Thursday, April 18, 2024

Jail Ministry Fundraiser

From La Crosse Jail Ministry:

Culver's at 4101 Mormon Coulee Road is helping to support La Crosse Jail Ministry. On Tuesday, April 23, Culver’s will donate 10% of all sales at their location between 5 and 7 pm.

When you eat at this location during those times, you will help to support the effort!

As Culver's says, "There's no limit to how much heart you can put into the community - and we're always looking for ways to help our friends and neighbors.

Join us and consider giving what you can to our local cause today. Thank you for your support!"

Tell all your friends, family and community about this important fundraising event for the La Crosse Jail Ministry.    Thank you!

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Ride the bus to the fair!

If you are going to the La Crosse Earth Fair at Myrick Park on April 28 and you can't ride, roll, or walk there, take the bus!

The MTU #4 will divert its route on that day to get you right to the park. Even better, fares will be FREE!! 

If you don't live on the #4 route, there are several large parking lots along the way where you can park and hop on the bus. Big lots are by the old Shopko South, near the Village Shopping Center, and by the Western TC Apprenticeship building on 21st Place S.

Or, you could park at the Jay Street ramp which is just across the street from the Transit Center. Or, you can take another bus to the Transit Center and transfer to the #4.

There will be no driving around looking for a parking place, no walking blocks to get back to your car. And it'll be so much fun (and safer and less stressful!) You never know who you'll meet on the bus!

If you are going with a group, you don't need to worry about how many people fit in your car. If you have little kids, riding the bus can be part of the fun of the fair. And it's a great opportunity to talk with them and others about the climate benefits of public transit.

If you've never ridden the bus before, LATA (La Crosse Area Transit Advocates) offers Rides with a Guide. We'll ride with you, make sure you understand the apps and maps, and answer your questions so you can become a bus riding pro. Contact us to set up a guided ride by email (lacrossetransitadvocates@proton.me) or by phone: 608-315-2693.

See you at the fair! See you on the bus!

Monday, April 15, 2024

La Crosse SOUP

Broth, bread, and big ideas: Uniting La Crosse through SOUP


LA CROSSE, Wis., (April 15, 2024) - La Crosse SOUP is back with another exciting event, inviting the community to join hands in supporting creative projects aimed at enhancing our city. La Crosse SOUP isn't just a dinner; it's a collaborative celebration, a platform for connection, and a testament to the power of community-driven change.


The upcoming La Crosse SOUP event is scheduled for Thursday, April 25, at The Main - An Event Space located at 424 Main Street in Downtown La Crosse. Doors will open at 5:00 p.m., offering attendees an opportunity to mingle over delicious food and drinks before the main program kicks off at 6:00 p.m. Presentations from diverse groups will showcase innovative ideas designed to make La Crosse an even better place for all. The winning project, chosen by the audience through votes, will receive the funds raised during the event to bring their vision to life.


For just a $5 suggested donation, attendees will enjoy soup and bread while actively participating in the selection of our next funded community project. This is a chance for individuals of all ages and backgrounds to make a tangible difference in their city while enjoying an evening filled with creativity, collaboration, and fun.


The lineup of pitches for this event includes:


YAB Coulee Region: Empowering young individuals aged 14 to 24 to combat youth homelessness through feedback and collaboration with state and federal agencies.


Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA): Creating a safer environment for children who have experienced abuse by offering support and empowerment through a united force of bikers.


The Penguin Project: Celebrating diversity and fostering friendships among children aged 8 to 18 with specific needs and disabilities through theatrical performances and mentorship.


In addition to the inspiring pitches, attendees will be treated to delicious soups and bread courtesy of the Beer By Bike Brigade, along with sweet treats from the bake sale provided by the La Crosse Polytechnic School community.


This event wouldn't be possible without the generous support of our sponsors: @properties La Crosse, Altra Federal Credit Union, Rural Mutual Insurance: Kevin Carlson, Style by Kathy and Charisma Salon, and Driftless Recovery Services.


For more information, to submit a pitch, or to become a sponsor, visit www.SoupNation.org


Let's come together on April 25 to support innovative projects and strengthen our community, one bowl of soup at a time.

