the con continues

This week's link-fest of a newsletter has a brief update on the Foxconn foibles, followed by some important information and events we especially want you to know about.

So, a few days ago, the Journal Sentinel published "It looks like one of Milwaukee's Domes. But this proposed Foxconn building would be high-tech" (jsonline.com, Sept. 12, 2019), a story about a futuristic, spherical building to serve as the "network operations center." According to the article,"[t]he operations center is a central location for network administrators to manage, control and monitor information technology networks." But on the same day, Wisconsin Public Radio announced that "Foxconn's plans to build a nine-story circular office building reminiscent of Epcot's iconic Spaceship Earth building at the entrance of its Orlando theme park in Mount Pleasant have been put on hold." Also on September 12, The Epoch Times (a right-wing news organ) reported that Terry Gou, "quit Taiwan's main opposition party on Sept. 12, paving the way for a possible bid to stand in a presidential election as an independent...." But yesterday, Gou announced that he will not run for president of Taiwan after all! (See Reuters). Foxconn's con in WI carries on: "UW experiences delay in receiving Foxconn gift." The Badger Herald's subhead reads "Rep. Chris Taylor unsurprised." If you've been keeping up with the con, you are surprised either.

Back here in the real world, you don't need to be reminded that politics is a participation sport. So if you live in Milwaukee County, become a member of the Milwaukee County Democratic Party. If you live in Ozaukee County, you can find the "Join the party" link here. Follow the links to find everything you need to know to become a "virtual card-carrying member" of the Democratic Party in your county.

You'll want to be a party member to attend the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee in July 2020! Hot off the presses, here's what you need to know to be a delegate and help choose the party's nominee: Becoming a delegate to the 2020 Democratic National Convention. You know it's going to be in Milwaukee at the Fiserv Forum, right? (For those of you who want to volunteer for the convention, the place to go is milwaukee2020.com. Those of you who have already signed up but have not heard back, be patient a little longer. Ben Wikler, chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, assured the party faithful that the organizing committee will be fully staffed up and, well, organized soon. And will be in touch.)

Meanwhile, Grassroots North Shore continues to encourage you to join us for some deep canvassing on Wednesday, September 25, from 5-7pm and Saturday, September 28, from 2-5:30pm. Meet in our office at 5600 W Brown Deer Rd, Suite 116. Also on Wednesday, September 25, from 5-7pm and Saturday, September 28, from 2-5:30pm, we're hosting some postcard writing sessions to support two bills, AB303 and SB288. These bills would ensure that the Assembly, state Senate, and US Representative districts that will be drawn in 2021 will be developed in a non-partisan and transparent way. Right now, the bills are stuck in Assembly and Senate committees and cannot come up for a floor vote, let alone be signed into law. Our postcard effort will target the chairs and vice chairs of the relevant committees to urge them to schedule public hearings on the bills. So please give us a little of your time to fill the postcards out — Wednesday, September 25, from 5-7pm, and Saturday, September 28, from 2-4:30pm.

Finally, please SAVE THE DATE: Impeachment? or Not? A Debate on the Future of This Country. Speaking in favor of impeachment is Dr. Robert Kraig, Executive Director of Citizen Action of Wisconsin. Speaking against impeachment is Dr. Sheldon Wasserman, Milwaukee County Supervisor. Moderating the proceedings is Kathleen Dunn, long-time host of Wisconsin Public Radion. The program will be held on Sunday, October 13, at North Shore Presbyterian Church (4048 N. Bartlett Ave., Shorewood). We will have further details as we get closer to October 13, so stay tuned. But you can register now.

EVENTS

Tue Sep 17, 2019

Protect Elections Rally, 11:45am - 11:45am
Federal Building, 517 E. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee

The House has already passed a bill that will provide $600 million to make our elections secure. Join the rally outside Sen. Ron Johnson's office to demand that the Senate agree to pass this bill also.

Political Open Mic, 6pm - 8pm
Third Space Brewing, 1505 W. St. Paul Ave., Milwaukee

The 2020 US presidential election is almost a year away. Join NEWaukee and Bridge the City to discuss ways we can work together to ensure every vote counts, for all elections locally and nationally. This Political Open Mic will give residents, elected officials, nonprofit leaders, and the business community a platform to share solutions to the challenges our communities face around voting. More information, list of invited speakers, and RSVP.

Wed Sep 18, 2019

Ed Fallone Luncheon Event, 12pm - 1:15pm
Riverfront Pizzeria, 509 E. Erie St., Milwaukee

The Wisconsin Justice Initiative will host an informal "salon" luncheon. Supreme Court candidate Ed Fallone, a Marquette University Law School professor, will talk about his campaign and his qualifications and take questions from the audience. The cost of the salon is $14, which covers the buffet lunch of an entre, pizza, salad, and garlic bread. There will be vegetarian options. RSVP.

