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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Big Events to start 2018

Seeking volunteers, organizations, help spreading the word about:

1. (working title) INDUSTRIAL AG in the DRIFTLESS: A CONFERENCE FOR CONCERNED CITIZENS ON JANUARY 20

Please help spread the word about this January 20 event being planned for our area. There are many aspects to industrial operations in sensitive areas from environmental pollution to health issues to infrastructure degradation. Organizers are seeking co-sponsors and organizing volunteers. Post forward, publish.

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Across western Wisconsin industrial operations in rural areas threaten vital resources and ways of life for towns, farms, families, and small businesses. Industrial animal feedlots (CAFO) manure spills have killed thousands of fish and polluted countless wells. New industrial hog slaughter facilities are planned in sensitive geological areas. Hog manure pits are sited on top of sinkholes. Other proposals threaten our rural water and air.

A Driftless regional conference on how ordinary citizens feel about the industrialization of our communities and lands and what we can do to organize and have our voices heard is being planned for JANUARY 20, 2018. We need help from organizations, businesses, and groups. We are seeking volunteers and help getting the word out to all groups, from environmental protectors to fishing and hunting advocates, from small towns who have lost local control to small businesses and tourism operations depending upon clean air and water for their livelihoods.

If you can help in any way, please contact Crawford Stewardship Project (fjahnke at crawfordstewardship dot org) or Coulee Region Sierra Club (crsierraclub at gmail dot com) An organizing call will be arranged for late November.


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2. (working title) FOSTERING an ECOSYSTEM of ACTIVISM - PROGRESSTIVAL 2018 on FEBRUARY 3 from 2 to 5 at the Concordia

Please keep this date open so you can attend, network, share ideas, sign up, listen, discuss, and be ready to make 2018 a very active year for progressive issues. We have secured the Concordia Ballroom and will provide regular updates as more details are finalized. If your group, organization, or agency would like to table at this event, please email couleeprogressive at homail. The plan is for tablers to set up between 1 and 2, and for activist networking to occur between 2 and about 4 p.m. We'll end the event with a speaker (to be determined) followed by a quick group clean up. Because there are so many candidates and a limited number of tables at the space, we will have a CANDIDATES' CORNER (spelling TBD) table for candidate literature but we are saving tabling space for the many great groups and organizations wishing to bring in new volunteers ideas, and energy.

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If you know of other major events we should let people know about, please email couleeprogressive at homail.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Your action required - health care and smears

First, from MoveOn:

We are in a red-alert moment on the tax fight—which is now also a fight to save health care for millions of Americans.

Just yesterday, Republicans inserted a repeal of the health care individual mandate into the Senate bill—which would unravel the Affordable Care Act, resulting in 13 million more Americans without health insurance and premiums skyrocketing for everyone else.

And as soon as tomorrow, the House could vote on its own version of this tax scam—which Senator Bernie Sanders called "destructive, obscene, and immoral" in a recent email to MoveOn members. It would raise taxes for 36 million middle-class families, just to pay for giveaways to corporations and billionaires.

It's critical to join the tax fight now—and tonight, you can take part in a national organizing call with Sen. Bernie Sanders and other special guests to learn what actions we can take together to stop this GOP attack on tens of millions of families' livelihood and health care.

Click here to RSVP for the Ready to Resist call with Sen. Bernie Sanderstonight, Wednesday, November 15, at 7 p.m. Central Time

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And now, a story about a non-story in the land of the right wing echo machine.

Who among us has not said, FB posted, Tweeted or otherwise conveyed our heat-of-the-moment thoughts about our parents, colleagues, friends, loved ones, pets, teachers, physicians, favorite band, elected officials, or other generic group? And who among us has then awakened to those thoughts highlighted in a FRONT PAGE La Crosse Tribune article similar in look and tone to those about murderers or other notorious criminals?

How could this happen? Welcome to the echo chamber of the right wing smear machine (RWSM)

As the Tribune tells it, "The tweets caught the attention last week of conservative Milwaukee radio talk show host Mark Belling and the conservative media outlet Campus Reform ..." In other words, billionaires' right wing smear machine reads a college student's personal tweet, tweet gets spin treatment, spin story goes out to clone media outlets (I guess including the LaX Tribune (and we do mean LAX in this situation)), and presto: college student tweeter = major criminal with front page headlines.

