Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, November 1st

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday, November 1st

Friday, November 1st

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

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

VOTE TODAY!    Voting ends Sunday, November 3rd 

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

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

Citizen Action Co-op member appointed to Greenfield School Board

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Citizen Action of Wisconsin Southwest Co-op membership update

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

Citizen Action Organizing Co-op Informational Meetings

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

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

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

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

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

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

photo by Blake Imeson

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

Listen now – Episode #415
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