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Friday, March 16, 2018

March 24 March is on

After much confusion caused in part by people from someplace else setting up online leaderless events (DON'T do that!) local orgaizers are planning a La Crosse March for Our Lives on Saturday, March 24. Details are being worked out now. If you would like to help, speak, or otherwise get involved, please email couleeprogressive at hotmail and we'll forward your note to organizers. 

Monday, March 12, 2018

March 24 - 10th Annual Grassroots Fest

To be sure there will be other events happening on March 24th, but this one should be near the top of your list.

Attend the 10th annual Wisconsin Grassroots Festival, at Wisconsin Heights school, Hwy 14, between Mazomanie and Black Earth.  This is a gathering of excellent progressive people, talks, 21 break-out sessions, silent auction of cool stuff, good food, tablers, and more. It is one of the best ways to connect with the state's progressive movement.

Speakers will include Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Rep. Mark Pocan, John Nichols, Lisa Graves, and Matt Rothschild.

It starts at 9 a.m and goes until about 5 p.m.

The Wisconsin Grassroots Network is a true People Power organization. 
We charge NO DUES, NO SUBSCRIPTION FEES, NO MEMBERSHIP FEES of any kind! We DO NOT sell (or rent) our mailing list to anybody! WE DON'T SEND FUND RAISING EMAILS.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Progressive caucus

Next Saturday, the new Progressive Caucus of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin will hold its first General Assembly. This is a very important time for progressives from all around the state to come together and get organized to make changes in the state party that will reverberate up to the national level. You can join the party at the event if you're not already a member though all progressives, are welcome to join the effort (see below).

If you are interested in carpooling, please use this form. There's not registration for the event, but if you can donate a bit to help pay costs, there's a link at the bottom of the page. Please spread the word and plan to attend.

Spring DPW Progressive Caucus General Assembly 

We are very excited to say that 2018 has arrived and we are very close to breaking the established political doors down and bringing about a political revolution here in Wisconsin. We will be working with many progressive groups and individuals regardless of whether or not they are associated with the Democratic Party.

There can be no revolution if we confine ourselves within the walls of our own political party. We need to blow the doors open and welcome all who hold progressive values. If we are in this fight together we can make HUGE gains within the Democratic Party and at all levels of government. It’s all about the numbers, PEOPLE POWER!

There is no doubt that the numbers we need are out there and eager to help, we just need to find them and make it possible for them to engage with the political process. This will be incredibly challenging to accomplish but we know it’s possible. Many said that getting a progressive caucus going within the Democratic Party of Wisconsin was impossible but here we stand. Let’s stand together and continue to make the “impossible” happen!

March 17, 2018 the DPW Progressive Caucus will be holding a general assembly meeting. We need your help to expand our strategic plan moving into the 2018 elections and beyond. Whatever ideas you have we want to hear it, we want the entire body of the progressive caucus to be represented. With every battle won we want everyone to be able to say “I did that”. If you would like to help us create a winning strategy please set some time aside on March 17th.
Last but not least, please consider donating to our efforts to create a more progressive government and Democratic Party. Thank you!

DATE: 03/17/2018
Time: 1PM - 5PM
Venue: Chula Vista Resort
             2501 River Road
             Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
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Saturday, March 10, 2018

La Crosse Human Rights Commission Members Resign

A few weeks ago, 4 members of the La Crosse Human Rights Commission resigned. Check out the La Crosse Tribune article here. The HRC, together with local advocates and social workers, had uncovered and investigated extensive class and racial discrimination surrounding housing in La Crosse, and were pushing for the city to take action to push back against it. The city wants the HRC more focused on education and awareness, but commission members are dedicated to action and stepped down.

Their statement of resignation follows.

