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Monday, July 15, 2019

Climate action wants YOU!




Tuesday - Coulee Region Sierra Club press event to celebrate City of La Crosse passage of Ready for 100 resolution. July 16 at 1 pm at City Hall.

Wednesday - monthly Citizens Climate Lobby meeting. July 17 at 6:30 pm 401 West Ave South

Friday - Fridays for Future La Crosse weekly vigil at City Hall any time 10 am to 1 pm (bring your signs!)

When was the last time you saw a news item on local TV news about the climate crisis? If you answered, "Just about NEVER!" you are CORRECT! Why is that?

We can learn the name and life story of every student athlete signing for a college scholarship, the details and background of every cat locked in a moving van or water skiing squirrel, the schedule of every local party, but we get not a peep about the latest report that the Earth's oceans may be nearing their carbon saturation point, or that a new study estimates 120 million will be pushed into poverty by climate change or that Alaska is burning?

We need to make more noise about the climate crisis, from attending public events and connecting with other activists to calling the media and asking why they are not covering the most important story of all time.

Please. The time for changing a bulb and sending a check and buying a gasoline powered car that gets 50 mpg instead of 30 mpg and then being done with it is over. We all need to take our concern to the next level. What will you do?

Friday, July 12, 2019

A victory, a vigil

The Ready for 100 resolution passed unanimously at the July 11 La Crosse Common Council meeting.


And Friday night, 8 p.m. Lights for Liberty.



Thursday, July 11, 2019

City Council tonight

Reposted with updates

The Ready for 100 resolution pledging the city of La Crosse to achieving zero carbon emissions and all energy from 100% renewable sources by 2050 or sooner will be before the City Council TONIGHT, July 11 at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held in the council chambers on the main floor of City Hall.

If you would like to attend and register in support of the resolution, please arrive before 6 p.m. when registration ends. Register in support of resolution #19-0471. There's no speaking tonight. We just want to have as many as possible there to show support. 

The resolution will be part of a "consent agenda" of several items that have been recommended for approval by council committees. There are other items on the agenda before this, so if you wish to stay for the vote, be prepared to wait a bit.

We hope to introduce similar legislation at the county level next.

Milkwaukee city and county are poised to adopt 100% renewable legislation soon, too.

If you have any questions, please email us or call or text  608 315-2693. 

If it passes on July 11, La Crosse will join more than 100 towns, cities, counties, and states moving forward with plans to improve the health, environment, and economies of their communities. Chicago has pledged 100% renewables. Puerto Rico has pledged. The state of Washington has pledged. Orange County, NC has pledged. 

In fact some communities have already achieved 100% renewable goals including Georgetown, TX and Aspen, CO, Burlington, VT and Rockport, MO.

There are many reasons this is a good and needed plan. Xcel Energy has already committed to carbon zero and is adding renewables to its portfolio, in part because of consumer pressure and in part because of economics. Renewable electricity generation is cheaper than fossil fuels. Moving our whole state to in-state generated renewable energy would boost our economy by billions of dollars.

Moving to renewables nationwide will mean an end to oil bomb trains, frac sand mines, oil and gas pipelines, fracking wastewater pollution, petroleum processing explosions, and more. 

Preparing for a transition to 100% renewable heating will grow many new jobs - assessing systems and needed upgrades, refurbing buildings, creating new processes and products, building and installing renewable systems.

A renewable carbon free future is expected to help rural economies, too, with "dual use" solar agriculture and carbon sequestration through regenerative agriculture.

Transitioning to 100 renewables for transportation will mean supporting and beefing up an electric bus public transit system, siting and installing EV charging stations, and eliminating health effects of fossil fuel exhaust (even psychological effects.)

In the end, economics and public pressure will make change happen no matter what. Pledging and planning now will allow communities to start saving money on reliable renewable energy and stop wasting money on old systems and inefficient plans while the transition is occurring. 

