Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, April 9th

Friday, April 9th

Jill Underly and 21 of 32 Citizen Action endorsed local candidates win this week!

Thank you to all the Citizen Action Organizing Co-op members who ran for office or helped endorsed local candidates running for office this Spring. Jill Underly’s victory was a huge win for public education in Wisconsin. We also excited about new progressive mayors in La Crosse (Mitch Reynolds) and Sheboygan (Ryan Sorenson).

Big congratulations goes out to newly elected Citizen Action Organizing Co-op members, Emily Siegrist (Brown Deer Trustee) and Rebecca Schwartz (LaCrosse City Council).

We are already planing for 2022! There will be critical elections next year at the federal, state and local level. If you are considering running for office please contact [email protected]

Join Us in Amplifying our Demands to Expand BadgerCare!

While we might have concluded our Health Care Week of Action, BadgerCare expansion is still on the line! Thousands of people across Wisconsin are left to purchase low quality plans that come with high deductibles and high co-pays so that many can’t afford to go to the doctor. For years, there have been resources to connect people with coverage through the marketplace — knowing about them or how to enroll isn’t the barrier, being able to afford a plan and use it, to see a doctor, get treatment, and heal from injury, is the problem.

We were joined this week by Senator Tammy Baldwin, Congresswoman Gwen Moore, Representative Jodi Emerson and Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes to discuss the large impact a BadgerCare expansion would have on nearly 90,000 Wisconsinites!

Together, we can expand BadgerCare and bring American Rescue Act funds into Wisconsin.
Both press conferences are available for streaming on Facebook.

Contact your Legislators now! 

Are You Ready? Climate Week of Action is launching on Monday, April 19th!

Living through the overlapping crises of climate, social injustice, economic unfairness, and the COVID-19 pandemic shows us that we need each other. When we act together, we make a difference. When we go it alone, we fail. That’s why we need YOU to help us bridge across our differences rather than making them deeper.

We have your Earth Day plans covered, register now to attend our virtual town hall on Climate Equity streaming on April 22nd!

Sign up to be a part of our Climate Week of Action, we are working on lobby days, virtual, and outdoor events – keep your eyes peeled for more details next week!

Tell Wisconsin’s elected leaders that you support legalized cannabis in Wisconsin

Whether we are white or Black, Hmong or Latino, rural or urban we all want the same things for our families.  We want to thrive economically. We want to support small, family owned farms. We want a more fair criminal justice system. We want safer options for pain management without the need for opioids. All of these things could be realized when our state legalizes cannabis.

Unfortunately certain politicians in Madison are blocking positive change. They are preventing Wisconsin from keeping up with our neighboring states. Wisconsin has shown, through both polling and local resolutions, that it supports cannabis reform. Legalization is an issue that has broad support across party lines in both rural and urban communities.

You can make a difference RIGHT NOW by using this form and contacting the Wisconsin Joint Finance Committee and your state Representatives in the Assembly and Senate to let them know you support legalization.

It is not often a state has the chance to reform laws that disproportionately affect Black and Brown communities across the state. Its not often a single piece of legislation can create hundreds of small businesses and thousands of family supporting jobs. It is not often that a state can directly lend a hand to struggling small farms and give them a new way to thrive. Every state that borders Wisconsin has legalized cannabis in some form. Wisconsin is being left behind.

In his 2021-2022 state budget Governor Tony Evers proposed legalization of both medical and recreational cannabis.  It is time for ALL OF US TO MAKE OUR VOICE HEARD and let our elected leaders know that we support this plan. Please use this form to send an email to your elected leaders and tell them you support marijuana legalization in Wisconsin.  Please feel free to customize this message and SHARE THIS PAGE far and wide!

Help Defend Democracy!

Our voting rights are facing an unprecedented assault from the Republican legislature. Help us fight back! Join the Citizen Action Southeast Organizing Co-op’s new Election Defense Team. We plan to organize a variety of actions that will protect and empower voters in Southeast Wisconsin. We’ll start by getting out the vote in 2022 for our endorsed candidates and recruiting poll workers for the City of Milwaukee, and we’ll expand our scope as we grow. Future actions could include gerrymandering, ranked choice voting, automatic voter registration and more.

So join the new Election Defense Team and help us defend democracy!

Click here to receive updates! or Contact Barbara, SEWI Co-Op Organizer, [email protected], if you have questions.

Celebrate Earth Month by competing in an Eco Challenge 

April is Earth Month and it is time for each of us to take action to protect our planet! You can start by joining the Citizen Action of Wisconsin Driftless Organizing Co-op Eco Challenge team!

An Eco Challenge is a fun way to earn points while you take action to fight climate change. Some actions are personal like recycling, offsetting your carbon footprint or installing LED light bulbs. Some actions improve your community such as promoting mass transit or supporting community gardens. Some involve taking action directed at our elected leaders. You earn points with every action you take. You also learn about the impact small actions can have!

By joining our co-op Eco Challenge team you can compete with other teams or other team members. You can see what actions everyone on the team is taking. Signing up is quick and easy. After the month is over you will have made a difference and hopefully added new habits to our daily routine that will help fight climate change!

Click here to learn more our join our team!

If you live in Senate District 32 you can sign up for a lobby visit to promote Badgercare Expansion

Citizen Action of Wisconsin Driftless Organizing Co-op members will be meeting, virtually, with State Senator Brad Pfaff on April 15th at 3:00 PM to discuss the need to expand BadgerCare, control prescription drug costs and fund caregivers across the state.

We are looking for passionate activists from State Senate District 32 to come and tell their personal story or just join the call to show support.

You can sign up to join this visit here.

Your local organizer will follow up with you with more details and get you ready for the meeting.

Conservation and agriculture Round Table with State Senator Pfaff and Rep Billings

Sign up today for a virtual round table with State Senator Brad Pfaff and State Representative Jill Billings about conservation and agriculture related to the proposed state budget.  It is so important that we address ALL aspects of the climate crisis, including agriculture issues.

WHO: DATCP Sec. Randy Romanski, Sen. Brad Pfaff, and Rep. Jill Billings
WHAT: Virtual Agriculture and Conservation Round Table
WHERE: Virtual, via Zoom
WHEN: Monday, April 12th, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

RSVP 

Tell Your Legislators To Support BadgerCare Expansion!

Even before the pandemic, tens of thousands of Wisconsinites struggled to afford health insurance, were forced to buy very low quality coverage, or went uninsured because they were forced to choose between health care and other essentials like housing and food. The pandemic has only made it worse. Many people in our community who lost their jobs or had their income affected by the pandemic also lost their health insurance.

That’s why BadgerCare Expansion is now more important than ever. We have an opportunity to help our neighbors live healthy lives, no matter where they live, what they look like, or what’s in their wallets. 

You can use the link below to send an email to your State Senator and State Representative in support of the BadgerCare Expansion. You may use our template email, or customize it with your own story.

Thank you for taking the time to contact your legislators about this critical issue.

Citizen Action in the News

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig talked on the Jeff Santos show about the George Floyd Murder Trial and the moderate block on bold legislation in the U.S. Senate. Listen here.

Citizen Action’s building African American led organizing co-op, got press this week on the resumption of utility cut-offs. Over 93,000 Wisconsinites who fell behind on the utility bills during the pandemic face cut-offs starting April 15. Read here.

News coverage of Citizen Action’s press conference with Senator Tammy Baldwin, State Representative Jodi Emerson, and members Dr. Mark Neumann and Kim Larson went out across the state this week. You can watch two news clips here and here. You can also read about it from WisPolitics here.

“Public schools win in a landslide” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We review the huge victory for public education in the Department of Public Instruction race, and the immediate threat by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos to take it out on our schools. We discuss the shockingly successful GOP effort to take down progressive school board members who follow the science and our educators by only supporting the safe reopening of schools. Is this a new Republican wedge issue for moderate voters they will use in 2022 in state and federal races? Claire educates us on the Biden Administration’s decision to permanently end health-care denying work requirements to receive Medicaid. We talk about the COVID variants taking off with big spikes in 5 states (and counting), and the GOP use of the fraudulent vaccine passports issues to increase vaccine hesitancy, threatening to further delay heard immunity. Robert discusses Trump’s outrageous scamming of his own supporters, and its copycats in the Republican Party. We close by welcoming Hannah Faris from In These Times magazine to talk about the launch of a new rural focused reporting project called, “the Wisconsin Idea.” The project is a collaboration with People’s Action and Citizen Action of Wisconsin.

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More information on In These Times “Wisconsin Idea” project with Citizen Action and People’s Action.

Register to attend Gov. Evers Listening Session on the Budget: Justice Reform & Marijuana Legalization​​​, April 14th, 6pm

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Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, April 2nd


Friday, April 2nd

Complete your plan to vote by April 6th

 

Health Care Week of Action – We’re Not Done Yet!

On Saturday, Citizen Action launched a Health Care Week of Action with a virtual press conference in Green Bay starring Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes, State Representative Kristina Shelton, State Representative Lee Snodgrass, and Northeast Co-Op member Renee Gasch. Since then, we’ve held events in Hudson, Eau Claire, and Wausau. 

As we continue to prioritize the health and safety of our communities, our week of action was completely virtual. We kicked off the week on Saturday in Green Bay. Monday, we fueled up for the week in Wausau. Tuesday we hosted our first ever joint Lobby Day with Main Street Alliance and Progress North! We heard from Gov. Tony Evers, JFC Member Sen. Latonya Johnson, and Small Business Committee ranking member Rep. Robyn Vining. We concluded this week’s virtual events on Thursday in Eau Claire  with a roundtable discussion.

But we’re not done yet! We still need you to take action by visiting our action pages to email your legislators in support of BadgerCare Expansion, prescription drug affordability, investing in caregivers, and a state public option. And next week we’re holding two more press conferences – one in Milwaukee and the other in LaCrosse – so keep your eyes peeled for more news stories about this important issue!


Tell Your Legislators To Support BadgerCare Expansion!

Even before the pandemic, tens of thousands of Wisconsinites struggled to afford health insurance, were forced to buy very low quality coverage, or went uninsured because they were forced to choose between health care and other essentials like housing and food. The pandemic has only made it worse. Many people in our community who lost their jobs or had their income affected by the pandemic also lost their health insurance. That’s why BadgerCare Expansion is now more important than ever. We have an opportunity to help our neighbors live healthy lives, no matter where they live, what they look like, or what’s in their wallets. 

