Friday, May 1st
Vote from Home for the May 12th Special Election!
Request your absentee ballot today! You have until Thursday, May 7th to request your absentee ballot online.
Plan ahead for August 11th Primary Election and request your absentee ballot today.
Contact your local leaders and encourage them to plan for safe voting options for voters this August and November, including mailing absentee ballot applications to all voters in your community, similar to what passed in the City of Milwaukee last week. See article about Milwaukee’s plan.
Make Phone Calls from home for Tricia Zunker for Congress
Volunteer virtual phone bank May 4th, 4pm
Tricia Zunker, Citizen Action NCWI Member is currently running for House of Representatives in Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District! Her special election is on May 12th so we are making a push for our volunteers to make calls to her district encouraging them to vote for Tricia as well as safe practices of how to vote during a pandemic.
We have staff and volunteers all over the State that are helping to make these calls, and they could be the difference that it takes for us to win!! There are still many people that need help understanding the process to vote absentee.
Co-op member Marcelia Nicholson became the first Latina and African-American woman elected Chair of the Milwaukee County Board.
Citizen Action co-op member and Milwaukee County Supervisor Marcelia Nicholson will lead the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors as the new Chair. She was elected last Friday and is the first Latina and African American woman to lead the Board. She is also the third woman to hold the position.
“I thank my colleagues for their support, and I pledge to make the 2020-22 term one that is marked by a renewed spirit of collaboration… I pledge to do my best to empower this body to develop solutions to our most challenging problems and to serve the people of Milwaukee County with honor and integrity.” – Marcelia Nicholson
Supervisor Nicholson is a huge supporter of Citizen Action’s current City/County climate and equity campaign and has led efforts to successfully pass a $15 County living wage ordinance and adopting a County racial equity ordinance.
Nicholson is a former MPS educator and also a current leader in the Milwaukee Area Service and Hospitality Workers Union in Milwaukee.
Congratulations Marcelia! We look forward to working closely with you.
Co-op Member, Kristina Shelton, elected VP of Green Bay School Board
Citizen Action Northeast Co-op member Kristina Shelton was elected vice president of the Green Bay School Board by a vote of 6-1! Shelton is serving out her first full term as a school board member and has demonstrated strong progressive leadership throughout her tenure.
From her work to ban Native Mascots from the Green Bay School District to her collaboration with the district wellness committee to update policy to ensure equity of access to physical activity from kindergarten to twelfth grade. Even during the time of shelter-in-place, she has continued her work advocating for progressive policies and dedicating her time to the families she represents. Kristina was a leading voice in the recent efforts to pass the most comprehensive clean energy at a district level in the state. She has also volunteered her time passing out free meals to district children who would otherwise miss meals due to schools being closed for the remainder of the academic year.
“I’m committed to moving forward with each of you. If we can treat each other well, listen, experiment, hold each other accountable, and fight together, there’s no limit to what we can accomplish.” – Kristina Shelton, Vice President of the Green Bay School Board
Citizen Action of Wisconsin is proud of Kristina and all of our progressive elected officials who serve their communities.
Join us for Northwestern Co-op Virtual Coffee with Your Co-op! May 11, 2020 @ 10:00am
Brew your favorite caffeinated (or not!) beverage and join your Northwestern Wisconsin Organizer, Breana, as she talks about Citizen Action’s work during the COVID-19 Pandemic and it’s rapid response for affordable and attainable healthcare as well as hearing about what members would like to work on during this time. This would be a great time for brainstorming and strategy building. The Zoom link will be provided via email after you register here for the event! See you then!
Coffee with the Northeastern Co-op: Social Distancing Edition, Saturday, May 2nd, 9:30 AM – 11 AM
Grab your beverage of choice, comfy chair, and join our Citizen Action Northeastern Co-op for coffee from the comfort of your own home! Connect with other progressives from northeastern Wisconsin and learn what Citizen Action is up to as we navigate this challenging time until we can meet at our favorite coffee shop again.
Co-op organizer Noah Reif will share Citizen Action’s response to COVID-19 and how we can all practice community care. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to have the Zoom link sent to you.
Citizen Action of Wisconsin is leading a people powered COVID19 relief effort
Citizen Action of Wisconsin has been crafting a response to the COVID19 crisis that will help put money in people’s pockets, reduce unemployment, reduce utility costs, help small businesses, expand healthcare, fight climate change and protect Wisconsin’s green business sectors. You can learn more about the relief package we are working on by viewing this PowerPoint.
Some of our programs might be able to help you right now! Please fill out this survey to find out if our programs can help you. Please feel free to share this survey with anyone struggling during this time. We would like to get as many people as possible to fill out this survey. If someone can be helped by any of these programs Citizen Action of Wisconsin will be reaching out to them directly and getting them the help they need so share this survey far and wide!
Citizen Action in the News
Citizen Action Executive Director Robert Kraig discussed how to move the national Democratic Party left during the pandemic through organizing. Listen here.
Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig joined a panel of scholars from UW-Madison, Michigan State, and Marquette, for a 90 minute discussion of communication in the battleground states. Listen here.
“COVID-19 Hot Zone in Brown County” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast
We review the latest Wisconsin coronavirus news, including the GOP lawsuit seeking to overturn the Governor’s Stay at Home order. Do the Republicans really have a case? The panel welcomes Up North News reporter Jonathon Sadowski to dig into the significant outbreak of COVID-19 in Brown County meat plants, the lax response from the corporate owners and county health officials, and Trump’s order to reopen infected packing plants nationwide. Supreme Court justice Dan Kelly announces he will unrecuse himself on the voter file purge case, and rule despite being fired by the voters. We also encourage everyone to request their absentee ballots for the primary and general elections, and if you live in the district the May 12th special election in the 7th Congressional District.
“Update: JBS in Green Bay announced it is resuming testing of its workers after we recorded this episode.”
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