Here's a little report on Feldheim in Germany, a 100% renewable self-sustaining village. Here's an energy village in Germany featured in an Energy Fair presentation last weekend.  Finally,



Saturday, June 29, 2019

Ready for 100 Resolution in La Crosse

The Ready for 100 resolution pledging the city of La Crosse to achieving zero carbon emissions and all energy from 100% renewable sources by 2050 or sooner will be before the City Council's Judiciary and Administration (J&A) Committee on Tuesday, July 2 at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held in the council chambers on the main floor of City Hall.

If you would like to attend and register in support of the resolution, please arrive before 6 p.m. when registration ends. Register in support of resolution #19-0471. YOU DO NOT NEED TO SPEAK. In fact, we are hoping to have only one or two speakers in the interest of time.

The committee will vote on the resolution and it will move forward to the City Council with a recommendation for or against or no recommendation.

The full council will vote on the resolution at its July 11 meeting. The original resolution was referred in May. We hope the updated version will have even  more city council supporters. You can read the resolution at the city's legislative web site. http://cityoflacrosse.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=3926780&GUID=B34D11C1-7372-4F3A-A98E-A06C2B6D3465

If you are not able to attend the July 2 meeting, no problem. We will try to have a good crowd of supporters at the July 11 Council meeting, too (no public hearing, just a show of support), and we hope to introduce similar legislation at the county level next.

If you have any questions, please email us or call or text  608 315-2693. 

If it passes on July 11, La Crosse will join more than 100 towns, cities, counties, and states moving forward with plans to improve the health, environment, and economies of their communities. Chicago has pledged 100% renewables. Puerto Rico has pledged. The state of Washington has pledged. Orange County, NC has pledged. 

Our mayor has already pledged his support. 

In fact some communities have already achieved 100% renewable goals including Georgetown, TX and Aspen, CO, Burlington, VT and Rockport, MO.

There are many reasons this is a good and needed plan. Xcel Energy has already committed to carbon zero and is adding renewables to its portfolio, in part because of consumer pressure and in part because of economics. Renewable electricity generation is cheaper than fossil fuels. Moving our whole state to in-state generated renewable energy would boost our economy by billions of dollars.

Moving to renewables nationwide will mean an end to oil bomb trains, frac sand mines, oil and gas pipelines, fracking wastewater pollution, petroleum processing explosions, and more. 

Preparing for a transition to 100% renewable heating will grow many new jobs - assessing systems and needed upgrades, refurbing buildings, creating new processes and products, building and installing renewable systems.

A renewable carbon free future is expected to help rural economies, too, with "dual use" solar agriculture and carbon sequestration through regenerative agriculture.

Transitioning to 100 renewables for transportation will mean supporting and beefing up an electric bus public transit system, siting and installing EV charging stations, and eliminating health effects of fossil fuel exhaust (even psychological effects.)

In the end, economics and public pressure will make change happen no matter what. Pledging and planning now will allow communities to start saving money on reliable renewable energy and stop wasting money on old systems and inefficient plans while the transition is occurring. 

Here's a little report on Feldheim in Germany, a 100% renewable self-sustaining village. Here's an energy village in Germany featured in an Energy Fair presentation last weekend.  Finally,




Monday, June 24, 2019

Debate watch



Two opportunities to watch the June 26 Democratic primary debates. 

Watch and push #ClimateCrisis with the Sunrise Movement's #ChangeTheDebate debate watch  party. Program starts at 7 p.m. Debate begins at 8. It's at Hackberry's, 315 Fifth Avenue South. RSVP and more details here: https://actionnetwork.org/events/la-crosse-region-change-the-debate-presidential-watch-party

OR

Watch with the local Win with Warren group. More details here: https://events.elizabethwarren.com/event/95900/

If we hear of more debate watch parties, we'll edit this page.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Citizen Action organizing in SW Wisconsin

From Citizen Action:

One of the most contentious issues in the Wisconsin State budget is whether to expand BadgerCare (Medicaid). As of right now the GOP is not moving forward with it, but they have not passed a budget yet, and the Governor still has the authority to veto without this critical ability to cover tens of thousands of working Wisconsinites. Here are 6 events coming up in Southern & Western Wisconsin in the next 7 days you can attend to help!