It is critically important that we make our voices heard in support of this life saving policy. The Legislature will get pressure from corporations and the wealthy few who benefit from keeping health care costs high, but we can beat them! Tell your legislators that you demand they prioritize our health over special interest groups by supporting BadgerCare Expansion!
 You can use the link below to send an email to your State Senator and State Representative in support of the BadgerCare Expansion. You may use our template email, or customize it with your own story.
Thank you for taking the time to contact your legislators about this critical issue.
Contact your state representative now!

 

Attention Caregiving Advocates in the Healthcare Co-op

On Wednesday, March 31st, President Biden unveiled his jobs and infrastructure plan, which includes 400 billion for home and community based services. 

This is a big moment to rebuild a caregiving system that works for everyone, please let Congress know you support this initiative. 

 

Sign up for a lobby visit with Sen. Brad Pfaff to promote Badgercare Expansion 

Citizen Action of Wisconsin members will be meeting, virtually, with State Senator Brad Pfaff on April 15th at 3:00 PM to discuss the need to expand BadgerCare, control prescription drug costs and fund caregivers across the state.  

We are looking for passionate activists from State Senate District 32 to come and tell their personal story or just join the call to show support.  You can sign up to join this visit here. Your local organizer will follow up with you with more details and get you ready for the meeting.

Sign up to attend here and your organizer will follow up with you

Northwestern Wisconsin Leaders call for Badgercare Expansion, Prescription Drug Affordability, and Expanding Resources for Long-term Care.

This week the Northwestern WI Organizing Cooperative kicked off their healthcare week of action by hosting a press conference in Hudson, Wisconsin which is Represented by Rob Summerfield, a member of the Joint Finance Committee. Local leaders such as Summerfield’s 2020 opponent, Sarah Yacoub, former State Senator Patty Schachtner, and retired doctor Rita Simon all spoke about why the budget proposals in Gov. Tony Evers’ 21-23 budget is necessary to keep all Wisconsin communities healthy and thriving. 

The co-op ended the week with a healthcare round table with Senator Jeff Smith, Representative Jodi Emerson, and opening remarks by Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes. We heard from local therapist and mental health advocate, Kevin Fooley, in regards to the increase of mental health resources in the budget as well. 

TAKE ACTION NOW to expand Wisconsin’s commuter rails

Citizen Action of Wisconsin believes that Wisconsin needs modern rail service that connects rural and urban areas while providing transportation options that reduces the cars on our roads. 

Right now the Wisconsin DOT is considering expanding daily rail service between Chicago and Minneapolis. That route currently operates once a day, the proposal would increase service to twice a day. This would increase rail travel to communities like La Crosse, Portage and Wisconsin Dells and add additional service to Milwaukee.

This would be an important first step in creating a modern, statewide rail service. The DOT is collecting comments NOW through Friday April 9th about the proposed expansion. Click here to leave a comment for the DOT 

Celebrate Earth Month by competing in an Eco Challenge

April is Earth Month and it is time for each of us to take action to protect our planet! You can start by joining the Citizen Action of Wisconsin Driftless Co-op Eco Challenge team!

An Eco Challenge is a fun way to earn points while you take action to fight climate change.  Some actions are personal like recycling, offsetting your carbon footprint or installing LED light bulbs.  Some actions improve your community such as promoting mass transit or supporting community gardens.  Some involve taking action directed at our elected leaders.  You earn points with every action you take.  You also learn about the impact small actions can have!

 By joining our co-op Eco Challenge team you can compete with other teams or other team members.  You can see what actions everyone on the team is taking..  Signing up is quick and easy.  After the month is over you will have made a difference and hopefully added new habits to our daily routine that will help fight climate change

Click here to learn more our join our team!

 

Have you returned your absentee ballots? Complete your plan to Vote by April 6th.

Take Action to get the Medicines We Need!

The Healthcare Co-Op has been working on prescription drug prices.

For the past year, we have seen up close how our collective health relies on our health as individuals. We have experienced devastating gaps in access to treatment, and we know that the only path forward is affordable medication for everyone. But even now, as our country is just beginning to recover from a global pandemic, a Trump-era roadblock stands in our way.

Under Donald Trump, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) proposed a new rule that would make it harder for people in the U.S. to get the medicine we need. The proposed rule would end the government’s power to break pharmaceutical monopolies to stop abusive pricing for drugs invented through our tax dollars. 

We have an opportunity to stand up against this oppressive NIST rule. Please join us in opposing the rule, and demanding that the new administration act in the interest of everyday people.


Citizen Action Action Executive Director Robert Kraig was on the Jeff Santos show for the full hour to discuss progressive strategy on removing the filibuster to pass the bold reforms we need. Listen here

Citizen Action of Wisconsin leaders and members were the driving force in the very successful state budget Health Care Week of Action. In events across the state, Citizen Action leaders and progressive elected leaders made the case for BadgerCare Expansion, a BadgerCare Public Option, a Prescription Drug Affordability Board, and investments in caregiving. All of these provisions are in Governor Evers’ state budget now before the State Legislature. See news coverage from Up North News, Fox 11. The Health Care Week of Action press activities will continue next week! Keep an eye out for more stories next week as we continue to talk about the state budget’s the important investments in health care.

“Building 21st Century Infrastructure” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We dive into the exciting details of President Biden’s historic Build Back Better plan released Wednesday. Will it pass? Does it go far enough? Back in Wisconsin politics, we discuss next Tuesday’s Spring General Election and encourage listeners to volunteer this weekend for Jill Underly and local endorsed candidates. The panel evaluates the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s 4-3 decision to overturn Gov. Evers’ mask mandate. Is there a valid legal argument or are right-wing justices acting like politicians in robes? Claire updates us on this week’s Citizen Action Healthcare Week of Action focused on important state budget priorities. We also shine a light on Legislative Republican’s sham hearings peddling conspiracy theories about the 2020 election.

Listen Now – Episode #486
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Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, March 26th


Friday, March 26th

Attend Healthcare Week of Action Virtual Lobby Day, Tuesday, March 26th

This year, Wisconsin has a chance to pass BadgerCare expansion, make prescription drugs more affordable, support caregivers, invest in small businesses, and guarantee that every family can get access to quality, affordable child care. But we need you to help make that happen!

Register to attend our lobby day launch with Progress North and Main Street Alliance Action Fund on Tuesday, March 30th!!

Who supports public schools? The choice is clear. Vote Jill Underly for Superintendent of Public Instruction by Tuesday, April 6th.

Voter early or request your absentee ballot today.

Take Action with North Side Rising! Keep the lights on for All in Wisconsin

Earlier this week, the Public Service Commission announced the moratorium on utility shut offs will end on April 15th. We Energies plans to start shutting people off on April 15th of 2021. Hundreds of Wisconsinites are behind on their rent, can’t afford groceries, and are struggling to pay their utility bill.

We need to come together as we have in the past to extend the utility moratorium and provide much needed support to All in Wisconsin. 

Take action with North Side Rising today and tell the Public Service Commission to serve the public instead of wealthy corporations & their CEOs.

Meet Ben Wilson, Southwestern Wisconsin Co-op Organizer
Ben Wilson is the Citizen Action Southwestern Wisconsin Organizing Cooperative Organizer. Ben joined the Citizen Action of WI family in 2019 to lead the launch of our newest Co-Op at the time, the Southwestern (Driftless) Cooperative. 

From hosting events at Copeland Park to transitioning his members to digital spaces, he has diligently prioritized the voices and needs of his community especially in this year’s State Budget. Ben was heavily involved in passing the La Crosse County Medicare for all resolution, the first county wide resolution in support of Medicare for all in the state of Wisconsin. He also supported the passing of a La Crosse County resolution committing to 100% clean, renewable energy production by 2050.

The Southwestern Co-Op has focused on supporting one another through the COVID-19 pandemic and has not lost sight of what is at stake for Rural Wisconsin. From ensuring neighbors knew the latest CDC recommendations for protecting themselves, to hosting a sustainable toy drive during the holidays for struggling families and now leading the fight for climate equity for #AllinWisconsin.

Join Ben and the Southwestern Co-Op in securing rural climate priorities in this year’s state budget by contacting your legislators and visiting the Climate Action Hub today!

Help Defend Democracy with The Southeast Wisconsin Co-Op!

Our voting rights are facing an unprecedented assault from the Republican legislature. Help us fight back! Join the Southeast Co-op’s new Election Defense Team. We plan to organize a variety of actions that will protect and empower voters in Southeast Wisconsin. We’ll start by getting out the vote for our endorsed candidates and recruiting poll workers for the City of Milwaukee, and we’ll expand our scope as we grow. Future actions could include gerrymandering, ranked choice voting, automatic voter registration and more. So join the new Election Defense Team and help us defend democracy!

Fill out this form to be placed on our communications list.
Contact Barbara, SEWI Co-Op Organizer, [email protected], if you have questions.

Support a Southeast Wisconsin Co-Op Endorsed Candidate!

Volunteer to canvass for Dana Kelleyfor MPS School Board, Saturday, March 27th, 10am. Meet at North Division High School, 1011 W. Center St.

Sign up for a phone or text bank, canvass or a no-contact LIT drop, for our endorsed candidates by following this link: //linktr.ee/bcerda01
If you have any questions, please contact Barbara Cerda, SEWI Co-Op Organizer, [email protected]

 

Join together with Marathon County Democratic Party and support Citizen Action of WI North Central Organizing Co-op endorsed candidates with some contactless LIT drops or phone banking.  Click here for details

Women for Women – Wausau Chapter also has postcards available to be filled out, but those need to be done by this weekend. Please contact Citizen Action and Women for Women member Nancy Stencil at 715-581-7983 if you would like to do postcards. 

If you live in other counties within the North Central region and are looking for volunteer opportunities, please contact NC WI Organizer Joel Lewis at [email protected] or 715-551-2525.

Volunteer to help elect Mitch ReynoldsFor Mayor of La Cross

The La Crosse mayoral race has heated up and we need to do EVERYTHING we can to help elect Mitch Reynolds!  La Crosse demands strong, empathetic, progressive leadership and that is what Mitch will deliver!
The greater Driftless Region relies on La Crosse for so much and we need to know we can count on La Crosse’s mayor to be there FOR ALL OF US.  We need to do everything we can NOW to guarantee that Mitch Reynolds gets elected!
The campaign NEEDS volunteers to join in literature drops and phone banking. They are actively seeking folks in La Crosse to drop lit on doors. They are flexible in scheduling shifts.
Please contact David Krump at [email protected]. David will get you everything you need to help make a difference!
Please follow Mitch on Facebook no matter where you are in the Driftless Region!

