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  • published Blue Wave Shorewood Canvass (3/21) in GRNS Actions 2020-02-24 17:40:25 -0600

    Blue Wave Shorewood Canvass (3/21)

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    Join your neighbors to canvass in Shorewood.

    We'll use our smartphones to talk to voters near our homes, encouraging them to vote in the April 7 election.

    • Who: Blue Wave Shorewood
    • Where: The Oaks of Shorewood, 3900 Estabrook Pkwy (Apt 449), Shorewood, WI 53211
    • When: Saturday, March 21, either at 10:00 AM.

    We will be encouraging people to vote for Judge Jill Karofsky in the vital Wisconsin State Supreme Court race and pointing out how important it is to have a fair and transparent process when we draw our new election maps in 2021. 

    For more information, contact Paul Geenen, at paul.geenen9@gmail.com or 414-510-1436.

    WHEN
    March 21, 2020 at 10am
    WHERE
    The Oaks of Shorewood
    3900 Eastabrook Pkwy
    Unit 449
    Shorewood, WI 53211
    United States
    Google map and directions
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  • published Phone Bank (3/21) in GRNS Actions 2020-02-23 15:45:49 -0600

    Phone Bank (3/21)

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    We'll be talking to people on the North Shore about the importance of voting in the April 7 election, especially in the one state-wide race for Wisconsin state Supreme Court Justice. 

    Personal outreach means a lot, even if we only leave messages. Let's achieve record turnout for this nonpartisan election. And for the Democratic presidential preference primary being held on this date too. Urge everyone to vote all the way down the ballot.

    In most locations, early voting will begin on March 23 and will include weekdays until April 3. Encourage voters to avoid long lines and vote early at their municipal offices. And to check their registration and polling place and to see a sample ballot at myvote.wi.gov!

    WHEN
    March 21, 2020 at 10am
    WHERE
    Grassroots North Shore Office
    5600 W Brown Deer Rd
    Suite 116
    Brown Deer, WI 53223
    United States
    Google map and directions
    rsvp

  • published Canvass (3/21) in GRNS Actions 2020-02-23 15:53:43 -0600

    Canvass (3/21)

    canvassing2.jpgTalk to friendly folks on the North Shore about the importance of voting in the April 7 election. Wisconsin will be electing a WI Supreme Court justice for a 10-year term as well as conducting its Democratic Party presidential primary that day. The Supreme Court race will determine whether our highest court functions well as an independent and impartial interpreter of our laws. It's vital that we reach every potential voter and persuade them to vote the full ticket.

    RSVP below and then choose a 2.5 hour shift.

    Let's make this spring's nonpartisan election the highest turnout ever on the North Shore.

    WHEN
    March 21, 2020 at 9:30am
    WHERE
    Grassroots North Shore Office
    5600 W Brown Deer Rd
    Suite 116
    Brown Deer, WI 53223
    United States
    Google map and directions
    rsvp

  • published Tipping Point Wisconsin, a reprise in GRNS Actions 2020-02-19 15:41:37 -0600

    Tipping Point Wisconsin, a reprise

    tippingPoint3.jpgOn Decmeber 8, 2019, renowned national political strategist and pollster Celinda Lake provided Grassroots North Shore with invaluable information about voters nationwide and in Wisconsin to guide our work for this vital election year. So for those who missed the occasion but would still like to know more about what she shared with us, we're offering a reprise of our evening with her.

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    Seating is limited. So please reserve your place.

    Learn more about Celinda Lake and her firm, Lake Research Partners.

    Light refreshments will be served.

     

    WHEN
    March 04, 2020 at 6pm
    WHERE
    Grassroots North Shore office
    5600 W Brown Deer Rd
    Suite 116
    Brown Deer, WI 53223
    United States
    Google map and directions
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  • published Postcard Party (3/2) in GRNS Actions 2020-02-19 15:32:46 -0600

    Postcard Party

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    Let's send postcards to remind people to vote in the April 7 election. The script will emphasize early voting and the race for Wisconsin Supreme Court.

