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  • is hosting Vote Reminder Postcards (2/6) 2020-01-22 15:40:29 -0600

    Vote Reminder Postcards

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    Brrr! It's too cold to canvass.

    So, let's send postcards to remind people to vote in the February 18 primary. And if possible to vote early.

    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 the lowest turnout election of this cycle.

    WHEN
    February 06, 2020 at 10am
    WHERE
    GRNS office
    5600 W Brown Deer Rd
    Suite 116
    Brown Deer, WI 53223
    United States
    Google map and directions
    rsvp

  • is hosting Vote Reminder Postcards (2/10) 2020-01-22 15:33:49 -0600

    Vote Reminder Postcards

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    Brrr! It's too cold to canvass.

    So, let's send postcards to remind people to vote in the February 18 primary. And if possible to vote early.

    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 the lowest turnout election of this cycle.

    WHEN
    February 10, 2020 at 10am
    WHERE
    GRNS office
    5600 W Brown Deer Rd
    Suite 116
    Brown Deer, WI 53223
    United States
    Google map and directions
    rsvp

  • rsvped for Annual Meeting 2020-01-13 10:56:17 -0600

    Annual Meeting

    HOW TO PICK THE NEXT WISCONSIN SUPREME COURT JUDGE?                             

    Listen to what they have to say at our Grassroots North Shore Annual Meeting

    Sunday, January 26th, 2020

    Mark your calendar for dinner and discussion at Grassroots North Shore annual meeting.

    Speakers Attorney Ed Fallone and Judge Jill Karofsky are both competing in the February primary for a slot in the April 2020 Wisconsin Supreme Court election. Read their responses to questions posed to them by Grassroots North Shore: Fallone | Karofsky. Then use this page to RSVP for the event.

    WHEN: Sunday, January 26th; doors open 4:30; program and free food starting 5:15.

    WHEN
    January 26, 2020 at 4:30pm
    WHERE
    North Shore Presbyterian Church
    4048 N Bartlett Ave
    Shorewood, WI 53211
    United States
    Google map and directions
    109 rsvps rsvp

  • published Jill Karofsky in Nonpartisan Primary 2019-12-17 13:08:15 -0600

    Jill Karofsky

    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 Ed Fallone in Nonpartisan Primary 2019-12-17 13:07:54 -0600

    Ed Fallone

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

      I first ran for the Wisconsin Supreme Court in 2013, pledging to restore integrity to a Court beset by infighting and allegations of personal assault. Many voters agreed with me, and I received over 360,000 votes. Since then, partisan political fighting among the Justices has gotten worse, and judicial election campaigns for the Supreme Court now regularly descend into unfounded character attacks on the integrity of candidates. This needs to stop. So last March I became the very first candidate to announce that I was running for the Wisconsin Supreme Court in 2020.

      I am running because the Justices serving on our Wisconsin Supreme Court reflect too narrow a set of legal experiences and too narrow a set of life experiences to truly represent all the people of Wisconsin. With the retirement of Justice Shirley Abrahamson, the Court lost the perspective of a law professor who was a strong advocate for holding the political branches of our government accountable to the voters. In the ten years since Justice Louis Butler left the bench, the Court has lacked a member who has substantial experience as a criminal defense attorney. Significantly, the Court currently does not any member who has focused on serving persons of modest means – such as working families and immigrants. And there are currently no racial or ethnic minorities represented on our Court.

      A Court that openly engages in partisan political infighting is not serving the people of Wisconsin. We need to return to an independent Court, and we need our elections to focus on the qualifications of the candidates and not attack ads. And we won’t make the Supreme Court better by electing more Justices with the same narrow experience – trial judges who are former prosecutors. The work of the Wisconsin Supreme Court extends far beyond the criminal law.

