signs and show support.

Please use this RSVP link if you are interested in joining us for this important action of action.

CITY OF LA CROSSE RESIDENTS please let the city know that you support expanding voting access in the age of COVID-19

Voting should never be a choice between protecting your health and making your voice heard.  Citizen Action of Wisconsin is committed to ensuring that elections are safe during the COVID-19 outbreak.  That is why we have partnered with Wisconsin Conservation Voters, The League of Women Voters, NextGEN, and Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin to launch a major effort to expand voting options in the City of La Crosse.  Here is what we are asking of the city:

Provide at least three secure absentee ballot drop boxes throughout the city;

  1. Strive to identify, prepare, and maintain the standard number of polling locations. At a minimum, the city should have at least seventy-five percent of an average election’s total number of polling locations open for Election Day;
  2. Develop and enact a plan for the recruitment and retention of poll workers to be made available to the public;
  3. Identify, prepare, and maintain suitable areas for drive through voting for both early and same day voting.
  4. Ensure that every in-person polling location has functional curbside voting as required by state statute;

You can help right now by filling out this simple form to send an email directly to Mayor Kabat, the Deputy City Clerk and the City Clerk to let them know you demand expanding voter access to protect your community’s health and to protect democracy.

Make your voice heard directly RIGHT NOW.  For those of you outside the city of La Crosse thank you for your support but this form is intended for folks who live in La Crosse. If you have friends or family in La Crosse PLEASE SHARE THIS PAGE.

LA CROSSE COUNTY RESIDENTS let the county board know that you support 100% clean, renewable energy

The climate crisis is threatening our world.  The effects are hitting the Coulee Region especially hard.  In the past two years we have seen four area counties each become FEMA disaster flood zones four times.  The impacts of climate change are affecting our local health, economy, property values, tourism and safety.  Let your elected leaders in La Crosse county know that we need to ACT NOW to protect our planet and your local area for future generations.

Very soon the La Crosse County Board of Supervisors will be voting on a commitment for all our La Crosse county communities to use 100% clean, renewable energy by 2050.  La Crosse will have the chance to join Wisconsin counties like Eau Claire and counties across the nation in standing up for environmental justice.  This resolution will lay out tools, a timeline and a road map for this transition to a green future in the Coulee Region.  We need to make our voices heard NOW to let out county board supervisors know that we support 100% clean, renewable energy in La Crosse County.

Please take a moment to use this link to sign our petition showing your support for clean, renewable energy in La Crosse County.  After you sign you will be direct to a page that will let you email the county board directly to tell them that you support a cleaner La Crosse county and a green future.

Future generations are counting on us to take action now!  Please do your part by signing this petition and emailing your county board supervisor to let them know that you believe a better, greener future is possible!

If you are outside of La Crosse County PLEASE SHARE THIS THIS FRIENDS AND FAMILY!

Northwestern WI Co-op General Party Meeting – July 11, 2020 at 10:00am

Join us on Zoom on July 11, 2020 at 10am for a gathering of our Northwestern Wisconsin Co-op members!

We will be discussing what we have done so far this year, where we are heading, and what Citizen Action is doing for the 2020 elections.

Register in advance here for your Zoom link.

Fair Maps WI Update From North Central Co-op

Late last year, due to an overwhelming amount of interest around the state, on the Fair Maps (ending partisan gerrymandering) issue, and the need for a more organized, nonpartisan effort, a summit was held in Marshfield. An Organizer, named Carlene Bechen was hired to help work with leaders and community members across the state, to help them accomplish their goals around Fair Maps. Citizen Action, and it’s members have supported the Fair Maps efforts from the beginning, and we continue to support this work, often times, with our members playing an active role in various parts of the state. Chrysa Ostenso has served on the Steering Committee for the Citizen Action of WI North Central Organizing Co-op since 2017, and is very active with other groups in her community. She has been involved with Fair Maps WI since their inception, and is happy to report that in Rusk County, their Board of Supervisors voted to put a Fair Maps referendum on their November ballot! This passed with a 14-2 vote, with 3 Supervisors absent. Thank you to everyone who is working to make this happen. There are efforts going on in other parts of the state as well, and the NC region. If you would like to get more involved in this work, check out Fair Maps WI, and get connected with Carlene and others doing this great work!