Complete your plan to Vote by April 6th!


Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig discussed strategy for filibuster reform. Listen here.
Media Clips

Battleground Wisconsin Podcast : “Ron Johnson running with Q’Anon”

We look at Sen. Ron Johnson’s lockstep alignment with Trump’s Q’Anon base, and his new found national infamy among moderates and progressives. Has he gone off the deep end or is this smart politics in Trump’s GOP? We discuss next week’s important Healthcare Week of Action focusing on critical healthcare priorities in the state budget. Claire details the events and your opportunity to get involved, including talking to your state legislators. We expose the Legislative Republican effort to downplay the importance of COVID-19 vaccination at a time when health officials are trying to get as many people as possible vaccinated. We close by welcoming Mike Browne, Deputy Director of A Better Wisconsin Together (ABWT) to discuss how two of their identical open records requests to GOP state legislators produce vastly different results, and what is says about transparency in Wisconsin government.

Listen Now – Episode #485
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Sign up for Healthcare Week of Action Lobby Day.

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Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, March 19th


Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, March 19th


Lit drop Sunday March 21st in La Crosse

Come together with volunteers from OWR to help support La Crosse’s progressive candidates!  We will be meeting at the South Community Library parking lot to grab some walking lists and literature to help inform voters about their council candidates!
We will be delivering lit — no door knocking required. Learn More


Write “Friends cards” for Annie Baumann
La Crosse School Board candidate Annie Baumann is looking for volunteers to write postcards to their friends in La Crosse.  If you know voters in La Crosse you can make a huge difference!
Visit Annie’s Campaign Facebook page to learn more

Listening Sessions

Listening Session with La Crosse mayoral candidate Mitch Reynolds 

La Crosse residents are invited to a very special event! On Sunday March 21st at 6:00 PM Citizen Action of Wisconsin will be hosting a listening session with Citizen Action endorsed candidate Mitch Reynolds for Mayor. This will be your chance to let Mitch know what you think the biggest issues facing La Crosse are. What can Mitch do once elected to make La Crosse a more progressive and inclusive city?

Please join us March 21st at 6:00 PM to make your voice heard! Use this link to RSVP and a Zoom link and invitation will be sent to your email. We are looking forward to hearing from you Sunday March 21st

Listening session with Senator Pfaff, Rep Billings and Rep Doyle
Driftless Voters, March 22nd you are invited to join your statewide, elected leaders for a virtual listening session.  This will be  your chance to ask questions about issues that matter to you such as healthcare, climate change, rural broadband, COVID, cannabis legalization, and so much more!

Sen. Brad Pfaff (D-Onalaska), Rep. Jill Billings (D-La Crosse) and Rep. Steve Doyle (D-Onalaska) will share updates from the state capitol and welcome input from their constituents during the listening session, which be held via Zoom from 4:30 to 6 p.m. March 22.

 Registration is required to attend this event. Individuals may RSVP by visiting //bit.ly/3rmFnPZ. Pfaff’s office will distribute the link to the listening session via email on March 22. Participants are asked to submit their questions in the space provided on the Google form.

If you would like to speak with your representatives but are not able to attend this session, or you wish to have a more personal meeting, that is OK. Citizen Action of Wisconsin will be scheduling virtual lobby visits in the coming days and weeks to help promote Governor Evers 2021-2022 state budget.  Keep an eye open for calls to action in the near future!

Endorsed Candidates and Volunteer Opportunities

Southeast Wisconsin Co-Op:


Join Southeast Wisconsin Co-Op members in volunteering for our endorsed school board candidates! Sign up for a phone or text bank, canvass or a no-contact LIT drop, by following this link:  //linktr.ee/bcerda01 If you have any questions, please contact Barbara Cerda, SEWI Co-Op Organizer,[email protected]

North Central Organizing Co-op:

Rick Cveykus for Wisconsin Court of Appeals – District III

Rick has spent his professional life helping others, and he truly cares about all of us. District III covers the northern 36 counties of Wisconsin. Here’s a summary from Rick:

“I am running because I think it is central that we have judges that are steady, studied, and take politics out of the courtroom.  By steady I mean they must treat every single litigant with respect and common decency. These arguments are about people’s liberty and livelihood. We need a Judge that understands the law and knows how to apply it to the facts in front of them. Most importantly, we need Judges that take politics out of the Courtroom. I shouldn’t be able to guess which way a judge will come down based upon who gave them their last campaign contribution. A decision should only be made based on who presents the best legal argument every single time.  My philosophy is simple – follow the law and the constitution, respect precedent, and when necessary, use smart, common-sense go judgment to ensure a legal and fair result under the law. Don’t try to achieve an agenda, like all the big-money contributors want them to do, but instead, just be a good Wisconsin judge.”

You can learn more about Rick Cveykus here. Learn about some volunteer opportunities here.

Nic Bisgrove for Wausau School Board


Nic is a proud father, whose life revolves around his children and doing what’s best for them. He has worked in financial services, management, and for/with community organizations, and these experiences help to make him a good fit for the Wausau School Board. Here is a brief statement from Nic about his desire to serve:

“I know that I’m not going to agree with everyone 100% of the time, and that’s OK. I will be the voice that brings people together. To get things done in the best interest of the students, teachers and community. I can’t change what has already happened. However, like my motto “Learn from the past. Act for the future” I hope to be the positive change that we need going forward.” You can learn more about Nic here. If you would like to volunteer doing lit drops or other possible ways, check out this event.

Kay Gruling for Wausau School Board


Education is essential to a child’s well-being and development. Therefore, it is important that school board members have the skills and qualities to support the school administration, educators, support staff, and students to ensure success for all. Kay Gruling has a strong background in education in a variety of settings, has had significant involvement in the Wausau School District for over two decades (including two children who graduated from Wausau West), and has participated in substantial engagement in our community for 33 years.

Kay has experience working with a team and in a business setting. She has medical expertise and problem-solving abilities as a family physician provided her with the skills, qualifications, and background necessary to be an effective board member. She is passionate about education, our community, and our Kids! She has the skills and qualifications to make a difference.

Kay for Kids! If you would like to do lit drops for the campaign, or seek other opportunities to help the campaign, join the Spring canvass that has been organized by the Marathon County Democratic Party. Learn more about these Spring canvasses here.

Tricia Zunker for School Board


Tricia Zunker was born and raised in the Wausau area. Her legal background, and over a decade of experience being a law professor, have taught her what it’s like to be in a classroom as an educator. Her childhood, and the fact that she currently has a child in the Wausau School District, gives her first-hand experience as to what issues the district is facing, and how to work with the school board and community stakeholders to resolve those issues. Tricia’s accomplishments are many, and we are very grateful that she has stepped up to seek re-election to the Wausau Board of Education. To learn more about Tricia or to see about how you can help, go here. Here is a link to the Spring Canvass where you can volunteer for this, and other campaigns in Marathon County/Wausau.

Joel Knutson for Town of Crescent Chairperson


Joel is new to the political scene as a candidate, but he has been very active in his community for a long time. He volunteers his time for a variety of positive organizations in the area. He has always been dedicated to the work of Citizen Action of Wisconsin, so we were excited to learn that he had stepped up to run to serve on his Town Board. You can learn more about Joel here, and reach out to him personally to see if there is a way for you to help his campaign.

Nate Fiene for  Weston Village Board


Nate Fiene is running for re-election to the Weston Village Board. Here is a statement from Nate on his desire to continue serving: “Weston is my home and I love it dearly. I come from a law enforcement and educator family. The values of honor, integrity, honesty, hard work, and fairness have been instilled in me from an early age and I live them every day. Now, more than ever, we need these values at the table of local government. I am a man of faith, and in my faith, the scripture tells us that God is a god of mercy and justice; it further quotes Christ that whatever we do to the least of us we do to Him. Building a Weston that expands justice, tolerance, and practices servant-based leadership is what I believe is needed to be even greater than it is today. Our infrastructure is crumbling and will be rebuilt. We are in the process of doing that now. Our police force is among the best in the State, yet I still voted to purchase and equip body cameras. Local government belongs to the People and so I held Open Door Meetings until covid hit and will do so again. The good of the people is the highest law. I seek that in my hometown, day in and day out. I am exceedingly humbled by Citizen Action’s endorsement.”

You can learn more about Nate, or contact the campaign here. This is the best way to find volunteer opportunities as well.

Chrysa Ostenso for Ladysmith School Board


Chrysa is seeking re-election to the Ladysmith School Board. She is a founding member of the Citizen Action of WI North Central Organizing Co-op and has served on their Steering Committee for 4 years! She lives in one of the more rural communities and counties within our Co-op region. She and her husband run a business in Ladysmith, and do great work in their community. Chrysa cares deeply about our public schools and working to make them a great place for kids to learn and for professionals to work. You can learn more about Chrysa here, and reach out to her personally to see about how you could help with the campaign.

Northeastern Organizing Co-op: 


Michael Beradsley for Oshkosh City Council:
LIT drop! April 3rd, Oshkosh

Ryan Sorenson for Sheboygan Mayor:
Open VPB Call anytime
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This year, Wisconsin has a chance to pass BadgerCare expansion with a public option, make prescription drugs more affordable, support caregivers, invest in small businesses, and guarantee that every family can get access to quality, affordable child care. But we need you to help make that happen!

Join Citizen Action of Wisconsin and Main Street Alliance-WI for our first ever joint virtual lobby day! On March 30th from 9-11am via Zoom, you can come and hear from great speakers, including our allies in the state legislature, learn about the key issues that will define the state budget fight, and find out how you can use your voice to impact critical state policy. Then you can head out to hold your own virtual constituent lobby meetings with your state legislators! The Joint Finance Committee, which oversees the budget process in Wisconsin, will likely kick off their hearings in April so it is critical that we reach policy makers NOW on these important issues.After you sign up to participate in our lobby day, please be on the lookout for a phone call or email from a Citizen Action Organizer who can help you set up your lobby meetings. You will also receive a packet of information to help you prepare for your meetings and the Zoom link to the March 30th 9am training. Register here!


Citizen Action’s Executive Director Robert Kraig was on the Earl Ingram Radio Show for the full hour to discuss the historic bill to protect the right to organize (the PRO Act) which passed the House last week and is now in the U.S. Senate. Listen here.
 