This isn't new (see this 1996 article, or this 2007 Nation Magazine article about "The New Right-Wing Smear Machine") and it's not just a Wisconsin phenomenon. Last year's "Anatomy of a Smear," by famous climate scientist Michael E. Mann write in Huffington post about how a bit of his testimony before the Democratic Platform Drafting Committee was spun into propaganda gold by the national RWSM.

In Wisconsin, apparently, a smear campaign often starts with Media Trackers whose purpose seems to be blasting out "fake news" (we used to call this LIES) about their enemies. A similar non-story about Tony Evers was amplified by Wisconsin media recently (one hilariously headlining their FRONT PAGE piece, "Middleton teacher case becomes focus of governor's race" Well, no it didn't) but was so false that it failed to ignite (but probably had the desired effect to ignite the Republican base who may not bother to find out if the story is true or not).

At least the student targeted here is in good company. The RWSM is hard at work in Alabama, smearing women who are finally reporting their experiences with Creepy Clown Cowboy Roy Moore, and smears have long been used to silence environmental and peace activists.

This is one reason social media is so dangerous to our political health. We may think we are immune, too well educated or whatever to fall for their fake stuff, but just the act of seeing something over and over and over and over and over and over and over again, breaks people down, even people who know better. ("New research finds repeated false statements are more likely to be perceived as truthful, even when we have enough knowledge to contradict them.") Just one little crack or hole can let in a whole campaign's worth of polluted thought. And forget the Russians, the RWSM has whole organizations dedicated to bringing up fake new, false accusations, unfounded rumors, and much much more. Diane Ravitch lists some of the Bradley Foundation funded Wisconsin organizations that are the mirrors that concentrate the smears based on One Wisconsin's investigations into the funding and leadership of these groups.

But to get back to little La Crosse, what can we do to keep our only newspaper, our monopoly on printed news, from falling into the spin machine? Well, I think - FEED BACK. Call and write. Tell them how this is undermining their credibility and the good work of the great reporters who work at the Tribune and report on important stuff. Ask them why a college student's tweets belong on their front page? Do you have a subscription? Cancel it. Don't let this slide because it will just grease the skids for more and more RWSM crap masquerading as news. And really we can't afford that,

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More links I couldn't fit in above (for your consideration):
Facebook is dangerous for democracy - and here's why
Social media and democracy: optimism fades as fears rise
Is social media destroying democracy?



Monday, November 13, 2017

Thursday - more events

Here are a few more events for Thursday, in case you couldn't decide before ...

4:00 p.m. Wave signs for McCabe for Governor at the corner of Losey and La Crosse Street

4:30 p.m. Sustainable La Crosse Commission meets to continue discussing goals for 2018. If you have an interest in pushing our community to be more sustainable, consider attending in the fifth floor conference room at City Hall

6:30 p.m. La Crosse Citizens Climate Lobby will hold its monthly meeting at 401 West Avenue South. Please visit the link and watch or listen to this month's recording before the meeting if possible.

Also, we are working on a Run for Something page for those considering running for city council, school board, or county board. Some info is up already. School board and county board candidates can start working on their papers (which includes getting signatures on nomination papers) on December 1. Most papers need to be returned in early January 2018. The spring election will be on April 3 with primaries on February 20 if needed. There will also be a candidate training on December 2 in Tomah presented by Wisconsin Progress.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

This week (November 13-19)

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 13
Last day for Martin Luther King, Jr Leadership Award nominations

noon La Crosse Interfaith Justice and Peace Coalition meeting at 420 West Ave S.


6:00 p.m. PUBLIC HEARING on La Crosse County Budget for 2018 including plan to end County's mosquito control, possibility of dropping our of local CofC, a conservative Republican-connected group (in fact, there are good arguments for many businesses and non profits to disconnect from this group), and more in County Administrative Building, 6th & State. 

