GRNS newsletter for January 22

At our Mid-Winter Warmup and Annual Meeting, on Sunday February 10 at the North Shore Presbyterian Church (4048 N Bartlett Ave, Shorewood, 53211), we will be hearing from Judge Lisa Neubauer, a candidate for Wisconsin Supreme Court justice in the April election. In addition, we will outline two areas of intense interest and activity for the coming year — the environment and nonpartisan redistricting — and soliciting other areas of work from you, the supporters of Grassroots North Shore. So please don't miss it! (We'll be serving up sloppy joes, a variety of side dishes, and a selection of desserts — all prepared by a dedicated group of volunteers.) The doors open at 4:30pm; the business meeting will begin around 5:15; food will be served at about 5:30pm; and Judge Neubauer will speak at approximately 6pm. Please RSVP.

I will be bringing everyone up to date on the nonpartisan redistricting issue at the meeting but as part of the Fair Maps Coalition we want our supporters to engage right now in a lobbying campaign to encourage Governor Evers to include funds in his proposed bienniel budget for a fairer redistricting process when the state is required to draw a new electoral map both for state legislators and for US representatives in 2021. The process we want to establish would ensure full public transparency, protect everyone's civil and voting rights, and make sure the maps are fair. To that end, a new bill will be introduced in both houses of the legislature in the next 10 days or two weeks.

What We Want You To Do Now: phone the Governor's office and ask him to include money in the current budget for planning a process for drawing fair maps in 2021. You can reach his office by phone at (608) 267-2560. Although it seems to be less effective than a phone call, you can also email your request to EversInfo@wisconsin.gov.

When you have taken care of that ask, phone your state Assembly representative and state Senator, even if he/she is a Democrat, to talk about the process and to urge hearings and passage of the bills that will be introduced in both chambers. To find who represents you and their phone numbers, start at the legislative directory and type your address into the form labeled "Find Your Legislator." You can talk about transparency, voting rights, fairness and democracy in your discussions with legislators and with the governor.

Also, please sign up to attend "Beyond the Budget: Our Wisconsin Priorities" to hear from Representatives Jonathan Brostoff, David Bowen, and Evan Goyke. They will let us know what the Dems have planned for the current legislative session and will answer questions about topics of interest to you. The event will take place at the Brown Deer United Methodist Church, 5736 W. Brown Deer Road. Doors open at 5:45pm and we aim to wrap up by 8pm. Grassroots is a co-sponsor of this event — it's free and open to the public.

EVENTS

Wed Jan 23, 2019

Day of Action, 10am - 12pm WISDOM
Room 411 South of the State Capitol in Madison

On Wednesday, January 23, Columbia University Justice Labs will release a very important report, called "Mass Supervision in Wisconsin." WISDOM will hold three events on that day. At each event, the report will be presented, impacted individuals will speak about their lived experience of the system, and there will be an advocacy training, to begin to prepare ourselves to speak about this and other issues at budget hearings, and at our March 26 Madison Action Day. The three January 23 events, to which all are invited for free, will be: 10:00 am, in Room 411 South of the State Capitol in Madison. (This might also be covered by Wisconsin Eye.)

Lisa Neubauer Lunch Event, 12pm - 1:15pm
Riverfront Pizzeria, 509 E. Erie St., Milwaukee

The Wisconsin Justice Initiative will host an informal "salon" luncheon featuring Wisconsin Court of Appeals Judge Lisa Neubauer. Neubauer will talk about the April 2 election and the courts and will answer questions from the audience. (Her opponent Brian Hagedorn has been invited to appear at a separate salon.) The cost of the salon is $14, which covers the cost of the buffet lunch. The lunch includes a pasta dish, pizza, salad, and garlic bread. There will be vegetarian options. RSVP by noon, Monday 21.

