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Friday, March 22, 2019

More on Lobby Day

If you’ve never been to lobby day or you’re a longtime attendee, this year will be a special one. Be sure to register here! 

We’re honored to welcome Gov. Evers as we kick off this important day for Wisconsin’s environment. Since taking office, Gov. Evers has set a vision for safe drinking water and clean energy and he has proposed a state budget that prioritizes the environment in so many ways. We are thrilled that he will be able to talk directly with conservation leaders about his priorities.

This year’s afternoon sessions will include:

Fair Maps in Wisconsin
Sachin Chheda, chair of the Wisconsin Fair Maps Coalition, will discuss the consequences of partisan gerrymandering and the legislative proposal to fix the process and end map-rigging in Wisconsin forever.

How to Talk Persuasively to Those Who Don’t Already Agree with Us
Matt Rothschild, executive director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, will offer communication tips to use with your neighbors, co-workers, fellow congregants, and anyone else you know.

Responding to Threats from Sulfide Mining Expansion
Guy Reiter, community organizer and traditional Menominee living on the Menominee Reservation, will discuss efforts currently underway to stop the expansion of sulfide mining in Wisconsin, including the Back Forty project – a proposed mine in an area of great cultural significance to the Menominee Nation.

Clean Energy in Wisconsin
Kate Beaton, Wisconsin Conservation Voters western organizer and Eau Claire City Council member, and Heather Allen of RENEW will discuss local actions that are moving Wisconsin to 100 percent renewable energy. It’s a great opportunity to learn policy ideas and local organizing tips to usher in the clean energy era to your community.

More sessions are being finalized.

The lobby day experience is unique. You join hundreds of like-minded folks from across the state who share your concerns about our water, air, and land, and share your message directly with legislators.

A FREE BUS will leave from Tomah at about 7:30am. You must register in advance for the bus.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Citizen Action opportunities

Remember, you may vote Absentee In Person from now through Friday, March 29 (M-F, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm at City Hall if you're a City of La Crosse resident. Check your municipality clerk for details or look yourself up at myvote.wi.gov for details).

On Thursday, March 21, learn why we must be involved and vigilant and proactive. Hear Holocaust survivor Magda Brown at 7 pm at the Viterbo Fine Arts Center. The program is free and open to the public.

Over the weekend, attend the 11th Annual Grassroots Fest in Mazomanie on Saturday (many great guest speakers) OR canvass (door to door visiting with neighbors and/or leaving printed material) to help people learn about the very important race for Wisconsin Supreme Court justice. Sign up here for Saturday and here for Sunday.

On Tuesday, March 26, Grandview-Emerson Neighborhood Association (GENA) is hosting a City Council Candidate Forum at 6:30 p.m. at the Myrick Park Center. Council candidates for District 4--John Lash and Larry Sleznikow--as well as candidates for District 5--Samuel Grenier and Justice Weaver--will participate in a candidate forum sponsored by GENA and the UWL Student Association. The public is invited. Send any questions you would like the candidates to discuss to genalacrosse@gmail.com. Brief GENA meeting prior starting at 6:30pm.

On Wednesday, March 27, Wisconsin Conservation Voters is hosting hundreds of Wisconsinites from around the state for a Lobby Day at the state Capitol. Governor Tony Evers, who has declared 2019 the Year of Clean Water in Wisconsin will kick off the event. Anyone is welcome. There is a FREE BUS going to Madison from Tomah. YOU MUST SIGN UP TO SECURE A SPOT ON THE BUS.This is a very important event where individuals can make a real impact.

On Thursday, March 28, attend a state budget listening session at 5:30 pm at the Holmen Public Library with our local elected leaders (there will be another budget listening session on April 4 at 5:30 pm at the Northside Policing Center).

There's lots more coming up including several chances to advocate for action on catastrophic global warming and a clean environment. Watch the calendar for updates (a calendar-only view is available at tinyurl.com/cpdaily-calendar, too). Link and share (and share your events!


Monday, March 18, 2019

Vote today!

Absentee in person voting starts today for most in the Coulee Region and continues Monday through Friday until March 29. Check with your municipal clerk for details. In La Crosse, it's 8:30 am to 5:00 pm in the City Clerk's office, City Hall. Get details about your ballot, voting place,  and more at myvote.wi.govElection day is Tuesday April 2.

