It started with outrage but that is not where it is staying

Most of us know about five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Although that may describe some, it does not work to change anything. We need something else after anger, something constructive and that is where elections come in.  Who can save us?  We can save ourselves by electing those who will work for us.

Who Can Save Wisconsin? How Do We Help Them?

Republican leadership continues to threaten Wisconsin’s air and water, education system, the individual’s civil rights, and even the ability to travel in a safe, convenient transportation system. Citizens wonder how long we can progress on this path, and who will arise to wrest control of state government back from an authoritarian, backward-looking administration.

Five “knights in shining armor,” willing to take and spend the time, money, and effort required to run for office will be at the Grassroots North Shore Candidate Forum on Sunday from 4:30 to 6:15, on March 11th (at North Shore Presbyterian Church in Shorewood).

* Tim Burns or Rebecca Dallet for the Wisconsin Supreme Court

* Andy Lamb and Liz Leblanc Sumner, both running against Jim Ott,

   Assembly District 23

* Chris Rahlf, taking on Rob Brooks, Assembly District 60

* Emily Siegrest, challenging Daniel Knodl, Assembly District 24 and

* Josh Kaul, running against Brad Schimel, Attorney General

Although they are signing up to be our standard bearers and representatives in the true sense of the word, they cannot do it without us. We need to show up for them, as we hope they will show up for us. Take this opportunity to support, question, and listen to our candidates.

Sign up for this event.


Oh, and don't forget to VOTE on FEB. 20TH for Supreme Court Judge.  I know that for many of us it is the only thing on this Primary Ballot. It is, never-the-less, vital.  Right now, our Judiciary is the only thing protecting us. Please, don't let it slip further out of our control.

You may have noticed a distinct change in our newsletter.  Our vice-chair, Nancy Kaplan, has had a small stroke.  She will be in rehab for the next two weeks and then home for the hard work of brain retraining.  The good news is that her cognitive abilities are at 100%. The bad news is that her right hand and left eye are still somewhat impaired. Until she can rejoin us, we will soldier on. If you would like to send her well wishes she is at Jewish Home & Care Center, 1414 N Prospect Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202.  You can also send her an email at [email protected].


Tues Feb 13, 2018

Redlining, Racism and Reflection: Milwaukee Redlining with Reggie Jackson, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Jewish Museum Milwaukee, 1360 N Prospect Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202
Redlining, Racism and Reflection: A Three-Part Series Part One: Milwaukee Redlining with Reggie Jackson.  For more information and to register go to

Chris Rockwood Fundraiser, 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Red Dot, 6715 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa
Chris Rockwood Mardi Gras karaoke fundraiser for his campaign in Assembly District 14. Please join special guest Khary Penebaker, 5th Congressional District candidate Tom Palzewicz, and Milwaukee-area elected officials who have endorsed Chris’s campaign for an evening of food, drink, and inspiring speeches followed by a Mardi Gras karaoke celebration. 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm (Politics), 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm (Karaoke) Host - $500; Patron - $250; Sponsor - $100; Friend - $50; Supporter - $25. Contributions of any amount are welcome. Contribute online: or at the event. RSVP:

350.ORG Monthly Meeting, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
1500 E. Park Pl, Milwaukee (Urban Ecology Center)
350.ORG is the global organization building a grassroots movement in 188 countries to address global warming and solve climate the crisis. 350.ORG meets every second Tuesday of the month.

Wed Feb 14, 2018

Community Justice Council, 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Clinton Rose Senior Center, 3045 N. Martin Luther King Dr., Mi
Milwaukee Community Justice Council Meeting of the Whole. More information: 

Grassroots North Shore Writers Workshop, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
GRNS Office, 5600 W Brown Deer Rd, Brown Deer, WI
On April 3rd, Wisconsin voters will have a question on their ballot asking if they want to eliminate the Office of State Treasurer from our state constitution and transfer the office’s duties to the governor’s administration. It is up to us to get the word out. Join us for a letter writing session. More information and to rsvp. 

Refuel the Resistance, 5 pm - 8 pm
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.

