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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Where's Ron Johnson?

Tell it, Bernie!

Stand with Trans Students Friday rally



Democracy Convention registration open

Registration for the third Democracy Convention is now open! Democracy Convention 2017 is taking place August 2 - 6, at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. This year's theme is "Universalizing Resistance, Democratizing Power!" *Reserve your spot before April 1 and receive a t-shirt at the convention!

*Click here to register for Democracy Convention 2017*

More than one conference, the Democracy Convention houses ten conferences under one roof. With the Democracy Convention, we recognize the importance of each of these separate democracy struggles, as well as the need to unite them all in a common, deeply rooted, broad based, movement for democracy.


2017 Conference Conveners
Each of the Democracy Convention's conferences are organized by convener organizations. Conveners for the 2017 Democracy Convention include:
Alliance for Democracy, Alliance for Global Justice, Campaign for Economic Democracy, Education United, Fair Vote, Global Climate Convergence, Liberty Tree Foundation, Massachusetts Global Action, Move to Amend, Poor Peoples Economic Human Rights Campaign, World Beyond War.

Lodging & Dining
The Democracy Convention is now taking reservations for on-campus lodging and dining August 2 - August 6 at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Campus lodging and dining options are a low-cost, convenient way to ensure all of your needs are met on campus while attending the Convention.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Congratulations, Nick!

It appears that Nick Dutton has advanced to the April primary in La Crosse's 7th District along with the incumbent, Gary Padesky. Nick came in second among four candidates. Unofficial results show he edged out third place candidate, Jim Bagniewski, by just five votes. The Board of Elections will certify results in a few days. For now, we are happy to see such a strong showing by Nick!

And Tony Evers trounced his opponents, netting nearly 70% of the vote for State Superintendent of Public Schools. His April opponent will be Lowell Holtz ("kidservative"), a voucher supporter who will probably have unlimited campaign cash from those who believe public schools should be replaced by private, religious schools.

Sadly, only EIGHT PERCENT of Wisconsin voters bothered to turn out for this important primary. Does this meet the "failed democracy" criteria or what?

One April election that is destined to be a disaster is the UNOPPOSED right wing Annette Ziegler who is running unopposed for a 10 year Wisconsin State Supreme Court term (UNopposed). Our only hope is a write in campaign - if you know of a suitable candidate (a real one! not Mark Twain this time!) we could convince to run an online, web based write in campaign with support from across the state, please email couleeprogressive[at]hotmail.com.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Last call - AGE OF CONSEQUENCES!

[from Tugg/Coulee Partners for Sustainability]

This is our LAST CHANCE to make this event happen and we need your help.

This screening will be canceled, unless we meet threshold by THURSDAY, so tell everyone you know!

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Share the link above and let's make this happen!

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Dem Party meeting notes

FEBRUARY 20, 2017

This is an unofficial report about what happened at the February 20 La Crosse Democratic Party meeting. This is just an observer's report. It is not official minutes. These views are not those of the Dem party or its officials. Any action items noted below are identified as such from notes taken at the meeting. This is not in any way official Democratic Party communication. It is hoped that this info will be helpful for those who were not able to attend the meeting but who wish to participate in building the party.

First, the chair was ill and many people were grateful that he was able to make it through the meeting and appreciated the effort.
"There's a direct relationship between the ballot box and the bread box, and what the union fights for and wins at the bargaining table can be taken away in the legislative halls." - Walter Reuther, past president United Auto Workers Union

The speaker was Terry Hicks who is the editor of the Union Herald, a union newspaper that reaches about 4,000 union and other households in western Wisconsin. Hicks is also an officer in the local AFL-CIO and has been a past La Crosse Dems chair. He talked about how many union members believed Donald Trump when he promised to bring back manufacturing jobs. He noted that after the 100,000+ people in Madison failed to stop the Republican war on (public) unions, some union members wondered how to fight back. Unions are looking for new ways to organize and rebuild. He acknowledged that sometimes Democrats' actions (for example, some Dems' support of the Trans-Pacific Partnership) have pushed union members away.