Canvassing is going on this coming weekend to make people aware of this important Wisconsin Supreme Court election. Please sign up for one or more shifts. Use this link for Saturday, March 23 and this one for Sunday, March 24. Many many people don't know anything about this very important election or think it's not "big" enough for them to bother with. We need to educate and motivate!

Judge Lisa Neubauer has the support of more than 300 judges. Brian Hagedorn worked for Scott Walker.

A new team has stepped forward to run for leadership of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin (DPW). Rep. David Bowen, Wisconsin's only Bernie superdelegate in 2016 and current DPW 1st vice-chair, is running for chair on a ticket with Tammy Wood, currently chair of Sauk County Dems and vice chair of the DPW Progressive caucus, and Alicia LortaBen Wikler, former DC director of MoveOn.org is also heading a team running for party leadership.

The DPW will use Ranked Choice Voting for its leadership elections this year. To vote on state party leadership, you must be a DPW member and delegate and you must attend the state convention in Milwaukee on June 1-2. If you'd like more info on getting involved to advocate for progressive leaders, policies, and candidates in Wisconsin, please email.




Thursday, March 14, 2019

Is there a climate March Friday?

Where are local student climate activists? Is there any action Friday?


Ron Kind listening session Monday 3/18

Kind listening session Monday, March 18 at 2 pm in room 401 of Western TC Integrated Technology Center, 325 8th St. N.

He's still not backing Green New Deal, Medicare for All, or Net Neutrality. (If you want to prepare for all the silly net neutrality arguments, this is a good primer.)

There will still be people outside the 5 pm birthday fundraiser at 4 Sisters, 100 Harborview Plaza in case you can't get to the 2 pm session.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Actions for March 16-18

Over the weekends of March 16-17 and March 23-24, you may be interested in helping with canvassing to educate voters about candidates and issues and to get out the vote. Follow the links to sign up for a shift on Saturday, March 16 or on Sunday, March 17

On Monday, March 18, City of La Crosse and other area residents may begin voting absentee in person. If you're not sure, contact your municipality's clerk. In La Crosse, voting occurs between 8:30 am and 5 pm Monday through Friday through March 29 in the City Clerk's office in City Hall. If you need to register or update your registration, you may do that at the clerk's office. Be sure to bring your voter ID. 

This is a statewide election for Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice. Judge Lisa Neubauer has been endorsed by more than 300 state judges and former judges and has never worked for Scott Walker. Her opponent, Brian Hagedorn, who was legal counsel to Scott Walker has such extreme views that even the Wisconsin Realtors Association withdrew their support. La Crosse County voters will also find a Fair Maps referendum on their ballots: "Should the Wisconsin legislature create a nonpartisan procedure for the preparation of legislative and congressional district plans and maps?"

At 5 pm, Rep. Ron Kind will have a birthday fundraiser at 4 Sisters, 100 Harborview Plaza in downtown La Crosse (PAC Host: $2500 | PAC Attend: $1000). Rep. Kind still has not signed on to either Green New Deal (nor rescheduled the missed meeting with GND supporters) or Medicare for All legislation. In addition, Kind is the only Wisconsin "Democratic" legislator to not yet have a position on the Democrats' Net Neutrality bill, according to battleforthenet.com.

What can you do? Call Kind's office and let him know how you want him to vote. Consider attending the event if you can afford it or join some folks who might be outside the event with Green New Deal and Medicare for All (and even SAVE THE NET!) signs.

At 6:30, the La Crosse County Democratic Party will hold its monthly meeting at the Ho-Chunk Nation Three Rivers House, 8th and Main. We believe Ben Wikler, former Washington DC director of moveon.org, will be at this meeting. He is running to become chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. Wikler has worked and volunteered for Ed Garvey, Russell Feingold, Tammy Baldwin, and Al Franken among others. His plan is too "boost Wisconsin's grassroots." You do not need to be a member to attend the meeting, but you may join online or at the meeting if you'd like to have a say in how and who Democrats pick to run for office.


Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Get active!

There are many opportunities coming up to get active and continue to support and push progressive programs and policies. 