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Bad River film screening

 

FREE screening of an important new documentary. BAD RIVER chronicles the Wisconsin-based Bad River band of Lake Superior Chippewa and its ongoing fight to save Lake Superior.

Monday, April 29 at 5 p.m.
at the Rivoli
in downtown La Crosse. 

Free but must register.

Co-sponsors

Citizen Action of Wisconsin Driftless Co-opCoulee Region Sierra Club, Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, La Crosse Public Library, La Crosse Youth & Learning Center, UWL ALANA, UWL Students for Sustainability, Viterbo University Student  Sustainability Club

Learn more about the film: https://www.badriverfilm.com/

Learn more about Line 5: https://www.sierraclub.org/wisconsin/line-5

TAKE THE BUS! The number 4, 5, and 6 MTU stops nearby.

Monday, April 08, 2024

April 9 - How to reduce your fossil fuel use

From Coulee Region Sierra Club:

Don't forget - find out how you can become more energy efficient, reduce your fossil fuel use, and save money!

Tuesday, April 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Myrick Park Nature Place in La Crosse, learn how you can use federal Inflation Reduction Act funds and other incentives to upgrade your home or business with cleaner, more efficient appliances and building components. Find out how much you might be eligible for and how to finance the upgrades. There is no charge for this event

You may have heard that the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) is the single largest investment in climate and energy in American history, but what does that mean for you? It could mean a more comfortable living space, lower energy bills, and reducing your household's carbon emissions! On April 9 from 6:00-8:00, join us at The Nature Place (789 Myrick Park Dr., La Crosse) for a program on the financial incentives available through the IRA - from solar panels and insulation to HVAC and electric vehicles. AND find out how your actions can help the City of La Crosse reach its ambitious community climate goals. We will have a presentation from approximately 6:15-7:00, followed by time to chat with co-hosting organizations and fellow attendees.

Co-hosted by Coulee Region Sierra Club, Wisconsin Conservation Voters, Citizen Action of Wisconsin's Driftless Co-op, Citizens' Climate Lobby's La Crosse Chapter, and the City of La Crosse. Please RSVP here (not required but appreciated).

 

Friday, April 05, 2024

4/11: The Right Kind of White

 From Pearl Street Books

Pearl St. Books is excited to share that Garrett Bucks will be in store on Thursday, April 11th from 6:30-7:30pm, speaking about his new book - The Right Kind of White.

Below please find more information about the book:

As the product of progressive parents and a liberal upbringing, Garrett Bucks prided himself on the pursuit of being a “good white person.”

The kind of white person who treats their privilege as a responsibility and not a burden; the kind of white person who people of color see as the peak example of racial allyship; the kind of white person who other white people might model their own aspirations of being “better” after.

But it’s Buck's obsession with “goodness” that prevents him from building meaningful relationships, particularly those who look like him. The Right Kind of White charts Garrett’s intellectual and emotional odyssey in his pursuit of this ideal whiteness, the price of its admission, and the work he’s doing to bridge the divide from those he once sought distance from.

Garrett Bucks is the founder of The Barnraisers Project, which has trained nearly one thousand participants to organize majority-white communities for racial and social justice. He is also the author of the popular newsletter The White Pages. Originally from Montana, he lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with his wife and two children. The Right Kind of White is his first book.

We hope that you can attend. We also hope that you will help us spread the word and encourage Waking up White members to attend.

Listed below is a link to the Facebook event and attached you will find a poster for your use.


Don't hesitate to reach out with any questions.

Thanks in advance, as always!

323 Pearl Street
La Crosse, WI 54601

Phone:608.782.3424

Thursday, April 04, 2024

What can I do about climate emergency?

Free download: 

"I tried to lay out the range of activities in an orderly way, from hyperlocal to national and local (not leaving out regional and statewide), addressing the categories (and yeah, climate footprints & move your money at the end)." - Rebecca Solnit



CALL THE WHITE HOUSE NOW


Ironically, we just finalized a local screening of the new film BAD RIVER, about the Bad River band's fight to keep a dangerous fracked-fossil fuel pipeline off of its land and watershed. We will put more up about that soon. 

But now, this urgent request comes fron the Sierra Club, which has been fighting alongside the Bad River band to end this disastrous pipeline project. Please act now!

