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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Important things to do this week (February 19-24)

This coming week, there are several opportunities for the public to get involved in decisions that will affect our future. Please attend and participate if you can. If your event is not on the calendar, please submit it using the form or email couleeprogressive at hotmail.

2:00 p.m. Vernon County Dems host gubernatorial candidates Mike McCabe and Matt Flynn at their monthly meeting at 120 N Rusk,  Viroqua

9:30 a.m Fake News, Alternative Facts and Other False Information a discussion with a La Crosse Public Library reference librarian at the Main Library.

6:30 p.m.  La Crosse County Democratic Party monthly meeting. Learn more about upcoming participation opportunities including being a delegate at the March 10 Third Congressional District convention in Sparta and the March 17 DPW Progressive Caucus meeting in Wisconsin Dells. If you are not already a member of the party, you can join at the meeting held at the Ho-Chunk Three Rivers House (8th and Main)

7:00 p.m. Privilege Unplugged - Awareness Through Performance performance at the UWL Student Union

7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Primary election day Vote for the progressive in the supreme court primary (here's the WI ACLU guide:)

11:30 a.m. Stand for CLEAN CARS press event by Sierra Club and Clean Cars Campaign. Speakers will include Tim Kabat, mayor; Mike Giese, chair, Sustainable La Crosse Commission; Jen Rombalski, Director, La Crosse County Health Department. Come and STAND FOR CLEAN CARS! in the LOBBY OF CITY HALL (not in Florida, either!)

4:00 p.m. Fundraiser for The Center - 7 Rivers LGBTQ Connection til 8 p.m. at Burrachos, 9432 State Hwy 16, Onalaska.

5:00 p.m. Cultural Coffee Hour with international students and others. Discuss "environment" with people from around the world at the Hall of Nations, Centennial Hall, UWL

6:00 p.m. Grow your own microgreens class sponsored by Hillview Urban Agriculture at People's Food Co-op, 315 Fifth Avenue South

6:30 p.m. Grandview Emerson Neighborhood Association monthly meeting at Emerson Elementary LMC
noon  Water Quality in the Coulee Region a talk by Karl Green, UW Extension at English Lutheran Church (rsvp for free lunch)

5:30 p.m. Wisconsin DOT PUBLIC INFO SESSION about plans for Highway 35 south of La Crosse Sources say that plans used to include improved biking and walking infrastructure from this road at least south to Goose Island, but that bike/ped infrastructure may be eliminated. Attend this public meeting and learn more, especially if you believe this route, which currently is very heavily used by cyclists deserves better. It's at Southern Bluffs Elementary School (if you can't attend, you can comment - see link for details)

6:00 p.m.  FILM: Garbage Dreams - "Filmed over four years,the film follows three teenage boys born into the Zabaleen's trash trade: 17-year-old Adham, 16-year-old Osama, and 18-year-old Nabil. Laila, a community activist who also teaches the boys at their neighborhood Recycling School, guides the boys as they transition into adulthood at a time when the Zabaileen the Zabaleen community is at a crossroads.” (

6:00 p.m. Free legal assistance from members of the La Crosse Bar Association. See link for details. At First Baptist Church, Main Street & West Ave.  

7:30 p.m. Trane Park All Abilities Project PUBLIC INFO SESSION in City Hall, fifth floor conference room

MOSES Organic Farming Conference begins at the La Crosse Center (through Saturday, February 24)

7:00 p.m. Racial and Cultural Factors in Education, a talk by Dr. Janet Helms in Rm 1309 Centennial Hall, UWL. Janet E. Helms, Ph.D., is the Augustus Long Professor of Measurement in the Department of Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology and Founding Director of the Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture at Boston College.  She is Past President and a Fellow of Division 17 (Counseling Psychology), and a Fellow in Division 35 (Psychology of Women) and Division 45 (Ethnic Diversity) of the American Psychological Association (APA).  She received many distinguished researcher awards from many places between 2002 and 2009. She was a recipient of the 2012 Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award for mentoring.  She has written over eighty empirical and theoretical articles and four books on the topics of racial identity and cultural influences on assessment and counseling practice. Her books include A Race Is a Nice Thing to Have (Microtraining Associates) and Using Race and Culture in Counseling and Psychotherapy: Theory and Process with Donelda Cook (MA: Allyn & Bacon). Her full bio is available at

7:00 p.m. Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) Orientation at the People's Food Co-op

all day  Hate/Bias Response Symposium at UWL (must preregister) 

1:00 p.m. Working People's Day of Action hosted by AFSCME in MADISON

2:30 p.m. Hillview Urban Agriculture Vermiculture Center Tour meet at 921 Ferry St.

7:00 p.m. Benefit Dance for Great River Folk Fest at the Concordia Ballroom

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Reminder: Make a Difference

If you usually work for, donate to, or vote for Democratic Party candidates, you really should be a member of the Democratic Party so you can have some say and influence on party policies, priorities, and candidates. Clearly, the messages of the past several decades have still not sunk in with current national party "leaders." To move forward, an ever rising grass roots movement must push for progressivity among candidates and future plans.

