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Friday, March 23, 2018

March Updates - Please Share

For more information contact Ben Morris, Gretchen Guinn Paquette, & Jacob Sciammas: (608) 403-5628 &

March and Rally to Stop Gun Violence March 24 in La Crosse.

The March and Rally Against Gun Violence planned for La Crosse on March 24th, 2018 will feature  school, religious, political and community leaders from the Coulee Region.

In La Crosse, the March Against Gun Violence starting at 12:30 from Burns Park (8th & Main St.) will be followed by a Rally at Cameron Park (5th & King St.) at 1:00pm.

This event is in conjunction with the national and international March for Our Lives that will be
occurring around the world on that date. The March for Our Lives events are a direct result of student activism to end gun violence after the high school shooting in Parkland Florida on Feb. 14th, 2018 that killed 17 students.

The Rally speakers are a cross section of political, religious and community leaders in western Wisconsin as well as students concerned about gun violence in schools.

Gretchen Guinn Paquette and Ben Morris; Welcome. Music by Bob Bovee.

1. Pastor Ben Morris; We can end gun violence and still be hunters.
2. Mayor Tim Kabat; There is no place for gun violence in La Crosse.
3. Betsy Riling; I want to teach in a safe school not an armed bunker
4. Father Konopa; What Catholicism teaches us about gun violence
5. Marley Richmond; I go to school to learn not to be shot at.
6. Prof. Richard Breaux; Guns, civil rights and race relations in America.
7. Libby Miller; Please keep guns out of schools.
8. Cheryl Hancock; It’s a bad idea to arm teachers.
9. Tara Johnson; Guns cost La Crosse taxpayers, families & children
10. Bishop Jim Arends; A little religion can go a long way to end gun violence.
11. Rep Jill Billings; Democrat proposals for gun safety in the Wisconsin Legislature.
12. Sister Laura Nettles; Gun violence hurts us in many ways.
13. John Havlicek; Teachers do not want to be armed.
14. Kate Nelson; Stop blaming people with mental health problems for gun violence.
15. Prof. Mike Smuksta; A little history on gun control in America.
16. Chris Clair; The truth about the Heller Decision and the 2nd amendment.
17. Dr. Mark Neumann & Dr. Bob Freedland; Guns and public health.
18. Sen Jennifer Shilling; Welcoming new voices and leaders on gun issues
19. Bishop Jay Lambert; The moral imperative for ending gun violence.
20. Gretchen Guinn Paquette; Moms Demand Action and you can too

For up-to-the-minute updates, please go to March for Our Lives – La Crosse on Facebook:

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Saturday march update

Please meet at BURNS PARK (8th & Main) on Saturday at noon. (This park is accessible via #4 bus - State & 7th stop).

A march to Cameron Park (5th Ave S. & King St) will begin at 12:30 pm.

Free pro posters to dowload and print at your fav print shop:

Please contact Jacob with questions.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Vote - Here's why

In most municipalities in our area of Wisconsin, voters may cast ballots "absentee in person" in their clerk's office during the two weeks before election day. This week and next (through Friday, March 30) you can vote (contact your clerk for details). If you are volunteering to drive voters on election day (April 3) or have a busy schedule that day, it's a great way to vote in a less hectic environment and not worry about getting to the polls on time. You may also register to vote at your clerk's office or change your registration if needed.

If you want to REGISTER, you will need to supply PROOF OF RESIDENCE. Find the list of approved documents here.

For INFORMATION ABOUT VOTING - what's on your ballot, where do you vote, are you registered, etc - visit Note that voters must supply an approved ID when they vote. For most of us that's a Wisconsin driver's license, but if you don't have one the list of approved documents is at (If you need a Wisconsin ID for voting purposes, you may get one FREE OF CHARGE at the local DMV).

On the Wisconsin ballot are 
  • local office elections including county and school board positions
  • the state Supreme Court election (remember, Rebecca Dallet is the only candidate left in the race who is NOT endorsed by the National Rifle Association)
  • a state referendum on getting rid of the State Treasurer's office (so no one will be able to monitor where Scott Walker's government-cash-to-cronies program is sending our tax dollars) and 
  • a La Crosse county advisory referendum encouraging the county to support a constitutional amendment that specifies that money is not equal to speech and corporations are not people
Embarrassingly, many spring elections have super low turnouts and may let a few motivated people stick us with a bad Supreme Court justice for the next TEN YEARS. So, don't let this happen to us. Go and vote this week, next week, or on Tuesday, April 3. Take your friends and neighbors. Go with your co-workers over a lunch hour. 

And then start thinking about the next election - a primary for governor in August. Learn about the candidates and plan to actively support one of them (not the one we have now please) by volunteering, donating when you can, and helping to get out the vote. 

Here's one good reason to get active: Monday night's tele-town hall on INEQUALITY  presented by Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. 

Friday, March 16, 2018

March 24 March is on

UPDATE: The rally will be at Cameron Park starting at noon. Facebook event here.

After much confusion caused in part by people from someplace else setting up online leaderless events (DON'T do that!) local orgaizers are planning a La Crosse March for Our Lives on Saturday, March 24. Details are being worked out now. If you would like to help, speak, or otherwise get involved, please email couleeprogressive at hotmail and we'll forward your note to organizers. 

Monday, March 12, 2018

March 24 - 10th Annual Grassroots Fest

To be sure there will be other events happening on March 24th, but this one should be near the top of your list.

Attend the 10th annual Wisconsin Grassroots Festival, at Wisconsin Heights school, Hwy 14, between Mazomanie and Black Earth.  This is a gathering of excellent progressive people, talks, 21 break-out sessions, silent auction of cool stuff, good food, tablers, and more. It is one of the best ways to connect with the state's progressive movement.

Speakers will include Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Rep. Mark Pocan, John Nichols, Lisa Graves, and Matt Rothschild.

It starts at 9 a.m and goes until about 5 p.m.

The Wisconsin Grassroots Network is a true People Power organization. 
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