Battleground Wisconsin Podcast:  “Avoiding target fixation on the filibuster…so we don’t crash” 


We weigh in on two national issues, first the horrific shootings in Georgia that appear to be yet another hate crime against the AAPI community, and the looming battle over the Senate filibuster and the future of the Democratic agenda. We discuss Speaker Vos’s declaration this week that the Legislation will reject the very popular plan to accept available federal money to expand BadgerCare, turning down $1.6 billion dollars supercharged by the rescue package, denying health care to the working poor during and pandemic. Is Vos serious with dozens of potentially vulnerable Republican state legislators weigh their fate heading into redistricting or it a bluff? Vos also plays scrooge yet again, declaring the Assembly is not willing to suspend a one week waiting period for unemployment benefits despite 100% federal funding in the rescue package. In yet another embarrassment, Legislative Republicans shamefully “honor” racist demagogue Rush Limbaugh while refusing to honor Black History Month. In other news, Foxconn, the white elephant of Racine County, says they might make electric cars… or maybe a monorail. Will they ever make anything that Donald Trump and Scott Walker promised in return for billions of state money?

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Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, March 12th


Friday, March 12th

There is still time to register for “How to have conversations with people who disagree with you” virtual training on Saturday, March 13th from 10AM-12PM.


Join Citizen Action of Wisconsin to learn “How to Have Conversations with People Who Don’t Agree With you” led by the Citizen Action of Wisconsin Field Team and Organizing Staff.  After this training you will be ready to lobby Joint Finance Committee Members around our 2021-2022 State Budget Demands, talk with persuadable voters headed into the Spring Gen Election, and have those challenging conversations with friends and family at the dinner table.
Register Now!

ACT NOW: Support Gov. Evers Prescription Drug Affordability Review Board

In his state budget, Governor Evers has proposed creating a Prescription Drug Affordability Review Board. This board would evaluate drug prices for price gouging and excess price increases, increase transparency prescription drug pricing, and could even set some limits on how much people should have to pay for expensive drugs. You can help to make sure this board is created with just a few clicks!

We need the Legislature to know how much we care about prescription drug affordability so they keep the proposal in the budget!

Contact your local legislators in support of Gov. Evers’ budget proposal NOW!

Virtual Listening Sessions!

La Crosse residents are invited to a very special event! On Sunday March 21st at 6:00 PM Citizen Action of Wisconsin will be hosting a listening session with Citizen Action endorsed candidate Mitch Reynolds for Mayor. This will be your chance to let Mitch know what you think the biggest issues facing La Crosse are. What can Mitch do once elected to make La Crosse a more progressive and inclusive city?
Please join us March 21st at 6:00 PM to make your voice heard! RSVP NOW. We are looking forward to hearing from you on Sunday March 21st!

 

Driftless Voters, March 22nd you are invited to join your statewide, elected leaders for a virtual listening session.  This will be  your chance to ask questions about issues that matter to you such as healthcare, climate change, rural broadband, COVID, cannabis legalization, and so much more!

Sen. Brad Pfaff (D-Onalaska), Rep. Jill Billings (D-La Crosse) and Rep. Steve Doyle (D-Onalaska) will share updates from the state capitol and welcome input from their constituents during the listening session, which be held via Zoom from 4:30 to 6 p.m. March 22.

Registration is required to attend this event. Individuals may RSVP by visiting //bit.ly/3rmFnPZ. Pfaff’s office will distribute the link to the listening session via email on March 22. Participants are asked to submit their questions in the space provided on the Google form.

If you would like to speak with your representatives but are not able to attend this session, or you wish to have a more personal meeting, that is OK. Citizen Action of Wisconsin will be scheduling virtual lobby visits in the coming days and weeks to help promote Governor Evers 2021-2022 state budget.  Keep an eye open for calls to action in the near future!


Earlier this week, Wisconsin Republicans and Radical Right-Wing groups resurfaced baseless accusations with revisiting a failed court case involving an election they have already lost. Republicans and their allies have been trying to sow doubts about the outcome of the election for months. Our election officials have counted and verified these votes applying the laws, customs, and safeguards used in every election.

Stand with us in support of our Democracy and the people who make it possible. Please sign the following open letter to the state legislators. >> //bit.ly/38r51vw

We are proud of Mayor Eric Genrich, the over 700 poll workers, the National Guard, and the City staff for running a robust and transparent election in November that resulted in a historic 84% turnout. We fully support Mayor Eric Genrich’s leadership and look forward to future elections running as smoothly as the one held in November.


Get to know our endorsed candidates and stay up to date with volunteer opportunities! 

Citizen Action of Wisconsin proudly endorses Annie Baumann for La Crosse School Board!

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I’m Annie Baumann. I’m a mom to three kids, two who attend elementary school in the district and one who just turned three. I worked for several years as an academic librarian teaching students and supporting faculty, most recently at Viterbo University.

I’m running for a spot on the La Crosse School Board because I believe in the transformative power of a high quality public school education, and I am committed to making sure ALL kids get the excellent education they deserve.

We all know that the pandemic has been a stress on our kids, on our community, and on our public school system, but there are amazing opportunities NOW and in the years to come if we have the courage to act on important issues.

Our public schools are an investment our community makes in our children. For my children and for all the children in the community, I am committed to strengthening our community’s most vital resource – our public schools – so that EVERY child can get the education they deserve.

If you believe that EVERY kid deserves a top notch public school education, LIKE and FOLLOW my Facebook page, SHARE with three friends why you are supporting my campaign, and help spread the word by posting a FREE YARD SIGN at your home.

I want to hear from YOU. Let me know what public school issues matter the most to you!

Follow Annie’s Facebook campaign page!

NEWI Co-op Endorsed Candidate Volunteer Opportunities!
Now is the time to support and elect our next class of working-class champions. In order for every single community in Wisconsin to thrive, progressive leaders are needed to drive legislation and conversation at all levels of government.
We need you to volunteer and support our Citizen Action Endorsed Candidates!

Karl Jager, State Assembly District 89 Special Election: No Contact Lit Drops this weekend (March 13th & 14th). Sign-up Here! Make sure to put “Lit Drop” in the other section of the link.
Michael Beardsley, Oshkosh City Council: No Contact Lit Drop this Saturday, March 13th in Oshkosh. Visit his Facebook event for more details!
Ryan Sorenson, Mayor of Sheboygan: Volunteer with Ryan by signing up here! You can also register for his phonebank by completing the form here.

Stay tuned to learn how you can support our other endorsed candidates:

Jonathon Hansen De Pere City Council District 2
Misty Gedlinske Fond du Lac City Council
Susan Jones Fond du Lac School Board

Join the Healthcare Co-op for Spring Election Work


We are helping CAW member and candidate for School Board, Leigh Schreiber Johnson in her run for Oak Creek School board.  She only needs 3 more people this coming weekend to do a NO CONTACT lit drop. I will give you an advance hint that because Oak Creek is so spread out, it is more efficient to recruit a driver/navigator and have one person jump out of the car to drop the lit.  It is really easy and a nice way to get outside but be productive.  You can contact her here. 

Support La Crosse endorsed candidates TOMORROW
Join Our Wisconsin Revolution on Saturday March 13th at 1:00 PM in La Crosse for a campaign event to help support progressive candidates endorsed by Citizen Action of Wisconsin AND Our Wisconsin Revolution.  This will be a COVID safe, NO CONTACT day of dropping lit on voter’s doors.

We will be meeting at 1:00 PM at the South Branch Library.  Contact [email protected] for more information.  RSVP at //fb.me/e/14kMhuzkE.  This event does not conflict with our event: How to Have Conversations with People Who Don’t Agree With You happening from 10 AM- 12 PM, you will be able to attend both events!

North Central Organizing Co-op Endorsed Candidates and Volunteer Opportunities

Citizen Action of Wisconsin has endorsed Rick Cveykus for Wisconsin Court of Appeals – District III. Rick has spent his professional life helping others, and he truly cares about all of us. District III covers the northern 36 counties of Wisconsin. Here’s a summary from Rick:


“I am running because I think it is central that we have judges that are steady, studied, and take politics out of the courtroom.  By steady I mean they must treat every single litigant with respect and common decency. These arguments are about people’s liberty and livelihood. We need a Judge that understands the law and knows how to apply it to the facts in front of them. Most importantly, we need Judges that take politics out of the Courtroom. I shouldn’t be able to guess which way a judge will come down based upon who gave them their last campaign contribution. A decision should only be made based on who presents the best legal argument every single time.  My philosophy is simple – follow the law and the constitution, respect precedent, and when necessary, use smart, common-sense go judgment to ensure a legal and fair result under the law. Don’t try to achieve an agenda, like all the big-money contributors want them to do, but instead, just be a good Wisconsin judge.”

You can learn more about Rick Cveykus here. Learn about some volunteer opportunities here.

Citizen Action of Wisconsin has endorsed Nic Bisgrove for Wausau School Board


Nic is a proud father, whose life revolves around his children and doing what’s best for them. He has worked in financial services, management, and for/with community organizations, and these experiences help to make him a good fit for the Wausau School Board. Here is a brief statement from Nic about his desire to serve:

“I know that I’m not going to agree with everyone 100% of the time, and that’s OK. I will be the voice that brings people together. To get things done in the best interest of the students, teachers and community. I can’t change what has already happened. However, like my motto “Learn from the past. Act for the future” I hope to be the positive change that we need going forward.” You can learn more about Nic here. If you would like to volunteer doing lit drops or other possible ways, check out this event.

Citizen Action of Wisconsin has endorsed Kay Gruling for Wausau School Board


Education is essential to a child’s well-being and development. Therefore, it is important that school board members have the skills and qualities to support the school administration, educators, support staff, and students to ensure success for all. Kay Gruling has a strong background in education in a variety of settings, has had significant involvement in the Wausau School District for over two decades (including two children who graduated from Wausau West), and has participated in substantial engagement in our community for 33 years.

Kay has experience working with a team and in a business setting. She has medical expertise and problem-solving abilities as a family physician provided her with the skills, qualifications, and background necessary to be an effective board member. She is passionate about education, our community, and our Kids! She has the skills and qualifications to make a difference.

Kay for Kids! If you would like to do lit drops for the campaign, or seek other opportunities to help the campaign, join the Spring canvass that has been organized by the Marathon County Democratic Party. Learn more about these Spring canvasses here.

