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We're swiftly moving into campaign mode at Grassroots North Shore. And that means our Annual Meeting (on Sunday, January 26, at the North Shore Presbyterian Church in Shorewood) will be focused on the primary race for WI Supreme Court Justice. Both Professor Ed Fallone and Judge Jill Karofsky will be there to make the case that he or she should be the progressive contender in the April 7 election. You can read a statement from Karofsky and one from Fallone on our website.

We'll be serving our usual hot and tasty, mid-winter meal. So please RSVP and come!

Because the weather is so dicey this time of year, we're doing voter contact by postcard before the February 18th primary. (On February 8, though, we are going all out for a Day of Action: canvassing, texting, phoning, AND postcards! Stay tuned for particulars.) So we're holding postcard writing parties at our office (5600 W Brown Deer Rd, Suite 116, Brown Deer) on the following days and times for the rest of January:

The following days will be added in February, times to be announced and sign-up pages available soon:

  • Tuesday, February 2

  • Thursday, February 4

  • Saturday, February 8

  • Monday, February 10

  • Wednesday, February 12

Meanwhile, the impeachment trial is using up most of the national news oxygen but stories about Wisconsin's court-ordered voter purge are finding their way onto the "front pages" of several news outlets. Essentially the Ozaukee County Judge who ruled that the Wisconsin Election Commission has to purge 234,000 voters from the roles "forthwith" has now declared the Wisconsin Election Commission plus its three Democratic members in contempt of court. He refused to stay his order while his ruling was being appealed and is now saying that the Election Commission has to begin removing voters immediately. Here's some of the coverage:

Of course, this kind of local story is, in fact, national news partly because voter suppression is such a prominent tactic in the GOP playbook and partly because our state is so central to the election story of 2020. Trump won the state in 2016 by only 23,000 votes. So our goal is to make sure we turn out more of our voters than they can turn out of theirs. Suppressing the votes in communities of color and in colleges and universities makes sense from their perspective. Those are the places where the extra Democratic votes are going to come from.

Fortunately, the Democratic Party of Wisconsin is working to contact the people who may be purged, both to reregister those who have moved and to reregister those who were on the list erroneously. We'll have more news and also actions you can take to help in these efforts in the near future.

EVENTS

Tue Jan 14, 2020

Demonstration at Trump Rally, 5pm - 8pm
UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena, 400 W. Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee

Demonstration outside Donald Trump's rally: a chance to voice our displeasure with his performance as president. More information will be forthcoming and times may change. RSVP.

Blue Wave Shorewood Organizing Event, 6pm - 8pm
The Oaks of Shorewood Family Room 3900 Estabrook Parkway, Shorewood Please ring 708 to gain access

We will be planning for the February 8th Day of Action. For more information, contact Paul Geenen.

Drinking Liberally Grafton/Mequon, 6:30pm - 8pm
Water Street Brewery, 1251 Gateway Dr. Grafton

On the day when Articles of Impeachment could be turned over to the Senate, we are excited to welcome back James L. Santelle former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin (U.S. Department of Justice). James will talk about the law as it applies to impeachment and lead our group discussion. We will also have updates on the Fair Maps Initiative ahead of Wednesday morning's Ozaukee County Board Meeting. 6:30 Social Hour: We are grateful for the support of our friends at Water Street Brewery. Come early and enjoy a craft beer or something to eat with your Drinking Liberally friends. 7:00 Presentation: Impeachment: The Law and The Politics a Group Discussion, led by James L. Santelle, former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin (U.S. Department of Justice). Drinking Liberally Grafton is a destination to meet friends, stay up-to-date on local progressive politics and get inspired to action.

Drinking Liberally MKE, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
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 need. Come share a pint with your fellow progressives! Drinking Liberally MKE meets on the second Tuesday of every month, hosted by Matt Filipowicz.

350 Milwaukee Meeting, 7pm - 8:30pm
First Unitarian Society, 1342 N. Astor St., Milwaukee

Note change of location for the January meeting. 350.ORG is the global organization building a grassroots movement in 188 countries to address global warming and solve the climate crisis. 350 Milwaukee meets every month on the second Tuesday. Guest speaker Dr. George Stone will talk about The State of Planet Earth, 2020. More information.

Warren Debate Watch, 7pm - 10pm
Bounce Milwaukee, 2801 S. 5th Ct. Milwaukee

Watch the Democratic debate with other progressives and fill out some postcards for Elizabeth Warren. Any and all are welcome! RSVP.

