Do you crane your neck?

If you have a bunch of questions about the process involved in impeaching and/or removing a president from office, the Washington Post has you covered in their article What you need to know about the impeachment inquiry into Trump. As this process unfolds — at breakneck speed it seems — Grassroots North Shore also has you covered with its fortuitously scheduled forum on impeachment, Sunday, October 13, at the North Shore Presbyterian Church (4048 N. Bartlett, Shorewood) Doors will open at 4 and the forum will begin at 4:20. Originally couched as a debate on whether to impeach the current occupant of the White House, or not, the discussion will center on the next set of questions:

  • Should the process be short and focus only on Ukraine? Or, should it include obstruction of justice, obstruction of congress, and many other misdeeds?

  • Should not only Trump but also Barr and Pompeo be included in the impeachment inquiry?

  • Should this process be our focus at all since a lot of the Democratic leadership thinks we will be unable to make Trump pay the price?

You may have your own questions and suggestions. So come prepared for a lively discussion. And as usual, we ask that you RSVP.

And while we're on the subject, I want to call your attention to the way Rachel Maddow framed the allegations in her show last might. A writer on Daily Kos has a good bullet list of the main points. But if you have the time, you might want to watch the full clip from the show. The gist is this: to wrap your mind around the whole tale, and cease craning you neck to see, you just need to know that the whole goal, in Rachel's analysis, is to end the sanctions on Russia. Thus, undermining the intelligence community's conclusion that Russia meddled in our 2016 elections AND ensuring that Ukraine and Russia end their war (presumably on Russia's terms) will result in lifting all the sanctions the US and our allies have placed on Russia in the last five years! (The most recent set of sanctions resulted from election meddling and the earlier set resulted from Russia's annexation of Crimea and invasion of eastern Ukraine.)

Meanwhile, 2020 is coming up fast. And in case you didn't know, Wisconsin has FOUR elections scheduled for the year;

  • Feb 18, the nonpartisan primary election;

  • April 7, the nonpartisan general election AND the presidential primary election;

  • Aug. 11, the partisan primary election;

  • Nov. 3, the national general election.

Mark your calendars! Grassroots North Shore is planning to do as much as we can to turn out the vote in all four elections. Right now, we are starting with "deep canvassing" in an effort to build a relationship with people who lean toward progressive values and candidates but don't always vote. We have two more deep canvassing events scheduled for this fall — Wed, 10/2, from 5-7:30pm, and Sat., 10/12, from 2-4:30pm. Both canvasses begin at our office — 5600 W. Brown Deer Rd., Suite 116. We need your help to make this effort a success, so please sign up!

We will also be holding a more traditional canvass on Saturday, November 2, from our office, and Sunday, November 3, from Shirley Horowitz's house. We're participating in a Weekend of Action to mark one year until the general election in 2020. I'll have more details — the times and perhaps a preview of the script — in the next couple of weeks. So save the dates now!

In addition to our work on voter turnout, we are trying to help move two bills — AB303 and SB288 — through the legislative committees to which they have been submitted. The bills would create and a nonpartisan and publicly transparent process for drawing the next set of electoral maps in 2021. So, we're holding postcard parties to send the GOP members of those committees pre-printed postcards to urge them to hold hearings and vote the bills out to the full Assembly and Senate. Come to the office on Wednesday, October 2 at 5pm or Saturday, October 12 at 2pm to help us pressure the legislature to unrig the maps. You can find more information on our website and on Facebook: 10/2 on the web and on Facebook OR 10/12 on the web and on Facebook.

EVENTS

Tue Oct 1, 2019

WAVE presents "Rigged: the Voter Suppression Playbook", 4pm - 7:30pm
All Peoples Church, 2600 N 2nd St, Milwaukee

"Rigged" illuminates several ways that voters have been disenfranchised, including purging voter rolls, changing Voter ID laws and "cracking and packing" districts to consolidate power for one group or break up power for another. Most importantly, this film helps viewers see the lines connecting "rigged" elections to the politicians who feel free to ignore the will of the people to the policies they pass that benefit special interests.

On the Issures: Tom Barrett, 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Marquette University, Eckstein Hall, 1215 W. Michigan St., Milwaukee

Barrett’s tenure as mayor has been marked by billions in downtown development, as well as a renaissance in some city neighborhoods. Yet parts of Milwaukee still struggle with poverty, high unemployment, and violent crime. Come for a conversation about the state of the state’s largest city, what the future holds for Milwaukee, and why that matters to the rest of Wisconsin. RSVP required.

Town Hall on St. Joseph Hospital, 5:30pm - 7pm
Wisconsin Black Historical Society, 2620 W. Center St., Milwaukee

St. Joe's Accountability Coalition, Citizen Action, and BLOC will host a town hall regarding Ascension-St. Joseph Hospital. More info.

Wed Oct 2, 2019

Canvassing & Postcards, 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.

During this time there will also be a Postcard Party to address preprinted messages to Republican legislators to urge them to hold hearings on bills that would ensure fairly drawn electoral districts. RSVP.

Grass Roots South Shore Meeting, 6pm - 8pm
Cudahy Library, 3500 Library Dr., Cudahy

Grass Roots South Shore meets on the first Wednesday of each month. For more information call Jim Balk, 414-218-5944.

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.

