On being down so long

On a day when lives are in jeopardy in the northern California fires, the Trump administration has begun the process of rolling back the Clean Power Plan. Meanwhile, the New York Times reports: "In recent decades, fire seasons have grown longer, more frequent and more destructive, something scientists attribute in part to increased dryness caused by climate change. (Scientists from the University of Idaho and Columbia University wrote in one study published last year that climate change had caused more than half of the dryness of Western forests since 1979.)"

Puerto Rico remains in desperate shape, still largely without power and clean water. FEMA declares that it is not responsible for delivering food and waterVox explains that a key clue to the effects of climate change in Harvey, Irma, and Maria is the amount of rain each mega-storm generated. The hurricane season isn't over yet.

Women's health and freedom are under constant assault. The Trump administration has so weakened the requirement that health insurance plans cover contraceptive care without co-pays or co-insurance fees that any employer can ignore the requirement with impunity. And the US House has passed a bill banning abortions after 20 weeks. Conventional wisdom has it that the bill can't pass the senate. Nevertheless, Planned Parenthood needs our support. Consider attending one of the organization's Be Visible events.

Our state, our country and our planet are all showing signs of extreme stress while the man who is unfit to be president pursues his feuds with Senator Corker and the NFL. The daily news is both terrifying and overwhelming. Although no one of us can do everything, every one of us can do something to help change the power structure. If you're looking around for a way to engage, get in touch with us at Grassroots North Shore. Our outreach committee can get you connected to one or more organizations that focus on an issue you would like to work on. Our organization also has several working committees that could use your help.

Notes from the Chair

In the past year one of our goals has been lend support to other groups. As such, we want to update you on two actions:

Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort (WAVE) 
Last week some of us attended a letter writing session at their office. It was so simple, clear, and efficient that we are duplicating it at our office on Thursday, October 12, 2017 from noon – 1 PM. We will provide everything you need so please sign up on our site

Voces de la Frontera Gala on Friday, October 27, 2017 at the Harley Davidson Museum. We have completed work on soliciting items and creating baskets for the group’s Silent Auction. Special Thanks to Ann Winchel and her team: Rosalie Tocco, Joan Baumgartner, and John Grove. 

If you would like to personally support the group, please consider attending the Gala yourself. You can find ticket information on their site.

 

Tue Oct 10, 2017

Latino Caucus Meeting, 5:30pm - 5:30pm 
Washington Park Library, 2121 N. Sherman Blvd., Milwaukee
 
The Latino Caucus of the Milwaukee County Democratic Party will hold its monthly meeting.

Conversations on Race, 6:30pm - 9pm 
Brown Deer United Methodist, 5736 W. Brown Deer Rd., Brown Deer
 
Conversations on Race is for people who are ready to discuss how we are approaching racial issues both personally and systemically. It is a time to learn about the fears, angers, prejudices, systemic privileges and spiritual power that we each hold. This discussion of White Supremacy and the impact everyday in American culture and life will be led by Lisa Jones and Joe Masterson. This event is open to the public and is handicap accessible.

Drinking Liberally MKE, 6:30pm - 8:30pm 
Art Bar, 722 E. Burleigh St., Milwaukee
 
NOTE: New location. 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
 
350.ORG is the global organization building a grassroots movement in 188countries to address global warming and solve the climate crisis. 350 Milwaukee meets every month on the second Tuesday. More information.

Wed Oct 11, 2017

Citizen Action Brew Fest Fundraiser, 5pm - 8pm 
Pabst Brewery Great Hall, 901 W. Juneau Ave., Milwaukee
 
Citizen Action 9th Annual Brew Fest Fundraiser. Come try a wide selection ofunion and locally sourced beer. Complimentary beer, appetizers, and silent auction. Suggested donation of $50; Citizen Action Co-op members pay half. RSVP. Contact: Brian Wooldridge, 414-476-4501.

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 PublicLibrary (enter through rear at 5600 Parking St.). Region 5 covers Franklin, Greendale, Greenfield, Hales Corners, Milwaukee (Southwest), West Allis, West Milwaukee. For more information contact southwestdems@gmail.com.