    We'll have the cards, the stamps, names and addresses, and some sample scripts for you to use. Plus it's a fun activity to do in a group. RSVP and give a couple of hours to the cause of turning out votes for this SUPREMELY important election.

    If you are able to contribute a little money in addition to your time, we could use some help with funds to purchase stamps! You can donate online or you can put some money in the stamp donation jar when you come in to write!

    WHEN
    March 02, 2020 at 10am
    WHERE
    Grassroots North Shore Office
    5600 W Brown Deer Rd
    Suite 116
    Brown Deer, WI 53223
    United States
    Google map and directions
    rsvp

  • published Your Vote Is Your Voice in Home 2020-02-02 14:25:19 -0600

    Your Vote Is Your Voice

    karofsky_sut.jpgThe nonpartisan general election of 2020 is April 7. Early voting in most North Shore communities will begin by March 23 (in a few communities it will begin earlier -- check with your village or city administration. It will end on April 3 at 5pm. Before you go to the polls -- either for early voting or on election day -- be sure to check your registration, polling place and sample ballot: myvote.wi.gov.

    The only statewide race on your ballot will be the one for Wisconsin State Supreme Court. The candidates are Dan Kelly (incumbent and Walker appointee), and Jill Karofsky, judge on the Circuit Court of Wisconsin. You can read Judge Karofsky's answers to our Grassroots North Shore Questionnaire on our website. You can also visit the the website and Facebook page for Karofsky's campaign. Although Grassroots North Shore may not endorse a specific candidate in this race, we are urging our supporters to vote for Karofsky. She is the only progressive in this race.

    Our Elections 2020 page provides some information about early voting in many North Shore communities, including phone numbers to reach your community's administration. It would be prudent to call to make sure, but most early voting for the nonpartisan election on April 7, 2020, will take place at the city or village hall. So please vote in this election and in all subsequent elections this year!

    The general election for nonpartisan positions AND for the presidential preference race is on April 7. Again, we will update early voting times if they become available on our Elections 2020 page. The following two elections are: the partisan primary on August 11 and the general election on November 3. Mark your calendars for subsequent dates now so that you don't forget to vote. (If you know you are going to be out of town or otherwise unable to vote early in person or go to the polls on election day, you can always request a mail-in ballot at myvote.wi.gov.)


  • published Jill Karofsky Questionaire in Elections 2020 2019-12-17 13:08:15 -0600

    Jill Karofsky Questionnaire

    1. What would be your primary concerns for “the state of the state”?

      I’m running for the Supreme Court because I want to help get our state’s judicial system back on track. Unfortunately, some Supreme Court Justices are concerned with their political agenda, and seem to have no problem getting support from special interests, and then ruling in favor of those special interests, often discarding long-held precedent and using convoluted logic to achieve their ends. I don’t think Justices should see themselves on one political team or another, and the people of Wisconsin are sick of judges who act like politicians. We need leaders who will put our strong Wisconsin political tradition of independent and honest courts first.

      In my almost 30 years as an attorney, I’ve worked as a local prosecutor, as the state’s first Violence Against Women prosecutor, as Director of the State Office of Crime Victim Services, as a civil attorney, and at the National Conference of Bar Examiners; I’ve also taught at the University of Wisconsin Law School.

      I believe in strong public schools and infrastructure, protecting our beautiful natural resources, and treating everyone with respect. Everyone deserves dignity as a human being, regardless of race, ethnicity, or documented status. We live in a time when extremist political forces seek to roll back the advances in civil rights we’ve made in the last few generations; I want to continue to defend the rights of all Wisconsinites.

    2. What in your past work or which specific case(s) contributed most to the kind of judge you would be?

      I was Wisconsin’s first Violence Against Women resource prosecutor, and later was head of the state’s Office of Crime Victim Services. I received the “Outstanding Victim Advocate” Award from the Wisconsin Victim Witness Association, and the “Voices of Courage Award” from the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault.

