GRNS newsletter: what a winter!

Is this the winter of our discontent, or what? I don't know about your place, but ours is piled high with frozen snow wherever you look and I hear more is on the way. But bad weather doesn't stop intrepid North Shore progressives from taking action! Below you'll find a healthy list of things you can do over the next couple of weeks.

On the Grassroots North Shore agenda, we have a number of opportunities coming up. We should have Senate and Assembly bill numbers by the time Governor Evers holds his budget address (Thursday, February 28, at 6pm). That means it's time to start lobbying your representatives in Madison to hold hearings and to pass these bills. We're holding a postcard and phone banking party for just that purpose on Saturday, March 2, from 2-4 pm. Bring your cell phone and join the fun. All you need to do is RSVP and show up. We'll have everything you need: stamped postcards, a way to look up contact info for your reps, and addresses to remind left-minded North Shore voters that there's a vital election coming up on April 2 (with early voting generally starting two weeks ahead of that date — see our Early Voting Info page for more detail).

There will be more opportunities to write postcards, phone voters (and Wisconsin legislators) and canvass for Lisa Neubauer all during March. I'll have pages to RSVP for those events on our calendar.

We have also rescheduled the informational event we had to cancel on account of this crazy weather in January. We're holding our Beyond the Budget meeting with Representatives Jonathan Brostoff, David Bowen, and Evan Goyke on Sunday, March 17, from 2:30-5pm, at the Ovation Sarah Chudnow community. You can RSVP online or on our Facebook page.

Judge Lisa Neubauer will also be at this event to speak about why she is running to replace Justice Shirley Abrahamson on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Now that we have progressive Democrats in all five constitutional offices, we need a Supreme Court that will cease rubber-stamping the radical conservative agenda the Walker administration promoted. Judge Neubauer's opponent in this race is not just a hard-right judge. He has founded a school that allows the firing of teachers for being gay and the expulsion of students if they or their parents are gay. In recent years, he has received more than $3,000 for speeches to the Alliance Defending Freedom — which the Southern Poverty Law Center labels a hate group — that has supported criminalizing sodomy and sterilizing transgender people. Unlike her opponent, Judge Neubauer has a long and distinguished career as a thoughtful, fair, and impartial jurist. She has earned the endorsement of a wide range of law enforcement and legal professionals as well as an endorsement from Grassroots North Shore. I hope you will join us on March 17 to meet Judge Neubauer and hear her views.

Tue Feb 26, 2019

Justice Matters: Rebecca Dallet, 5pm - 7:30pm
2729 E. Capitol Drive, Shorewood

Wisconsin Justice Initiative hosts "Justice Matters," an evening cocktail party featuring speaker Justice Rebecca Dallet on her transition from Milwaukee County trial judge to her position on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Beer, wine, non-alcoholic beverages and light appetizers will be served. Come network with others who believe that justice is for all, not only those who can afford to hire attorneys. Register online or by emailing [email protected]. Cost: $60 general admission or $25 public service/nonprofit.

Locked Out: Black Home Ownership, 5pm - 7:30pm
Wisconsin Black Historical Society, 2620 W. Center St., Milwaukee

Historically, African-Americans have been ‘locked out’ of homeownership due to redlining, discrimination in lending, and disparities in homebuyer education. This panel discussion with Milwaukee’s housing thought leaders will inspire dialogue about solutions to the decline of Black homeowners. - Adam Carr, Deputy Director for community engagement, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service - Danell Cross, Executive Director, Metcalfe Park Community Bridges, Inc. - William Tisdale, President & CEO, Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council -Dorothy York, Associate director, ACTS Housing (Moderator). 5 p.m. Mingling, light refreshments 5:30 p.m. Opening Remarks by Wisconsin historian Clayborn Benson and panel discussion RSVP.

Long-Term Care Crisis, 6pm - 8pm
IndependenceFirst, 540 S. First St., Milwaukee

Citizen Action invites you to join a community conversation around the shortage of direct home care workers. You probably know someone who has fragile health, needs home care or relies on other services that require staff. What if there is no one to help them, or you? Come to this free event and learn more about the workforce crisis. With a new Governor and the state budget session starting soon, we have a great opportunity to do something about it NOW! RSVP and more information. Contact: Karen KIrsch · 414-588-0927. Please contact her with your disability-related accommodation requests by 2/19/19. IndependenceFirst will do its best to honor requests made after this date.

Wed Feb 27, 2019

Community Justice Council, 9:30am - 11am
Clinton Rose Senior Center, 3045 N. Martin Luther King Dr., Milwaukee

Milwaukee Community Justice Council Meeting of the Whole. This meeting will discuss a juvenile justice reform model that could be implemented in Milwaukee County. All community members and stakeholders are welcome to attend. More information on the web and on Facebook.

