When dreams become nightmares

Once again today's news is utterly depressing. Unless Congress acts — and pretty quickly, DACA is dead. That's 800,000 people whose lives will be totally upended a few months from now: they will lose their work permits and they will become subject to deportation. But that's just the tip of the total damage. Their parents and some of their siblings — already subject to deportation — are likely to become major targets of Immigration Control and Enforcement. When immigrants apply to DACA, they fill out information that the government will now be able to use to locate them and their relatives. Many people were concerned about the level of disclosure the program required when it began five years ago precisely because the information could some day be used to round them up. That day may be fast approaching.

According to an article just published online at the New York Times, "Immigration officials said that they do not intend to actively target the young immigrants as priorities for deportation, though without the program’s protection, the immigrants are considered subject to removal from the United States and would no longer be able to work legally." But ICE has already shown its willingness to apprehend anyone and everyone the agency can find. I don't hold out much hope that these young people who have all the makings of fine citizens will be spared.

The first call to action here near Milwaukee is for a rally tonight targeted at Paul Ryan: Wisconsin March for DACA, 6:00 pm at Monument Square in Racine. For more information, you can call 262-721-5575. If you can't go to Racine tonight to participate in that rally, check out the site Here to Stay. It allows you to search for events in the area and will no doubt have many entries within the next 24-48 hours. And visit the Defend DACA toolkit page of Voces de la Frontera to keep up to date on activities posted there.

No doubt my inbox and yours will quickly fill with other calls for action, including requests to contact your senators and representatives in Congress.


Reminders to Participate in Upcoming Events with Grassroots North Shore

We're holding our annual picnic at Cahill Park in Whitefish Bay on Sunday, September 17, from 4:30-7pm. (Just FYI, the Packers game against the Atlanta Falcons is scheduled for 7:30 pm, so you won't miss a single kick or snap!). It's a fun potluck supper with some featured speakers: Josh Kaul, candidate for Attorney General, and Earnell Lucas, candidate for Milwaukee County Sheriff. Get all the details and RSVP.

Our one and only annual fundraiser, the event that keeps this all-volunteer organization afloat, will take place on Thursday, September 21, at 7 pm. Doors at Bay Shore Lutheran Church will open at 6 pm. Will Durst, a nationally renowned political satirist, will entertain us so that we "Laugh 'Til It Dursts."

I cannot stress enough how important supporting this organization is. Although we have no paid staff, we organize and present as many as 12 informative programs every year and we work in the run-up to every election to elect progressive candidates at every level of government, from the local races to the national ones. In 2017 so far, we've held 10 programs with speakers on such vital issues as saving public education, protecting our wells and waterways, supporting Tony Evers, fighting for Senator Baldwin, supporting the movement for fair electoral maps and nonpartisan redistricting. We set up phone banks, we recruit volunteers to knock on doors and drop campaign literature, and we work practically around the clock to staff get-out-the-vote operations. To do all of that, we rely on donations to pay for our office space, the material supplies we need, and the databases and communications tools that enable us to keep you informed about everything happening in our region. You can share the fun with us for as little as $25 for an advance ticket ($30 at the door) but I hope those of you who can afford a little more will be generous. Get all the details, RSVP, and make your donation on our website. (And even if you cannot come, your donation will prompt the system to send you a ticket. If you forward that ticket on to Eilene Stevens, she will make sure to donate it to someone who otherwise would not be able to enjoy the event with us.)

EVENTS

Wed Sep 6, 2017

All day Summit on Poverty, Wed Sep 6, 2017 - Thu Sep 7, 2017 
Italian Conference Center, 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee
 
This event has reached capacity and no more registrations will be accepted. The Social Development Commission (SDC), in partnership with the Medical Society of Milwaukee County and its coalition of partner agencies, will present the SDC Summit on Poverty 2017, Dismantling Systems of Poverty. More information.

On the Issues: Milwaukee Tax System, 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm 
Marquette University, Eckstein Hall, 1215 W. Michigan St., Milwaukee
 
Dan Egan, reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, author of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes, will talk about the importance of the Great Lakes and the manmade threats they face. RSVP required.

Refuel the Resistance, 5pm - 8pm 
Bounce Milwaukee, 2801 S. 5th Ct., Milwaukee
 
Weekly gathering at Bounce Milwaukee's mezzanine bar for networking, inspiration or just to vent. Bring along any evidence of your civic resistance from the last week to get a beverage (up to $7) on the house, and compare notes with other individuals and groups working to make things better. More information.

Grass Roots South Shore Meeting, 6 pm - 6 pm 
Cudahy Library, 3500 Library Dr., Cudahy
 
Grass Roots South Shore will hold its monthly meeting. Grass Roots South Shore meets on the first Wednesday of each month. For more information call Jim Balk, 414-218-5944.