Why should Wisconsin expand BadgerCare? Here are just a few reasons:
-- expanding BadgerCare would cover ~80,000 working (not poor) Wisconsinites without good insurance at work.
-- expanding BadgerCare would save $320 million in the state budget, which could be used to improve health services (& caregiver wages!) and/or help local communities recover after the floods through "shared revenue".
-- expanding BadgerCare would bring in new state & federal funds to our communities. In La Crosse, Monroe, Juneau, Sauk, Vernon, Crawford, & Richland alone, $128 million would come into the communities. Enough to cover 4,308 local working residents!
-- expanding BadgerCare is expected to lower premiums for those with private insurance too. A recent study showed premiums could be $684 lower per person per year!
  
Events Where You Can Help in the next few days
Onalaska (La Crosse Co) - Thursday June 20th, 2pm - Join area supporters of a Rural/Urban Alliance in a round-table discussion to help us design a major local project on addressing a local Driftless Region version of a Green New Deal and getting to Healthcare-for-All via BadgerCare expansion! Click here for details

Viroqua (Vernon Co) - Thursday June 20th, 6pm - Join area supporters of a Rural/Urban Alliance in a round-table discussion to help us design a major local project on addressing a local Driftless Region version of a Green New Deal and getting to Healthcare-for-All via BadgerCare expansion! Click here for details

La Crosse - Monday, June 24th, 9am - Join an important press conference with Citizen Action, State Representative Steve Doyle, county leaders and healthcare professionals to urge state action to expand BadgerCare. This media event will be in tandem with coordinated actions taking place across Wisconsin for an Expand BadgerCare Day of Action. Join this one! Click here for details



Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Ask the questions

Next month, Netroots Nation will host a presidential candidate forum. You'll be able to watch online and you may use this form to submit a question for consideration.

While no candidates are coming to Wisconsin, lots of them are criss-crossing Iowa. If you can, use the Des Moines Register's candidate tracker and head on down to ask your questions in person.

Consider becoming a health care or climate bird dog, using Bold Iowa's example.

Ask your questions locally, too. Letters to the editor are one way to encourage people to think differently, and we definitely need that in our community where the local paper's favorite opinionator is English major right wing mouthpiece Rich Lowry and a bevy of other rightists. The best sane readers who DO believe in global warming and women's bodily autonomy can hope for is an occasional tepid EJ Dionne.

Sunrise Movement has pushed the ask envelope at the DNC, too. Last time, climate was almost totally absent from the campaign. This time, most candidates have climate change positions and plans and there's still a strong and growing movement to make it THE issue for 2020.


Sunday, June 16, 2019

Monday Dems Potluck

Meet the new chair of the state Democratic Party, Ben Wikler, and talk about how we work for clean water, renewable energy, racial justice, LGBTQ rights and more at this annual fundraiser in Copeland Park.

The Koch machine is already working against our local state senator and state Republicans continue to block out the reality that voters elected Tony Evers on expanding health care access, funding public schools, improving the state's roads and transportation systems, and putting science back in DNR decision-making (and taking "climate change" off the banned ideas list). The gerrymandered minority, like an emergency brake stuck in the on position, is hindering progress toward the goals we all share.

So even if you're mad as hell at Nancy Pelosi or the DCCC or the DNC global warming gag rule, here's your chance to talk and plan work together on the most important issues in our community.


Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Thursday state water quality public hearing.


Got clean water? Cross posted from Coulee Region Sierra Club:

PUBLIC HEARING- Speaker's Task Force on Water Quality

The committee will hold a public hearing on the following items at the time specified below:

Thursday, June 13, 2019, 12:30 PM
Cleary Alumni & Friends Center
615 East Avenue North, La Crosse

Invited Panelists:
Wisconsin Rural Water Association
Andrew Aslesen - WRWA Source Water Specialist

State of Minnesota
Dr. Tony Runkel - Chief Geologist at the Minnesota Geological Survey; Paul Putzier - Minnesota Hydrogeologist Supervisor

Midwest Environmental Advocates
Kimberlee Wright - Executive Director

La Crosse County
Gregg Stangle - Director of Department of Land Conservation; Carol Drury - Environmental Health and Lab Manager

Carbon Cycle Consulting LLC
Jason Fuller - Founder

Invited testimony will begin at 12:30 p.m. and is expected to conclude at approximately 3:00 p.m.