"Good evening! The Human Rights Commission was reorganized in 2015 by Mayor Tim Kabat. That is when several of us were asked to join the Commission. Over the last year the Human Rights Commission has: Felt a lack of trust in the system, A lack of communication with the Mayor and his staff, We desired to advocate and assist our fellow community members, We’ve seen an increase in the number of Discrimination Reports filed, We’ve been constantly told that we cannot act on social justice/diversity situations, The expectations from the Mayor of the commission has became different from what we signed up to do, Seen changes made to the Commission without any communication or chance for input, Felt a lack of commitment and action to diversity and anti-discrimination, and That the Commission lacks the ability to effect policy and governance changes. If the mayor is wanting a group to provide education and events that should be done by staff from the city. If your Human Resource department isn’t capable or you do not have diverse enough staff to do this work that is a reflection on the mayor and the city of La Crosse. You need to diversify your hiring and your training. The Commission would like to thank Genean, Patricia, and all of the other brave individuals that used the processes to speak up and shine light on the issues and our community. We apologize that we were not able to take action. I Shaundel Spivey, I Will Van Roosenbeek, I Elizabeth Digby-Britten, I Rose Reinert Have decided to resign from the Human Rights Commission. We hope that city of La Crosse will continue to examine itself and the discriminatory practices and actions of the individuals corporations and other entities that contribute to this great community. We hope that the city will examine the charge of the Human Rights Commission and either give it the teeth that it needs to do the job or change the job altogether."

If you are moved or upset about any of this, please contact the Mayor's office and voice your concerns and feelings.

Monday, March 05, 2018


Because of bad weather, the Frances Moore Lappe talk scheduled for March 5 was postponed. The new date is March 19.

Unfortunately, there are a few other important events happening that evening. You'll have to choose or clone:

"Building Our Future: Hmoob Womxn Leading" is a program offered by the Western Technical College Asian Club from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Lunda Center.

La Crosse County Democratic Party's monthly meeting which will host three Democratic candidates for governor at 6:30 p.m. at the Ho-Chunk Three Rivers House.

Holmen School Board candidate forum at 7 p.m. at the Holmen School District Office


The Blue Ribbon hearing that was cancelled on Monday, March 5th due to weather...has been re-scheduled! Mark your calendars for Monday, March 19th. We have just over a week to get our facts, get our LEA gear or some orange apparel, and get our butts over to Northwoods Elem. School that day right after school! NOW IS THE CHANCE TO BE HEARD ON PUBLIC SCHOOL FUNDING!

THREE more events

Tonight there is a screening of the imoortant documentary, Killing us softly (how women are treated in the media) at 6 p.m. in the Hall of Nations, Centennial Hall, UWL.

Wednesday evening at 6:30 pm, a program called Cycles for Change will describe how bicycling can be a vehicle for social change. "Based in the Twin Cities, Cycles for Change works at the intersection of social justice and the bicycle movement. Grounded in the values of equity, justice, inclusion, and self-empowerment, the organization works to establish equity and safer spaces for underrepresented and marginalized communities." Room 2201 Centennial Hall, UWL.

FRIDAY at 4:30 p.m. Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Andy Gronik, will have a Meet and Greet at the Bodega BREW Pub in La Crosse.

Sunday, March 04, 2018

This week

Things to do this week. 

First, make sure you are and everyone you know is registered to vote. Start at In February, many primary voters learned they had been purged from the rolls. In fact, the Democratic Party of Wisconsin is asking anyone who may have been purged to contact them. There are groups in our area working to make sure people are registered. Consider joining those efforts. 

1 p.m. Public input into state panel exploring better ways to fund public schools at Northwoods Elementary School

7 p.m. [UPDATE: PER THE POST WE PUT UP WHEN WE HEARD THE UPDATE, THE EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED UNTIL WEATHER PERMITS RESCHEDULING. Frances Moore Lappe will speak on Democracy at Viterbo University in the Fine Arts Center. Viterbo is donating space for this event sponsored by La Crosse United to Amend. There are still expenses (speaker fees, transportation costs) and if you can help out with a donation for costs already paid, please contact La Crosse United to Attend for details

2:15 p.m.  Amina Gautier, author, The Loss of All Lost Things reading and reception in room 120 UWL Student Union.

5:00 p.m.  International Coffee Hour - topic: Education. Informal discussion with international students and faculty in Hall of Nations, Centennial Hall, UWL

6:00 p.m. Public input about redoing Jackson Street - should there be bike lanes? in Carrol Auditorium of the Viterbo University School of Nursing, 10th and Jackson

noon  Teach In: Rape Culture. Bring a lunch and discuss. In Hall of Nations, Centennial Hall, UWL 

5:00 p.m. International Women's Day reception and program at Hall of Nations, Centennial Hall, UWL

5:00 p.m. International Women's Day event at Hackberry's above the People's Food Co-op, 315 Fifth Avenue South.

