Saturday, September 24, 2016


Repeating from a previous post. This happens TOMORROW (Sunday)!

What: La Crosse to hold events for national awareness day, “The Concert Across American to End Gun Violence”, on Sunday, Sept. 25

Please help us spread the message concerning the growing issue of gun violence in the Unites States, including gun suicides and domestic violence involving guns.

Annually, Sept. 25 is designated as a day to Remember Murder Victims.  This year, it will also serve as a national movement.  Communities across the country – from Boston to San Francisco, from Minneapolis to Miami – are participating with music, speakers and activities.  For a look at the national website, go to

The La Crosse coordinators, led by Anne Drecktrah, Susan Fox and Diane Breeser, have planned a variety of events at four different venues.  The line-up includes local bands Blind Baby Olin and the Workbences, Mr. Blink, and Pig Town Fling, musicians Dennis Kuhn, Chris Rude, Special Export, Matt Monsoor, rapper Guess Prefontaine and The 5th Chamber Quintet.  Also performing are the La Crosse Dance Centre, Mujeres Orgullosas, UW-L Theater Department (performing a scene from the world premiere of “26 Pebbles” a play about the Sandy Hook shootings) and local storytellers.  There will also be a children’s area at each venue.

Guest speakers/readers include members of law enforcement, the LGBTQ community,  Naohoua Tony Yang, Tracy Littlejohn, Shaundel Spivey, State Senator Jennifer Schilling, Keith Knutson, Mark Taylor, Sister Julie Walsh and others.  La Crosse Mayor Tim Kabat will also offer an opening welcome and statement.

The schedule for the day is as follows:

1-3pm Root Note, hosted my Mike Scott

3:30-5:30pm Stein House, hosted by Colin Thelen

6-8pm the Pump House, hosted by Ryan Soberg

8:30-9pm Riverside Park (south end), Community Sing and candlelight

There is a local flyer, but no one can open the file!. Please, I beg you! If you have MS Publisher on your computer, take it off immediately or burn that computer. Do not use publisher! Do not give people publisher files. They can't open them!!!! If you must use publisher, print the final product as a .pdf. Please!

A "debate watch" party that might mean something

Invitation – Presidential Debate Live Chat Discussion: Learn About Political Message Framing

By Scott Wittkopf
Frame4Future (9/23/16)
You’re invited to participate in a live chat room discussion during the Presidential Debate Monday night!
Join me and your fellow progressives in a real-time, active discussion about what the candidates are really saying, why they are saying it, what we can use, and how we can re-frame to help forward progressive policies in our communities (
As background, please read my new blog post about what’s needed in the debate:
 Then join us Monday night at 8pm for a lively discussion:

Hope to “see” you there!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Please attend Tuesday!

Last minute meeting notices are par for the course around here. For some reason, city government does not seem very interested in helping its citizens have a voice.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, please attend if you can, the city's Capital Improvements Priorities meeting at 4:30 p.m. in City Hall's first floor conference room. The proposed budget has only 10% of funds needed to fix the pool. This must change. Because of late notice, there's a fear that a smaller contingent of supporters will not have as much impact on the committee.

Here's more from the Save Memorial Pool group.


Good news....WE RAISED THE MONEY TO COMPLETE THE $6K PORTION OF THE STUDY!!!! We received many more checks and cash than online, and we just finished counting it up - WE RAISED OVER OUR GOAL!!!

Not-so-good...THE MAYOR & CITY DEPARTMENT HEADS BUDGET PROPOSAL ONLY FUNDS 10% in 2017...must be a pretty small pool for $250,000 or maybe it is for Architecture & Engineering only?

Given the fact that Memorial Pool has been in the proposed Capital Improvement budget AND REMOVED EVERY YEAR FOR MANY YEARS, this is concerning.

What more do we have to do??? Thousands of petition signers...thousands of dollars... tomorrow please attend to make clear at the Budget Meeting: FUND IT COMPLETELY IN 2017!!!

Keep in mind, they could still take out the $250k, so we need to make this decision easy to AT LEAST keep in the $250k *OR* FUND IT COMPLETELY for $2.5million (or more).

Tomorrow will be a similar format to the last CIP meeting, but given the short notice, I am sure we won't have as many people. Talking points should be focused on the urgency for this year, the value of the investment to aquatics/neighborhood revitalization - say something VERY brief.

So, reach out to others who may be able to stop by and encourage people to call their council members for support. In fact, call your council person and the Mayor as well.


Congratulations on the fundraising effort...lets keep making it worth everyone's time and money!!!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Donate to save Memorial Pool!

The Save Memorial Pool folks are seeking small donations to help with their campaign to ensure this important reminder of our progressive past is not turned into a parking lot. Memorial pool is a legacy, a message from our ancestors that even when money is tight it is important to invest in the future.

 The last update from this group of active citizens noted that they are trying to raise $4,000 to help with future actions and plans.

Now, you can DONATE ONLINE (through 9/19)!

