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Sunday, July 30, 2017

What's happening this week (July 31-August 6)

First, Ron Malzer and Margaret Dihlmann-Malzer hosted a successful fundraiser for US Senator Tammy Baldwin on Saturday. More than 70 people attended. Sen. Baldwin is high on the Republican target list as they work to build a filibuster proof majority in the Senate in 2018. This is a very important election. If you were not able to attend, you can donate online or sign up to work on her campaign. Republicans have unlimited funds to throw at this race, so we must demonstrate unlimited PEOPLE POWER. 

Monday, July 31 - at 10 a.m. if you can, attend the Board of Public Works meeting to demonstrate your support for enhanced bike/ped infrastructure AND at 7 p.m. attend SURJ orientation at People's Food Co-op AND Queer Coloring and Cocktails will be happening also at 7 p.m. at JavaVino ANDcontact your state representatives about the very bad Foxconn deal (see below). 

Tuesday, August 1 - Our Wisconsin Revolution-La Crosse meets at 7 p.m. at the Ho-Chunk Three Rivers House (8th and Main) AND La Crosse United to Amend will meet at 7 p.m. to plan an April 2018 referendum supporting an overturn of Citizens United. 

Thursday, August 3 - At 6 p.m. public hearing by the La Crosse Finance and Personnel Committee. 

Also, there's a weekend of training in nonviolent civil disobedience in Viroqua August 11-13 presented by Ethan Hughes, co-founder of Possibility Alliance in Missouri, and Brenna Cussen Anglada, a founding member of St. Isidore Catholic Worker Farm in Wisconsin. They will pull from the wisdom of the Center for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies including nonviolent practice and theory, forms of social rganizing, dilemma actions, restorative justice, momentum-driven change, nonviolent communication and honing fearlessness. There will be an emphasis on possible frac sand mine actions. 

The event will be held at the Landmark Center, 500 E. Jefferson St., Viroqua. There's no set fee but donations are gladly accepted to help cover expenses. For more information and to register, please contact Joe Orso

AND Cory Doctorow, writing in Boing-Boing exposes the facts of the Foxconn CON Scott Walker is trying to push in a special session vote as early as TUESDAY. CNN Money reports on Foxconn's record not fulfilling its promises in the US and gladly replacing human workers with robots. Plus,
"American workers should be wary," said Eli Friedman, associate professor of international and comparative labor at Cornell University, adding that Foxconn had a history of getting "headlines that rarely match the reality." He pointed to an announcement in 2013 by Foxconn of plans to build a $30 million plant in Pennsylvania that have so far not come to fruition.
Educate yourself about this "over the top" very bad deal (including the environmental consequences) and contact your state representatives. (And anyway, Wisconsin workers should be making (and installing) solar panels not TV panels.)

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