Thu Sep 7, 2017

RID Leadership Meeting, 5pm - 6:15pm 
Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee
 
Video call: Join video call. Leadership Team meets bi-monthly (odd months) from 5 - 6:15pm. on the first THURSDAY. This is prior to the General Membership Meeting. Any member may attend the Leadership meeting. There we discuss business and future activities. Input is greatly welcomed! Thanks! Leadership Team, Please consider the following committees — RID Committees: Programming Team (events, workshops, programs, dialogues, book discussions) | Communications Team (newsletter, and maintain website/facebook content) | 

Membership Team (member, new member, and partnerships) | Website Resources and Research Team (research of articles, media lists, resources, organizations, etc.) | Fund Development Team (fundraising to support our programs) | Advocacy/Action Team (support action teams, issue campaigns, and coalitions). Action Teams — Ban the Box | Alternative to incarceration | Youth Incarceration.

Milwaukee PBS Presents Ken Burn's The Vietnam War Screening, 6pm - 9pm 
Milwaukee County War Memorial Center - 750 North Lincoln Memorial Drive - Milwaukee
 
See details.

DPMC Issues Committee Meeting, 6:30pm - 8pm 
Amalgamated Transit Union, 734 N. 26th St., Milwaukee
 
The Democratic Party's Issues Committee will hold its monthly meeting. All Democrats are welcome to participate. Please review the resolutions sent. Enter from the parking lot.

Rid Racism Book Club, 7pm - 8:30pm 
Bethesda Church, 2810 W. Highland Blvd., Milwaukee
 
Join Rid Racism Milwaukee members for the first of three evening discussions around "The Third Reconstruction: How a Moral Movement is Overcoming the Division of Politics and Fear" by Rev William Barber II. The discussion continues on September 14 and 21. Participants are asked to read the Prologue and first three chapters in preparation for the first session. Participants will need to purchase and bring the book to each session. Beverages and light snacks will be provided. A one-time $15 donation (to be paid at the first session) is suggested to cover the cost of the meeting space and food for all three sessions. Space is limited! Reserve a place.

Fri Sep 8, 2017

PSGM Quarterly Partner Coalition Meeting, 8:30am - 10:30am 
IndependenceFirst, 540 S 1st St, Milwaukee
 
World Suicide Prevention Day. Please Add Your Voice to Our Conversation. Let's Talk About what Greater Milwaukee and Surrounding Communities are Doing to Prevent Suicide! At our last meeting June 9th,we talked about best strategies for community suicide prevention, and what you can take back to your organizations. We made additions to the chart at the meeting. Even if you couldn't make it in June, please think about How does your organization contribute to these strategies and approaches? Have you talked about suicide prevention? Had a training? Do you/does your organization work to strengthen household financial security for those you serve? Or assist with housing stabilization? Involved with some of the other key strategies and approaches? Then you are participating in best practices or community suicide prevention! Jot them down and bring them on Sept 8th. Haven't had a chance to think about it yet? There's still time! See suggestions below. We'll create a comprehensive sharable master summary on Sept 8th that communicates our dedication to suicide prevention — each and every day of the year! Also on the agenda: Hear about lived experience from a Milwaukee Police Officer Partner Spotlight Announcements, working group updates Networking and more. Coffee and special treats! We hope to see you there!

Sat Sep 9, 2017

The Korean Peninsula Crisis, 10am - 12pm 
631 N. 19th St, Milwaukee (Redeemer Lutheran Church)
 
UWM Professor Nan Kim, an internationally recognized scholar on Korea, and a steering-committee member of the Alliance of Scholars Concerned about Korea will be speaking. At UW-Milwaukee, she teaches courses on public history, modern Korea, and the global history of 

the Korean War. Prof. Kim has presented extensively on related topics in North America and Asia, and recently she was an invited speaker at a Washington, D.C., conference along with former U.S. Secretary of Defense William Perry, among other prominent authorities on the Korean peace process. A graduate of Princeton magna cum laude with a doctorate from UC- Berkeley, she recently published a timely book, entitled Memory, Reconciliation, and Reunions in South Korea: Crossing the Divide.

Myths Surrounding Addiction, 1pm - 3:30pm 
Martin Luther King Community Ctr., 1531 W. Vliet St., Milwaukee
 
Panel discussion moderated by Keyon Jackson-Malone (WNOV), followed by public participation. Sponsors include New Concept Development Center, Project Return, The King Center, and Table Of The Saints. There is no cost for the afternoon, including lunch. More information.

Sun Sep 10, 2017

1st CD Fundraising Dinner, 5pm - 5pm 
Bristol Oaks Golf Club, 16801 75th St., Bristol
 
The 1st Congressional District Democrats invite you to a fundraising dinner with Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), Ranking Member on the House Intelligence Subcommittee on the CIA. VIP reception at 5:00 pm, general reception at 5:30, dinner at 6:00. Table sponsor: $2,500 | Reserved table: $750 | VIP reception: $500 | Seat at VIP table: $250 | Dinner ticket: $100. RSVP by September 1. Email for more information.