Thurs Feb 15, 2018

On the Issues: Foxconn, 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
Marquette University, Eckstein Hall, 1215 W. Michigan St., Milwaukee
Description: It’s being billed as the largest economic development project in state history. So how did Wisconsin land Foxconn? What will it mean for the region and the state? And what are the risks and rewards of the deal? In this visit, WEDC Secretary Mark Hogan will offer his unique perspective on the Foxconn project. RSVP required:

Tom Palzewicz meet and greet and fundraiser, 5:30 - 7 pm
351 W Main, Waukesha (Bernie's Tap)
Tom Palzewicz, running to unseat Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, will have a Meet & Greet event. There will be plenty of pizza and wings as well as some great conversation. Hope you can make it. Online contributions:

Jon Brostoff Fundraiser, 5 pm - 7 pm
Beer Bistro, 2730 N. Humboldt Blvd., Milwaukee
Throughout history, Wisconsin has been at the forefront of innovative policy and progressive leadership. Together we can push Forward, and show America what really makes Wisconsin great- the people who represent it. Please join State Rep. Jon Brostoff to celebrate our love for Wisconsin and discuss what can be done to keep the blue wave in motion. Online donations: 

Sat Feb 17, 2018

Guns, Grief, and Grace, 10:30 am - 1 pm
Mitchell Branch Library, 906 W. Historic Mitchell St.
Description: Guns, Grief, and Grace, Everyone's Toolkit" is the work of an academic/community-led coalition, formed to create a sustained, nonpolarized conversation that will change the way we think, act, and talk about gun violence in the Greater Milwaukee area. Panelists include Sharlen Moore, Executive Director of Urban Underground; Dr. Barbara Moser, Chair, Prevent Suicide Greater Milwaukee Coalition; and Dr. Michael Levas, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Children's Hospital/Medical College of Wisconsin. 10:30 Gathering, 11:00 -- 1:00 Program. Light refreshments will be served. This free public event is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Milwaukee County.

NAACP Monthly Meeting, 11 am - 1 pm
2745 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Dr., Milwaukee
The monthly membership meeting of NAACP Milwaukee Branch. The meeting is held in the basement conference room.

Laughing Liberally Milwaukee, 8 pm - 10 pm
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 Mike Crute and Dominic Salvia. Mike and Dom are the hosts of Devil's Advocates Radio on 1510am Resistance Radio. Advance tickets ($8):

Sun Feb 18, 2018

Opening Preview for Allied in the Fight: Jews, Blacks and the Struggle for Civil Rights, 7 pm - 9 pm
Jewish Museum Milwaukee, 1360 N Prospect Ave, Milwaukee
The event is sold out.  For information on future events in this series go to

 Mon Feb 19, 2018

“Mysteries of the Great Lakes” Film Screening and Discussion, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
The Urban Ecology Center, 1500 E Park Pl, Milwaukee
Mysteries of the Great Lakes” Film Screening and Discussion Mysteries of the Great Lakes is as much a celebration of the world’s greatest freshwater ecosystem as it is a rallying cry for protection. The story will take audiences on an inspiring voyage through these amazing inland seas and showcase the amazing geography, ecology, science, and history of the region. SWAN Program Coordinator Dan Gray will facilitate a group discussion of our relationship to the Great Lakes following the 45 minutes film screening. Free event but registration required. Open to the public. You don’t have to be a member to attend. Register Here!

DPMC Issues Committee Meeting, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
J&B's Blue Ribbon, 5230 W. Bluemound Rd.
NOTE NEW LOCATION. The Democratic Party's Issues Committee will hold its monthly meeting. All Democrats are welcome to participate

Tues Feb. 20, 2018

Spring Primary Election, 7:00 am – 8:00 pm
Find your polling place at
Primary for these nonpartisan offices: Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Wisconsin Court of Appeals Judge County Supervisor County Circuit Judges Municipal Officials (in some localities)