Citizen Action of Wisconsin has endorsed Tricia Zunker for School Board

 
Tricia Zunker was born and raised in the Wausau area. Her legal background, and over a decade of experience being a law professor, have taught her what it’s like to be in a classroom as an educator. Her childhood, and the fact that she currently has a child in the Wausau School District, gives her first-hand experience as to what issues the district is facing, and how to work with the school board and community stakeholders to resolve those issues. Tricia’s accomplishments are many, and we are very grateful that she has stepped up to seek re-election to the Wausau Board of Education. To learn more about Tricia or to see about how you can help, go here. Here is a link to the Spring Canvass where you can volunteer for this, and other campaigns in Marathon County/Wausau.

Citizen Action of Wisconsin has endorsed Joel Knutson for Town of Crescent Chairperson


Joel is new to the political scene as a candidate, but he has been very active in his community for a long time. He volunteers his time for a variety of positive organizations in the area. He has always been dedicated to the work of Citizen Action of Wisconsin, so we were excited to learn that he had stepped up to run to serve on his Town Board. You can learn more about Joel here, and reach out to him personally to see if there is a way for you to help his campaign.

Citizen Action of Wisconsin has endorsed Nate Fiene for  Weston Village Board

 
Nate Fiene is running for re-election to the Weston Village Board. Here is a statement from Nate on his desire to continue serving: “Weston is my home and I love it dearly. I come from a law enforcement and educator family. The values of honor, integrity, honesty, hard work, and fairness have been instilled in me from an early age and I live them every day. Now, more than ever, we need these values at the table of local government. I am a man of faith, and in my faith, the scripture tells us that God is a god of mercy and justice; it further quotes Christ that whatever we to do the least of us we do to Him. Building a Weston that expands justice, tolerance, and practices servant-based leadership is what I believe is needed to be even greater than it is today. Our infrastructure is crumbling and will be rebuilt. We are in the process of doing that now. Our police force is among the best in the State, yet I still voted to purchase and equip body cameras. Local government belongs to the People and so I held Open Door Meetings until covid hit and will do so again. The good of the people is the highest law. I seek that in my hometown, day in and day out. I am exceedingly humbled by Citizen Action’s endorsement.”

You can learn more about Nate, or contact the campaign here. This is the best way to find volunteer opportunities as well.

Citizen Action of Wisconsin has endorsed Chrysa Ostenso for Ladysmith School Board


Chrysa is seeking re-election to the Ladysmith School Board. She is a founding member of the Citizen Action of WI North Central Organizing Co-op and has served on their Steering Committee for 4 years! She lives in one of the more rural communities and counties within our Co-op region. She and her husband run a business in Ladysmith, and do great work in their community. Chrysa cares deeply about our public schools and working to make them a great place for kids to learn and for professionals to work. You can learn more about Chrysa here, and reach out to her personally to see about how you could help with the campaign


Citizen Action’s Executive Director Robert Kraig was on the Jeff Santos radio show for 60 minutes to discuss the passage of Biden’s bold COVID relief plan, and the prospects for New Deal-level reform in the next stage. Listen here.

Battleground Wisconsin Podcast: Biden Just Made it Harder for GOP to Turn Down BadgerCare Expansion


This week we discuss the historic passage of the American Rescue Plan, universal GOP opposition, and its implications in Wisconsin. In addition to the massive aid it provides to working people, the new law puts an extra $1.6 billion dollars on the table if Wisconsin finally passes BadgerCare Expansion. Will Legislative Republicans still stand in the way? After reviewing major new agenda items that are moving in the next stage of Biden’s reform agenda such as labor law reform, voting rights, and a massive green infrastructure plan, we have an exclusive interview with Wausau Mayor (and Citizen Action member) Katie Rosenberg on the city’s exciting new guaranteed income pilot program.

Listen Now – Episode #483

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Weekly reminder to complete your plan to vote!

Request your absentee ballot today!

Make your plan to vote by Tuesday, April 6th.

 

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, March 5th

Friday, March 5th

Request your absentee ballot today! 

 

 

 

 

 

Complete your plan to vote by Tuesday, April 6th.

Join us next weekend! “How to Have Conversations with People Who Don’t Agree With You” a Citizen Action of Wisconsin training event.

Register today to learn “How to Have Conversations with People Who Don’t Agree With You” led by the Citizen Action of Wisconsin Field Team and Organizing Staff on March 13th.

After this training you will be ready to lobby Joint Finance Committee Members around our 2021-2022 State Budget Demands, talk with persuadable voters headed into the Spring Gen Election, and have those challenging conversations with friends and family at the dinner table.

When: Saturday March 13th, 10:00am-12:00pm

Where: After you RSVP by signing up below, you will receive an email confirmation that includes the link to join the training on Zoom.
We will be sending out a full agenda and handouts prior to the training.

 Please RSVP here

Why do fair maps matter to you? Tell the People’s Maps Commission.

Your voice matters! You have a story to tell about why fair maps matter to you. We can help you hone it to have maximum impact. Join others who care about this issue and prepare to testify at the People’s Maps Commission hearing.

Register here: //bit.ly/FM2ndTestify

Save the date! Transit Talk with Sen. Brad Pfaff on March 18th

Join us on Thursday, March 18 from 6 to 7 p.m. for an ONLINE forum with State Senator Brad Pfaff. Senator Pfaff serves on the Senate Committees on Transportation and Local Government. Agriculture and Tourism;  Economic and Workforce Development; Universities and Technical Colleges; and Utilities, Technology and Telecommunications.

There are many possible avenues of discussion, including the recommendations about public transportation made in the recently released Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change report, the Governor’s proposed 2021-2023 budget, the effects of COVID-19 on public transportation operations, new technology–from electric vehicles to public transit apps, and the role of a robust public transportation system in providing equitable access to jobs, education, recreation, services, and life for all regardless of location, wealth, health, age, and ability. We’ll hope Senator Pfaff can touch on some of these and we’ll be sure to leave time for your questions.
Register Now!

Spring 2021 Endorsed Candidates from the Driftless region

Mitch Reynolds – La Crosse Mayor

Mitch is willing to learn and listen while enacting progressive policies as mayor of La Crosse.  Mitch fully supports the creation of an on-bill financing program in La Crosse to lower residential carbon emissions.  Mitch is also cognizant of racial inequities and will work to make La Crosse a more inclusive city for all citizens no matter the color of their skin or who they love.  Mitch also understands that as mayor of La Crosse the decisions he makes will have a ripple effect throughout the entire Driftless region.
Learn more about Mitch.

Rebecca Schwartz – La Crosse City Council Ward 10


Rebecca grew up in the La Crosse area and is running for city council because she wants to make sure that La Crosse works for all of us, for generations to come. Rebecca is a working parent who is also a community advocate, educator, and organizer. She has 15+ years of experience supporting people to navigate complex systems and government services and knows how important it is to include the people who are most impacted by decisions at city hall in those decisions, from start to finish. Some of her guiding principles include:

  • Neighborhood revitalization that ensures our essential public spaces are safe and accessible for everyone.
  • Support for innovative city planning to meet our needs for affordable housing and grow our local economy.
  • Investment in a sustainable, energy efficient city that benefits residents for generations to come.
  • A commitment to accountability and transparency that focuses on community engagement and involvement.
  • A focus on collaboration and partnerships to help us recover from the pandemic together. 

 Volunteer to Support Rebecca For City Council
Learn more about Rebecca.

KC Cayo – La Crosse City Council Ward 9, write in

KC promises to be a young leader committed to moving La Crosse down a more inclusive, progressive path.  Their election will mark the first non binary elected leader in La Crosse history.  They will draw on their experience as a former field organizer to run a winning, write in campaign.  KC is a member of local CAW leadership and the statewide C4 board so we trust them to stand up for the values CAW represents.
Learn more about KC.

 Mark Neumann – La Crosse City Council Ward 13

Mark is one of the founding members of the Driftless co-op.  Mark is passionate about creating a more progressive future for La Crosse.  Mark is a well known figure in La Crosse and he will do everything in his power as a member of the La Crosse city council.
Learn more about Mark.

Annie Baumann – La Crosse School Board

Annie is a member of the Driftless co-op.  She has a progressive vision for the future of the La Crosse school board.  She believes that SROs do not belong in La Crosse schools.  She will serve as CAW’s first elected member of La Crosse school board.
Learn more about Annie.

Mackenzie Mindel – La Crosse City Council Ward 8

Mackenzie promises a bold, progressive vision for La Crosse. Throughout her education, Mackenzie’s focus has been on facilitation and collaboration, system-level problem solving, economic and environmental sustainability and resilience, and innovative engagement.
Learn More about Mackenzie.

Ben Wilson – Viroqua City Council Ward 5

Ben currently serves as the Driftless Co-op organizer with Citizen Action of Wisconsin.  He believes that EVERY community must stand committed to equity and fighting climate change.  He also believes that solutions are never one size fits all.  Rural solutions to the climate crisis must come from rural communities.  Ben will also be the first member of the LGBTQ+ community elected to office in Viroqua.
Learn More about Ben.

 

Announcement! Our final endorsements for the April 6th Spring Election

We are proud to announce our final endorsements for the Spring Election! Thank you to our members, board and staff for your support. Please keep an eye out for candidate volunteer opportunities to come and complete your plan to Vote by April 6th.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Endorsed Candidates by their Co-Op Region!

 

 

 

 

 

 


Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig spent a full hour on the Earl Ingram radio show to discuss what is wrong with conservatives, and what we can do to fight back. Listen here.

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig was on the Jeff Santos show radio show to discuss whether progressives should have held out for the $15 Minimum Wage in COVID relief. Listen here.

The Shepherd Express did a nice feature story on Green Homeowners United, an affiliate of Citizen Action of Wisconsin which lines up low cost renewable energy and conservation loans. The project is led by former Citizen Action staffer, and now board member member Kevin Kane, and works in partnership with Citizen Action. Read about the project here

“Busting the filibuster or bust” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast
This week the U.S. House passed a landmark voting rights bill, which will could set up the first major filibuster fight in the U.S. Senate. Are progressive Democrats ready for this fight and similar battles on the $15 minimum wage, immigration reform, climate transformation, a major jobs and infrastructure bill, and other key pieces of Biden’s agenda? Will centrist Democratic Senators yield to majority rule by ending the filibuster, or will they block the progressive reform Democrats promised voters? QAnon Ron Johnson appears ready to lead the Senate Republican charge to block COVID relief for Americans, and the FBI shoots down his embarrassing theories about the Capital insurrection. We also preview the upcoming congressional fight for serious labor law reform which starts next week in the House. We close by welcoming State Representative Kristina Shelton and State Representative Francesca Hong’s chief of staff, Nada Elmikashfi, to discuss the new Economic Justice Bill of Rights for All Wisconsinites that was introduced this week.
Listen Now – Episode #482
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Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, Feb 26th


Friday, Feb 26th

Citizen Action of Wisconsin endorses Dr. Jill Underly for the State Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Citizen Action’s board voted today to endorse Dr. Jill Underly for Superintendent of the Department of Public Instruction following a Zoom interview with nearly 100 Citizen Action members and leaders on Monday evening. Watch her Citizen Action interview here.