      Every term, the Wisconsin Supreme Court decides important cases involving our constitutional rights, the protection of the environment, the civil rights of racial and ethnic minorities, business law, and contract interpretation. The Court works better when it has a variety of types of Justices who bring experiences across a wider cross-section of legal practice. As a Constitutional Law professor, an experienced criminal defense lawyer, someone who has represented giant Fortune 100 corporations as well as the owners of small family businesses, and a community leader who has helped working families and immigrants navigate our legal system, I will bring a broad base of knowledge to our state’s highest court. In addition, I will be the first Latino Justice in our State’s history. And I pledge to continue my fight to end the politicization of the Court and restore its former independence.

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

      In addition to being a tenured law professor at Marquette University Law School for over a quarter century, I have led numerous nonprofit organizations that seek to improve access to justice for people of modest means and organizations working to protect the civil rights of immigrant families. My commitment to working families and the immigrant community comes from my own upbringing as the child of a father who was a public school teacher and a mother who immigrated from Mexico.

    3. Please list any political or relevant professional groups of which you are or have been a member. In a brief, 4-5 word phrase, please describe what about each of those groups appealed to you, and why you particularly chose to work with or join them.

      I served as President of the Latino Community Center, which was nationally recognized for its anti-violence initiatives for at-risk youth in Milwaukee. As President of Centro Legal, I led a nonprofit legal services organization that made lawyers affordable to middle class families who would otherwise go to the courthouse alone. While a Trustee at Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, I helped to establish a Legal Services for Immigrants program that helps immigrant families facing deportation. As President of the Wisconsin Hispanic Lawyers Association, I led the organization in opposing English-Only laws. And as a Board Member of Voces de la Frontera Action, I served an organization focused on supporting public education, jobs that pay a living wage, and the civil rights of immigrants in our society.

      I have also served as a volunteer mentor for Latina women professionals through a program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and have advocated on behalf of DREAMER students within the Marquette University administration. This is how I have chosen to give back to my community over the course of my legal career.

      Fellow, the Wisconsin Bar Foundation – members recognized for leadership in Wisconsin Bar (2016 – present)

      The American Constitution Society, Milwaukee Chapter, Board Member – law should improve the lives of all (2016-2018)

      Voces de la Frontera Action, Board Member – advocate for immigrant civil rights (2015-2018)

      Wisconsin Stem Cell Now, President and Board Member – defends medical research from politics (2005-2018)

      Wisconsin State Bar, Business Law Section, Board Member – liaison with State legislature on business law (2009-2015)

      Supreme Court Nomination Task Force, Member – advised Senator Herb Kohl on nominees (various years 1993-2010)

      Wisconsin State Bar, USA Committee, Reporter – helped write Wisconsin Uniform Securities Act (2002-2008)

      Wisconsin Trust Account Foundation, Board Member – funder of legal services for poor (2001-2005)

      Catholic Charities Legal Services for Immigrants, Chair – provides affordable lawyers in immigration cases (2000-2005)

      Latino Community Center, President and Board Member – intervened with at-risk youth (2000-2003)

      Wisconsin State Bar, International Practice Section, Board Member – provides professional development for lawyers (1997-2000)

      Centro Legal, President and Board Member – provides affordable lawyers in family and misdemeanor cases (1993-1999)

      Wisconsin State Bar, Legal Education Commission, Member – advised on law school education in Wisconsin (1994-1996)

      Wisconsin Hispanic Lawyers Association, President, Board Member & Member – professional organization for Latino lawyers (1992- present)

      Hispanic National Bar Association, Member – national organization for Latino lawyers (1993 – present)

    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 most qualified candidate in this race. I have been a Constitutional Law professor for almost three decades, training future judges, prosecutors and defense lawyers how to read and interpret the law. My expertise on constitutional law has been recognized by prominent elected officials. I advised Senator Herb Kohl on four United States Supreme Court nominations (Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan). In addition, when the Merrick Garland nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court was blocked by the Senate, the Obama White House asked me to speak out against the obstruction at a nationwide press conference.