      I was especially affected by a case in which I made a mistake. When I was a local prosecutor, I signed off on issuing charges against a rape victim who the police said was making up her story. It turned out that she was telling the truth, and not only did I apologize to her both publicly and privately, she and I have gone around the state to help train law enforcement on how to engage the right way with victims, so other victims don’t face the problems she did. I’m proud to say she’s now a friend and I’ve earned her endorsement, even though her experience was one we’d never want to repeat for anyone else.

    3. What judicial groups do you participate in?

      Helping guide judges to be well-trained and independent, and ensure fair and equitable procedure -- Wisconsin State Courts Judicial Education Committee, James E. Doyle Inns of Court (judicial participant), Wisconsin Judicial Council Appellate Procedure Committee (Ad Hoc Member).

      Addressing violence against women and children and supporting crime victims -- Wisconsin State Courts Violence Against Women Act STOP Grant Advisory Committee (Chair), Wisconsin Attorney General’s Child Maltreatment Task Force,Wisconsin Governor’s Council on Domestic Abuse, Wisconsin Legislative Council Study Committee on Criminal Penalties, Wisconsin Child Abuse Network Leadership Committee, Wisconsin Violence Against Women Act Advisory Committee,Wisconsin Attorney General’s Statewide Sexual Assault Response Team (Co-Chair),Wisconsin Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board, Wisconsin Child Death Review Council, Wisconsin Task Force on Children in Need, Wisconsin Crime Victims Council.

      Engaged in my community and my children’s schools -- Madison Metropolitan School District Guiding Coalition Committee, Wisconsin Celebrate Children Foundation Board of Directors, Woodland Montessori School Personnel Committee, Safe Harbor of Dane County, Inc. Board of Directors (Treasurer 2003), Safe Harbor of Dane County Run for Kids Race Director, and more. I have a long history of engagement in the legal profession -- Dane County Bar Association, University of Wisconsin Law School Friends of LEO Mentorship Program, James E. Doyle Inns of Court.

    4. What professional experience and/or point of view do you have that makes you the best choice for the WI Supreme Court?

      I am the only candidate in this race with experience as a trial court judge. This training is invaluable because every day I am reminded of how important each individual case is to those involved. The law is not an esoteric exercise when it is YOUR life that is impacted by a decision. I cannot think of a more important training ground for a Supreme Court Justice.

      I also have far more experience in the courtroom than my opponents, and I’m the only candidate who has both significant criminal AND civil experience, and who was ever a prosecutor or victim advocate.I have been a dedicated advocate for victims and the rights of all Wisconsin residents throughout my career. I am currently a Circuit Court Judge in Dane County. Before becoming a judge, I served as Executive Director of the Wisconsin Office of Crime Victim Services at the Wisconsin Department of Justice. Previously, I was an Assistant Attorney General, serving as the state’s first Violence Against Women Resource Prosecutor, and an assistant and deputy district attorney in Dane County, prosecuting felonies and misdemeanors. I also worked as general counsel for the National Conference of Bar Examiners, and have served as an adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School, teaching about victims in the criminal justice system and trial advocacy. I have both attended and presented at legal trainings at the local, state and national level.

      Judges are no longer concerned about the appearance of corruption, taking support from special interests and then ruling consistently in their favor to advance a political agenda, despite the law and precedent. I’m ready to help restore honor and dignity to the courts, following the rule of law, applying the constitution in a fair and even-handed manner to today’s world, and ensuring everyone is heard, and treated with respect and dignity.


  • published Nonpartisan Primary in Elections 2020 2019-12-19 15:53:03 -0600

    Nonpartisan Election

    The only statewide race in this election is for a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. The candidates are Jill Karofsky (Judge on the ) and Dan Kelly (incumbent). Each Supreme Court member serves a ten-year term. Grassroots North Shore has a candidate statement available for review for Judge Jill Karofsky.

     

    Early Voting Information*

    for the primary on 2/18 and the general on 4/7

    You can register online before the April 7 election until March 17. You can also register at the polls, whether you use in-person absentee processes or you go to the polls on election day. Information about what documents you need to register and what you need to vote are available here. You can check and update your registration, find your polling place, and see a sample ballot for your location at myvote.wi.gov. We urge you to do so well ahead of election day!

