Election Edition

First, before anything else, get ready to vote on Wednesday, April 3. 

  • Check for your polling location and confirm your registration status. You can even check out what is on your ballot.
  • Decide when you will vote and how you will get there.
  • Have a backup plan.  This is, after all, Wisconsin. We could have a snow storm or sweltering heat.  Be prepared.
  • Make note of these numbers in case you experience any problems:  If you need help voting or see problems at the polls, call one of these free, nonpartisan hotlines to get the assistance you need:
    • 866-OUR-VOTE - English
    • 888-VE-Y-VOTA - Spanish
    • 1-844-418-1682 - Arabic
    • 888-API-VOTE - Asian/Pacific Islander languages

Know for whom you will vote. We have two recommendations:

Rebecca Dallet for State Supreme Court. If you want a judge who is fair, experienced, and independent, Rebecca Dallet is the only choice.   Read our full endorsement. 

If you live in Milwaukee County's first District, we recommend Theo Lipscomb.  Even without the controversy about Chris Abele's Super PAC and the $500,000 he spending on some very expensive rubber stamps, Lipscomb would still be our choice. He has served his constituents well.  Read our full endorsement.

Finally, please remember to vote no on the Statewide Referendum to eliminate the position of State Treasurer.  Do not allow another watchdog to be silenced!

See you at the polls.

Mon April 2, 2018

Drinking Liberally Waukesha,   6:30 pm -  9 pm
Clarke Irish Pub, 314 W. Main St., Waukesha
For more information: http://livingliberally.org/drinking/chapters/WI/waukesha.

Tues April 3, 2018

Spring General Election,   7 am -  8 pm
Unsure of your polling location go to MyVote  Election for these nonpartisan offices: Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Wisconsin Court of Appeals Judge County Supervisor County Circuit Judges Municipal Officials (in some localities)

Nobel Peace Prize nominee John Dear discuss his new book, 7 pm - 9 pm
First Unitarian Society, 1342 N Astor St, Milwaukee, WI 53202
Hear Nobel Peace Prize nominee John Dear discuss his new book, They Will Inherit the Earth: Peace and Nonviolence in a Time of Climate Change. In his evening talk and book-signing, Dear will invite us to rise to the occasion, deepen our nonviolence, take new steps into active solidarity with Mother Earth and suffering humanity, and do what we can to welcome a new culture of peace and nonviolence. 

Wed April 4, 2018

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

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 April 5, 2018

Mayor Barrett Spring Symposium, 7:30 am - 9 am
Italian Conference Center, 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee
A conversation with leaders and innovators in Milwaukee's startup community.To Sponsor and RSVP: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/mayorsclub-spring email Patrick at patrick.gradus@gstrategiesllc.comor call Patrick Gradus at (414) 271-8050

Chris Rockwood Kickoff Fundraiser, 5:30 pm - 7 pm
Big Head Brewing Co., 6204 W. State St., Wauwatosa
Please join Milwaukee-area elected officials who have endorsed Chris Rockwood's campaign to turn the 14th Assembly District blue. Wisconsin voters are hungry for change, and he's eager to kick off the fall 2018 election season.Host - $500; Patron - $250; Sponsor - $100;Friend - $50; Supporter - $25; Sustainer - $10 per month.
Contributions of any amount are welcome.  Contribute online: secure.actblue.com/donate/rockwood2018fallkickoff or at the event.  RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1689415917840079/ or email [email protected].  Website: chrisrockwood.org

Women's Resistance Book Event, 7 pm
Boswell Book Co., 2559 N. Downer Ave., Milwaukee
We Rise to Resist: Voices from a New Era in Women's Political Action is a
collection of essays and interviews that presents 36 voices in this emerging movement discussing a range of topics - activism, healthcare, education, LGBTQIA issues, the environment, and other concerns that affect the political and cultural environment now and in the future. Presenters will include co-editor Paula vW. Dáil and Milwaukee-area contributors Janine Geske and Sandra Callaghan.