      Before joining the faculty at Marquette University Law School, I worked at a national law firm that counted Martin Ginsburg (Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s late husband) and Sargent Shriver (brother-in-law of John F. Kennedy) among its partners. I defended clients during “Operation Ill Wind,” which to this day remains the largest FBI investigation into corruption by military officials and defense contractors in United States history. The investigation resulted in a total of $622 million worth of fines, recoveries, restitutions, and forfeitures. I also handled pretrial and appellate representation in a $350 million civil securities fraud and breach of contract lawsuit. These two high profile cases, as well as experience in other similar cases, led Marquette University Law School to hire me as a law professor at only 28 years of age. My experience practicing law at the highest level is what makes me an effective teacher in the classroom.

      The American Bar Association limits the number of hours a full-time law professor can devote to outside legal work. Within these limits, I have continued to practice law as an expert witness in multiple high-profile civil lawsuits., and have represented minority shareholders in business lawsuits. One case set a new precedent under Wisconsin corporate law. I also have represented clients as Of Counsel at one of the largest minority-owned law firms in the country.

      Because of my legal knowledge, I have been invited to speak on topics of constitutional law, federal law and Wisconsin law by many organizations including the American Constitution Society, the Federalist Society, the State Bar of Wisconsin, and the League of Women Voters as well as numerous universities and law schools. I have been quoted by national news sources including as The Guardian Newspaper, NBC News, and Wisconsin media.

      No other candidate can boast of this range of achievements.


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

    Nonpartisan Primary

    The only statewide race in this election is for a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. The candidates are Ed Fallone (Professor of Law at Marquette), Jill Karofsky (Judge on the ), and Dan Kelly (incumbent). Each Supreme Court member serves a ten-year term. Grassroots North Shore has candidate statements available for review: Ed Fallone and Jill Karofsky.

    We urge you to vote for Professor Fallone or Judge Karofsky in the primary.

     

    Early Voting Information*

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

    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.

    * 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: TBA

    General: TBA

    TBD

    TBD

    Brown Deer
    Village Hall

    414-371-3003

    Primary: TBA

    General: TBA

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

    TBD

    Cedarburg (City)

    262-375-7600
    262-375-7606

    Primary: Feb 3-12
    Feb 13 & 14

    General: TBA

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


    TBD

    Cedarburg (Town)

    262-377-4509 

    Primary: TBA

    General: TBA

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


    TBD

    Fox Point 414-351-8900

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

    General: TBA

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

    TBD

    Glendale
    City Hall

    414-228-1718

    Primary: Feb 3-14

    General: Mar 23-Apr 3

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

    Grafton (Town)
    Town Hall

    262-375-5300

    Primary: Feb 3-14

     

    General: TBA

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

    TBD

    Grafton (Village)
    Village Hall

    262-375-5000

    Primary: Feb 3-14

    General: TBA

    M-F 8:00-4:30

    TBD

    Mequon
    City Hall

    262-242-3100

    Primary: Feb 3-14

    General: Mar 23-Apr 3

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

    Port Washington (City)
    City Clerk's Office

    262-284-5585

    Primary: Feb 3-14

    General: TBA

    M-F 8:00-5:00

    TBD

    Port Washington (Town)
    3715 Highland Drive

    262-284-5235

    Primary: Feb 3-14

    General: TBA

    M & W 8:30-4:00

    TBD

    River Hills
    Village Hall

    414-352-8213

    Primary: TBA

    General: TBA

    M-F 8:00-4:30

    TBD

    Shorewood
    City Hall

    414-847-2700
    414-847-2601

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

    General: TBA

    M-F 8:00-4:30


    TBD

    Thiensville (Village)
    Village Hall

    262-242-3720

    Primary: Call for days & times

    General: TBA

    Call for days & times

     

    Whitefish Bay
    Village Hall

    414-962-6690

    Primary: Feb 3-14

    General: TBA

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

    TBD

     


  • 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:

    • Primary for the Nonpartisan Spring election, February 18
    • Primary for the special election for US Representative, February 18
    • General election for Nonpartisan offices and the Presidential Preference primary, April 7
    • General election for the special election for US Representative, May 12 
    • Primary for the Partisan Fall election, August 11
    • General Partisan Election, November 3

    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

  • donated on ActBlue 2020-01-09 03:20:27 -0600