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Monday, May 25, 2020

Watch, Learn, Take Action

Reposting this very important info from the Fair Maps Coalition. The hyperpartisan gerrymandering accomplished by minority Republicans after the 2010 census has set the stage for minority rule for a long, long time. For 2020, the GOP recently announced it was doubling (from $10 to $20 million) its budget to fight against vote-by-mail. The *resident attacks mail-in voting while Republicans are nearing their goal of killing off the Post Office (by October, some figure), and the Republican/white nationalist backed Corona Cry Baby "freedom-to-spread-the-virus" rallies plus a fragile, old, hackable, electronic voting system illustrate the the enormity of waterfall in our path.

Watch the movie and sign up for the May 30 webinar. This is not a test.




Dear Friend,

We hope you and your family are doing all right. In the face of this global health crisis, we are reminded that what we each do has a deep effect not just on our families, friends and neighbors but on the health of our communities, our nation and, ultimately, everyone in the world.

What’s true about the coronavirus pandemic is true for our democracy: What we do, and how we work to change public policies, reverberates in our communities and affects our lives in tangible ways. We need to make the lessons of this crisis into a turning point in the fight for a better world that ensures fair and free elections to safeguard the health and well-being of our families, communities and the planet.

In the spirit of creating a better world out of this chaos, we've proclaimed May 24 - May 30 as "Fair Maps Week." As part of the festivities, the Wisconsin Fair Maps Coalition, All On The  Line, and the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign are inviting you to view Slay the Dragon for free and in the comfort of your own home.  

Slay the Dragon is an incredible movie that highlights gerrymandering travesties and gives concrete ways to end them. The movie follows everyday people, outraged by what they see as an attack on the core democratic principle that every person’s vote should count equally.  
Once you’ve watched, come talk with us! Join special guests for a panel discussion on Slay the Dragon and how we have the power to end partisan gerrymandering in Wisconsin on Saturday, May 30 at 4pm CST.  
Panelists include:
  •     Carlene Bechen, Wisconsin Voices Fair Maps organizer
  •     Katie Fahey, Voters Not Politicians  
  •     Fabi Maldonado, LatinX Racine County Board Supervisor  
  •     Hans Breitenmoser, Lincoln County Dairy Farmer
We look forward to ending partisan gerrymandering in Wisconsin with you.  
Talk soon,
Wisconsin Fair Maps Coalition 
P.S.  If you have questions or concerns about registering for your free viewing and tuning in to the Facebook live event on May 30th, please contact holly@fairelectionsproject.org.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Free movie during Fair Maps Week (Thanks, WisDC!)

From Wisconsin Democracy Campaign
 

Dear Friend,
 
We hope you and your family are doing all right. In the face of this global health crisis, we are reminded that what we each do has a deep effect not just on our families, friends and neighbors but on the health of our communities, our nation and, ultimately, everyone in the world.


What’s true about the coronavirus pandemic is true for our democracy: What we do, and how we work to change public policies, reverberates in our communities and affects our lives in tangible ways. We need to make the lessons of this crisis into a turning point in the fight for a better world that ensures fair and free elections to safeguard the health and well-being of our families, communities and the planet.


In the spirit of creating a better world out of this chaos, we've proclaimed May 24 - May 30 as "Fair Maps Week." As part of the festivities, the Wisconsin Fair Maps Coalition, All On The Line, and the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign are inviting you to view Slay the Dragon for free and in the comfort of your own home.  


Slay the Dragon is an incredible movie that highlights gerrymandering travesties and gives concrete ways to end them. The movie follows everyday people, outraged by what they see as an attack on the core democratic principle that every person’s vote should count equally.  




Once you’ve watched, come talk with us! Join special guests for a panel discussion on Slay the Dragon and how we have the power to end partisan gerrymandering in Wisconsin on Saturday, May 30 at 4pm CST.  


Panelists include:

  •     Carlene Bechen, Wisconsin Voices Fair Maps organizer
  •     Katie Fahey, Voters Not Politicians  
  •     Fabi Maldonado, LatinX Racine County Board Supervisor  
  •     Hans Breitenmoser, Lincoln County Dairy Farmer



We look forward to ending partisan gerrymandering in Wisconsin with you.  