Please help us keep the calendar full and up to date! Email your event or use the form!

Friday, March 02, 2018

Public input on public schools + a reminder

notice from OWR:

The Blue Ribbon Commission studying how to fix school funding inequities will hold a public hearing Monday March 5th, 1:30-6pm at North Woods International School, 2541 Sablewood Rd, La Crosse.

Please come offer testimony from your personal experience or in your area of expertise. Please attend even if prefer not to offer testimony. Come even for a short time. The commissioners will notice how many people show commitment to reforming school funding by making the effort to attend as well as offer testimony. More details here.

If you wish to share concerns with the Commission, but can't make it in person, you can submit testimony in writing to the Commission co-chairs, Rep. Joel Kitchens and Sen. Luther Olsen at and



Don't forget Saturday's Climate Action Festival from 1 to 4 pm at the First Congregational Church. We have only a very short time to make drastic changes for a sustainable future.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Were you purged?

from Democratic Party of Wisconsin:

It has come to our attention that numerous Wisconsin voters were incorrectly purged from the state voter file last week.

We are looking to document all known incidents of voters who were purged in error. If you have an incident to share, we ask that you fill this survey out at your earliest convenience.

We are working to collect details on who was purged to share with the state election officials on the Election Commission, which meets this Friday. Please forward this email to active voters in your community to help us collect information from any voters that were recently purged from the voter rolls.  

Voters can use this link to share their stories with us:

After last week's primary, we received numerous complaints from voters who did not appear on the voter lists at their polling location. When we looked into this, we found out that these voters were not part of the state's annual purge that the Party was made aware of. Instead, they were caught up by a second, unexpected purge by the state using a brand new system for purging voters from the rolls. The details of this purge are very concerning to us because the voters that had their registration revoked did not meet the usual criteria for being removed. They were regular voters and they had not moved.

We have already requested details of the purge from the state and have not yet received them. We would like your help gathering information on these purges to share with the Wisconsin Elections Commission, which meets this Friday.

The party will also be looking for further information to address recent reports that Russian operatives that breached our electoral systems in advance of the 2016 presidential election. Electoral integrity is key to our democracy, and we are committed to doing all we can to protect and secure our elections.

If you have any questions, please contact
Thank you for your assistance, we will keep you informed as the situation develops.

Martha Laning, Chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Why Vote in Judicial Elections? OWR Event

OWR's Next Event: Why Vote? Judicial Elections

When: Tuesday, March 13th, 7pm

Where: Myrick Park Eco Center, Marshview Room
The Wisconsin Supreme Court Election is right around the corner. Ever wonder why we elect judges or how to pick a candidate to vote for? Join us to learn from La Crosse County Circuit Court Judge, Ramona Gonzalez, Mayor Tim Kabat and County Chair Tara Johnson!

Voter Registration at Main Library

from League of Women Voters:

The League of Women Voters will staff a voter registration and information table in the lobby of the La Crosse Main Library on February 27, 28, and March 6, 7, 8, 13, 14  from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Do you or someone you know need to register to vote? Not sure if you're registered? Have you moved? Need assistance finding your polling place before the next election?

The League of Women Voters of the La Crosse Area can help you register to vote and to get answers on what you'll need before you cast your next ballot. 

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging the informed and active participation of citizens in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy. The League does not endorse any political party or candidate.

For more information, contact Jan Gallagher, or

Friday, February 23, 2018

Frances Moore Lappe in La Crosse March 5

Daring Democracy with Frances Moore Lappé
Monday, March 5, 2018 - 7 p.m. - Fine Arts Center Main Theatre, Reception and book signing to follow
Wisconsin United to Amend-La Crosse and Viterbo University present an evening with Frances Moore Lappé. Ms. Lappé will discuss her 2017 book Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want, coauthored with Adam Eichen. They tell the story of how our democracy has succumbed to the effects of money in politics and provide inspiring advice on the ways ordinary citizens can work to revitalize it. This event is free and open to the public and no reservations are required. 
Ms. Lappé is the author or co-author of 19 books about world hunger, living democracy, and the environment, beginning with the Diet for a Small Planet in 1971, which has sold over three million copies. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History describes Diet for a Small Planet as “one of the most influential political tracts of the times." Members of the Women's National Book Association selected it as one of the 75 Books by Women Whose Words Have Changed the World. Gourmet Magazine named Frances as one of 25 people (including Thomas Jefferson, Upton Sinclair, and Julia Child), whose work has changed the way America eats. Her books have been translated into 15 languages and are used widely in university courses.

