What you can do to get ready for the upcoming election

On April 3, we will go to the polls again.  There seems to a fly in the election ointment.  I was speaking to a friend who regularly works the polls at Webster Middle School. He noted that when working the February Primary there were around 200 fewer names on the roster than during the previous election. Yes, people move and people die, but 200 from a single location? Before we do anything else we must protect our access to the ballot.  To do that go to MyVote.com.  Make sure you are listed.  You can also get an absentee ballot if you want.  Let's be honest, though, our readership may not be the demographic that is targeted. So, share this information with your friends and on social media. We cannot allow our Democracy to be hacked.

Next, you can help elect Judges who respect the people of our community. Others prefer to protect the NRA and we have seen all too graphically where that leads.

This coming Sunday Grassroots North Shore will be holding an event, Rescuing Wisconsin. 

Five “knights in shining armor,” willing to take 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).

* Rebecca Dallet, Candidate for the Wisconsin Supreme Court

* Andy Lamb, 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

Of these only Rebecca Dallet will be on the April 3 ballot.  Come meet Judge Dallet and, if you like what you hear as much as we do, help get her elected. We have three actions planned in her support:

  • We will be making calls from both the GRNS office on five separate dates.  You can also sign up to make calls from a member's home in Whitefish Bay.
  • Sign up for one of Ozaukee County's days of action and talk to voters.
  • We will have postcards (stamp included) for you to send to friends in support of Judge Dallet.

In addition, we will have three stellar candidates who are running for the State Assembly and Josh Kaul for Attorney General. 

So, if you haven't RSVPed yet, do so NOW.

See you all this Sunday.

Tues March 6, 2018

Governor Candidate Forum,  6 pm - 8:30 pm
MATC, 700 W. State St., Room 605 Milwaukee
This event in the heart of Milwaukee will give you the chance to ask gubernatorial candidates where they stand on the issues. This forum will be conducted "Speed Dating" style to ensure you get time with the candidates up close and personal! Hosted by Black Leaders Organizing for Communities (BLOC). https://www.facebook.com/events/1998776773777678/


Wed March 7, 2018

Social Security Closure Rally, 11:45 am - 12:45 pm
Social Security Office, 1710 S. 7th St., Milwaukee
The Mitchell Street branch Social Security office is scheduled to close on March 22. This decision to close the office in one of Milwaukee's largest Hispanic communities will have grave impacts, forcing people to go to branches that are difficult or impossible to get to and are already overcrowded. Please attend this rally to keep the office open!     RSVP: Jessica LaPointe, [email protected] or 608-239-3281.

Mandela Barnes Kickoff Fundraiser, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Anodyne Coffee Roasters, 224 W. Bruce St., Milwaukee
State Rep. Mandela Barnes will kick off his campaign to become Wisconsin's next Lieutenant Governor! Sponsorship Available RSVP: www.mandelabarnes.com/kickoffDescriptionFormer   Contact: [email protected]

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.

Grass Roots South Shore Meeting,  6 pm - 8 pm
Cudahy Library, 3500 Library Dr., Cudahy
Grass Roots South Shore will hold its monthly meeting. Grass Roots South Shore meets on the first Wednesday of each month. For more information call Jim Balk, 414-218-5944.

 Thurs March 8, 2018

Waukesha Writers Club,  6:30 pm - 8 pm
336 Wisconsin Ave., Waukesha
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 grassrootswauksha.org ([email protected])

Sat March 10, 2018

13th (a documentary),  8:30 am - 12 pm
12700 West Howard Ave., New Berlin (St. Elizabeth Ann Seton)
Ava Du Vernay's powerful documentary argues that although slavery was abolished in 1865, the wording of the 13th amendment legally allowed a pernicious form of enslavement into American Institutions in the form of mass incarceration and criminalization. Gather for a light breakfast and coffee at 8:30 am. Film at 9 am. Facilitated discussion 11 am-noon.

Mothers' Voices on Violence,  2 pm - 3:30 pm
Washington Park Library, 2121 N. Sherman Blvd.
Calling all mothers who live in or near the Uptown neighborhood. The purpose of this group session is to hear your experiences and gather your input to combat neighborhood crime and violence. Childcare and light refreshments provided. $10 in appreciation of your time and input. Space is limited. RSVP is required: https://goo.gl/forms/SURiO0iC2M6PyRzi1 or 414-239-8555. Sponsored by the Marquette Office of Community Engagement and the Zeidler Center for Public Discussion

Sun March 11, 2018

Grassroots North Shore: Rescuing Wisconsin,  4:30 pm - 6 pm
North Shore Presbyterian Church, 4048 N Bartlett Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53211, USA             See details above 

Tues March 13, 2018

Stop SB54,  10 am -  4 pm
Wisconsin State Capitol, 2 E Main St, Madison, WI 53703
Join SOPHIA and other social justice groups at the capitol to lobby every Senator to vote against SB54 and the spending of $350 million of borrowed money to expand our prison system.
While other states, both states led by Republicans and states led by Democrats, are reducing their prison populations and closing prisons, our Assembly voted to go exactly the opposite direction and have left it to the Senate to approve or defeat it on March 20. Contact [email protected] if you would like to be informed of more details as they develop

Conversations on Race,  6:30 pm - 9 pm
Brown Deer United Methodist, 5736 W. Brown Deer Rd., Brown Deer
Conversations on Race is for people who are ready to discuss how we are approaching racial issues both personally and systemically. It is a time to learn about the fears, angers, prejudices, systemic privileges and spiritual power that we each hold. With the events in Charlottesville, we will continue our discussion of White Supremacy and the impact every day in American culture and life led by Lisa Jones and Joe Masterson. This event is open to the public and is handicap accessible.