Talk soon,

Wisconsin Fair Maps Coalition 

P.S.  If you have questions or concerns about registering for your free viewing and tuning in to the Facebook live event on May 30th, please contact holly@fairelectionsproject.org.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Citizen Action leads response to WI Supreme Court decision

For Immediate Release: May 14, 2020
Contact: Robert Kraig, (414) 322-5324, robert.kraig@citizenactionwi.org

Supreme Court Shifts Life & Death Responsibility for Pandemic onto Legislature

What the state now must do to save lives and successfully open the economy is clear: will the GOP Legislature start doing its job?

Statewide: GOP legislative leaders may think they won a victory in their campaign to strip powers from Governor Evers, but they have actually shifted an immense burden of moral responsibility to themselves. The moral of the story for one Aesop’s fables encapsulates the moment: Be careful what you wish for, less it comes true.
The scientific consensus is overwhelming on how to best save lives, and restore the level of public confidence necessary to safely re-open the economy. Now the leaders of the Legislature have a choice: actually cooperate with Governor Evers to do the hard work of quickly implementing an effective response, or continue their campaign of obstruction and face the moral and political consequences for the human and economic toll.
By their very acts of publicly undermining the Governor’s popular emergency measures, and inducing the Wisconsin Supreme Court majority to render one of the most divisive and nakedly partisan decisions in Wisconsin history, they have made the task harder by prematurely ending state-wide social distancing without any back up plan, and undermining the social unity and commitment to norms necessary to contain a pandemic.
Because the Evers Administration took bold necessary action, and the millions of Wisconsinites who followed the directives voluntarily, no matter what the personal and economic sacrifice, Wisconsin made tremendous progress over the last 6 weeks in reducing the rate of infection. According to the CEO of the Medical College, Wisconsin has the reproduction rate  (the number of additional people each Covid positive person infects) down to 1.0, the minimum for moving to more targeted virus containment strategies. But if the reproduction rate increases even slightly, to 1.1 or higher, the virus will within a few weeks begin spreading out of control. 
We are in danger of losing all these hard won gains if the Legislature does not immediately fund, to whatever scale is necessary, a robust targeted containment strategy. There is an overwhelming scientific consensus, being pursued by the most effective pandemic responses around the globe, on what must be done to contain the pandemic and safely re-open the economy. There is no choice between public health and the economy. The economy will not bounce back until Wisconsinites feel safe, regardless of what politicians tell them to do.
  • Fill the containment gap created by the sudden and premature ending of mandated social distancing with a well resourced and targeted approach that is capable of identifying and isolating new pockets of infection as soon as they emerge. This includes:
    • Universal and rapid testing that reaches asymptomatic Wisconsinites and is immediately available in all at risk public and business locations.
    • A massive ramp up in contract tracing which means hiring thousands of new public health workers.
    • A medical surveillance system capable of rapidly intervening and isolating all of the new hotspots identified through testing and contact tracing.
  • Free testing and treatment are a necessity because of cost barriers which are unique to the unique profit-centered American health care system. Without an enforced guarantee of no out of pocket costs, hundreds of thousands of Wisconites will avoid testing and treatment, even if they have COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Reinforce the norm of social distancing in all public interactions. In Wisconsin, there is much damage to repair. The mixed messages and the divide and conquer politics must end. GOP leaders must join Governor Evers in reinforcing this social ethic and dispense with their divisive rhetoric of oppression and liberation. The Supreme Court majority did the opposite in their divisive and dog-whistle racism oral arguments.
  • Create enforceable safety requirements for all workplaces. Workers cannot be forced to choose between their health and their livelihoods. (The WMC’s preferred voluntary standards will not work, and were immediately violated by some taverns the evening of the Supreme Court ruling)
These core elements of effective and effective pandemic containment are not just Citizen Action’s position, this is an overwhelming consensus of public health experts and responsible elected leaders across the globe. Some of these items will cost money, and if the majority of the Legislature will not invest the necessary resources, whatever it takes, the costs of inaction will be astronomical. The stakes could not be higher as Dr. Rick Bright, the former Director of Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority testified in Congress today: “Without clear planning and implementation of the steps that I and other experts have outlined, 2020 will be the darkest winter in modern history.” 
Wisconsin has done it before. In 1918, when there were three major parties and as much partisan contention as today, Wisconsinites pulled together to take unified action on the worst pandemic in our history.  “Wisconsin was the only state in the nation to meet the crisis with uniform, statewide measures that were unusual both for their aggressiveness and the public’s willingness to comply with them.”
“We have entered a season of consequences. In a pandemic success depends on elected leaders putting aside the divisions of normal politics and pulling together to take effective and decisive action,” said Robert Kraig, Executive Director of Citizen Action of Wisconsin. “The GOP leadership of the Legislature got what it wanted, and stripped the Governor of much of his power to lead in this crisis. The onus of responsibility now falls squarely on their shoulders. It is our hope that they will elevate their leadership to the demands of the challenge we face, and work in concert with Governor Evers to do not what is politically convenient but what is required to save lives.”