Recusal Rules for Judges, 6:30pm - 8pm 
Marquette University, Eckstein Hall, 1215 W. Michigan St., Milwaukee
 
Common Cause WI will present a town hall where legal experts will discuss whymore effective recusal rules are needed for judges at all levels who receive campaign contributions. Panelists will include former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Louis Butler, former Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Michael Skwierawski, Marquette Law Professor Edward Fallone, and Common Cause Executive Director Jay Heck. Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters and American Association of University Women. Contact: Sandra Miller, 608-658-2109

Thu Oct 12, 2017

Write Letters about Permitless Carry, 12pm - 1pm 
Grassroots North Shore, 5600 W Brown Deer Rd, Brown Deer
 
We will provide everything you need, Paper, pens, talking points, background, and the address of your State Senator and Rep. One hour and out! Sign up!

On the Issues: Vincent Lyles, 12:15pm - 1:15pm 
Marquette University, Eckstein Hall, 1215 W. Michigan St., Milwaukee
 
Vincent Lyles, President and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee,will speak. With 800 employees and 1,200 volunteers, the Clubs carry out an important mission; every day, they provide safety, support, and meals, along with academic and recreational programming, for thousands of Milwaukee kids. RSVP required.

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 thenewspaper, 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 Oct 14, 2017

Meet Progressive Candidates, 9am - 11am 
Cardinal Stritch University, Kliebhan Conference Center, 6801 N. Yates Rd., Milwaukee
 
Meet Progressive Candidates Running for Office in 2018! Participants include: Tony Evers and Andy Gronik, Governor | Mike Thurow, State Assembly District 24 | Bryan Kennedy, Mayor of Glendale. Plus Emerge Fall 2017 Panel Discussion: Christine Rahlf, State Assembly District 60 | K. P. Riley, Board of Supervisors, 16th District | And more.... Sponsored by Northshore Huddle.

Cory Mason Mayoral Canvass / Phone Bank, 10am - 1pm 
Mason for Racine Office, 3201 Washington Ave., Racine
 
Rep. Cory Mason, a champion for working families and a proud Democrat, isrunning for mayor of Racine. Election day is October 17. His opponent has taken nearly half her donations from Scott Walker Republicans and Tea Party donors. She voted against raising wages for workers, and against a resolution demanding expanded access to Obamacare for Racine families. Canvassing and phone banking shifts are held at the office each weekend. If you would like to volunteer, you can email the campaign or call (262) 221- 8446. More information.

ACLU MKE Annual Meeting, 1pm - 3pm 
Milwaukee Friends Meeting, 3224 N. Gordon Pl., Milwaukee
 
Join the ACLU Milwaukee Chapter at the annual meeting for the vote on boardmembers, learn about becoming a member, and hear details about the ACLU's voting rights project! More information.

Sun Oct 15, 2017

Cory Mason Mayoral Canvass / Phone Bank, 10am - 1pm 
Mason for Racine Office, 3201 Washington Ave., Racine
 
Rep. Cory Mason, a champion for working families and a proud Democrat, isrunning for mayor of Racine. Election day is October 17. His opponent has taken nearly half her donations from Scott Walker Republicans and Tea Party donors. She voted against raising wages for workers, and against a resolution demanding expanded access to Obamacare for Racine families. Canvassing and phone banking shifts are held at the office each weekend. If you would like to volunteer, you can email the campaign or call (262) 221- 8446. More information.

Mon Oct 16, 2017

County Budget Hearing, 6pm - 6pm 
Washington Park Senior Center, 4420 W. Vliet St., Milwaukee
 
Supervisor Peggy West invites you to join her at a public hearing on the 2018county budget. Lend your voice to the budget process and discuss your questions and concerns with Sup. West.

