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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

April 28 - Immigration Fact/Fiction

[From John]

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Our Wisconsin Revolution - La Crosse

[from Arlene]

Thanks so much to everyone who attended Our Wisconsin Revolution La Crosse’s inaugural meeting! We had a great discussion about the unique role OWR can play in La Crosse by focusing on winnable policy initiatives on the local level.

We think La Crosse can be a model for the kind of democratic community we’d like to live in: a Wisconsin government of, by, and for the people!

Join us for our 2nd meeting on Tuesday, May 2nd, at 7 p.m. at the Ho-Chunk Nation 3 Rivers House where we’ll:
  • Vote on which local issues we’d like to focus on first
  • Discuss our organizational leadership
  • Think about how we can connect to and coordinate with other local groups
  • And more!

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Coming up this week

First, we want to make sure you know about this THURSDAY event. Midwest Environmental Advocates is an important ally against the degradation of our environment. Please attend this fundraiser if you can. If you can't please donate to MEA online. NOTE: TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR.

Now, in date order (subject to updating = please email if your event is missing (include link to event page or flyer please).

April 22 - 29 is BEE WEEK in La Crosse.

Wednesday, April 26
Join Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca, Assistant Leader Dianne Hesselbein, and Democratic Caucus Chair Mark Spreitzer for an event hosted by Assistant Caucus Chair Steve Doyle to benefit the Assembly Democratic Campaign Committee from 5 to 7 p.m. at Moxie's, 1835 Rose Street. Suggested donation is $50 (please make checks out to ADCC.) You can also donate online.

The Fair Elections Project will hold a Fair Maps Town Hall at 6:30 p.m. at the Onalaska Public Library. The Fair Elections Project supported a Wisconsin lawsuit claiming that current districts are unconstitutional. In November, they won their suit and a new map has been ordered.

At 7:00 p.m. Dr. Vincent Her of UWL will talk about his experience attending a conference and research trip in Southeast Asia. He will blend multi-sited research and personal history to reflect on the experiences of transnational migration, the impact of tourism on village life in Thailand and the need to question concepts such as global citizenship and global identity when national borders remain seemingly impermeable. The event is free and open to the public.

Thursday, April 27
In addition to the film/fundraiser noted above, there are several events in our area, including

At 3:30 p.m. UWL will host a TEDx Salon talk with Adam Carroll, an internationally recognized financial literacy expert, author of Winning The Money Game, a two-time TED talk speaker and founder of This event is free and open to the public.

At 5 p.m. Yale physicist Susan Demers, Ph.D., will describe the Large Hadron Collider, and will talk about the discovery of the Higgs Boson, and where we are headed. The talk is free and open to the public.

ALANA (UWL) hosts its annual Phenomenal Wymen Dinner with keynoter Adrian Lipscombe. PURCHASE DINNER TICKETS BY APRIL 26.

Friday, April 28 
At 10 a.m. you can attend an Arbor Day Walkabout presented by Randy Mell, University of Wisconsin Extension Natural Resources Educator to learn about trees in our neighborhoods. This event requires a registration fee.

Workers Memorial Day will be commemorated at 5 p.m. at Green Island Park in La Crosse.

Saturday, April 29
Join a Peoples Climate March in La Crosse (start in Cameron Park at 11 am, march to Riverside, return to Cameron Park per the organizer) or Winona.

In Eau Claire, Citizen Action Organizing Coop of western Wisconsin will hold its annual meeting from 1 to 4 p.m. in Unity Christ Center 1808 Folsom St.. Mike McCabe will speak at the event (free and open to the public). More than 200 people form the co-op by contributing monthly to employ a full time organizer to advocate for and help organize the activist community.

It's Neighbors Day in La Crosse.

Sunday, April 30
Earth Fair in La Crosse.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Free speech

If anyone is planning to attend this afternoon's "free speech" event at UWL (apparently sponsored by a local right wing organization), you might want to read this report about how the Kochs and DeVos family are pushing racism and hate talk as "free speech" on college campuses.

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Free speech or license to discriminate?
In response to fringe, far-right speakers often facing student protests, conservative legislators in many states are pushing “campus free speech” legislation. Two think tanks funded in part by the Koch brothers and Robert Mercer created a model bill, on which many of the state bills are based, that calls for harsh penalties, including expulsion, for students who disrupt guest speaking events.
While enabling hate speech at colleges and universities, billionaire mega-donors are cracking down on students who publicly object to such speech. Meanwhile, the same wealthy conservatives’ family foundations fund ideological higher ed programs that serve their business interests. The Charles Koch Foundation, for example, gave $142 million to hundreds of colleges and universities from 2005 to 2015, largely toward free-market centers, professorships and courses. From these programs, Koch-funded think tanks and political groups recruit their favorite students to join the Kochs’ mass libertarian sociopolitical movement.