Thu Oct 3, 2019

DPMC Issues Committee Meeting, 4:30pm - 4:30pm
Amalgamated Transit Union, 734 N. 26th St., Milwaukee

NOTE: NEW DAY. The Democratic Party's Issues Committee holds its meeting on the first Thursday of each month. All Democrats are welcome to participate.

Reforming the Justice System, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Ivy House, 906 S. Barclay St., Milwaukee

Pulitzer-Prize-winning reporter Tony Messenger will speak on the justice system reforms following Ferguson and combating debtors' prisons. The talk is titled "From Ferguson to the Finish Line: A Path Forward on Criminal Justice Reform," with a short response by local panelists. Reception with light appetizers following the talk.

Warren Organizing Event, 5:30pm - 7pm
Estabrook Beer Garden, 4600 Estabrook Pkwy., Milwaukee

Community event supporting Elizabeth Warren for President. Gather to talk about Elizabeth’s vision for real, structural change in this country, updates from the campaign, and how to organize in the community. Anybody and everyone is welcome. (Note: venue is cash only!) RSVP.

Sat Oct 5, 2019

Stand for Peace, 12pm - 1pm
Location TBA

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

Mon Oct 7, 2019

On the Issues: Dr. Jeanette Kowalik, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Marquette University, Eckstein Hall, 1215 W. Michigan St., Milwaukee

Dr. Jeanette Kowalik, Milwaukee Commissioner of Health, has been tasked with both rebuilding morale within the health department and restoring the community’s trust in the agency. She has called for a new era of transparency and accountability for the health department. During her visit she will talk about her goals in Milwaukee and the changes she’s making. RSVP required.

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.

Tue Oct 8, 2019

Drinking Liberally Grafton/Mequon, 6:30pm - 8pm
Water Street Brewery, 1251 Gateway Dr. Grafton

Topic and guest speaker TBA.

Drinking Liberally MKE, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Art Bar, 722 E. Burleigh St., Milwaukee Calendar: Social

Now, more than ever, Drinking Liberally is a space to gather, support each other, and form the progressive community we need. 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 188 countries to address global warming and solve the climate crisis. 350 Milwaukee meets every month on the second Tuesday. More information.

Wed Oct 9, 2019

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.

Thu Oct 10, 2019

Drinking Liberally West Allis, 6:30pm - 9pm
Studz Pub Sports Bar & Grill, 6833 W. National Ave.

Drinking Liberally West Allis meets on the second Thursday of the month. Free discussions and fellowship. Good food and specials available.

Sat Oct 12, 2019

Abolish Electoral College?, 9:30am - 11:30am
Summit Place, 6737 W. Washington St., West Allis

At a free public issues forum the League of Women Voters of Milwaukee County will present its position in favor of abolishing the Electoral College. There will also be discussion of the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact as one way to achieve the goal of direct popular vote for election of the president until the abolition of the Electoral College, which would require passage of a Constitutional amendment. The presentation will be followed by discussion, questions and answers.

HBCU/Tribal College Fair, 10am - 3pm
Vincent High School, 7501 N. Granville Rd., Milwaukee

This event is free and open to the public and will provide information about the Historically Black Colleges and Universities for prospective students, including free FAFSA help, drawings, on-site admission, and free workshops. For more information please contact Rep.Myers@legis.wisconsin.gov or her staff assistant Kenya Parker at 608-266-5813.

Stand for Peace, 12pm - 1pm
Location TBA

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

Canvassing & Postcards, 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.

During this time there will also be a Postcard Party to address preprinted messages to Republican legislators to urge them to hold hearings on bills that would ensure fairly drawn electoral districts. RSVP.

Laughing Liberally Milwaukee, 8pm - 10pm
Comedy Sportz Theater, 420 S. 1st St., Milwaukee

Laughing Liberally Milwaukee presents a night of progressive politicalcomedy. 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. This month’s guest is Jasmine Gonzalez from the CLOSEmsdf Campaign. Advance tickets ($8).

Sun Oct 13, 2019

Palzewicz Kickoff Fundraiser, 2pm - 4pm Tom
Raised Grain Brewing Co., 1725 Dolphin Dr., Waukesha

Join Tom Palzewicz to kick off his campaign for Congress in Wisconsin's 5th District (to be vacated by Sensenbrenner). Host: $2,800 | Co-Host: $1,400 | Sponsor: $700 Friend: $350 | Guest: $100 | Suggested Minimum Contribution: $50. Contributions of any amount are greatly appreciated. To RVSP or for questions, please contact info@tomforwi.com or call 262- 204-7213.

Impeachment or Not? Debate, 4pm - 6:30pm
North Shore Presbyterian Church, 4048 N. Bartlett Ave., Shorewood

Dr. Robert Kraig, Executive Director of Citizen Action of Wisconsin, will argue in favor of impeachment. Dr. Sheldon Wasserman, Milwaukee County Supervisor, will argue against impeachment. Kathleen Dunn, long-time host of Wisconsin Public Radio, will moderate the debate. The doors will open at 4:00pm and the debate will begin at 4:20. RSVP.

Mon Oct 14, 2019

Grass Roots South Shore Meeting, 6pm - 8pm
Cudahy Library, 3500 Library Dr. , Cudahy

Grass Roots South Shore holds its monthly meeting on the second Monday of each month. For more information call Jim Balk, 414-218-5944.


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