[There's more ... read the whole report at the meeting notes page (including the exciting conclusion to the Keith Ellison resolution revolution).]

Monday, February 20, 2017

Tuesday - push back the attack! Tony Evers

[from Monica]
Public education is under attack, nationally and in our state. Betsy DeVos will do everything possible to replace public education with charter, private, and religious schools. So will our state government. And so would two of the candidates running for State Superintendent of Schools.

Incumbent Tony Evers,  has a strong record of advocating for our public schools. Here's a link to a good Wisconsin State Journal article:http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/govt-and-politics/tony-evers-faces-re-election-amid-big-gop-wins-union/article_e45b2f5f-85f3-5609-b308-5863820e4ffe.html

Make a plan to vote at a specific time on Tuesday. Polls are open 7 AM to 8 PM.

Questions about where to vote?  City of La Crosse info OR myvote.wi.gov. BE SURE TO TAKE APPROPRIATE PHOTO ID WHEN YOU GO TO VOTE! If you are not yet registered, please also take proof of residence (list of acceptable docs for proof of residence here).   

Let's continue the push back here in Wisconsin!

UPDATE: Here's a great John Nichols article from the Cap Times: Tony Evers vs. the DeVos Candidates

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Monday - LaX Dems meeting

If you are not a member of the Democratic Party or don't want to be, then just skip this one. But if you normally work for, contribute to, and vote for Dem candidates, consider joining the party so you will have more chance to influence the direction of the party - policies, priorities, goals, and candidates - going forward.

You can join at the meeting. Complete this form and bring it with your dues. The next meeting is Monday, February 20 at 7 p.m. in the lower level of the Ho-Chunk Three Rivers House, 8th and Main. Read more here.

The speaker will be Terry Hicks, member of the Western Wisconsin AFL-CIO Council, editor of the La Crosse Union Herald and former La Crosse Democratic Party chair. Unions are facing threats from every corner. Just this month, the Wisconsin Senate passed a bill prohibiting state and local governments from requiring contractors bidding on projects to enter into collective bargaining agreements. Nationally, Republicans are seeking to replicate Wisconsin's ACT 10. Why did Donald Trump hold a rally at South Carolina's Boeing plant? Might it be the resounding defeat Boeing workers handed union organizers last week?

There will also be a vote on whether or not the La Crosse County Democratic party will urge state  party officials to vote for Keith Ellison as DNC chair. Ellison, who was a strong Bernie supporter during the primary campaign, has pledged an active-in-every-county-of-every-state system of support, candidate growth, outreach, and rejuvenation. He's been endorsed by Senators Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Chuck Schumer, and Tammy Duckworth plus many other elected officials and organizations.

The party continues to seek new members, perspectives, ideas, and energy, from committee work to volunteer drivers for free rides to the polls on Tuesday, Febtuary 21. More information will also be provided about the party's Third Congressional District Convention in March.


Robert Reich, in his January article, 7 hard truths the Democrats must acknowledge if they want a better future, writes,
"The moneyed interests in the party allowed the deregulation of Wall Street and then encouraged the bailout of the Street. They’re barely concerned about the growth of tax havens, inside trading, increasing market power in major industries (pharmaceuticals, telecom, airlines, private health insurers, food processors, finance, even high tech) and widening inequality.

"Meanwhile, they’ve allowed labor unions to shrink to near irrelevance. Unionized workers used to be the ground troops of the Democratic Party. In the 1950s, more than a third of all private-sector workers were unionized; today, fewer than 7 percent are.

"It’s not enough for Democrats to be “against Trump” and defend the status quo. Democrats have to fight like hell against regressive policies Trump wants to put in place, but Democrats also need to fight for a bold vision of what the nation must achieve — like expanding Social Security, and financing the expansion by raising the cap on income subject to Social Security taxes; Medicare for all; and world-class free public education for all.

