Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Oct. 1 - Ask Me About My EV

Cross-posted from Coulee Region Sierra Club: 

On Sunday, October 1, La Crosse area electric vehicle owners and enthusiasts will host an event to allow community members to get their questions answered about what driving and owning an electric vehicle is really like at the ASK ME ABOUT MY EV event from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the La Crosse City Hall Parking Lot, 400 La Crosse Street, La Crosse. The event is part of the 13th annual National Drive Electric Week (NDEW).

National Drive Electric Week, a coast-to-coast celebration of electric vehicles (EVs), will be held Sept. 22 through Oct. 1, 2023, and is expected to include more than 200 online and in-person events.

There are now more than three million EVs on the road in the United States, and a recent survey from Cox Automotive found consumers considering purchasing an EV for their next vehicle is at an all-time high. The increased interest in EVs makes NDEW events important to educating the public about the incredible benefits of owning an EV, from cost-savings on maintenance and fuel to improved air quality, convenience and performance.

The La Crosse event will include electric car and bike owners plus information about EVs, charging, tax credits, and more. This is expected to be the first of a series of fall “pop-up” EV outreach and information events in the La Crosse area. EV outreach and education is one of the City's climate action plan goals as it works to reduce community-wide carbon emissions.

Owners of plug-in electric cars and e-bikes, as well as those who are considering making the switch to electric vehicles (car or bike) or who just want to learn more, are welcome to sign up to show and talk about their vehicles. Participants and visitors may sign up at or by calling or texting 608-315-2693.

Oktoberfest ends on September 30 this year.

Monday, September 18, 2023

A Healthcare Conversation

Do you have a healthcare story or just care about healthcare in Wisconsin? Please come share your story in person or on zoom. Find out how Citizen Action of Wisconsin is working to transform healthcare for Wisconsinites.

Join Citizen Action of Wisconsin for
A Healthcare Conversation in the Driftless

Thursday, Sept 28th - 5:30-7:00 p.m.

UU Fellowship, 401 West Avenue South, La Crosse

or join us via Zoom!

Have you had a frustrating healthcare experience? A bill you didn’t understand? Numerous calls with providers and insurance companies where things don’t get resolved? High medical debt? 
We want to hear your story! 
Join us for a discussion on healthcare in Wisconsin and hear about how one woman is standing up against unfair practices. When we come together to share our stories, we start to build the power we need to fix our broken healthcare system and put Care Over Cost

Citizen Action member Lori Toso wants to stop this from happening to other folks.  She has taken on the challenge and dedicated over 80 hours working with her insurance company and her healthcare provider to find out why she isn’t receiving the benefits her family works and pays for. After five months and all her work, she still hasn’t had resolution and is stuck with a huge bill.

Healthcare systems and Insurance companies know most people don’t have the time to wait on hold or sift through the mountains of paperwork.  We work hard for access to healthcare and insurance is expensive. Yet so often complicated bills, overcharges and denied claims leave us with high medical debt.  Lori is taking on this fight not only for her family but for all of those families that can’t.

We believe that health systems in Wisconsin have a systemic problem with billing issues including improper coding, overcharging, lack of transparency, incomplete review processes and unfair collection practices.
We will also discuss:
  • Citizen Action of Wisconsin statewide efforts around a Badgercare Public Option bill that will offer a lower cost healthcare option to Wisconsinites and Wisconsin employers with fewer than 50 employees!
  • Healthcare as a commodity
  • Unfair charges on ACA covered wellness visits
  • Future actions against other healthcare systems, insurance xompanies, and greedy pharmaceutical companies
  • Fair Share medical deficits in our state (when healthcare systems don’t live up to their charity obligation to maintain non-profit status)

Sunday, September 17, 2023

Saturday, September 16, 2023

Hispanic Heritage Month


Latino presence in Wisconsin predates statehood but is not included in traditional historical narratives. This lectures reviews the presence of Spanish colonial traders and officials, their relationship with Indigenous peoples in the Great Lakes and Upper Mississippi region--named "Pais de los Ilinueses" in the eighteenth century, and follows the arrival of Mexican and Mexican American traders and workers in the nineteenth and early Twentieth Century, followed by an overview of various Latino communities, and their struggle to access opportunity to the present.

This Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration
"Wisconsin's Latino Past & Present" presented by Víctor M. Macías-González will take place on Monday, September 18 from 10 a.m. to noon at The Bluffs, UWL Student Union.