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Friday, March 16, 2018

March 24 March is on

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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Sunday, March 11, 2018

Progressive caucus

Next Saturday, the new Progressive Caucus of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin will hold its first General Assembly. This is a very important time for progressives from all around the state to come together and get organized to make changes in the state party that will reverberate up to the national level. You can join the party at the event if you're not already a member though all progressives, are welcome to join the effort (see below).

If you are interested in carpooling, please use this form. There's not registration for the event, but if you can donate a bit to help pay costs, there's a link at the bottom of the page. Please spread the word and plan to attend.

Spring DPW Progressive Caucus General Assembly 

We are very excited to say that 2018 has arrived and we are very close to breaking the established political doors down and bringing about a political revolution here in Wisconsin. We will be working with many progressive groups and individuals regardless of whether or not they are associated with the Democratic Party.

There can be no revolution if we confine ourselves within the walls of our own political party. We need to blow the doors open and welcome all who hold progressive values. If we are in this fight together we can make HUGE gains within the Democratic Party and at all levels of government. It’s all about the numbers, PEOPLE POWER!

There is no doubt that the numbers we need are out there and eager to help, we just need to find them and make it possible for them to engage with the political process. This will be incredibly challenging to accomplish but we know it’s possible. Many said that getting a progressive caucus going within the Democratic Party of Wisconsin was impossible but here we stand. Let’s stand together and continue to make the “impossible” happen!

March 17, 2018 the DPW Progressive Caucus will be holding a general assembly meeting. We need your help to expand our strategic plan moving into the 2018 elections and beyond. Whatever ideas you have we want to hear it, we want the entire body of the progressive caucus to be represented. With every battle won we want everyone to be able to say “I did that”. If you would like to help us create a winning strategy please set some time aside on March 17th.
Last but not least, please consider donating to our efforts to create a more progressive government and Democratic Party. Thank you!

DATE: 03/17/2018
Time: 1PM - 5PM
Venue: Chula Vista Resort
             2501 River Road
             Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
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Saturday, March 10, 2018

La Crosse Human Rights Commission Members Resign

A few weeks ago, 4 members of the La Crosse Human Rights Commission resigned. Check out the La Crosse Tribune article here. The HRC, together with local advocates and social workers, had uncovered and investigated extensive class and racial discrimination surrounding housing in La Crosse, and were pushing for the city to take action to push back against it. The city wants the HRC more focused on education and awareness, but commission members are dedicated to action and stepped down.

Their statement of resignation follows.

"Good evening! The Human Rights Commission was reorganized in 2015 by Mayor Tim Kabat. That is when several of us were asked to join the Commission. Over the last year the Human Rights Commission has: Felt a lack of trust in the system, A lack of communication with the Mayor and his staff, We desired to advocate and assist our fellow community members, We’ve seen an increase in the number of Discrimination Reports filed, We’ve been constantly told that we cannot act on social justice/diversity situations, The expectations from the Mayor of the commission has became different from what we signed up to do, Seen changes made to the Commission without any communication or chance for input, Felt a lack of commitment and action to diversity and anti-discrimination, and That the Commission lacks the ability to effect policy and governance changes. If the mayor is wanting a group to provide education and events that should be done by staff from the city. If your Human Resource department isn’t capable or you do not have diverse enough staff to do this work that is a reflection on the mayor and the city of La Crosse. You need to diversify your hiring and your training. The Commission would like to thank Genean, Patricia, and all of the other brave individuals that used the processes to speak up and shine light on the issues and our community. We apologize that we were not able to take action. I Shaundel Spivey, I Will Van Roosenbeek, I Elizabeth Digby-Britten, I Rose Reinert Have decided to resign from the Human Rights Commission. We hope that city of La Crosse will continue to examine itself and the discriminatory practices and actions of the individuals corporations and other entities that contribute to this great community. We hope that the city will examine the charge of the Human Rights Commission and either give it the teeth that it needs to do the job or change the job altogether."

If you are moved or upset about any of this, please contact the Mayor's office and voice your concerns and feelings.

Monday, March 05, 2018


Because of bad weather, the Frances Moore Lappe talk scheduled for March 5 was postponed. The new date is March 19.

Unfortunately, there are a few other important events happening that evening. You'll have to choose or clone:

"Building Our Future: Hmoob Womxn Leading" is a program offered by the Western Technical College Asian Club from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Lunda Center.

La Crosse County Democratic Party's monthly meeting which will host three Democratic candidates for governor at 6:30 p.m. at the Ho-Chunk Three Rivers House.

Holmen School Board candidate forum at 7 p.m. at the Holmen School District Office


The Blue Ribbon hearing that was cancelled on Monday, March 5th due to weather...has been re-scheduled! Mark your calendars for Monday, March 19th. We have just over a week to get our facts, get our LEA gear or some orange apparel, and get our butts over to Northwoods Elem. School that day right after school! NOW IS THE CHANCE TO BE HEARD ON PUBLIC SCHOOL FUNDING!