On the Issues: Flint Water, 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Marquette University, Eckstein Hall, 1215 W. Michigan St., Milwaukee

By now, many Americans have heard about what happened to municipal water supply in Flint, Michigan. But why did it happen? Anna Clark’s new book, The Poisoned City, sheds light on why Flint experienced apublic health crisis. The New York Times calls it “[a] comprehensivechronicle of the crisis—with an eye for the institutional corruptionand indifference that enabled it.” RSVP required.

Excessive Supervision Forum, 5pm - 8pm
Wisconsin African American Women's Center, 3020 W. Vliet St., Milwaukee

This special event will include a presentation on Columbia University Justice Lab's paper on mass supervision in Wisconsin and a panel discussion featuring people who have been directly impacted by Wisconsin's horrific, racist system of mass supervision. The community forum will be followed by a state budget advocacy training led by organizers with WISDOM, EXPO, JustLeadershipUSA, and the ACLU of Wisconsin. Supper will be served after the community forum. More info.

Poisoned City: Flint Water, 5pm - 6pm
Weasler Auditorium, Marquette University, 1506 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee

Marquette Forum presents award-winning journalist Anna Clark, who has covered the Flint, Michigan water scandal from its beginnings, for a talk about her account of the crisis in The Poisoned City: Flint's Water and the American Urban Tragedy. More information and registration (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.

Day of Action, 5pm - 7pm WISDOM
Wisconsin African American Women's Center, 3020 W Vliet St, Milwaukee, WI 53208, USA

On Wednesday, January 23, Columbia University Justice Labs will release a very important report, called "Mass Supervision in Wisconsin." WISDOM will hold three events on that day. At each event, the report will be presented, impacted individuals will speak about their lived experience of the system, and there will be an advocacy training, to begin to prepare ourselves to speak about this and other issues at budget hearings, and at our March 26 Madison Action Day.

Care Crisis, 5:30pm - 8pm Long Term
Independence First, 540 S, First St., Milwaukee

A community conversation around the shortage of direct home care workers. Come to this free event and learn more about the workforce crisis. 5:30 Doors open/Refreshments, 6:00-8:00 PM Program. Please contact Karen Kirsch at 414-588-0927. V/Relay with your disability-related accommodation requests by 1/9/19. IndependenceFirst will do its best to honor requests made after this date. RSVP.

District 8 School Board Forum, 6pm - 7:30pm
Bay View Library, 2566 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., Milwaukee

Milwaukee students, staff, parents and community members are invited to meet the candidates for the Milwaukee Public Schools Board of Directors in District 8, Kathryn Gabor, Megan O'Halloran, and Derek Beyer. Doors open at 6pm, forum 6:30 - 7:30. Sponsored by Parents for Public School of Milwaukee/PPSMKE, the Hmong American Women's Association/HAWA, Schools and Communities United/SCU and Leaders Igniting Transformation/LIT. (Unlike other districts, there WILL be a primary election for these candidates on February 19.) More info.

Drinking Liberally Glendale, 6:30pm - 9pm
Bar Louie, 5750 N. Bayshore Dr., Glendale

Drinking Liberally Glendale meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Come drink a beverage or two of your choice and talk about Liberal stuff. More information.

Thu Jan 24, 2019

On the Issues: Marquette Poll, 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Marquette University, Eckstein Hall, 1215 W. Michigan St., Milwaukee

Marquette Law School Poll Director Charles Franklin joins Mike Gousha for a discussion of the new Evers administration, state policy and national politics, with a report on the findings of the first Marquette Law School Poll since the November election. RSVP required.

Mental Health Board Meeting, 4:30pm - 4:30pm
Washington Park Senior Center, 4420 W. Vliet St., Milwaukee

Milwaukee County Mental Health Board Meeting. Public Comment: General/Crisis Redesign. More information.