UW System Changes, 11:30am - 1:30pm
Lake Express Ferry Terminal, 2330 S. Lincoln Memorial Dr., Milwaukee

The UW system is making national headlines as many of its schools deal with falling enrollment, declining tuition dollars and budget deficits that have some campuses considering transformations that include the loss of long-standing humanities programs and possible mission changes. System officials, students and faculty members will answer questions from a panel of local journalists about how affected schools deal with a changing education landscape. The cost to attend is $20 for Milwaukee Press Club members, $25 for non-members and $15 for students. Lunch is included. Seating will be limited. RSVP, payment, and more information.

Refuel the Resistance, 5pm - 8pm
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.

Drinking Liberally Glendale, 6:30pm - 9pm
Bar Louie, 5750 N. Bayshore Dr., Glendale

Drinking Liberally Glendale meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Come drink a beverage or two of your choice and talk about Liberal stuff. More information.

Thu Feb 28, 2019

Mental Health Board Meeting, 8am - 8am
Peck Welcome Center Pavilion, 10001 W. Bluemound Rd., Milwaukee

Milwaukee County Mental Health Board Meeting. Public Comment: none. More information.

Budget Address Watch Parties, 6pm - 7pm
WI Federation of Nurses & Health Professionals Office, 9620 W Greenfield Ave., Milwaukee;
Citizen Action of WI office, 221 S. 2nd St., suite 300, Milwaukee;
or Waukesha County Democratic Party office, 336 Wisconsin Ave., Waukesha

Join supporters to watch Gov. Evers give his budget address and find out how we can help expand BadgerCare. RSVP.

Sat Mar 2, 2019

Immigration Policies Forum, 9:30am - 12pm
Alverno College, Alphonsa Hall, 3441 S. 39th St., Milwaukee

The League of Women Voters of Milwaukee County will present a forum onDACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and policies that have separated families while in ICE custody to provide deeper understanding of these two key immigration issues and their impact nationally and locally, and to promote awareness of the League’s policy advocate role. Panel: Dr. Rachel Ida Buff, UWM Prof.; Ed Fallone, Marquette Law School; Margarita Garcia-Rojas, student, UWM; Kathleen Dunn, moderator. 9:30 am: Coffee/Social, 10:00am--Noon: Program. Free and open to the public. Facilitated small group discussions will be held from 12:15 to 1:00 p.m. for those who would like to participate. More information.

Stand for Peace, 12pm - 1pm
Brady Street & Farwell Avenue, Milwaukee

Stand for peace in the streets of Milwaukee, every Saturday at noon. Organized by Peace Action Wisconsin.

Voces de la Frontera Meeting, 1pm - 3pm
Voces de la Frontera, 1027 S. 5th St., Milwaukee

Monthly membership meeting, with discussion of the next steps in the fight to restore driver licenses for all in Wisconsin. More info.

Postcard, Canvass, Call Party, 2pm - 2pm
Grassroots North Shore Office, 5600 W. Brown Deer Rd., Suite 116, Brown Deer

Grassroots North Shore is having a gathering to write postcards and make calls to state legislators, to remind voters about the election, and to canvass for Lisa Neubauer. Sign up and come by the office! RSVP.

Sun Mar 3, 2019

MKE Democratic Action Event, 1pm - 1pm
Plymouth Church, 2717 E. Hampshire St., Milwaukee

MKE Democratic Action, a new grassroots organization, is hosting an informational meeting to review strategy and offer the chance to sign up for canvassing and phone banking shifts for the upcoming spring elections. The organization will be focused on mobilizing voters in the Downtown, Eastside, Harambee and Riverwest neighborhoods. Between elections, the group will focus on talking with the community about needs and interests, and working with local, state and federal legislators to enact progressive legislation. More information and RSVP on the web or Facebook.

Mon Mar 4, 2019

Money in Politics, 6pm - 8pm
Riverwest Public House Cooperative, 815 E. Locust St., Milwaukee

Join Our Wisconsin Revolution to learn about how money in politics is corrupting our political system, some initiatives that are happening to change that dynamic, and what you can do. Matt Rothschild from Wisconsin Democracy Campaign will outline the status quo of the money-driven political system we live in and offer some solutions. Shauntay Nelson from WI Voices will teach you how to incorporate your personal narrative to persuade legislators to make laws that you want. 6:00 - 7:00 pm Mixing and Mingling, 7:00 - 8:00 pm Program RSVP.

Drinking Liberally Waukesha, 6:30pm - 9pm
Clarke Irish Pub, 314 W. Main St., Waukesha

Jay Heck, Executive Director of Common Cause in Wisconsin, will talk about their current project to pass legislation to end partisan gerrymandering, specifically the adoption of the "Iowa model" for Wisconsin. Jay will be joined by Rep. Robyn Vining, the designated Democratic lead sponsor of the redistricting reform legislation in the Assembly. Drinking Liberally Waukesha meets the first Monday of each month. More information.