Wisconsin United to Amend-La Crosse is sponsoring this event as a part of their voter information campaign in preparation for the April 3, 2018 referendum. La Crosse City residents will vote on “The We the People” resolution, which seeks to address the 2010 Supreme Court decision known as Citizens United vs. FEC. This decision allows large organizations to give nearly unlimited money to our elected officials with little disclosure, and as a result we question the power of our votes as individuals. WIUTA-La Crosse has brought this resolution before the voters by collecting over 3600 signatures in a petition drive. We hope La Crosse will join over 120 other Wisconsin municipalities who have already passed the resolution by an average of 80%. In doing this we are calling on our legislature to join 19 other states that have already passed the “We the People” resolution.

Sponsored by:
La Crosse United to Amend
Wisconsin United to Amend

Hosted by Viterbo University

Co-sponsored by:
La Crosse Area League of Women Voters
Driftless Voter Coalition
Organizing For Action
People's Food Co-op
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of La Crosse Social Justice Committee
YWCA La Crosse

Wednesday, February 21, 2018


Judge Rebecca Dallet will be the only Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate not endorsed by the National Rifle Association on the April ballot. She's certainly no progressive, but at least she hasn't been endorsed by the National Rifle Association. With low turnout, the NRA-backed candidate received less than 50% of the vote. Republicans would still firmly control the state supreme court if Dallet is elected, but it would be a step in the right direction. Be sure to include time to volunteer for or donate to the non-NRA endorsed candidate on your to do list in March.

And please keep talking to people about registering or checking their registration before April just in case the state has purged them from voter registration lists.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018


(Today's weather is why ABSENTEE IN PERSON voting is so important. Had you taken advantage of that "early voting" opportunity, the hazardous travel today would NOT make it more difficult for you to vote.)

VOTE TODAY. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. MAKE SURE YOU TAKE YOUR ID (for most, a driver's license, but there are other options - check for details). Today's most important statewide race is the Wisconsin Supreme Court primary. There are three candidates. Who should you vote for? Use this ACLU guide (and keep in mind that one of these candidates, the one who is proud of being arrested for blocking access to a women's medical center in Madison, has recently been endorsed by the NRA.)

Monday, February 19, 2018

Tuesday Clean Cars press comference RESCHEDULED

from CCC/Sierra Club:

We have decided to POSTPONE the Clean Cars Campaign press conference because of ice and hazardous travel  predictions. The event will take place instead at 1:30pm this Thursday, February 22nd, at City Hall. Due to the inclement weather we felt this was the best move to ensure everyone’s safety.

Feb 19 La Crosse Dems Meeting POSTPONED

from LaxDems (meetings are held at Ho-Chunk House):

The LCDP meeting scheduled for this evening, Monday, February 19, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. is postponed due to a Winter Storm Warning that includes icing and dangerous road conditions.  The meeting is rescheduled for Monday, February 26, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.   

Please phone any members you know to pass on this message.  And, if you have not done so, don't forget to vote on Tuesday, February 20, in the spring primary election. 

From me: There is still time,  apparently,  to email chair-at-laxdems-dot-com and get your name on the list to be a delegate to the March 10 Third Congressional District convention in Sparta.  If you are not a party member, contact the treasurer to see how you can join in time to be a delegate (contact info at website). 

AND Another reminder to join together and STAND FOR CLEAN CARS at La Crosse's City Hall lobby Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. the press event will feature city and count leaders and is sponsored by the Sierra Club. (FB page has incorrect time
 Event starts at 11:30 a.m.)

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Important things to do this week (February 19-24)

This coming week, there are several opportunities for the public to get involved in decisions that will affect our future. Please attend and participate if you can. If your event is not on the calendar, please submit it using the form or email couleeprogressive at hotmail.