Mon Sep 11, 2017

Foxconn Town Hall, 6pm - 8pm 
Milwaukee Public Library Mill Road Branch, 6431 North 76th Street, Milwaukee
 
Representative David Crowley, Ash Narayanan from 1000 Friends of Wisconsin and others will share their insights and concerns about the Foxconn proposal to build an LCD panel factory in the Racine/Kenosha area.

Drinking Liberally Waukesha, 6:30pm - 9pm 
Clarke Irish Pub, 314 W. Main St., Waukesha 
More information.

Tue Sep 12, 2017

Fair Elections Town Hall, 5:45pm - 7:30pm 
Washington Park Library, 2121 N. Sherman Blvd. Milwaukee
 
Come learn from community leaders! Shauntay Nelson from Wisconsin Voices, Sachin Chheda of the Fair Elections Project, and former state senators Tim Cullen (D-Janesville) and Dale Schultz (R-Richland Center) will speak. Learn what you need to know about unfair voting maps, why the U.S. Supreme Court will hear the most important case of the decade against Wisconsin’s unfair voting maps, and what we can do to get fair voting maps! RSVP.

Drinking Liberally MKE, 6:30pm - 8:30pm 
Riverwest Public House Co-op, 815 E. Locust St., Milwaukee
 
Now, more than ever, Drinking Liberally is a space to gather, support each other, and form the progressive community we're going to need to get through the next four years. Come share a pint with your fellow progressives! Drinking Liberally MKE meets on the second Tuesday of every month, hosted by Matt Filipowicz.

350 Milwaukee Meeting, 7pm - 8:30pm 
Urban Ecology Center, 1500 E. Park Pl., Milwaukee is
the global organization building a grassroots movement in 188 countries to address global warming and solve the climate crisis. 350 Milwaukee meets every month on the second Tuesday. More information.

Wed Sep 13, 2017

Refuel the Resistance, 5pm - 8pm 
Bounce Milwaukee, 2801 S. 5th Ct., Milwaukee
 
Weekly gathering at Bounce Milwaukee's mezzanine bar for networking, inspiration or just to vent. Bring along any evidence of your civic resistance from the last week to get a beverage (up to $7) on the house, and compare notes with other individuals and groups working to make things better. More information.

Southwest Region Dems Meeting, 6pm - 6pm 
Greendale Public Library, 5647 Broad St., Greendale
 
Region 5 Democrats will hold their monthly meeting at the Greendale Public Library (enter through rear at 5600 Parking St.). Region 5 covers Franklin, Greendale, Greenfield, Hales Corners, Milwaukee (Southwest), West Allis, West Milwaukee. For more information email.

Foxconn and Wisconsin, 7pm - 8:30pm 
Germantown Community Library, N112 W16957 Mequon Rd., Germantown
 
Join Citizen Action's Dr. Robert Kraig and OFA for an important town hall meeting on what has been happening on Foxconn, its impact on Washington County and the state of Wisconsin, what Citizen Action and allies are doing across the state, and what you can do about it right now. RSVP. Contact: Kevin Kane, 414-550-8280.

Thu Sep 14, 2017

The State of Politics, 11:30am - 1pm 
Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts, 2419 E. Kenwood Blvd., Milwaukee
 
Join WisPolitics at UW-Milwaukee for lunch and a panel discussion on the state of politics and policy in DC and Wisconsin and how it will affect 2018 elections. Participants include: Betsy Ankney, campaign manager for Sen. Ron Johnson; Paul Maslin, Democratic pollster; Mark Graul, Republican strategist; Joe Zepecki, advisor to candidate Mary Burke. Check in begins at 11: 30 am, Program at 11. Cost: $15 for program and lunch if paid in advance; payment at the door is $20. Registration required (purpose of payment is “Sept. 14 Milw” ). Sponsored by: Wisconsin Academy for Global Education and Training, ELEVEN25 at Pabst, UW-Milwaukee, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Police Association, and The Firm Consulting.

On the Issues: Foreign Affairs, 12:15pm - 1:15pm 
Marquette University, Eckstein Hall, 1215 W. Michigan St., Milwaukee
 
What will the Trump administration mean for international law and human rights, previously negotiated agreements with other nations, and U.S.foreign policy? Vanderbilt’s Professor Ingrid Wuerth is a leading scholar of foreign affairs and public international law. Marquette’s Professor Ryan Scoville teaches and writes on U.S. foreign relations law and international law. Robbie Gramer covers the State Department for Foreign Policy magazine. Together, the three experts will explore a variety of questions related to international law, current U.S. foreign policy, and the Trump administration’s priorities. RSVP required.