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Questioning: Capital in the Twenty-First Century

Capital in the Twenty-First Century

Cast
Thomas Piketty

Crew
Directed by Justin Pemberton

Following theater closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we'll be giving Capital in the Twenty-First Century a virtual theatrical release and sharing revenue with independent theaters across the country. Scroll down to find a theater near you to support in these uncertain times.
Based on the international bestseller by rock-star economist Thomas Piketty (which sold over three million copies worldwide and landed Piketty on Time's list of most influential people), this captivating documentary is an eye-opening journey through wealth and power, a film that breaks the popular assumption that the accumulation of capital runs hand in hand with social progress, and shines a new light on today’s growing inequalities. Traveling through time, the film assembles accessible pop-culture references coupled with interviews of some of the world’s most influential experts delivering an insightful and empowering journey through the past and into our future.
Starting May 1, view the film online and support local indie theaters. And on Sunday, May 3 attend a live roundtable with Thomas Piketty, Gillian Tett, and Ian Bremmer on at 10:00 a.m. hosted by The New Republic.






Monday, April 20, 2020

50th Annual Earth Day

April 22 marks the 50th annual Earth Day. The first was envisioned by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson as a teach-in about environmental degradation. You can read a good history of the event at the Earth Day 2020 website. Most importantly, a dozen or so strong environmental bills and agencies came from the awareness raised by this national wake-up call.

In 1970, the fear was poison in the air and water and pollution. If we stopped using DDT and lead, the environment could recover. If we started recycling plastic, it wouldn't end up in waterways and roadsides. We could change and change would make a difference.


This year, it's different. In addition to all the 1970 concerns, because gains against greed are never fully won, we have now to deal with mass extinction and the climate crisis

And we have the coronavirus so we must find different ways to continue our Earth advocacy. 

However, we have to find a way not just to commemorate Earth Day but to dedicate our efforts to making the major changes needed to reduce carbon emissions and slow the rise of global heating. We all need to get it this time. It's not just changing a light bulb. It's removing a natural gas heating system. It's replacing a fossil fueled vehicle. It's rethinking our meals, our work habits, our energy use, our vacations, our consumption, our use of plastics, our investments, our priorities. It's pushing for major changes in our city and in our state and in our country.
Watch and Share
Educate yourself and others
There is no perfect solution. But we have to try.
Public discourse has been polluted now for decades by corporate-funded disinformation - not just with climate change but with a host of health, environmental and societal threats. The implications for the planet are grim. Michael E. Mann
Read more at https://www.brainyquote.com/authors/michael-e-mann-quotes




Monday, April 13, 2020

April 16 - Get on Board Day

Cross-posted from Coulee Region Sierra Club

National GET ON BOARD DAY is Thursday, April 16. On this day we thank the drivers and staff of public transportation systems; recognize the vital function public transportation plays in moving people to work, school, shopping, and appointments; and appreciate the vital role public transit plays in reducing transportation-related emissions.

This year because of stay at home orders, we can't have a big party, but we still want to show appreciation for those frontline workers who are making sure people can get to work, get groceries, and to important appointments. So, we encourage you to print out this graphic and take it to the bus stop near you when the bus will come by on Thursday, April 16 and wave to the driver to show your appreciation. If you want to write a letter to the editor or send a message of thanks via the MTU or SMRT Facebook pages or email OHWS Transit, do that, too!

We will hope to do something bigger when we are again able to gather and celebrate together. Please participate if you can! Here's the link to a PRINTABLE .PDF. Or click the graphic below to get a social media friendly graphic.



Friday, April 10, 2020

Delegates are STILL important

The Democratic Party will nominate a candidate at its convention in August. They will also debate planks to a pretty useless platform (candidates are not in any way required to abide by the party platform). And they will set rules for the party. 

In 2016 Bernie Sanders had enough delegates on these committees to make some pretty major changes in the way the party operates. The "Unity Reform Commission" ended first ballot "super delegates," for example.