6:30 p.m. Weigent-Hogan Neighborhood Association monthly meeting at 401 West Avenue South

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14
noon League of Women Voters - Neighborhood Perspectives on Poverty (lunch registration is closed but you may go for the program) at Moxie's, 1835 Rose Street

4:00 p.m. Indoor Farmers' Market at the La Crescent Community Center

5:00 p.m. International Coffee Hour - gender roles at UWL's Hall of Nations, Centennial Hall

6:30 p.m. Storytime for Adults hosted by La Crosse Public Library at Turtlestack Brewery,  

7:00 p.m. Indivisible/New Directions meeting at 401 West Ave S

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15
10:00 a.m. Habitat for Humanity Info Session at the ReStore between Woodman's and West Salem off of Highway 16 (Public transportation available for La Crosse, Holmen, Ona, West Salem)

4:30 p.m. La Crosse Area Planning Committee (many transportation issues will be discussed) public may speak at Rm 1107 County Admin Building (6th and State)

5:30 p.m. Fundraiser for Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Tim Burns at 3039 Edgewater Lane (French Island) (or donate online)

6:45 p.m. Powell-Poage-Hamilton Neighborhood Assn monthly meeting at Southside Neighborhood Center

7:00 p.m. Driftless Reader Publication Party at Driftless Books and Music, Viroqua

7:00 p.m. Photographic History of the La Crosse River Marsh in Room 1400 Centennial Hall, UWL 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16
10 a.m. Trans Day of Remembrance exhibit opens at UWL Hall of Nations

5:30 p.m. Driftless Reader readings at the Root Note

6:00 p.m. Habitat for Humanity Info Session at the ReStore between Woodman's and West Salem off of Highway 16 (Public transportation available (but ends at 7 p.m.) for La Crosse, Holmen, Ona, West Salem)

7:15 p.m. Trans Day of Remembrance vigil at the UWL Clocktower 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17
1:00 p.m. Planning meeting for 2018 La Crosse Juneteenth Celebration (in September 2018)

3:00 p.m. Habitat for Humanity Info Session at the ReStore between Woodman's and West Salem off of Highway 16 (Public transportation available for La Crosse, Holmen, Ona, West Salem)

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18
10:00 a.m. Habitat for Humanity Info Session at the ReStore between Woodman's and West Salem off of Highway 16 (Public transportation available for La Crosse, Holmen, Ona, West Salem)

7:00 p.m. A Chef's Story at the Uptowne, 1217 Caledonia (MUST RESERVE at link) 

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19
10:00 a.m. Winter Farmers' Market at Myrick Park Center

5:00 p.m. Vernon County Dems annual board elections at 120 N Rusk, Viroqua

Also coming up on Monday, November 20 - La Crosse County Democratic Party board elections. You MUST be a party member by November 14 (ok, it's really the 15th, but do it by the 14th, ok?) We need everyone who works for, donates to, and votes for Dem candidates to join the party so its candidates and priorities are those of the people. 


And Guy shared this opinion piece by Winona LaDuke, I Am Tired of Being Invisible to You All. For some reason, only November is designated as Native American Heritage Month, but really, every month should be Native American Heritage Month or Native American Real True History Month and What are we going to do about it. At the very least. Please read and consider, how can we start to make needed changes?

Here's a short except. Please read the whole thing.
November is Native American Heritage month. Before that, of course, is Halloween. Until about three years ago, one of the most popular Halloween costumes was Pocahontas. People know nothing about us, but they like to dress up like us or have us as a mascot.

We are invisible. Take it from me. I travel a lot, and often ask this question: Can you name 10 indigenous nations? Often, no one can name us. The most common nations named are Lakota, Cherokee, Navajo, Cheyenne and Blackfeet—mostly native people from western movies. This is the problem with history. If you make the victim disappear, there is no crime. And we just disappeared. When I travel, I get this feeling someone has seen a unicorn in the airport. That would be me, in my Pendleton jacket. I often get that awkward question if I am Navajo or Cherokee. But here's what I want people to know today about native Americans: There are over 700 indigenous nations in North America. In Guatemala and Bolivia, we are the majority population. Two indigenous presidents have been elected—Evo Morales in Bolivia and Hugo Chavez in Venezuela. We are doctors, lawyers, writers, educators, and we are here. We are land-based, and intend to stay that way. I hear Minnesotans talk about how the Americans gave us land. America was stolen or purchased for a pittance. President Andrew Jackson forced the removal of thousands of our people, and then sold our land. Historians point out that Jackson's Louisiana Purchase knocked U.S. debt from $58 million in 1828 to $38,000 in 1834. Good deal, except for us.