On Friday, March 8 there will be a legislative forum on the state budget on the UWL Campus featuring several area legislators. The event is free and open to all and will be in room 3314 UWL Student Union (take the #4 bus) from 2 to 3:30 p.m. 

Also on Friday, an informal meet and greet with Governor Evers at the Bodega from 5 to 6:30 pm will give folks the chance to meet our new governor. (There is a suggested donation on the flyer but YOU DO NOT NEED TO DONATE ANYTHING IN ORDER TO ATTEND!!!)  

On Saturday, March 9 the Progressive Caucus of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin (DPW) will meet from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells. Guest speakers will include Nate Timm, the DPW Rural Caucus chair and a leader with the Wisconsin Grassroots Network; Ben Wikler, who is running for chair of DPW (and any other official candidates are also invited), and Ernie Lowe who will discuss strategies for environmental action. In addition, caucus committees will have time to meet and prepare for the coming elections. 

[On Sunday, March 10, daylight savings time begins.]

On Thursday, March 14, at 10 am in Town of Holland Town Hall, there will be a public hearing hosted by the DNR about a water permit for Babcock Genetics, Inc., a La Crosse County CAFO.

On Thursday at 6 p.m. in City Hall, the La Crosse City Council will take up the resolution to ban bicycle lanes on Gillette Street that was not approved at this week's Judiciary and Administration Committee. Email the council, call your own representative, and show up at the meeting if you can (public hearings are not usually held at City Council meetings). 

There are many other events happening, too. Check the calendar for more.

In addition, two important bills are still seeking (local) co-sponsors. 

The GREEN NEW DEAL is legislation that will begin a framework to address catastrophic global warming. So far, the only Wisconsin co-sponsor is Rep. Mark Pocan. Contact Rep. Ron Kind and Senators Baldwin and Johnson to make your views known.

MEDICARE FOR ALL legislation has also been introduced recently. This article points out that 130 House Democrats have not yet signed on as co-sponsors and it lists those members' health care and big pharma contributions. Unfortunately, Rep Ron Kind is on this list.




Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Gov. Evers Meet & Greet Friday

Governor Tony Evers will be in La Crosse on Friday and will host a meet and greet from about 5:00 until 6:30 pm. Location is BODEGA BREW PUB. Donations to help pay for security will be accepted but NOT required. This is the first such event by the governor since he took office in January.

La Crosse County turned out for Evers in November. More than 85% of voters cast ballots and the Evers/Barnes ticket received more than 56% of the votes.


Thursday, February 28, 2019

Citizen Action Required!

[UPDATE: The J&A committee voted against the resolution 4 to 3 but the issue will come before the full council on Thursday, March 14 at 6 pm at City Hall. Please email all council members and call you own council member and come to the March 14 meeting if you can (no public hearing is scheduled). And, while you're at it, please advocate for *real* protected and separated with physical barriers from moving traffic bike lanes not just magic paint.]

You may know that the city wishes to improve bicycle infrastructure on the north side and that the Gillette Street plan includes removing a few blocks of parking on one side of the street to allow for a bike lane (and I think we're just talking paint and not a real protected bike lane). 

If you attended or heard about the meeting on the Clinton Street bridge bike improvements a while back you will know that there is a contingent of residents for whom a bike lane is the very worst thing that could ever exist in the universe and no energy will be spared to cry and wail and carry on to stop it.


So now there's a new plan to ensure no safe biking on Gillette Street 


And that's where we come in. Please check out this silly resolution and if you can, attend the J&A meeting and also email the whole council about what is most important here (Banning bike lanes is not it.) Council@cityoflacrosse.org

Judiciary & Administration Committee
Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 6:00 p.m., Council Chambers City Hall


Resolution prohibiting bike lane construction on Gillette Street from Rose Street to Onalaska Avenue. (Council Rep Scott Neumeister who represents District 2 and is running unopposed for re-election is the sponsor of the resolution).

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Thursday - Budget watch

Governor Evers' Budget Address Watch Party
La Crosse for People Powered Democracy
On Thursday evening (2/28/2019), Governor Evers will make his 2019 Budget Address. 