While Sanders has suspended his campaign to concentrate on his work as a senior member of the Democratic leadership in the Senate, he is remaining on the ballot to amass delegates who can push for more changes. At the state party level, delegates elect DNC members and that can also have an impact on the national party's direction.

In addition, there are still months to go and many unknowns about our country's financial, social, and political future and about the candidate currently 300 delegates ahead. As health stocks soared on news that Sanders is suspending and news that health plans may cost up to 40% more next year for those still employed, Biden's continuing rejection of a single-payer universal health care system may take on new meaning in a few months.

So, it's important for strong delegates to go to the state and national conventions to represent progressive policies and programs.

The process continues to evolve but deadlines are fast approaching so if you would like to be a delegate, sign up for a webinar (now through April 17) to help you navigate the process. Here's an overview for La Crosse county:

STEP ONE: County delegates are chosen at county caucuses which will be held ONLINE ONLY. La Crosse County will have 64 delegates in total to be split proportionally (based upon primary results) among the candidates. Dates of individual counties' caucuses will be posted by wisdems.org by 5 p.m. on Monday, April 20. County caucus dates will be either April 26, May 3, or May 10.

People wishing to attend the virtual county caucus and be considered as a delegate candidate must complete two forms: REGISTER TO ATTEND THE COUNTY CAUCUS AND COMPLETE THE DELEGATE SELECTION FORM BY 5:00 P.M. ON APRIL 17. It would also be helpful to email  chair@laxdems.com.to let the party know you are planning to attend. On these forms you will designate the candidate you wish to represent.


STEP TWO: You MUST virtually sign in to your county caucus between 1:30 and 2:00 p.m. on the day of your county caucus. At that caucus, delegates and alternates will be elected to move on to the next selection step. Usually La Crosse county has more than enough spaces to allow everyone wishing to be a delegate to be one but if there are more candidates than slots, there will be elections for delegates and alternates. Again, the 64 La Crosse County Delegates will be divided by presidential candidates based upon the percentage of votes received on April 7.

STEP THREE:  Attend the ONLINE ONLY congressional district caucus on May 17. You must be a county delegate in order to run as and vote for CD delegates. At this meeting, delegates to the August national convention will be elected. The Third Congressional District is allocated THREE MALE and THREE FEMALE delegates and these will be elected by those who attend the CD caucus. 

If you really want to be a delegate, then, it's helpful to encourage your friends to attend the county and CD caucus with you so they can vote for you at the CD level.

STEP FOUR:  Attend the DNC convention in Milwaukee during the week of August 17. It's not yet know if this will be an in-person or an online only event. You can get more information including updates at the DNC convention web page. 

If you have questions about any of these steps, please email couleeprogressive at hotmail.


Wednesday, April 08, 2020

Bernie out (vote for Bernie)

BERNIE Sanders announced he's suspending his campaign (skip to 22:00!)After thanking staff and volunteers, he said he will work with Joe Biden to forward a progressive agenda and he will remain on the ballot to gather delegates who can help influence the party and its platform. Not me. Us.


Learning during isolation

Rep. Vos suits up to
excise WI's voting rights.
While we ponder the THREE PERCENT in-person turnout in Milwaukee forced by all the Republicans (it's NOT just Trump - he is just the guy who stands on the sidewalk juggling flaming bags of dog poo while his gang loots the bank), here are some suggestions for coronavirys time at home:

Some of us have the luxury of being home and having extra time. For those of us fortunate enough to also have internet access, there are incredible opportunities for learning. Here's a short list:

Coursera offers great free (audit) courses in a variety of issues, including
* Unraveling the Cycling City offered through the University of Amsterdam
* The Science of Well-Being, from Yale University
* Global Warming I: The Science and Modeling of Climate Change from U of Chicago

EdX is another portal for world-class learning. Current courses on offer include:
* Climate Change: The Science and Global Impact taught by Dr. Michael Mann
* Electric Cars Introduction, the first of an EV series from the Technical University of Delft
* Human Rights, Human Wrongs: Challenging Poverty, Vulnerability, and Social Exclusion - one of several courses offered by SDG Academy, an initiative of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network

Brush up on or learn a new language at DuoLingoBBC Languages, or Open Culture. (By the way, OC also includes links to great lectures by all kinds of people from Carl Sagen to Leonard Bernstein and Toni Morrison).