Here's their update:



Another day, another opportunity to show how REVITALIZING MEMORIAL POOL is the right choice in 2017. Thanks to City Committee Members, Council Members & Staff who attended and gave us GREAT feedback on SAVING MEMORIAL POOL! Click the link below to see for yourself... Special thanks to WXOW and Tianna Vanderhei for the coverage and telling the story...

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Mixed grill

Here's a mix of news you might find interesting. For a daily does of interesting news, please consider subscribing to The Daily Call.

SNOWDEN  We attended a sneak peak preview of the new Oliver Stone film last night. After the film, Stone, Snowden, and the two lead actors (Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley) discussed the film and some of the issues. Snowden has said this is a pretty realistic depiction of what happened. We recommend the film. These issues are still with us. It's showing in La Crosse at the Marcus Theater on Ward Avenue. (You may also be interested in the 2014 HBO documentary, Citizen Four, streaming online).

A new effort to get a pardon for Snowden before Obama leaves office is taking off now (and includes Bernie Sanders). Meanwhile, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein says she will immediately pardon Snowden if elected.

Meanwhile, back in North Dakota, the "police" are arresting journalists now and the truck of supplies and donations for the Standing Rock Proctectors is leaving La Crosse Ho-Chunk Three Rivers House on Friday. 

A Harvard business professor has put out the alarm that this election season the big economic issues are not being discussed properly. "The confused national discourse about our economy and future prosperity in this election year is our worst nightmare. ... There is almost a complete disconnect between the national discourse and the reality of what is causing our problems and what to do about them. This misunderstanding of facts and reality is dangerous, and the resulting divisions make an already challenging agenda for America even more daunting.”

Always the optimist, the always great Chris Hedges describes how, after all the sound and fury of the Sanders "revolution," we are still squarely trapped in the corporate elites' maze. "The multibillion-dollar extravaganza of our electoral Circus Maximus is part of the smokescreen that covers the ongoing devastation of globalization, deindustrialization, trade deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, endless war, climate change and the intrusion into every corner of our lives by the security and surveillance state. Our democracy is dead. Clinton and Donald Trump do not have the power or the interest to revive it. They kneel before the war machine, which consumes trillions of dollars to wage futile wars and bankroll a bloated military. To defy the fortress state is political suicide. Politicians are courtiers to Wall Street. The candidates mouth the clich├ęs of justice, improvements in income equality and democratic choice, but it is a cynical game. Once it is over, the victors will go to Washington to work with the lobbyists and financial elites to carry out the real business of ruling."

John Atcheson says this election kabuki theater is the result of the "Oligarchy [being] hoisted by its own petard. "In short, here’s what the three studies tell us: The Oligarchy has run a silent coup and now controls the country – including both parties; they’ve used their power to feather their own nest; and Americans realize it, and they rightfully resent it."

Somehow we have ended up in a dystopian parody of a reverso world somewhere between the George Orwell's 1984 and The Matrix. Now what?

Tuesday, September 13, 2016


UPDATE: The truck of supplies will leave on Friday. Take donations to Ho-Chunk Three Rivers House. For suggested donations, see  The protectors also have a wishlist at Amazon. Another good site for ways to help the protectors is

Here are more suggestions from that site:

Call the executives of Energy Transfer Partners, the corporation that is building the pipeline:
a. Lee Hanse
Executive Vice President
Energy Transfer Partners, L.P.
800 E Sonterra Blvd #400
San Antonio, Texas 78258
Telephone: (210) 403-6455
b. Glenn Emery
Vice President
Energy Transfer Partners, L.P.
800 E Sonterra Blvd #400
San Antonio, Texas 78258
Telephone: (210) 403-6762
c. Michael (Cliff) Waters
Lead Analyst
Energy Transfer Partners, L.P.
1300 Main St.
Houston, Texas 77002
Telephone: (713) 989-2404
7. Call North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple at (701) 328-2200 to demand protections for protestors and and end to hosilitites against them.
8. Call the White House at (202) 456-1111 or (202) 456-1414. Tell President Obama to rescind the Army Corps of Engineers’ Permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline.
9. Call the Army Corps of Engineers and demand that they reverse the permit for DAPL: (202) 761-5903

If you'd like to get involved with the call to show solidarity with the No DAPL Protectors in North Dakota (and Iowa) on September 13 and through the month, please consider donating to the support effort planned by Bronson Koenig and his brother, Miles.

Here's the La Crosse Tribune article describing their project:

Plans are under way to have something more substantial later this month, but for the Tuesday DAY OF ACTION/SOLIDARITY, please consider dropping off donations of food, clothing and or money at the Ho-Chunk Three Rivers House (please call Miles first! Anyone who wants to donate can call Miles at 608-433-8521)

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Unity and Action

Two separate citizen action events are happening right now. Please consider how you can be involved.  

will be held September 10th – 11th 2016
Unity Park, Lake Winona in Winona Minnesota

UPDATE: DAPL Standing Rock protectors will be at the event on Saturday from 10 am until 3:00 pm The event is at Unity Park which is on the lake behind Winona Health. The Protectors will have information about how others can help. at this event about how people in our area can help and support their work. In the meantime, donations can be made through the Standing Rock Souix Tribe's website. There is also a PayPal donation site. Tribal governments from throughout the Americas have sent representatives and aid.