Citizen Action of Wisconsin has invited watch parties all around our state. So far, there are eleven set up. We have one happening at our very own 

La Crosse Main Public Library, 800 Main Street
starting at 6:00 pm on Thursday
Please come and join with us  

Citizen Action is particularly concerned about achieving Badgercare Expansion for Wisconsin. This is an opportunity to learn more about this political action and to think about how we can help Governor Evers achieve the benefit of Medicaid Expansion for our state. 

If for no other reason, come and join with us to hear our governor speak, knowing that we are working together to make democracy happen.  None of us is alone in this effort because it only works when we work together. 

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Ready for the future

Yes.

And


PROJECT ID is a 501(c)(3) that, "helps individuals obtain government-issued photo identification for the purposes of voting, obtaining employment, securing housing, and so much more.”

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Wednesday Kind meeting is cancelled

We just received word that Ron Kind is cancelling his Feb. 20 morning meeting with Green New Deal supporters due to weather concerns. As soon as this meeting is rescheduled we will let you know.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Wednesday Ron Kind location & Enduring Families

Student Union 2310 at 10:45 to 11:15 am. Meet with Rep. Ron Kind about Green New Deal on Wednesday, Feb. 20.

And after, please attend the noon Interfaith Community Conversations with guest Denise Christy talking about the Enduring Families project. Use link for more info and to register in advance for lunch.


Sunday, February 17, 2019

Kathleen Vinehout home destroyed by fire

A fundraising page has been set up for former state senator and gubernatorial candidate Kathleen Vinehout whose home was totally destroyed by fire on Saturday. The family is safe but they have lost everything.

Unfortunately, if you are not on FB you can't get to the donation page. Here is the link.

You can mail checks made out to Kathleen Vinehout for hand-delivery directly to:




Friday, February 15, 2019

FEBRUARY 20 - Ron Kind

We've just learned that 

Rep. Ron Kind will meet with local advocates of the Green New Deal on Wednesday morning, February 20, between 10:45 and 11:15 a.m. on the UWL campus 

(exact location will be posted here as soon as it's available).


We are asking ALL local GND supporters to show up to this meeting. 
then email couleeprogressive@hotmail.com to get them for delivery

If you need to educate yourself about the scope, purpose, and priorities of the GND, read about it at Sunrise Movement, Sierra Club, 350.org, Union of Concerned Scientists, and many others. New co-sponsors are signing on every day. As of now, there are 84 co-sponsors in the House (not Ron Kind yet) and 11 in the Senate.

Here are a few good articles about it:From Wired: The Green New Deal Shows How Grand Climate Politics Can Be
From The Intercept: The Battle Lines Have Been Drawn on the Green New Deal (by Naomi Klein)
From the Atlantic: The Democratic Party Wants to Make Climate Policy Exciting

A poll conducted late last year by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication found that 81% of voters favor the GND including 59% of Republicans (see The Green New Deal has Strong Bipartisan Support)

To see what the opposition looks like, read just about any day's La Crosse Tribune Opinion page. There's a bottomless pit of patronizing, climate-denying pundits (and cartoonists) working to defeat this pledge to finally take the threat of catastrophic global warming seriously and work to do something about it by calling supporters naive, crazy, radical, out of touch, and worse.

We say, the ones who really are crazy, radical, and out of touch are those who compare saving the planet for future generations to a "magic pony ride."

From Data for Progress 







Thursday, February 14, 2019

Friday - Hate Has No Business Here

Show your support for our neighbors at Bullet Cab on Friday. Their property was defaced with racist graffiti earlier this week. This is a peaceful show of support for our cooperative, diverse, caring community. The gathering at 2001 State Road will happen between 9 and 11 am and is co-sponsored by many groups.


Monday, February 11, 2019

In a nutshell. ..

Tom Tomorrow is a genius.

Remember to PRINT and CIRCULATE the Green New Deal petition. Bring the signed documents to the Ron Kind listening session next week (event postponed. Will update when new event details confirmed).

And attend the Medicare for All barnstorm if you can at 6 pm at All Star Lanes in La Crosse on Feb 12.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Healthy People, Healthy Planet - part 2

Last week's Progresstival highlighted the need for citizen action on two fundamental issues - fighting castastrophic global warming and working to change our biased and broken healthcare system.