Learn about square-foot gardening, container gardening, lasagna gardening, keyhole  gardening, bag gardening, vertical gardening, and wild gardening.

And, the Orwell prize long list is out in case you are looking for pertinent reading material.






Tuesday, April 07, 2020

Republicans take extra time away


In an echo of Bush v. Gore and a preview of voter suppression to come, the U.S. Supreme Court took away the minimal extra time to vote granted by a federal court judge on Sunday.

If you have't yet voted absentee or if you've requested but not received an absentee ballot, your only voting choice is to go to the polls today. Before you go, look up your polling place at myvote.wi.gov because many polling locations have changed due to fewer poll workers. Wear a mask and gloves. Take your own black ballpoint pen. Some may be able to Vite from their cars.

If you HAVE an absentee ballot, it must be POSTMARKED by today if returned by mail. It MUST be witnessed. Or you may take and drop it off at the clerk's office. The MUST be a witness signature and full address on the envelope however you return it.

If you have not yet registered to vote, you will have to do that in person.

If you want to help call folks today to remind them to get their absentee ballots in, please contact Evan for instructions.


Thursday, April 02, 2020

Judge gives Wisconsin voters more time

BREAKING: Judge William Conley just ruled.

  • EXTEND THE DEADLINE to request absentee ballots to Friday at 5pm
  • EXTEND DEADLINE to return ballots until Apr 13
  • WAIVE witness requirement



Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Couleecap assistance for COVID-19 unemployed


Couleecap Launches New Program for La Crosse County Residents Unemployed Due to COVID-19
Couleecap is launching the COVID-19 Financial Assistance Program for low-to-moderate wage workers whose employment has been ended or reduced due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.  The program, which is funded by the Great Rivers United Way and La Crosse Community Foundation, will provide limited financial assistance for critical expenses, emergency budgeting help, and referrals to programs available to people in need.
A simple, online application process will determine recent unemployment, income eligibility, and critical needs of the household so appropriate assistance can be determined.  All participants will be provided referrals to the Wisconsin Unemployment Office, other government programs for which participants can apply, and local resources, such as food pantries.  Program participants will also receive information on emergency and unemployment budgeting, including tips for reducing or eliminating expenses during a crisis.
“We are getting calls every day from people in our area asking for assistance because their jobs have been terminated or their hours have been cut. They don't know how they are going to pay their bills until unemployment benefits kick in,” says Ashley Lacenski, Community Development Director for Couleecap.  “As a community action and financial counseling agency, we are able to help.” 
“We truly appreciate the responsiveness of the donors who are making this program available,” says Hetti Brown, Executive Director of Couleecap.  “When I reached out to them for help, they didn’t hesitate.”
Residents seeking assistance can complete an application at www.Couleecap.org.  General household information, recent pay statements, and documentation of reduced or terminated employment will be required.  For phone assistance, residents may contact Sara Berger at 608-632-6512 but given the volume of calls Couleecap is receiving, online assistance will be faster.  Funding is limited and, therefore, the highest needs will be determined through the application process. 
Other Couleecap resources are available to help people impacted by the current emergency.  Agency food pantries in Sparta and Prairie du Chien have expanded hours, Monday-Friday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, with curbside pick up and limited home delivery.  To find details, visit the Couleecap website.  Other services may also be found on the site.
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About Couleecap, Inc.
Couleecap, Inc. is a private non-profit 501c3 charitable organization. Couleecap helps people in need with housing, food, transportation, and more. Created in 1966, we are a community action program that fights poverty and promotes self-sufficiency in Crawford, La Crosse, Monroe, and Vernon counties. Learn more at couleecap.orgFacebookTwitter, and YouTube.

Friday, March 27, 2020

While at home GROW A GARDEN

A new website, WhileAtHome.org, aims to connect people to information, help, opportunities to help.

La Crosse County has a very good page of info and redoubt links at lacrossecounty.org/covid19

La Crosse Neighborhoods are working on resources for neighbors to help neighbors. Mire coming soon.

CouleeDSA is working through thr FB page, Coulee Region Mutual Aid to connect helpers with those needing help.

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Our community has a large number of food-insecure children, families, and individuals in "normal" times. We can only imagine how much more need there will be going forward, not just for food, but for meaningful opportunities to work for the good of others, get healthy exercise, and be socially active.