Rebecca Kiefer Campaign Fundraiser, 5pm - 7pm
Jackalope Lounj - Wicked Hop, 343 N. Broadway, Milwaukee

Event to support the campaign of Rebecca Kiefer for Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge. Host: $500 | Sponsor: $250 | Friend: $100 | Suggested contribution: $50 | All contributions gratefully accepted. To RSVP and Contribute. Checks can also be mailed to: Kiefer for Judge 5027 W. North Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53208

Drinking Liberally Wauwatosa, 6pm - 8pm
Red Dot, 6715 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa

Come join fellow Wauwatosa progressives for good conversation. DLW meets monthly on the 3rd Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Refuel the Resistance, 6pm - 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, 6:30pm - 9pm
Walter's, 6930 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa

Come join fellow Wauwatosa progressives for good conversation. http://livingliberally.org/drinking/chapters/WI/Wauwatosa

Southwest Region Dems Meeting, 7pm - 7pm
Studz Pub Sports Bar & Grill, 6833 W. National Ave., West Allis

Southwest Dems will hold their monthly meeting. Region 5 covers Franklin, Greendale, Greenfield, Hales Corners, Milwaukee (Southwest), West Allis, West Milwaukee. For more information contact southwestdems@gmail.com.

We’ve Been Here All Along: A Discussion with Richard Wagner on Wisconsin’s Early Gay History, 7pm - 8:30pm
2311 E. Hartford Ave., Milwaukee

Richard Wagner, author of the recently published, We’ve Been Here All Along: Wisconsin’s Early Gay History, (Wisconsin Historical SocietyPress, 2019), will give a presentation about his book at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 18, 2019, in the fourth floor Conference Center of the UWM Golda Meir Library. The first of two groundbreaking volumes on gay history in Wisconsin, We’ve Been Here All Along provides an illuminating and nuanced picture of Wisconsin’s gay history from the reporting on the Oscar Wilde trials of 1895 to the landmark Stonewall Riots of 1969. Throughout these decades, gay Wisconsinites developed identities, created support networks, and found ways to thrive in their communities despite various forms of suppression — from the anti-vice crusades of the early twentieth century, to the post-war labeling of homosexuality as an illness, to the Lavender Scare of the 1950s. In We’ve Been Here All Along, Wagner draws on historical research. View Full Event Description.

Thu Sep 19, 2019

Women Vote, Women Run, 4pm - 6pm
Women's Club of Wisconsin, 813 E. Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee

The Woman's Club of Wisconsin presents a networking and lecture event featuring Kathleen Dolan, Distinguished Professor and Chair at UW- Milwaukee, and author of the book When does Gender Matter? Women Candidates and Gender Stereotypes in American Elections. Other featured guests include State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski and former WPR host Joy Cardin. The event is sponsored by First Business Trust & Investment. Tickets ($10).

On the Issues: Upward Mobility, 4:30pm - 6pm
Marquette University, Eckstein Hall, 1215 W. Michigan St., Milwaukee

Upward Mobility: Assessing the Characteristics of Greater Milwaukee’s Growing Hispanic Workforce. A new study shows that Hispanics are significantly underrepresented in high-wage occupations and that the educational achievement of young Hispanics isn’t sufficient to remedy that problem. Speakers will be HPGM president and CEO Griselda Aldrete, HPGM board chair Raquel Filmanowicz of BMO Harris Bank, and senior researcher Joe Peterangelo of the Wisconsin Policy Forum. RSVP required.

Citizen Action Brew Fest Fundraiser, 5pm - 8pm
Coakley Brothers Water Building, 400 S. 5th St., Milwaukee

Join Citizen Action for a tasty evening of camaraderie and fun! Beverages - Appetizers - Silent Auction. More info.

MICAH Issues Night, 5:30pm - 8pm
Canaan Missionary Baptist Church, 2975 N. 11th St., Milwaukee

Fellowship at 5:30pm, meeting breakouts at 6:00-8:00pm. Come and learn about the issues MICAH is working on to create permanent beloved community. -Education -Criminal Justice -Coalition on Lead Emergency -Jobs and Economics/Transportation. More info.

WI for Warren, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Cedarburg Art Museum, W63 N675 Washington Ave, Cedarburg

The art museum has a beer garden/food/entertainment on Thursday nights so we will put on our Warren gear and meet up with other Warren supporters at the beer garden to talk and be a presence for EW in Cedarburg.

Fair Deal Town Hall, 6:30pm - 6:30pm
Shorewood Library, 3920 N. Murray Ave., Shorewood

Milwaukee County Board Chairman Theodore Lipscomb and Supervisor Wasserman will hold a meeting to talk about the proposal for a Fair Deal that seeks a new partnership between Milwaukee County and the State of Wisconsin to provide the local resources necessary to fund critical services for our community and invest in our future. More information.