2:00 p.m. Vernon County Dems host gubernatorial candidates Mike McCabe and Matt Flynn at their monthly meeting at 120 N Rusk,  Viroqua

9:30 a.m Fake News, Alternative Facts and Other False Information a discussion with a La Crosse Public Library reference librarian at the Main Library.

UPDATE POSTPONED TO FEBRUARY 26! 6:30 p.m.  La Crosse County Democratic Party monthly meeting. Learn more about upcoming participation opportunities including being a delegate at the March 10 Third Congressional District convention in Sparta and the March 17 DPW Progressive Caucus meeting in Wisconsin Dells. If you are not already a member of the party, you can join at the meeting held at the Ho-Chunk Three Rivers House (8th and Main)

7:00 p.m. Privilege Unplugged - Awareness Through Performance performance at the UWL Student Union

7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Primary election day Vote for the progressive in the supreme court primary (here's the WI ACLU guide:)

11:30 a.m. Stand for CLEAN CARS press event by Sierra Club and Clean Cars Campaign. Speakers will include Tim Kabat, mayor; Mike Giese, chair, Sustainable La Crosse Commission; Jen Rombalski, Director, La Crosse County Health Department. Come and STAND FOR CLEAN CARS! in the LOBBY OF CITY HALL (not in Florida, either!)

4:00 p.m. Fundraiser for The Center - 7 Rivers LGBTQ Connection til 8 p.m. at Burrachos, 9432 State Hwy 16, Onalaska.

5:00 p.m. Cultural Coffee Hour with international students and others. Discuss "environment" with people from around the world at the Hall of Nations, Centennial Hall, UWL

6:00 p.m. Grow your own microgreens class sponsored by Hillview Urban Agriculture at People's Food Co-op, 315 Fifth Avenue South

6:30 p.m. Grandview Emerson Neighborhood Association monthly meeting at Emerson Elementary LMC
noon  Water Quality in the Coulee Region a talk by Karl Green, UW Extension at English Lutheran Church (rsvp for free lunch)

5:30 p.m. Wisconsin DOT PUBLIC INFO SESSION about plans for Highway 35 south of La Crosse Sources say that plans used to include improved biking and walking infrastructure from this road at least south to Goose Island, but that bike/ped infrastructure may be eliminated. Attend this public meeting and learn more, especially if you believe this route, which currently is very heavily used by cyclists deserves better. It's at Southern Bluffs Elementary School (if you can't attend, you can comment - see link for details)

6:00 p.m.  FILM: Garbage Dreams - "Filmed over four years,the film follows three teenage boys born into the Zabaleen's trash trade: 17-year-old Adham, 16-year-old Osama, and 18-year-old Nabil. Laila, a community activist who also teaches the boys at their neighborhood Recycling School, guides the boys as they transition into adulthood at a time when the Zabaileen the Zabaleen community is at a crossroads.” (

6:00 p.m. Free legal assistance from members of the La Crosse Bar Association. See link for details. At First Baptist Church, Main Street & West Ave.  

7:30 p.m. Trane Park All Abilities Project PUBLIC INFO SESSION in City Hall, fifth floor conference room

MOSES Organic Farming Conference begins at the La Crosse Center (through Saturday, February 24)

7:00 p.m. Racial and Cultural Factors in Education, a talk by Dr. Janet Helms in Rm 1309 Centennial Hall, UWL. Janet E. Helms, Ph.D., is the Augustus Long Professor of Measurement in the Department of Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology and Founding Director of the Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture at Boston College.  She is Past President and a Fellow of Division 17 (Counseling Psychology), and a Fellow in Division 35 (Psychology of Women) and Division 45 (Ethnic Diversity) of the American Psychological Association (APA).  She received many distinguished researcher awards from many places between 2002 and 2009. She was a recipient of the 2012 Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award for mentoring.  She has written over eighty empirical and theoretical articles and four books on the topics of racial identity and cultural influences on assessment and counseling practice. Her books include A Race Is a Nice Thing to Have (Microtraining Associates) and Using Race and Culture in Counseling and Psychotherapy: Theory and Process with Donelda Cook (MA: Allyn & Bacon). Her full bio is available at

7:00 p.m. Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) Orientation at the People's Food Co-op

all day  Hate/Bias Response Symposium at UWL (must preregister) 

1:00 p.m. Working People's Day of Action hosted by AFSCME in MADISON

2:30 p.m. Hillview Urban Agriculture Vermiculture Center Tour meet at 921 Ferry St.