Endorsement Interviews Underway in North Central

This Sunday, the North Central Organizing Co-op’s Steering Committee will be conducting their second round of interviews, of candidates running throughout the NC region. During the first round, they interviewed Tyler Ruprecht, who is the Democratic candidate running in the 35th Assembly District. We have a significant number of members in his district, which encompasses Merrill and Tomahawk (in Lincoln County). This is a pivot district, meaning that they voted for Obama, but then voted for Trump in 2016. They also interviewed Jeff Johnson, who is a candidate for Assembly District 85. He has a primary challenger, Aaron LaFave. The candidates being interviewed this Sunday, are 12th Senate District candidate Ed Vocke, 24th Senate District candidate Paul Piotrowski, and 69th Assembly District candidate Brian Giles. These interviews are open to all members in this region, so please reach out to your Organizer, Joel Lewis if this interests you. His email is joel.lewis@citizenactionwi.org and his phone number is 715-551-2525

Citizen Action in the News

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig was on the Jeff Santos Radio Show to talk about how a true power sharing arrangement between progressives and moderates could sweep Trump out of office and set Joe Biden up to be a great president.

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“Protest, pandemic and polls” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss the BLM movement that continues full steam ahead. We process the political response to the events in Madison this week, the latest outrageous statements by Supreme Court Chief Justice Patience Roggensack, and right-wing politicians and media outlets. We question whether any elected leaders are proposing the necessary structural reforms to move the ball on racial equity, as Wisconsin is a national leader on many major indicators of racial inequality. We also talk about how the COVID-19 pandemic spinning out of control in the south and west, and some disturbing indicators in Wisconsin. We close with a review of the new MU Law poll showing a growing lead for Biden, and vast differences between whites and black and brown people on policing.

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Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, June 19th

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, June 19th

Happy Junteenth Day: Standing in Defense of Black Lives. 

Watch excellent People’s Action video.

Join #sixnineteen events: https://sixnineteen.com

Attend a BLM event near you this weekend!

Checkout list of events in Wisconsin.

We will be attempting to post as many events on our facebook page. Please check our page for events near you. Citizen Action facebook page.

Also, check with your regional organizer about events in your region. 

Citizen Action of Wisconsin launches new effort to create jobs and extend $600 a week unemployment bonus

Our country is suffering economically. 45 million people have filed for unemployment since the COVID-19 outbreak began. Many of those jobs are not coming back. We need action RIGHT NOW to put money into people’s pockets and create jobs from coast to coast.

Citizen Action of Wisconsin has officially launched a major lobbying effort to extend federal unemployment benefits AND pass legislation to create millions of federal subsidized jobs (many of which in the green energy sector).

On Thursday June 11th, Citizen Action hosted a virtual town hall with 53 of our members to roll out details of this major undertaking. Our members helped us craft a plan of how to organize around this important issue while keeping everyone safe during the age of COVID-19.

Very soon we will be announcing our next virtual town hall featuring our special guest speaker Senator Tammy Baldwin. We will also be announcing details soon about in-person town halls (with extra safety precautions, mandatory masks, and enforced social distancing) in La Crosse, Madison and Milwaukee. Keep an eye on your email for these announcements very soon!

In the meantime you can help RIGHT NOW. Please use this link to send an email directly to your representatives in the US Senate and the House letting them know you support extending the federal unemployment benefit and a federal jobs creation bill.

It is so vital that our elected leaders hear from us about this important issue. It only takes a few clicks to send the email directly from our website. Please take a moment to fill it out and PLEASE share the link to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, email, text and anywhere else you can!  Change is possible; together we can create an economy that works for EVERY AMERICAN!

Brown County Board passes Fair Maps Referendum for November Ballot!

