Friday, September 27th
Citizen Action of Wisconsin Members Travel to Iowa for Presidential Candidate Forum
Nearly 50 Citizen Action Members from all over Wisconsin traveled to Des Moine, IA last Saturday, September 21st to participate in the People’s Action Presidential Candidate Forum. 2,500 people attended the event featuring Julian Castro, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and Pete Buttigieg. The candidates heard stories about the issues we all care about from Citizen Action members Lilian Cheeseman, Mireya Sigala, and Representative Jodi Emerson (See pictures).
Northwestern Wi Citizen Action Co-OP member Mireya Sigala appeared on stage with Julian Castro calling for Immigrant Justice. State Representative Jodi Emerson talked about the importance of co-governance between elected progressive leaders and movement political organizations like Citizen Action. Lillian Cheeseman shared her moving healthcare story with Julian Castro in support of universal health care coverage, like Medicare For All.
Watch the entire forum.
People’s Action will be conducting 3 more Presidential Candidate Forums.
Sunday, October 13th
Durham, New Hampshire
8:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Sign up to watch via livestream.
Sunday, October 20th
4:00 pm – 7:30pm
Saturday, October 26th
Las Vegas, Nevada
1:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Next week we will start announcing watch parties for the Michigan and Nevada forums. If you want to host a watch party contact firstname.lastname@example.org
All events will be live-streamed.
New Driftless Co-op Members Attend the People’s Presidential Forum in Iowa
Members of the Driftless Region co-op joined thousands of activists from across the country this weekend at the People’s Presidential Forum. Annette McGinley, K.C. Cayo, Sue Conard, Carla Pena and Fran Hegenbarth all traveled to Des Moines and got to hear from top Presidential candidates and learn about how each of these candidates plans to fight for progressive issues such as climate change, housing costs, college costs, healthcare for all and social justice.
Driftless Member Carla Pena writes about her experience at the Presidential Forum
I was one of the five La Crosse area activists with Citizen Action of Wisconsin to attend the people’s Forum in Des Moines, Iowa on September 21st. The Forum was well-organized and well-attended. I was impressed by the number of different organizations that have worked on issues that are meaningful to me.
The stories people told before asking the candidates a question personalized the issues and made them relevant. The candidates responded in a way that solidified my preference. But the most important takeaway for me was that the upcoming election is about we the people, not the candidates. I thank Kevin Kane and Ben Wilson for sponsoring my trip to the Forum and making it a reality for me.
Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes visits Citizen Action to talk climate change
Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes, who is also a Citizen Action Co-op member and former Board member, held round table discussion with some of the members the Milwaukee City-County Task Force on Climate & Economic Equity for clean energy week.
The Lt Governor spoke to the need for any recommendations made by the task force to have in mind front line community members. Most importantly, he made it clear that he was there to listen task force members and hear the ideas and conversation around the green new deal.
A few of the ideas were; reduce monthly cost energy cost, Installation Maintenance – job creation, budget for energy efficiency and job training equity, budget for energy efficiency and job training and land use reform freeways or transit. The conversation was lively and energetic and the member left feeling good about the opportunity to work the Governor and Lt. Governor office in the future
Lt. Gov. Barnes is spending the week raising public awareness throughout the state about the looming climate catastrophe that is headed our way if we don’t act now.
Watch video from Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes discussing the event.
Milwaukee’s Green New Deal Transportation Event
This past Tuesday the SE-Co-op Climate Issue team held the first of a series of events that hopes to inform the public on the components of a Milwaukee Green New Deal.
This event was an amazing panel discussion on what a Milwaukee Green Deal will mean for transportation and mobility. On the panel were Alderman Bob Bauman, County Supervisor Steve Shea, Lisa Jones Lead Organizer from MICAH and Elizabeth Ward Lead Organizer with Sierra Club.
Each panelist spoke powerfully about the need for more funding in regards to more public transportation options. The need for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and dedicated bus only lanes were just a few of the ideas talked about.
Lisa Jones spoke to the fact that any Green New Deal must be not only fair but equitable for our city’s most marginalized communities.
The next Green New Deal event will be October 29th on the subject of de-industrialization. Venue and time pending.
Driftless Co-op Launch event, Thursday October 3rd
The Driftless Region co-op will be hosting our launch event next week! Thursday October 3rd we will be meeting at 410 West Ave South in La Crosse at 7:00 PM to formally launch our brand new organizing co-op. This is a chance to learn about our movement and get involved! This event is open to the public. If you are in the area, please join us and bring some friends!
Deep Canvassing Workshop in Chippewa Falls, Saturday, September 28th, 10am
Learn from Citizen Action how to have difficult conversations with our deep canvassing training and feel more empowered talking about difficult topics!
Our training will be lead by former assembly candidate and current Citizen Action organizer, Noah Reif. They will facilitate discussion; training on how best to navigate tricky conversations, empower our communities and ourselves.
UAW Local 722 Union Family Day Saturday, Sept. 28th, Hudson, WI
The UAW is having Union Family Day on Saturday September 28th starting at 9:00 A.M. at the picket line that UAW Local 722 is conducting at the General Motors facility, 2200 Willis Miller Drive, Hudson, WI. MN U.S. Senator Tina Smith will be in attendance, arriving at around 9:15am to support the strike. Spread the word!
Attend Bright Futures presentation promoting prevention of substance use disorder.
Citizen Action of Wisconsin’s Bright Futures Organizer Supreme Moore Omokunde will give an update on efforts throughout the State by Citizen Action of Wisconsin on their effort to promote prevention of Substance Use Disorder.
Monday, October 7th, 5:30pm
Jazz Gallery Center for the Arts / Riverwest Artists Association
926 E Center St, Milwaukee
RSVP via facebook
Impeachment or Not?: A Debate
Join Grassroots Northshoore, Grassroots Southshore, and Citizen Action of WI for a debate of one of the most important current issues facing us, the impeachment of President Trump.
Kathleen Dunn will be moderating the debate with Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig (For) and Dr. Sheldon Wasserman (Against) taking opposing points.
RSVP via facebook
After discussing our national emergency with President Trump, we welcome Wisconsin Examiner journalist, Isiah Holmes, to discuss his investigation into local police department’s cooperation with ICE, including Wauwatosa and Milwaukee. New Citizen Action Driftless Co-op Organizer Ben Wilson joins us to talk about next week’s launch event of the new driftless organizing co-op.
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