Work Rewarded: More Work to Come

Rebecca Dallet was not our only win last week. The voters of Wisconsin rejected a Constitutional Amendment to eliminate the State Treasurer that would further weaken our checks and balances on the State Budget. On a local level, we sent a message to Chris Abele, the Milwaukee County Exec., about using his money to pack the County Board with hand-picked, rubber stamps.

None of this happened without hard work.  At GRNS we made calls, knocked doors, and wrote postcards.  We were not alone in our efforts. New groups are popping up and sharing the effort. Among those that added their voices and resources to the cause were The League of Progressive Seniors, River West Team, East Side Action, Southside Freedom League,  Grassroots South Shore, Greendale Grassroots SW, and Midtown Action all joined the effort.

Campaign work is, however, expensive. We bought two cell phones, printed, stamped, and sent over 1000 postcards. If you are able, we could use some financial help to keep it all going.  A Blue Wave will not happen without boots on the ground, lawn signs, phone calls, and events to meet the candidates.  Please, if you can, offer your financial support at Act Blue.

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.

Emily Siegrist for State Assembly, 5:30 pm - 7 pm
Barley Pop Pub and Restaurant N116W16137 Main Street Germantown
It's not often we have a real opportunity to win seats in every corner of our state. Emily is one of many people who never used to consider themselves "political" but the past few years has changed that, and that's why she's running for the Wisconsin State Assembly to represent our community in the 24th district.  If you'd like to know more about how Democrats are going to be elected up and down the ballot in Wisconsin,  join us for a fun eventThis is a family-friendly event, so bring anyone you'd like.

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: and

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:

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:

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:

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.

Wed April 18, 2018

A Fire in the Bones, 4 pm - 5:30 pm
Marquette University Raynor Memorial Libraries, 1355 W Wisconsin Avenue
Albert Raboteau, who attended Marquette University in the 1960s, will talk about his personal journey studying and writing about African American history.

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.

Southwest Region Dems Meeting, 7 pm 
Studz Pub Sports Bar & Grill, 6833 W. National Ave., West Allis
NOTE NEW DATE AND PERMANENT LOCATION. Southwest Dems will hold their monthly meeting. Region 5 covers Franklin, Greendale, Greenfield, Hales Corners, Milwaukee (Southwest), West Allis, West Milwaukee. For more information contact [email protected].

Drinking Liberally Wauwatosa, 6 pm - 8 pm
Red Dot, 6715 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa
Come join fellow Wauwatosa progressives for good conversation.

Thurs April 19, 2018

Tom Palzewicz and friends, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
18855 Gebhardt Rd, Brookfield
Meet Tom Palzewicz, Julie Hensley, and Chris Rockwood at the Home of Tom Hlavacek and Monica Murphy for a fundraising meet-and-greet. RSVP to [email protected]

Waukesha County Democratic Party Meeting, 7 pm - 8:30 pm
1726 South West Avenue, Waukesha. (Labor Temple)
Regular monthly meeting of the Waukesha County Democratic party.

Fri April 20, 2018

Potluck Dinner/Fundraiser For Voces de la Frontera, 5 pm - 8:30 pm
Milwaukee Labor Council -- Yatchak Hall 633 Hawley Rd., Milwaukee
The Trump administration is ramping up its plans to deport our immigrant neighbors.  
Citizen Action of Wisconsin is organizing a benefit in support of the group that's leading the fight for immigrant rights and against deportations locally, and with others, nationally.  We'd like to invite you to join us for a Potluck dinner Suggested donation: $25

Trashed (the Movie), 7 pm - 8:30 pm
Retzer Nature Center, S14 W28167 Madison St, Waukesha
Starring Jeremy Irons, TRASHED looks at the risks to the food chain and the environment through pollution of our air, land and sea by waste... and also investigates how the current model is being reformed. COME EARLY - Seating is limited to 80. Free and open to the public.Cookies and coffee will be served. Please bring your own reusable cup.

Sat April 21, 2018

The County Grounds Coalition - The State of Our Environment and the 2018 Election, 10 am - 12 pm
Wauwatosa Public Library, Firefly Room, 7635 W North Ave, Wauwatosa
Speaker: Spencer Black, National Vice President, the Sierra Club.

Who Counts? 2020 Census and Fair Maps, 10:25 am -  pm
Milwaukee Public Library Tippecanoe Branch, 3912 S Howell Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53207, USA
Join our experts and the League of Women Voters of Milwaukee County for this urgent discussion.
 Margo Anderson, Ph.D. Distinguished Professor of History and Urban Studies at UW-Milwaukee 
Dr. Anderson specializes in the social history of the United States in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including the history of the U.S. Census. 
Robert Yablon, J.D., Assistant Professor of Law at UW-Madison 
A former law clerk to Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor, Mr. Yablon will provide an update on Wisconsin gerrymander case currently before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Sun April 22, 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.

Senator Tammy Baldwin, 3 pm - 4:30 pm
Mo's Irish Pub Wauwatosa, 10842 W Bluemound Rd, Wauwatosa
Meet Tammy Baldwin and help her by donating to her campaign.

Music for Our Mother Earth, 7 pm - 10 pm
Linneman's Riverwest Inn, 1001 E Locust St, Milwaukee
Celebrate Earth Day. A benefit for Music by Kristin Urban and the Urban express, David Drake, Chris Hanson, and Robin Pluer. $8 at the door

Wed April 25, 2018

An Evening with Dan Kohl, 7 pm - 8:30 pm
American Legion Post, 6050 W Mequon Rd, Mequon, WI 53092
Join hosts Mark Gennis and Kath Michel, GRNS Steering Committee Members, for light refreshments and a cash bar. $100 Supporters, $250 Friend, $500 Sponsor.  All other contributions welcome and accepted.  RSVP: Jackson Weber, [email protected]
  Donate at Act Blue


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