This week the Brown County Board of Supervisors passed, 15-10, a #FairMapsWI Referendum for the November ballot!

Voters will be asked: “Should the Wisconsin Legislature create a nonpartisan procedure for the preparation of legislative and congressional district plans and maps?”

The referendum passed in part thanks to the effort of Citizen Action Northeast WI co-op members Renee Gaush, Lindsay Dorff and other members. They have worked tirelessly for years to advance the cause of ending gerrymandering. They are the definition of community leaders!

Thanks to everyone who contacted their supervisors.

Brown County Board to discuss 100% clean energy, Tuesday, June 23rd!

The Brown County Board of Supervisors will discuss committing to 100 percent clean energy during its Planning, Development, and Transportation Committee meeting on Tuesday, June 23, and we need your help to ensure the resolution is voted out of committee and moves onto the full county board.

We need you to contact two important supervisors we need to convince. Just a couple minutes spent calling Supervisors Dave Landwehr and Ray Suennen to urge them to commit to 100 percent clean energy for county operations will bring us one step closer to realizing that goal.

Supervisor Dave Landwehr – 920-339-0792
Supervisor Ray Suennen – 920-662-1088

Sign petition in support.

Healthcare Co-Op Stands Up Against a Disastrous Pharmaceutical Company  Merger 

Last week members of Citizen Action had their say about a big pharmaceutical merger that is in the approval process with the Federal Trade Commission.

AbbVie bought out Allergan for $63 billion in one of the largest mergers in the healthcare sector.  Both companies already had a history of anti-competitive behavior and price gouging. AbbVie manufactures Humira, a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis and the world’s best-selling drug which has made the company $130 billion since its introduction 2003.

Because of the pandemic, most of our actions have been digital and this was no different. We had members officially register their comments with the FTC and urged the FTC to not approve the merger.  Government is the only entity large enough to provide a counter balance to these ever expanding companies. We must demand that the Government work for us and to stop these giant monopolies from forming.  Consolidation of these companies has never been proven to be a good thing for consumers.

Northwestern WI Co-op General Party Meeting – July 11, 2020 at 10:00am

Join us on Zoom on July 11, 2020 at 10am for a gathering of our Northwestern Wisconsin Co-op members!

We will be discussing what we have done so far this year, where we are heading, and what Citizen Action is doing for the 2020 elections.

Register in advance here for your Zoom link.

Share your COVID-19 Story

Are you or a family member in a COVID-19 high risk population? Have you or your family been economically affected by COVID-19? Have you gotten an outrageous bill from a COVID test? If so, please consider telling your story by emailing our story bank organizer Shannon at shannon@citizenactionwi.org.

Bring Climate Equity to Wisconsin 

Join Northside Rising and Citizen Action at a public hearing. Wisconsin has fallen behind other states in addressing climate change. A state task force is advising the Governor on strategies the state can take to fight global warming.

You can be part of this efforts to move Wisconsin forward by attending or speaking at one of the public hearings. Let our leaders know how we can make our state a healthier, safer, and more sustainable place to live. There are 5 scheduled online hearings:

  • June 23, 6-9pm
  • June 27, 12-3pm
  • July 7th, 6-9pm
  • July 9th, 6-9pm
  • July 15th, 6-9pm

For more information, contact the co-op organizer at trevonna.sims@citizenactionwi.org

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Citizen Action in the News

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig was on the Jeff Santos radio show to discuss this week’s national political news. The show, which broadcasts from Boston daily, is coming soon to Milwaukee and Madison progeressive radio. Robert Kraig and our good friend John Nichols are both regular guests.

There was a story in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about a federal court case brought by One Wisconsin Now and Citizen Action of Wisconsin against the photo ID law which still could strike it down before the November election.

