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Sunday, December 10, 2017

This week's events (Dec. 11 - 17) and Progresstival update!

But first:

And now, coming up this week:

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

7:30 p.m. Alt Truth Project: Skin of our Teeth There was a very good La Crosse Tribune article about the Project and the play today. It's at the Pump House.

noon League of Women Voters Lunch & Learn - Mayor Tim Kabat on Water Quality & Climate Change (lunch at 11:30 if you RSVP in advance) at Moxie's.

4:00 p.m. Holiday Farmers Market at the La Crescent Community Building.

6 p.m. FILM: He Named Me Malala part of WTC's Make Change series. Film will be in room 401 Integrated Tech Center, WTC

6:30 p.m. Citizens' Climate Lobby monthly meeting. Please view or read th e national call recording (see link) before the meeting if possible. Meets at 401 West Avenue South.

6:30 p.m. League of Women Voters Book Club will discuss World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech by Jason Heller at JavaVino (please RSVP at link).

11:30 a.m. The Women's Alliance of La Crosse will hold its Food, Fun, and Silent Auction at the Waterfront to raise funds for scholarships for area women.

6:00 p.m. Showing Up for Racial Justice - La Crosse  will discuss  White Supremacy Culture and Us at 140 23rd St. S.

6:00 p.m. La Crosse Common Council Meeting - probably no public hearings but if you would like to show support for La Crosse United to Amend's successful petition drive to have a referendum on the April ballot on the "We the People" (corporations are not people and money is not speech) amendment, please come to City Hall Council Chambers before 6 to register. There will also be a resolution "to create a nonpartisan procedure for the preparation of legislative and congressional redistricting plans." This is "fair maps" resolution that the county board recently passed unanimously. However, there are some city council members who do not believe it is the city's business. If you can't attend the meeting, please contact your council representative before Thursday!

Some news may be coming from the Mayor on Friday. There are two media interviews scheduled for that day as well as a 9:30 a.m. press conference.

6:00 p.m. Soup meet/greet/fundraiser for McCabe for Governor, Come at your convenience for a brief meet and greet or for the entire evening.  Mike will speak on several occasions but otherwise we will engage in lively and enjoyable conversation with one another.  There will be simple food for the sustenance of our bodies and music for sustenance of our souls.  Please come and enjoy this time together. The Wilson Schoolhouse Inn ( is located at 5720 US Hwy 14-61, on your way out of town direction Coon Valley. We will be parking our cars on Waterford Drive, and it is a short walk over to the Inn from the Drive.  A path will be marked with attendants for assistance.  For those with need, it will be possible to enter the driveway directly to the Inn from the highway for drop-off and pick-up. If able, please RSVP for our accommodation planning but come in any case to enjoy this time with us. 

10:00 a.m. Winter Farmers Market at Myrick Park Center.

 2:00 p.m. Vernon County Dems monthly meeting featuring gubernatorial candidate, Tony Evers, at 210 South Main Street, Viroqua.



Paul Cienfuegos is a leader in the Community Rights movement, which works to dismantle corporate constitutional so-called “rights” and assert The People's inherent right to govern themselves. He has been leading workshops, giving public talks, and organizing local communities across the US since 1995 when he founded Democracy Unlimited in northern California. Paul moved to Portland, Oregon in 2011, co-founded Community Rights PDX in 2012, and helped to launch the Oregon Community Rights Network in 2013. David Barsamian's internationally syndicated show 'Alternative Radio' has broadcast five of his speeches. Paul is the founding director of the new national Community Rights support organization - Community Rights US - which was launched in October 2017. More info at www.CommunityRights.US.

As a long time activist, Paul believes that we won’t ever win the society we all yearn to live in until we stop just responding to the latest corporate outrage from a defensive position, and begin instead to exercise our rightful authority as We the People, The Sovereign People, to govern ourselves and to say NO to a wide variety of normalized but quite harmful corporate activities, and YES to the kind of healthy and just communities we desire to live in - all of which can be best accomplished through local Community Rights law-making campaigns.

Paul has led introductory workshops in Minnesota and Wisconsin over the past year and will hold a . It's possible there will be an introductory workshop in La Crosse on February 4 (seeking co-sponsors! Email couleeprogressive at hotmail if interested!)  

