Justice, Justice shall you pursue

Today is George Floyd's funeral in Houston. Former Vice President Biden will be present. But most of us can't participate in the actions around the country and here in the Milwaukee area to support the calls for racial justice, economic justice, and health justice. Grassroots North Shore is sending out a press release that unequivocally supports the peaceful protests taking place throughout our area:

Grassroots North Shore
Statement of support and solidarity

We at Grassroots North Shore want to reaffirm our role as an ally to all people and groups working for a more fair and equitable society. While we may live in suburban, majority white, communities, we are keenly aware of the needs that exist beyond our individual municipalities. We are appalled by the injustices heaped upon people of color. We further support all peaceful protest. We support the need to bring the issue to the immediate attention of our nation as a whole. We believe the struggle should be of concern to all people, not just people of color in that it defines who we are and want to be as a nation. We abhor the use of violence against protesters, the use of military and military tactics, and the attempts to paint protestors as lawless opportunists. We will continue to speak out for those striving for equality and against those who seek to limit that movement’s progress.

If you would like to support local activists, please visit the Milwaukee Freedom Fund and consider making a donation to help with the legal expenses of those who have been arrested in addition to other support for people who are asserting their rights to protest for justice. To learn more about the Milwaukee Freedom fund, please visit an extensive explanation, complete with information for people who have been ticketed for protesting. You might also want to see the resource page the ACLU has created for those involved in protests.

Remember, too, to email your interview questions for Deb Andraca (running to unseat Jim Ott in the 23rd Assembly District), Emily Siegrist (running to defeat Dan Knodl in the 24th Assembly District), and Neal Plotkin (running to unseat Alberta Darling in the 8th State Senate District). Edgar Lin, a criminal defense lawyer and a member of the Governor & Lt. Governor’s Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Advisory Counsel, will be conducting the interviews this summer for airing at our Virtual Annual Picnic on September 13th, as we kick off our fall election efforts. Although we do not endorse candidates in primary contests, we will create informational pages for contested primary seats in the 11th Assembly District and the 6th Congressional District.

A key element of our election strategies for this year will be combatting voter suppression and undertaking efforts to encourage voters to request absentee ballots for both the August 11th primary and the November 3rd election. This is a great time to spread the word to your friends and family about absentee voting. In Wisconsin, voters do not need to provide a reason for their desire to vote absentee. For citizens who are already registered, the request for an absentee ballot can be completed online at myvote.wi.gov. For help with uploading a copy of the photoID that is required, we have an illustrated web page with step-by-step instructions. People who are not currently registered can also use the myvote.wi.gov if their drivers license includes their current address. Otherwise, people should phone or email their municipal clerk for assistance. They can find contact information on the myvote.wi.gov website or on the website for their municipality.

Most of the events on the list are still virtual but one or two may not be. Please check before you set out to attend. And as always (as they used to say at the beginning of every episode of Hill Street Blues), Stay safe out there.


Tue Jun 9, 2020

Drinking Liberally Grafton/Mequon, 6:30pm - 8pm

Peter Kruger will talk about "The Politics of Resentment -- What Liberals Don't Understand". The talk is based on Katherine J. Cramer's book, which explains the appeal of Scott Walker and Donald Trump along with Peter's additional research and comments. Peter is an attorney and an educator at Mitchell Hamline School of Law, St. Paul, MN. He is the author of a widely-read Quora post "What Most Liberals Don't Realize". That post also appears on our Facebook page. Join the meeting.

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

A virtual meeting may be held on Zoom. More information. 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.

Wed Jun 10, 2020

On the Issues: David Crowley, 12:15pm - 1:15pm

Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley will discuss his vision for the state’s largest county as well as the realities that will helpshape it. (This will be prerecorded.) Click on the words “Watch Now” on the website anytime beginning on June 10 at 12:15 p.m.

Info: Grass Roots South Shore, 6pm - 8pm

Grass Roots South Shore is likely to have a virtual meeting. Check here.