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“Fighting for anti-racist communities” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

As America celebrates emancipation on Juneteenth Day 2020, our panel discusses the state and local responses to the Black Lives Matter movement, including the Milwaukee Common Council’s proposal to cut the police budget by 10% and Milwaukee Public School board’s move to remove police from the schools. We are also joined by State Representative Jonathan Brostoff to discuss shocking racism from elected officials and businesses in Menomonee Falls this week. Finally, we discuss two critical SCOTUS rulings, both major defeats for President Trump, on LGBTQ+ and immigrants’ rights. Do these surprising rulings throw cold water on the right’s plan to legislate through conservative judges?

LISTEN NOW – EPISODE #447
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Citizen Action Weekly; Friday, June 12th

Citizen Action Weekly; Friday, June 12th

Friday, June 12th

Attend a BLM event near you this weekend!

Checkout list of events in Wisconsin.

We will be attempting to post as many events on our facebook page. Please check our page for events near you. Citizen Action facebook page.

Also, check with your regional organizer about events in your region. 

Bring Climate Equity to Wisconsin 

Join Northside Rising and Citizen Action at a public hearing. Wisconsin has fallen behind other states in addressing climate change. A state task force is advising the Governor on strategies the state can take to fight global warming.

You can be part of this efforts to move Wisconsin forward by attending or speaking at one of the public hearings. Let our leaders know how we can make our state a healthier, safer, and more sustainable place to live.

There are 5 scheduled online hearings:

– June 23, 6-9pm
– June 27, 12-3pm
– July 7th, 6-9pm
– July 9th, 6-9pm
– July 15th, 6-9pm

For more information, contact the co-op organizer at trevonna.sims@citizenactionwi.org
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Southwest Wisconsin small towns join in Black Lives Matter protests

In the wake of the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police and the murder of Breonna Taylor in her sleep by Louisville police America has seen its largest protest movement in history.  America is waking up to the fact that systemic racism is literally killing our black communities. Over the past two weeks protests have spread to all 50 states and across the world. This movement has sparked protests in cities big and small. Rural Citizen Action of Wisconsin members have even taken to the streets in small towns that don’t normally see social justice rallies.  Viroqua (population 4,400) had an amazing turnout of 250 people protesting last week.  Reedsburg (population 9,500) had 300 people turn out last Saturday for a rally.

You can read about the Viroqua protest here.

Citizen Action Stands in Solidarity with George Floyd/Black Lives Matter Marches throughout North Central WI

Various organizations and community groups organized George Floyd marches throughout the NC region. Citizen Action members and allies stood in Solidarity with many of these events, and in some communities, were actively involved in Organizing them. In the Western most part of the region, in Ladysmith (Rusk County), members of the Western WI and NC Organizing Co-ops worked through the Rusk County Democrats to put their event together.

There were also marches or solidarity rallies in Elcho (Langlade County), Minocqua (Vilas/Oneida Counties), Merrill (Lincoln County), Stevens Point (Portage County), and Wausau (Marathon County). In fact, Wausau’s march was the largest demonstration that the City has ever seen!

In Wausau, the Wausau Police Department, the Wausau Mayor, and several other governmental entities supported the march. The police were the first ones there, and trailed the march offering water to the participants.

This really set a positive tone in Wausau, and it shows that this community has grown significantly. The newly elected Mayor, Katie Rosenberg, and City Council are shining brightly, in a way that has not happened in the past. Movement politics is working, and we must stay the course, so that we can see this kind of leadership all across our state and nation!

Green Bay Justice for George Floyd, Justice for Jonathan Tubby.

Last weekend, thousands of protesters took to the streets of Green Bay to demand Justice for George Floyd, Justice for Jonathan Tubby, and to fight for anti-racist policies in our community. Robin Tinnon, co-founder of Black Lives United and Citizen Action Co-op member Kristina Shelton, Vice President of the Green Bay School Board, gave the following remarks:

“I’ve grown up here, I’m very invested in this community as a business owner, as a college student, all those things, as a mom. We are all out here gathering because we want to tell you about George Floyd but also tell you about all the other Black men and women who die at the hands of police. We have for so long stood up for this in our community. We have for so long cried on camera and called out to our aldermans and our city officials to tell them to stop allowing Black bodies to be equal to nothing in the United States of America. And what we’re seeing worldwide is an uprising. People are done. And our community is done. We’re telling folks that Black Lives Matter.”