Stay tuned for more updates! 

Monday, December 04, 2017

Dec 5 Speaker / Wisconsin Voter IDs are FREE [UPDATE]

This event has now been opened to the public: George Mendez, an Emmy Award-winning former NBC studio manager, will talk about being Mexican American and Irish American working behind the scenes at a major network at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 5, in 2302 Centennial Hall, UWL. The event is free and open to the public.



Thanks for posting about ways people can get a free ID to vote in Wisconsin!

Just to clarify, if you don't have a Wisconsin driver license, state ID card or other acceptable photo ID, you can get an ID card for free from the DMV. Just make sure you check the box that says you need the ID to vote.

The Wisconsin Elections Commission has a helpful video:

To get a state ID card, you need certain documents including a birth certificate. The full list is here: If you don't have all the documents you need, bring what you have and DMV will help you by verifying your birth records in Wisconsin or another state, through the ID Petition Process (IDPP). The ultimate goal is to get you a state ID card for free. If DMV can't issue you an ID card immediately, they will mail you a document with your photo on it that can be used for voting. The document is good for 180 days, and can be renewed multiple times.

Finally, it's important to know there are exceptions to the photo ID requirement for voters who may find it difficult to get to the polls on Election Day because of age, disability, infirmity or illness. These people can contact their municipal clerk's office and ask to become permanent absentee voters, and they will never need to provide a photo ID. You can learn more about it here:

Reid Magney
Public Information Officer
Wisconsin Elections Commission

Some confusing info has been circulating lately about voter IDs as part of a great and worthy campaign to help raise funds for needy families in our area.

By law, people who are eligible to vote in Wisconsin but who do not have a WI driver's license or other approved Voter ID may obtain a Wisconsin Voter ID FREE OF CHARGE even if they do not have a birth certificate. To repeat: there should be no cost to obtain a WI voter ID even if the applicant does not have a birth certificate.

Here is the WORD from the Wisconsin Election Commission's own website titled, LEARN HOW TO GET A FREE VOTER ID EVEN IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A BIRTH CERTIFICATE.

If people are not sure if they have the right ID, they can learn more here.

Here is a brochure about the Wisconsin Voter ID. "A document petition process is available at the WI DMV if you apply for a State of Wisconsin ID card and your documents to prove U.S. citizenship, name and date of birth, and/or legal name change are unavailable. If you do not have the documents mentioned above, DMV staff will work with you to verify your records through other means. You can still get a free State of Wisconsin ID card on the day you visit the DMV even if you are unable to provide the documents listed above."

Here is a Wisconsin Elections Commission release about "FREE Photo ID for voting  now available with one trip to DMV. "

To be sure, there are major problems with Wisconsin's voter ID system which was deliberately designed to disenfranchise voters and there's no reason to believe things will be a whole lot better going forward. Confusing info may give people the wrong impression that they would have to pay to get an ID for voting, the process to get the free voter ID may be confusing, some DMV employees may give out inaccurate info, and DMV offices, the only place you can get a FREE VOTER ID, often have limited hours or are in locations hard to access by public transportation. Our regional DMV is accessible by bus at least, but only during very limited hours.

And it is confusing because there is the regular Wisconsin ID which requires an application and documents (that people may have to pay to get or replace) and a fee. And, people who have or get a regular Wisconsin ID may use it as their photo ID for voting. So donating to help people get rides to and/or pay for getting a regular Wisconsin ID will be helpful.

But there is a separate procedure for people who just want to get a FREE WISCONSIN ID CARD FOR VOTING PURPOSES. And that application process is free.

So, if you hear otherwise, please offer these links for correct info.

Sunday, December 03, 2017

This week's events (December 4-10)

Please plan to attend at least one event this week if you can! If your event is missing from this list, please use the form to let us know or email couleeprogressive at hotmail.

2:15 p.m. Environmental Studies Capstone Community Service Learning Presentations - hear our future leaders talk about their work with community groups and agencies in Rm 3214 Centennial Hall, UWL.