Tue Mar 5, 2019

EXPO Monthly Meeting, 6pm - 8pm
Welford Sanders Enterprise Center, 2821 N. Vel Phillips Ave., Room 108, Milwaukee

The EXPO (EX-incarcerated People Organizing) monthly meeting will feature a presentation by Alan Schultz on the Columbia University Justice Lab's report on mass supervision in Wisconsin, with testimonies of people who have been directly impacted by Wisconsin's horrific, racist system of mass supervision. The presentation will be followed by a State Budget Advocacy Training led by EXPO organizers in preparation for the governor's budget to be released on March 3. More info.

Environment Committee, 6:30pm - 7:30pm WFB Action Team
401 E. Beaumont Avenue.

Please enter "3111" in the lobby directory, take the elevator to the second floor, and turn right. The party room is the first door on the right. Environmental Committee will meet. We will be planning for the May 4th Green Day in the Bay event, discussing additional items that people are interested in working on and John Edlebeck, Manager of the Department of Public Works's report.

Wed Mar 6, 2019

WFB Action Team , 8:30am - 10:30am
Milwaukee County Circuit Court, room 201B, 901 N 9th St, Milwaukee

The County Board Transit Committee will be meeting at the County Courthouse. The plan to terminate Route 14 at Capital Drive rather than Bay Shore Mall must be approved by this committee. I will be taking the #14 downtown to attend this meeting. Let me know if you can join me. [email protected].

Brian Hagedorn Press Club Event, 11:45am - 1:30pm
Newsroom Pub, 137 E. Wells St., Milwaukee

Wisconsin Appeals Judge Brian Hagedorn, candidate for the Wisconsin Supreme Court, will be the featured speaker at a Newsmaker Luncheon, hosted jointly by the Milwaukee Press Club and Hagedorn was appointed to the Court of Appeals by former Gov. Scott Walker in 2015, and was re-elected in 2017. Prior to that, Hagedorn was Walker’s chief legal counsel. Hagedorn will take questions from a panel of journalists and from the audience at the luncheon. The cost to attend is $20 for MPC members, $25 for non-members, $15 for students. Lunch is included. RSVP, payment, and more information.

Refuel the Resistance, 5pm - 8pm
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.

Final School Board Forum, 6pm - 7:30pm
Zablocki Library, 3501 W. Oklahoma Ave., Milwaukee

Milwaukee students, staff, parents and community members are invited to meet ALL the candidates for the Milwaukee Public Schools Board of Directors. Doors open at 6pm, forum 6:30 - 7:30. Sponsored by Parents for Public School of Milwaukee/PPSMKE, the Hmong American Women's Association/HAWA, Schools and Communities United/SCU and Leaders Igniting Transformation/LIT. More info.

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

Thu Mar 7, 2019

DSAW Helper, 4pm - 5pm
Place TBA

Description TBA

Power and Privilege in Public Discourse, 6:30pm - 6:30pm
Shorewood Public Library, 3920 N. Murray Ave., Shorewood

UW journalism professor Sue Robinson will talk about her book Networked News, Racial Divides: How Power and Privilege Shape Public Discourse in Progressive Communities. In it she examines obstacles to public dialogues about racial inequality.

Fri Mar 8, 2019

6pm - 9pm "Say Her Name" Film King Drive Commons Gallery, 2775 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Drive, Milwaukee Viewing of the film SAY HER NAME, THE LIFE AND DEATH OF SANDRA BLAND to celebrate International Women's Day and the Global Women's Strike. Doors open at 6pm, film starts at 6:30pm. Free Event! Followed by a panel discussion with Charmaine Lane, Dr. Pat McManus, Nataley Neuman, Pat Gowens, and others. Sponsored by Welfare Warriors, 342-6662, and UWM Women’s ResourceCenter.

Sat Mar 9, 2019

Citizen Action Co-op Assembly, 11am - 1pm
Candela's Banquet Hall, 2537 W. National Ave., Milwaukee

Greater Milwaukee Co-op Assembly: A State Budget for All. Details TBA. Contact: Kevin Kane, 414-550-8280.

Stand for Peace, 12pm - 1pm
Stand for peace in the streets of Milwaukee, every Saturday at noon. Organized by Peace Action Wisconsin.

Danielle Shelton Fundraiser, 2pm - 4pm
3233 S. Herman St., Milwaukee

Join Sen. Chris Larson and Dr. Jessica Brumm-Larson for a reception to support Danielle Shelton's campaign for Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge. Host: $1,000 Patron: $500 Sponsor: $250 Friend: $100 Suggested contribution: $50 All contributions gratefully accepted RSVP.

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