-Robin Tinnon, co-founder of Black Lives United

“This is a movement for the people. This is about equity. White people have to put it on the line to stand up for their Black and brown community members. It is undeniable what is happening around the country, it’s undeniable what’s happening here. The videos over and over have shown us and given us a glimpse of what Black and brown community members have been dealing with for hundreds of years. It is undeniable. And now is the time for us to stand up and put, quite frankly, our lives on the line, our property on the line, our rights on the line, our privileges on the line, to say we stand with you, not in words, but in action in the community. Action is what love looks like in public. And we will not sit at home anymore and give lip service to white supremacy to racism and oppression and power structures that no longer hold up everyone in this community. We must do a better job.”

-Kristina Shelton, Vice President of the Green Bay School Board

Tinnon (right) and Shelton (Center) speak at Green Bay Protest. Shelton is a co-op member

Volunteer to help Citizen Action Co-op member and endorsed state legislative candidate Emily Siegrist this Sunday at Noon in Brown Deer .

Come and join Emily Siegrist for a volunteer event to deliver Emily’s campaign literature to homes of voters in Brown Deer this Sunday, June 14th, Noon, 8060 N 60th St.

Emily is strongly encouraging volunteers to wear masks while out in the community. Emily will have masks for those who need them.

Please RSVP and let her know you’re coming so we can cut enough turf.

TAKE ACTION: Expand BadgerCare & Free COVID-19 Testing & Treatment!

It’s time for us to unite across our differences and work together to deliver free testing and treatment for COVID-19 for everyone in Wisconsin. We need to open BadgerCare to everyone without insurance and require insurance companies to provide free COVID 19 testing and treatment without any copays or deductibles, we can ensure that all Wisconsinites have the health care we need through this crisis.

Contact your state legislators today in support. 

Consumer Protection Team Healthcare Survey.

Do you know anyone who is struggling with an unpaid medical bill?  How about complaining that a preventive test they thought was covered, is now not? Take our Citizen Action healthcare survey to help us fight back against the big health insurance companies and healthcare providers (e.g. clinics, hospitals) that are hurting everyday people seeking care.

Citizen Action in the News

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig discussed how we translate the historic protests sparked by the racist murder of George Floyd into deep reform on the Jeff Santos Radio Show

The justice for George Floyd protest in tiny Viroqua, co-organized by Citizen Action’s Driftless Area Co-op Organizer Ben Wilson, drew great local media coverage.

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“Listening to Sterling Brown” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast.

We welcome Mark Thomsen, the attorney for Milwaukee Bucks player Sterling Brown, to discuss critical lessons from Sterling Brown’s legal case against the Milwaukee Police and what they teach us about police reform. In addition, we discuss the Wisconsin Election Commission’s unanimous decision to send absentee ballot application to 2.7 million Wisconsin registered voters.

Listen Now – Episode #446
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Citizen Action Weekly: Friday June 5th

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday June 5th

Friday, June 5th

Take Action! Attend an event in response to the murder of #GeorgeFloyd

We will be attempting to post as many events on our facebook page. Please check our page for events near you. Citizen Action facebook page.

Also, check with your regional organizer about events in your region.

North Side Rising Present’s Milwaukee’s Green New Deal: What You Need To Know

Join North Side Rising on Friday, June 12th at 2pm as we present a first in a series of forums on Milwaukee’s Green Deal.

Topics that will be discuss include: What is Milwaukee’s GND? What’s currently being done? and How you can get Involved in making it a reality.

If Interested, click here to register for the event

Virtual Town Hall: Federal Jobs Guarantee & Green Jobs Now!

Congress will be debating the next stimulus likely after the 4th of July. Join Citizen Action’s Executive Director Dr Robert Kraig and leaders as we document a new major project together with national partners such as People’s Action to raise the issue of a major jobs guarantee in the next wave of federal action, as well as green pro-climate jobs now, and why that is more possible than you might think.