If you have any doubt that we are living in a managed information world, note that hardly a word has been uttered (ok - yes, Lawrence O'Donnell on MSNBC but just about nothing on "news" programs) about this very important struggle for rights of Native American sovereign governments and people, protection of the environment, the future of our climate-changing world, and more on any of the main media "news" programs. There was one very brief segment a couple of weeks ago mostly from the point of view of law enforcement. No mention of desecration of Native American burial grounds, lack of oversight by government agencies charged with providing oversight, illegal security procedures, or historical context. Why? You need only wait for the first commercial break about "energy voters" brought to you by the American Petroleum Institute. For good coverage of this issue including interviews with the attorneys, elders, historians, scientists, and activists, watch Democracy Now!

As we hear more about local activities to support the protectors, we'll update.

Neighborhood Announces Study, Campaign & Public Presentation to Revitalize Memorial Pool 9/7/2016 - PRESS – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE LA CROSSE, WI – The Grandview-Emerson Neighborhood Association’s (GENA) Save Memorial Pool Committee has been hard at work in recent weeks to revitalize Memorial Pool after over a year of closure. First, they hired a nationally recognized pool consultant, Isaac Sports Group (ISG), to conduct an assessment that would complement the City’s technical evaluation and soon-to-be-approved City Pool Committee.

Now, the Save Memorial Pool Committee is reaching out for $4,000 in donations to fund additional steps providing state-of-the-art pool design concepts, improved aquatic programming ideas and additional cost-saving strategies in time to inform 2017 City Budget law makers and staff. Donations can be brought to participating State/Campbell Rd businesses or written-out and mailed to "La Crosse Neighborhoods, Inc. - GENA" RE: Memorial Pool, P.O. Box 1661, La Crosse, WI 54602.

-- read more here: 

In this case, an historic gem and important neighborhood anchor and resource has been allowed to fall into disrepair and was slated to become (probably) another parking lot. However, the people who live, play, and work here decided that's not what they wanted and they have actively taken a role in educating, examining, questioning, planning, and moving forward with actions to save and improve the Memorial Pool. If there were a prize for citizen action, this group should get it.

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Invitation: protest art

You Are Invited to an Art Build for Activism Against Climate Change When: September 23, 24, 25, 2016 Where: The Norway Center, 2262 Winnebago St., Madison WI Hosted By: 350 Madison Climate Action Team Join us as we create art for activism against climate change. We will build giant puppets, large props, fish hats, banners, signs, and stencils for mud graffiti! (See photos below.) We especially want to engage young people. And we hope to train activists from other organizations so that they can organize future Art Builds around their own issues! If you are coming a long way and don't have friends to stay with, we will try to find homes for you among our supporters. The sooner you let us know, the more likely we can find places. We were fortunate to receive a $2400 grant from This grant allows us to rent a large space and purchase many art materials. All you need to bring are yourselves, your work clothes and your creativity. We will have the materials, instructors and tools to create the art that we need for our climate change advocacy. Art pieces that we create will belong to 350 Madison, but they will be available to other groups to borrow. We see this event as a “barn raising” – you help us, and in return you get fed, entertained, and you learn how to “raise a barn”-- in this case, how to create inspiring art for your cause. There will be food, non-alcoholic drinks, and possibly music. We are open to volunteer musicians performing for us, as long as they understand that conversation and work won't stop during performances. (There is an upright piano in the space.) This will be a fun event where participants learn new skills, make new friends, and feel the satisfaction of creation for our common goal of a livable planet! If your group would like to participate, please complete the attached sign-up form soon! Or go to our Facebook event at There you'll find an online form that you can fill out. Time slots may fill up quickly, as we think that 30 people is ideal in the space that we have. Though we'll buy the more expensive materials, you can help stretch our grant dollars by donating things like cardboard, brown paper bags, large yogurt containers, and leftover low VOC housepaints in bright colors. If you would like to serve on the Steering Committee for this ambitious project, we welcome your participation. This is your chance to learn how to plan and pull off an Art Build for your organization! Sincerely, Phyllis Hasbrouck Co-Coordinator, 350 Madison H - 608-223-9571 C – 608-528-2605

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Snowden LIVE - a conversation

You may know that Oliver Stone has a new movie coming out about Edward Snowden.

In advance of the film's release, the film's producers are doing a SNOWDEN LIVE! event in movie theaters - a conversation between director Stone and the subject of the film, Snowden.

By some miracle, the Ward Avenue Cinema in La Crosse is one of the theaters hosting this special event on WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 at 6:30 p.m. You can get tickets here:

Here is The Nation magazine on why Obama should pardon Snowden. Here is an article about the film's participation in this year's Comic Con.