Fri Sep 20, 2019

Climate Strike, 10am - 4pm
Milwaukee City Hall, 200 E. Wells St., Milwaukee

Activities for the Global Climate Strike, organized by the Youth Climate Action Team: 10:00 - 11:00 | Gather at Milwaukee City Hall 11:00 - 12:00 | March to Water Tower Park at the east end of North Ave. (2.3 miles) 12:00 - 1:00 | Speeches at North Point Park 1:00 - 2:00 | Letter Writing 2:00 - 4:00 | Tabling, Food and Celebration. More info.

Transit Union Rally, 12pm - 1:30pm
1942 N. 17th St., Milwaukee

Join Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 998 at a rally to restore vital bus routes, make our buses safer, and win a fair contract for transit workers to move Milwaukee forward!

Sat Sep 21, 2019

Warren Table at Bay View Bash, 11am - 7pm
S. Kinnickinnic Ave. between Potter and Clement, Milwaukee

Join the Warren for President table at the South Shore's biggest summer party, registering new volunteers, canvassing, helping new voters get registered, and passing out buttons. Sign up now for a two-hour shift! More info on the event. RSVP.

NAACP Monthly Meeting, 11:30am - 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.

Webinar, 12pm - 5pm Presidential Forum
Des Moines, Iowa

The Iowa People's Presidential Forum in Des Moines is hosted by People's Action and Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund. Presidential candidates will be invited onstage for real conversations with everyday people about big solutions to the struggles facing the multiracial working class. Register.

Stand for Peace, 12pm - 1pm
Tenth Street & Wells Street, Milwaukee

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

ICE Out of MKE Meeting, 4pm - 5pm
Voces de la Frontera, 1027 S. 5th St., Milwaukee

Quick meeting to discuss action steps and progress in the campaign to stop Milwaukee police collaboration with ICE before the important Thursday, September 26 vote (4: 00pm), and the October 3 final vote. More info.

WI for Warren House Party, 5:30pm - 8pm
2405 E. Wyoming Pl., Milwaukee

Come to a house party supporting Elizabeth Warren for President and talk about Elizabeth’s vision for real, structural change in this country. Come learn about how you can get involved with Team Warren! Snacks & drinks will be provided so please RSVP. All are welcome at this event. RSVP.

Mon Sep 23, 2019

Policy in a Pub, 5pm - 7pm
Merriment Social, 240 E.. Pittsburgh Ave., Milwaukee

Mayor Tom Barrett and County Executive Chris Abele will be the featured speakers and will highlight the challenges in their upcoming budgets and set the stage for the budgets’ release later in the month. Complimentary appetizers and a cash bar. Hosted by Milwaukee PolicyForum. RSVP.

Emerge Wisconsin Webinar, 8pm - 8pm
Online

Emerge Wisconsin is a groundbreaking organization that recruits and empowers Democratic women to run for office by giving them the tools and support they need to become future leaders in their communities. To learn more about the program before you apply, sign up for one of the webinars to be shown on September 23 and 27.

Tue Sep 24, 2019

"The Unafraid" Film / DACA, 3pm - 7pm
La Verna Commons, Alverno College, 3400 S. 43rd St., Milwaukee

Voces de la Frontera is proud to host this special film screening and community dialogue surrounding issues pertaining to students, DACA, and progressive actions that Voces is taking in the state of Wisconsin. A panel of local experts will discuss the unique challenges DACAmented students face attending college. Screening will begin at 4:00pm. There is no cost and snacks will be provided. More information.

Chris Larson Fundraiser, 5pm - 7pm
3233 S. Herman St., Milwaukee

State Sen. Chris Larson will host a backyard fundraiser featuring 17 different beers symbolizing the 17 seats we need to have a majority in the State Senate. It's an opportunity to talk about the future of Wisconsin, share an update on our efforts to move Wisconsin in a progressive direction, chat about all the political happenings, and decry/celebrate the Brewers season. Contribution levels: Host $500 | Sponsor $250 | Activist $100 | Friend $50 | Voter $25. Tickets.

Women & Politics Hour, 5pm - 7pm
Rise & Grind Cafe, 2737 N. Martin Luther King Dr., Milwaukee

Come and meet Cecile Richards, Ai-jen Poo, and Jess Morales Rocketto as well as local women from all over the area to compare notes about how to make sure that our government represents us. There will also be a panel discussion with local leaders talking about the issues that they care about the most. Free event, free food, and ADA accessible! RSVP by Sept. 16.

Wed Sep 25, 2019

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

Professor and former federal prosecutor Paul Butler and Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm will discuss the goals of developing strategies for prosecutors to reduce incarceration, promote racial equity, and increase the public’s confidence in the justice system. RSVP required.