    * Early voting (aka in-person absentee voting) generally takes place for the two weeks prior to the week of the primary or general election, ending on the Friday before election day. In what are expected to be low turnout elections, most communities do not extend the early voting period. By law, polling places for early voting stay open until 5pm on the last Friday before election day.

    * Because the April 7 general election is also the Presidential Preference Primary, turnout is likely to be higher than usual for a spring, nonpartisan election. This page will be updated for communities that extend the early voting period for the April 7 election. 

    Municipality Phone Dates Days & Hours

    Bayside
    Village Hall

    414-351-8811

    Primary: Feb 3-14

    General: March 23-28
    March 30 - April 3

    M-F 8:00-4:30
    The last Fri until 5:00

    M-F 8:00-4:30
    April 3 until 5:00

    Brown Deer
    Village Hall

    414-371-3003

    Primary: Feb 3-14

    General: March 23-28
    March 30 - April 3

    M-F 8:00-4:30
    The last Fri until 5:00

    M-F 8:00-4:30
    April 3 until 5:00

    Cedarburg (City)

    262-375-7600
    262-375-7606

    Primary: Feb 3-12
    Feb 13 & 14

    General: March 23-28
    March 30 - April 3

    M-F 8:00-4:30
    extended hours 8:00 - 5:00

    M-F 8:00-4:30
    April 3 until 5:00

    Cedarburg (Town)

    262-377-4509 

    Primary: TBA

    General: March 23-28
    March 30 - April 3

    M-F 8:00-4:30
    Feb 14 8:00 - 5:00

    M-F 8:00-4:30
    April 3 until 5:00

    Fox Point 414-351-8900

    Primary: Feb 3-7 and 10-12
    Feb 13 & 14

    General: March 23-28
    March 30 - April 3

    M-Th 8:00-4:00, F 8:00-12
    extended hours 8:00-5:00

    M-Th 8:00-4:00, F 8:00-12:00
    April 3 until 5:00

    Glendale
    City Hall

    414-228-1718

    Primary: Feb 3-14

    General: March 23-28
    March 30 - April 3

    M-F 8:00-4:30
    Feb 13 & 14 and Apr 2 & 3: 8am - 5pm

    M-F 8:00-4:30
    April 3 until 5:00

    Grafton (Town)
    Town Hall

    262-375-5300

    Primary: Feb 3-14

    General: March 23-28
    March 30 - April 3

    M-Th 8:30-4:30,
    F 8:30-12

    M-Th 8:00-4:00, F 8:00-12:00
    April 3 until 5:00

    Grafton (Village)
    Village Hall

    262-375-5000

    Primary: Feb 3-14

    General: March 23-28
    March 30 - April 3

    M-F 8:00-4:30

    M-F 8:00-4:30
    April 3 until 5:00

    Mequon
    City Hall

    262-242-3100

    Primary: Feb 3-14

    General: March 23-28
    March 30 - April 3

    M-F 8:00-4:30
    Feb 14 and Apr 3: 8am - 5pm

    M-F 8:00-4:30
    April 3 until 5:00

    Port Washington (City)
    City Clerk's Office

    262-284-5585

    Primary: Feb 3-14

    General: March 23-28
    March 30 - April 3

    M-F 8:00-5:00

    M-F 8:00-5:00

    Port Washington (Town)
    3715 Highland Drive

    262-284-5235

    Primary: Feb 3-14

    General: March 23-28
    March 30 - April 3

    M & W 8:30-4:00

    M & W 8:30-4:00
    April 3 until 8:30 - 5:00

    River Hills
    Village Hall

    414-352-8213

    Primary: TBA

    General: March 23-28
    March 30 - April 3

    M-F 8:00-4:30

    M-F 8:00-4:30
    April 3 until 5:00

    Shorewood
    City Hall

    414-847-2700
    414-847-2601

    Primary: Feb 3-14, possibly earlier.
    Check with City Hall

    General: March 23-28, possibly earlier.
    March 30 - April 3

    M-F 8:00-4:30


    M-F 8:00-4:30
    April 3 until 5:00

    Thiensville (Village)
    Village Hall

    262-242-3720

    Primary: Call for days & times

    General: March 23-28
    March 30 - April 3

    Call for days & times

    Call for days & times

    Whitefish Bay
    Village Hall

    414-962-6690

    Primary: Feb 3-14

    General: March 23-28
    March 30 - April 3

    M-F 8:00-4:30
    Feb 14: 8am - 5pm

    M-F 8:00-4:30
    April 3 until 5:00

     