What: Call the White House Today


Why: The Biden Administration will file a legal brief on Monday April 8th at the Court of Appeals in the Bad River court case. A lower federal court ordered Enbridge to stop trespassing by removing Line 5 from the reservation by June of 2026—earlier if flooding exposes more of the pipeline. But Enbridge has appealed that order and the court has requested that the Dept of Justice file an amicus brief on this issue. 


We need the DOJ to support  the Bad River Band, acknowledging that the Tribe has sovereignty over its land and in its fight to shut down and remove the pipeline from their land .


When: We need a strong push before the deadline.  The White House comment Line is only open Tuesday - Thursday from 10am - 2pm CT.


We know this is last minute, and we appreciate your action today!


Sample Script:

Hello, my name is _____.  I live in_____.

I urge you to support the Bad River Band in their fight against the Line 5 oil pipeline. Please act to permanently shut down Line 5.


[UPDATE:] The comment line number, 202-456-1111, is hanging up on people, but you can call the WH switchboard at 202-456-1414 and tell them you want (or choose the option) to leave a comment.


You can stay on hold to talk to an operator, or if the lines are busy it will give you an option to leave a message.


Report back:

Want to tell us how it went? Email Natalie to tell us that you made a call and how it went! Natalie.cook@sierraclub.org

Sunday, March 31, 2024

Social Justice Week at UWL

 

Social Justice Week's goal is to help inspire conversation with research to reinvigorate our lives with realistic and achievable goals to make a change in our communities. This year we want to highlight how identities and intersections of identities impact our communities. The University of Wisconsin La Crosse and the people of the La Crosse area hold many identities within it that shape our experiences in the community. We each navigate space differently and desire a community where everyone feels a sense of belonging. 

‘Building belonging’ 

UW-La Crosse will celebrate its eighth-annual Social Justice Week April 2-4 with the theme “Building belonging: Identities shaping communities.”  

The celebration, organized by UWL Diversity & Inclusion in partnership with the Social Justice Institute, features a series of public events where faculty, staff and students can share their research and stories, and start conversations about what social justice means to them. It will explore how identities and the intersection of identities shape people’s experiences as part of a community.  

This year’s keynote speakers are: 

  • Dina Zavala, formerly of UWL and currently vice president for Inclusion, Equity and Community at Carleton College 
  • Jonathan Locust, formerly associate vice president of Equity & Inclusive Excellence at Winona State University and currently founder/CEO of Locust Group consulting firm 
  • And Nicole Collins, research associate for the Pluralism Project at Harvard University. 

The event is free and open to the community, although guests are asked to register. 

UWL’s Social Justice Week is sponsored by Wisconsin Public Radio, DREAM, the College of Arts, Social Sciences & Humanities, the College of Business Administration, the School of Education, the School of Visual & Performing Arts, the Office of Multicultural Student Services, and the UWL Parent Fund.  

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

March 27: Friendbanking for Uninstructed

 

Wednesday, March 27
4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Main Library

Come eat some food and learn about voting "Uninstructed" on April 2nd to send a message to President Biden that he needs to stop supporting the genocide of Gaza, and how to talk to friends, family, and other people you know to ask them to vote "Uninstructed" as well.

Come any time between 4:30 and 6:30 and stay as long as you like.
The demands of the "Uninstructed" movement are:
1. An immediate & permanent ceasefire in Gaza
2. An end to the siege of Gaza
3. Reinstate humanitarian aid and UNRWA funding
4. End unrestricted aid to Israel
 

Monday, March 25, 2024

Business Women's Roundtable

 

Business Women's Roundtable - La Crosse
Thursday, March 28 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 
3500 Hwy 16 
(by Valley View Mall south entrance)

 

Celebrate, engage and network with other business women in the greater La Crosse area on Thursday, March 28th at 11:00 am. This event will take place at the WWBIC Southwest office in La Crosse and features a panel of four Wisconsin business experts: DOA Secretary Kathy Blumenfeld; Michele Carter from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development; Jenifer Cole from the Wisconsin Women's Council; and Dr. Kamaljit Jackson from WWBIC.

Register here: https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/ev/reg/m5sjpq3

March 30 Powwow

Join the Ho-Chunk Nation for its inaugural Founder’s Day Powwow!

