Friday, January 17th
Citizen Action Member Survey on State Supreme Court Election
Citizen Action is surveying our membership on their preferences in the State Supreme Court Election. This information will be used by Citizen Action’s Board to gauge member attitudes in the election and help determine if the organization should endorse in the election.
Northwestern Wisconsin Co-op holds CD 7 forum in Rice Lake
Wednesday, January 15th, the Northwestern Wisconsin Co-op held their 7th Congressional District forum in Rice Lake. Both Democratic candidates in the special election were present. Lawrence Dale and Tricia Zunker were each allotted 45 minutes to talk about what they would do if they were elected to Congress as well as answered questions submitted by Citizen Action members.
There were approximately 50 people in attendance and a lot of enthusiasm for both candidates.
Not able to make it? Citizen Action co-op member, Steve Hanson, streamed the event and can be watched here. Also, thank you to the Barron County Democrats and Gerry Lisi for helping set up and prepare the event with us!
Citizen Action will also host a second 7th CD candidate forum in Wausau on Monday, January 27th, 6-8pm. All members are welcome to attend.
The healthcare co-op team shows up to confront Trump on Prescription Drug Reform
Tuesday, January 14th President Trump visited Milwaukee and complained about energy efficient dishwashers and toilets. Meanwhile, four years into his Presidency we still do not have any meaningful reform around prescription drug prices.
Members of the Citizen Action co-op provided support and a backdrop to Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and the Democratic Party at a media event to highlight Trump’s sabotage of healthcare. Citizen Action signs in the background helped to reinforce the idea that there are real policy and performance reasons why another four years of President Trump would be bad and it’s not about us just arbitrarily disliking the President. Lower drug prices now!
“Dark Money” movie showing in Viroqua.
The Citizen Action of Wisconsin Driftless region co-op was proud to co-sponsor a showing of the documentary “Dark Money” in Viroqua on January 15th. This eye opening documentary explored how the 2011 Supreme Court ruling “Citizen United” is eroding Democracy in Montana, Wisconsin and across the country.
An amazing crowd of 44 Citizen Action members and community activists joined us for this viewing. The group “Wisconsin United to Amend” was also on hand to give viewers hope and a game plan on how we can save our country. Citizen Action of Wisconsin members Pam Knudtson, Kent Galloway and Karen Dalh were on hand (along with former Republican State Senator Dale Schultz) to speak about the importance of returning political power in America to the people and away from corporations. Ending the influence of dark money is a major bipartisan concern that all Americans should care about.
Hopefully in the future we can bring this documentary to more communities through the Driftless region!
Climate Change and Economic Equity in Milwaukee
Economic Equity work group for the Milwaukee City-County climate planning process met at the Citizen Action office this Thursday evening. It is chaired by Citizen Action staff member Rafael Smith and is part of a planning process to meet the UN climate targets in a way that dramatically improves racial equity in the region.
Citizen Action is organizing to elevate this issue in the upcoming Spring elections in the Milwaukee area. We need all local elected officials to support this critical planning process and its eventual recommendations.
For more information about the campaign contact: [email protected]
Citizen Grassroots Lobbying training in La Crosse Feb 8th
Citizen Action of Wisconsin is committed to making sure that your voice is heard in local, state and national politics. Please join Citizen Action of Wisconsin for an important training session on how to meet with elected leaders and make your voice heard on issues that matter to you! You can make a huge difference in what bills get passed just by meeting with local lawmakers. Join us for a day of training so that you can help pressure elected leaders to vote in support of expanding healthcare and fighting climate change.
Citizen Action of Wisconsin deputy director Matt Brusky and Movement Politics director JoAnna Bautch will be leading the training workshop. Co-op members will be on hand to present about important bills working their way through the state senate and county boards. These bills will have a huge impact on healthcare and climate change in Wisconsin and we want to make sure you have the tools and training to make a difference!
This training will take place on February 8th at 11:00 AM at the Southside Public Library in La Crosse (1307 16th st s La Crosse WI). Please RSVP for this event here.
SIGN Pledge to Vote YES for Milwaukee Public Schools on Tuesday April 7th!
Pledge to vote YES for MPS on Tuesday, April 7th because a referendum will provide the resources and support our students need to set them up for future success.
Our students deserve the same opportunities as kids in neighboring communities. An investment of $4 per week from the average homeowner will raise $87 million for our kids. By voting yes, we’ll be helping move us closer to providing all Milwaukee children with a quality, equitable education regardless of where they live.
Canvass for Milwaukee Public Schools Referendum, Jan 18th, 10am – 1pm & Noon – 3pm from the MTEA office, 5130 W. Vliet.
Join educators, students, parents, and community supporters as we talk to Milwaukee voters about Voting Yes for MPS on April 7th.
Vote Yes for MPS will continue to canvass from the MTEA office every Saturday until we win on April 7th!
Coffee with your co-op meetings in the Driftless region, Saturday January 18th, Noon in Viroqua
Citizen Action of Wisconsin will be hosting monthly, informal coffee get-togethers throughout the year. These “Coffee with your Co-op” events will be a great chance to get to know fellow activists, talk about issues that matter, talk strategy for the year and grab coffee with amazing, passionate activists!
We will be hosting events in both La Crosse and Viroqua. Members are invited to both meetings. Please feel free to invite any family or friends that are interested in creating a better Wisconsin!
Special guest State Senate candidate Joni Anderson will be joining us in La Crosse on Feb 22nd. Joni is running for Senate District 14 and she is excited to get to know Citizen Action members from the La Crosse area. She will be visiting us for a Viroqua meeting in the near future as well
RSVP and join us Saturday January 18th 12:00 PM, Viroqua Food Co-op 609 N Main St., Viroqua WI
RSVP and join us (and State Senate Candidate Joni Anderson) February 22nd 12:00 PM JavaVino 2311 State Rd La Crosse WI
Medicare for All Event in Madison
Several of our healthcare co-op members are leading and participating in a Medicare for All forum in Madison. This will be a very enlightening event as Physicians for a National Healthcare Program will be participating and speaking from a physicians point of view.
Tuesday, January 21st
Madison Public Library
201 W Mifflin St.
“2020 Election Heats Up the Winter” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast
Following a discussion of the latest impeachment news, we discuss Trump’s visit to Milwaukee and his continued strength with white evangelicals, the Warren/Sanders dispute, and the latest developments in the vote purging scandal in Wisconsin. The panel closes with a discussion of the Assembly’s failure to override a Governor Evers veto of legislation to de-skill nursing home care. What does it mean and where do we go from here?
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