  • published Elections 2020 2019-12-17 12:12:12 -0600

    Elections 2020

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    In Wisconsin, 2020 will bring FOUR regularly scheduled elections and TWO special elections (a primary and a general election for US Representative in the 7th Congressional District). It will be an incredibly important and incredibly busy year for Grassroots North Shore. And, we hope, for all of our supporters.

    Here's what's coming up:

    Grassroots North Shore will provide information on early (in-person absentee) voting for each community in the North Shore and Ozaukee County. You can check your own registration and see a sample ballot for each election at myvote.wi.gov.

    We will also be hosting various actions — including but not limited to canvassing, phone banking, post card parties, house parties, and recruiting volunteers for all activities. We hope many Grassroots North Shore supporters will sign up for these actions when they become available.


  • posted about gerrymander signup on Facebook 2017-02-10 14:37:05 -0600
    I signed up to insist that the WI legislature draw new district maps in a nonpartisan way. Join me & other activists.

    Gerrymander Signup

    If we want the court-ordered redistricting process to end partisan gerrymandering in Wisconsin, we will have to orchestrate a public outcry about the secretive and hyper-partisan way district lines were drawn in 2011 (the map the court found to be unconstitutional).

    We will have to insist—loudly and publicly and as often as possible—that the new maps must be drawn in an inclusive and transparent way, with bipartisan and nonpartisan input and with public hearings held in locations around the state so as many citizens as possible can participate and be heard.

    Do your part and sign up to work to end partisan gerrymandering in Wisconsin NOW.

    Sign up

  • commented on Where and When to Vote Early 2016-03-22 17:04:14 -0500
    Debbie Kujawski is absolutely right. The goal of limiting early voting to regular business hours is to suppress voting. But of course the actual excuse was to control costs of staffing offices after hours and on weekends.

  • published Take Action in Get Involved 2016-01-01 15:23:37 -0600

    Take Action

    When wishing and hoping are not enough to make change, you have to take IMMEDIATE ACTION.

    Current and Ongoing Actions

    Consult our page of Resistance Resources

    Take one of a myriad of actions to Defend Democracy

    Download Ward Flyers for canvassing and registering voters

     


  • commented on Even MORE Bogus "Tax Relief" 2013-12-27 12:12:57 -0600
    The actual data is in: the property taxes on my house INCREASED by 7.5%. Anyone else want to chime in?

  • followed Values & Issues 2013-10-17 17:07:07 -0500

    Values & Issues

    Grassroots North Shore is a progressive organization supporting candidates and policy proposals that share our values. But because we are a volunteer group that believes in representing the views of our members and supporters, those of us responsible for creating this web site and organizing GRNS events want to know what YOU think are the most important progressive values. So please send your suggestions to

    contact@grassrootsnorthshore.com

    Our Values:

    • Equal opportunity in education, housing, transportation, health care, and employment
    • Fair and progressive taxes on individuals and corporations
    • Ensuring that all citizens can vote without onerous (and spurious) regulation of access to the ballot box
    • Ensuring woman’s right to choose and maintain control of her reproductive freedom

    Send in your ideas and watch for your collective wisdom to show up on this page soon!

    Our Key Issues in 2019:

    • Diversity: as an issue and as related to our membership
    • Environment
    • Gun Safety
    • Voter Rights and Redistricting (including Fair Maps, Fair Elections)
    • Public Education
    • Criminal Justice Reform
    • Immigration
    • Healthcare, Wisconsin BadgerCare and Medicaid Expansion
    • Census