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.

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