Democratic Debate, 8pm - 10pm
CNN and online CNN outlets

The seventh debate of Democratic presidential candidates will be carried on CNN outlets.

Wed Jan 15, 2020

Branch 5 Judicial Forum, 12pm - 1:15pm
Riverfront Pizzeria, 509 E. Erie St., Milwaukee

The Wisconsin Justice Initiative will host an informal "salon" luncheon. Milwaukee County Branch 5 judicial candidates Brett Blomme, Paul Dedinsky, and Zach Whitney will be the speakers. Dedinsky, the incumbent, was appointed to the seat in December 2018 by former Gov. Scott Walker; Blomme is the president and CEO of the Cream City Foundation; and Whitney is a shareholder at Kohner, Mann & Kailas. The cost of the salon is $14, which covers the buffet lunch of an entre, pizza, and salad. There will be vegetarian options. RSVP.

Marquette January Poll, 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Marquette University, Eckstein Hall, 1215 W. Michigan St., Milwaukee

Charles Franklin, director of the Marquette Law School Poll, reports on the latest poll of Wisconsin voters' views on Iran and foreign policy, the Democratic presidential primary, and the 2020 general election. In Wisconsin issues, the poll will look at schools, property taxes, and Foxconn, as well as evaluations of Governor Tony Evers and Senators Ron Johnson and Tammy Baldwin. (Complimentary light lunch available) RSVP (required).

GRNS Postcard Party, 1pm - 3pm
GRNS office, 5600 W Brown Deer Rd, Suite 116, Brown Deer

Help Grassroots North Shore write postcards to prospective voters instead of canvassing in the cold. Everything you need will be provided. RSVP.

Chris Larson Fundraiser, 5pm - 7pm
Transfer Pizzeria, 101 W. Mitchell St., Milwaukee

Fundraiser for Chris Larson, candidate for Milwaukee County Executive. RSVP and more information.

County Executive Candidate Forum, 6pm - 8:30pm
Hawthorne Coffee Roasters, 4177 S. Howell Ave., Milwaukee

You are invited to a forum with candidates for Milwaukee County Executive, including State Senator Chris Larson, Milwaukee County Board Chair Theo Lipscomb, State Rep. David Crowley, and Glendale Mayor Bryan Kennedy. Hear from each of the candidates and meet them personally as well. The primary election is on February 18. Hosted by Grass Roots South Shore, Citizen Action SE WI Organizing Coop, Milwaukee County Democratic Party, and the Southwest Democratic Party. More info.

Refuel the Resistance, 6pm - 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 Wauwatosa, 6:30pm - 9pm
Camp Bar, 6600 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa

NOTE CHANGE OF LOCATION. Come join fellow progressives to meet Ed Fallone, candidate for Wisconsin Supreme Court. We'll also do a post mortem on the Democratic Presidential debate. More info..

Southwest Region Dems Meeting, 7pm - 7pm
Studz Pub Sports Bar & Grill, 6833 W. National Ave., West Allis

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]m.

Thu Jan 16, 2020

Sullivan Fundraiser, 5:30pm - 7:30pm Jim
The Ruby Tap, 1341 N. Wauwatosa Ave., Wauwatosa

Kick-off event of Jim Sullivan's campaign for Milwaukee County Executive. RSVP or email.

Milwaukee's Green New Deal, 6pm - 8pm
Wauwatosa Public Library, 7635 W North Ave, Wauwatosa

Citizen Action presents a forum on clean energy and energy efficiency for Milwaukee's buildings and houses: How will it impact our future? Panelists: Erick Shambarger, Environmental Sustainability Director, Environmental Collaboration Office (ECO) City of Milwaukee; Kathleen Ellis, Energy Manager, Milwaukee Area Technical College; and Julie Kerksick, Senior Policy Advocate, Community Advocates Public Policy Institute.

Rethinking Justice/Incarceration: Violence, 6:30pm - 6:30pm
MSOE Todd Wehr Auditorium, 1025 N. Broadway, Milwaukee

Community panel discussion, “Violence, Violence, Violence: Where doesit start and how do we deal with it?" Moderated by Attorney Craig Mastantuono, with these panelists:- Talib Akbar (WISDOM, solitary confinement task force)-Kent Lovern (Milwaukee County Chief Deputy District Atty.)-Ray Mendoza (414LIFE - Violence Interrupter)-Terri Strodthoff (Alma Center, founder & Chief Executive). Sponsored by Milwaukee Turners Confronting Mass Incarceration. Free admission. More info.

