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Friday, March 22, 2019

More on Lobby Day

If you’ve never been to lobby day or you’re a longtime attendee, this year will be a special one. Be sure to register here! 

We’re honored to welcome Gov. Evers as we kick off this important day for Wisconsin’s environment. Since taking office, Gov. Evers has set a vision for safe drinking water and clean energy and he has proposed a state budget that prioritizes the environment in so many ways. We are thrilled that he will be able to talk directly with conservation leaders about his priorities.

This year’s afternoon sessions will include:

Fair Maps in Wisconsin
Sachin Chheda, chair of the Wisconsin Fair Maps Coalition, will discuss the consequences of partisan gerrymandering and the legislative proposal to fix the process and end map-rigging in Wisconsin forever.

How to Talk Persuasively to Those Who Don’t Already Agree with Us
Matt Rothschild, executive director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, will offer communication tips to use with your neighbors, co-workers, fellow congregants, and anyone else you know.

Responding to Threats from Sulfide Mining Expansion
Guy Reiter, community organizer and traditional Menominee living on the Menominee Reservation, will discuss efforts currently underway to stop the expansion of sulfide mining in Wisconsin, including the Back Forty project – a proposed mine in an area of great cultural significance to the Menominee Nation.

Clean Energy in Wisconsin
Kate Beaton, Wisconsin Conservation Voters western organizer and Eau Claire City Council member, and Heather Allen of RENEW will discuss local actions that are moving Wisconsin to 100 percent renewable energy. It’s a great opportunity to learn policy ideas and local organizing tips to usher in the clean energy era to your community.

More sessions are being finalized.

The lobby day experience is unique. You join hundreds of like-minded folks from across the state who share your concerns about our water, air, and land, and share your message directly with legislators.

A FREE BUS will leave from Tomah at about 7:30am. You must register in advance for the bus.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Citizen Action opportunities

Remember, you may vote Absentee In Person from now through Friday, March 29 (M-F, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm at City Hall if you're a City of La Crosse resident. Check your municipality clerk for details or look yourself up at for details).

On Thursday, March 21, learn why we must be involved and vigilant and proactive. Hear Holocaust survivor Magda Brown at 7 pm at the Viterbo Fine Arts Center. The program is free and open to the public.

Over the weekend, attend the 11th Annual Grassroots Fest in Mazomanie on Saturday (many great guest speakers) OR canvass (door to door visiting with neighbors and/or leaving printed material) to help people learn about the very important race for Wisconsin Supreme Court justice. Sign up here for Saturday and here for Sunday.

On Tuesday, March 26, Grandview-Emerson Neighborhood Association (GENA) is hosting a City Council Candidate Forum at 6:30 p.m. at the Myrick Park Center. Council candidates for District 4--John Lash and Larry Sleznikow--as well as candidates for District 5--Samuel Grenier and Justice Weaver--will participate in a candidate forum sponsored by GENA and the UWL Student Association. The public is invited. Send any questions you would like the candidates to discuss to Brief GENA meeting prior starting at 6:30pm.

On Wednesday, March 27, Wisconsin Conservation Voters is hosting hundreds of Wisconsinites from around the state for a Lobby Day at the state Capitol. Governor Tony Evers, who has declared 2019 the Year of Clean Water in Wisconsin will kick off the event. Anyone is welcome. There is a FREE BUS going to Madison from Tomah. YOU MUST SIGN UP TO SECURE A SPOT ON THE BUS.This is a very important event where individuals can make a real impact.

On Thursday, March 28, attend a state budget listening session at 5:30 pm at the Holmen Public Library with our local elected leaders (there will be another budget listening session on April 4 at 5:30 pm at the Northside Policing Center).

There's lots more coming up including several chances to advocate for action on catastrophic global warming and a clean environment. Watch the calendar for updates (a calendar-only view is available at, too). Link and share (and share your events!

Monday, March 18, 2019

Vote today!

Absentee in person voting starts today for most in the Coulee Region and continues Monday through Friday until March 29. Check with your municipal clerk for details. In La Crosse, it's 8:30 am to 5:00 pm in the City Clerk's office, City Hall. Get details about your ballot, voting place,  and more at myvote.wi.govElection day is Tuesday April 2.

Canvassing is going on this coming weekend to make people aware of this important Wisconsin Supreme Court election. Please sign up for one or more shifts. Use this link for Saturday, March 23 and this one for Sunday, March 24. Many many people don't know anything about this very important election or think it's not "big" enough for them to bother with. We need to educate and motivate!

Judge Lisa Neubauer has the support of more than 300 judges. Brian Hagedorn worked for Scott Walker.

A new team has stepped forward to run for leadership of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin (DPW). Rep. David Bowen, Wisconsin's only Bernie superdelegate in 2016 and current DPW 1st vice-chair, is running for chair on a ticket with Tammy Wood, currently chair of Sauk County Dems and vice chair of the DPW Progressive caucus, and Alicia LortaBen Wikler, former DC director of is also heading a team running for party leadership.

The DPW will use Ranked Choice Voting for its leadership elections this year. To vote on state party leadership, you must be a DPW member and delegate and you must attend the state convention in Milwaukee on June 1-2. If you'd like more info on getting involved to advocate for progressive leaders, policies, and candidates in Wisconsin, please email.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Is there a climate March Friday?

Where are local student climate activists? Is there any action Friday?

Ron Kind listening session Monday 3/18

Kind listening session Monday, March 18 at 2 pm in room 401 of Western TC Integrated Technology Center, 325 8th St. N.

He's still not backing Green New Deal, Medicare for All, or Net Neutrality. (If you want to prepare for all the silly net neutrality arguments, this is a good primer.)

There will still be people outside the 5 pm birthday fundraiser at 4 Sisters, 100 Harborview Plaza in case you can't get to the 2 pm session.