Info: Refuel the Resistance, 6pm - 8pm
Bounce Milwaukee, 2801 S. 5th Ct., Milwaukee

This event is canceled for now. Bounce is currently open for delivery and carryout. More information.

Thu Jun 11, 2020

Virtual: Community Justice Council, 9am - 10:30am

Milwaukee Community Justice Council Meeting of the Whole will have an Online/Virtual meeting. More information.

Online Panel: Wis Agriculture, 12pm - 1pm

Lunchtime panel discussion on issues affecting state agriculture, including COVID-19, trade tensions, and turbulent markets. More information and registration.

Drinking Liberally West Allis, 6:30pm - 9pm
Studz Pub Sports Bar & Grill, 6833 W. National Ave., West Allis

Drinking Liberally West Allis meets on the second Thursday of the month. Free discussions and fellowship. Good food and specials available. For information on whether the event will take place, check here.

Fri Jun 12, 2020

Virtual Democratic State Convention, 7pm - 9pm

Due to the public health risks caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, theDPW’s Administrative Committee has decided to limit the 2020 State Convention to a one-day, virtual convention on the evening of Friday, June 12th. Specific convention details will be announced soon. More information.

Sat Jun 13, 2020

UN Assn of MKE, 10am - 12pm

This meeting is suspended for the time being. More information.

Info: Stand for Peace, 12pm - 1pm

In light of the governor's Stay at Home Order, Peace Action Stands for Peace have been suspended until the order is lifted. Stand for peace in the streets of Milwaukee, every Saturday at noon. Organized by Peace Action Wisconsin.

Voces Digital Day of Action, 12pm - 2pm

Join Voces for an exciting and important Digital Day of Action to encourage friends, family and community to take action and: (1) Participate in the 2020 Census; (2) Register to vote; and (3) Join the grassroots effort to mobilize youth and communities of color. More information and registration.

MKE Democratic Action Meeting, 4pm - 5:30pm

Hear an update from WI State Senator Chris Larson followed by a discussion on how you can get involved to help us elect Democrats up and down the ticket in November. Details will be emailed to you after you sign up to attend the Zoom meeting. Registration.

Laughing Liberally Milwaukee, 8pm - 10pm

Laughing Liberally Milwaukee is canceled for the time being. If you're missing it, the Accountants of Homeland Security have a new sketch posted here.

Mon Jun 15, 2020

Milwaukee Dems Meeting, 6pm - 6pm
Either online or canceled

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.

Tue Jun 16, 2020

Virtual Drinking Liberally MKE, 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Drinking Liberally MKE virtual meeting. Join the meeting on Zoom. Find the app for Zoom.

Wed Jun 17, 2020

Info: Refuel the Resistance, 6pm - 8pm
Bounce Milwaukee, 2801 S. 5th Ct., Milwaukee

This event is canceled for now. Bounce is currently open for delivery and carryout. More information.

Drinking Liberally Wauwatosa, 6:30pm - 9pm

Camp Bar is closed for now and Drinking Liberally Wauwatosa is canceled. More info.

Southwest Region Dems Meeting, 7pm - 7pm

Southwest Dems normally holds their monthly meeting. Region 5 covers Franklin, Greendale, Greenfield, Hales Corners, Milwaukee (Southwest), West Allis, West Milwaukee. For more information contact [email protected].

Thu Jun 18, 2020

Info: Mental Health Board Meeting, 9am - 9am

Milwaukee County Mental Health Board Meeting. Public Comment: none. More information on how the meeting will be held.

Sat Jun 20, 2020

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

The NAACP meeting is likely to be canceled. Call 414.562.1000 for further information. Monthly membership meeting of NAACP Milwaukee Branch. The meeting is held in the basement conference room.

Info: Stand for Peace, 12pm - 1pm

In light of the governor's Stay at Home Order, Peace Action Stands for Peace have been suspended until the order is lifted. Stand for peace in the streets of Milwaukee, every Saturday at noon. Organized by Peace Action Wisconsin.


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