5:00 p.m. Fundraiser for Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Rebecca Dallet at Earl's Grocery and Saloon (401 3rd S)

5:30 p.m. City of La Crosse Judiciary and Administration Committee The committee meeting starts at 6 p.m. but please come before then so you can register to show support for a spring ballot resolution in favor of ending the Citizens United understanding that corporations are people and money is speech. We've also heard that there may be a resolution brought to the committee asking the City to follow the lead of the La Crosse County Board in going on record against hyper-partisan gerrymandering. And we've also heard that some Council members may be opposed to such resolutions. So, the more people who show up in support, the better. [UPDATE: SEE MEDIA ADVISORY BELOW.]

6:00 p.m. Washburn Neighborhood Association monthly meeting at St Paul's Church, 420 West Avenue South

4:00 p.m. State Senator Jennifer Shilling listening session at the Cashton Memorial Library

5:00 p.m. Feminism on Tap Holiday Social at Wine Guyz

6:00 p.m. La Crosse Arts Board and Human Rights Commission Public Discussion to examine public art and its role in promoting social justice. "This session’s purpose is to gather information to analyze social justice challenges and opportunities in the city’s public artwork, events, and more." The session will be at the Ho-Chunk Three Rivers House (8th and Main)

7:00 p.m. Coulee Region Women in Elected Positions will include local women leaders talking about their experiences running for and serving in government. The program will be in the basement of Eagle Residence Hall, 1500 La Crosse Street, UWL (park in the UWL parking ramp or take the #4 bus)

7:00 p.m FILM: SUSTAINABLE at the Myrick Park Center.

2:15 p.m. Environmental Studies Capstone Community Service Learning Presentations - hear more of our future leaders talk about their work with community groups and agencies in Rm 3214 Centennial Hall, UWL.

4:00 p.m. League of Women Voters Voter Services Committee Meeting Interested in Voting Issues? Want to become active in educating the public about Voter Registration or Voter ID requirements? The Voter Services committee is active in providing these opportunities to the public.  All are welcome! 1818 Redfield Street

4:00 p.m. McCabe for Governor People Powered Billboard event at the corner of Mormon Coulee Road and Losey Boulevard

5:30 p.m. Fundraiser for US Senator Tammy Baldwin at W5847 Coulee Springs Lane (please RSVP by emailing mai at TammyBaldwin dot com or phone 608 273-1816)

5:00 p.m. Empty Bowl Soup Supper Fundraiser for area food pantries at Onalaska High School, 1500 Hilltopper Drive

9:00 a.m. SURJ Social at the Uptowne Cafe

10:00 a.m. Merchandising in Human Flesh topic of the Unitarian Universalist meeting at their center, 401 West Ave. South

10:00 a.m. Winter Farmers Market at the Myrick Park Center


Media Advisory from La Crosse United to Amend on December 3, 2017
Contact: Pam Knudtson,

La Crosse United to Amend will present petition with more than 3,600 signatures to City's Judiciary and Administration Committee on December 5
Members and supporters of a resolution declaring corporations are not persons and money is not speech will present their petitions to the City's Judiciary and Administration Committee at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 5 at the City's Council Chambers. City Clerk Teri Lehrke has certified more than 3,6000 signatures (20 percent more than required) on the petitions ensuring an April 3 referendum on City of La Crosse ballots. La Crosse United to Amend will present the certified petitions to the J&A Committee with a recommendation that the city endorse the referendum.
La Crosse United to Amend is a local non-partisan organization, over 60 members strong,  dedicated to making the public aware of the threat the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision, commonly known as Citizen’s United, poses to American democracy. This decision allows large organizations to give unlimited amounts of money to elected officials without disclosure and has drastically altered the course of government. "As a result, our voices, as individuals, have been greatly diminished," says Pam Knudtson, the organization's chair.
The group began collecting signatures on September 3 and easily gathered far more than the 3,000 required well before the 60 day deadline. If a group gets 15 percent of the number of persons who voted in the last governor's race in their municipality to sign a petition for the referendum, the city must put the referendum on the ballot in the next election or pass the resolution. La Crosse United to Amend hopes the City will put the resolution on the April ballot to provide more opportunity for the group to educate the public about the "We the People Amendment," which clearly states that a corporation is not a person and money is not speech.
La Crosse would join more than 115 other municipalities in Wisconsin who have already passed this resolution by overwhelming margins. Nineteen states have also passed it.
The full City Council will receive the petitions and recommendation on December 14.