Sunday, June 25, 2017

Coming up this week (6/26 - 7/1)

[Report on this weekend's Our Wisconsin Revolution organizing convention coming up tomorrow.] 

This week:

Monday, June 26: Pre-register now for a telephone town hall on healthcare at 5:30 p.m. with Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson. If you register, they will call you precisely at 5:30. If you miss the call, you will not be able to participate. Currently, Sen. Johnson is opposed to the Senate's version of a health care bill (which, as noted by a great letter in Sunday's La Crosse Tribune, saves the government money by killing people off). Johnson, in an interview on CNN equated people who have preexisting conditions (like children born with disabilities, cancer survivors, and maybe even mothers (depending upon how you define "preexisting condition,")) with those who wreck their cars and then want affordable car insurance. This is the mindset.  AND  The Bluffside Neighborhood Association meets at 6 pm. at the First Congregational Church.

Tuesday, June 27: The Coulee Region Sierra Club holds its annual summer potluck at 6 p.m. in Onalaska (see link for details). You meed not be a member of the Sierra Club to attend. Discussion is informal but often includes sharing ideas and plans about environmental issues and programs. AND The Upper Northside Logan Neighborhood Association meets at 6 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church on Sill Street.  AND Our Wisconsin Revolution - La Crosse chapter is hosting Meet Your City Government beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Myrick Park Center.

On Thursday, June 29 from 5:30 to 9 or so, join fellow bicyclists and pedestrians in an OpenStreets Mapathon. MUST RSVP (see link). Bring a laptop if you can.

If your event is missing PLEASE submit it to this calendar!

Ongoing - Citizen Action of Wisconsin is looking for new co-op members to chip in montly in order to hire a full time HEALTHCARE FOR ALL organizer. This is a statewide project.

Citizen Action is also seeking FAIR MAPS ACTIVISTS to leaflet and march for and end to partisan gerrymandering. Citizen Action Organizing Co-op members want YOU to join us in your local 4th of July Parade and celebrations to raise awareness about gerrymandering and drawing fair election maps. We call it the "Independent Maps for Independence Day!" action. Having fair elections is ground zero for our democracy. Wisconsin's election maps are rigged so that politicians are choosing their voters, not the other way around. When maps are skewed to benefit one party, they undermine our American democracy and our belief in "one person, one vote." Show your patriotism this 4th of July by participating in Independent Maps for Independence Day! events. Read a good article about the harmful effects of Republicans' political gerrymandering in Sunday's La Crosse Tribune.

Riverfest is coming and lots of people will be in and around Riverside Park and downtown La Crosse. If you have a candidate, event, or cause, get your flyers ready. Thanks to a lawsuit a few years ago, we are free to leaflet in the park before, during and after Riverfest, and on city sidewalks and other public property. (See this ACLU page of brochures about our rights.) Let's take advantage of this opportunity. (You will need a button north of the eagle statue because of course we have to pay again to enter a publicly owned and paid for city park. Or something.)

Indivisible notes that "One of the final stages of the TrumpCare bill is a little-known process known as “vote-a-rama” where ANY Senator can submit as many amendments as he or she wants. And here’s the thing: EVERY amendment takes time to be introduced and voted on. We’re collecting THOUSANDS of amendments and submitting them directly to Senate staff.
Please please please: submit your amendments here, and get your friends and family members to submit amendments. We know this is working already. Senators are reading these amendments on the Senate floor. But we need thousands more.

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