Dr. Jill Underly can be counted on to prioritize improving our public schools and working collaboratively with parents and educators to create a successful 21st Century public education system for all Wisconsin kids, not just the well connected. 

Dr. Jill Underly understands the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic and the importance of having a plan to open schools that will work for students, teachers and families. 

Whether Black, white, brown, immigrant or Indigenous, Dr. Jill Underly believes all children have a right to adequate and fair funding – regardless of where they live.  All Wisconsin public schools must be able to fund schools to 21st century standards for personnel, facilities, technology, required programming and curriculum.

Dr. Jill Underly is staunchly opposed to private school voucher expansion.

Dr. Underly recognizes the issues with “teaching to the test”  within our public schools and acknowledges the negative impact that the presence of law enforcement within schools can have on students, particularly black youth. She spoke in her interview of restorative justice programs as an alternative to suspensions and expulsions and wants an equity officer who will look at school curriculum, hiring processes, disciplining students, and more. 

Dr. Jill Underly is a licensed superintendent and has worked as a teacher and administrator in the public schools system since 1999.

Learn more about Dr. Jill Underly. 

The election for Superintendent of Public Instruction on Tuesday, April 6th.
Request your absentee ballot today.

Call to Action: Marathon County Residents

The Marathon County Board of Supervisors is considering the passage of a “Community for All” resolution. Simply put, this states that Marathon County recognizes and celebrates the diversity within our community. Rather than seeing this as a positive statement, there are many Supervisors on the board who have decided to get defensive. They are more focused on stating that there is no racism in Marathon County, than they are on passing this simple resolution. Think of the statement this will make to members of the community and outside the community. if it doesn’t pass. This is why I am urging you to send an email in support of this resolution to the Marathon County board of supervisors. There are vocal pockets in the community that oppose this. You can email just your Supervisor, but feel free to message the whole Board.
Find your board member’s email and contact them today!

Take Action: Support Citizen Action’s Health Care Platform in the State Budget and Contact Your Legislators!

Governor Tony Evers included Citizen Action of Wisconsin’s top three health care budget priorities in this proposed state budget: BadgerCare ExpansionPrescription Drug AffordabilityBoard and A Public Option

It is critically important that we make our voices heard in support of these lifesaving policies. The Legislature will get pressure from corporations and the wealthy few who benefit from keeping health care costs high, but we can beat them! 

Contact Your Legislators today and Support Citizen Action’s Health Care Platform in the State Budget! Visit our Health Care Action Hub to take further action.

 

Longstanding Grassroots Activism is Paying Off in North Central WI

After nearly a decade of grassroots activism and local advocacy, it feels like Wausau City Council is listening to the concerns of neighborhood residents on and around the East end of Thomas Street. For many years, rumors have swirled about people getting Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, and other forms of cancer.

Approximately 8 years ago, Some community members shared a Sentry Insurance report that listed a significant number of people that had some sort of negative health impacts believed to be associated with living in this neighborhood. Regardless of this information being shared with the City, Council members and former Mayors treated concerned neighborhood residents and grassroots leaders as if they were crazy to wonder if there was still environmental contamination that they should be concerned about. 

Fast forward to today, and one of the grassroots leaders that has taken charge on working to resolve these issues, is Tom Kilian. And now, he’s a Wausau City Alder, and he will not give up on identifying possible contamination in his neighborhood, and working to create remediation plans that will improve the safety of the neighborhood. The obvious barriers here are the cost of cleanup of these sites, and who gets stuck with the cost. Most recently, 1300 Cleveland Avenue (the site of former industrial operations), has been tested and it has been found to contain high levels of Thallium. You can read about these results here. Harvard toxicologist, and People’s Action Institute member, Stephen Lester, has corresponded with the City intermittently over the past couple of years. His most recent letter is pictured above. You can read a statement and see next steps from Mayor Katie Rosenberg here on Facebook.

Join our Cancel Student Loan Debt Leadership Team!

Student Loan Debt Cancellation is the economic relief that over 45 Million Americans need during the midst of a global pandemic. Not only is this the strongest action that President Biden can take in the first hundred days to jumpstart a stalled economy; it is also among the most impactful. The 45 Million Student Loan Borrowers in the United States hold on average almost $33,000 of debt that prevents us from buying a home, starting a family, and stimulating the local economy. Just this week, Wisconsin’s Attorneys General Josh Kaul joined a multistate coalition of AG’s to support the cancellation of $50,000 in student loan debt. 

Join us on March 1st at 6:00 PM and play an essential role in Cancelling Student Loan Debt! Learn about our upcoming events, long term goals, and share your own ideas. Make sure you register by registering here. An email will follow shortly with information on how to join. 

Questions? Reach out to [email protected] for more information.

Urge Congressman Ron Kind, support a $15/hour minimum wage in the new COVID relief bill!

The $1.9 billion dollar COVID relief bill moving through Congress this week is our best chance to enact a $15 minimum wage. 

This would be the greatest progress we could make this year against rising economic inequality and structural racism and sexism. 

Every worker––Black, white, brown, and Indigenous––deserves a living wage for them and their family. Simply put, no one can live on $7.25 an hour and tipped workers, disabled workers and some young workers earn even less with discriminatory subminimum wages. Essential workers like restaurant workers, EMTs, and delivery drivers have been risking their lives amidst a pandemic without sufficient pay. 

Our government’s choices created this crisis and it’s time for them to deliver real relief. Everyone deserves to share in a just recovery––it’s past time to raise the wage and ensure dignity for all. It’s been over 11 years since we’ve raised the minimum wage. That’s the longest we’ve gone without raising the minimum wage since the minimum wage was created in 1938.

Please use this link to tell Ron Kind he needs to PUBLICLY support a $15/hour minimum wage.   


Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig was on the Jeff Santos radio show for 60 minutes to discuss the latest on COVID relief, the $15 minimum wage, and Ron Johnson’s conspiracies. Listen here.

Ron Johnson & Legislative Republicans embrace conspiracy and voter suppression” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

Sen. Ron Johnson gushed bizarre conspiracy theories during a closely followed Senate hearing on the Capital insurrection, bringing national shame to himself and the Badger State he purports to represent. Is our senior senator off his rocker, or is he making a cynical ploy for the voters of wannabe authoritarian Donald Trump? State Representative Supreme Moore-Omokunde joins us to discuss a new dump of voter suppression bills by legislative Republicans. Has the GOP given up on democracy and majority rule? Claire details the on-going racial inequity in the distribution of COVID vaccines nationally and in Wisconsin. Do politicians have the courage to insist on a just vaccine distribution or is it more business as usual? A new unemployment bill with a poison pill moves in the Legislature and the fight for a $15/hour minimum wage takes center stage in Congressional COVID relief.
Listen Now – Episode #481

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Friday, Feb 19th

State Superintendent Candidate Forum, Monday, February 22nd, 6pm

Citizen Action of Wisconsin will host a statewide membership event to meet the 2021 state superintendent candidates on Monday, February 22, at 6:00 pm.

The virtual forum is an opportunity for our members to learn more about the candidates and their positions on subjects important to our communities. Candidates seek to hold Wisconsin’s highest education office, and we need an equity-minded superintendent who will stand up for our public schools. Both candidates have been invited to attend. 

 RSVP today! The nonpartisan state superintendent election takes place on Tuesday, April 6.

Citizen Action commends the Governor’s budget on healthcare costs, climate, and economic equity.

On behalf of its grassroots members across the state, Citizen Action of Wisconsin commends Governor Evers for the important advances in his state budget to address the crippling cost of health care, and the pressing need for an immediate climate transition that expands economic opportunity for everyone in Wisconsin, especially all of the people left out of prosperity and in desperate need of family supporting jobs.

The crushing cost of healthcare has been the top issue in Wisconsin for two consecutive elections. Governor Evers included major health care initiatives that Citizen Action members have been fighting for, including full BadgerCare Expansion under the Affordable Care Act, a new BadgerCare Public Option to give Wisconsinites a more affordable choice than corporate for-profit insurance, and a Prescription Drug Price Review Board to restrict price gouging by the Pharmaceutical industry. The Governor also includes in his budget the creation of a Wisconsin health insurance marketplace under the Affordable Care Act, a critical cost, access, and accountability reform for which Citizen Action has long fought for.

Citizen Action members across Wisconsin have also been organizing for a large-scale climate transition that uses the opportunity to radically expand economic opportunity and equity for working Wisconsinites left out of access to good family supporting jobs, especially those from marginalized communities and economically challenged rural areas.

Following up on the recommendations of the Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change, Chaired by Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, the budget includes several initiatives Citizen Action members have been fighting for. These include on-bill utility bill financing (zero cost financing for home energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades for homeowners and renters), and a requirement that Wisconsin municipalities develop comprehensive climate action and resilience plans.

Citizen Action commends additional major budget items included by Governor Evers. The Governor’s investment in rural broadband, especially the enabling of public broadband in the most underserved areas, is a major issue Citizen Action’s rural members have been pushing for to level the playing field for Wisconsin’s rural communities. In the area of voting rights, the budget mandates automatic voter registration, a common sense reform to remove needless obstacles to voting for which Citizen Action has advocated for over a decade.

Citizen action also commends the Governor’s proposals to end the failed prohibition of marijuana, the expansion of workers rights to form unions and bargain collectively in the public and private sectors, a dramatically enhanced Earned Income Tax Credit for moderate income working families, juvenile justice reform, rural flooding initiatives, overhaul of the state’s antiquated unemployment insurance system, and gun reform.

“Without question, Governor Ever’s budget is the most visionary and progressive we have seen in Wisconsin in over a decade,” said Robert Kraig, Executive Director of Citizen Action. “The Governor’s budget is a breath of fresh air packed with meaningful advances that will improve the health and economic well being of working Wisconsinites.”

 

“How to Have Conversations with People Who Don’t Agree With You” a Citizen Action of Wisconsin training event.

Join Citizen Action of Wisconsin to learn “How to Have Conversations with People Who Don’t Agree With You” led by the Citizen Action of Wisconsin Field Team and Organizing Staff. 