Wisconsin Supreme Court Race

Here is a link to a Journal Sentinel article on the 3 candidates for Supreme Court Justice for Wisconsin. This is a 10 year term for the highest court in our state, please take some time to read about them. This election is really important and will likely get less press than the others so spread work about these candidates and make sure people know what they stand for!

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Resources for progressive students

Several organizations offer scholarships and internships for students interested in progressive issues. This is hardly a comprehensive list, but maybe it will encourage you or your student to broaden her/his search for education assistance.

One day we hope to set up a local scholarship for progressive students (JT's idea) but until that happens, check these resources:

The Wisconsin Labor History Society Essay Contest for the 2017-2018 School Year for Wisconsin high school students (Grades 9-12). Win cash prizes up to $500. Write an essay of about 750 words on the topic: “Unions have been important to my family and my community because . . .” Deadline February 15, 2018. See link for details

For college and university students, the Wisconsin Labor History Society conducts an annual competition to determine the winners of the Zeidler Academic Awards for the best original research papers about Wisconsin labor and working-class history. See more details at link. Deadline for submission is January 8, 2018.

Future Leaders WI Scholarship Foundation offers the MJ and Myrtle Scholarships for Wisconsin students age 16 and older who will use the money to train in areas of
education, health/wellness in underserved communities, positive community building, or prevention/safety programs. The deadline for 2018 is November 15. 

A full tuition Science Ambassador Scholarship, funded by Cards Against Humanity, will be awarded to a woman in a STEM undergraduate program. The application includes a mini-lecture on a STEM area you're passionate about and is due by December 11.

The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund aids people active in movements for social and economic justice. These need-based scholarships are awarded to students who are able to do academic work at the college or university level or are enrolled in a trade or technical
program and who are active in the progressive movement. Maximum available grant is  $10,000 per year. Applications are available in January with April deadline.
 
AFS is a non profit intercultural learning association and they offer the AFS Project Change scholarship: Tell us your idea for a volunteer project that could have a meaningful impact abroad. Get votes from your family and friends on your idea, and you could win a full scholarship to go abroad for 10-15 days and make your vision come to life!. All U.S. 8th to 12th grade students are eligible to enter. The deadline is mid-January.
 
The Barron Prize for Young Heroes awards students ages 8 to 18 who are working on "inspiring service projects." The 2018 application cycle opens in early January.
 
Point Foundation is "looking for the next LGBTQ leaders" and offers scholarships for those with need who are out and involved in their communities. The college (and community college) scholarships also include mentorships. The application deadline is in January.

Global Navigator Scholarships are for high school and college students seeking opportunities to study abroad. There are a variety of scholarships for different communities. Application due dates for spring study have been extended and for summer/fall study are in April. (Apply by December 1 for a chance to win free flight). 
 
The 2018 Law & Justice Scholarship is offered by the Wisconsin law offices of Hammett, Bellin & Oswald, LLC for a first year freshman who will be attending an accredited College or University during the 2018-2019 school year (current high school seniors are eligible to apply). Special consideration will be given to a student who is interested in pursuing a career in law and meets the requirements. The application includes an essay describing
what 'Justice in our Society" means to you and how you have or will work to provide peace and justice for all members of our society. Application deadline is May 31.

Axa Achievement Scholarships offer awards of $2,500, $10,000 and $25,000 to high school seniors who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their activities in school, the community or the workplace. The 2018 program will accept applications from September 5, 2017 until 10,000 applications are submitted or December 15, 2017. See site for application, more details.
 
GSAFE is an organization dedicated to creating just schools for LGBTQ+ Youth. Their scholarship is award to a Wisconsin high school senior who is n LGBTQ student or ally who is working to improve the community, help form a GSA or educational justice or similar club, promotes racial, trans, gender, and/or educational justice, and/or actively participate in comunity efforts involviing LGBTQ+ issues. (See the full list at website). Watch for the application info early in 2018.
 
The Jackie Robinson Scholarship is for college-bound students of color with leadership potential and need. Deadline is February 1.