Members of the public will have the opportunity to testify at the conclusion of the invited testimony.

Monday, June 10, 2019

UN Climate program June 18/Debate watch June 26

Buried deep (p 36) in the current .pdf of the La Crosse Park & Rec Activities Bulletin, is this free program on June 18 at the Southside Neighborhood Center:


You can sign up by calling the SSNC, 608 789-8298 between now and June 17 or just show up (though if the minimum enrollment is not met, it may be cancelled.) Learn the facts and the plans so you can be s better climate advocate in the community.

#CHANGE THE DEBATE

On Wednesday, June 26, there will be a CHANGE THE DEBATE debate watch party from 7:00 to 9:45 p.m. at Hackberry's, 315 Fifth Avenue South. This is a follow up to and continuation of Sunrise Movement's push to make climate crisis THE 2020 presidential debate topic and pass a Green New Deal. More info is at the event site. Flyer coming soon. The event will begin with a Sunrise Movement video and the debate itself begins at 8 p.m. We don't know which candidates will appear on the 26th and which will be on the 27th, but this party is about more than watching the debate. Hope you can make it.

Monday, June 03, 2019

Climate Action

From Citizens Climate Lobby:

The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (H.R. 763) has been introduced into the House of Representatives and Citizens Climate Lobby is putting all of its efforts into getting this bill enacted into legislation. It has not yet been introduced into the Senate. We need both the House and Senate on board to put a market-based price on carbon emissions.

On June 11th, 1200 CCL volunteers who are attending CCL's June International Conference will be lobbying hundreds of Congressional offices in Washington, D.C. during CCL's Lobby Day.

On June 5th, CCL supporters will be lighting up the phones of every Congressional office prior to Lobby Day asking for support for the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act. WE NEED YOUR HELP.
  1. On Wednesday, June 5th, go to: cclusa.org/call. If you would like a text reminder to call June 5th, sign up at cclusa.org/text.
  2. Enter your street address and zip code.
  3. Follow the instructions and use the suggested calling scripts to make your calls and report them to CCL.
  4. If you can't get through during the day on June 5th, call in the evening and leave a message, or call June 6th.
It's that easy and your calls do make a difference!

REMINDER: La Crosse CCL Meeting


**Wednesday, June 12th**
6:30 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of La Crosse
401 West Ave S, La Crosse, WI


We are meeting in the conference room on the north side of the building.

Friday, May 31, 2019

June 1 Big Ideas

From MoveOn.org:

Thousands of MoveOn members and progressive movement organizers will be joining the Big Ideas Forum online watch party on Saturday, June 1 at 2:45 p.m. local time to hear Senator Cory Booker, Secretary Juli├ín Castro, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Senator Kamala Harris, Senator Amy Klobuchar, Congressman Beto O’Rourke, Senator Bernie Sanders, and Senator Elizabeth Warren share their big ideas to create an America where everyone can thrive, and answer questions submitted by MoveOn members around the country in a conversation with Karine Jean-Pierre and Stephanie Valencia.

The big ideas that movements and politicians champion have the ability to inspire the people power we need to fundamentally transform the political landscape, and inspire millions of people to take to the polls in 2020. These eight candidates have agreed to attend the MoveOn Big Ideas Forum—the first event of its kind in MoveOn's 20 year history—to pitch their big ideas to MoveOn members because they understand the power of the MoveOn community in the progressive movement, and the critical role MoveOn members will play in getting out the vote in 2020.

Click here to save your spot, and get the link to the event so you can also invite your family, friends, and activist communities!