On Friday, a group of citizens met with Rep. Ron Kind's La Crosse aide, urging Kind's co-sponsorship of the Green New Deal, a strong first step to systematically address carbon emissions, crumbling and outdated infrastructure, environmental justice, energy deficits, quality meaningful employment, and past and current injustice and inequity in our most fundamental systems.

We learned that Ron Kind will be at a La Crosse listening session around Feb 20 EVENT POSTPONED (new details coming) and this will give us a second chance to make our concerns known. Please get, print, and circulate the petition (print on BOTH sides of the page!) asking Rep. Kind and Senator Tammy Baldwin to join the (so far) 64 US Representatives and nine US Senators who are already signed on as cosponsors. Make a copy of filled pages and save them for an upcoming (details tba) event at Senator Baldwin's office. Bring the originals to the Kind listening session (or email and we'll pick them up to deliver with others). And you can always call or email Kind's office.

We also need to keep up the pressure to pass Medicare for All legislation. It's supported by a majority of Americans (even Republicans). The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) may have been a necessary (compromised) first step, but clearly Republican attacks, rollback of support, and lack of enforcement show it's not good enough.

Medical bankruptcy is still common, most Americans are one medical emergency away from financial ruin, the divide is growing between those who can and those who can't afford the increasing co-pays, deductibles, out of pockets, and other personal expenses, and rural systems are crumbling. And our broken system is twice as expensive as those of our peers.

Attend a barnstorm (2/12 in La Crosse) to learn hiw you can help and/or contact Ron Kind.

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

We NEED a Green New Deal


Join local students, parents, seniors, workers, and business owners FRIDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY 8  at 9:45 a.m. at the office of US Representative Ron Kind (205 Fifth Avenue S, La Crosse) to deliver a letter urging him to CO-SPONSOR and SUPPORT GREEN NEW DEAL LEGISLATION

"For too long, fossil fuel executives and the politicians they bankroll have actively sowed doubt among the public about climate change to protect their power and profits. All the while, Indigenous peoples, communities of color, and low-income families around the world suffer the worst impacts of pollution and the climate crisis.

"Scientific experts have sounded a clear alarm: our window for action to prevent catastrophic climate change is quickly closing. That’s why we’re calling on elected leaders like you to fight for the bold, just climate solutions we need — before our communities and the planet run out of time.


"We need bold solutions to protect communities on the frontlines of the climate crisis — not big polluters’ profits. We need real climate leadership. We need a Green New Deal."

Endorsed by more than 640 non profit groups, the letters for GND action stresses the need to
  • Halt all new fossil fuel extraction, infrastructure, and subsidies, and transition power generation to 100% renewable energy by 2035 or sooner
  • Rapidly decarbonize the agriculture and transportation sectors, and expand access to public transportation.
  • Ensure a fair and just transition led by impacted workers and communities, including low income and communities of color, without relying on corporate schemes or market-based mechanisms
  • Uphold Indigenous rights
  • Pass a national jobs guarantee, creating good jobs with collective bargaining and family-sustaining wages.
ALL ARE INVITED to join this event to show support for moving from fossil fuels to renewable energy as quickly as possible!

If you come, TAKE THE BUS! Most MTU buses will arrive at the downtown Grand River Transit Center at 9:40 am. It's just a block or so from there to the office building at 205 Fifth Avenue South.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

See you Saturday! Progresstival 2019

You're invited!

 

Plan to attend, get informed, get motivated, and fill your calendar with ways to get active!

This year's schedule:
1:00 pm   Activist Fair
3:30         Speakers
4:00         Break out groups - discussion/planning
5:30         Clean up
6:00         End

Our home grown speakers will include Dr. Mark Neumann, MD, a pediatician at Gundersen Health  System who heads the Medicare for All WI 3rd CD initiatve and Kathy Allen, a Natural Resources specialist and vice chair of the Coulee Region Sierra Club leading the local Ready for 100 initiative.

As usual, we'll have potluck snacks, tea and coffee, cold drinks available for purchase at the bar, and music.

Your donation at the door ($0-$10) will help us pay for the event.