7:00 p.m. Benefit Dance for Great River Folk Fest at the Concordia Ballroom

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Reminder: Make a Difference

If you usually work for, donate to, or vote for Democratic Party candidates, you really should be a member of the Democratic Party so you can have some say and influence on party policies, priorities, and candidates. Clearly, the messages of the past several decades have still not sunk in with current national party "leaders." To move forward, an ever rising grass roots movement must push for progressivity among candidates and future plans.

Those who are members of the La Crosse County Democratic Party or Vernon County Dems or other Third Congressional District County parties may apply to be a delegate at the March 10 Third CD convention. [UPDATED] Those who are Congressional District delegates are automatically delegates at the state convention this summer. Others may become delegates to the state convention by applying later this spring.This is where state priorities and policies are decided. This is where progressive Dems need to be.

You can sort of join online (antiquated pay system still in place) though it might be too late for new joiners who have to mail a check to apply to be CD delegates. [UPDATED]That must be done by <contact chair for deadline> by emailing chair at laxdems dot com

By the way, the first every GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE WISCONSIN DEMOCRATIC PARTY PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS will be on Saturday, March 17 in Wisconsin Dells. Anyone wishing to car pool, please email couleeprogressive at hotmail.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Community hosting: Frances Moore Lappe

from La Crosse United to Amend:

We have an important and unexpected event coming up on March 5.

We been reading "Daring Democracy, Igniting Power, Meaning and Connection for the America We Want" by Frances Moore Lappe and Adam Eichen. We are so impressed by the way they tell the story of how our democracy has succumbed to the effects of money in politics and we are so inspired by their solutions to this problem.  On a whim, we contacted Ms. Lappe's Small Planet Institute to ask about the possibility of her coming to La Crosse before April as a part of our community awareness and Get Out the Vote plans. 
Incredibly, within less than a week we have been able to secure Ms. Lappe to to come and speak on March 5 at 7p.m. at the Main Theater at Viterbo University. 

Richard Kyte, the Endowed Professor of the D. B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership at Viterbo expressed immediate excitement at the prospect of bringing Ms. Lappe to La Crosse and performed wonders in arranging a night at their wonderful and very busy venue with receptions before and after her speech at no charge to us. Viterbo will also use their communication network and other resources to help us draw people from across the tri-state area for this event. He expects an audience of over 450 people.

Because of Viterbo's generosity we are going to be able to make this event open to the public free of charge. We also plan to send postcards to everyone who signed the La Crosse United to Amend petition.
We will need to raise some money to pay for Ms. Lappe's expenses and for the mailing. We are working at recruiting sponsors for this event and requesting donations from area individuals, organizations and corporations.If you can help by donating to help pay for the speaker's fee and/or the mailing, please contact La Crosse United to Amend.

We hope you can participate in making it happen and that, most importantly you can attend and you will invite others to do so, too.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Talk to DPW chair Tuesday

First,  most in our area may vote "absentee in person" at their municipal clerk's office NOW through February 16. Contact your clerk for exact hours.  You may register there, too.  More specifics at

The DPW chair will be in La Crosse Tuesday at 7 pm at 401 West Avenue South. This is a chance for area progressives to listen and to talk. Here are a few articles to consider:

From The Intercept: Trump opponents Mis get past Dems first

From Common Dreams: Progressives working to unseat corporate Dems

From Truthout: Why aren't Black voters rewarded by the party that depends on them

From Chris Hedges: The bankruptcy of the American left

If you are a La Crosse County Dem party member (you may join now if you wish), you are eligible to apply to be a delegate at the March 10 Third Congressional District convention in Sparta.  Those who are CD convention delegates are eligible to apply to be state party convention delegates.  Change requires participation.