On the Issues: Millennial Action Project, 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
Marquette University, Eckstein Hall, 1215 W. Michigan St., Milwaukee
Steven Olikara wants to change American politics as we know it. A self-described political entrepreneur, Olikara leads the Millennial Action Project, a national, nonpartisan organization that’s working with millennial policymakers to overcome partisan gridlock. The Millennial Action Project has organized the nation’s first-ever bipartisan millennial caucus in Congress and is active in 20 state legislatures. Where others see conflict, Olikara sees opportunity to find common ground on issues such as entrepreneurship, democracy reform, education, and the environment. RSVP required:

Redlining in Context, 7 pm - 8:30 pm
Jewish Museum Milwaukee, 1360 N Prospect Ave, Milwaukee
View a screening of Wisconsin Public Television’s “City Within A City: When Pretty Soon Runs Out,” a documentary that explores the stories and lives of low-income families impacted by urban renewal. Ralph Hollman, former president and CEO of The Milwaukee Urban League, will address the late migration and development of Milwaukee’s black community, Jewish business in Bronzeville, and what was built and destroyed during the so-called urban renewal projects. Sponsored by The Ideas Network 90.7. Museum Member $6, Non-Member $8 or as part of the three-program series Redlining, Racism and Reflection More information and registration:

Tony Evers meet and greet and fundraiser, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
294 West Main Street, Waukesha (Meli Bar)


Wed Feb 21, 2018

Drinking Liberally Wauwatosa, 6 pm - 8 pm
Come join fellow Wauwatosa progressives for good conversation and good beer at one of Tosa's most gemütlich establishments, Cranky Al's. DLW meets monthly on the 3rd Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Refuel the Resistance, 5 pm - 8 pm
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.


Thurs Feb 22, 2018

Laura Lau, 5 pm - 7 pm
Splash Martini Bar, 134 N Main St, Oconomowoc
Laura is running for Waukesha County District Judge.

Emily Siegerst Meet and Greet, 5:30 pm - 7 pm
Grassroots North Shore, 5600 W Brown Deer Rd, Brown Deer
Emily Siegerst is running in the notoriously gerrymandered 24th District. Come and meet this woman who will turn Wisconsin Blue.

Waukesha Writers Club, 6:30 pm - 8 pm
336 Wisconsin Ave, Waukesha, WI
The "Letter to the Editor" section is one of the most widely read parts of the newspaper, offering a chance to reach a broad audience. Letters to our legislators are also an effective way to let them know what we expect of them. 
Working together gives us the opportunity to discuss the current issues, improve writing skills, develop persuasive techniques that target intended readers, and help each other with ideas and suggestions.
Sponsored by ([email protected])


Sat Feb 24, 2018

Community Brainstorming8:00 am – 11:00 am
St. Matthew CME Church, 2944 N. 9th St., Milwaukee
Community Brainstorming Conference Breakfast Forum
Breakfast: 8 am, Program: 9 am
All are invited, Come and participate. Details at


Sun Feb 25, 2018

Sunday Demonstration, 12 pm - 1 pm
Cutler Park, Wisconsin Avenue, Waukesha
What are you most concerned about? Social justice, democracy, the environment? Join us for a silent demonstration. We meet at Cutler Park in Waukesha on the sidewalk along Wisconsin Avenue near the Public Library. Bring a sign or use one of ours. Sponsored by Grassroots Waukesha.


Tues Feb 27, 2018

Redlining, Racism: Where From Here?, 7 pm - 8:30 pm
Jewish Museum Milwaukee, 1360 N. Prospect Ave.
Marc Levine from UWM's Center for Economic Development will address growth of entrenched segregation and racial inequality in Milwaukee since the 1970s. Margaret Rozga will discuss her involvement with Milwaukee’s NAACP Youth Council, her activism during and after the Open Housing Marches with late husband Father James Groppi and her continued social justice work. Bill Tisdale from Milwaukee’s Fair Housing Council will discuss the organization’s role and advocacy work in the past, present, and looking to the future. Museum Member $6, Non-Member $8 or as part of the three-program series Redlining, Racism and Reflection More information and registration:

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