Those who are members of the La Crosse County Democratic Party or Vernon County Dems or other Third Congressional District County parties may apply to be a delegate at the March 10 Third CD convention. Those who are Congressional District delegates are eligible to run for a spot as a delegate at the state convention this summer. This is where state priorities and policies are decided. This is where progressive Dems need to be.

You can sort of join online (antiquated pay system still in place) though it might be too late for new joiners who have to mail a check to apply to be CD delegates. That must be done by Friday, February 16 by emailing chair at laxdems dot com

By the way, the first every GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE WISCONSIN DEMOCRATIC PARTY PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS will be on Saturday, March 17 in Wisconsin Dells. Anyone wishing to car pool, please email couleeprogressive at hotmail.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Community hosting: Frances Moore Lappe

from La Crosse United to Amend:

We have an important and unexpected event coming up on March 5.

We been reading "Daring Democracy, Igniting Power, Meaning and Connection for the America We Want" by Frances Moore Lappe and Adam Eichen. We are so impressed by the way they tell the story of how our democracy has succumbed to the effects of money in politics and we are so inspired by their solutions to this problem.  On a whim, we contacted Ms. Lappe's Small Planet Institute to ask about the possibility of her coming to La Crosse before April as a part of our community awareness and Get Out the Vote plans. 
Incredibly, within less than a week we have been able to secure Ms. Lappe to to come and speak on March 5 at 7p.m. at the Main Theater at Viterbo University. 

Richard Kyte, the Endowed Professor of the D. B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership at Viterbo expressed immediate excitement at the prospect of bringing Ms. Lappe to La Crosse and performed wonders in arranging a night at their wonderful and very busy venue with receptions before and after her speech at no charge to us. Viterbo will also use their communication network and other resources to help us draw people from across the tri-state area for this event. He expects an audience of over 450 people.

Because of Viterbo's generosity we are going to be able to make this event open to the public free of charge. We also plan to send postcards to everyone who signed the La Crosse United to Amend petition.
We will need to raise some money to pay for Ms. Lappe's expenses and for the mailing. We are working at recruiting sponsors for this event and requesting donations from area individuals, organizations and corporations.If you can help by donating to help pay for the speaker's fee and/or the mailing, please contact La Crosse United to Amend.

We hope you can participate in making it happen and that, most importantly you can attend and you will invite others to do so, too.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Talk to DPW chair Tuesday

First,  most in our area may vote "absentee in person" at their municipal clerk's office NOW through February 16. Contact your clerk for exact hours.  You may register there, too.  More specifics at

The DPW chair will be in La Crosse Tuesday at 7 pm at 401 West Avenue South. This is a chance for area progressives to listen and to talk. Here are a few articles to consider:

From The Intercept: Trump opponents Mis get past Dems first

From Common Dreams: Progressives working to unseat corporate Dems

From Truthout: Why aren't Black voters rewarded by the party that depends on them

From Chris Hedges: The bankruptcy of the American left

If you are a La Crosse County Dem party member (you may join now if you wish), you are eligible to apply to be a delegate at the March 10 Third Congressional District convention in Sparta.  Those who are CD convention delegates are eligible to apply to be state party convention delegates.  Change requires participation.

Friday, February 09, 2018

State Dem Chair in La Crosse Tuesday

from New Direction:

Our democracy is dying, but we can help save it. We can do it one step at a time, all of us working together or as individuals to elect people who share our values. We just need the ideas and tools to do it.  One way to gain these ideas and learn about possible actions is to attend our NEW DIRECTION meeting this coming Tuesday, February 13th. Here are the details:

Our guest speaker, MARTHA LANING, Chair, Democratic Party of Wisconsin (DPW), will share the changes she has made to DPW since she became chair to (1) build the infrastructure to empower the grassroots, the Party’s greatest resource, and (2) network with other Progressive partners in the state to achieve electoral victories in 2018.  In addition to that overview, she will:

·       Share ideas on how to get involved individually and collectively with DPW and other groups who support the change we all want, and

·       Answer questions so we all are better informed on how we can work together to turn our state blue.

WHAT:  NEW DIRECTION Monthly Meeting

WHEN:  Tuesday, February 13, 2018; 7-9 pm

WHERE:  Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of La Crosse, 401 West Avenue South, La Crosse, WI

Our NEW DIRECTION Vision:  “Promote and Protect our Democracy through the Values of Inclusion, Respect, and Fairness”

Our NEW DIRECTION Goal:  Provide an organization for broad-minded and compassionate persons who share our values:

1.       To support and re-elect our Democratic elected officials in as many ways as is possible

2.       To find, encourage, and help same-minded persons to become candidates for elected positions and fill other positions of leadership

3.       To share information, network, ask for help/support, and share in action-related activities and focus groups

4.       To coordinate rapid response and action to actions of others that threaten our values

5.     To share, discuss, and analyze new ideas, thoughts and opinions to promote positive actions