Drinking Liberally MKE,  6:30 pm - 8 pm
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're going to need to get through the next four years. Come share a pint with your fellow progressives! Drinking Liberally MKE meets on the second Tuesday of every month, hosted by Matt Filipowicz.

Wed March 14, 2018

State Supreme Court Calls for Rebecca Dallet,   9 am - 1 pm
Grassroots North Shore, 5600 W Brown Deer Rd, Brown Deer
Help ensure a Supreme Court that works for the people of Wisconsin. 

National Student Walkout,  varied   
Your Community
Find out what your local students are planning and support them.

Emily Siegrist Meet & Greet,   5:30 pm -  7:30 pm
Grassroots North Shore, 5600 W Brown Deer Rd, Brown Deer
Emily Siegrist, Democratic candidate for Assembly District 24 (currently held by Dan Knodl), invites you to a meet & greet event to become acquainted with her and her campaign. details

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 March 15, 2018

Tom Palzewicz Event,  5:30 pm -  7:30 pm
1825 S 72nd St, West Allis (Westallion Brewing Company)
We're having another campaign event, this time at the veteran-owned Westallion Brewing Company in West Allis. Join us Thursday, March 15th from 5:30 - 7:30 pm for some great beer and banter! 

Waukesha County Democratic Party Meeting,  7 pm -  9 pm
336 Wisconsin Avenue, Waukesha, WI
Monthly Membership Meeting.

Fri March 16, 2018

LIT Bounce Off Fundraiser,  7 pm -  9 pm
Bounce Milwaukee, 2801 S 5th Ct, Milwaukee, WI 53207, USA

Come out to support LIT's work of radical youth of color-led organizing, liberation and anti-oppression teaching, and public policy innovation to create political power that meets the needs of and is controlled by young people.
20% of door admission will go to help support our critical work, just say the magical words of "Let's get LIT".
For those looking to support can also donate at https://www.litmke.org/contribute/

Sat March 17, 2018

NAACP Monthly Meeting,  11 am -  1 pm
l2745 N. Dr Martin Luther King Dr., Milwaukee
Monthly membership meeting of NAACP Milwaukee Branch. The meeting is held in the basement conference room.

State Supreme Court Calls for Rebecca Dallet,   1 pm - 4 pm
Grassroots North Shore, 5600 W Brown Deer Rd, Brown Deer
Help ensure a Supreme Court that works for the people of Wisconsin. 

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. Advance tickets ($8)

Sun March 18, 2018

Fair Maps - The inside scoop,  1:30 pm - 3 pm
Plymouth Church UCC, 2717 E Hampshire St, Milwaukee, WI 53211

Care about fair elections and preserving the basic democratic principle of one person one vote?The landmark gerrymandering case Gill v. Whitford could change the parameters for partisan map rigging in Wisconsin and could have implications on electoral districts throughout the country. Join us to hear the latest news on the case and learn more about how, together, Wisconsinites can end partisan map rigging once and for all!Speakers include Sachin Chheda of the Fair Elections Project and Anna Dvorak of the Citizen Action Organizing Cooperative.



DPMC Spring Awards Gala,   5:30 pm
Italian Community Center, 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee
The Democratic Party of Milwaukee County will hold its Spring Awards Gala! Special guest speakers to be announced. These awards will be made: Lifetime of Service, Democrat of the Year, Elected Official, and Organization of the Year. Send nominations for these categories to [email protected] by February 11 at 11:59 pm. Tickets: Individual $75, $90 after March 9 Host table $2500 Sponsor table $1000 Host $250 Sponsor $100 More information and online ticket purchase: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/2018awardsdinner

Mon March 19, 2018

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

DPMC Meeting,   6 pm -  8 pm
J&B's Blue Ribbon, 5230 W. Bluemound Rd., Milwaukee
NOTE NEW LOCATION. 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.

Grassroots Waukesha Member Meeting,  6:30 pm - 8 pm
336 Wisconsin Avenue, Waukesha, WI

Tues March 20, 201l

Andy Gronik Fundraiser,  5 pm -  7 pm
The Wicked Hop, 345 N. Broadway, Milwaukee
Andy Gronik, candidate for governor of Wisconsin, will hold a fundraiser in Milwaukee.

Voices from Solitary Confinement,  6 pm - 9 pm
Plymouth Church, 2717 E. Hampshire St., Milwaukee
A 2011 United Nations report said, “It is clear that short-term solitary confinement can amount to torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment." Hear the real words of men and women who are locked away in solitary confinement, interact with survivors of solitary confinement, and learn what we need to do to put an end to the use of solitary confinement.
More information: David Liners, WISDOM State Director, [email protected] or 414-738-2099.

Economic Issues Event,  6 pm - 8 pm
Greenfield Library, 5310 W. Layton Ave., Greenfield
Citizens Coalition will hold an event discussing economic issues that will play a significant part in this year's elections: infrastructure, Social Security, taxes, jobs, healthcare, education debt, and military issues. The featured speaker will be William Holahan, Emeritus Professor of Economics at UWM, whose research interest has been in applied microeconomics and public policy. All are welcome. Registration starts at 5:45.   More information: Don Carlson, 414-719-0807 or [email protected].

CLOSEmsdf Monthly Meeting,  6 pm - 7 pm
2821 N. 4th St., Suite 108, Milwaukee, WI 53212
Get involved with the efforts to decarcerate Milwaukee. The #CLOSEmsdf Campaign is now 40 organizations strong. Visit https://closemsdf.org/ for information.  Sign the #CLOSEmsdf petition at https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/its-time-to-close-milwaukee-secure-detention-facility-msdf


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