Visit the event page for a list of all the great organizations who will be there to let you know how you can work toward this year's Progresstival theme: HEALTHY PEOPLE, HEALTHY PLANET!

Saturday, January 26, 2019

The house is on fire

[Cross posted from Coulee Region Sierra Club]



"Adults keep saying, 'We owe it to the young people to give them hope.' But I don't want your hope. I don't want you to be hopeful. I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. And then I want you to act. I want you to act as you would in a crisis. I want you to act as if the house was on fire. Because it is."

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Tonight CALL IN for Dem Party listening session

The DPW listening session in Eau Claire is still on for tonight and there is a conference call option. At 7:30 pm, call 605-472-5523. When prompted, enter the access code 705197.

Thursday Transit Advocates Open House

[Cross posted from La Crosse Area Transit Advocates]

Hope you can make it! We'll also have info about how to officially join LATA at this event (and door prizes).


Note: Because of remodeling at the co-op, grab and go items won't be available. But Deli counter and meat department are open with soups and sandwiches and the weekly hot special available as usual, along with the pastries and salads.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Tuesday listening session cancelled

The Democratic Party of Wisconsin is postponing the listening session that was scheduled for Tuesday, January 22 because a major snowstorm is predicted on Tuesday. They will reschedule.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

USPS service to target election mailings

Guy pointed to a great article on Overcome the GOP, a Wisconsin blog. The poster discusses how the grassroots can use a direct marketing tool developed by the US Postal Service to do cost effective mailings to educate and activate voters. Read all about it at Target ALL the neighbors of a WI Assembly Rep you want unelected.

-- snip --

One tool which is available to you is the U.S. Postal Service “Every-Door Direct Mail” system. This is the system that brings you, via postal workers, coupons for this, that and the other thing, without even having your name and full address on the postcard. 


-- snip --

 

Monday, January 14, 2019

Sen. Ron Johnson Tele Town Hall Wednesday

Kathy sent info about a "tele-town hall" with Sen. Ron Johnson on Wednesday, January 16 at 2 p.m.

Sign up here:
https://www.ronjohnson.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/telephone-town-hall-signup

The way these have worked in the past is that you sign up and then *they* call *you* at about 2 pm. You MUST answer the robo call or you will not get in. So, if the pasta is boiling over, if the cat has knocked over a gallon of water onto your freshly refinished hardwood floor, if the baby has fallen out of her crib, answer the phone FIRST or you will not get in.

If you do not answer the robo call, you are OUT. There is no call in number if you miss the call. Game Over.

But if you DO answer, your participation is not assured because if some robo glitch occurs up front that knocks you off the call -- beep-beep-beep-beep -- then you are now OUT. Game Over.

But if no robo glitch occurs up front, and I can only describe the one time I've made it this far in the game, then you will hear Sen Ron Johnson giving his interpretation of events. If you can stomach that, you might be on your way to tele-town hall victory. But ... if it's making you ill, don't worry.  You may experience what I did. After about two minutes of alternate facts, a glitch knocked me out. Game Over.

I believe there may be opportunites for people who don't get knocked out of the game to ask questions but given the set up, I can imagine that pre-arranged approved questioners are allowed in and real constituents are not. But that's just a guess as I've never made it that far.

You could also try calling his offices daily to ask why if a foreign power knocks out the Fish and Wildlife Service, IRS, food safety, TSA, and countless other vital services, it's an aggressive act, but if Republicans do it by failing to pass funding bills, it's not. But, even then, it's probable you'll get only an answering machine. Game Over.

DC office: 202 224-5323
Oshkosh:  920 230-7250
Madison: 608 240-9626






Friday, January 11, 2019

Waking Up White collaborative

Please consider supporting and participating in this new collaborative headed by Thomas Harris. 

The idea of the collaborative is to open a community dialogue broadening our understanding of history and how white culture has affected our country through systemic racism and people's personal, often unconscious, racist attitudes and actions.

You can one of the organizational meetings to learn more about a community collaborative.

These initial meetings are to develop partnerships to coordinate a learning initiative which will help coordinate group reads and discussions of the book Waking Up White by Debby Irving and will culminate in hosting a regional one and a half day White Privilege Symposium in 2020 featuring Debby as one of the keynote speakers.