After this training you will be ready to lobby Joint Finance Committee Members around our 2021-2022 State Budget Demands, talk with persuadable voters headed into the Spring Gen Election, and have those challenging conversations with friends and family at the dinner table.  

When: Saturday March 13th, 10:00am-12:00pm

Where: After you RSVP by signing up below, you will receive an email confirmation that includes the link to join the training on Zoom.

We will also be sending out a full agenda and handouts prior to the training.

 Please RSVP here

Become a Climate Leader.  Take action and share out actions your friends can take by using our Climate Action Hub

Citizen Action of Wisconsin has created a climate action hub.  This is your one page stop to learn about all the actions you can take to fight climate change and create brand new, green jobs across the state.  You can even find information on how to upgrade your home and save money each month on energy efficient upgrades (at no upfront cost to you)!

To celebrate the launch of our climate action hub we are running a contest.  Whoever recruits the most people to take action on our hub wins a $25 gift card to the Driftless Cafe in Viroqua. 

It’s easy to take part in the contest.  Just share this page with your friends and family.  Once they take action (and tell us that you sent them) you receive a point.  Whoever gets the most points by the end of April wins! 

 Be sure to bookmark the hub too.  We will be updating it all the time with new content and new calls to action! 

Help create more solar panels across the state by fighting for third party solar financing

Wisconsin has fallen behind neighboring states and much of the country in renewable energy development. But the state Public Service Commission (PSC) is currently considering a case that will influence third-party solar ownership and financing, which could make solar energy feasible for many more Wisconsin residents and organizations. With third-party solar, an outside investor or company (the “third party”) pays the up-front installation costs for solar energy. Then the customer pays for the system over time with a monthly lease payment or payment based on electricity generated. This allows the third-party financier to access the tax credits while sharing the savings with the customer. These arrangements can be especially useful in helping local governments, schools, farmers, and low-income families reduce their utility bills while helping the environment.

 In 2019, Eagle Point Solar won a contract with the City of Milwaukee to install 1.1 megawatts of solar panels on municipal buildings and lease them to the city. However, the city’s utility blocked the deal by refusing to connect the proposed system, claiming it would make Eagle Point a public utility and they were not registered as such. Eagle Point Solar sued the utility and the PSC over this refusal. State law is currently unclear on whether third-party financing is legal in Wisconsin. The PSC is now accepting comments from the public on Eagle Point’s case, through February 23. You can submit a comment online to show your support for this solar funding opportunity! 

To comment, visit 

For more information and suggested “talking points” to include in your comments.

Healthcare Co-Op meets with Representative Gwen Moore to talk about Caregiving

The Co-Op participated in a Home Care Week of Action by speaking to the Congresswoman about raising the awareness of the importance of supporting home care services in President Biden’s America Rescue Plan. More specifically, Congress must ensure the current pandemic relief package includes $13 billion for home and community care. That $13 billion will go a long way; adding $13 billion to FMAP — the Federal Medical Assistance Percentages — means that every state will have more money to spend on critical home care and community based services.

Representative Moore had a strong understanding of the issue and why it’s important to support the noble and hard work of direct care workers.  There is dignity in being able to stay in your own home with just a little help.  Members, Amy Thomas, Mary Wacker and Lynn Carey spoke about their own experiences and were there to advocate for this cause.  Do you have a disabled loved one?  What about an elderly parent?  If this is an issue you want to advocate for, please contact [email protected].  

Cancel Student Loan Debt Kick-Off

Led by members of the Northeast Organizing Co-op, Citizen Action launched our Cancel Student Loan Debt Campaign. We were joined by action takers from across Wisconsin, untied in the desire to see $50,000 of student loan debt cancelled by executive action. Co-op member Seth Hoffmeister (pictured to the right) was among those who shared their story of being burdened with out of control student loan debt.  

We are extremely excited about the next steps we have planned. A growing national discussion is taking place around the need to cancel student loan debt in the midst of the financial crisis driven not only by the ongoing pandemic, but systemic racial injustice. Forty-five Million Americans are burdened with a combined total of $1.9 Trillion of student debt; an average of $33,000 per individual student. As is sadly the case with economic inequality experienced in our country, this debt falls disproportionately upon our Black, Brown, and Indigineous peers. The cancelation of $50,000 of federal student loan debt would be the largest step towards closing the racial wealth gap since the Civil Rights Movement.  If this is an issue you want to advocate for, please contact [email protected]

Citizens for a Clean Wausau Call to Action

The following information has been provided by spokespersons for Citizens for a Clean Wausau, who are also founding members of the North Central Organizing Co-op:

Serious contamination above the DNR’s regulatory standards has been identified at the city-owned  property, 1300 Cleveland Ave, which was the former Connor Forest Industries property that had a notorious history of contamination. The site sits in the middle of a residential neighborhood, and we  want the contamination finally cleaned up to the most protective standards possible. A zoning map error acknowledged by the City of Wausau mistakenly rezoned this property to industrial,  and industrial zoning and land use is typically associated with much looser cleanup standards. We want  the City of Wausau to correct its zoning mistake so that the property is zoned residential again – this will  likely assure that the most protective, strict non-industrial standards are used for the site cleanup and  that the remediation is rigorous. 

3M Company, which is located a short distance away and has an extensive history of soil, water, and air  pollution, wants to purchase the property and expand its operations. We absolutely oppose the 3M  Company expansion at 1300 Cleveland Drive, and we absolutely oppose any additional industrial  expansion whatsoever in this densely populated residential neighborhood.. Say no to 3M expansion or any industrial expansion at this property, and request the City of  Wausau fix its zoning mistake and zone it back to residential. We are asking for people to submit written comments, or to register to provide public comment at the Feb. 23rd Wausau Committee of the Whole (City Council) meeting. You can provide public comment either virtually, or in person. Here are the main talking points.

  1. The contamination on 1300 Cleveland Avenue needs to be cleaned up to the highest and most  protective regulatory standards there are, meaning non-industrial standards. 
  2. The City of Wausau should correct its zoning mistake and rezone the property back to  residential. 
  3. 3M Company or any other industrial expansion on the property should be absolutely and strongly opposed. 3M  Company has an extensive history of documented soil, water, and air pollution in Wausau. 

“Evers’ BOLD Budget” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We discuss the bold two year state budget released this week by Governor Evers which includes major healthcare proposals like a BadgerCare Public Option, Climate reforms, and other major progressive policies. Does the Governor’s move towards the progressive wing of the Democratic Party show the power of public mobilization and organizing? We review Sen. QAnon Ron Johnson’s shameful week denying the armed insurrection on January 6. Is our wayward Senator hell bent on making himself a national laughing stock? Switching to the Biden Administration, we discuss a very important opportunity for progressives to pass an increase in the minimum wage to $15 in the next COVID relief bill. Finally, a new study released Thursday found the U.S. lost a whole year of life expectancy in 2020.

Listen Now – Episode #480
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Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, Feb 12th

February 12th 

Become a climate leader: Recruit your friends and family to take action to fight climate change and you can win!

Citizen Action of Wisconsin has created a climate action hub.  This is your one page stop to learn about all the actions you can take to fight climate change and create brand new, green jobs across the state.  You can even find information on how to upgrade your home and save money each month on energy efficient upgrades (at no upfront cost to you)!

To celebrate the launch of our climate action hub we are running a contest.  Whoever recruits the most people to take action on our hub wins a $25 gift card to theDriftless Cafe in Viroqua. 

It’s easy to take part in the contest.  Just share this page: //www.citizenactionwi.org/news/blog/act-now-pledge-to-be-a-climate-activist/ with your friends and family.  Once they take action (and tell us that you sent them) you receive a point.  Whoever gets the most points by the end of April wins!

Be sure to bookmark the hub too.  We will be updating it frequently with new content and calls to action!

Mayor Katie Rosenberg of Wausau Advocates for Guaranteed Income Pilot Project

Mayor Katie Rosenberg, has been looking into Mayors for a Guaranteed Income, and has been advocating for the City of Wausau to participate in their Guaranteed Income Project Pilot. On Tuesday, January 6th Wausau’s Finance Committee voted in favor of participating. On Tuesday, Feb. 9th, the Committee of the Whole (City Council) voted unanimously to participate in the research project. You can read more about it at WSAU. You can see footage of the entire meeting here. Wausau and Madison are the only cities in Wisconsin to participate this time around. 

To quote Mayor Rosenberg, “These pilot programs are being used to research the effects of a guaranteed income on poverty and economic security. What does this look like? Usually it means $500 a month for 12 to 16 months for a group of people who meet the program criteria. Often, those are what United Way calls ALICE households: Asset Limited, Income Constrained, and Employed. Cities have had pilots as small as 18 participants and as large as 200 depending on the resources available. Right now, Wausau has been invited to participate and also been offered a startup grant from MGI of $100,000 plus a $20,000 research fellow stipend. If the City Council approves of entering the pilot program, staff can begin crafting a plan that will include work with local non-profits and agencies. Depending on the plan, Wausau could receive more MGI grant funding to run the program. Other cities have also worked with foundations and even used CARES funding to increase the scope of their pilots.But it’s not just giving money away, it’s a research project through the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice‘s Center for Guaranteed Income Research. Each city has a research fellow helping administer the program, collect the data, and working with the leading researchers at UPenn.” 

It is very exciting that Wausau is taking part in this project and it shows that this Mayor is dedicated to exploring options to address chronic homelessness, joblessness, or other barriers to a person or family succeeding. 

North Central Organizing Co-op’s Steering Committee Votes to Send Letter to Wausau City Council

Due to an acknowledged zoning map error, 1300 Cleveland Avenue, was mistakenly rezoned back to industrial by the city. The consequence is that the protective non-industrial standards from the DNR are not associated with industrial zoning and land use, and therefore the city’s mistake will likely leave the community with a much looser and less protective assessment and cleanup using the  industrial standards. If the city would correct the zoning error immediately, the site would likely and finally then face a stringent cleanup, which a large part of Wausau appears to want. Also, industrial expansion can not be done in residential zoning, without going through the standard, legitimate rezoning process, in which it may very well fail in this case because the site is in a residential neighborhood. This just so happens to be near a part of the City that has led to local residents and supportive citizens actively engaging with the City Council to identify pollutants in the area from years of industrial pollution. Several members of the North Central Organizing Co-op also belong to Citizens for a Clean Wausau, and asked the Steering Committee to consider writing a letter to the Committee of the Whole in support of the zoning change. The Steering Committee voted unanimously to write a letter. If you would like to communicate with the City Council in regard to this, you can email them here. They will be meeting on Feb. 23rd to discuss the results of soil sampling in the area and potential mitigation procedures. You can either attend that meeting in-person or virtually (which is what we would recommend at this time). If you wish to provide public comment – register to speak or submit written comment at this link: //forms.co.marathon.wi.us/forms/City-Council-Agenda-Item-Form 

 

Virtual Event: Citizen Action Student Loan Debt Kick-off!