Fri Jan 25, 2019

EXPO Meeting, 6pm - 7:30pm
Welford Sanders Enterprise Center, 2821 N. Vel Phillips Ave., Milwaukee

EXPO (EX-incarcerated People Organizing) welcomes author and activist James Kilgore to Milwaukee to present on "Electronic Monitoring." A formerly incarcerated person himself, James has launched the #ECarceration campaign in Illinois to end the use of electronic monitoring there. All are welcome. More info.

Sat Jan 26, 2019

Community Brainstorming, 8am - 11am
St. Matthew CME Church, 2944 N. 9th St., Milwaukee

Community Brainstorming Conference Breakfast Forum Breakfast: 8 am, Program: 9 am "While Black: Racial Harassment and Surveillance in Milwaukee and Beyond" Panel: David Bowen, WI State Representative, District 10 Dynasty Caesar, Running Rebels, Youth Representative Reggie Jackson, Black Holocaust Museum, director and griot Dalila Negreiros, perspective from Brazil, PhD. student Moderator: Dr. Ruth Russell, Chair: Hon. Russell Stamper Sr. All Are Invited, Come and Participate.

Stand for Peace, 12pm - 1pm
Martin Luther King Drive & North Avenue, Milwaukee

Stand for peace in the streets of Milwaukee, every Saturday at noon. Organized by Peace Action Wisconsin.

Mon Jan 28, 2019

Campaign Finance Legislation, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Riverwest Public House Cooperative, 815 E. Locust St., Milwaukee

Senator Chris Larson will introduce a campaign finance reform package this legislative session. These bills change various laws to ensure sensible contribution limits, increase transparency in mass media communication expenditures, and close loopholes for political action committees. Join Chris and Matt Rothschild of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign for a conversation about campaign finance reform and how you can help bring it about. Hosted by Our Wisconsin Revolution. More info.

Tue Jan 29, 2019

Cold War Wisconsin Author Event, 6:30pm - 6:30pm
Milwaukee Public Library, Rare Books Room, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee

Author Christopher Sturdevant recounts the stories of everyday Wisconsinites during the years that the Cold War gripped the world with fear of espionage and nuclear winter in this book, which preserves a fading piece of Wisconsin history. For decades, Wisconsin’s nuclear missiles pointed to the skies from Waukesha’s back yard, awaiting Soviet bombers. Joseph Stalin's daughter sought refuge in the smalltown of Richland Center. With violence in Vietnam about to peak, a cargo ship from Kewaunee sparked a new international incident with North Korea. Manitowoc was ground zero for a Sputnik satellite crash, and four ordinary Madison youths landed on the FBI's most wanted list after the Sterling Hall Bombing.

Wed Jan 30, 2019

Refuel the Resistance, 5pm - 8pm
Bounce Milwaukee, 2801 S. 5th Ct., Milwaukee Calendar: Social

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.

Legislative Update, 5:45pm - 8pm
Brown Deer United Methodist Church, 5736 W. Brown Deer Rd., Brown Deer

Hear from Representatives David Bowen, Jon Brostoff and Evan Goyke about the legislative priorities of the Evers administration for 2019 and beyond. Doors open at 5:45; presentation from 6-8. RSVP.

District 1 School Board Forum, 6pm - 7:30pm
Villard Square Library, 5190 N. 35th St., Milwaukee

Milwaukee students, staff, parents and community members are invited to meet the candidates for the Milwaukee Public Schools Board of Directors in District, Shyla Deacon and Marva Herndon. Doors open at 6pm, forum 6:30 - 7:30. Sponsored by Parents for Public School of Milwaukee/PPSMKE, the Hmong American Women's Association/HAWA, Schools and Communities United/SCU and Leaders Igniting Transformation/LIT. More info.

Sat Feb 2, 2019

Stand for Peace, 12pm - 1pm
Howell Avenue & Howard Avenue (near Tippecanoe Library), Milwaukee

Stand for peace in the streets of Milwaukee, every Saturday at noon. Organized by Peace Action Wisconsin.

Mon Feb 4, 2019

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

Drinking Liberally Waukesha meets the first Monday of each month. More information.


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