There's a lot at stake, and we're looking to MoveOn members like you to join the watch party, share what you think of the candidates' big ideas, and help inform a progressive platform that can lead to victory in 2020. At the online watch party, you'll be able to share your thoughts and chat with MoveOn staff and MoveOn members from across the country.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Winona Dakota Unity Alliance Fundraiser

Hello to All Our Relations!

*** The WDUA is hosting a Chicken Dinner and Bake Sale fundraiser on Friday, May 31 from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm.  The dinner will be held at Broken World Records at 265 East Third Street in Winona. Grilled chicken, baked beans, potato salad, and a dinner roll with butter will be catered by Winona's own Steak Shop. Tickets are $9 and available at Broken World Records, from WDUA Board members, or you can email winonadakotaunityalliance.org or call 507-429-7368. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door and carry-outs will be available. No tickets are required to purchase items from the bake sale.

*** The 16th Annual Great Dakota Gathering and Wacipi will be held on August 23-25th, 2019. The date was moved up to coincide with the celebration of Winona LaDuke's 60th Birthday, which will also be held in Winona. A social jingle dance will occur on Sunday at 11 pm as part of the birthday celebration. We were invited by Honor the Earth (Winona LaDuke's foundation) to collaborate and mutually benefit from holding our celebrations on the same weekend. We are honored and happy to be a part of this.  All the usual events associated with the Gathering will occur, including the talk circle, learning tent, moccasin game, wacipi (dancing), drumming, storytelling around the sacred fire, and a Sunday spiritual ceremony.
*** The education day is tentatively being rescheduled for late October.  This will allow classroom teachers an opportunity to lay an educational foundation and prep for education day.  We are also in discussions for where best to host education day and provide for an inclement weather option.  
*** We are honored that SEMAC (Southeast MN Arts Council) has granted us $10,000 to help us put on the Gathering.  We are pursuing more grant opportunities.  If you have any ideas or any connection, please do not hesitate to contact us.

*** We are in need of volunteers to help us organize and work on the days of the Gathering.  If you are interested, please reply to this message.  We will be hosting training days before the Gathering for volunteers.
*** Our website is currently undergoing construction.  Information on the website will be limited until we complete our fixes.  Please connect with our Facebook page for up to date information, and we will continue to email news.
If you wish to support our mission, please send any donations to the address below:

Winona Dakota Unity Alliance
PO Box 393
Winona, MN 55987


Thursday, May 23, 2019

Friday Climate Die-In in Viroqua

As part of a world-wide effort to highlight the catastropic effects of climate crisis, Viroqua Climate Action will hold a CLIMATE DIE-IN on Friday, May 24 from 12:30 to 3:00 pm in at the intersection of Main and Court Streets in Viroqua.

Signs about CLIMATE CRISIS are welcome as well as signs highlighting possible mitigation of the worst effects like GREEN NEW DEAL.

Just this week another major report has been published showing that, once again, climate predictions, this time about sea level rise, have been too conservative. The report says that a rise of seven or eight feet, not three, will likely occur by 2100.

#FridaysForFuture #ClimateStrike youth-led actions have been going on around the world thanks to the inspirational action and leadership of Swedish high schooler Greta Thunberg.

Nothing has been organized in La Crosse as far as we know.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Need to impeach

The organization started by "billionaire Democratic megadonor" Tom Steyer to press for impeachment of D Trump has a new ad out. I couldn't agree more.


Sign the DKos petition to support Rep. Rashida Tlaib's resolution to begin an impeachment inquiry. 

Rep. Al Green makes the case on Democracy Now! today. 

Monday, May 13, 2019

May 18 - Talking Climate CRISIS

The TEDxUWLaCrosse Salon Series will present We’re doomed...maybe! So why aren’t we talking about our climate crisis? at the La Crosse Public Library Auditorium on Saturday, May 18, from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

The event opens with a presentation and group discussion facilitated by Dr. Casey Meehan, Sustainability Coordinator at Western Technical College.

