Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday - Jan. 15

UPDATE: Monday, January 15 at 7 p.m. at the English Lutheran Church (16th and King Streets). Details are still being worked out - speakers, music, video of portion of Dr. King's "Beyond Vietnam" speech, refreshments, opportunities for personal action. Please bring an offering for WAFER (food pantry). More details coming Jan. 5

If you would like to help, email.

Seeking refreshment bringers (finger foods, cookies, brownies, etc.), people to spread the word, people to help set up and clean up after refreshments. email Cathy if interested.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Progressive State of the Union date set

This just in:
Please put FRIDAY, JANUARY 26 on your calendars RIGHT NOW!

That is the night of the third annual Coulee Progressives
State of the Union at the Concordia Ballroom in La Crosse.Planning is just underway but we will have an ACTIVISTS' FAIR from about
5:00 to 6:30 p.m. (set up from 4 to 5), dinner provided by UW-L's Native
American Student Association (tentative), ONE great speaker (to be
announced) and music/dancing afterward.

It will be at the Concordia Ballroom, located at 12th & La Crosse Streets;
donations will be accepted on a sliding scale to help cover costs.

This year we are focusing on the environment and especially
what solid steps are being taken in our area by regular people JUST LIKE US
to reduce our contribution to global warming and what steps can each of
us take. (It's a scary thing - new warnings that the Arctic will be
ice-free by 2040. GACK!)

Look for final info around the first of the new year. And if you are
interested in participating - as an exhibitor or in planning (or both)
please contact us so we can get you on the list.

Thanks, and see you there!

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Sleeping with the enemy

[UPDATE: Kind discouraged about Iraq after meeting with Bush. Duh!]

Many of us feel Ron Kind is not a good representative. He's too iffy on important issues. Remember standing outside the Allied Health Center with the Wisconsin Farmers Union urging Kind to oppose CAFTA? Eventually he did, but the fact that he wasn't a leader against this bad law from the beginning is just one instance of his wishy-washy fence-sitting.

Now, we see, he's joined the Joe Lieberman branch of the non-Democratic party and represented the "New Democrats, a group of business-friendly centrists," at a meeting at the White House.

With Democrats like these, who needs an opposition party? We do!

If you've read any of the La Crosse County Democrats' newsletters you've noticed a list of values (amazingly similar to those of the Green Party). Congressman Kind must not have read them.

Now that the Democrats are in the majority in the House it would be nice to think that something progressive will get done (pick one: health care, education, cutting off Iraq war funding, ...) but judging by past experience, we are not holding our breath.

Who will oppose Kind in 2008?