We need a few (or more) good people

We're getting really busy now. We have several events and actions coming up in the next few weeks and we need your support!

First up: we're holding a forum on impeachment, a subject that has dominated the news of late. Originally scheduled as a debate about whether or not to impeach, current events have made us morph that into a discussion of the strategies and the politics in play. We'd love to have you join us — for what is bound to be a lively event — on Sunday, October 13 at North Shore Presbyterian Church (4048 N Bartlett Ave, Shorewood). Doors open at 4; the program begins at 4:20 and runs until 6:30. Our volunteers make delicious snacks, so please RSVP.

Next up are our Debate Watch Parties, three of them. Find the one that's right for you and RSVP so we know to expect you.

And now for the upcoming actions, all of which you can find on our website on the menu "GRNS Actions".

  • There's one more opportunity to take a small turf (8-10 houses) to do some deep canvassing before the weather turns nasty! We're hosting this effort on Saturday, October 12, from 2pm-4:30pm. Our goal is to listen to people who are likely to vote our way IF they vote. We are using the techniques of deep canvassing (techniques which rely on active listening) to find out what issues they really care about. The data will help progressive candidates in our area understand their potential voters better. So help us help them! RSVP.

  • You also have a chance to support the push for nonpartisan redistricting. Bills have been introduced in the Assembly (AB303) and the Senate (SB288) to create a more transparent, fair and nonpartisan process for creating the next set of electoral maps in 2021. BUT the bills are stuck in committees whose Republican chairs have not scheduled hearings or votes on them. We're writing postcards to them to urge them to get the bills advanced to the floor of their respective chambers and to the governor for his signature. You can help. RSVP.

  • Phone Bank with us to recruit volunteers. Grassroots North Shore is participating in a One Year to Win Weekend of Action on Nov. 2-3. But to be successful, we need to recruit a lot of volunteers to knock on doors. The canvass on those days will have two goals: 1) to fill in data on registered voters for which there is non-existant or incomplete information; and 2) to make sure Democrats and potential left-leaning voters know that we care about what they think. You can be part of the effort to call past volunteers during our two phone banks on Tuesday, October 22, and Wednesday, October 23. All you have to do is bring your cell phone. We'll provide the phone lists of previous canvassers.

  • Finally, there is the One Year to Win Weekend of Action itself. We'll be sending people out to canvass from our office (5600 W Brown Deer Road, Suite 116) on Saturday, November 2, at 10am and at 1pm. On Sunday, November 3, canvasses will start from Shirley Horowitz's house (4845 N Newhall St, Whitefish Bay, WI 53217) at 10am and 1pm. Sign up for the shift that makes the most sense for you.

We would not ask you to participate in these actions if we did not think winning the next elections — up and down the ballot on nonpartisan and partisan races alike — weren't important. For example, if we can win the race for WI Supreme Court Justice on April 7, 2020, we will have a Supreme Court that consists of four conservative justices and three liberal ones. In 2022, one of those conservative jurists will be up for re-election. If we win in 2020 and then again in 2022, we can turn the Supreme Court in WI around. Nothing could be more important to the direction of our state. And that goes for ALL the races we will want to back next year. Your willingness to step up and work for change will make the difference. I hope we can count on you to give a little of your time and energy. That's the only way we'll win.

As for what's happening at the national level, we have a fraudster and a crook in the White House who is so lacking in the steady and thoughtful qualities we need as a country that it is hard to watch the news or read a newspaper. I won't spend any more of your time rehashing the obvious. See the New York Times online, the Washington Post online, Vox and a whole host of other good and reliable sources.

 

Tue Oct 8, 2019

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

TBA

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

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

Jill Karofsky 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 Jill Karofsky, a Dane County circuit judge, will talk about her campaign and her 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.

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.

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.

Warren Volunteer Training, 11am - 12:30pm
Mitchell St. Library, Community Room, 906 W. Historic Mitchell St., Milwaukee

Milwaukee's first Warren organizing training for knocking doors and hosting events in this area. Please bring a smartphone or smart device, as well as a friend. All are welcome! More information. RSVP:.

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 that urge them to hold hearings on bills that would ensure fairly drawn electoral districts. RSVP.

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

Sequanna Taylor Kickoff Event, 5pm - 7pm
SkyBox Sports Bar, 2213 N. Martin Luther King Dr., Milwaukee

Event to support Sequanna Taylor in her campaign for reelection as Milwaukee County Board Supervisor.

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.

Tue Oct 15, 2019

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

Kelli Thompson, Wisconsin State Public Defender, will talk about her agency that provides legal representation to the poor. The Public Defender's office also uses private attorneys to help fill the need, but the state's low compensation rates have discouraged many from participating. She will discuss the challenges to providing justice for all. RSVP required.

Grassroots North Shore Debate Watch Parties, 7pm - 10pm
Three locations

A slew of Democratic Presidential Candidates are still running! And 12 of them will be on the debate stage this time. The debate will begin at 7pm and will end at 10pm, though of course you're free to leave whenever you want! Here are the three locations:

Warren Debate Watch Party, 7pm - 10pm
Puddler's Hall, 2461 S. St. Clair St., Milwaukee

Join Warren supporters for the October presidential debate to cheer her on and talk about what issues matter to Wisconsinites and ways you can get involved in the campaign. All are welcome! RSVP.

Wed Oct 16, 2019

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. More info.

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

Fri Oct 18, 2019

Fund Dinner, 5:30pm - 5:30pm NAACP Freedom
Wisconsin Center, Expo Hall, 400 W. Wiscosin Ave., Milwaukee

Derrick Johnson, President and CEO or the national NAACP, will be the speaker at the NAACP Milwaukee Branch annual Freedom Fund dinner. 5:30pm Reception (with taste testing beverages provided by MillerCoors); 6:30 Dinner. For tickets, call 414-562-1000 (Tues- Thurs, 9am-5pm)

Sat Oct 19, 2019

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.

Stand for Peace, 12pm - 1pm
Location TBA

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

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. This month's guests are Lane Hall and Joe Brusky from the Overpass Light Brigade. Advance tickets ($8).

Mon Oct 21, 2019

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.


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