At a TEDx Salon, attendees watch TED Talks, listen to speakers and have discussions about the talks they witnessed. Salons re-engage the audience in the presentation model through the critical element of lively discussions, allowing attendees to actively participate in the event and shape the conversation.
"Climate crisis may be the story of our times. We hear repeatedly from climate experts that humanity will suffer greatly if we don’t act soon, yet our everyday conversations remain remarkably void of discussions about climate change. Why? How might having regular discussions about climate with our friends, families, co-workers and neighbors move us toward the future we want? How do you broach such a fraught topic, and what do you talk about?" - Casey Merhan, Sustainability Institute
In this TEDxUWLaCrosse Salon participants will watch TED talks by Katharine Hayhoe and Per Espen Stoknes and will have the opportunity to reflect on, develop and practice sharing their own climate story--one grounded in lived experience where they are the experts.

This event is presented through a partnership between the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and the La Crosse Public Library.

Learn more at the library site.

Thursday, May 09, 2019

Historic Memorial Pool project nears completion

UPDATE: Due to predicted wet weather, this event will begin at 10 am at the Eagles Nest and run through NOON.



 $20,000 Donation & Taste of Campbell Road Event Announcements

The City of La Crosse Parks, Recreation, and Forestry Department, in partnership with the Veterans Memorial Pool Campaign (VMPC) and nine neighborhood businesses, proudly presents:  Taste of Campbell Rd – Business Open House and Pool Tours

On Saturday, May 18th from 9am-1pm the public is invited to a sneak peek of the Veterans Memorial Pool and to visit nine new and long-standing businesses that are nearby.  Stroll the neighborhood for a complimentary taste or gift at each business, to see the updated design renderings on display, and to take a tour of the pool facility under construction.  City staff and campaign volunteers will be available to share information and answer questions. 

A short kick-off presentation at 9am will provide an update on the project, what to expect this summer once the pool opens, and community fundraising campaign progress.  Additionally, the Veterans Memorial Pool Campaign will recognize several significant recent contributions including a generous $20,000 gift.

As with the Veterans Memorial Pool, persons of all ages, abilities, and from all areas of La Crosse are welcome!

For more information, contact (608) 492-4392 or VeteransMemorialPoolLAX@gmail.com.  Find additional information and updates regarding the VMPC on Facebook at “Veterans Memorial Pool Campaign La Crosse, WI” and MemorialPool.Org

Friday, May 03, 2019

Green New Deal Town Hall - May 7

Cross posted from Coulee Region Sierra Club

Green New Deal Town Hall announced for the Greater La Crosse region

La Crosse, WI -- La Crosse tri-state area students, community members, and local leaders will host a town hall for the region on Tuesday, May 7 at 6:00 p.m. at Hackberry's Bistro above the People's Food Co-op, 315 Fifth Avenue South, to launch the next phase of the campaign for the Green New Deal.

At the town hall, attendees will learn how a 10-year mobilization can avert the worse effects of climate change and create millions of good jobs, improving the lives of people in La Crosse and the region. 

This town hall will be one of over 300 similar events happening in classrooms, community centers, churches, and union halls across the country this spring as part of the national Road to a Green New Deal tour.

Co-sponsors of the event include the Coulee Region Sierra Club, La Crosse Peoples Food Co-op, La Crosse Area SURJ, and Coulee Region Climate Alliance. Other area sustainability leaders have been invited to participate. Speakers will highlight the urgent need to drastically reduce carbon emissions and create many new green jobs for all to help build a truly sustainable economy that improves all lives in the process. 

Speakers include:

  • Janette Dean, MN 350 Policy Action Team Member: Will give the latest updates on efforts in MN & other states in the Midwest to pass statewide Green New Deals.
  • Cathy Van Maren, Coulee Region Sierra Club Ready for 100 Team Member: Will share information about regional communities working on pledges to get 100% of energy needs 
  • from renewables as soon as possible
  • Peter Gorski, La Crosse Area SURJ member: Will talk about how the Green New Deal addresses historic and present environmental racism
  • Terrence Daniels, technology and environmental activist: Will report on climate activism  and how and why it's vital that individuals get involved