Zonta International is a service and advocacy organization empowering women and girls. They offer scholarships and fellowships. Alas, there's no Zonta in La Crosse, but you join and apply online. Check the site for details.

The Davidson Fellows Scholarship awards $50,000, $25,000 and $10,000 scholarships to extraordinary young people, 18 and under, who have completed a significant piece of work.
Application categories are Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Literature, Music, Philosophy and Outside the Box. The application deadline is February 14.

The Aaron Swartz Progressive Change Scholarship, named for the digital rights activist who was hounded into committing suicide in 2013, is for a current law school student. Deadline is January 6.

Tzu Chi USA Scholars is a scholarship program funded by Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation to recognize and provide financial assistance to outstanding college-bound high school graduates and continuing undergraduate students in selected areas of the United States. Tzu Chi USA Scholars are selected on the basis of their financial need, academic achievement, and community involvement. Deadline is March 2.


The Earth Island Institute established the Brower Youth Awards for Environmental Leadership to honor activist David Brower. The current cycle is closed but watch their site for 2018 awards (deadline May 2018).
 

National Farmers Union offers scholarship with deadlines in spring. Visit their site for more details.

The Mario Savio Young Activist Award is given annually to a young person with a deep commitment to human rights and social justice and a proven ability to transform this commitment into effective action. The 2018 deadline is in July.


The Minnesota-based Bush Foundation offers assistance to Minnesota, North & South Dakota and area tribal members through event scholarships and fellowships. Programs and deadlines vary so check their site (by the way, they also offer Community Innovation Grants).
 
Progressive Change Campaign Committee offers paid fellowships.  
 
The Nation Institute offers paid internships in journalism and investigative journalism. Deadline for Summer/Fall internships is April 1. They also offer the Ida B. Wells Fellowship (check in January for 2018 application information).

Mother Jones magazine's Ben Bagdikian Fellowship Program offers a crash course in investigative journalism. Most are paid six-month internships. Deadline for the next cycle (starting in June 2018) is April 1.

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Join the party

I hope progressives and Bernie supporters will not exit the party. I think we live in a two-party system. I think it is vital that we fix what's broken with the Democratic Party. We badly, badly need the energy of Bernie activists inside of the Democratic Party to rebuild the Democratic Party. I think my advice or my argument to them would be, "Listen, we got to dig in and reform the Democratic Party. Don't abandon it. Let's fix it. Let's take it over and let's build a party in the image that you want," because I do think the country is moving in a more progressive direction. I think the issues that Bernie talked about in the campaign have only gotten stronger in terms of public opinion over time.

Were The 2016 Democratic Primaries Rigged?

Was the 2016 Democratic primary rigged? It depends on what your definition of the word “rigged” is — but a top campaign adviser to Bernie Sanders declared that after new revelations this past week, “it is unquestionably the case that the DNC was not neutral” during the contest. That declaration came during an International Business Times…

Monday, November 06, 2017

Danger! ConCon vote Tuesday!

from Common Cause:

State Senate to Vote Tuesday on Dangerous, Misguided Legislation
That Will Undermine The U.S. Constitution


 

Completely Unnecessary and Unwanted Measure to Amend the U.S. Constitution
in a Dangerous Way 
Will Come Up for a Vote 
Despite many other pressing state issues of great concern to Wisconsin citizens, Republicans in the State Senate have carved out time on Tuesday, November 7th, to vote on a measure no one is calling for except for the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and some other wealthy special interest groups that bankroll the state GOP – such as Wisconsin Club for Growth and Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce.
A measure to make Wisconsin the 28th state (of 34 needed) to call for an Article V Constitutional Convention – AJR 21 – a misguided measure written for the stated purpose of adding a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution, but which would take us well beyond even that draconian, disastrous outcome was added to the State Senate calendar late on Friday, without advance warning. And no wonder. No real Wisconsin citizens are clamoring for this.

A convention like this has never been called and assembled before in our nation's history (since the first and only Constitutional Convention establishing the nation in 1787) and it could be a very destructive and dangerous event. A convention of this type could go well beyond a balanced budget measure and go on to alter or eliminate citizen rights currently protected by the Constitution. Voting rights, civil rights, women's rights, an end to democracy and freedom itself. The possibilities are endless.