Deep Canvassing Event, 5pm - 7:30pm
GRNS office, 5600 W. Brown Deer Rd., Suite 116, Brown Deer

Deep canvassing does not seek to get votes for any particular candidate or party. Instead, its purpose is to listen to specific voters' concerns. The techniques canvassers use and the script require canvassers to work in pairs and to have a real discussion with voters. Help Grassroots North Shore get to know voters in the area. Training will be provided. RSVP.

Jason Fields Kickoff Fundraiser, 5:45pm - 7:45pm
Wisconsin Club, 900 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee

Campaign Kickoff for Jason Fields as candidate for Milwaukee Comptroller. Suggested contributions: Host: $1,000 | Sponsor: $500 | Supporter: $250 | Friend: $50. This event is open to the public and everyone is invited to attend. Any and all contributions are welcome but not necessary. More information.

Refuel the Resistance, 6pm - 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 Glendale, 6:30pm - 9pm
Silver Spring House, 6655 N. Green Bay Rd., Glendale

Note new location: Drinking Liberally Glendale meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month. A monthly meetup to eat, drink, and talk politics with like-minded people. More information.

Drinking Liberally Port Washington, 6:30pm - 8pm
Schooner Pub, 114 N Franklin St, Port Washington

TBA.

Back from the Brink: Organizing Locally to Prevent Nuclear War, 7pm - 8pm CDT
Online Webinar

In these turbulent times, the threat of nuclear war is ever present and growing. Back from the Brink gives everyone a simple way to make a difference. We hope you'll join us on September 25 to learn more about how to engage your community in this exciting new movement. Register.

Thu Sep 26, 2019

Mental Health Board Meeting, 4:30pm - 4:30pm
TBA

Milwaukee County Mental Health Board Meeting. Public Comment: none. More information.

Criminal Justice Reform, 5:30pm - 5:30pm
Wauwatosa Public Library, 7635 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa

This People Power Action Event will cover critical issues like barriers to employment following incarceration, as well as the epidemic of crimeless revocation, the process by which thousands of Wisconsin residents are sent to prison each year despite having not committed a crime. These events will feature an informative panel discussion featuring individuals directly impacted by the criminal justice system and people working for change on both sides of the aisle. You can have your questions answered also. Sponsored by ACLU. RSVP.

Fair Deal Town Hall, 6pm - 6pm
German Immersion School, 3778 N. 82nd St., Milwaukee

Milwaukee County Board Chairman Theodore Lipscomb will hold a meeting to talk about the proposal for a Fair Deal that seeks a new partnership between Milwaukee County and the State of Wisconsin to provide the local resources necessary to fund critical services for our community and invest in our future. More information.

Fri Sep 27, 2019

Emerge Wisconsin Webinar, 8pm - 8pm
Online

Emerge Wisconsin is a groundbreaking organization that recruits and empowers Democratic women to run for office by giving them the tools and support they need to become future leaders in their communities. To learn more about the program before you apply, sign up for one of the webinars to be shown on September 23 and 27.

Sat Sep 28, 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. Topic: Reforms and Innovation in Corrections in Wisconsin. Panel: Kevin Carr, Secretary Wis. Department of Corrections; John Chisholm, Milwaukee County District Attorney; Dr. Sadique Isahaku, Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences, MATC; State Rep. Sheila Stubbs, District 77. Moderator: Dr. Pamela Malone / Chair: Hon. Russell Stamper Sr. All Are Invited, Come and Participate.

DPW Campaign Training, 9am - 4:30pm
Holiday Inn Hotel & Conference Center, 1001 Amber Ave., Stevens Point

Join the Wisconsin Democratic Party and the National Democratic Training Committee in Stevens Point for a free in-person training focusing on fundamental aspects of running a campaign, including fundraising, messaging, digital communications, and field operations. Registration.

Stand for Peace, 12pm - 1pm
Kinnickinnic Avenue & Lincoln Avenue, Milwaukee

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

Deep Canvassing Event, 2pm - 4:30pm
GRNS office, 5600 W. Brown Deer Rd., Suite 116, Brown Deer

Deep canvassing does not seek to get votes for any particular candidate or party. Instead, its purpose is to listen to specific voters' concerns. The techniques canvassers use and the script require canvassers to work in pairs and to have a real discussion with voters. Help Grassroots North Shore get to know voters in the area. Training will be provided. RSVP.

Sun Sep 29, 2019

Blue Bash Block Party, 1pm - 4pm
DPMC Office, 2999 S. Delaware Ave., Milwaukee

Come out and party with some of your closest Democratic friends at the Annual Blue Bash! This year we are having a Block Party along with the grand reopening of our newly renovated office! $25 per person, $10 for children 3 or older, $50 family rate. #MKEDems. Hot dogs, assorted chips, popcorn, sweets, beer and soda. What more can you ask for?! Join us at our annual Blue Bash Block Party! Tickets.


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