Wis Supreme Court Candidate Forum, 6pm - 8:30pm 
Milwaukee Area Technical College, 700 W. State St., Room S120, Milwaukee
 
Join the Citizen Action Organizing Cooperative for a candidate forum featuring the two announced progressive candidates for the 2018 State Supreme Court Election in Spring. The candidates will appear separately and answer questions from Citizen Action members and leaders. Doors open at 5:45. Tim Burns at 6:15pm Rebecca Dallet at 7:15pm. RSVP. Contact: Matt Brusky.

Drinking Liberally West Allis, 6:30pm - 9pm 
Studz Pub Sports Bar & Grill, 6833 W. National Ave., West Allis
 
Drinking Liberally West Allis meets on the second Thursday of the month. Free discussions and fellowship. Good food and specials available.

Waukesha Writers Club, 6:30pm - 8pm 
336 Wisconsin Ave., Waukesha
 
The "Letter to the Editor" section is one of the most widely read parts of the newspaper, offering a chance to reach a broad audience. Letters to our legislators are also an effective way to let them know what we expect of them. Working together gives us the opportunity to discuss the current issues, improve writing skills, develop persuasive techniques that target intended readers, and help each other with ideas and suggestions. Sponsored by grassrootswauksha.org (carlwauk@gmail.com).

Sat Sep 16, 2017

Fighting Bob Fest, 10am - 2pm 
Tripoli Shrine Center, 3000 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee
 
Our Wisconsin Revolution, in partnership with the Progressive Magazine, will host Fighting Bob Fest 2017. The event will feature former state senator Nina Turner and Jim Hightower (of Our Revolution), Representative David Bowen, and a plethora of other fun and exciting speakers and organizations. This will be an opportunity to hear from great speakers and organizations, and to enjoy lunch with other progressives, activists, and organizers from the Milwaukee area. Citizen action panels will address water safety issues and the Great Lakes, and how to work toward ensuring racial justice. This is a free event (lunch will be available for purchase). RSVP.

GRSS at Bay View Bash, 10am - 5pm 
Kinnickinnic Avenue between Potter and Clement, Milwaukee
 
Bay View Bash is a large street festival on South KK Avenue with live music, food, and many interesting vendors. Grass Roots South Shore will operate an information booth for the Democratic Party and sell all types of Democratic Party items.

NAACP Monthly Meeting, 11am - 1pm 
2745 N. Dr Martin Luther King Dr., Milwaukee
 
Monthly membership meeting of NAACP Milwaukee Branch. The meeting is held in the basement conference room.

Mayor Barrett Zoo Picnic, 5:30pm - 7:30pm 
Milwaukee County Zoo, 10001 W. Bluemound Rd., Milwaukee
 
Mayor Tom Barrett's 2017 Annual Picnic at the Zoo. More information andRSVP: pgradus@gmail.com

Laughing Liberally Milwaukee, 8pm - 10pm 
Comedy Sportz Theater, 420 S. 1st St., Milwaukee
 
Laughing Liberally Milwaukee presents a night of progressive political comedy. In addition to some of the finest progressive comedians Milwaukee has to offer, each Laughing Liberally Milwaukee will feature a special interview with a local political figure, journalist or activist. Advance tickets ($8).

Sun Sep 17, 2017

Grassroots North Shore Annual Picnic, 4:30pm - 7pm 
Cahill Park, 1001 E. Fairmount Ave., Whitefish Bay
 
Food and fun at the potluck with the best progressives on the North Shore. Plus you'll have a chance to meet and hear from Josh Kaul (running for Attorney General), Earnell Lucas (running for Milwaukee County Sheriff) and others. The potluck event features Keith Schmitz's famous pulled pork and pulled chicken sandwiches. If your last name begins with A-N, please bring a side dish or salad (no more than 8 servings). If your last name begins with O-Z, please bring a plated dessert. Doors will open at 4:30; food will be served at 5:15; and presentation will begin at 5:45. RSVP.

Mon Sep 18, 2017

Milwaukee Dems Meeting, 6pm - 6pm 
Amalgamated Transit Union, 734 N. 26th St., Milwaukee
 
Milwaukee County Democrats meet monthly to discuss party business, hear speakers on current topics, pass resolutions, and network with other progressives. All interested Democrats are invited.

Grassroots Waukesha Member Meeting, 6:30pm - 8pm 
336 Wisconsin Ave, Waukesha
 
Monthly membership/planning meeting. Everyone Welcome.

Tue Sep 19, 2017

Public “Conversation on Race," 6:30pm - 9pm 
Brown Deer United Methodist Church, 5736 W Brown Deer Rd, Milwaukee
 
The “Conversation” is part of an ongoing series of public discussions on race being sponsored by the church for people who are ready to gather in a safe space to discuss how we might approach racial issues both personally and systemically. RSVP.


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