Milwaukee Dems Meeting, 6pm - 6pm 
Amalgamated Transit Union, 734 N. 26th St., Milwaukee
 
This month our feature presentation will be about eradicating human trafficking.Our special guest will be Dana World-Patterson, founder and CEO of Foundations For Freedom. 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 Oct 17, 2017

Protect Senior Centers, 9am - 11am 
Clinton Rose Senior Center, 3045 N. Martin Luther King Dr., Milwaukee
 
The proposed Milwaukee County Budget is likely to contain funding cuts forMilwaukee senior centers while providing for a $25 million international airport terminal for Foxconn. The staff of the Department on Aging has already seen major cutbacks. Research has shown that one of the biggest issues for seniors is loneliness, especially among lower income seniors. Please attend one of the meetings scheduled to consider funding of senior centers and help to prevent these cuts by the County Board. Another meeting will be held on October 24.

Wed Oct 18, 2017

On the Issues: Janesville , 12:15pm - 1:15pm Marquette University, Eckstein Hall, 1215 W. Michigan St., Milwaukee 
Washington Post reporter Amy Goldstein will talk about her book "Janesville: An American Story," which chronicles the shutdown of the General Motors assembly plant in December 2008 and what happened to the people of Janesville in the years that followed. RSVP required.

Unlearning Racism: Tools for Change, 1pm - 5pm 
1915 N Dr Martin Luther King Dr., Milwaukee
 
YWCA offers in-depth 6-session class (Wednesdays: 9/20, 10/4, 10/18, 11/1, 11/15, 11/29). Join the YWCA of Southeast Wisconsin for an opportunity to learn about the history and impact of racism and what you can do about it. Facilitated dialogue, activities, documentaries, and listening pairs will move you forward in addressing racism where and when you can. This is one of the most comprehensive local training programs on this topic. More information.

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.

Drinking Liberally Wauwatosa, 6pm - 8pm 
Cranky Al's, 6901 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa
 
Come join fellow Wauwatosa progressives for good conversation and good beer atone of Tosa's most gemütlich establishments, Cranky Al's. DLW meets monthly on the 3rd Wednesday at 6 pm.

Thu Oct 19, 2017

Green Drinks Milwaukee, 5:30pm - 7:30pm 
Good drinks, good conversation and a chance to network with other environmentally minded people. More information.

Black & Brown Get Down, 6pm - 8:30pm 
Arts @ Large, 908 S. 5th St., Milwaukee
 
Help Youth Empowered in the Struggle and VOCES De La Frontera reach its end-of-the-year fundraising goal! Join in for some delicious food, entertainment, raffle prizes, and cool items for sale! All proceeds will go toward YES and current campaigns! More information.

Blue Bash / Fiesta Azul, 7pm - 11pm 
J&B's Blue Ribbon, 5230 W. Bluemound Rd., Milwaukee
 
Join the Democratic Party of Milwaukee County for our annual celebration ofDemocratic values, with food, drink, costumes, and merriment! Featuring a special solo performance by Christopher Porterfield of Field Report, http://www.fieldreportmusic.com, and more to be announced soon. General Admission: $25 Sponsors: $500 ~ $250 ~ $100 ~ $50 Limited quantity of tickets are available at each price level. Buy your ticket now to guarantee a spot at this special event.

Waukesha County Democratic Party Meeting, 7pm - 9pm 
336 Wisconsin Avenue, Waukesha
 
The Waukesha County Democratic Party meets the 3rd Thursday of every month.

“The 13th” Documentary Public Screening Event on the US Prison System and Racial Inequality, 7pm - 10pm 
Cardinal Stritch University, University-Schroeder Auditorium, North Yates Road, Milwaukee

Sat Oct 21, 2017

Reviving Hope for Racial Equity, 9am - 2:30pm 
Plymouth Church, 2717 E. Hampshire St., Milwaukee
 
The day will begin with an inspirational worship service featuring interfaithleaders. Workshops will include telling stories about race, learning songs about justice, deepening understanding of race, and the connection between public art and justice. There will also be youth-specific workshops on racial equity. Lunch will be served. Cost: $10 for adults, free for volunteers and youth. More information and registration or call 414-964-1513.