*FREE ADMISSION
*OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

 Contest singing & dancing
– Moccasin Tournament
– Lacrosse games
– Arts and Craft Vendors
– Concessions

Grand entries noon & 7pm

Powwow Contact: Waylon Pettibone
(715) 299-5508

Drug & alcohol-free event.
Not responsible for lost or stolen items.
Contestants must show Tribal ID or CDIB.

Friday, March 22, 2024

Unbought

 Free and open to all.


March 26, 2024 7:00 PM, Fine Arts Center Main Theatre - Unbought

Unbought is a music theatre piece presenting the dramatic stories of three African American women: journalist and women's suffrage activist, Ida B. Wells; Shirley Chisholm, the first African American in the U.S. Congress, and the first African American woman to run for President; and Sally Hemings, the slave with whom Thomas Jefferson fathered six children. The music is drawn from classical, jazz, and popular works by African American composers. 

This production is brought to Viterbo University in a partnership between the Sister Thea Bowman Center, Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership, and Fine Arts Center Arts for Young America School Series.

Visit Viterbo University's website for more information. Thea Bowman Week is March 25-27, 2024.

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

There are two Republican-approved constitutional amendment quesrions on the spring ballot. Here's what Wisconsin Common Cause says:


Both Measures Could Adversely Affect Elections

On the April 2nd Spring Election ballot in Wisconsin, in addition to contests for local offices, judgeships, school board members and other positions, the Wisconsin Legislature had directed that there were also be two constitutional amendments passed by the Republican majority in the Legislature over the last several years to be put before voters for approval or rejection.

These questions received comparatively little public attention, but they are extremely important in how they may affect elections and democracy in Wisconsin and in your ability to participate in those elections fairly and freely.

In order to help you better understand these questions and their implications we defer to election law legal and policy expert, attorney Doug Poland of the Madison law firm of Stafford Rosenbaum, and one of the founders of the public interest consortium Law Forward, which defends and prosecutes many voter rights cases. Law Forward filed the legal challenge on behalf of 19 named Wisconsin plaintiffs to the 2021-22 Wisconsin gerrymander of state legislative districts last August which ultimately resulted in 2024 Act 94 – the establishment of new, constitutional and far more fair state legislative district maps for the upcoming 2024 August primary and November general elections.

Here is how Mr. Poland ably explains the two constitutional amendment questions. (Read more at the Common Cause page).

And here's the word from the Wisconsin League of Women Voters:

No matter our race, background or zip code, Wisconsinites know that voting is a fundamental right yet a handful of politicians want to limit funding for our elections without any plan to make sure election administrators have the support and supplies they need to help voters make their voices heard.

How long we have to wait in lines to vote, how many polling locations are open, and the speed of results are all determined by how much money our state allocates to fund our elections. Vote no on constitutional amendment question 1.

Elections are a lot of work. Clerks rely on a whole host of outside experts, volunteers, and community members to make sure our elections are run smoothly and the results are accurate. A handful of politicians want to make the jobs of our election heroes even harder. That’s why we’re voting no this April on question 2!

These constitutional amendments are rooted in disinformation and a lack of consideration for voters and our hard working local election administrators. Let’s keep conspiracies out of our elections.

Vote NO this April on both constitutional amendments.

Read more about it at their website.



Monday, March 18, 2024


Fifteenth Annual
Wisconsin Grassroots Festival

Saturday, May 4, 2024
Lawrence University
Warch Campus Center
711 E Boldt Way
Appleton, WI 54911
 
The Wisconsin Grassroots Network (WGN) provides support to community-based grassroots organizations, helping them to grow. Our Grassroots Festival encourages networking among these organizations and is an ideal venue for connecting them to citizens who are looking for a way to get involved. We provide these services to promote democracy, justice, and equality throughout Wisconsin.
 

Website:
 
For details and updates, click "Wisconsin Grassroots Network Website"
 

Tabling:
 
Organizations begin tabling set up at 7:30 am. Click Tabling to see the suggested donation and other details. You can reserve online until May 1 or send your information and donation by mail.


Networking:

The Grassroots Festival presents a unique opportunity for organizations and citizens to meet, exchange ideas, and establish mutually beneficial connections.
Registration:

Registration on site begins at 8:00 am. Click Register to see ticket categories and suggested donations. Food is included with admission categories. You can register ahead of time online until May 1, or register on site the day of the event.