Fri Jan 17, 2020

Stand for Livable Climate, 12pm - 1pm
Wisconsin Avenue & Water Street, Milwaukee

Stand for a livable climate near the Chase and Wells Fargo Banks, the world's largest funders of fossil fuel industries. More information.

Sat Jan 18, 2020

Women's March Wisconsin, 11am - 1pm
South Division High School auditorium, 1515 W Lapham Blvd, Milwaukee

More information on the Wisconsin march. More information on Women’s Marches around the country. # # #Media Contact: Amy Dean.

NAACP Monthly Meeting, 11:30am - 1pm
2745 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Dr., Milwaukee

Monthly membership meeting of NAACP Milwaukee Branch. The meeting is held in the basement conference room.

Stand for Peace, 12pm - 1pm
Hawley Road & Bluemound Road, Milwaukee

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

Mon Jan 20, 2020

Overground Railroad: Author Event, 5:30pm - 5:30pm
America’s Black Holocaust Museum, 401 W. North Ave., Milwaukee

Candacy Taylor will discuss her new book, Overground Railroad: The Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel in America. Published from1936 to 1966, the Green Book was hailed as the “black travel guide to America.” At that time, it was very dangerous and difficult forAfrican-Americans to travel because black travelers couldn’t eat, sleep, or buy gas at most white-owned businesses. It took courage to be listed in the Green Book, and Overground Railroad celebrates the stories of those who put their names in the book and stood up against segregation. Free event. Register.

Milwaukee Dems Meeting, 6pm - 6pm
Amalgamated Transit Union, 734 N. 26th St., Milwaukee

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.

Wed Jan 22, 2020

Rebecca Kiefer Campaign Fundraiser, 5pm - 7pm
Bounce Milwaukee, 2801 S. 5th Ct., Milwaukee

Join Rebecca Kiefer, candidate for Milwaukee Circuit Judge in Branch 29, for her Birthday Bash featuring games for adults and children, including wristbands. It will be a relaxed, fun evening. Campaign fundraiser levels: Host $500; Sponsor $250; Friend $100; Suggested contribution $50. All contributions gratefully accepted. RSVP.

Palzewicz Beer & Banter Event, 5:30pm - 7pm
Westallion Brewery, 1825 S. 72nd St., West Allis

Meet Tom Palzewicz, Democratic candidate for the House of Representatives for the 5th Congressional District of Wisconsin. Tom will bring to you his plans for when he gets to Washington and will open up for a discussion. Special guests will also be present. RSVP.

Refuel the Resistance, 6pm - 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
Bavarian Bierhaus, 700 W. Lexington Blvd., Glendale

Note ANOTHER new location: Drinking Liberally Glendale meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month. A monthly meetup to eat, drink, and talk politics with like-minded people. More information.

Drinking Liberally Port Washington, 6:30pm - 8pm
Schooner Pub, 114 N Franklin St, Port Washington

TBA

Thu Jan 23, 2020

Mental Health Board Meeting, 4:30pm - 4:30pm
TBA

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

Rethinking Justice/Incarceration: Re-entry, 6:30pm - 6:30pm
Turner Hall Ballroom, 1034 N. Vel R. Phiillips Ave. (4th St.), Milwaukee

"Re-entry: Ready or Not," moderated by Conor Williams (Community Advocates), will include these panelists: -Kevin Carr (WIDOC Secretary) -Christine Apple (Chief Psychologist DOC of Milwaukee) -Sylvester Jackson (Community Organizer - EXPO). Free admission; More info.

Fri Jan 24, 2020

Stand for Livable Climate, 12pm - 1pm
Wisconsin Avenue & Water Street, Milwaukee

Stand for a livable climate near the Chase and Wells Fargo Banks, the world's largest funders of fossil fuel industries. More information.

Sat Jan 25, 2020

Community Brainstorming, 8am - 11am
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.

Stand for Peace, 12pm - 1pm
Martin Luther King Drive & North Avenue, Milwaukee

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

Grassroots North Shore Annual Meeting, 4pm - 6:30pm
North Shore Presbyterian Church, 4048 N. Bartlett Ave, Shorewood

HOW TO PICK THE NEXT WISCONSIN SUPREME COURT JUDGE? Listen to what they have to say at our Grassroots North Shore Annual Meeting. Speakers Attorney Ed Fallone and Judge Jill Karofsky are competing in the February primary for a slot in the April 2020 Wisconsin Supreme Court election. Read their responses to questions posed to them by Grassroots North Shore: Fallone | Karofsky. Be sure to RSVP so we have enough food for everyone!


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