The measure passed in the Assembly in June. Seven Assembly Republicans joined all the Assembly Democrats in voting against the call for a "ConCon," which is a good nickname for this abomination. Public opposition played a big role in their votes against it. Prospects for passage in the Republican-controlled State Senate had appeared much less certain at that time. GOP Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) had expressed grave reservations about the matter, as had other State Senate Republicans. But Fitzgerald, without explanation, appears to have "changed his mind" and caved into special interest pressure.

It is vitally important that you contact your State Senator today, Monday, and demand that he or she vote against AJR 21. It is our understanding that all Democratic State Senators currently oppose AJR 21. But your call to them is still important, so please do not hesitate to contact them if they represent you. If you are not sure who your State Senator is, check here

The following Republican State Senators are particularly important to contact as they are not co-sponsors of the ConCon resolution and/or some, including Fitzgerald, have expressed doubts about it in the past:
Robert Cowles - State Senate District 2
Dan Feyen
- State Senate District 18
Scott Fitzgerald - State Senate District 13

 Devin LeMahieu - State Senate District 9
Terry Moulton - State Senate District 23
Luther Olsen - State Senate District 14
Jerry Petrowski - State Senate District 29
Roger Roth - State Senate District 19
Van Wangaard - State Senate District 21

If the measure passes in the State Senate, we lose. It does not need Gov. Scott Walker's approval, although not surprisingly, he strongly supports it.


Here is some background information about the measure: Jay Heck appeared on statewide Wisconsin Public Television's Here and Now program in June, in opposition to the Article V Constitutional Convention measures. He was also a guest on Wisconsin Public Radio's Joy Cardin program on the same subject, which you can listen to here. For more on this, go herehere, and here.

Please act today! A few calls and messages to some of these "reluctant" Republican State Senators could help persuade them to do the right thing and vote against AJR 21!

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Coming up this week (November 6 - 12)

This week you will have the chance to hear from many Democratic gubernatorial candidates straight and unfiltered. It's likely that this will be our one and only chance to hear from candidates without some corporate media group controlling who can be involved, what "approved" questions will be asked, and how the answers will be spun. If you can take advantage of this great opportunity, head on down to the Brickhouse on Monday at 6 (see below).

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6
 8:30 a.m. Scott Walker will be at Empire Screen Print (N5206 Marco Road in Onalaska). If you might have a message for the governor determined to make our state number one in every bad thing possible, please consider delivering it at this time.

11:00 a.m. FILM: The Square (Youth in the Middle East series) at the UWL Student Union Theater

6:00 p.m. Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Forum hosted by Our Wisconsin Revolution-La Crosse at the Brickhouse. FREE. OWR will live stream the event. Please register for the zoom webinar here. They will also push the live stream to Facebook

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7
11:00 a.m. FILM: Persepolis (Youth in the Middle East series) at the UWL Student Union Theater 

5:30 p.m. Update on Gerrymandering Case with Emily Bunting, one of the plaintiffs and Prof. Stephen Schulhofer, who wrote one of the briefs. Hosted by Vernon County Democrats at the Viroqua American Legion, 120 Rusk Avenue, in Viroqua.

6:00 p.m. Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) Training at JavaVino 

7:00 p.m. OWR-La Crosse member meeting at the Ho-Chunk Three Rivers House, 8th and Main 

7:00 p.m.  FILM: The Dialog at the Viterbo Nursing Center, room 196.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8 
All Day Citizens' Climate Lobby urges every American to Call Congress to Act on Climate

11:00 a.m. FILM: Speed Sisters (Youth in the Middle East series) at the UWL Student Union Theater.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9
8:00 a.m. to noon  Community Economic Resiliency Symposium at Western TC Lunda Center (register ASAP)

11:00 a.m. FILM: Horses of God (Youth in the Middle East series) at the UWL Student Union Theater. 