The Festival's opening event begins at 9:00 am.


Keynote Speakers:
  • John Nichols, journalist, author, and national affairs correspondent

  • Alan Minsky, Executive Director of Progressive Democrats of America 

  • More to come…
Breakout Sessions:

Choose 3 of 18 breakout sessions. Here’s just a sample of the sessions: 
  • Youth in Activism
  • Money in Politics
  • Rights of Nature 
  • Farm Sustainability Rewards Project
  • The State of School Finance in Wisconsin: 2024 Edition
Entertainment:

    Day:

  • Tom Kastle

  • The Raging Grannies of Madison 

    Evening: 

  • Garrison Keillor

  • Our Wisconsin Revolution Live Music

 

Sunday, March 17, 2024

March 23: SEED SWAP

From the La Crosse Public Library:


Join us for a celebration of all things seeds, featuring conversations with gardening experts and a community wide seed swap!

All About Seeds: 10am - 11am
Are you interested in learning about: 1.) The seeds you plant? 2.) How to start seeds for tomatoes, peppers, cabbage, kale, etc.? Or 3.) How to save seeds from your vegetable garden? Join gardener and seed enthusiast Bjorn Bergman for an introduction to all things vegetable seeds. Bjorn will talk about the history of vegetable seeds, the why and how to save seeds, how to start seeds at home PLUS answer your seed questions. 

Seed Swap: 11am -12pm
Following the talk, join us for a seed swap! Please label seeds with identifying information. No seeds? No problem! Everyone is welcome to join the seed swap and pick up seeds from local seed savers and community organizations like the Kane Street Garden!

About the presenter: Bjorn Bergman is passionate about growing food and eating seasonally. Each growing season his family keeps a large garden at their home in Viroqua and they love spending time preserving the harvest by drying, canning, freezing, and fermenting. Since 2011, he has been obsessed with learning about and practicing seed saving. Bjorn loves sharing his passion for and knowledge about sustainable living with others.

More info/Register here.

Support Juneteenth Event

Planning for the fourth annual Juneteenth event in La Crosse is going on now. Can you help? Donate? Table? Sponsor? Here's the ask:



Event Hosts
-Black Leaders Acquiring Collective Knowledge (B.L.A.C.K.)  
-Enduring Families Project Enduring Families Project 
-Black Student Leaders

Partner Opportunities:

Please fill out this Link to sign up to partner.  PARTNERING LINK

Your partnership would help provide entertainment, food, speakers,  historical education, community building,  and family friendly and youth activities.  Your partnership can be (1) monetary, (2) an in-kind donation, (3) hosting a table at the event, and/or (4)  recruiting volunteers for the event. 


Monetary Donations (tax deductible):

Checks can be made payable to Black Leaders Acquiring Collective Knowledge (B.L.A.C.K) with  “Juneteenth Celebration” in the memo line and mailed to Black Leaders Acquiring Collective Knowledge, P.O.  Box 694, La Crosse, Wisconsin 54602.  

Link:   JUNETEENTH MONETARY DONATIONS 

Thanking PartnersBecause your donations benefit this region and beyond, we would like to say thank you: 

● Donations $100-$499—receive free event tabling at the Juneteenth event 

● Donations $500 and more—receive free event tabling at the Juneteenth event, your organization’s name on the event t-shirt and acknowledgment from the event stage

● In-kind donations—recognized on social media and from the event stage

THANK YOU for your consideration and we look forward to your support of this important historic community  event! Feel free to contact us with questions.  

HISTORY:

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. This  Holiday Commemorates June 19, 1865 when the last of enslaved people heard they were free. It is a US Federal  Holiday. 

The August Ball commemorates the August 1, 1887 Emancipation Day celebrating the liberation of enslaved  people, first in the Caribbean, and then eventually the end of slavery in this country. This Ball has historic roots in its past celebration in the La Crosse community. 

Sincerely,  

Shamawyah Curtis, 

Hope Restores 

Shaundel SpiveyB.L.A.C.K. 

Denise Christy Moss

Enduring Families Project 

Chaya Davis

Black Student Leaders