"The party must change from being a giant fundraising machine to a movement. It needs to unite the poor, working class and middle class, black and white — who haven’t had a raise in 30 years, and who feel angry, powerless and disenfranchised."
If you agree with Reich, this is your chance to make a difference.




Friday, February 17, 2017

Listening/Not Listening

 VOTE ABSENTEE IN PERSON TODAY AT CLERK'S OFFICE or ON FEB. 21!


KIND LISTENING SESSION LOCATION UPDATES! 

The Ron Kind listening sessions will be 
As you may know, Orwellian ads are running nearly two years before the next Congressional election priming voters to associate the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) deficits with one of its supporters, Ron Kind (see La Crosse Tribune letter to the editor). One reason to go to this event might be to push back against any people who have been sucked in by this blackwhite commercial and set them straight about who the real villains are. To be sure, many of us wish Obama and his fellow Democrats would have pushed for and passed Medicare for All, but that didn't happen. At least we have something even if it is crappy for many many people. At least many many people now have some kind of health insurance (if not always health care).

You might also ask Kind what Congress should do when the president acts unconstitutionally. Just go on as if nothing has happened? Or, as Michael Moore has suggested, shut down all Congressional business until the unconstitutional and potentially treasonous acts have been dealt with.

Whatever you ask or say, make sure you GO TO THE RIGHT PLACE!

Our other Wisconsin Ron - Johnson, Senator (R) may be joining more than 200 Republicans who are refusing to meet with voters during the break. He did offer a telephone town hall yesterday, but if, like me, your jacket pocket zipper jammed and you weren't able to dig your phone out in time to answer the call from his office, you were out of luck. No way to get in except through the secret phone call. No answers (except "leave a message" or "mailbox full") at his three offices. No access.

Some constituents are trying to set up "Ron Johnson invited" town halls around the state, but at this point, all pretenses are kind of moot. Why meet with people who don't like you? The campaign cash will continue to flow from the super wealthy crony donors.

Speaking of "not listening" at the state level ... You may have read of our "really not listening" session with State Rep. Lee Nerison (R - 96th) on March 8. About a dozen Vernon and Crawford county residents and land owners were treated very rudely by Nerison's aide. She showed up 12 minutes late with a policeman, refused to unlock the office door, refused to take notes, and finally, when politely asked to schedule a couple of in-district, public, open to all listening sessions where the Rep himself would attend and talk about major issues, she stormed from the room. If you live in Nerison's district, please call every day to request at least two open to the public, accessible listening sessions that Nerison will attend before the end of April. 608 634-4562.

We need Nerison to represent us regarding access to public fishing/hunting areas, high capacity wells, CAFOs, phosphorous and mercury pollution, DNR staffing and funding, supporting basic science and scientific research, and much more.

Update! Nerison co-sponsors  2017 Senate Bill 44 Relating to: designating cheese as the state dairy product.


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Another world is possible

Great article in The Nation. "As I learned more about that week, I felt as if I’d opened a magical wardrobe into a world where black and white people met as equals and enjoyed one another, for a few hours, anyway. It was like seeing a luminous parallel America where everything seemed possible, even if it wasn’t in the end." 

Tutors needed

[From Cecil Adams of the local African American Mutual Assistance Network]

We are in need of a few volunteers for our Clara Fields pre-k reading program. For just 1-hour per-day, Monday – Friday or any day you can volunteer. Our Sessions are 8 to 10 a.m., 8 a.m. to noon, or 10 a.m. to noon. Volunteers will be assisting Mrs. Adams, our Executive Director with 1 to 2 students as requested. The volunteer will be given instructions daily and have the same student(s). Volunteers, with an admitted child and/or grandchild, volunteering 10-hours a week or more, will receive reduced tuition. If you know of anyone who would like to volunteer, please let me know: 608-519-2367. If you are interested, please goto: http://aaman.us/volunteer.html to register and you may share this link with others.

NO DAPL Rally in Winona - 2/20