Sat April 7, 2018

Women and the Labor Movement, 8:30 am - 3 pm
Laborers Local 113 Hall, 6310 W. Appleton Ave., Milwaukee
The Wisconsin Labor History Society's 37th annual conference will focus on women in the labor movement, overcoming workplace inequalities, and achieving gender equity. The keynote speaker will be Annelise Orleck, professor of history at Dartmouth College. Registration is $35 ($10 for students and unemployed), which includes lunch and materials. More information and online ticket purchase: www.wislabor2018.eventbright.com

WISDOM/ROC -Race to Justice Training, 9 am - 1 pm
WISDOM/EXPO/MICAH office, 2821 N. 4th St, Milwaukee

The ROC Wisconsin Campaign for serious criminal justice reform in Wisconsin will be holding a series of 4-hour training sessions around the state.  All are welcome, whether you have been working at reform for 10 years, or just want to get started now.  We will be getting up to speed about many issues that pertain to Wisconsin's prison system, including Alternatives to Incarceration, Revocations and the need to close MSDF, Solitary Confinement, Parole, and Compassionate Release. We will also practice telling our own stories and telling the story of ROC (Restoring Our Communities) Wisconsin.  Finally, we will be making outreach plans to recruit others and to demand that those who want to run for Governor, or State Assembly, or State Senate this fall understand these issues and commit to real reform.

Founders Day Gala, 5 pm
Milwaukee Hyatt Regency, 333 W. Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee
The Democratic Party of Wisconsin's Founders Day Gala will feature keynote speaker Senator Amy Klobuchar and special guest Senator Maggie Hassan. Doors open at 5 pm, VIP Reception begins at 5:15 pm, Dinner begins at 6 pm. To sponsor or buy tickets please visit wisdems.org/founders18.

Mon April 9, 2018

Grass Roots South Shore Meeting, 6 pm - 8 pm
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.

Tues April 10, 2018

Know Dreamers' Rights, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Milwaukee Teachers' Education Association, 5130 W. Vliet St
Donald Trump’s revocation of the Delayed Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has left DREAMERS with uncertainty and more questions. This session is open to all MPS employees affected by Trump’s recent changes to DACA. Get the most up-to-date information on how Trump’s changes to DACA affect them and how MTEA can help. https://www.facebook.com/events/196765787756721/

Conversations on Race, 6:30 pm - 9 pm
Brown Deer United Methodist, 5736 W. Brown Deer Rd.
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, discussing White Supremacy and its impact every day in American culture and life. The leaders are Lisa Jones and Joe Masterson. This event is open to the public and is handicap accessible.

Drinking Liberally MKE, 6:30 pm - 8:30 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 three 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 April 11, 2018

Community Justice Council, 9:30 am - 11 am
Clinton Rose Senior Center, 3045 N. Martin Luther King Dr. 
Milwaukee Community Justice Council Meeting of the Whole. More information: http://milwaukee.gov/cjc and https://www.facebook.com/milwcjc/?fref=ts

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 April 12, 2018

On the Issues: Privacy vs. Tech, 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
Marquette University, Eckstein Hall, 1215 W. Michigan St., M
In his new book, Habeas Data, award-winning tech reporter Cyrus Farivar writes, “With technology that can capture all of this information routinely for private companies and governments, de facto mass surveillance becomes trivial.” The problem, Farivar says, is that American privacy law is ill-equipped to respond to the explosive growth in surveillance technology. To make his case, Farivar examines ten historic court decisions that have defined our privacy rights and matches them against the capabilities of modern technology.
RSVP required:https://law.marquette.edu/current-students/issues-cyrus-farivar

Fri April 13, 2018

Charlie King benefit concert for WAVE, 7 pm - 9:30 pm
Friends Meeting House, 3224 N. Gordon Pl., Milwaukee, WI
Charlie King benefit concert for WAVE (Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort, an organization working to end gun violence).  Join us for an evening of great live music and activism!  Suggested donation $10-$20, general admission  Contact: To reserve a seat, please visit  call 414-351-9283  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/525741914491559/

The award-winning folk musician Charlie King is both a musical storyteller and a political activist, who sings and writes passionately about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people. Pete Seeger hailed him as “one of the finest singers and songwriters of our time.”

Sat April 14, 2018

Save Medicaid and Medicare, 12 pm 
Milwaukee County Courthouse, 901 N. 9th St., Milwaukee
Join progressive allies on the Saturday before Tax Day to protest the ridiculous tax cuts for the super rich and the funding cuts to Medicaid and Medicare that are sure to result. RSVP: https://www.citizenactionwi.org/repeal_tax_law_save_medicaid_medicare

Mon April 16, 2018

Grassroots Waukesha Member Meeting, 6:30 pm - 8 pm
336 Wisconsin Ave, Waukesha
Monthly membership/planning meeting. Everyone Welcome.

Milwaukee County Democratic Party Meeting, 7 pm - 9 pm
Burke's Irish Castle, 5328 W. Bluemound Rd., Milwaukee
Milwaukee County Dems meet monthly to discuss party business, hear speakers on current topics, pass resolutions, and network with other progressives. All interested Democrats are invited to the general meeting and to the Issues Committee meeting at 5:30.

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