  • Invited: Nick Nichols, La Crosse County Sustainability Coordinator


· More to be announced

If your group or organization would like to speak or co-sponsor, please email crsierraclub@gmail.com subject=GNDTH

Read more at sunrisemovement.org/tour




Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Rigged screening May 9

Local Screening
Thursday, May 9, Rivoli Theater 6:30
What would happen if political operatives tried to subvert the sacred American principle of “one person, one vote?” What if they hatched and pursued that plan for years before anyone noticed what they were doing? That is the frightening tale told in a new feature documentary, Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook. Narrated by Jeffrey Wright, and shot during the chaotic 2016 election, the film identifies and unpacks a shrewd ten-part strategy developed by Republicans to suppress votes that would be cast against them.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Equal means equal

Janette writes,

TWO GREAT PIECES OF NEWS, friends & colleagues in the Coulee Region!
1) The La Crosse Tribune article on the front page on Friday shares why I and most Americans believe finishing ratification of the U.S. Equal Rights Amendment is so important. It also announces the free La Crosse Main Library auditorium screening of the film "Equal Means Equal" on Wednesday, May 1 at 5:30 p.m. (watch the trailer at the "FILM" link at: equalmeansequal.com). I will facilitate the Q&A on Weds., and please attend if you can.

2) We continue to raise awareness and work for completion of the Equal Rights Amendment into the Constitution which Congress passed on March 22, 1972. A full 37 of 38 states needed (3/4 of 50 states) have now ratified it, and Congress will have its first hearing April 30th at 10:00 a.m. EST after 36 years in the U.S. House Judiciary Committee at: https://judiciary.house.gov/ (has live YouTube links; also on CSPAN-1.
The U.S. House bill introduced by wonderful U.S. Representative Jackie Speier from California would also entirely lift the second and unnecessary 1982 deadline and has over 185 cosponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives, thanks to fair-minded House Democrats (incl. Reps. Ron Kind, Gwen Moore & Mark Pocan from WI and five from MN): https://www.congress.gov/…/house-joint-resolu…/38/. Republican Senators Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins are also equality-supporting cosponsors on the related Senate bill. WI and MN ratified the ERA in 1972 and 1973 and 38 states are required. NV & IL ratified it as the 36th and 37th states in 2017 & 2018.

Monday, April 22, 2019

This week in citizen action!

This Earth Week, please pledge to attend, participate, or host in at least one activity that will move our planet one eenth closer to a positive future. Check the calendar for a variety of options from learning about our childcare crisis and gun violence to voicing your opinions about climate change and institutional racism. Here are more details about a few of the activities coming this week:

It's VERY IMPORTANT that many Green New Deal supporters attend the Thursday, April 25 session with US Representative Ron Kind at 4:30 pm in room 3214 Centennial Hall, UWL. Rep. Kind has questions about whether or not an all out effort to avoid climate tipping points and limit the worst effects of catastrophic global warming is worth it. 


Afterward, get educated, Thursday, April 25 from 6 to 8 pm at Hackberry's Bistro, 315 Fifth Ave S. - The Death of Our Family Farm, a community conversation. Join us for dinner with members of the Voelker family, Wisconsin's Farmer's Union, and other farmers as we discuss the death of Wisconsin's family dairy farms. This discussion was prompted by a blog written by Abe Voelker. Please read it before you come if possible. Soup, salad, and bread provided. Donations accepted to help with event costs.

On Friday and Saturday, Take a Stand Against Racism and show your solidarity for immigrants. Stop by the SURJ table at Pearl Street Books from noon to 2:00 pm to take the Stand Against Racism pledge, test your knowledge with a sample citizenship test, learn facts related to common immigration myths and more.

Saturday is Neighbors Day. Sign up to help neighbors and clean up our community at the Habitat for Humanity website. Morning, afternoon, or all day shifts are available and lunch wiill be served at Myrick Park Center for those who help out.

Sunday is EARTH FAIR at Myrick Park from 11 am to 5 pm. This year, the hope is that it will be a ZERO WASTE event and there will b a ZERO WASTE INITIATIVE booth at the fair.