Friday, February 09, 2018

State Dem Chair in La Crosse Tuesday

from New Direction:

Our democracy is dying, but we can help save it. We can do it one step at a time, all of us working together or as individuals to elect people who share our values. We just need the ideas and tools to do it.  One way to gain these ideas and learn about possible actions is to attend our NEW DIRECTION meeting this coming Tuesday, February 13th. Here are the details:

Our guest speaker, MARTHA LANING, Chair, Democratic Party of Wisconsin (DPW), will share the changes she has made to DPW since she became chair to (1) build the infrastructure to empower the grassroots, the Party’s greatest resource, and (2) network with other Progressive partners in the state to achieve electoral victories in 2018.  In addition to that overview, she will:

·       Share ideas on how to get involved individually and collectively with DPW and other groups who support the change we all want, and

·       Answer questions so we all are better informed on how we can work together to turn our state blue.

WHAT:  NEW DIRECTION Monthly Meeting

WHEN:  Tuesday, February 13, 2018; 7-9 pm

WHERE:  Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of La Crosse, 401 West Avenue South, La Crosse, WI

Our NEW DIRECTION Vision:  “Promote and Protect our Democracy through the Values of Inclusion, Respect, and Fairness”

Our NEW DIRECTION Goal:  Provide an organization for broad-minded and compassionate persons who share our values:

1.       To support and re-elect our Democratic elected officials in as many ways as is possible

2.       To find, encourage, and help same-minded persons to become candidates for elected positions and fill other positions of leadership

3.       To share information, network, ask for help/support, and share in action-related activities and focus groups

4.       To coordinate rapid response and action to actions of others that threaten our values

5.     To share, discuss, and analyze new ideas, thoughts and opinions to promote positive actions

Thursday, February 08, 2018

Minnesota moves forward with clean energy

Meanwhile - what's happening among the folks who are not stuck in anti-renewable ReversoWorld. Another example of Wisconsin = backward/Minnesota = foward.

How are you building your community's clean energy future?

More and more communities, organizations, and individuals are trying to figure out how they can get energy efficiency and renewable energy projects done. Join hundreds of Minnesotans exploring their clean energy options March 28-29 at the 2018 Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) Conference!

The event provides the resources and connections needed to make it happen. At the 2018 CERTs Conference we will:
• LEARN: Surface new ideas, tools & models
• CONNECT: Bring people together across regions & sectors
• ACT: Accelerate adoption of clean energy projects

Who wouldn’t want to save energy, cut costs, and be part of Minnesota’s fastest growing jobs sector? Learn more and register at

Who is CERTs? Since 2003, the Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) have been connecting Minnesota communities with the resources they need to identify and implement energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

Dan Thiede
CERTs Strategic Communications and Engagement Director
University of Minnesota's Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships  |  work 612.626.0556  |  cell 651.334.0000

How are you building your community's clean energy future? Join hundreds of Minnesotans exploring their clean energy options at the CERTs 2018 Conference March 28-29 in St. Cloud. Learn more and register today at Early bird deadline is 2/14 and sponsor deadline is 3/1. See you there!

#CleanEnergyJobs Find your next job or employee on the Clean Energy Job Board at

Urgent - 7th Circuit Court of Appeals affects us all

from a friend:

Action Alert!

Dear Colleagues and Friends of Justice,

We are circulating a sign-on letter (attached and available here) from organizations and individuals who live in the 7th Judicial Circuit (Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana), asking the Senate Committee on the Judiciary to cease all consideration of Michael Brennan, who has been nominated for a lifetime judicial appointment to the US Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit in Wisconsin. Should Senator Grassley, Chair of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, call for a vote, we are asking the committee members to vote NO on this nominee. As stated in the letter, Michael Brennan should never have had a hearing in the committee based on procedural matters and precedent.  And, of even more importance, his record and stated views would bring a biased perspective on civil rights, women’s rights, criminal justice, and more.

If you, as an organization or individual in Illinois, Wisconsin, or Indiana, would like to sign on to this letter, please fill out this google form no later than February 11, 2018. If you know other organizations or individuals in Illinois, Indiana, or Wisconsin who you would like to invite to join us in this effort, please feel free to share this with them.

A fair, unbiased judiciary is a critical pillar of our democracy.  Letting our Senators know that we care about who they appoint to lifetime positions is important.  Please join us in insuring that only highly qualified, unbiased judges serve in these positions.

If you have any questions, please contact Carole Levine at: CaroleLevine at comcast dot net.

Thank you.
Carole Levine
Chair, Courts Matter Illinois