Wisconsin’s unemployment rate is now HIGHER than it was during the Great Recession. The idea that all of the jobs lost will now come back is not realistic (and the old job market left people out back then too). Only a massive public investment directly into job creation (not tax breaks) can work. The federal government is already publicly subsidizing jobs, through “Work-Share” and/or PPP, it is time to be even more intentional (especially in socially beneficial industries like healthcare, energy efficiency and infrastructure!)

Join us Thursday June 11th at 6pm for a virtual town hall as we lay out major actions that can and should be taken to transition Wisconsin from relief to recovery! RSVP here is join us June 11th at 6:00 PM, RSVP is required to join.

TAKE ACTION: Expand BadgerCare & Free COVID-19 Testing & Treatment!

It’s time for us to unite across our differences and work together to deliver free testing and treatment for COVID-19 for everyone in Wisconsin. We need to open BadgerCare to everyone without insurance and require insurance companies to provide free COVID 19 testing and treatment without any copays or deductibles, we can ensure that all Wisconsinites have the health care we need through this crisis.

Contact your state legislators today in support. 

Black Lives Matter Virtual Roundtable

Tricia Zunker organized a panel discussion to discuss the Black Lives Matter movement, and to discuss George Floyd, and the history of excessive force used by police against people of color.. Panelists included college student, community leader and activist Kayley McColley, Central WI Executive Director for the Aging & Disability Resource Center Jonette Arms and the founder and leader of the People for the Power of Love Chris Norfleet. People from throughout the 7th Congressional district participated in the discussion. You can see coverage of the roundtable discussion here.

Citizen Action North central Co-op Stands in Solidarity with George Floyd Marches

The Citizen Action of WI North Central Organizing Co-op stands in solidarity with the Geroge Floyd rallies, marches and events throughout the region. If you feel that you can safely attend one of these events, please do so. Events start today (Friday, June 5th) and continue throughout the weekend.

  • Rusk County Democrats for Equality and Justice – Hosted by Austin Koeppel and Chrysa Ostenso. Click here for details.
  • Minocqua Unity March – Hosted by Jordan Anusewicz. Click here for details.
  • George Floyd March – Wausau (Hosted by the People for the Power of Love, Wausau Transfam Alliance and Forward Action Wisconsin Network). Click here for details.
  • #BlackLivesMatter Protest – Stevens Point (Organized by Reggie Eaton and Jessica Harlan). Click here for details.

If you are afraid to attend an event, due to COVID-19, there are other ways that you can be an ally:

Support the Minnesota Freedom Fund

Watch for updates from Citizen Action of Wisconsin on social media…some virtual events could be promoted there.

Consumer Protection Team Healthcare Survey

Do you know anyone who is struggling with an unpaid medical bill?  How about complaining that a preventive test they thought was covered, is now not? Take our Citizen Action healthcare survey to help us fight back against the big health insurance companies and healthcare providers (e.g. clinics, hospitals) that are hurting everyday people seeking care.

We need to hear about your experiences to help us shed light on just how many people are being treated unfairly and even in some cases, unlawfully. Many healthcare consumers don’t know why they are receiving large bills after a medical appointment or procedure as the medical complex hides behind an intimidating system of billing, codes and approval protocols.

Citizen Action in the News

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig followed Michael Dukakis on the Jeff Santos radio show this week to discuss what Biden must do to win a governing majority and successfully address the depth of the crisis America faces.

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Uprising for Racial Justice” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

Citizen Action’s JoAnna Bautch and Rafael Smith join the show to discuss the national uprising sparked by George Floyd’s murder. We talk about the inspiring outpouring of social action in communities across Wisconsin, led by young people, calling for police accountability, fundamental criminal justice reform, and racial justice, We also talk about initial stepping stone policies to structural reform such as shifting resources away from the publicly funded oppression of marginalized minority communities and investing in a just, anti-racist, and humane system of public safety.

Listen Now – Episode #445
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