Bridge-Building Conversations, 11am - 4:30pm 
GRNS Office, 5600 W. Brown Deer Rd., Brown Deer
 
If you want Democrats to win in 2018 please join Grassroots North Shore forBridge-Building Outreach Training. Learn how to talk to citizens and more importantly how to listen to them. The conversations with potential voters about their issues and concerns will focus on three assembly districts: AD 23 (Jim Ott, incumbent); AD 24 (Dan Knodl, incumbent), and AD 60 (Robert Brooks, incumbent). 11 am: Orientation to Bridge-Building Conversations andpractice with scripts 12 pm - 12:45 pm: Pizza provided for lunch 12:45: Depart for specified locations to speak to voters 1 pm - 4 pm: Conversations with voters 4 pm - 4:30 pm: Feedback on what worked and did not work. RSVP.

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.

Laughing Liberally Milwaukee, 8pm - 10pm 
Comedy Sportz Theater, 420 S. 1st St., Milwaukee
 
Laughing Liberally Milwaukee presents a night of progressive political comedy. Inaddition 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 Oct 22, 2017

Sunday Demonstration, 12pm - 1pm 
Cutler Park, Wisconsin Avenue, Waukesha
 
What are you most concerned about? Social justice, democracy, the environment?Join us for a silent demonstration. We meet at Cutler Park in Waukesha on the sidewalk along Wisconsin Avenue near the Public Library. Bring a sign or use one of ours. Sponsored by Grassroots Waukesha.

Cultivating Global Leadership, 1pm - 3pm 
Whitefish Bay Library, 5420 N. Marlborough Dr., Whitefish Bay
 
The United Nations Association – Greater Milwaukee invites you to apresentationon “Cultivating Global Leadership in Schools & theCommunity.” The keynote speaker will be Michelle Wade, MPS SocialStudies Curriculum Specialist, with special guest John F. Lange, Ambassador, US Foreign Service, Ret. The program will examine a newUnited Nations Schools of International Learning curriculum with afocus on world affairs and current events that is used in someMilwaukee Public Schools. Whitefish Bay High School students will sharehow Model United Nations developed their leadership skills andrepresentatives of local non-profits working on related UN issues willbe present. More information: Debbie Metke.

Tue Oct 24, 2017

Milwaukee Area Project, 8:15am - 12:30pm 
Marquette University, Eckstein Hall, 1215 W. Michigan St., Milwaukee
 
Marquette Law School’s new Lubar Center for Public Policy Research andCivicEducation will hold a half-day conference exploring aspects ofthe future of the metropolitan Milwaukee area. This particularconference will hear from Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and WaukeshaCounty Executive Paul Farrow, each of whom will offer a vision for thearea’s future. Former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, currentCEO/president of the Minneapolis Foundation, will deliver the day’skeynote address, offering his perspective on the keys to regionalsuccess. RSVP (required).

Protect Senior Centers, 9am - 11am 
Wilson Park Senior Center, 2601 W. Howard Ave., Milwaukee
 
The proposed Milwaukee County Budget is likely to contain funding cuts forMilwaukee senior centers while providing for a $25 million international airport terminal for Foxconn. The staff of the Department on Aging has already seen major cutbacks. Research has shown that one of the biggest issues for seniors is loneliness, especially among lower income seniors. Please attend and help to prevent these cuts by the County Board.

Sup. Lipscomb Town Hall Meeting, 6pm - 7pm 
Villard Square Library, 5190 N. 35th St., Milwaukee
 
Join County Board Chairman Theo Lipscomb for a 1st District Town Hall Meeting where you can offer your feedback or simply learn more about our 2018 budget.

13th, the movie, 7pm - 9pm 
100 E Broadway, Waukesha (First Congregational Church)
 
'13th' is based on the 13th Amendment which outlawed slavery ‘exceptforpunishment of criminals’. This Emmy award winning documentary showsthe progression from the passage of the 13th Amendment to the currentsituation of mass incarceration in this country. Discussion will followviewing. Sponsored By SOPHIA.

 


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