Citizen Action Weekly: Friday June 5th

Citizen Action Weekly: Friday June 5th

Friday, June 5th

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

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

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

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

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

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

If Interested, click here to register for the event

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contact your state legislators today in support. 

Black Lives Matter Virtual Roundtable

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

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

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

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

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

Support the Minnesota Freedom Fund

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

Consumer Protection Team Healthcare Survey

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

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

Citizen Action in the News

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

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Uprising for Racial Justice” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

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

Listen Now – Episode #445
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