Cancel Student Loan Debt Kick-off! (February 18th @6PM) Student Loan Debt Cancellation is the economic relief that over 45 Million Americans need during the midst of a global pandemic.  Not only is this the strongest action that President Biden can take in the first hundred days to jumpstart a stalled economy; it is also among the most impactful. The 45 Million Student Loan Borrowers in the United States hold on average almost $33,000 of debt that prevents us from buying a home, starting a family, and stimulating the local economy. National Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer, Elizabeth Warren, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, and Mondaire Jones have introduced legislation calling on President Biden to cancel $50,000 of student loan debt immediately!  Join Citizen Action on Thursday, February 18th at 6 PM for our Cancel Student Loan Debt Kick-off! Meet with our co-op members who are helping lead the way and learn how you can play an important part. Join Citizen Action’s Cancel Student Loan Debt Kick-off on February 18th @6PM

Battleground Wisconsin Podcast “Ruthlessness: The 10th Anniversary of Act 10”

During the tenth anniversary of Act 10, we consider its legacy, what it says about the ruthlessness of modern conservatism, and the continuing ramifications of historic protests it sparked. We dig into a number of major state and federal issues, including the latest attacks on the mask mandate, a bill in Congress that would supercharge the ACA, and Governor Evers pre-budget announcements on BadgerCare Expansion, Marijuana Legalization, and Prescription Drug reform. Do these initiatives bode well for a more progressive state budget? We look at some huge federal issues in the heady early days of the Biden Administration, including COVID relief, impeachment, and protecting the housing rights of the LGBTQ community. Finally we raise concerns about the wave of anti-Asian violence in the U.S. sparked by right-wing rhetoric, and a rogue ICE which is flaunting President Biden’s executive orders and continues to follow Trump’s immoral deportation policies.

Listen Now – Episode #479

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Press Clips

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig was a guest on a national Pacifica Radio Network news show to discuss the impeachment trial of Donald Trump. The network includes over 200 stations in major cities across the U.S. Listen here

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig discussed strategy around the passage of COVID relief without Republican votes, and progress on Biden’s bold first 100 days agenda. Listen here.

Citizen Action co-released a report with national partners showing Wisconsin Billionaires have realized an $11 billion increase in wealth during the pandemic.. The report, which we have been releasing periodically with updated data, reveals the deepening crisis of e economic inequality.  Read about it here.

 

Tuesday, February 16th is the Spring Primary!

Happy GOTV weekend! Have you completed your plan to vote? If not, please be sure to confirm your registration status , polling location and be a voter in next week’s election.

We endorse candidates who prioritize the safety of our children, educators and community. Support our endorsed candidates this weekend and sign up to make calls, knock doors and engage with Voters! More opportunities to engage with our candidate campaigns to come after the Primary!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jilly Gokalgandhi for MPS

Dana Kelley for School Board

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Misty Geslinske : Phone Bank

Ryan Sorenson : Phone Bank

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Karl Jaeger: Saturday, February 13th (9AM-6PM): Make Calls | Sunday, February 14th (12pm-6pm): Make Calls

 

Learn more about our candidates! Look out for future Volunteer Opportunities.

Emily Berge for City Council

Mackenzie Mindel for City Council

Rebecca Schwarz for City Council

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, Feb 5th

February 5th 

Medicare for All with a Local Twist

Join us SUNDAY FEB 7TH @ 2PM CT for an exclusive COVID Teach-In with Dr. Abdul El Sayed and People’s Action’s very own health care justice leaders to learn about the roots of healthcare injustice in the US, and what it looks like to fight for REAL COVID Relief which can set us on a path to winning Medicare for All. 

Milwaukee’s own, Norma Duckworth will be talking about her experience and survival of Covid. We are so glad she is feeling better and able to tell her story. There will be local level work around this issue amping up soon so this is a good  for you to get involved.

Sign up here

 

TAKE ACTION NOW to help Wisconsin residents reduce carbon emissions AND lower utility costs.

Residential carbon emissions account for 30% of all greenhouse gases.  Green home upgrades (like solar panels, new insulation and air sealing) help to reduce carbon emissions, save money on utility bills and create family supporting jobs in the green energy sector.  Thousands of homeowners in Wisconsin are unable to upgrade their home because of up front cost, credit history or due to the fact they are a renter.  We can address this problem and upgrade homes by supporting On-Bill Financing through the public utilities in La Crosse and throughout the state.

On-Bill Financing allows utility customers to upgrade with energy saving green upgrades at no up front cost.  Watch this video for a simple explanation of how these programs work.  The utility pays for the upgrades initially and the home owner pays them back as a line item on their utility bill.  Customers see a net saving right away on their utility bills!  This clears the way for so many people to add solar panels to their home.  It reduces carbon emissions and creates jobs in the green sector, America’s fastest growing job sector.  On-Bill Financing even creates new public revenue streams through financing charges.

La Crosse residents your city could offer On-Bill Financing opinions through its public utility.  Please use this form to contact the mayor and city council and let them know you support efforts to create an On Bill financing program through La Crosse’s public utility.

Those of you outside of La Crosse can take action now to help communities across the state create on bill financing programs.  No matter where you are in the state you can use this link to contact the Governor and State Legislator to let them know that you support On-Bill financing.

Rural Wisconsin needs your help to fight the climate crisis and grow in these uncertain times

Rural Wisconsinites have been suffering for too long.  Our small towns are shrinking.  Our small and medium sized farms are disappearing.  Our people are going without the broadband they need to compete and thrive.  Not enough young Wisconsin families are choosing to raise their families in Wisconsin’s rural areas.  Rural areas are suffering the real world effects of climate change in real time. 

Scott Walker era politics and politicians have been tearing local control away from rural towns and counties.  Wisconsin’s elected leaders need to pass a 2021-2022 state budget that helps rural areas.  You can help RIGHT NOW by contacting elected leaders and demanding they fund programs that will help our struggling communities.

Citizen Action of Wisconsin is asking our elected leaders to include funding for local climate action plans, broadband expansion, support for our struggling farms, and so much more.  Wisconsin can’t allow our rural areas to be left behind!  We are asking our leaders to fight for the following budgetary demands:

  • Investments to make rural small businesses, local rural factories, and small/medium sized farms competitive  through targeted grants and loans to underwrite family supporting jobs and reverse the “brain drain” by incentivizing people to stay in or move to rural communities across Wisconsin
  • Large scale investment into farmer led watershed groups with a focus on flood resilience 
  • Funding for rural communities to create and maintain local climate action plans that dramatically reduce carbon emissions, prepare for impact of extreme weather events (such as major flooding and drought)  and improve economic development without harming Wisconsin’s small and medium sized farms
  • Restore DNR funding and authority to hold CAFOs to higher environmental standards and give counties the local authority to prevent new CAFOs or expansion of existing CAFOs
  • Invest to scale in local (and regional) food distribution models to dramatically and measurably lower rural carbon footprints and to support Wisconsin’s small and medium sized farms
  • Funding a study to establish how 100% broadband coverage across Wisconsin can be achieved by 2025 through nonprofit, local communication co-ops or  public broadband utilities 
  • Fund a study to establish how state government can dramatically increase the supply of affordable housing and family supporting jobs in rural Wisconsin

You can help RIGHT NOW by using the link below to send an email to the Governor, Lt Governor and your state representatives and ask them to include our demands in the state budget.  No matter where we are, the color of our skin or how we pray all Wisconsinites rely on rural areas to put food on your table.  No matter where we are in the state we need to stand up and fight for rural areas in every way that we can.  Please contact your elected leaders right now and help protect our rural communities.

 

Join Co-op Organizers Ben Wilson and Joel Lewis to learn How you Can Help with the Citizen Action of Wisconsin Rural State Budget Efforts

The Citizen Action of Wisconsin Driftless Organizing Co-op recently developed a rural state budget campaign and list of demands. On Monday, February 8th, at 6:30 pm the Wood County Democratic party is holding their monthly membership meeting, and they have invited North Central Organizing Co-op Organizer Joel Lewis, and Southwestern WI (Driftless) Organizing Co-op Organizer Ben Wilson to discuss how people in this region can help. It’s also the possible beginnings of a coalition to continue to work on issues that affect rural Wisconsin in the future. All are welcome. Click here to join on Monday.

The Meeting ID is: 873 6685 0959 and the Passcode is: 055412

 

This week UpNorth News revealed emails between Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke and Speaker Robin Vos about their true intentions on setting up a criminal justice task force. Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig responded in a follow up story, saying the revealed the Republican’s “true intentions” do undermine any progress on racial justice and a “toxic cynicism.” Lt Governor Mandala Barnes, State Senator LaTonya Johnson, State Rep. Francisca Hong, and BLOC’s Angela Lang also responded. Read the whole story here.

Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig was on the Jeff Santos Show for 60 Minutes talking about Biden’s political strategy on COVID relief, Republican Sabotage Efforts, and other major issues. Listen here.

 

Support Local Elections! Voting and engaging in local elections is important for ensuring your voice is heard. When you get involved in local elections, you have the opportunity to elect leaders who represent your community and will take action for YOU! Support local candidates this upcoming weekend and make sure you complete your plan to vote by the Spring Primary on February 16, 2021. 

Sign up to Volunteer: Jilly4MPS

Facebook: Jilly for MPS

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Sign up to Volunteer: Kelly for District 4

Facebook: Vote 4 Dana Kelly

 

 

 

 

 

Save the date! February 22nd at 6PM an exclusive DPI Superintendent Candidate Interview. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Making Change in Washington. Can Progressives Co-Govern with Biden?” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

Progressives have more influence in the Joe Biden’s Washington than we have had since the 1960s, but are we prepared to translate our outside power into the governing power we need to win bold reform? In this special edition of Battleground Wisconsin, we discuss how the progressive movement must evolve to meet our moment with two national organizing strategists, George Goehl, the Director of People’s Action and Bree Carlson, the Deputy Director of People’s Action.

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