Please consider GROWING A GARDEN or expanding one if you are already a gardener. Is there a space in your neighborhood, like the middle of a roundabout, that could grow beans, corn, and squash this summer? Might your elderly neighbor have the space and knowledge but not the physical capability to grow a garden? Can you grow carrots, tomatoes, peppers, squash, even corn in containers? (Yes, you can.)

Planting season's here or soon will be depending on your style. Now's the time to find your space, get it ready, find some helpers if needed, and grow. This is especially a great idea if you have kids. Every kid should have a chance to learn how to grow her own food.

There are lots of books, extension websites, experts, and orgs that can help. Try square-foot gardening. Plant things in buckets, milk cartons, cardboard boxes. (Consider starting your corn seeds in toilet paper tubes so you can plant them outside in croups of three when weather gets warm.):

UPDATE: The city will prepare some good size garden plots on city property and city parks to provide more food-growing capacy plus opportunities for community engagement and healthy outdoor exercise. They are looking for volunteers to sign up to help plant and maintain (hoeing, weeding) a garden. If you are interested, please contact your neighborhood association leader. If you are not part of a neighborhood association, contact the city planning department at 608-789-7512.

Then, think about HIRING a helper, maybe securing their services in advance by offering to pay April rent or other critical expenses since payments to individuals will likely not arrive until after April rent is due.

Finally, if you live in the area bounded by Ward Ave, South Ave/MC Rd, Broadview, and the railroad tracks on the south side of La Crosse and you need pre-ordered groceries or medicine picked up and delivered because you have a health or transportation issue and can't make it yourself, please call 608-315-2693. Text or leave a clear voice message with your name and phone number. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Bad Bill Bails Bigs (again)/Gundersen Requests Assistance



DEMAND THAT YOUR REPRESENTATIVE ADDRESSES THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK

Republicans and Democrats in the Senate have reached a tentative agreement on a third COVID-19 response package. The final package is a dramatic improvement from the original Republican bill, which was essentially a giant no-strings-attached corporate giveaway without any real support to workers and families affected by this crisis. 
Senate Democrats deserve a lot of credit for sticking together to make improvements to the bill, such as dramatically expanding unemployment insurance, and providing money to support our already-strained health care system. However, the bill still falls short of what people need in this moment of crisis, and the House should fight to improve it.
Your representative needs to hear from you so that they work to improve the third coronavirus response bill before voting on it. Specifically, you should ask your member of the House to:
  • Increase election security and access to voting, including financial support for states to implement vote by mail before November,
  • Add guardrails for the hundreds of billions of dollars in corporate bailouts in the bill (e.g. requiring that companies that get bailouts retain ALL of their employees and can’t waste money on executive bonuses or stock buybacks)
  • Provide universal paid sick leavenot just for some people — everyone, 
  • Improve the cash assistance provisions of the bill by making the payments recurring and available to all people, including immigrants, and
  • Support patients and health care workers by expanding federal Medicaid funding, ending surprise billing, and ensuring frontline workers have the protections they need to stay safe
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More on making masks here.

GUNDERSEN CLINIC IS REQUESTING HELP SECURING PPE AND IS ACCEPTING HOMEMADE MASKS

Gundersen Health System is accepting donations for new and unused protection supplies. Because of the spread of COVID-19, health officials have warned that staff in busy hospitals may see a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE). Gundersen says it has adequate amounts of PPE, but the health system wants to prepare for a potential surge in patients.

Items requested include:

  • Face shields
  • Digital thermometers
  • Eye protection such as safety glasses and goggles
  • Hand sanitizer that is at least 60 percent alcohol
  • Sanitizing wipes
  • Masks including both N95 and surgical masks (any level) *
  • Gloves
  • Gowns

To donate any of the above and help keep staff, patients and community as safe as possible, please contact Gundersen Medical Foundation at (608) 775-6600 or gmf@gundersenhealth.org.

*Note: Homemade masks are being accepted if they meet specific criteria. For directions and a pattern, please contact Gundersen Medical Foundation at (608) 775-6600 or gmf@gundersenhealth.org.

Mask specifications can be found here (scroll down for how-to video).

To align needs and supply of PPE, PLEASE call Gundersen Medical Foundation first. This will allow staff to track the number of masks being made and who is making them. 

Monetary donations for purchasing equipment and supporting medical research—such as the COVID-19 test our Microbiology Research Lab recently developed—also are being accepted here.