We welcome everyone to join us. Spread the word to others who would be passionate about participating!

Please plan to ATTEND ONE of three organizational meetings held at the La Crosse Public Library Auditorium at 800 Main Street in La Crosse:
  • Thursday, Jan. 31 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm 
  • Tuesday, Feb. 5 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm 
  • Thursday, Feb. 7 from 9:00 to 10:30 am
For more information, please contact LaXWakingUpWhite@gmail.com or call 608 780-7153. Post and share this flyer:

Monday, January 07, 2019

Call now - no more biz til shutdown ends


Call now. No more biz til the shutdown ends.

From Ezra Levin:

Here's how to help pressure McConnell to end the shutdown:

1) Call the Senate switchboard: 202 224-2131 and ask for one of your senators
2) Tell the staffer you want your senator to vote AGAINST the motion to proceed on S. 1 and everything else until McConnell agrees to a budget vote.
3) Repeat with your other senator.

Thursday, January 03, 2019

DPW Listening Session in La Crosse

THIS SESSION HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO PREDICTED SNOWSTORM. It may be rescheduled at a later date.

The Democratic Party of Wisconsin will hold a number of listening sessions over the coming weeks to get feedback on what worked and what didn’t this election cycle. If you had any interaction with the Party or coordinated campaign this cycle, please plan to attend and have your thoughts heard! The DPW wants to put the strongest operation in place for 2020.

Tuesday, January 22 in La Crosse
4:00 - 5:30 pm at Ho-Chunk Three Rivers House, 8th & Main, La Crosse

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Should the city dictate who may and may not live together

Should the government dictates who may and may not live in a house? Is it really a property value thing? What if you can't afford to buy a $100,000+ house? Will certain neighborhoods be off limits?  Public input session coming up about a proposed pilot program in Grandview Emerson and Weigent Hogan neighborhoods.

Special January Joint Meeting with Weigent Hogan 
The City Wants Our Input!
The conversion of owner occupied, single family homes to rental properties in the WHNA and GENA neighborhoods has increased significantly in the last few years. Between 2013 and 2016, 12.5% of the owner-occupied homes were converted to rentals. The city is concerned about this trend as rental properties often lose value over time, the value of adjacent homes can be negatively impacted and neighborhood parking issues often arise. 
Join us January 14th at 6:30 PM at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall at 401 West Ave for our continuing discussion with City Planner Jason Gilman regarding a pilot the city is proposing in the WHNA and GENA neighborhoods. These 2 neighborhoods were chosen because of the high number of recent single-family home conversions.  The pilot would reduce the “unrelated rule” in the city’s ordinance from allowing 3 unrelated persons to live in a home to allowing 2 unrelated persons to live in the home.
The City wants our input!  The city’s goal here is to encourage single family home ownership and stabilize neighborhoods. The ordinance change would be paired with Community Development low-interest, partially forgivable loans for rehabbing rentals back to owner-occupied homes and targeted planning for multifamily housing.
A list of points to consider about the proposed change to the unrelated rule can be located here.

Call NOW

This is one reason we need a new Dem party and here's another about The Perils of Pay Go (from Climate Hawks Vote).

Tomorrow, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on its Rules package for the 116th Congress. Currently, a misguided pay-as-you-go (or pay-go) provision is included in the package, which would limit progressives’ ability to tackle climate justice and pass a Green New Deal.


Pay-go was hatched up by conservatives to tie the government’s hands and limit the ability to pass smart investments that will make Americans’ lives better. Republicans demand that Democrats’ proposals conform to pay-go -- but ignore their rules when it benefits big corporations (remember the tax scam bill that blew a hole in the deficit?) Pay-go could kill a Green New Deal package before it even gets a shot.

These times call for bold action and flexibility to do what’s necessary -- not kowtowing to corporate special interests and Republican talking points. The House can write and pass deficit-neutral measures -- but the pay-go rule means that Democrats are disarming before beginning to fight.

Progressives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ro Khanna have already signaled that they will vote NO on Pay-Go. With the new Congress getting sworn in tomorrow, Democrats have an opportunity to fight for the progressive agenda on which they campaigned. We must demand that they follow through on those campaign promises.