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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Things to do this week (October 16-22)

First, from the La Crosse Collaborative to End Homelessness (get more details at link):
The Warming Center is currently in need of volunteers as they prepare to open their doors on November 1, 2017. Here is a message from Mark Schimpf, The Warming Center Coordinator:
The La Crosse Community Warming Center (413 3rd Street S) is an emergency shelter that is open November 1st through April 30th, 7:00pm-8:00am daily.  We serve around 40 homeless adults per night, while fostering an environment of compassion and hospitality.  Volunteering at the Warming Center offers the opportunity to serve those most in need in our community and to make a difference in their lives through kindness and compassion.  We have a wide variety of volunteer roles available, from direct roles in shelter to supportive roles, and I believe that we can find a role here to fit your schedule, your skills, and what you would like to get out of the experience.  Training and on-going support is provided.
Important events happening this week. Please try to make it to at least one and spread the word! If your event is missing, please submit it using the form or by emailing coulee progressive at hotmail.

Monday, October 16
6:30 p.m. La Crosse County Democratic Party holds a very important meeting which includes a guest speaker who is a community organizer from Venezuela and board nominations for next year, your chance to help elect a diverse progressive leadership. If you normally work for, support, donate to, and/or vote for Democratic Party candidates, you need to join and get active in the party so you will have some influence over the candidates, goals, and policies it supports. The meeting is in the Ho-Chunk Three Rivers House, 8th and Main.

Tuesday, October 17
5:00 p.m. Fundraiser for Rep. Steve Doyle at the Old Crow, 100 Third Street South.

6:30 p.m. La Crosse Citizens Climate Lobby monthly meeting. CCL's online climate guest for October is Barbara Love, Professor Emeritus UMASS-Amherst. The meeting will be held at 401 West Avenue South. Please email lacrosseccl@gmail.com for more info and links to the pre-meeting audio.


As CCL looks to build relationships across race and culture, our October guest is Barbara, Professor Emeritus of Social Justice Education at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She taught graduate classes on foundations of social justice education, design development and facilitation skills, and on self-awareness for social justice educators and liberation workers. She is recognized globally for her work on organizational and societal transformation and on issues of diversity, inclusion, and liberation. She directs the Black Liberation and Community Development Project of the International ReEvaluation Counseling Communities. Her publications appear in a variety of journals and anthologies and focus on personal, organizational, and societal transformation and strategies for liberation.
 6:30 p.m. Grandview Emerson Neighborhood Association monthly meeting at Emerson  Elementary School. 

Wednesday, October 18
noon Better Together: Improving Behavioral Health in our Community hosted by La Crosse Interfaith Leaders Coalition at the English Lutheran Church, 16th and King Streets. Please register in advance if possible because lunch is provided. The event is free but donations to help pay expenses are welcomed. 

5:30 p.m. A meet & greet fundraiser for gubernatorial candidate, Dana Wachs will be held on French Island. Please RSVP at link for more details. 

6:30 p.m. Powell-Poage-Hamilton Neighborhood Association monthly meeting will be held at the Southside Neighborhood Center. 

Thursday, October 19
International CREDIT UNION DAY. Credit unions are cooperatives (October is national co-op month) which were started to provide their member-owners services and affordable prices. If you're not up on the history of co-ops and especially if you don't know the difference between Sam's Club and a real cooperative, let that be your self-education goal for the month. It's a radical history that seems to have been forgotten by some co-ops (for example, many rural electric co-ops) and deserves to be remembered and put to work today. Here's a good resource: For All the People: Uncovering the Hidden History of Cooperation, Cooperative Movements, and Communalism in America by John Curl. 

6:30 p.m. My Neighbor is Muslim, the first of a four part series of interfaith discussions led by Vince Hatt, former director of Franciscan Spirituality Center. There is a fee to help cover expenses.

7:00 p.m. Shane Bittney Crone, an LGBT advocate, writer, and speaker, and the subject of the film Bridegroom: A Love Story. Unequaled will speak in the Bluffs room of the UWL Student Union. 

Friday, October 20
6:00 p.m. Madame President's 60th Birthday - Art Auction & Fundraiser for The Center: 7 Rivers LGBTQ Connection at Java Vino

7:30 p.m. Appropriate performed by UWL Theater Department at Toland Theater, Center for the Arts, UWL
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Saturday, October 21
8:00 a.m. LGBTQ Frontrunners inaugural run. Meet at The Center, 230 6th Street South

5:00 p.m. 59th Annual La Crosse County Democratic Party Fundraiser Dinner at the Concordia Ballroom (1129 La Crosse Street) including good food, local and state political leaders, silent auction, half/half drawing, and door prizes. This event raises funds to help the party have a local headquarters in 2018. Join and get involved. $15/person (in advance would be great) or $6 for 6 and under.

7:30 p.m.  Appropriate performed by UWL Theater Department at Toland Theater, Center for the Arts, UWL

Sunday, October 22
2:30 p.m. Appropriate performed by UWL Theater Department at Toland Theater, Center for the Arts, UWL

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Citizen Action of Wisconsin has a statewide Healthcare for All cooperative that has been working to find ways for Wisconsin residents to have affordable health insurance. On Thursday, when Donald Trump drove another spike through the Affordable Care Act, CA was ready, Here's their report:
[W]ithin hours of Trump’s preemptive strike on health coverage Citizen Action organized a major press conference to release our own numbers showing the BadgerCare Public Option would protect Wisconsinites from Trump’s health care sabotage and lower health insurance rates and deductibles by an average of 24%.

Next week we will intensify our statewide organizing to force this bill onto the legislative agenda, and make it a leading issue in the 2018 elections.

The polls are clear that the tide of public opinion has turned, and we have the greatest opportunity in decades to build a movement that ultimately leads to Medicare for All.
You can join Citizen Action's Healthcare for All co-op or donate to their health care emergency fund. (And remember that there will be another local rally for healthcare at the end of this month).


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