Noon  FILM: A Walk to Beautiful at the Overholt Auditorium, Gundersen Health Center in La Crosse 

6:00 p.m. Fundamentals of Decentralized Organizing a workshop based on SWARM training PLEASE REGISTER at the Landmark Center, Viroqua

6:00 p.m. International Faculty Panel Discussion on impressions of United States in room 1300 Hall of Nations, Centennial Hall, UWL

6:00 p.m. Tribute to Outstanding Women  (please REGISTER IN ADVANCE) at the La Crosse Center

7:00 p.m. The Postville Immigration Raid - Lessons Learned with Dr. Erik Camayd-Freixas is Professor of Hispanic Studies at Florida International University at the Viterbo Fine Arts Center Main Theater

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10 (Veterans' Day (observed)) See this link for special promos for vets
All Day  Eggroll Fundraiser for the Hmong Cultural and Community Center. Pre-order or walk in (see order form at link)

Noon  School, Work, and Marriage: Economics & Inequality in the Middle East & North Africa with Dr. Caroline Krafft from St. Catherine University in the Hall of Nations, Centennial Hall, UWL

1:00 p.m. Town Hall with US Rep. Ron Kind - Veterans focus but all welcomed - American Legion Post 52, 711 6th St South

4:00 p.m. Give a Gift Night at the La Crosse Public Library

4:00 p.m. Holiday Open House sponsored by Downtown Mainstreet in La Crosse

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11 (Veterans' Day) See this link for special promos for vets
All Day  Eggroll Fundraiser for the Hmong Cultural and Community Center. Pre-order or walk in (see order form at link)

7:00 p.m. Raise the Roof fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity at Pearl Street Brewery 

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12
All Day  Citizens' Summit in Eau Claire 

Also PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THE 2018 PROGRESSTIVAL! We will again host local grassroots groups, non profits, community services, and others wishing to make our community more fair, more equitable, more just, more sustainable, more cooperative, more compassionate, and more better. The event will be on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3 FROM 2 TO 5 P.M. AT THE CONCORDIA BALLROOM. If your group or organization would like to table, please email couleeprogressive at hotmail.

And, the For Our Future workshop: Leveraging Local Media for your Grassroots Organization has been rescheduled for Sunday, December 3 from 1 to 4 p.m. Join For Wisconsin's Future's Communications Director, Joe Zepecki, for a special and free 3 hour training focused on improving your or your local grassroots organization's ability to get your messages and events more effectively covered by local media. Joe Zepecki has over a decade of experience in senior political communication here in Wisconsin.  They need at least 15 people to run the event which will be held at 2020 Caroline Street (French Island). RSVP by emailing Christian Foust.

Finally, remember, if you need to purchase health insurance, enroll for a health care plan before December 15, Hilariously, the Trump "sabotage" effort means more people will be able to get fully subsidized plans for 2018. And you can still get help comparing plans if you need it.

 

A Great Example of State Republican Hypocrisy

Check out this video on State Republican Romaine Quinn lying to his constituency. Spread it to anyone you know in his area!

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Commoner Call

In case you're not familiar with the twice-weekly online progressive news digest, The Commoner Call, produced just over the bluff in Vernon County by Mark Taylor, check it out.

In addition to original political cartoons (Taylor's a pro) and links to articles from around the globe, The Commoner Call also provides a platform for progressive voices in our region.

Bookmark the link or, better, subscribe. (You can also subscribe to CouleeProgressives by entering your email in the box above, just below the header.)

Here's a list of headlines from the most recent Commoner Call:

In this issue:
  • Majority Of Dems Want To Ditch Tired Leadership & Move Left; They’re Right
  • Daily Dose: Time To Restore Humanity, Civility & Heartfelt Communication To Politics? Here’s How
  • Russia Monitor: Is The White House Scared, Yet?
  • Yellow: The Cowardice Of Paul Ryan & Mitch McConnell
  • Get Active: Learn The Ropes Of Making Change Happen
  • Head Of Puerto Rico Electrical Workers’ Union Demands Corruption Probe Of Whitefish Energy Contract
  • 50 Years Of Ongoing Atrocities & Impunity: The Hidden US War In Colombia You Never Hear Of
  • Podcast: The Plague Of Fascism Darkening America
  • Ag-Gag Laws Target Reformers While Coddling & Protecting Industrial Animal Abusers
  • ‘Our minds can be hijacked’: Growing Number Of Tech Insiders Fear A Smothering Smartphone, Social Media Dystopia
  • Naomi Klein: We Are Seeing The Shock Doctrine In Real Time After Hurricanes Harvey & Irma
  • BS’er Scotty Walker Behind New Republican Fake News Site